With the redesign of i-D online now live, the possibilities opening up to both you and I are boundless. July’s mix-tape has been manufactured to motivate, lock in and switch off.
Inundated by a plethora of fresh artists, DJ’s and singer/songwriters, this month’s run-down of the best beats was a beast to whittle down. Spending our time losing our minds listening to live music at the best of British festivals this summer, each one delivered an assault on our eardrums hefty enough to fuel a new obsession. Enter Kozzie, Com Truise, Semtek, Balam Acab and Lana Del Ray. With Secret Garden Party fast approaching, who knows what fine beats we have yet to unearth. Of course, gigs have not been the sole source of inspiration for our choice du jour. Spending some time down at the local Soho screening rooms, we’re dizzy over Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s latest cinematic offering Drive, an 80s inspired tale of love, carnage and fast car chases. Our mix-tape intro is brought to you from the film’s soundtrack, courtesy of College and is an ambient, aural extravaganza caught on loop at the i-D HQ. Whether you’re into electro, alternative, house, hip-hop, grime or garage there’s a slice to please everyone in this casserole of chunky choonage.
The cheeky, felt tip-e-quipped illustrator etching out the cover art for our compilation this month is none other than Kingston graduate Hattie Stewart, the 22-year-old whose trademark scribbles are her elaborate skulls. Commissioned to work on an exciting array of projects from high brow clients including Katie Hillier, Luella, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Creative Review, this little lady is set for big things. Check out more of her work here.
Text and Selection: Milly McMahon
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