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  • A Chat with Model Brothers Sayan and Bayan

    This week, Blood Brother had a chat with Mongolian/French model brothers Sayan and Bayan. We talked about their rise to success through modelling, their favourite brands, and what it was like growing up in a foreign city.

     

    As brothers, what are your biggest achievment?

    We were born in Mongolia, so our childhood was a transition between two cultures. We grew up and became occidental kids, we love the same things like music, fashion, art, girls... We grew with the same culture as occidental kids do now, but our mentality is still different due to the education we had and knowing where we're from. It always pushes us to go further, do more, be better and to prove to our parents that they didn't watch us do this for nothing. So being here and doing what we love and being recognised for it is the biggest achievement for us. We hope we're going big on big.

     

    What does Paris offer that no other city does?
    Paris is an art impregnated city. It inspires every artist in the world. Paris is like a creative cauldron, always cooking up something new.  
     
     
    What was your favourite outfit from the shoot?  

    [Bayan]: I love this one. 
    [Sayan]: And me this one.

     

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    What part of Paris is your favourite area and why?
    It's not very original but I like hanging out in Châtelet with my squad. It's a very young and active area in Paris. There are many shops, especially vintage stores. I like the 13th arrondissement too, it's the main Chinatown where I can eat Pho haha.  

     

    What are your favourite brands? 
    Hmm it's very hard... I really love VLONE because of his [A$AP Bari's] brand design. The logo and all the visuals are crazy, the universe and the mood he brings is so unique. When I discovered Gosha I had an impression of déjà-vu. I grew up in Mongolia with a big post-soviet influence so Gosha's aesthetic takes me back to my younger years where I remember the Russian/Soviet mood. His designs remind me of my childhood with all the Russian movies, music, architecture etc. It was awesome... Gosha is definitely a genius.

     

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  • LFWM Party Recap

    The 10th of June marked Blood Brother's bi-annual Fashion Week party. The event took place at the newly built Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch, and we've only just recovered from it.

    The night consisted of music from DJs Flohio, Medium Rare, Flora Yin-Wong and Aymen, as well as a more than memorable live performance from Northampton born energy radiator and underground MC slowthai. slowthai's ability to grip a crowd no matter the size is mesmerising, and the infectious mood that pours out of him generated a night to remember.

    The BB Corp inspired decor and staff-wear provided a truly immersive experience that ran parallel to the SS18 presentation. An inhumane amount of Hennessy was consumed and we ran 30 minutes past curfew. It was a big one.

     

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  • O+ Review: Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions

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    How do you define the word rapper? In fact, how do you define hip-hop? Now take that definition, and try and put Yachty in that box… This is where the divide in opinion becomes more apparent. Those who force him into a genre he’s never claimed to be a part of are going to struggle to listen to him. This is because they’ve already prepared an idea of what he’s supposed to or going to sound like. Once you realise it’s nothing like you expected, and it doesn’t tick the “hip-hop” boxes, you’re left feeling unsatisfied.

     

    However, those who opt to listen to his music with an open mind, and expect nothing more than a happy 19 year old doing what he loves in his own way, then you’ll probably be more inclined to keep listening. Teenage Emotions is a grower, the more you listen to it, the better you understand his different personalities.

     

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    On this project, Yachty effortlessly floats throughout a handful of genres, boasting his eclectic nature. The project is generally all about fun and positivity, but when it does get dark you're never left feeling insulted or affected. He’s the overly ignorant, more staple rapper on tracks like FYI and hit Peekaboo with Migos, but then he creates the soundtrack to your favourite 80’s highschool sitcom on Bring It Back.

    Once you realise that these songs are written and recorded as different characters it becomes a much richer project, and enables you to listen to each track subjectively. The fact that Peekaboo and Bring It Back are even on the same album together proves Yachty's vocal and lyrical diversity, but the calmer tracks such as Like a Star and Lady in Yellow seem to outweigh the heavier ones. If you prefer the happier colourful side of Yachty then tracks like Say My Name and X-Men might be a bit of a chore to get through.

     


     

    It doesn’t take a trained ear to seek out the more polished and label-profitable tracks like Better with Stefflon Don where Yachty just feels out of his comfort zone, and Forever Young with Diplo where you can hear and feel the budget bursting at the seams. We lose that unique, clean rawness that put him where he is today and it begins to feel more like a product designed to sell.

     

    To break it down, the album feels a little all over the place in terms of themes, but it’s not bad music. There are just so many personalities to Yachty's character you find yourself taking breaks then coming back. But I guess I have to think, did I know what I wanted to do when I was 19? Was I burdened with pressure from 4 million fans and a heavily invested label to create something amazing? Maybe Teenage Emotions is a reflection of being young, highly emotional and not knowing what you want to do in life. Maybe the album wasn’t supposed to be a strategic masterpiece with a story by Quentin Tarantino, but series of raw, unarranged emotions captured through an original style of music by a happy teenager. Maybe we should just give him a break and join the sailing team...

    Stream the album on Apple Music and Spotify now.

  • The Evolution of Planet Earth II

    In 2006, the Planet Earth Franchise released a series on our breath-taking natural world. It became popular worldwide, gaining approval from every corner of the globe. With the BBC investing more than ever before in a nature documentary, who else other than David Attenborough to fill the spot and take us on this adventure. This 11-part series released on DVD and was filmed in high-definition, giving us an exclusive insight into our lands.

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    Fast-forward to 2016 and a decade later, it's time for Planet Earth II. At the beginning of the first episode we join Sir Attenborough himself in a hot-air balloon amongst a snowy and mountainous landscape. We are promised that "much has changed" in the natural world, signalling that this time around Planet Earth II is going to be extraordinary for viewers. And it was.

    With each episode focusing on a separate entity, we were guided through the different, intense environments; Islands, Mountains, Jungles, Deserts, Grasslands and Cities.

    So what made Planet Earth II so intriguing and eventful this time round?

    Firstly, it was nature itself and the sheer intensity of each environment and the chaotic uproar it possessed, yet somewhat humorous antics that shaped the beauty of it all. From young Marine-Iguanas literally running for their lives from Racer Snakes (which became viral) to Flamingos dancing in shallow waters, or glow-in-the-dark creatures deep in the Jungle, each episode became more impressive and each encounter became more mind-blowing.

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    Since 2006, there has been an increasing drive amongst young people to dig deeper, find yourself and encourage change. So, every Sunday as you tend to wind down for the week, there’s not a better way to escape it than getting drawn into a world that seems a lifetime away, yet is so near and can offer so much. As the planet changes rapidly within society and the natural world, Planet Earth II highlights the relationship between them and identifies what really matters that all of us could learn from. These are the relationships we form, the places we call home and an appreciation for our own existence and just how distinctive it really is. In a place where we as a society feel the pressure and worry about every little thing, Planet Earth II is a friendly reminder to stay away from toxic things and start living in the real world.

    At the end of each episode we were introduced to some of the brand-new, groundbreaking equipment and techniques that captured these shots, as half the time I’m sure most of us were thinking, ‘how the f*** did you film that?’ - From this point on we gained some understanding to the depths in which the team went to, and some things were left unexplained... however it’s probably better that way. Hats off to the BBC.

    Lastly, the numbers amongst our younger generation (16 to 35) conveyed the proof that we were all curious to learn more about our planet, as more of us tuned in to watch Planet Earth II than X-Factor. As we look to ponder from the uncertainty of our global predicaments and social changes, this valuable series offers us peace and comfort that some of us needed more than ever.

    Don’t forget to check out Benji B’s Planet Earth Playlist to round up the series.

  • Scotland In Pink - Our Top 5 International Kits of All Time

    With Scotland playing in PINK last Friday, it got us thinking. Who else has made an impression in the fashion stakes with a striking jersey.

    Here are our Top 5 of all time.

    ENGLAND 1990 - 3rd Kit

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    This pale blue beauty had two outings, one in a European Championship qualifier against Turkey on the 1st of May 1991, this the first time a third kit had been used since 1970, and by Bernard Sumner in the 'World In Motion' music video, England's world cup song by New Order.

    NETHERLANDS 1988

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    Who can forget this kit, and who can forget THAT goal by Marco Van Basten. This is the only Dutch kit to have ever won at a major championships. They lifted the 1988 European Championship looking fresh.

    FRANCE 1984

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    An undisputed classic. The three colours of the national flag emblazoned on the chest with a proud Gallic rooster. This was Platini in his pomp. Another great kit lifting the European Championship trophy.

    USA 1994

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    A typically patriotic effort from the Americans when they hosted the World Cup in 1994. Alexei Lalas' flowing locks and mighty beard really made the kit though, without him it would have been forgotten.

    WEST GERMANY 1990

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    It pain me to say, but the last West Germany strip before their unification, is a real beaut. Worn by Klinsmann, Voller, and Matthaus in their 1990 World Cup triumph, it will go down as one of the best ever.

  • Jelle Marten and his Minimalist Vinyl Sleeves

    Say what you want about vinyl, it's always going to be timeless and hold a special places in the hearts of those old enough to remember growing up with it.

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  • "Rabbit Snare Gorge: A Cabin in Nova Scotia

    Omar Gandhi Architect Inc., who worked in collaboration with Design Base 8, designed Rabbit Snare Gorge, a cabin in Nova Scotia, a small, almost freestanding island on the east coast of Canada.

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  • Britain's Best Seaside Hotels

    If you think the only decent summer seaside holidays are the other side of the pond, you're wrong.

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  • O+ Audio - KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

    Last week we saw a lot of new music, including Skepta's long anticipated album Konnichiwa and James Blake's sporadic The Colour in Anything, but nothing blew us away quite like KAYTRANDA's debut studio album 99.9%.

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  • Just Opened - Junkyard Golf

    For three months, The Old Truman Brewery will be taken over by a load of rubbish.. literally... In the form of crazy golf courses, Junkyard Golf Club, already established in Manchester, uses the sort of stuff you'd find at car boot sales, charity shops and junkyards to create a golfing experience like absolutely no other.

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    London’s had a brainwave since the capital’s last pop-up golf course: three courses is more fun than one! New for spring, Junkyard Golf – originally from Manchester – has hit London and offers three insane nine-hole courses (each with a different personality…) named Pedro, Frank and Helga.

    Navigate jacuzzis, slides, speed boats, Wendy houses, cows and treadmills in search of the perfect round. Not to mention the mind-altering UV techno section DAFTWERK.

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    Junkyard has four bars, serving the best cocktails such as 'The Golf Lundgren', 'Who's Your Caddy' and 'Tee Diddy'. The club also features two soon-to-be legendary street food pop-ups, Barts Dog Kart and Big Grillie Style.

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