video premiere: beautiful machines’ “real love”


it’s back to the future for this bay area band

When singer Conrad Schuman met Finnish drummer/maker/programmer Veli Matti Mattila and globetrotting sound artist Stef Ku in early 2011, it was the start of something beautiful. In the years since, the band has developed a truly magnamious sound that is as much a nod to the past as it is a reflection of the musical ingenuity of today. In 2013, the band released their debut album Disconnect : : Reconnect, and in the following year, Schuman left his day job to pursue music full time. We don’t hesitate in saying that it was definitely the right decision.

Radiating some seriously '80s vibes, “Real Love” is the latest from the San Francisco new wave outfit (or is it new, new wave?). With flashing neon and the occasional glimmer of glitter that envelopes a flurry of swaying bodies at the club, the video is certainly a far cry from the school dance in Sixteen Candles. Instead, it tells the story of a toxic and superficial relationship best defined by such excesses. With the song’s bold hooks and dreamy electro sound, “Real Love” is definitely the real deal, and a promising premiere of the band’s sophomore album.

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Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.