So I’m going to start doing these Mood Board things which kind of chronicle my inspirations, all diverse and divergent put together as one. Other people do this but anywho here’s my spin on it.
NATURAL HANGOVER: A brief sonic flashback to 2006 for a moment now. Ralph Tresvant, formerly of New Edition may have had fleeting solo success with his 1991 classic ‘Sensitivity’, but he produced many albums after that point in time.
'Long Hangover' was the lead single from 'Rizz Wa Faire' (no idea, don't ask), which was released independently if I remember correctly. Sampling Biggie's 'Machine Gun Funk', it's a snappy mid-tempo that sounds a lot more vintage than its year of release would suggest but it sort of grows on you and makes quite the impact…even if, in my case you listen to it after a while.
TWO BY THE SEA: It’s rare to come across fashion editorial that really resonates nowadays. Leave it to Mikael Jansson and Karl Templer to keep hope alive though.
Their images of Daria Werbowy in Interview’s September 2014 issue are nothing short of classic and holistic. This image of the model, laying by the sea, looked over by Ossian Fjordefalk has a distinctive cinematic quality to it (heavily influenced by Bergman no doubt, although I’m hardly a connoisseur of the director’s work) and is reminscent of the lensman’s best work.
A late summer in Stockholm never looked so appealing as it does here in this quiet, simple moment.
AT DAWN: A simple, hazily colourful depiction of an early morning on the water here. Photographer Erlend Haarberg captures a boat trip on the Ellenvatnet Lake in the Ovre-Pasvik National Park in Norway.
I’m not entirely sold on the idea of remembering many of the factual information associated with this picture that I just noted down, but the pink and purple sky, preceded by a few strands of lone reeds.
Image sourced from the German National Geographic website.
ON THE FUNICULAR’S PATH: An image that takes me back to my brief trip to Prague. I went to try and locate the Petrin View Tower whilst I was visiting the city and was looking forward to jumping on the funicular, seen here, in order to get to it.
Sadly the queue was so long, that my impatience pushed me to simply walk up the hill, which looking back on it was probably quicker and yet I still feel that I missed out one of the smaller touristic experiences.
Looking at the quaint bliss of the transportation shown here on a leafy green day makes me think I’ll wait next time.
TAKEOVER: A simple snap that I took today whilst out and about in Vienna. The 21 House, a contemporary art gallery has strange opening days, operating from Wednesday to Sunday, with Monday and Tuesday being days off.
As a group of baffled visitors looked through the glass facade of the entrance to the museum, I stood to the right hand side, capturing a metallic creature of sorts taking over the cafe below the museum, reaching far up towards the roof of the building. In this image, it looks as if it’s reaching even further into the sky.
MISSING!! Ataui has been missing since Aug. 6 after disappearing near a Midtown nightclub, police said Monday.
whose full name is Ataui Deng Hopkins, was last seen near 251 West 48th St., where nightclubs XVI Lounge and The Attic are located, at roughly 11 p.m., according to the NYPD.
She was reported missing by her boyfriend, Grant Monohon, on Aug. 16, sources said. He told investigators that the last time he saw her, Aug. 6, she told him she wanted to sleep in a park, law enforcement sources said.
Relatives also told detectives that Deng would occasionally take off for a few days, sources said.
A man who said he was the owner of The Attic said police had been by but, “we don’t know nothing. She was never here.”
A manager there said Grant Monohon (Ataui’s bf) never worked there. Monohon’s Instagram feed is covered with photos of him, Deng and other people partying at The Attic and other nightclubs.
Information report by
Anyone with any information about Deng’s disappearance is asked to called Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). , or NYPDCrimeStoppers.com or text TIP577 to the number 274637. Or Email FindAtaui@gmail.com
Vintage ‘W' never goes amiss.
‘Making A Splash’, January 2001.
Berlin by Albert Watson, in ‘Stern' 1988.
MUCH IS ENOUGH: A chilled and breezy ballad from the early 80s that I have always loved, Marcus Miller’s ‘Much Too Much’ will no doubt be familiar to anyone who can remember the beat of Jay-Z’s ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’ (it sampled this track).
Gorgeous lithe percussion and a laid-back guitar riff combine to create an incredible track, made all the more enjoyable by Mr. Miller’s self-assured yet restrained vocals on this dedication of love in sonic form.