Plan B has returned this month with ‘iLL Manors’ and uncensored opinions. His dark, sinister sounds have set the tone for the March mixtape. Harsh times.
Rinses Shox, deep house don Superhero and techno bros the Adana Twins, do a damn good job of following up from Ben Drew’s (aka Plan B) explosive opening track on this month’s mixtape. Heavy, dark and dangerously loaded, their bass-led beats build and land like the drama after a trauma. That trauma is Plan B. Leading into an electronic crowd of bystanders, G Vump and Electric Guest bring reactive rhythms back into play and get things moving, restoring order with their progressive, more ambient tones.
Whilst that dust settles, everyone who’s anyone is currently sunning themselves over in Austin’s SXSW, so i-D online kindly decided to save you the air fare and create an online festival, right here, in cyberspace. Firm i-D favs and friends Clams Casino, John Talabot, Main Attrakionz, Kindness and L-Vis 1990 kick it again, up on our SoundCloud, fronting their new releases and mixes, placed comfortably alongside the fresher likes of Phlo Finister, Joyce, U.T.R.B, Beca and Little Black Ant. Feeling like a hazy, codeine flavoured night time ride, this should be the soundscape to your life. Engage with us.
Skateboarding, bedroom illustrator and babe magnet Tom Baxter is the ingenious, all-seeing eye behind this month’s Arabian mixtape cover art. Recently graduating from Westminster Uni, the Dalston living, fine lining, animal inspired lad takes great pleasure in creating beautifully detailed imagery from his wild imagination.
Text and selection: Milly McMahon
Artwork: Tom Baxter