Posts By Thomas Gorton

The only tracks you need to hear this week

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This week’s playlist starts with Korean-American DJ/producer/vocalist Yaeji’s mesmeric cover of Drake’s “Passionfruit”, and it stays warm and summery from there. There’s dance tracks like “Face to Face” by Daphni (aka Caribou’s Dan Snaith), which seems tailor-made for summer festivals; there’s the lite touch of “Further” by Montreal’s TOPS; and there’s “Soft Porn” by south London songwriter…

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The spirit-chasing, cross-dressing men of outer Tokyo

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It’s 8am on a Sunday morning and I’m walking along a deserted freeway in Edogawa-ku, a district on the outskirts of Tokyo. Unsure if I’m heading in the right direction, I ask a couple walking their dog the way to Shinzoin Temple. “Shinzoin Temple? Why are you going there?” I tell them there’s a small festival happening where men dress up as women and then run about the streets. He looks at me with a blank expression and points down the road.

I turn down a side street beside a…

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John Waters on Divine, Trump and feminism

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In 2015, John Waters, the filthy iconoclast behind Pink Flamingos and Divine’s sparkling filmic career, gave a now viral commencement speech to students at Rhode Island School of Design. The transcript has now been made into a book, Make Trouble. Speaking to read more »



Rottingdean Bazaar and Art School to make MAN runway debut

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When it comes to up and coming London design talent, MAN has its finger on the pulse. The Fashion East and Topman initiative has helped launch the careers of the likes of J.W.Anderson, Charles Jeffrey, Grace Wales Bonner and Kim Jones, to name a few. Back for its 25th season, the fast…

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That Balenciaga logo carpet is back

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Remember the logo-branded carpet that made up the set for Balenciaga’s AW17 show? Well, it’s back, starring in this season’s campaign and this time not only covering the floor but the walls too. Shot by Dazed contributor Johnny Dufort and styled by Lotta Volkova, the portraits have almost a school…

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A$AP Nast on fashion, teamwork & doing it for yourself

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“I’m just really fucking out here,” A$AP Nast says over the phone from Los Angeles calmly, “that’s how I’d describe myself.” Nast is one of the core members of Harlem’s A$AP Mob, a crew comprised of rappers, producers, video directors, fashion designers and various other creatives that formed at the back end of the 00s. Alongside his cousin, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the late A$AP Yams amongst others, Nast has helped transform the US rap landscape, flourishing in creative spaces…

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Chechen politician was present during the torture of gay men

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Human Rights Watch has released its report on the gay purge in Chechnya. According to the investigation, the mass abductions and torture began with the approval of Magomed Daudov, the speaker of the Chechen parliament, who had been told once the first men were detained and their phones checked for contacts of other gay men.
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Confirmed: cocaine is really addictive

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Cocaine might be much more addictive than we originally thought – with a new study warning that it can get people hooked even from the very first use. 

According to research published in Scientific Reports, the drug can trigger a dopamine release in the part of your brain responsible for cravings. This reaction is common in people who have already developed addictions, but…

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