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New York calling for designer Diamond (with your help!)

Madelaine Diamond is a woman on a mission; to become the British face of the Fiesta Stylista New York fashion week campaign, run by Stylist Magazine in conjunction with Ford Fiesta.

11218210_10152884356166277_2950763138048015552_nIn order to achieve her lofty ambition of representing the UK at New York Fashion Week (and winning a cool £10,000 in the process), Maddie needs to pile up Instagram “likes” for the image on the left – where red is the integral theme set for entrants. To assist her progress please click and like here!

As things stand she has 730 votes, and finds herself in 12th position, the final slot of the dozen available for a place in the semi-final of the competition, with voting live until August 2nd.

The 20 year-old Brighton University student from Ryde, Isle of Wight, is no fly-by-night briefly orbiting the fashion stratosphere, having interned at a slew of companies within the industry during the past 18 months.

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Interviews with Creative Minds. No.5: Jason Cox

Jason Cox is a fine specimen of a man, with his musical stylings and silver tongue delighting audiences all over the country. Could the great man cope with an interrogation from DxK? Click the link to find out!

The interview features a brace of JC’s tracks from his recently released album ‘Diamond In The Rough’ (Kureen review:) and all links to the artist are at the bottom of the page.

 

To get in touch with Jason, simply click the links for his Facebook or SoundCloud accounts.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Album Review: JC and The Catfish – ‘Diamond In The Rough’

JC and The Catfish are set to release a seven-track album later this summer, Dom Kureen gives his take on the hip-hop duo’s latest exploits.

JC at work
JC at work

Rarely does a pre-release appear in my email inbox with the sort of anticipation that surrounded ‘Diamond In The Rough’, a seven track LP written and produced by Jason Cox (JC) and Jon Clucas (Catfish Jon) respectively.

A combination of societally scathing rhetoric and unrelenting percussion, the album gets underway via the agile exploits of its ethical quandary fuelled title track.

Focusing on the battle between authenticity and perceived necessity, there is a flavour of early Silibil ‘n’ Brains here, as JC’s heartfelt, seductively crafted lyrical attack on widespread subliminal psyche numbing serves to expose and address an often overlooked political device, whilst ostensibly unburdening the performer from his own demons.

Those concepts are further explored during the next trio of tracks, culminating with the album’s most poignant, stirring cut ‘If I Should Die,’ which hints at underlying religion and recreational drug related reminiscence.

Bob Marley

Following such a storming embarkation,  there are a couple of let downs: ‘Vitamin D’, an ode to an often logistically bound nature versus nurture impasse, focuses on the coming together of a segregated species, poking indecisively at the subject without threatening resolution.

Likewise, ‘Liar’, struggles from the blocks, initially retracing ground by now well worn, although it does ultimately evolve into a decent eulogy for a planet teetering beneath the weight of the excessive apex caused by such ill-conceived hierarchy.

Concluding in a blaze of glory, the duo’s re-imagining of Bob Marley’s legendary ‘Redemption Song’ allows listeners a traipse through JC’s psyche, as he possibly seeks his own redemption from a haunted inner optical.

 

A risky addition due to the original’s continued relevance , the cover is arguably the zenith of a potent, well thought out album and guarantees a satisfying denouement to proceedings.

Despite a brief lapse in vigour, five and a half good to excellent tracks make this thought provoking LP essential listening for fans of spoken word, rap and/or hip-hop

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.