We got in touch with Brooklyn's Michael Bouldry-Morrison, who's been producing as Octo Octa since 2011, just as he finished touring with the Redbull Music Academy alongside industry leaders like Masters at Work, Francois K, Flying Lotus, DJ Slow, and Four Tet. With four standout releases under Los Angeles independent label 100% Silk - an SSENSE favorite - Octo Octa's dancefloor-focused music translates his love for inventive vintage house sounds. His latest effort is an eight-track EP also released under 100% Silk in May 2013 that features languid melodies and abstract samples.
Constructed entirely from retro disco records, Octo Octa's vinyl-only mix for SSENSE begins with "Keep on Dancin'," a 1978 hit from American disco group Gary's Gang, followed by offerings from The Michael Zagar Band, Gino Soccio, Gregg Diamond, Anita Ward, and Sylvester.
Gary's Gang Keep On Dancin' (SAM)
The Michael Zagar Band Let's Chant (Private Stock)
Musique Keep On Jumpin' (Prelude)
Joel Peskin Love-Gram (Caliber Records)
Taana Gardner Work That Body (West End)
Gino Soccio Dancer (Warner Bros.)
Anita Ward Ring My Bell (Sunnyview)
Gregg Diamond Danger (TK Disco)
Sylvester I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (Fantasy)
This week's essentials have a whiff of teen spirit, as our favorite designers modernize a look that Seattle’s grunge scene popularized. Riccardo Tisci updates plaid, an archetypal print from the era, with an oversized cut on this season's incarnation of the Doberman print. A pair of distressed jeans from Pierre Balmain retains a formal edge with a mock-pleat front. Patchworked textures, like brushed suede, matte leather, and calf hair, nod to the layered look, as seen across Saint Laurent's high-top sneakers or Rick Owens' "Island" dunks. The devil’s in the details with a distressed leather wallet from DSquared2 or Saint Laurent's leopard print mohair scarf, to be worn loose and unwrapped.
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