Monday, September 29, 2014

Transparent Bulletproof Kayak For Sale

Not only ammunition-resistant, it's see-through too...

Straight out of a James Bond movie is this invention from Clear Blue Hawaii.

The transparent kayak means you can see straight through to the water below (great for spotting a school of fish, terrifying if that school has a shark in its midst). Made out of military-grade bulletproof glass, you can take comfort in the fact that if the shark happens to be holding an AK47, you'll (probably) live to see another day. Boasting a carbon Kevlar frame means the kayak is also super-light - perfect for flinging on dingy canals or the high seas alike.

We don't know what we'd use it for, but we really, really want one. Get yours here.

Supreme x Stone Island Collab

New line as streetwear giant teams up with Italian apparel label...

Fans of skate and football can be united as Supreme and Stone Island come together on a new line of casual wear. Feating hoodies, crewnecks, caps, sweatpants and jackets, the two main colourways are brilliant yellow and consistently popular camo.

Perfect for the incoming Autumn and Winter months, the extensive line features Stone Island staples like wind and water resistant satin, removable liners and other performance orientated extras.

Prices range from £50 for caps up to £1000+ for the jackets; whatever your budget, there's a piece for everyone.

Launching in Supreme London, NYC and LA and online from 2 October.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Converse All-Star Colour Weave

Chucks go multi-coloured...

You gotta love Converse. Whether the classic all white/ black low or high, they always manage to produce great new ideas each season.

This bright-n-breezy hand-woven design not only looks great, but is truly original. Love the rainbow design, love the aforementioned design offset by the white heel tab, lining, logo and tongue label.

Great pair of trainers - we'll take ours in the High, please. Thanks.

Rolling out initially in China and South Korea from October 1st, keep an eye peeped for the Weave to hit the West soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wiley: On A Level

The return of the Godfather of Grime...

The Godfather of Grime AKA Richard Wiley Kylie Cowie has been rather quiet of late.

However, he's been preparing his new (and alleged last) EP ''Snakes and Ladders' due for release on Big Dada this November.

The first track to be taken from the album is 'On A Level' produced by Skepta and a very obvious throw-back to the Grime sounds of yore. The video also comes courtesy of Skepta The Director, and features appearances from Stormzy, Giggs, Novelist and the whole BBK crew.

Watch below.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

George The Poet: The Chicken & The Egg EP

New EP from West London spoken word artist...

Without doubt one of the UK's most interesting, innovative and inventive poets is a young man from West London called George.

Described simply as a 'story about the cycle of fatherlessness', each of the seven tracks are a self-contained story that sees George study domestic abuse, disappointment and desire. Oh, and Imperial Leather. It's about that too. 

Say George: "I wrote the 'The Chicken and the Egg' about premature parenthood. Through the story of a rocky relationship, it outlines the cycle of fatherlessness in seven tracks. Since signing to Island Records in 2013, I have been keen to keep a strong social message. So, with this being my first official release, it was important to me that 'The Chicken and the Egg' was uncompromising and unconventional.
 It’s out on October 20th and I'm excited for you to hear it. If you want to hear more of my music, I’m doing a co-headline show with JP Cooper at Scala, Kings Cross on October 13th. There I'll be showcasing even more new sounds and I promise to confuse everything."

You heard the man. Buy tickets to see George live here.

Air Jordan Shine: Premium

Air Jordan Shine is so lovely and luxe in its all white errthang...

Created in pure white leather, the latest series in the premium end of the Jordan Brand - the Air Jordan Shine - is a rather lovely 'shoe'.

All-white sole, all-white stitching, all-white side weave, embossed Jumpman on the tongue and tan coloured lining that pokes through to offer a little bit of contrast, these bad boys are for serious sneaker wearers only. You may also want to ensure you have a bucket load of Crep Protect when you take to the (increasingly wet) streets in these.

Available from 27 September from select Nike stockists.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mary J Blige: Therapy & Whole Damn Year

More new music from Mary's London Sessions album...

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul is about to make a triumphant return to music, with her latest album, 'The London Sessions'. Recorded, obvs, in London, Mary has hooked up with esteemed UK talent including Disclosure, Sam Smith, Smith songwriter Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande (pic, above).

Following the Disclosure produced 'Right Now', Mary has dropped two new tunes on Soundcloud today. 'Therapy' and 'Whole Damn Year', below. As always with MJB, this is heart-wrenching, real love music.

'The London Sessions' will be released on 24 November and can be pre-ordered here.

Kendrick Lamar: i

New single signals the return of K.Dot...

If, like us, you've been eagerly anticipating the follow up to 'g.o.o.d kid, maad city', then anticipate no more.

Compton's Kendrick Lamar is preparing his second album, and if 'i' is a taster of what's to come, we're in for more brilliance from the intricate, imaginative rhymer.

Sampling the Isley Brothers, 'i' is produced by Rahki and sees a typically passionate Lamar expound on lean, life and love.

Monday, September 22, 2014

DJ Maximum Ft. BBK & Newbaan: Shaky

New heat from Grime collective...

Whilst in Kingston, Jamaica, Boy Better Know hooked up with Newbaan, a 17 year-old from Portmore.

Produced by Rude Kid, DJ Maximum came up with this huge banger ''them man-a-move shaky/ us man-a-move gangsta'.

Featuring Max, Skepta, Frisco, Jammer, Shorty, Lay Z, Solo 45 and Newbaan, check the video, below, shot on the streets of Kingston.

And remember, no shakiness!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just Kiddin: Thinking About It

Subtle house smash from Northampton duo...

Our new music crush comes courtesy of Lewis and Laurie aka Just Kiddin, who have created this wonderful tune in the form of 'Thinking About It'. Vocals by a boy that sounds very, very familiar....?!!?

Played by everyone from Annie Mac to Todd Edwards, the single isn't out until Nov 2, so we'll have to make do with multiple plays on Soundcloud until then.

Duke Dumont: Won't Look Back [Treo Remix]

Housemaster gets remix from Californian trio...

'Won't Look Back' is the sort of track that begs for a remix; and it's one that's had many.

The latest comes from Treo, a DJ/producer collective from Southern California, who transform the tun into a progressive house banger.

Listen below and enjoy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Mockingjay: Trailer

The return of Katniss and Peter...

Divided into two parts, the Mockingjay is the final instalment in the 'Hunger Games' films. If you haven't already seen them, stop what you're doing right now and go and watch.

The Jennifer Lawrence starring blockbuster hits screens in November and we. can't. wait.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nike x Riccardo Tisci: Part 3

Final part of the collaboration between creatives...

Launching last night in Madrid as part of the Basketball World Cup, the Nike + R.T Air Force 1's are the third, and last part, in the 'Triangle Offence' series from Tisci and Nike.

Available in the Mid, the Hi, the Boot and the 1 Lo, the last two lots of these have sold out quicksticks, so get yourself to your local Nikelab on 16 October.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Louis Vuitton Reinterpreted

LV gets new stamp of approval...

Louis Vuitton celebrates being 160 this year and, as brands are want to do, decided to celebrate in style.

They luxe brand asked Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman, and Apple’s Marc Newson to reimagine the LV monogram logo, and they did just that; designs include a boxing bag and gloves, a trunk with drawers and a backpack finished in orange.

Unlikely us regular folk will get our grubby mitts on any, but check more over at Louis Vuitton.

Jessie Ware: Say You Love Me

New single from Jessie co-written with Ed Sheeran...

Without doubt one of the UK's most interesting singers, Jessie Ware might not have had huge chart success yet, but this gorgeous, brilliant, beautiful (w're big fans in case you can't tell) new single might be the one to put the singer in the Top 10.

Either way, this is a incredible song, co-written by Ed Sheeran and produced by the awesome BenZel, and when it drops on 28 September, we will be the first to buy it. Pre-order Say You Love Me here. Ware's second album, Tough Love, is out 13 October.

Here's what Jessie had to say about working with the video's directors, Tell No One.

:When I found out Tell No One were interested in directing Say You Love Me, I was so confident they would deliver something visually beautiful and provocative. They are such talents and I have been a fan of their work for a while. I was an absolute pleasure to work with them on this. It was probably the most technically challenging thing I have worked on, but for them, it looked like a walk in the park. They have such confidence in what they do, it was inspiring to watch."

Wretch 32: 6 Words

Wretch counts his blessings on new single...

He starts the track with the words 'I can't sing but I wrote yo a song'. In fact, Mr 32 can sing rather right nice.

'6 Words' heralds Wretch's return after a brief hiatus between his last album and this third, due next year.

Produced by SOS and WIlkinson, the song twists through tempos; from piano riff to D&B as Wretch ruminates on the important things in life.

'6 Words will be released on 16 November.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rick Rubin & Russell Simmons: Def Jam Hits 30 [Part 2]

Def Jam two talk Beastie Boys...

In the second part of Noisey's Def Jam series, celebrating 30 years of Def Jam, Elliott Wilson sits down with Rush and Rubin to talk about the emergence of the Beastie Boys.

Sam Smith Ft. A$AP Rocky: I'm Not The Only One [Remix]

Harlem links with Stortford...

In what is a surprisingly unexpected but rather ace pairing, A$AP Rocky joins Sam Smith for a remix of 'I'm Not The Only One'. Unlike other US rapper/ UK singer remixes (cough Rick Ross cough), it looks like Lord Flacko has listened to the concept of the song rather than dropping random bars. So well done A$AP, good lad.

The two performed the track live at the iTunes festival last Monday.

This man's voice. Jheez.

Ryan Hemsworth Ft. Trim: Difficulties

New track from Oneman's Solitaire series

The latest in Oneman's 'Solitaire' series will drop soon, and feature the DJ assembling a range of acts from across bass, club and urban music.

As a taster of what to expect, he's just dropped this track from Ryan Hemsworth and Grime MC Trim.  The result is an subdued, reflective affair as Trim waxes lyrical over Hemsworth melancholic riff. 'This situation is work in/ They say I'm difficult to work with.'

Sign up here to get a copy of 'Solitaire Vol 3'.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jamaica Better Know: BBK In Kingston

London Grime crew head to Jamaica...

Last May, reining Red Bull Culture Clash Champions went to the home of Clash Culture to discover how they can return to the Clash this year and retain their crown.

Skepta, Jammer, Lay Z, Maximum, Solo, Shorty and Frisco head to Jamaica and meet Popcaan, U-Roy, King Jammy, Ninjaman, Lady Saw and Ricky Trooper to gain real insight into the reggae and dancehall culture. They also provide a lot of jokes!

Red Bull Culture Clash takes place at Earls Court on October 30 as BBK battle Rebel Sound (Chase & Status and Rodigan), A$AP Mob and Stone Love.

Opening Ceremony: High Tops

New York store drop new trainers...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SBTRKT Ft. Raury: Higher

Atlanta rapper and singer joins with South London producer...

We mentioned this guy the other day as being our new favourite musical love - and lo and behold here Raury pops up again today on the brand new SBTRKT track.

Taken from the multi-instrumentalist and musical experimentalist's new album, 'Wonder Where We Land', out later this month, Raury joins other guests including Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg and Sampha.

Looking forward to getting our hands on this here SBTRKT album.

Monday, September 8, 2014

FKA Twigs: Stay With Me (Live Lounge Cover)

Singer covers Sam Smith...

It was never going to be a straight-up cover if FKA Twigs (nee 'Twigs') was involved.

Playing around with the cadence, structure and tempo of Smith's No.1 single, Twigs creates an entirely new song and it sounds rather amazing.

Hit play and get very, very involved.

Jhene Aiko: The Pressure

Video directed by Childish Gambino...

Rappers love Jhene Aiko and so do we. Featuring on Drake's most recent album and with a stylish new video directed by Donald Glover/ Childish Gambino himself, 2014 is looking good for the LA Future R&B singer.

'The Pressure', taken from Jhene's debut album 'Souled Out' is out today.

Reebox X Keith Haring

Reebok release 'Crack Is Wack' capsule collection....

Keith Haring was one of the original socially activated street artists who made his name in New York in the '80s. Though he's since passed away, his distinctive style continues to live on.

In a new line from Reebok, the trainer giant have created the 'Crack Is Wack' collection on the OG series of silhouettes, with the design taken from Haring's 1986 mural in an East Harlem playground. 

Put some art on your feet this Autumn when the collection launches later this month.

Raury: Elevators Freestyle

ATL teenager goes in over Andre 3000 classic....

Big fan of this newcomer, 18 year-old Atlanta rapper Raury. God's Whisper saw him stand out as a distinctive new voice, while his Indigo Child EP further expounded on that. This is a confident, unusual new rapper, singer, writer who offers a little bit of Andre and Cody ChesnuTT, a little bit of Kanye and a whole lot of something else.

Check out the nature loving newcomer freestyling with incredible dexterity over Andre 3K's 'Elevators', below, and check out the Indigo Child EP here. Raury supports SBTRKT at Brixton Academy on 2 October.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mary J Blige: Right Now

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul links with Disclosure...

She's spent some serious time here recently, and it seems like MJB has been putting the work in.

While in London, Mary has been working with a number of producers and writers on her new album 'The London Session's, including Disclosure, who produced 'Right Now' and writer Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith) who is on songwriting duties.

This is simply amazing. Press play and enjoy and find out more about 'The London Sessions' here.


Hippo Takes On The Thames

New art installation floats into London...

Earlier this year, artist Florentjin Hofman built a 54ft rubber duck and set it off sailing down in the Nanming river in China.

Well, the artist is back, this time in London and with a giant hippo. Created using wood panels, the 21 meter long Hippo is designed to inspire Londoners, breaking up the monotony of everyday life and giving us all a lovely big smile.

The Hippo floated down the Thames earlier this week and can now be found at Nine Elms, on the South Bank, until 28 September.

Check the short film, below, with the artist who talks about why he chose the Thames as the site for his new work.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rick Rubin & Russell Simmons: Def Jam Hits 30

Documentary featuring two legends of music...

Next month, one of Hip Hop's most legendary labels, Def Jam, reaches the 30, marked with a concert at the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn.

To celebrate, the label's original founders, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons sat down with Noisey to reflect on their history.

In Part 1, the pair talk about why they set the label up in the first place, and how Russell persuaded LL Cool J to make a song called 'Radio'.

Watch out for a further 3 parts to drop in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chance The Rapper Ft. Social Experiment: Tap Dance

Yet another release from Chance and his Experimental pals...

Chicago born, LA-based rhymer Chance has only read had out on mixtape and a handful of tracks, yet the buzz around him is palpable.

Certainly one of Hip Hop\s most experimental new rappers, 'Tap Dance' is another unusual outing with his mates Social Experiment, which sees Chance (and we quote)  "in 6/8 time!!!"

Check the song, below.

Converse Rubber Collection

All Stars gets waterproofed...

Love everything Converse and loving this new line of Chucks. Not only is there a lovely fleece lining, the rubber upper-ed Chucks, which come in a range of fresh colours including red, yellow and purple, have a rubber sole to protect your toosties from the incoming Autumnal rain.

The All-Star Rubber collection will drop in Canada first before heading to stores around the world from 13 September.

A$AP Rocky: SVDDXNLY (Part 5)

Final part of Noisey's SVDDXNLY docu...

In this final instalment, Rocky performs at the Staples Centre in LA and hangs out with his pals Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Ferg, RiFF RaFF, ScHoolboy Q and the Harlemites (on?off? girlfriend Chanel Iman, before returning his Harlem roots to eat a dollar slice.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Weeknd: Often (iLL BLU remix)

London duo rework Canadian's new track...

Taking it upon themselves to rework The Weeknd's new tune 'Often' just for larks, iLL BLU found themselves with the official thumb-up from Abel Tesfaye. Retaining the original feel of the track, the pair take it down to the depths of deep house.

"We knew we had something special when we finished the track. We wanted to stay true to the incredible vibe of the original version, but put our iLLBLU spin on it. Consequently, Abel liked it and has endorsed this version to be the only official remix."

Check the track, below.

Banksy: New York Documentary

New HBO documentary on political street artist..

Last October, Banksy undertook a month long street residency, in which he created 31 pieces of art in and around the city. These not only included his more familiar wall paintings, but also sculptures and installations, including a man selling actual Banksy's, worth millions, on the street. He made $400.

This HBO film directed by Chris Moukarbel, 'Banksy Does New York' follows the reaction from New Yorkers to the artists' work around the city that month.

Airing on 17 November on HBO, check the trailer, below, and follow @banksynyc on Instagram to see the images from last year.