Friends. Welcome back to Staying In, your unauthorised database dump of outsourced entertainment to see you through one of the bleakest weekends in recent memory.
An illuminating dialogue with Dev Hynes, a 360º live performance from Flatbush Zombies, a poignant final portrait of Leonard Cohen. Just a few things that we’ve come across this week which you can scroll through and explore.
Let’s not say what’s been said a thousand times. Let’s lament together and stick together and stay in together.
Dev Hynes Lecture: Montréal 2016Red Bull Music Academy
Speaking with Lauren Martin at RBMA’s Montréal season, Dev Hynes traces his creative story from moving to New York City with few plans to releasing standout 2016 LP Freetown Sound. It’s a fascinating conversation lecture where the diverse range of influences which inform his sound are explored and celebrated. It also gives you another excuse to revisit Freetown Sound which is no bad thing.
LEONARD COHEN MAKES IT DARKERThe New Yorker
Particularly touching in light of his passing, this final profile on the great artist written by David Remnick perfectly captures his dark wit which only evolved and strengthened as he began to confront his own mortality. Read the stunning feature in full here.
Crack 360: Flatbush ZombiesCrack Magazine
The cream of the crop from our content farm this week is a live session from Brooklyn rap sensations Flatbush Zombies. Use your WASD keys to navigate around Bristol’s Invada Studios and use headphones to experience the ambisonic audio mixing where voices follow your view.
Refusing to dance in secret: The Black Madonna on TrumpDazed
It can be hard to muster up any kind of faint optimism – let alone hope – when faced with the news that Donald Trump is now the President-Elect. The Black Madonna – perhaps contemporary dance music’s most crucial and bold voice – penned this article for Dazed in the wake of Trump’s election to office. A battle cry for the marginalised who “refuse to dance in secret”, the piece is a rousing op-ed worthy of anyone’s attention. Check out the full text here.
Data Distortion: The political visuals of Robert Del Naja and UVACrack Magazine
Framed around their landmark Bristol homecoming show, Robert Del Naja and United Visual Artists discuss the politically-charged foundations of the visuals which underpin the Massive Attack live show. Exploring the modern distribution of information, their commentary feels more pressing than ever. Check out Francis Blagburn’s piece on the spectacle here.