Your 420 Playlist

Happy 420 Novella readers! We wanted to provide you with a chill play mix for the day that went beyond the reggae and pot cliche (not that reggae isn’t fantastic). The tracklist consists of everything from pop, indie and electronic. We hope you have a lovely time listening to these tunes and lighting one –or a few– up.

Rihanna -James Joint

People Under the Stairs – Acid Raindrops

Sharon Forrester – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Erykah Badu – On & On

Wilson Tanner – Sun Room

De Facto – Cordova

OutKast – Crumblin’ Erb

Sean Nicholas Savage – Propaganda

Aquarian Foundation – Mind Miniatures

Rhoda Scott – Molybdenum

Devendra Banhart – Seahorse

Space Dimension Controller – The Love Quadrant

Devin The Dude – Doobie Ashtray

Eckhaus Latta Rethinks the Sex Sells Concept in Their Latest Campaign

Underground fashion darlings Eckhaus Latta have gained notoriety in the mainstream circuit for their none-binary clothing, uninhibited casting choices, unconventional runway shows, and material driven designs. But it’s their SS 2017 campaign that pushes the brand’s honest approach to fashion the furthest: it features a variety of real-life couples engaging in various sexual acts in the brand’s clothing.

Photos courtesy of Eckhaus Latta Instagram

For the campaign, Eckhaus Latta tapped Korean-German photographer Heji Shin, who recently took a break from shooting fashion to create a sex education book for teens.

“For us, it was really important to think of sex as something really natural and not something fabricated, hyper-sexualized, or taboo,” Eckhaus told W Magazine. “We weren’t covering people in oil — that’s actually their sweat, you know?” Latta added. “We’ve really wanted to play with the principles around advertising, but it had to be authentic and it had to be real people. If it was simulated, it would have really lost the whole intention behind the shoot.”

Photos courtesy of Eckhaus Latta Instagram

Lets be real, fashion campaigns that aren’t driven by the ‘sex sells’ concept are few and far in-between. The Eckhaus Latta campaign is bringing consumers back to reality by not airbrushing, depicting people connecting, representing all kinds of couples, and not being overly stylized. The honesty is refreshing and has created the least controversial depiction of sex I’ve ever seen in an advertisement. Maybe the reason why viewers find the ads so unnerving is the limited way we’ve been offered to consume sex: hetro, staged, dishonest, and passionless.

Photos courtesy of Eckhaus Latta Instagram

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Female Photographers You Should Probably be Following on Instagram

As social media grows, the art of the blemish-free curated life is perfected. Gaining followers and likes has been broken down to a science. Although we now have the power to represent ourselves in ways we want, more and more people opt for a social media feed that will give them a larger online presence. The aesthetics of popularity on Instagram follows the same values of mainstream media and conventional beauty. It’s made Instagram a pretty boring place, so we’ve put together a list of female photographers to follow to keep your feeds interesting.

Parker Day                   

Parker Day is a Los Angeles-based photographer who explores the tension between our real identities and the ones we create for ourselves. Through wild costumes, exaggerated expressions, makeup, and color, she creates a hyper-reality loaded with fantasy. She is particularly interested in how our constructed selves are tied to gender. Her images are the perfect place for the selfie generation to question who they really are.

Maisie Cousins         

Maisie Cousins has no interest in creating typically pretty pictures drowning in vapid conventional beauty. The photographer from London likes to create images that focus on the visceral and the grotesque. She uses pastels, nature, sticky substances, makeup, and other things you’d find lying around your home to highlight all the things society shames us for: female body hair, stretch marks, pimples, and other ‘imperfections.’ Her gross yet beautiful pictures give viewers easement with their own insecurities.

Shelby Sells                   

Shelby Sells is on a mission to end slut shaming and create an open and safe dialogue around sex. Her blog, Perv On The Go, is a platform she created to share her ideas, interviews, videos and photos which focus on love, sex, and relationships. She’s conducted interviews and photographed artists like Sita Abellán, Abra, Yunglita, Roman Future and Father. Due to the open discussion and safe space she has created with her blog, her subjects always come off as empowered although they are highly sexualized. The Los Angeles-based photographer is making the internet a more tolerant place.

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Better Places to be than Valentine’s Day Dinner

If you’ve been too busy to find a Valentine, your life isn’t over. There are some wonderful concerts happening around town that are going to be a much better time than eating dinner with someone you’re probably never going to talk to again in two months. Here are some awesome places to celebrate your freedom.

Sampha

It was a busy 2016 for South Londoner, Sampha. He brought his personal brand of vulnerability to Kanye West’s Life of Pablo, Frank Ocean’s visual album Endless, and Solange’s A Seat at the Table. In February of 2017, Sampha will finally be blessing fans with his debut album, Process, which is being released by Young Turks. It includes previously released singles ‘Timmy’s Prayer‘ and ‘Blood on Me.’ If you missed him performing at the Drake last October, he’ll be making crowds swoon on the 12th and 13th of February at the Mod Club.

Sampha – ‘Process’ Tour – Feb 12 and 13, 2017 @ 8:00PM at The Mod Club, 722 College St, Toronto, ON

Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa

Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Kill are coming to town with their the Stunt Queen Tour. Blanco refuses any kind of tired label and has created an imprint, Dogfood Music Group through !K7 to support fellow artists who share her vision. Blanco has conjured much hype around herself with various mixtapes and EPs, but she finally dropped her debut album, Mykki, in 2016.

Cakes Da Killa, a Novella favourite, will also be touring with his debut studio album, Hedonism. The album brings together key parts of his life, his queerness, his roots in jersey club, and his talent as an MC. Like Blanco, Cakes refuses to fit into one conventional sphere and instead opts to create a space that is entirely his own. If you’re looking for a good time, the Stunt Queen tour is a sure place to dance away your Valentine’s Day woes.

The Stunt Queen Tour: Mykki Blanco / Cakes Da Killa – Feb 14, 2017 @ 8:00PM at The Velvet Underground, Queen St W, Toronto, ON

Sean Nicholas Savage

Sean Nicholas Savage is a Canadian singer-songwiter. He’s gone from being one of Montreal’s indie darlings to performing at NYFW for MM6 Maison Martin Margiela and being one of Solange’s favourites. With multiple releases on Arbutus Records, there’s no point trying to categorize Savage, as he’s constantly experimenting with songwriting. His latest release, Magnificent Fist, was recorded in Berlin and Glasgow. “It’s all about the energy of the swing and the fist — not a punch, it’s not called ‘Magnificent Punch’, it’s about the fist,” he told Dazed and Confused in 2016. See him crooning accompanied by fellow Canadian talents Juant and Dj Daydreamz (Charlotte Day Wilson) at the Baby G.

Sean Nicholas Savage – Feb 16, 2017 @ 9:30PM at The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Nicole Dollanganger

Hailing from Stouffville, Ontario, Nicole Dollanger may look like a doll but her lyrics revolve around themes of of sex, violence, illness, death, and paranoia. Her dark words are carried out by her soft angelic voice over lo-fi beats. Dollanger’s rerelease of her LP Natural Born Losers was the first output of Grimes’ Eerie Organization label. The songstress will be bringing her haunting sounds to the Smiling Buddha.

Nicole Dollanganger – Feb 12, 2017 @ 7:00PM at the Smiling Buddha, 961 College St W, Toronto ON

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ICYMI: Miami Art Basel Photo Diary

Novella traveled to Miami the first weekend of December to experience Art Basel and the six other art fairs that took over the city. During Basel, the Magic City becomes swarmed by celebrities, art dealers, gallerists, artists, students, locals, and tourists alike. Every brand, party promoter, magazine, and creative agency also come to town, trying to outdo each other with the most outlandish party or coolest pop-up event in order to impress the crowds. The weekend turned out to be quite the spectacle. Here are some of the amazing people we met around the city.


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