Excited to be taking over downstairs at Ace Hotel in London this Saturday 30th November. We’ll be joining forces with Bristol selectors FallingUp for another session following on from our party with Jay Daniel a couple of weeks back. Celebrating the release of his double EP on Idle Hands, Andy Mac will be representing FallingUp along with Jay L and Donuts’ own Tom D.
In the last 6 years we’ve thrown a lot of parties; from shutting down the tiny and infamous Tube putting Jammer and Ghetts in there to taking over a forgotten foyer in the Colston Hall for 3 hours of sublime disco and loops with Soundstream, it’s always been about putting on the music we’re feeling. At this point in time that’s summed up pretty perfectly by just two people.
Kindred spirits from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Kyle Hall and Funkineven know their way around a drum machine like few others. Separately and together under their FUNKINEVIL moniker they produce some of the rawest, realest music out there and we’re very excited to present a rare extended B2B from them to celebrate 6 years of Donuts as clothing store and party.
In support we have heads of the newly founded and already essential Happy Skull imprint The Kelly Twins, plus our very own Tom D.
First release tickets £10 from RA now and other outlets soon.
Saturday 13th July sees London’s Old Spitalfields play host to Independent Label Market with the heads of 50 of the UK’s best independent record labels coming together to sell vinyl and provide a reminder of the joy of buying music face to face in an increasingly digital world.
10 of these labels have cut a record especially for event and SWAMP81 is amongst that number. 50 copies of Loefah’s first release in 5 yearswill be available on the day, priced £10 and with the proceeds going to Oxfam’s Syrian refugee appeal.
To mark the occasion a run of 100 of the SWAMP81 VS Donuts 001 tees have been produced in a white/outlined black colourway. These will be available at the Independent Label Market and from Donuts on Saturday.
In addition a number of these tees and the acetate used to produce the screen for them will be customised by artists affiliated to SWAMP81 before being auctioned for Oxfam.
We’re pretty pleased with our SS13 shorts selection at Donuts; crisp chino shorts, polka dots and animal print, the nautical and the botanical. With this in mind we thought we’d run you through some of our offerings from Wood Wood, Norse Projects and our new arrival Percival Menswear.
Norse Projects’ Aros Chino short (£80) has been a staple in their collection and many a wardrobe for a few seasons now. For SS13 it’s been joined by the Piet Botanical short (£80) in Leaf Green and Old White. Cut slightly longer and from a lighter weight cotton this is one of our favourite pieces from Norse this year.
There are some however, for whom shorts should sit firmly above the knee. For those amongst us Percival’s Flag Print canvas short (£105) is perfect.
Using British cotton, printed in London, Percival have created a a really sharp, very British short to get a bit of tan on those thighs.
Keeping things looser Wood Wood give us the Swahn Polka Dot (£80) and Anton Animal Print (£110) shorts. The Swahns are elasticated and net lined for swimming but still feature pockets so aren’t exclusively for the water.
The animal print on the Antons is one of our favourite patterns of the season and, should you want to get an a Wiley tip, we have the Andrianov jacket to match.
All these shorts are available now online and from Donuts in Bristol.
The Decades Hat Co. have just dropped a trio of nautical, Polo inspired 5 panel caps for summer. These will be landing at Donuts in the next 10 days alongside the Deep Sea and 92 styles pictured below.
Quantities will be limited as ever with The Decades so if you’d like to preorder to secure one drop us an email to email@example.com
All five new styles from The Decades Hat Co. will be instore at Donuts, Bristol by the end of April 2013, priced £35.
After a brief hiatus, we welcome back Clae to the store with a new collection for Spring/Summer 2013. The four styles we’ve selected blend a variety of materials and prints with casual silhouettes to create some lovely footwear for the forthcoming summer months. Previews below, available online soon. Call the store on (+44) 1179 292 625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This Saturday two of our absolute favourite artists and people are launching an exhibition at the Centrespace Gallery in Bristol.
Works include large scale paintings, prints and site-specific installations including several collaborative editions.
Having both cut their teeth designing imagery for the local club scene, both artists return to Bristol for a joint exhibition of their solo personal work.
Victoria Topping is an illustrator and visual artist based currently based in London.
Not wanting to limit herself to just being an illustrator, she has worked in designing the identity of an independent record label; worked with several respected musicians to do their cover art; designed and made many bespoke wallpapers; hand painted murals; been an interior designer and designed and installed a record shop, club and the decor for festivals.
She draws inspiration from her passion for music, specifically Jazz, Soul, Funk and Disco. This vibrant scene has given her an everlasting source of joy and focus. She collects records and any visual snapshots she can find of the musicians and dancers she admires, from her favourite avant jazz composer Sun-Ra right through to her favorite disco star Sylvester, and even dipping in to the colour palette of Soul train.
She has recently completed commissions for See No Evil, The Garage (Leeds), IN:motion, Love Saves The Day, Zap Mama, crazy p and many more.
Daddison (David Addison) is a visual artist and designer currently based in Berlin and working in a wide variety of media, from paint on canvas to product design, web design and video.
His personal practice utilises a own highly stylized collection of motifs, symbols and text to draw the viewer in – personal messages and references are often hidden in the work, disguised behind ambiguous wording and imagery, inviting the viewer to form their own interpretation. As well as participating in group exhibitions across europe over the last 3 years, he has produced commissions for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Eastpak, Ikea and many more.
We’re looking forward to Christmas this year and thought we’d share this festive enthusiasm with all our customers.
In the run up to the 25th we’ll be sharing with you daily, exclusive offers in an advent fashion – a new one every day. Each will be announced at midday GMT and each one only available for 24 hours.
Considering how cold it is right now we thought we’d start things off with FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE on the Norse Project earflaps we have in store right now. Just add to cart and follow the order through – at checkout you will see the postage at £0.00.
Offers will continue throughout December and in true advent style they’ll probably get better and better but remember -each is only available for 24 hours so don’t sleep.
TOOMUCH® have just released this lookbook to accompany part 1 of their AW12 drop. These tees are all available now in store at Donuts, Bristol and online here. The cord 5 panel cap will also be online soon.
You will more than likely be familiar with Will Bankhead’s work, you perhaps just don’t know it yet.
Responsible for some of the most inspiring album artwork of dance music in the 90s, his output with fellow art directors of the Mo Wax label Futura, Swifty and Ben Drury led to iconic covers such as UNKLE’s ‘Psyence Fiction’ or DJ Shadow’s ‘Entroducing’.
His work didn’t stop in the 90s though, as recent collaborations with Joy Orbison, the Hessle Audio camp and Honest Jon’s go to prove. Future classics bear his bold and often simple aesthetic for current generations to one day reminisce over in the same way we do about about the Trip Hop days of Mo Wax.
As well as finding the time to create such masterpieces he also runs a label and fantastic blog under the guise The Trilogy Tapes. A flurry of killer releases have secured the label as one of the finest when it comes to techno and the tougher spectrum of house. As well as these quick-to-sell-out vinyl only releases, a mix tape series made up of phsyical tapes recorded by some of the scene’s figureheads also accompanies t-shirts as output from the TTT moniker.
We’re proud to be stocking a selection of t-shirts from The Trilogy Tapes which can be found over at the store here.
We’ve just received a kind of early holiday drop from one of our very favourite UK brands, TOOMUCH®. Comprising strong text-based printed tees, a really clean corduroy 5 panel cap and, one for the smokers, a tee designed by recently incarcerated writer GMoney, this collection is available in store now at Donuts and will be online at www.donutsthestore.co.uk soon.
JACKMASTER • DEADBOY • SPENCER — Numbers
ZIRO • BENEATH • TOYC • HODGE
THE KELLY TWINS • SPOOKS • SHAUN P — CrazylegsSaturday 1st December 2012 @ Exchange, Bristol
This December Numbers and Crazylegs team up for the first time to bring you an end of year party in Bristol.
Brand new club Exchange will play host to a cast of Numbers and Crazylegs’ friends and family, plus a VERY special guest in the shape of a Bristol debut for US house legend MK – powered across two rooms by the famous Highpressure Soundsystem.
A HUGE thank you to everyone that was involved in Donuts’ 5th birthday party last Friday. Dâm Funk, Funkineven, Behling & Simpson; Ossie & Petchy with their coachload of London ravers; the Kellys, Herd and the Shapes crew in the 2nd room and everyone that came down to dance with us. We couldn’t really have asked for any more.
Hailing from London, Y’OH STREETWEAR is one of the most exciting brands we’ve seen in a long time. Establishing themselves through a highly sought after cut and sew collection of shirts and jackets they have now released a line of t-shirts under the Y’OH SPORT moniker which we have available in store at Donuts. Y’OH SPORT will also be available from us online in the coming week.
We’re feeling pretty smug about our 5 panel game right now. On top of the beautifully crafted Moupia hats that dropped last month, and the big delivery we just took from The Quiet Life, we’ve just landed a small number of these dope, 90s Polo-inspired numbers from The Decades Hat Co.
Priced £35 the Dhc-19xx collection is available now both online and instore at Donuts.
In association with Donuts, Leisure is releasing a series of 3 tee shirts to celebrate the opening of “Cult of the Body”, curated by Misha Pedan, founder of the UPHA collective, Ukrainian Photographers Alternative.
UPHA members present to us, a view of the body, stripped down, muscular, torn, naked, twisted, hidden, bare, pouting, bent over. A body of work exposing the human form, both distorted and pure, through the eyes of post communist Ukraine.
Our friend Damien at Moustache Madrid started making incredible 5 panel caps earlier this year, under the name Moupia. Now he’s presented his second collection, the first half of which is available from us now. Handmade in Spain with dope fabrics and in tiny quantities (5-30) these a rare chance to cop a cap you’re pretty much guaranteed not to see anyone else wearing.
Tonight some of Bristol’s finest will be taking over the Boiler Room. Livity Sound (comprising Peverelist, Kowton & Asusu) will be performing a live set, as will Outboxx, while the Kelly Twins, Szare and Alex Coulton will be gracing the turntables.
Proceedings kick of at 7PM and will be streamed live at http://www.boilerrom.tv/. We know a good party when we see one so we’re going along in person and DONUTS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY. Sorry bout that. Feel free to log on and par us in the chatroom if you feel particularly aggrieved.
This week we’ll be receiving two styles from Asics in the “Orange Blaze” pack, a Gel Lyte III and a Gel Lyte Saga. With a vibrant orange adding some colour to a palette of black, white and grey these strike a great balance between eye-catching and wearable.
Following on from their dancehall and metal inspired first collections Rank present their new tees, this time paying homage to Sun Ra, Steely Dan and the late DJ Screw. Priced £30 Ranks tees are available now online & instore at Donuts.
This summer Copenhagen’s Wood Wood have teamed up with Eastpak to create the Desertion collection. Taking beige waxed cotton as a base the bags feature suede and leather trim plus subtle Native American inspired motifs, in keeping with Wood Wood’s SS12 line.
The collection features backpacks, tote bags, duffels and laptop sleeves with our personal pick being the single strapped roll-top rucksack.
Wood Wood’s Desertion collection for Eastpak is expected to arrive at Donuts in July 2012 and will be available both at our store
in Bristol, UK, and online from http://www.donutsthestore.co.uk.
Bridging The Gap is a London based collective of designers, djs, filmmakers, producers and photographers. Their blog ‘btglondon’ provides an online platform for their inspirations and creative output whilst their regular events at The Alibi showcase this output in it’s raw, physical form. Guests at their parties have included everyone from Dilla’s brother Illa J through Kutmah and Seiji to Remarc and Ill Blu.
A key theme to both their website and parties has been a consistently flawless aesthetic. The man responsible for a large percentage of this design work is Ross Gunter, an established graphic designer and graphic artist. His work for Popcorn Design Studio has provided an identity for countless clients and his freelance work has adorned the sleeves of releases from the label ‘Five Easy Pieces’ as well as numerous event posters including the BTG parties.
We’re really pleased to finally be linking up with the BTG family for an exclusive poster exhibition instore at Donuts followed by an after party at The Bank of Stokes Croft.
Available now is the latest tee from African Apparel, designed by Eric Timothy Carlson
The Acid Wreath, was a series of three 2.6′x4′ ft. dyed plywood panels exhibited at Synchronicity Space, LA. in the exhibition from which it gleans its name, Acid Wreath and the Post-Everything. Melted Brain Mess /M/Negalith. All La LA Land: Beyond the Dead End.
Eric Timothy Carlson studied in Minneapolis Minnesota, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he maintains a practice of intuitive image making, often focused on the manipulation of cultural and symbolic contents inherent to glyph and image.
The artist exhibits internationally; produces artists books; and with the collective Hardland/Heartland has shown work in institutions such as Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN), Van Abbe Museum (NL), and the Walker Arts Center (MN).
Dimensions is a new festival from the people behind Outlook, taking place in the same stunning abandoned fort in Croatia but with the focus on the deeper end of electronic music. There are too many incredible names on the bill to even begin listing them so go check out the website here.
As Crazylegs we’ve teamed up with Dimensions, meaning we’ll be playing and partying at the festival this September as well as throwing them a launch party in Bristol next month, and we’d like as many of you to be there as possible. With this in mind we’ve organised a competition to give away a pair of tickets and all you have to do to enter is follow this link to the above image on Facebook, give it a like and then come to Blue Mountain on May 12th. We’ll pick a name at random at midnight in the main room and if you’re there to claim them, the tickets are yours. Simple as that.
Too Much Posse x ATG ‘Never Enough’ crew – £65
Norse Projects Elka ‘Classic’ jacket – £155
Crazylegs – Saturday 14th April w/ Youngstar, Narrows, Apple
Stones Throw ‘Dilla Donuts’ tee – £25
Deadstock LA Lakers snapback – £35
DMZ return to Amsterdam tonight to celebrate their 7th birthday (or birtday) in suitably blazed style. The lineup’s probably even dumber than last year with Loefah, Coki and Mala joined by Skream, Oneman, Kode9, Artwork, James Blake, Ben UFO, Joker, Benny Ill, El-B and J. Transition, plus Pokes, Chunky and Crazy D on mic duties.
These tees, available in white or heather navy and priced £20, will be on sale at the dance but we also have some here at Donuts for those that can’t make or have other things they want to spend their cash on in the ‘Dam…
After January’s roadblock party with Headrush, we’re jumping back across town to bring you something really special. Fresh from headlining Fabric last summer, we’re immensely proud to bring a genuine master of house and techno to the intimate setting of Basement 45. In support, three young producers who look set to own 2012. This one is completely unmissable.
We’ve just received a large delivery from Stones Throw Records containing tees and crews, the Dilla Donut Shop Serato control/slipmatt pack and vinyl including the sick Doomstarks picture discs. All instore now and online in the near future.
Celebrating an incredible 10 years of parties, radio shows and more recently impeccable records, Futureboogie have produced a compilation which we’re proud to have available in store. Priced £10 the tracklisting is as follow:
TYPESUN – LAST HOME
CRACKAZAT – PASSAGEM
SIMPSON – TILL U WERE DEAD
BEHLING – LAST CHANCE
EATS EVERYTHING – SLINK
MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM – INTO THE FUTURE
CHRISTOPHE – THE SCENE
EATS EVERYTHING & LUKAS PRESENT THE EEL – 0200
WAIFS AND STRAYS – BACK DOWN
LUKAS – SPACE JUNKIE RACE
Call us on 0117 929 2625 if you’d like to buy a copy outside of Bristol.
We’ve combined forces with Pollen to bring you a very special party for the end of February; we’re extremely excited to present the Bristol debut for Eglo Record’s ARP-101.
ARP’s productions are reminiscent of the lowest swingin boogie, lazily capturing that ‘squelch’ but toughening it up for the 21st Century. This is definitely not one to miss and is free all night long. Get down early to avoid bein left out in the cold.
Round two of the Alphabet series and Bristol’s very own Bake Designs steps up. In keeping with Bake’s aesthetic, the tee is simple and bold. It’s printed on a navy blue marl tee and comes with a branded tote bag. Now available instore and online.
We got our first delivery of the season from Norse Projects yesterday, containing 5-panels, jackets, shirts, tees, shorts & chinos and a whole lot more. It’ll all be going up online over the weekend but in the meantime call 0117 929 2625 for details. And yes, we do have the corn print 5 panels.
New for 2012 comes a collaborative project between two of Bristol’s hardest working figures – Uno One Print and Design and Daddison. The series of t-shirts entitled ‘Alphabet’ will run the course of the year with a new letter of the alphabet appearing every couple of weeks. Each letter will be released in limited numbers of 20 and will complete the entire alphabet by the end of 2012. The motivation of the project is to explore different forms of printing, embroidery and garment decoration and a recognition of the diversity of typography.
‘A’ has just been released and is available instore at Donuts and online here as well as through Uno One’s Big Cartel store. Both figures have worked with a variety of other designers, artists, brands and labels previously so expect some very exciting collaborations to follow..
Happy days, Too Much Posse will be dropping more of their highly sought after Champion crews in January. Coming in burgundy or black they’ll be accompanied by hoodies in black or grey, plus an all new design on a black crew.
While everyone loves an Air Max 1 (us included) there really are only so many colour permutations Nike can go through, plus with Size? getting their hands on every Quickstrike release going it’s increasingly difficult to find a pair of kicks that let you stand out from the crowd.
One brand retaining that exclusivity that has heads fiending like they did for Nike a few years back is Asics. With their Patta collaborations and ongoing work with Ronnie Fieg (see the understated but jaw-dropping “Salmon Toes” above) they’ve produced some of the best looking running shoes of the last 5 years and with that in mind we’re proud to announce that as of next month Donuts will stock selected Asics models. We are stoked.
Every month since 2008 Dubloaded has seen utterly implausible lineups somehow grace the small backroom of the Croft, but tomorrow sees the last of these regulars as the team shift focus to bigger, more sporadic events for 2012. Obviously they’re going out with a bang though and Loefah, BunZer0, Pinch, Peverelist, Mensah and Chris Farrell will all be taking to the decks for a later than usual 3am finish. No advance tickets for this one and you know we’re not hyping when we say it will be ROADBLOCK. See you there.
Just as the weather has properly turned cold we’ve had a delivery of deadstock beanies featuring all your favourite NFL & NBA teams, including Raiders, Dolphins, Bulls & Hornets. Priced £25 these are available now instore and online here.
We’ve just had a delivery of tees from both London based dancehall blog Shimmy Shimmy and Brooklyn’s Mixpak Records, responsible for recent releases from Melé and Dubbel Dutch and the Vybz Kartel Half On A Baby remixes. We have 3 designs available now online & instore (including the Nah Sell Out tee sported by Mosca above) priced £30.
It’s taken us a while but we finally have our full selection of products from Wood Wood’s AW11 collection available online. As well as some super-warm winter jackets and sweats we also have beautiful distressed leather laptop cases, wallets and pencil cases. Click here to see the full range.
It’s been a long time coming but our new Crazylegs website finally went live on Friday, largely thanks to a lot of hard work from Daddison and Shandy. From now it’ll be the home to all things Crazylegs-related, including exclusive content like track downloads and mixes, so we won’t say too much about it here, just go check it out
Seeing as summer may have finally arrived, albeit seemingly just to taunt us briefly before October freezes us solid, we thought now would be a good time to take another look at these vests from BTG and also to ask Claudio and Ross, the guys behind BTG, a few questions.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT HOW THE BTG BLOG CAME ABOUT AND WHAT YOUR MOTIVATIONS WERE WHEN YOU STARTED IT?
CL) We started a blog because we were both new to London and wanted to work together on a project. We met up at a pub and had this idea to do a flyer/magazine first. Thank god we didn’t go through with that! I was booking a club in West London called Market Place at the time. I started a little party called Bridging the Gap on the last Thursday of the month where I just booked a friend to play. No identity, no brand at all. Then after speaking with Ross about wanting to do something together I figured we could actually make something out of this little thing I had started.
RG) As Claudio said, we were both new to London. I had booked his boys (ASM) a couple of times for a party I used to co-promote in Oxford, but I’d never actually met him. We seemed to hit it off and after a few ales we had the idea to start a poster/magazine… in hindsight, a great idea. The blog came about as an extension to the party. Somewhere to promote the nights, share our love for music, visuals, art… you know, nothing very original. The pub was The Island Queen if I remember — well worth a visit if your round Angel way. They do great fish and chips.
THE BLOG HAS A REALLY STRONG, CLEAN AESTHETIC, SOMETHING THAT’S REFLECTED IN THESE VESTS AND THE TEES YOU PRODUCED EARLIER IN THE YEAR. WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOOK OF BTG?CL) It’s all Ross!
RG) Thanks! Our identity has probably come from the posters, although I must admit we’ve never really considered the look. Its kinda evolved with each project. The emphasis on the posters has always been on the graphics as opposed to the line ups and information — we like to do things back to front. I’ve always been a fan of “International Typographic Style” and Swiss design that was pioneered in the 1950′s. That, and the whole Modernist thing can be seen influencing a fair chunk of the BTG aesthetic. I wouldn’t say we’re trying to have a particularly rigid style, who knows what the next tee release could bring. Oh, Claudio chose the logo… in hindsight, a great choice. People seem to like circles.
YOU WERE RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN A BOOK. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? ANY OTHER SIMILAR PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE?
RG) To be honest I can’t exactly remember how that came about. I think a few of the older posters for the party were originally picked up by the design blog Typocircle. A few more blogs started featuring them such as ISO50 and then the showcase site Behance. It kinda snowballed from there really and one day I got an email from German publishers Gestalten asking if they could feature them in a forthcoming title called “The Modernist”. Obviously I was pretty happy about that. The overall response we’ve had from the artwork has been great. In fact we’re looking at having a little show at an ad agency in Soho soon, a retrospective of all the posters.
YOU’RE ALSO INVOLVED AT CAMP, WHAT’S YOUR ROLE THERE?
CL) I’m the head of programming at The CAMP. I currently book parties and art curators there.
DID FEP GROW FROM THROWING PARTIES AT CAMP?
CL) No, Five Easy Pieces started at Cargo. I used to do programming there before I moved to The CAMP. I founded FEP with my then boss, Tom Lilley (who now is the head of bookings at XOYO), because we were throwing loads of cool parties but were always behind Cargo’s brand. We thought if we started up our own thing we’d be able to do parties around the UK and Europe. We stopped it after it was bought though. Tom left to work at Modular and I was at The CAMP and we both needed to find our feet. After he moved to XOYO we thought it might be a good idea to start it up again, but instead of just doing parties we thought it would be cool to start releasing music. We needed the physical aspect of the label to accompany it, so that we weren’t just another new label. We decided that we would make the records more like collectible objects than flimsy 12″s in generic disco bags.
YOUR LABEL FIVE EASY PIECES RELEASED AN EP FROM CALL SUPER LAST MONTH, FOLLOWING UP ON ROYALTY’S FEP001. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT NEXT FROM YOU?
CL) Yeah, the Call Super EP came out a last month. Its great because Bleep.com had Objekt’s remix of Timora the #1 club track in their top 20 for a while. Made me so happy to see that! Next up is another Royalty release which should be out in November. And, we’ve also signed two new acts: Midnight Davis and My Panda Shall Fly. The Midnight Davis will be out in sometime near the Royalty one and we’re going to open up 2012 with the My Panda Shall Fly EP. I can’t wait. Its also worth mentioning that all the FEP stuff is designed by Ross, starting from the logo all the way down to our newsletter. As you can probably tell, I place a really high emphasis on strong design. I really like working with Ross so it’s natural, I think we both have very similar tastes. I’m really looking forward to seeing what FEP003-005 look like, he always seems to raise the bar.
Founded in 2009 and taking its name from the London Metropolitan Police’s 1981 stop and search operation, Swamp81 is the record label of pioneering producer and DJ Loefah.
Recent Swamp81 releases have relied heavily on the timeless sounds of the Roland TR-808, a drum machine whose unmistakably distinctive bass drum and hollow, plastic handclaps serve as the foundation upon which much of the last 30 years of popular music have been built.
This September Swamp81 and Donuts will be joining forces to produce the first in a series of collaborative t-shirts; limited to 100 pieces and never to be reprinted.
The tees are borne of the same aesthetic as much of the Swamp81 catalogue, minimal in design and stripped of excess featuring a direct reference to the classic Roland instruments of the 1980′s.
Two colourways will be released; white print on a black tee and black print on white. Both are available in store at Donuts and from www.donutsthestore.co.uk now.
Our SWAMP81 vs Donuts 001 tee will be available in store from Saturday 20th September but due to high demand we’re offering pre-orders from today, shipping the week commencing September 12th. To place an order click here or call us on 0117 929 2625.
So we’ve had our first drop of Norse Projects this weekend including tees, shirts, chinos, selvedge denim and Elka colab jackets. A few more pieces will be coming in later drops including 5 panels. All will be available online soon but in the meantime give us a call on 01179 292625 for orders. Free postage on phone orders too!
Following on from the very popular Signature tees Bridging The Gap dropped earlier in the year we now have their Sun vest available instore and on the site. Designed by Ross Gunter & Rauri Rochford, and with the same attention to detail that made the tees so nice, the vests are hand numbered in an edition of just 40, hand screened on the front and inside neck and come bundled with an exclusive Count Chocula mixtape.
Next in the series and landing in perfect sync with the warm haze of British summertime, we bring you a 30 minute blast of classic UK garage heat from one of the original masters of the craft, Noodles aka Groove Chronicles. Those unmistakable Scrappy keys set the tone for a half hour of bubbling 2-step rollers from the likes of Sunship, Bump ‘n’ Flex, Dubaholics and more. Roll your windows down and let’s take it back to ’99.
I know I do anyway. We have a handful of these tees, the fruit of a collaboration between Ben and Ben, A.K.A. Bake designs and Suckout, winging their way to us right now along with Bake Designs’ latest collection. Pon the website soon…
It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here. Donuts x Trapstar collaborations dropping instore on Saturday 6th August – Bristol and London – and available online from Sunday 7th August. More info and pics to follow..
After a strong start featuring Alexander Nut, Julio Bashmore and Scratcha DVA amongst others, the Crazylegs mix series lay dormant for a while but we’re very pleased to say it’s back with this little beauty from , Melé. It’s a vivid, technicolour excursion into UK dance music from one of the most in-demand DJ-producers of the moment, covering everything from Jam City to Mariah Carey in an absolutely captivating 64 minutes of music. Download it and crank it up, and look out for the man himself playing our free See No Evil afterparty on Friday 19th August.
The end of August sees something truly spectacular happening in Bristol’s city centre – a year in the making, Team Love and Inkie have put together a week-long event to transform one of the city’s dullest streets into one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular street art exhibitions.
We’re honoured to have been asked to curate the afterparty in a wicked disused space at the end of Nelson Street. We’ve brought together a dazzling array of DJ talent and we’re going to let you in for free. This one promises to be off the scale.
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.
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.
After last season’s dancehall tees Ranks London are back, this time paying homage to some heros of metal. If you don’t want to cop that Pantera tee the minute you see it then, frankly, I’m not sure we can be friends.
Designed by James Andrews and printed by our friends down at Uno One, Guts & Glory is a new brand for Donuts this season. Printed in limited numbers and each coming with a hand-drawn swing ticket, these are available instore and online now at Donuts, priced at £25.
TOOMUCHPOSSE! have summer collection on the way and, to be honest, when I got an email from them I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t the preview images for that range. That didn’t last long though because instead it was a link to Abuze, a dope new zine from “2 prolific London graffiti writers”, now available over at the TOOMUCHPOSSE! site.
“These photographs only exist because we happened to be in whatever situation we were in, with a camera. This is not artifice, There is no posed merriment. We did not undertake our adventures with the sole purpose of publishing photographs like so many others appear to do. These are a glimpse into our lives, a handful of images from a collective catalogue which runs into the tens of thousands. All photos, No Bullshit, True friends, No borders, Fuck Cops!!”
I’d planned to write a proper bit about this but Baobinga’s beaten me to it with his Northern witticisms so you’ll have to make do with the flyer and a link to the Bass Music blog. Seriously, it’s much funnier than what I was going to write.
Actual Pain’s “Icons Of A New Mythology” SS11 collection dropped at Donuts a couple of weeks ago but we’ve only just got round to putting it on the website. A few styles have sold out already so sorry if you missed them but follow this link to check the rest of it.
Ill Blu take centre stage as we relaunch our mix series for 2011. A raw 40-minute assault of the hardest UK funky, if you’ve heard the duo’s recent release on Numbers you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Last month London’s seminal dubstep night DMZ celebrated it’s 6th birthday and created these tees to mark the occasion. After a little visit from Messrs. Loefah and Oneman on Monday we’re proud to say we have a handful available for sale at Donuts, featuring the jaw-dropping full lineup printed on the back. Click here to cop one online.
Our next Crazylegs show is nearly here and we are HYPED. On Thursday we take over Blue Mountain for the second time, safe in the knowledge that the Easter weekend gives us, and everyone else, a bit more time than usual to recover.
The lineup features Roska, Untold, Bok Bok, Slimzee & T. Williams and Venue magazine have been kind enough to write a preview piece that you can check out here.
Tickets are still available from Donuts and the other usual outlets, priced £12.
We are. We’re also going to Idle Hands for the Julio Bashmore/Futureboogie Recordings instore. And to the Weapon Of Choice Gallery relocation party. And probably the Bustle at Blue Mountain. Oh and if we don’t end up in the Bank at some point I’d be amazed. Tonight is going to be stupid.
Tonight at Basement 45 UFO and Colours team up to present Addison Groove’s Juke Box, featuring the man himself, Rashad and Boddika. Rashad is playing early (10pm) so the club will be opening at 9 and offering 2 for 1 cocktails to get you nicely limbered up for some footworking.
No tickets at Donuts for this one but Shop Dutty, Cooshti and Bristol Ticket Shop all have them.
Andy Mac’s debut release on Punch Drunk is so very close and we’re stoked for him. First time I heard this dropped at Dubloaded I was a complete sucker for it’s addictive hook and floating vocals. Official release date is the 9th May but if you head over to the Punch Drunk site they have very limited white label test presses for sale. Big up Andy and props to the Punch Drunk family!
Five Easy Pieces is a new label from the people behing the outstanding BTG blog and tonight (Tuesday 5th April) they’re taking over as Boiler Room hit their half-century. Kutmah, Ghostpoet, Lapalux and the excellent Royalty are on the bill, with the latter having been responsible for FEP001, a supercooled slice of synthy funk you can check out here.
OK so the photo’s from the Standard Place Boiler Room takeover but Loe and Oneman were on Rinse together on Wednesday night and now the podcast’s up. The Joy o/Boddika colab got dropped, as did a whole host of other goodness.
Dublin heads are probably already familiar with the Ignored Playaz night, with it having recently played host to Pearson Sound, Actress and Girl Unit amongst others. If not though this Saturday is a prime time to get aquainted as Addison Groove and Jam City headline the Underground at Kennedy’s Bar on Westland Row, promising straight vibes and more 808 than you can shake a stick at.
A huge thankyou to everyone that came down to Donuts on Saturday for the Ashes57 show preview. The turnout was great, Delphine’s work looked stunning and Velour and Baobinga AKA Young Beezy absolutely killed it. A big thankyou also goes to Danielle and Brothers Cider for providing the drinks.
“We are proud to announce the release of our first t-shirt drop in a doodled series of people that we love and that have inspired us over the years. Today on the 14th anniversary of his death we bring you a tight fitting tribute to Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls who blessed us all with his ill funk flow.”
Printed by hand | White 100% preshrunk Jersey Cotton | £20 a piece.
First 10 sold get a limited edition print on 270gsm acid-free archival stock
Tees and Champion sweats from Too Much Posse will be instore at Donuts next week. Hold tight for the drop and in the meantime check these pics the boys took when they went to see the collection being printed.
Too Much Posse is definitely one of my favourite brands at Donuts. I have big respect for the way they do their thing quietly, without hyping, and just let the strength of the designs speak for themselves.
This season’s range is nearly ready and includes their trademark photo-based tees and, for the first time, sweatshirts, being printed on classic Champion crews. Watch out for some preview images after the weekend and the collection dropping at Donuts the following week.
New one from the man like Shandy featuring an as-yet-unannounced Swamp 81 release (no not that one) and, most importantly, the DJ Shandy special of Shitta. Go cop that.
Marcus Nasty & Soul Bliss – Shitta – Shandy special (dub)
Geeneus & Ms Dynamite – Crackish / Get Low (dub)
Champion – Lose Control (forthcoming Hardrive)
Hardhouse Banton ft. Tiger S & PSG – Sirens refix (dub)
Jook 10 – Dark Sirens (Soul Serious)
T.Williams – Getting Mine (Enchufada)
TRC & Trim – Skipping Rope / I Am (dub)
Roska – Jackpot (forthcoming Rinse)
Canblaster – Clockworks (Nightshifters)
Julio Bashmore – Ask Yourself (PTN)
Blaque Ivory – I Do (Phuturistix dub) (white)
Outboxx – Kate Libbys (forthcoming Immerse)
Ramadanman & Midland – Your Words Matter (Aus)
Seiji – More of You (Seiji3)
Sunday Roast – Occuring (Soul Serious)
Ill Blu – Meltdown (Numbers)
Andy Jay & S-Tee ft. Big Rob – Tutti Frutti – Shandy special (dub)
Funkystepz – Fuller (Hyperdub)
Tim Deluxe vs DJ Naughty – It Just Won’t Do (dub)
T.Williams – Hard Cash (Deep Teknologi)
Photek ft. Robert Owens – Mine to Give (Astralwerks)
Altered Natives ft. Sacha Williamson – Believe in Me (FMM)
Zed Bias – Music Deep Inside (forthcoming Swamp81)
Nash has been at it again, this time painstakingly transforming a pair of AF1s into fully functioning speakers for Havana’s “Inspired Ingenuity” project. Head on over to Art & Sole for more pictures and an interview with the man himself. Big up Nash!
As well as producing some of the best tees ever to grace the rails at Donuts, Too Much Posse maintain a blog, light on words but heavy on the images from which they draw inspiration. A key element of that is graff and with that in mind they’ve sourced a few copies of Probation Vacation, the long-awaited debut book by Danielle Bremner and Jim Clay Harper VI, aka UTAH and ETHER from NYC. Probation Vacation showcases a selection of photographs from Bremner and Harper’s vast archive of rare images that, until now, have been viewed by only their closest confidants.
Here’s a little preview of the Navajo pack from Keep’s SS11 collection, coming to Donuts in mens and womens sizes.
For this pack Keep have used “a dusty palette based on the medicine man’s eye, a design indicating wisdom and foresight”. They’ve also opted for a pesticide free, sustainably grown hemp rather than their usual canvas. We love them, we just hope they sell out before word spreads to St. Werburghs…
London’s BTG (Bridging The Gap) is a music and art blog that we at Donuts are big fans of so when they asked us to do a mix and interview for them we were stoked, although slack as ever about actually getting round to it. If you want to check it out then head over to their site, we wholeheartedly recommend the mix EFA put together.
Dubloaded regularly put on some pretty jaw dropping lineups, especially considering it’s a midweek affair that always costs an utterly reasonable £5, but this one has got more people talking than any I can remember. Frankly it’s going to be fucking stupid and if you need to know why check the Boiler Room sets from last week or Addison Groove’s new Jukebox mix.
Norse Projects has grown to be one of the absolute favourite brands at Donuts over the last year, both for us personally and for you guys. This season we’ve taken on a bigger selection from the range, adding jackets, shorts and denim to the shirts, tees and headwear we’ve had previously.
The first drop is just a day or two away so with this in mind here are a few tasters of what we have coming (stolen from Hypebeast’s collection preview).
1. Funkin Matt – get loose
2. Monkey safari – Fanfara (chaos in the cbd remix)
3. Daniel haaksman – Purr na na (beataucue remix)
4. Mastiksoul & dj malvado – Kimene
5. Drop the lime – hot as hell (canblaster remix)
6. Tomb crew – FIYT night
7. Toddska – cowboi
8. Greymatter – el fumo ft Dieze tigrona (warrior one remix)
9. Sandro silva – hands high
10. Tomb crew – Stella fog
11. Andy H – a little jive
12. Tomb crew – king of the tweets
13. Rack n ruin – mindscape
14. Sbtrkt & jessie ware – nervous
15. Randomer & adverse – alize?
16. Terror danjah – Air bubble (swindle remix)
17. Tomb crew – oh so good
18. Zarif – Box of secrets (redlight remix)
19. Caspa – back for the first booty
20. Drums of death – I can’t take it
21. Tomb crew ft Serocee – jump n rewind
22. Baobinga & ID – man down
23. Pyramid – Trouble (the others remix)
24. Mumdance – sacrifice riddim (jack sparrow remix)
25. Zinc ft no lay – killa sound (numa crew x skream remix)
26. Tomb crew – dungeon town
27. P Money – slang like this remix
So we know you lot love your vintage sporstwear and what better than an original 90′s LA Raiders snapback? Well we’ve got a little treat for you..
We have one collectors edition Pro-line Raiders cap to GIVE AWAY. All you gotta do to be in the running for it is to purchase any other piece of deadstock merchandise from us and you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw. Names will be pulled from a hat (probably this one) and a winner announced towards the end of February..
Check out this competition put together by some friends of donuts for Polo Jeans Co.
They’re offering a once in a life time opportunity of a commission-based art award for up and coming artists to take part in week long mentorship placements in some of the top cities around the world. This follows on from the massive success of the 2010 Art Stars campaign; if you feel like entering, get in there quick, it’s only running till the 4th of February
Wooooooooooooooo I just copped the White/Cement Jordan IIIs! With perfect timing we’ve got our hands on a few OG Chicago Bulls beanies and I actually can’t think of anything better to rock with these shoes. £20 and available here.
Loefah is a g. Noone would have hated on him if he’d merely rested on his giant DMZ laurels but instead he went and launched Swamp81, the label that did perhaps more than any other to change the face of dance music last year. Recorded at Fabric and kicking off with the huge Sicko Cell (who the fuck made that?!) this mix is a perfect taste of that new direction and of what he’ll be destroying Basement 45 with next Saturday at Crazylegs.
A slightly belated drop for the Rockers Holiday 2010 collection but it’s too good to not mention. The Actual Pain colab gets a reprint, this time on a sick Champion sweat, and the new, Raiders-based “Above The Law” design sneaks out early ahead of it’s full release for SS11. Available now instore and online, crews £65 and tees £35.
The Daily Street add to their rapidly growing collection of podcasts with another healthy addition.. Super Records co-owner Raffertie steps up with an impressive tracklisting. Click the image for Soundcloud and download links.
All the prints featured in Zoom’s show at Donuts are available for sale now. Each is an edition of 10, never to be developed again, in large A2 format and priced at just £60. Here are a few of my favourites.
We can’t quite believe it either but to thank you all for the support so far we have a very special birthday party planned.. Morgan Zarate will be joining us alongside the Futureboogie guys down at The Bank of Stokes Croft (Bristol) for a free party – all the way live til’ 4am! Come eat some donuts with us xx
As well as the opening of his photography exhibition, this Friday sees the launch of Zoom’s clothing brand thiry5million. The first collection, entitled “The Boogieman Project”, will feature tees and crews based around his borderline-obsessive interest in twisted clown masks.
We just received 3 new tees from London based brand Ranks. Paying homage to their favourite dancehall artists by creating their “dream tour posters”, these are strictly limited numbers-wise and stupidly dope.
We know how hard some of you fiend for those deadstock vintage pieces that are truly unique and we’ve been working hard to sate your hunger. Coming this week will be a new drop of snapbacks, featuring the likes of the Raiders, Charlotte Hornets and LA Kings, and arriving today we had these Raiders tees, printed for a Raiders VS Kansas Cheifs game many years ago. We still have a couple left but they probably won’t make it to the online store so holla on 0117 929 2625 if you want one.
The Daily Street have been really on point with their mixtape series so far and the latest installment is no exception, coming from Hessle new boy Blawan. There are some wicked unreleased bits on there from Midland, Pearson Sound and others but for me it’s the Harmonimix of Pev’s Roll With The Punches that makes this mix absolutely essential.
This Saturday at The Cube Rizla are running a workshop on “the art of the remix”, chaired by MJ Cole. Running from 2-4pm the workshop is completely free but you need to register to attend at http://www.rizlarecrafted.co.uk/
Whilst my back has been turned Stones Throw records have been busy compiling new mixes for their podcast series and have hit jackpot with two recent offerings from Paul White and Kutmah. South London based Paul White compiles a mix of strictly original music with remixes of two hip hop greats – Guilty Simpson and Talib Kweli. Kutmah on the other hand digs for straight unreleased gems from a spectrum of sources including Ras G, Flying Lotus and Mono/Poly. Head over to Stones Throw for the i tunes download links – this is essential listening.
Triple celebrations this Friday at Shop Dutty: the shop itself is 2 years old, Dutty Girl’s first ever music video will be getting its premier and finally it’s also Sarah B’s birthday. Drinks from 7pm at the store, music from Mensah (90s r&b!), Fireman Sam and DJ Skint, plus an afterparty at our new favourite spot The Bank. See you there.
This month is Movember; when mo’ustaches and November come together to raise money and awareness for The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC), the UK’s leading prostate cancer charity.
Team Crazylegs will be sporting a variety of dashing lip adornments and we’d very much appreciate it if you could go to our Mospace page and make a donation, however large or small, or sponsor us in person next time you see us. Thanks!
We’re a bit late posting this one but here’s the video from our Crazylegs X Urban Nerds show a couple of weeks back, courtesy of the guys at FOO Magazine. It was pretty ridiculous, huge turnout and great tunes all night, with Sticky and Lady Chann being my personal highlight. We had a LOT of fun, which is probably why none of us made it to the final cut of the video…
“The All I want for Christmas cards project is an annual festive project in support of the Bristol based charity “Young Bristol”. Now into its second collection the project brings together 20 illustrators from around the country whose specific works for the project have been used to create a limited edition collection of Christmas cards that will be sold as packs containing each of the 20 cards.”
The 2nd collection of these cards launches this Thursday at The White Bear with the original artworks being auctioned for the Young Bristol charity. Expect music from special guest DJs and a rumoured appearance from a certain well-known-but-anonymous artist… Oh and, as it’s The White Bear, too much tequila is probably on the cards as well (no pun intended).
Tomorrow night is a special one for Pollen; as well as reaching a landmark 3rd birthday EFA’s label is celebrating the release of POL12002, XXXY’s “Rain”. On the bill are XXXY, Slugabed, Hodge, EFA, Badger, the Kelly Twins and a very special guest…
For more details check out the new Pollen website, from whence I’ve jacked Lumen’s video for “Rain”…
Issue 1 of Trap Magazine will be available from next week, or tomorrow night for anyone reaching Motion, featuring a Donuts photoshoot and Redlight in Rockers NYC on the front cover, as well as interviews with Deadboy and Nash Money. Big ups Jon, Kasha and the team. We’re proud to be involved.