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Noir Gift Guide

During the Christmas season there is often an obligation to buy someone a gift, whether it is voluntary or forced – not everyone wants a festive jumper, so here are five alternative tech highlights and accessories curated by me, so that you can enjoy the darker side of the season yourself or share it with someone else.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 45 Mon Damier Graphite, £1,210.00 via Louis Vuitton


Tom Ford Oud Wood Private Blend, £142 via Selfridges

Alexander Mcqueen card holder

Alexander McQueen, Embossed Leather Card Holder, £140 via MR PORTER

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Pebble Smartstick charger, £18.99 available via Firebox

moto 360

Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch with black leather band, £199 via John Lewis

Introducing Thomston

If there was a list for best EPs of the year, this would be placed firmly at the top. Thomston’s visual and sonic experience go hand in hand – note the video for Anaesthetic below. Granted he is 19, from New Zealand and signed to the same management – so by default he is subject to Lorde comparisons, which is fair, but not something Thomas Stoneman is actively courting.

Thomston takes a darker direction in tone and aesthetic – the lyrical content is layered and introspective, but also holds this sonic and almost contrasting romantic melancholia. It makes for exceptional sex music and 4.20 music.

The Video For Nicki Minaj’s Only

This video tho. Aesthetic, sound, visuals, Chris’s entire vibe – oh and Nicki. Damn. So good. Also The Pink Print is the most brilliantly constructed body of work that Nicki has ever released. \



Viktoria Modesta – Prototype

Words cannot describe how brilliant this is. It legitimately feels like the first time that Viktoria Modesta has created a moving visual that is authentic, thought provoking, intelligent and beautiful. Everything Modesta stands for. It is truly inspirational.

Forget what you know about disability. Channel 4 introduces Viktoria Modesta, the world’s first amputee pop artist. The clip was directed by Saam Farahmand. Worth reading The Guardian piece and the strategy behind this move.

Astro Zu – Ghost Town Featuring Pin Tweaks

Remember Girl On The Wire? Well Pin Tweaks, the genius duo behind the track have teamed up with Astro Zu on the track Ghost Town. It’s completely in line with their original aesthetic and the production, lyrics and atmosphere are all perfectly synergized. It’s legitimate 420 music, coastal LA (ghost) towns, secret smiles, Jameson. It works really well. Cannot wait to hear more from Pin Tweaks.