Bijules + Leather & Porridge
DC-based music and fashion blogger Leather & Porridge partnered with NYC's beloved jewelry designer Jules Kim to create a customized mix for the relaunch of her website. The mix emanates strength, pulsating rhythms and timelessness, and captures the essence of Kim's jewelry label, Bijules. L&P weaves the six songs together seamlessly, starting and finishing with the alluring female vocals of Glass Candy and Chromatics. Keep an ear out for more collaborations between the two as they continue to seamlessly meld high fashion with myriad music.
HUH. Magazine: May Playlist
London-based HUH. Magazine releases a Spotify playlist every month, but the songs they selected for May 2013 hit a special sweet spot. While the Spotify record-breaking single "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk is this month's near-mandatory addition, it's seasoned nicely with songs from newer faces such as George Maple, Small Black, Theo Verney, Selebrities, Butterclock and Parquet Courts. The playlist provides a tasteful mix of chill rhythms, voices drenched with reverb and lo-fi rock for a smooth transition into summer.
Major Lazer: Bubble Butt (feat. Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga, & Mystic)
Major Lazer (now just producer Diplo after partner Switch left under friendly terms) released a second album, Free the Universe, last month and it boasts a number of spectacular collaborators. You won't be able to spot any of the featured guest artists or even Diplo in the insane video for "Bubble Butt"—which was directed by Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric fame)—but there are other (albeit NSFW) sights to keep you more than occupied, like the colossal Buttzilla and a plethora of natural and synthetic butts. The bouncy track reminds us of Big Freedia's booty-shaking anthem "Azz Everywhere," but, with Diplo's slower tempo and Wareheim ridiculousness, it's an addictive, winning combination.
Rouge Mécanique: The Witches / Stingray
When Italian musician Roman Azzuro first met menswear designer Aurelia Paumelle at a party in Berlin shortly after moving to the German capital, he told her that he liked her clothes and that he was going to create the music for her next show. Bold move. Now the brilliant first track he recorded for her under the moniker Rouge Mécanique (which sounds like a late night collaboration between David Lynch, Mr Scruff and Andy Weatherall) plus a second track have been pressed on a limited edition 12" record. It's housed in a debossed, hand-stitched, super-soft leather sleeve designed, fittingly by Paumelle and Pyramids of Mars label boss Matt Edwards. If you missed LN-CC's limited run of just 50 pressings, don't worry—a full album is slated for imminent release.
Disclosure: When A Fire Starts To Burn
Welcome to the first party banger of the summer, "When A Fire Starts To Burn," from young UK electro-garage duo Disclosure, which now has an equally infectious video to go along with it. With suspiciously catchy southern preacher samples and a floor-filler of a beat, the video captures the song's fiery intensity while injecting some good-natured goofiness. Watch first for the song, again for the video and find yourself sweating, dancing and possibly speaking in tongues.