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+++ I’m completely blown away by the debut mixtape of young queer rapper Dandy Warhol, which I discovered on the blog of House of Ladosha member Chris aka Neon. “Charms” is nerdy, smart and amazingly weird, and I just pray that this guy gets the attention he deserves as soon as possible. Here’s the tape:

+++ “Satan’s Angel” is the debut single of New York City based rapper Quay Dash and has been released on the Brooklyn based Cuntmafia label. You should also check out the stunning portrait series of the rapper by photographer Amos Mac (see portrait on top), which has been published on the Original Plumbing website a few weeks ago alongside an interview.

+++ After his beautiful video for “M1NDFVCK” (feat. boychild, see video below), singer-songwriter and Hood By Air associate / stylist Ian Isiah has released his debut mixtape “The Love Champion”. The tape is a bit less spectacular than I expected (imagine Drake with less whining and more sex and sensuality), but still promising, especially because of the collaborations with Le1f and Mykki Blanco. Check it out here:

+++ Really short and not really related to everything else here: Antony has contributed the nice new track “Angel of Fire” to the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. You can stream if on YouTube.

+++ The stunning video artist Luke Gilford has shot in collaboration with boychild for Dazed Digital is now also available on YouTube, so I finally have the chance to post it here. The music for the clip is by Physical Therapy, who will be playing tonight (nov 23) at the Janus party at Chesters, Berlin-Kreuzberg. The second act performing at the party is Teengirl Fantasy, who have also just released a new video for the track “Nun”, the lead track of their new EP.

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah‘s debut video was just banned from YouTube, another reminder of how thankful we should be that Vimeo is out there. The hyper-sexual clip features boychild and is an impressive first glimpse of what we are to expect from the next-level-R&B artist, who used to sing gospel back in his hometown Baltimore and now after modelling, dancing for Le1f and performing at the Opening Ceremony 10th Anniversary party is about to release his debut LP on the emerging New York based label UNO. For more information more about Isiah, who is also closely affiliated to Hood By Air and the GHE20G0THIK crowd, please check out the interview with him in the current issue of BAD GRAMMAR magazine or stream this episode of the Universopolis show on East Village Radio, in which he talks about his background has an artist and plays more of his songs and some of the music influencing him. The video “M1NDFVCK” was directed by Mitch Moore.

boychild is an emerging performance and make-up artist currently residing in LA and soon to be based in NYC, whose work after a show at Art Basel Miami and collaborations with Hood By Air and make-up artist Robin Black has spread quickly on the internet during the last few weeks. My most recent contact with the young artist’s work was Jack Halberstam’s lecture “Going Gaga” (see below), which concludes with a video of boychild re-performing Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” during a show San Francisco – a performance which for Halberstam stands for a new sort of ”wildness” in pop culture that subverts and transforms ideas of gender, race and sexuality. The following collection of photos and videos show some of boychild’s most recent works and collaborations – for more of the beautiful make-up looks please check out boychild @ Instagram (preview below).

For Hood By Air S/S 2013, September 2012


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