March Recommendations

Art: Look at the Door

Belgium holds many secrets. If you look at its doors, you’ll certainly notice one of the best-kept: the door handles. Nothing really exciting on first glance, but if you look closer, a whole world opens up to you. Each piece seems unique, like it comes from another era – probably from mid-century modernism, or something like that. Be part of the game: look for them and index ’em. Like Pokémons. Or just take a look at this Tumblr library.

Music: LOTIC

With the release of Heterocetera, your month couldn’t begin in any more of a spectacular fashion. As the sound of the title single suggests, Tri Angle Records-signee Lotic will bring to life a hellish world with his debut EP, in which your limbs will be excruciatingly tempted to start swivelling in ways you never believed possible. The Berlin-based Texan J’Kerian Morgan states his tracks sound a little bit like a battle, time and time again. With bumping, grinding beats and stuttering rhythms, it’s the sound of a ouija-board evening gone bad, dancing on a high with ecstatic demons.

Art: Entr’acte

Entr’acte was founded in London in 1999, where it continued to operate until 2012, when it relocated to Antwerp. Its primary concern is the physical publication of music and work in other mediums (such as books and film/video). The material chosen for publication is selected from demos and other unsolicited submissions. There is no set agenda for the type of content it seeks to publish. And we kind of like that.

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Music: Pale Blue

NYC producer Mike Simonetti parted ways with his Italian label Do It Better, to focus on his new babies. With Two Mikes Records he’ll be releasing the music he believes in together with Captured Tracks. Set for April, the first release will be The Past We Leave Behind, the debut LP from Pale Blue, Simonetti’s other new project. Ranging from melodic techno to experimental dream pop, it’ll be lush melodic warmth, topped off with Elizabeth Wight’s vocals. The debut single washes over you as a mix of euphoric triumph and melancholy.

Art: Yves Obyn

The works of Yves Obyn are monumental interpretations of historical events, cinematic and narrative stagings with a contextual twist, looking for ways to deceive the viewer, balancing on the line between fiction and reality. The Projects often result in conceptual design objects capitalising on popular culture. The pieces that sprout from Obyn’s installations get a function and are reproduced in limited editions. They assume a strong aesthetic language where function is subordinate to form. The objects can be interpreted as props from a movie that is yet to be made, and are referred to by the artist as ‘three-dimensional clipart’.

Music: Leno Lovecraft

What sounds as if there are fluorescent tulips popping out of your ears? That’s right, Leno Lovecraft! On Platinum Planet, the Kiwi producer creates a whimsical kaleidoscope of out-of-control melodies and over-the-top kawaii J-pop vocals. With songs called ‘Paradise Planet’, ‘Starlight’, ‘High Definition Emotion’, ‘Starlight’ and ‘Holographic Waterfalls’, Lovecraft brings to life a pink sugar-coated world, filled to the brim with positive energy and funky, rainbow-coloured creatures bouncing up and down with a childlike happiness.

Art: Harriet Lee Merrion

Harriet Lee Merrion is a young freelance illustrator based in Bristol, UK. Detailed and yet very simple, her works hold this kind of peculiar narrative that awakens the imagination. Themes like femininity, identity, biology and philosophy are often recognisable. Her drawings feature clear references to Ukiyo-e, the Japanese woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries. The beige and pastel tones bring a fragility that really speaks, making it very easy to get lost in the mysterious and organic stories she portrays.