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AUDIO / 10 FAVORITE LPS OF 2014

In no discernible order, here is a list of our top 10 favorite LPs of this year. Nonstop talent ending 2014 with a bang!

 

ITAL / ENDGAME / LOVERS ROCK

Ital returns with his 3rd LP, a lush, layered deep techno album, proving to all critics that his experimentation in disco, house, body music and, for this output, psychedelics, were building up to his most mature, sensuous, ghostly and prolific record to date.

 

ANDY STOTT / FAITH IN STRANGERS / MODERN LOVE

How does one follow up to one of the best records of 2012? With Luxury Problems, Stott collaborated his pitch black sound with vocalist Alison Skidmore making a record so perfect, complete, so utterly beautiful that expectations would be considerably high for his next release. With Faith in Strangers, Stott collaborates again with Skidmore, showcasing her luminous vocal range and Stott purging himself deeper into dub. Faith can only be a record created in Manchester, an urban landscape with it's post-punk roots and gloomy skies. Though not as powerful as Luxury, Faith is a subtle, laidback and an essential listen.

 

FURTHER REDUCTIONS / WOODWORK / CITITRAX

Shawn O'Sullivan can do no wrong, with membership in the stripped down synth trio, Led Er Est, electronic albums for Wierd Records, Mannequin, Sacred Bones and his alias releases for L.I.E.S and Avian, he has cranked out years of spectacular work, from a wide range of electronic genres. Here he teams back up with his Further Reductions partner Katie Rose to release Woodwork. With O'Sullivan's thumping bass and Katie Rose's blurred vocals layered a top lush, atmospheric affects, this is a XX/XY pairing that Chris and Cosey fans would enjoy.

 

FKA TWIGS / LP2 / YOUNG TURKS

Quite possibly the sexiest album of 2014, LP2 is like a juicy pair of lips just slightly open, A slow light spanking, a hand wrapped across the neck with the tiniest bit of pressure. It is everything that has been missing from pop music this year and this sensuous songstress vogued her way into our best of list without breaking a sweat or her harness straps.

EARTHEN SEA / MIRAGE / LOVERS ROCK

 

MAGIC TOUCH / PALERMO HOUSE GANG / 100% SILK

The third member of Mi Ami makes this list with his first happy house LP for 100% Silk. With his recent address change from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Damon Palermo is looking to sunnier skies and his music is sparkling with disco and early house references. With collaborations with Newbody, Octo Octa, Ash Williams and a record cover by talented illustrator and San Francisco resident DJ, Primo, Palermo House Gang is exactly what the name implies, a celebration of some of his favorite cats in the game.

 

GROUPER / RUINS / KRANKY

The album is a document. A nod to the daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love -Liz Harris.

An utterly gorgeous album.

 

FRANK & TONY / YOU GO GIRL / SCISSORS & THREAD

A butter-smooth deep house record made like an homage to a 90s boyhood crush. Frank & Tony's You Go Girl still feels contemporary, but reads like a mash up of Groove Theory's Tell Me and DJ Sprinkles.

 

BRONZE / WORLD ARENA / NOT NOT FUN

The celebrated weirdos of Bronze brings their best efforts so far with a haze-y, smoked out, psychedelic effort in World Arena. A true testament that San Francisco still has guys who love to perform in homemade costumes who can still hold a name for themselves as one of San Francisco's most respected bands.

 

AURORA HALAL / PASSAGEWAYS / MUTUAL DREAMING

Female electronic producers are rare diamonds in the ruff. A voice so few in such a male dominant world. Aurora Halal is one of even fewer women making techno music, especially deep, heavy, vibrating techno that has as much grit, intelligence and swagger as any male producer can sculpt. As a video artist, Aurora has been able to manipulate and distort the eye, as a musician, with her collaboration with Steve Summers in Inner Gaze and her more recent escapes with Ital, Aurora can do the same with an audio experience. Superb.

 

STUDY / CAMP SERVICE PARKA

 

Camp Service makes beautiful clothes for a casual outdoors lifestyle.

Perfect pieces for a walk along the coast, a short hike in the woods, or an overnight in the mountains.

Utility, design, and wearability find a perfect balance in this seasons Padded Parka. Cropped shorter right at the waist, to give you a better range of motion, which proves to be especially nice for riding a bike without having a jacket bunched up under your bum. 

 

Perfectly placed darts on the sleeve, again help making this parka feel a bit less bulky, while also also adding some nice style. Sleeve pocket with a little flap for stashing your small adventure supplies, and two generous pockets on the front keep your hands toasty. 

 

For west coasters facing a mild winter this is our favorite option for outerwear this season. As long as you aren’t facing a blizzard, we highly recommend this jacket as your everyday go to piece to keep you cozy. Those of you facing a harsher winter check out the Samsoe Samsoe Beaufort Jacket with wearable and removable puffy lining.

WOMEN'S HOLIDAY LOOKS No. 1

· HARPUTS JUMPER PANTS + REALITY STUDIO RETO SHOES

 

SF based Harputs Jumper Pants are everything we ever dreamed of. Functional and smart, this wonderful pants can be worn in many ways.

Worn here as a jumpsuit, Akari looks modern and minimal, but keeping a classic and elegant essence.

Made in the most beautiful black gauze they are not only comfortable but they feel luxurious and elevated.

The idea of comfort and functionality is reinforced, pairing them with the Reality Studio Reto Shoes. She is more than ready to welcome the new year dancing the night away.

 

 

· HARPUTS JUMPER PANTS + EQUALS STUDIO SILK RAGLAN

 

 Same piece, whole new look, Worn as pants this Harput Jumper Pants are as good as it gets. Add Equals Studio Provenance Raglan and you are all set.

The fluidity of the beautiful charmeuse silk on the top matches perfectly with the texture and weight of the jumper pants, creating a beautiful shape as well as flattering.

This combination of Californian designers together is perfect match. Minimal, functional and modern, a look that will never be out of style. Today and in 10 years it will still be as relevant as it was 30 years ago.

 

Holiday Gift Guide: KAAREM

KAAREM MAS High Waist Pants

 

One of our all time favorite brands that keeps blowing our minds away is Kaarem. This time they are stepping up their game by making the most stylish, sleek and comfortable pants for this season.

Slim fit, high-waisted trousers with side zip and side pockets will elevate your party looks in a second, while you have the comfort and the confidence to kill it in the dance floor. Dress them up with a pair of black heeled sandals and Kaarem's own Overlap Top or wear them out with a cool sweatshirt and comfy mocassins to go for lunch with the ladies!

Each garment is designed and produced in Kaarem's studio in Ho hi Minh City, Vietnam and it features a handcrafted blind stitch at its openings.

 

 KAAREM Pleat Over Slit Dress

 

It is well known that is hard to find a brand that makes dresses better than Kaarem, and the Pleat Over dress is one of the best exponents of that.

An a-line, boxy fit with a twist. The diagonal pleat that runs through the back of this dress not only gives it an edge and definitely makes it a way more interesting piece, but also works an important part on the amazing fit this dress has; tapering the look in the shoulders while the pleat opens towards the bottom of the dress. This creates a trapezoid illusion that is flattering on any kind of body.

Wear it by itself with your favorite platform booties for an elevated look or tone it down with your favorite pair of wide leg trousers and oxfords for a more relaxed one.

 

 

 

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