Archive for July, 2011
We’ve been Martyn fans for a long time here at Donuts but he really bought a special place in our hearts (no homo) when he dropped Gypsy Woman at Thekla last Easter and had the whole boat singing along.
He seemed to be a little quiet for a while but it turns out he was working on his album, set for release on Brainfeeder later this year, and preparing a brand new live show which he’ll be showcasing on Boiler Room tonight before he lets it loose on our Crazylegs stage at Underhill Festival on Friday night. We are tres excited.
‘Analog Love’ is an exhibition of photographs and artworks by Alex Digard documenting the Bristol bass music underground. From the early ‘Dubplate Monthly’ (later the infamous ‘Dubloaded’) dances at the Croft to the iconic Rooted Records in Gloucester Road, some of the city’s most vital cultural hubs have been captured by his lens.
Perhaps it was the time spent as a press photographer or the hours spent studying the photographs of the Blue Note album covers that informed his aesthetic. Pure documentary, merging into the dark backgrounds and observing the events unfolding around him but never interfering with them, his pictures offer the viewer an insight into the intimate inner workings of the Bristol scene, from the disused bank vault turned studio below Stokes Croft that transmits the Panhead stream once a month to the Western Union nights in the Take5 cafe basement which serves as an incubator for the new generation of Bristol house music producers and DJs.
A selection of 16 of his photos were printed in the booklet accompanying the Punch Drunk Records compilation ‘Worth The Weight’, a double disc album that compiled some of the best dubstep records to come from the city since the genre’s humble beginnings back in 2006. More recently his pictures were selected by Resident Advisor to be used in their film ‘Real scenes : Bristol’, part of a trilogy showcasing cities with a strong electronic music community.
Aside from photographic work, Alex is also the editor of the Tape-Echo project, a publication and website focusing on Bristol’s electronic music community, with a strong leaning towards the more vinyl centric and analog ways of working. Through this he has designed and art directed projects for a number of record labels and exhibited artworks in galleries from Guernsey to Glasgow.
As well as photographic work there will be a selection of artworks utilising different media: ink stamps, film, Xerox copies, typewriters and dubplates are all different parts of his idiosyncratic visual language.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 21 July at the Idle Hands record store, Bristol’s hub for dance music vinyl. What better place for these pictures to be displayed than the very same kind of spaces that inspired the whole project in the first place?
Music on the night will be provided by the Tape-Echo DJs Neka and Transient as well as Ossia and Kowton, and the exhibition will be open from 7-10pm.
A limited run of zines containing some of the photos from the exhibition will also be available on the opening night.
It’s that time of year at Donuts- we’ve just had a delivery from Rockwell and we have drops on the way from Too Much Posse and Trapstar, but right now it’s Summer Sale time. Big reductions on Norse Projects, Rockers NYC, Actual Pain, Edwin jeans and loads more, check it out here.
You know we love Loefah and Swamp 81 here at Donuts. Here’s the link to last night’s Rinse FM show for those that missed it (like me).
For anyone that missed it when it surfaced last week, here’s Resident Advisor’s film about the house/whateveryouwanttocallit music scene in Bristol right now. Great to see so many familiar faces getting the props they deserve and nice to see plenty of them repping Donuts too. Big up all involved.