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Maze // Gordan Ramsey

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Maze has an exciting menu encompassing the traditional French cuisine with an Asian influence in tasting sized dishes, allowing the diners to sample an array of flavours and textures. We recently went for a spot of lunch at Gordan Ramsey’s Maze in Grosvenor Square and went for their exciting lunch bites menu; four courses for £25. Choosing from a range of savoury and sweet dishes I opted for the steamed sea bream to start with brussel sprouts, enoki mushrooms, ginger and dashi which gave a very fragrant light dish followed by the pork dumplings in an aromatic mushroom broth which really flared the Asian fusion influence. I finished my savoury dishes with the braised beef feather blade accompanied with a pomme puree which was divine, melt in the mouth beef with a rich pomme puree with an exciting twist from the togarashi spice gave a traditional dish an exciting contemporary touch. My sweet followed; a gorgeous parfait with a very festive clove ice cream got me very excited for the afternoon of Christmas shopping. This four course menu for £25 is very much worth it, with generous sized tasting dishes and an extensive cocktail and wine list it’s ideal for a lunch out with girls or treating your partner to a little fine dining. 

 

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Pulsecode is the production alias of 19 year old Simon Kitt. Hailing from the South West this young producer is set to take the electronic music scene by storm. With a great combination of garage, techno and old school baselines this exciting new EP from the talented Pulsecode no doubt will transport you back to the Ibiza summers of the 90’s with a innovative contemporary edge.

The EP kicks off with On The Pulse, a two step garage tune that will no doubt be gracing your club nights. With huge build ups blasting through, leading to minimalistic bass lines with a twist of dubstep, On The Pulse really sets the standards for this elevating and gutsy EP. 

Heavy On The Hummus follows with a touch of house with swirling synths in quite a minimal style as it moves and flows into a jungle influence creating an interesting dynamic to the piece.

Track three, Here With Me channels some old school bass lines with a strong fusion of garage and techno forming a crowd worthy track with a hooky vocal showcase – extracting the voice and using it as an instrument within this heavily dance rooted track really pushes the boat out for an epic finish and intrepid EP from the talented young Pulsecode.

Pulsecode’s first EP will be available for digital purchase from the 3rd of December, being released through the cutting edge label, Disco’s Dead Records. Head over to www.discosdead.com to keep up to date with their mixes and releases featuring some of the South West’s freshest talent. 

Pulsecode // Review

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They Capture Everything About a Person That Needs to Be Captured.

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Nathan Ford, hands down, makes my favorite kind of portraits in all the world. They just capture everything about a person that needs to be captured. They eliminate the need for excessive detail and photo realism that a lot of portrait artists seem to cling to. There are glimpes of genius in each painting as he hones in on accute areas of the face, like the eye or mouth, giving it a voice and letting it give you the information you need to read the rest of the painting. With the artists that choose to reproduce a face or image to perfection I sometimes feel myself, whilst always being impressed, a little bored and a little distanced from the piece. With Ford’s work, although some area’s are almost at that degree of detail, he still keeps a level of ambiguity and charming inperfection where he just uses tone and harsh directional line to indicate the shape of the face or ear etc. There is something really calming and easy about looking at a portrait by Ford that I haven’t found with many other artists. Like a lullaby for the eyes.


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Calogero Cammalleri

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This wont be anything close to a full blown review, partly because he hasn’t done anything close to a full blown amount of work, and partly because i’m too intimidated by his photos that I daren’t have too much of an opinion on them just yet. I stumbled across these photos on a nice little photography blog ‘500 Photographers’ (link at the bottom) and fell in love a little bit. He photographs as if he has lived through years of sorrow and anguise and long lost lovers… and he’s only just 19 which is a bit of a kick in the teeth. I’m not exactly sure what it is about his work that I like so much, they have a very similar feel to the photos of Francesca Woodman yet the lack of nudity and/or the female form brings to them a whole new focus on the face and it’s expression. They are hauting, and possess an unusual pained quality that makes me want to stare and stare at them in some kind of attempt to be-friend the young boy he uses as his subject. Definitely, definitely one to keep an on and I can only hope he hasn’t peaked too early and we have lots more genius to come.

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Sabrina Ward Harrison

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I’m going to be honest with you, and don’t hate me for it, but I don’t really like Sabrina Ward Harrison’s work on face value. However, I have two of her books at home and ‘Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming yourself’ is probably the most frequently flicked through book I have. She has a way with words, to say the least and they’re the kind of words that you can’t help but be sucked in and enchanted by. I wish there was a single profound quote I could pluck from her book so you could see exactly what I mean but the beauty of it is that the whole thing is one long bundle of profoundness.

Whenever i’m feeling a little meek or a little rainy I turn to it, my crayon bible. Her words, and the way their semi-clichéd truths are disguised in bright bold patterns, lines and shapes, make believing in them OK. I’m not one for soul-searching, female-empowering writing normally, it always makes me cringe a little, but for whatever reason Harrison allows me a little light relief from my stubbornness.

I’m not sure what she’s doing in the way of new work at the moment and I’m not sure I’ll go in search of it. For now I’m happy in my little Sabrina bubble and she will remain my imaginary agony aunt for the foreseeable future.

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Out of the Game

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Rufus Wainwright’s, ‘Out of the Game’ has been released this week and what an album. Wainwright has returned to the studio with the desire of returning to the lavish pop of his earlier days. I was a little curious to hear that Mark Ronson has produced the album, but the popish vibe that Wainwright had wanted to venture into has a strong influence from Ronson and works well. However, Wainwright is still firmly rooted in what he does best, and the record is remarkable. Rufus Wainwright is an extremely talented artist.

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Samuel Bassett

Samuel Bassett

Sam Bassett has an imagination I’d like to marry… or maybe just walk around in and poke about for a while. His work it reminiscent of a couple of other Cornish artists I’ve been keeping my eye on for a while now, especially that of Danny Fox (review to follow). It’s the kind of work that you want to stand in front of from a distance, take a big breath in and just look at with a smile on your face. He describes his work as being an attempt to “make the mundane, dirty and uncontrollable things in life look pretty” and whilst he does this he also evokes some kind of reminiscence of childhood and of being vulnerable. There is an honesty and delicateness to the smaller pieces in the collection that couldn’t be created through anything but pure, unadulterated dedication to the moment that inspired it. He uses a muted orange and light blue palette throughout the collection, not in an overly obvious way but in enough of a way to make you feel at ease and comfortable with what you’re looking at. It seemed to be essential in making sense of the scattered-ness and inconsistency in style and medium he crammed beautifully into the small-ish gallery space. It baffles me how he manages to marry pretty little inky illustrations with huge powerful sculpture pieces so seamlessly and in such limited space.

Maybe the affinity I have with his work is something do to with the similarities is holds with some of my own, maybe not. What I can say is that it’s execution and concept is something perfection-like. I just love it. The exhibition is open till the 24th of April, but as most people on here wont be able to get down to Cornwall just take a look here: http://www.samuelbassett.co.uk/. He deserves a butt load more recognition and notoriety and i’m sure one day he probably will.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

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I first saw Danny Fox’s work in a bar in Cornwall. Although I can’t say it caught my eye as being particulary my thing straight away, I have definitely grown to appreciate and love it (and the rest of his work) since taking up painting myself a bit more seriously. At first glance they may appear to be on the casual side of conceptual, not that there’s anything wrong witht that, but he is really quite accurate in his structure/poroportion in the more portraity pieces of his which makes me less inclined to lump him into the ‘can’t draw, so i’ll paint’ category of artist. When he wants to be at least.

 Whenever I sit down and look at his work, or come across it in that bar in Cornwall, it reminds me how freeing painting can be if you let it. Fuck the countryside landscapes and boatyards so frequently obsessed over by Cornish artists, this is the kind of art I would be proud to be Cornish for. Maybe thats just the sea air talking. He sometimes crosses the boarder between painting and photography too in a really interesting and almost decorative way. ‘Some Kind of Goodbye’ and ‘Prado’ are my favorites of his, but that was a close call. Even though his work varies so much in its style and presentation it’s hard to pick one out as a favorite because of the underlying similarity in atmosphere and intent they all have.

He’s the kind of artist that doesn’t just impress you with a technically brilliant painting then leave you feeling a bit deflated that you’ll never be able to paint the Mona Lisa, but inspires you to not give so much of a shit about what kind of paintings you paint or what kind of artist people think you are. I like that. I like him, and that’s it really.

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Deavious Review // Plus Tin Man Army Video Interview Up Soon

Deavious Review 

If you missed out on our review of Deavious’s recent free five track EP, you can check out on the link here.
He has a great new 16 track album coming out in the near future, which is sounding brilliant and we were fortunate enough to have an interview with him about his forthcoming album, Tin Man Army.
So keep a look out for our video interview with Deavious which will be up at the end of week.

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Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern

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Damien Hirst makes me want to puke and be creative all at the same time. I went to see his exhibition at the Tate Modern last week and was, on some level, pretty impressed with the sheer magnitude of his fascination with death and decay and all things scientifically-gross. It seems to me that the majority of the criticism thrown at Hirst is as a result of people resenting how little of his work is done with his own hands and with the hands of one of his many ‘helpers’ instead.  So when I thought I’d discovered he could actually knock up a mean painting I was pleasantly surprised, and a little less reluctant to be another one of millions of suckers paying to view his creations. However, I was very quickly disillusioned by this as it didn’t take much digging to find out he didn’t actually do that himself either. what a bummer. I did however leave the exhibition that day feeling a little more open minded about ways in which some one can call themselves an artist and also with the distinct smell of dead cow in my nose for the next hundred hours. Damien Hirst has some crazy exciting ideas about how and what to immortalise in the name of 21st Century art, and you know what… I don’t even care that he doesn’t or can’t actualise them himself. whether you want to accept him as an artist not you can’t dispute that he makes things that people want, and will pay to see, and I’m a fan. So shoot me.

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