Archive | July, 2012

Takin’ It Back

22 Jul

As you all may have noticed, I have a thing for 90s house. It takes me back to my early introductions to electronic music, reminds of the “old” New York (a la Party Girl and Deee-lite) I always wanted to live in, but never had a chance to see, and marks a historical moment in American fashion that is hard to rival. It was the golden era of electronic music (of many genres) and has been shown continuous praise all the way into the present – a good choice, in my opinion, on the part of contemporary DJs who dabble in it. There are some artists who reproduce the sound with new effects, modern mastering, and crisper beats, making the experience all the more sensational. There are others still who keep their sound raw, sampling the old gospel-y cries of your and muted basslines. No matter the option, the results are always flawless, nostalgic little pieces of a past I never saw, but live every day in my soul.

Thus, for this week’s “I Love Mondays” mix, I’ve include two recently released mixes that give the 90s the credit they’re due. While Kim Ann Foxman’s mix relies on the original tracks of yore, the Exploited compilation-style mix (from many of the label’s artists, serving as a promo for an upcoming party at Social Club in Paris) pays homage with new pieces that take us back via style and samples.

Kim Ann Foxman – DJ Mix for East & West 7.13.12

click to stream/ download

Shir Khan’s Exploited Mix For Brain Magazine (France)

follow the link to stream

– Retail DJ

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22 Jul

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Pedido de um Mashup

18 Jul

the mastermind behind all this brainwashing: Gusttavo Lima. yes, with two Ts

Someone (beyond my brain) should really do a mashup of these two songs. I hear them all the time here in Rio, and by all the time, I mean non-stop. Novelas. Commercials. Ads via car stereo (people blast audio ads from large speakers as they drive by). It never ends. Maybe if there were a mashup, it would change things up a bit?

Joao Lucas & Marcelo – Eu Quero Tchu, Eu Quero Tcha

and

Gusttavo Lima – Balada Boa (Tche Tche Rerere)

Just sayin’…

– Retail DJ

Rubber Rip-offs: Designer Labels Selling Melissa Knock-offs!

11 Jul

A few days ago, I was checking out several clothing sites when I took a double take on the shoe page. I saw soooo many shoes that looked awfully familiar, but with slight modifications. I realized quite quickly that these pieces were Melissa knock-offs, though ironically (in some cases) with higher price tags than those of the famous Brazilian brand. What’s more shocking is that I found some of these fakes on the sites of major labels. I’m accustomed to companies like Forever 21 copying brands for their lines, but high-end retail brands? Not so much. The question remains whether or not it’s flattery or the worst case of fakery. Only the courts will tell.

the real deal:

Melissa “Harmonic” Sandal ($25 – 50 USD)

Melissa “Bow” Sandal ($25-50 USD)

the fakes:

Valentino (yes, THAT Valentino), $295

Valentino, $102

the real deal:

Melissa Star Sandal (around $50-75)

the fake:

Marc by Marc Jacobs (I love this shoe, but it’s kind of a copycat), $140

the real deal:

Melissa x Alexandre Herchcovitch “Scarfun” Heels ($60-130 USD)

the fakes:

Gucci, $280

 

the real deal:

Melissa x Jason Wu ($50-100 USD)

 

Melissa x Vivienne Westwood “Lady Dragon + Bow” (price TBA)

the fakes:

Ted Baker, $69

 

– Retail DJ

 

Get Dressed To This: Who Wears the Pants?

10 Jul

moi?

Most of the fashion features I have here just-so-happen to included dresses. Maybe it’s because I’m a dress girl? Or maybe it’s simply because on the female form, dresses remain the go-to item for most dance outings. In recognition of my bias, I’ve decided to switch it up a bit this week.

1. I normally post Get Dressed To This pieces as the weekend nears, but considering I am in Rio (where the “weekend” can start as early as Tuesday, much like in NYC these days too), I am going to post accordingly.

2. I’m going to do a feature with pants!

Ok, beyond that, this week’s GDTT remains the same. outfit + mix = happy times

I decided to explore Desigual’s site for some inspiration. The Spanish brand is famous for making paint-splashed, psychedelic-printed pieces, something I’ve seen throughout the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal, I’m looking at you!) all the way to Brazil. Street vendors here sell a ton of dresses with similar prints. Many ateliers are purveyors of patchworked skirts. And the “Calca Saruel” (drop-crotch pants) remains a popular piece here. So I thought in today’s edition of GDTT, I’ve pay an homage to the multinational magic of Iberian mix-match style with a splash of Desigual.

As far as the music goes, I’ve got a live set from Mercury, one of the best house DJs in the game, during a gig at one of my favorite clubs in Lisbon, Lux. It’s all come full circle, folks. House music from Switzerland taking place in a club in Portugal which is home to the language of Brazil where a style is circulating quite similar to Desigual, a clothing store from Spain. The world is a very small place. I hope you have a chance to skip (or dance!) around it now as you Get Dressed To This:

Mercury – Mix for Lux (Lisboa)

click to stream / download (right click + save as)

Sament Dress, Desigual, £79.00 GBP

back / front

+

Riplay Women’s Mica-05 Wedge Sandal (in hot pink, listed as “red”), Endless.com, $67.99 USD

or

Marc by Marc Jacobs Women’s 625140/12 Flat (in green), Endless, $140 USD

 +

vintage white leather clutch, Etsy, $16 USD

+

Polished Planes Earrings (in blue), Anthropologie, $32

 OR

Empire Top, Desigual, £53.10

+

black woven tulip faux leather waistband detail pants, Mark & James by Badgley Mischka, Bluefly, $79.99 USD

or

A Wear Skinny Jean (in cobalt blue), ASOS, $58 USD

 

+

Melissa Platform Sandal, YOOX, $69 USD

or

 Day and Nightlife Flat (in yellow), ModCloth, $29.99 USD

– Retail DJ

I Love Mondays: Mute

9 Jul

Lazaro Casanova

I am on my way to Rio’s Biblioteca Nacional soon for a long day of conducting thesis research, stuff you all don’t care about 🙂 While I am true nerd and love history and the like, the fact that I have to work there sans music is truly torturous. Music helps me concentrate. Music helps my brain stay awake. Music inspires me. Without music, I am metaphorically braindead. The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top, if you get me.

So what I’ve been doing lately is listening to a great mix before I go to bed and as I walk to the library in hopes of getting it stuck in my head for the duration of the day. Luckily, it usually works. At the end of last week, I had chosen some old mixes by Miami-based DJ Lazaro Casanova, and today he’s up to bat again. Though this mix isn’t exactly “new,” at least not in terms of the electronic music world, it is definitely worth a listen. It opens with a sick remix of Azari & III’s “Reckless With You Love,” a song I never tire of. It continues with a mix of classic hard house tracks remixed to a disco-infused smoothness. It’s a mix that’s perfect for a Monday because it gives you just a touch of energy, but not too much. It’s Monday, afterall. And sometimes, you’ve gotta take the mellow route.

Lazaro Casanova – Live @ 20 Years of Murk – Electric Pickle – 2.19.2012

– Retail DJ

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8 Jul

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