We had a celebrity visitor in the store last week when chart topping grime-pop sensation Tinchy Stryder popped instore to meet fans and promote his amazing Star In The Hood label. Tinchy rocked up 45 minutes late for the signing and came close to sparking a riot of 200+ tweenagers who’d queued to meet the big (?) man.
Tinchy was a great laugh and showed us some design sketches for next seasons Star In The Hood collection. He also got right behind the Movember campaign and tried on a charity mowser for size… A few lucky winners hit Tinchy’s gig that night but the highlight for us was undoubtedly watching the reactions of some of the kids when they met their idol.
Readers of our fashion magazine Into Xile will be well acquainted with Yogi Haughton the infamous local DJ who keeps us amused with his quarterly rants. While Yogi has always been a wildcard (he brought house and techno to Scotland apparently) we never expected him to launch a career as a top model. While not classically handsome by any means Yogi undoubtedly has a unique look which has got him on the telly! No, he’s not starring in Crime watch (yet) but will be gracing our screens on Never Mind The Buzzcocks this Thursday at 10pm.
Read his latest article online at http://www.xileclothing.com/magazine.php
Ok, so time was the team at Xile were properly clued up on the world of popular music. We knew our Bhangra from our Britpop and our Disco from our Dubstep. Sad to say we’ve taken our finger off the pulse in recent months and are now listening to the same classic albums on heavy rotation.
So… Here’s the deal! We’ve run down 3 all time classic albums that you might have missed, in return we want your suggestions for new beats in the office. These albums are all relatively low-tempo for the office but we’re up for giving anything a bash! Post your suggestions here or on our Facebook. The best suggestion will win a pair of tickets for the upcoming Goldfrapp gig in Glasgow…
1) Fat Freddy’s Drop: Based On A True Story
Tremendous slice of funk/soul/jazz from New Zealand’s best selling band ever! This 7 piece is absolutely fantastic live and their debut album still hit’s the spot. Absolute classic!
2) Easy Star All Stars: Radiodread
A ska/reggea re-imagining of Radiohead’s seminal album OK Computer sounds like a pish idea but this classic cut is as fresh as they come. The intense sounds capes and powerful melodies suit the reggae beat perfectly and the album manages to bring an optimistic tint to Radiohead’s bleaker moments.
Seasick Steve: Dog House Music
Alternative blues and rock performed by a one time hobo on his home made one string guitar? At least there’s a fantastic back story to this lively second album from Seasick Steve. While he’s now broken through with major label success this brilliant solo effort best captures his raucous and rowdy approach to Americana…. Highly Recommended.
Passarella Death Squad Ltd Edition
London based T-Shirt label Passarella has launched a great new limited edition shirt to co-incide with the launch of their new album. The new release on Republic of Desire Recordings features Death In Vegas frontman Tim Holmes and is free with the purchase of the new Nightclubbing T at Xile. The tunes are pretty dark although we felt the review that branded them “bleak electronic Satanism” was possibly too strong! Vice Magazine suggests the album “sets the tone for those S&M soirees you’re always thinking about hosting”… all we need now is the whips and chains.