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Woodkid – ‘THE GOLDEN AGE’ feat. Max Richter ‘EMBERS’

Ten minutes of drama, trauma, hope – with just a dash of trumpet-fuelled triumph – here in Woodkid’s stunning theatrical edit of The Golden Age. It’s just latest in this man’s contribution to the audio-visual landscape over the last few years and, not to mention his heart-stopping live performances, I’m not sure there’s anyone else with such a unique and piercing focus on their vision. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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Colourized Classics

Check out these fantastic old shots that have had just a dash of life beautifully dripped back into them. Hard to imagine but these have been digitally recoloured by hand(mouse) using little more than a few other photos for some reference and a natural eye for colours. Surely that must be the 2013 equivalent of breaking out that 10,000 piece jigsaw of baked beans that’s been gathering dust under the stairs since 1999. In other words, I’d have no idea, no patience and probably no ability in mounting this E Everest.

I love the wee boy from the blitz, and I think Hepburn and Goebbels are absolutely heart-stopping, but obviously for quite different reasons.

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Behind a Little House

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Cracking stuff for those weary eyes here from Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino. This series of landscapes were taken from the exact same spot over stretch of two years. The changes in light and the weather are an incredible contrast against that little house…wonder what’s inside?

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ViLLΛGE – Wanna Tell You (Henry Krinkle remix)

In my opinion the two finest producers out there right now. Romanian ViLLΛGE puts up his Wanna Tell You for florida’s Henry Krinkle to smash out of the park in this storming remix. With more than an appreciative nod towards ViLLΛGE’s instantly recognisable vocal style, Krinkle adds a bouncy, almost piano house, element that seals the deal. Love it.

Check out more work from both these two as well. Fantastic electronic music from across the world:

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Lights in Chicago

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Strikingly urban and unmistakably cold, this Lights in Chicago series from Chicago-based Japanese photographer Satoki Nagata somehow pulls through a little snippet of urban beauty through it’s innovative lighting and completely natural transparency. Fantastic ghost-like loveliness, and well worth a look through the rest of the series.

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Minimalist Harlem Shake

Right! Last one…but this minimalist Harlem Shake is quite a good one to go out with.

Oh, I just can’t wait to for Alex Zane or some other interchangeable Channel 4 douche to look down on nine-month-ago us for falling for such a faddish fad in a crappy Best of 2013 show just after crimbo. Well, you know what Zane(/other)? Jog on. You’re the next Richard Bacon. You’re the next Harlem Shake.

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James Blake – Retrograde

Love him or hate him (yep, some hate him), the boy-Blake is back and on form in brooding black biker garb. There’s a something odd yet brilliantly spooky in this track, Retrograde. I can’t place if it’s those howling synths, Blake backing his own vocals, or the sign language (something always a little intriguing about seeing it bigger than the bottom-right corner of a tele). It must be the lot.

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Chorus

There are several things you could do with your life if you wanted to lose 13 minutes. You could microwave something meaty and mysterious from a leading supermarché. You could polish a shoe. You could iron half a shirt (yes, it takes me 30 minutes to iron a shirt). Or, you could watch these utterly mesmeric shots here courtesy of Michael Langan in his short film, ChorosI’ve watched it about four times now, so it’s probably best I iron that bloody shirt.