Four young Londoners have decided to combine their love for London and film by launching the London On Film Festival. Taking place at The Lexi Cinema from the 16th to the 21st of June, this is a chance to explore London‘s personality on film, looking deep into its dark underbelly and back into its gritty past, while at the same time celebrating its cultural diversity and unique atmosphere. We want to show that London on screen can be just as romantic as Paris, as beautiful as Rome, and as vibrant as New York.
The Lexi Cinema itself is a unique social enterprise that opened last year, combining old picture house charm with techno-wizardry to create a truly mesmerising cinematic experience and, best of all, it donates 100% of its profits to The Sustainability Institute charity in South Africa. Check out www.londononfilmfestival.org.uk to find out more about the 2009 festival lineup.
Easy Star All-Stars – Exit Music (For A Film)
Easy Star All-Stars is a talented collective that incorporates some of New York’s finest Reggae musicians. They have found their niche in recreating subliminal dub/reggae versions of legendary albums. So far they have released a version of Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ and Radiohead‘s ‘OK Computer’ and hopefully there will be more to come.
I first got into the band through their amazing ‘Dub Side Of The Moon‘. Presenting these rearranged tracks in the same order as the original album was a stroke of genius and the bands authentic reworkings manages to amplify Pink Floyd‘s sense of psychedelia and mystique. Its a real pleasure to hear illustrious songs like ‘Speak to Me/Breathe (In the Air)’ and ‘Money’ in new light.
I was naturally delighted when their next release ‘Radiodread‘ came out in late 2006. ‘OK Computer’ was such a seminal album and many of the songs like ‘Karma Police’ and ‘No Surprises’ and ‘Paranoid Android’ are instantly recognised around the world but believe it or not Easy Star All-Star breath new life into them. My selection of Lucky, perhaps a lesser known track from the original album, is owed largely to the fact that this rendition is majestic.
So sit back, light up a fat jay and float away like these tracks always intended you to do.