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Thursday Tunes: New FvF Mixtape by Leigh Irwin aka. Lady Noir

The two pseudonyms Viva L’Amour and Lady Noir allow Melbourne based, Leigh Irwin, to uniquely traverse and explore a range of musical genres. Leigh started DJing while living in Tokyo in the mid 90′s before completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in composition.

This experience led her to work in the role of music director for Melbourne and Sydney Fashion weeks over the last five years while also appearing alongside some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene, such as Peaches and Miss Kitten.

Her eclectic mix contains hits from the late 70′s to this year, with tracks by Duran Duran, Maria Minerva and Cocteau Twins.

Find find out more about this talented lady on Freunde von Freunden.


1. Keys of Life – Klaus Nomi
2. Grail Overfloweth – Cocteau Twins
3. The Chauffeur – Duran Duran
4. Waltz Real Slow – HTRK
5. The Need – Chris & Cosey
6. Ruff Trade – Maria Minerva
7. YangYang (dub) – Anika
8. His Box – Dalis Car
9. In My Velvet Cage – Venus In Furs
10. The World Fell – Var
11. Carpet Rash – Total Control
12. Make-Up – Vanity 6
13. Heartbeat – XEX
14. A Long Way Down – James T. Cotton

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Spring is here! The sun is out, the parks are full of people. Put your shorts and windbreakers on.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra, founded in 1972 by classical musician and composer Simon Jeffes, is the epitome of springtime, and nothing short of pure class. Their first album was produced and released by Eno under his “Obscure” label.

Here’s a track from each of their first four albums. Enjoy.

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I manage to reach halfway up the corner of the church before I get stuck. I can see where I need to go, but there are no firm handholds within reach. No, I'm not playing Assassin's Creed, though I half-wish I was. The church wall I'm clinging to like a fat spider overlooks Newhaven Harbour at the north end of Edinburgh. The old Gothic building houses the Alien Rock indoor climbing centre, its interior walls and vaulted ceilings covered in white plaster and fluorescent plastic climbing holds.

I thought I would be terrified if this happened. I'm not afraid of heights, but I can't handle unstable footing. Instead I'm just tired and frustrated. It started well enough - I climbed two starter routes without much trouble - but this is my third attempt on this route. My fiancée ascended it earlier with no problems, and a ten-year-old girl has just scurried up the wall beside me like a squirrel.

This somewhat rash transition from sedentary games journalist to human wallpaper is the final part of an investigation into the portrayal of climbing in games. I decided to try it for myself because of something said to me by Dana Harrington, an experienced climber and creator of the climbing game Solo Joe.

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Beacon reveals their honey soaked single “Bring You Back” from their upcoming LP The Ways We Separate. What distinguishes them from other R&B acts right now is rare uptempo pace that gives it a slight driving feel while keeping true heartfelt lyrics.

Autre Ne Veut has a more aggressive approach with plenty of classic sensual tricks from R&B fused in heavily with the Art of Noise feel people can’t seem to kick. What makes it sounds new is the spikes of instruments that squeal that reminisce of freak out jazz from the 80s mixing with some Peter Gabriel logic going for itself that I really adore.

Laurel Halo remixes John Cale, not going to try and describe this, all I know is that really liked it.

Throwing Snow always seems to have some great track suggestions on Soundcloud, he’s back at it by sharing this hypnotic cut from Anthony Naples.

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The Evolution of the Emcee: Akala at TEDxSalford

Akala is a renowned English rapper, poet, and journalist. Emerging from London's hip-hop underground, in 2006 Kingslee 'Akala' Daley) won the MOBO 'Best Hip-Hop' award for his debut album "It's Not A Rumour". Since then he has released his second album "Freedom Lasso" and toured extensively in the UK and around the world. He has also found the time to take his own energetic and original workshops all over the country working for clients such as the BBC, London Metropolitan Archives, Times BFI London Film Festival and various schools/youth clubs around the capital. Breaking down the culture of cliché and stereotype that smothers the genre he loves is a major part of the mission he's taken on, and gives impetus to this third album of pointed, perceptive hip hop music from the convention-defying emcee. Akala has performed at various UK festivals including V Festival, Wireless, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Parklife and Isle of Wight. Credits: Camerawork: Nathan Rae & Team - Post production: Elliott Wragg - Audio restoration : Jorge Polvorinos - Head of IT and Design Vlad Victor Jiman - Intro: Mike Wood - In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small <b>...</b>

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