Artist Feature: Howie Abrams and ILL BILL Merciless Radio New York Hardcore

Described as the “last great youth movement” by Craig Setari of the band Sick of It All, the incendiary, pulsating second wave of New York Hardcore has left an indelible mark on culture at large. For the most recent issue of our Carhartt WIP magazine, we presented a detailed retrospective of this era, unearthing unseen photos and outtakes, and speaking to those who were right at the heart of it all, such as Pete and Lou Koller of Sick of It All, Hoya Roc of Madball, and documentarian Drew Stone. This month’s Carhartt WIP Radio show expands on this theme, with an exclusive show put together by one of the dossier’s main contributors, Howie Abrams.

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One Day Go Be One Day: Exploring Fela Kuti’s spiritual roots

To accompany the Carhartt WIP capsule collection, which pays tribute to legendary Nigerian musician and political agitator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, we have once again collaborated with Dazed and NTS Radio.

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Carhartt WIP Radio: Trent Evans - PASS~PORT Special

Carhartt WIP has partnered with Australian skate brand PASS~PORT on an exclusive collection, comprised of twelve co-branded pieces as well as three skate decks. To coincide with this, we asked the brand’s founder, Trent Evans, to conduct a Carhartt WIP Radio special.

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Now Live: Carhartt WIP & Pass~Port

For Spring/Summer 2019, Carhartt WIP has collaborated with Australian skate brand PASS~PORT. With a shared ethos of hard-work and fostering of community – as well as two team riders, Josh Pall (Sydney, Aus) and Matlok Bennett-Jones (Sheffield, UK) – the collaborative 12-piece collection takes inspiration from the Northern Territory (NT), the central northern region of Australia known for its harsh and barren conditions.

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Label Feature: Finders Keepers

Since 2005 UK-based label Finders Keepers has entertained fans of psychedelic, jazz, folk, funk, avant-garde and strange movie muzak with rare vinyl artefacts from the annals of alternative pop history. The men behind the label are musician, DJ, producer and designer Andy Votel, and obscure vintage record collector, LP compiler and DJ, Doug Shipton. Together they liberate unreleased and long-forgotten music. Their multifaceted artist roster includes legendary figures such as Atari music composer Suzanne Ciani, Chilean-French film director and composer Alejandro Jodorowsky, Swiss electronic music pioneer Bruno Spoerri as well as contemporary acts like Mancunian duo Demdike Stare.

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Bureau Visit

In conversation with Munich-based graphic designer Mirko Borsche: Around the turn of the year, two variations of the same image began to circulate on the internet, comparing the old logos of a host of vaunted luxury brands with their new, shiny, sans-serif replacements. To some, such homogeneity was proof of a dearth of creativity endemic amongst fashion labels. Others, perhaps more astutely, noted that we now consume and interact with culture – often on the screens of our phones’ – has ensured that simplicity and legibility is of increased importance. Included in the logos presented was Saint Laurent sans-Yves, ushered in by Hedi Slimane and the new Burberry logo by Peter Saville and two, those of German luggage brand Rimowa and Paris fashion house, Balenciaga, created by the small, eponymous Munich-based studio of Mirko Borsche.

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Converse for Carhartt WIP

For Spring / Summer 2019, Carhartt WIP and Converse wants to once again partner for a collection that merges with a contemporary design perspective, presenting two new iterations of the versatile Chuck 70 silhouette. Stay tuned.

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Martine Syms

Martine Syms is an LA-based artist, while Kimberly Drew is an independent curator living and working in New York. But a sense of place is almost impertinent. Both consider the interplay between our digital and physical selves, shifting between each space, as they explore art and identity. On the eve of Syms’ latest exhibition opening, they dial back from both media, and connect via telephone.

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Label Feature: Idle Hands

From dubstep to house and techno, Bristol-based record label Idle Hands has been shaping the sound of its city since 2009 – the year its founder, Chris Farrell, first released music by Peverelist, one of Bristol’s dubstep originators. The artist and Farrell worked together at the now-defunct store Rooted Records and came up with the idea to launch a record label that reflected the nascent sounds of dubstep appearing in Bristol’s vibrant music scene...

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Artist Feature: Illa J

When Detroit native John Derek Yancey, better known as Illa J, released his third album, Home, in 2017 on the Cologne/Berlin-based label Jakarta, it was partly an act of self-affirmation for the rapper-slash-singer. As the younger brother of hip hop legend J Dilla, who tragically passed away in 2006, the 32-year-old artist has spent much of his career in the shadow of his illustrious sibling – even playing a bit-part role in Slum Village after Dilla’s death.

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