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Beauty and the Beasties: Dark Spins

It's not hard to pick out the Timorous Beasties boutique from the chip shops and seedy tea rooms surrounding it in the commercial section of Glasgow's Great Western Road. Even in the context of the city's hip West End, the Scottish superstars of design would stand out with this clean, white shop, set back a few yards from the street like an amused sibling. It's this confluence of classic, high-brow sensibilities with contemporary urban aesthetics that has made TB's Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons the darlings of the product design world.

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Wiley: Grit City

It's said that to be a true cockney, you must be born within earshot of the Bow Bells, which sit atop St. Mary-le-Bow Church in The City of London. Wiley, who hails from Bow E3, is as London as it gets. And in the last five years, as a new din rings out over the East End–the rat-tat-tat gunshot snares, skuzzy bass, and relentless fight raps of grime–this ice-cold MC/producer, sometimes known as "Eskiboy," has slowly styled himself as the godfather of the sound of young London.

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Prinzhorn Dance School: DFA's Latest

If Prinzhorn Dance School were in charge of this article, it probably wouldn't be very long. In fact, chances are this piece would be nothing more than a quote, a picture of the band holding some farm equipment, and a lot of white space. Not because the Brighton pair, who call themselves Suzi Horn and Tobin Prinz, have nothing to say–they just harness the power of saying very little.

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Calvin Harris: Kylie-Approved

"Was it Isaac Hayes? Giorgio Moroder? I can't remember..." As you might expect, 23-year-old DJ/producer Calvin Harris is catching a bit of flack for calling his debut album I Created Disco. And, on the phone during his first UK tour, he nervously racks his brain trying to name the person who actually invented the genre. "[The title] is a bit of a lie," he confesses sheepishly. "It definitely wasn't me!"

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Written, Word: Hip-Hop's Salad Days

Boogie Down Reflections
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