PLEASE DO NOT ENTER TANTALIZES AND REVAMPS THE DTLA SCENE

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[dropcap letter=”W”]e are still somewhat thrown by the concept that a meticulously curated manifestation of all things tasteful is premised under the guise of a  “progressive men’s luxury retail and exhibition space” —operative word being men’s. Enter Please Do Not Enterthe brainchild of Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird, who were inspired by the overhaul happening in DTLA. Their contribution to revamp our city was a retail experience for the ever elusive figure in the LA panorama: the progressive male shopper.

Everything in the showroom glimmers and glistens as the famed California light reflects carefully selected sculptures and furniture. With a prolific roster of tastemakers, artists and designers – as well as tantalizing name – PDNE gives rise to the presumption that downtown has definitely come into its own as a commanding force in, for lack of a better term, taste.

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Only five short years ago Los Angeles was but a lowly ingenue in the realm of big city luxury. Yet almost overnight, downtown topography became co-singed by equally blue-chip retailers – Acne, Tanner Goods, Oak – and the response in turn was one of confidence and vested interest in the city center.

This venture is far more quiet that is customary for LA where the openings seem to be written in caps, shoppers are asked to make an appointment and we imagine the experience is all the better for it.

The space has further solidified the message that the downtown renaissance has come full circle. Once the specialty stores and hyphenated spaces (art-showroom, gallery-boutique) start to spring up the city is in a whole different ballpark. A business venture this lofty would not come into fruition if theres wasn’t a market already for it, right? Has downtown finally grown up and reached the ranks of Manhattan? Perhaps not quite yet, but it’s certainly getting there.

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INCOMING: ADRIAN YOUNGE’S “SOULS OF MISCHIEF”

[dropcap letter=”L”]A-based composer Adrian Younge’s eclectic skillset pays homage to the city that raised him. With collaborations with Ghostface Killah and The Delfonics under his belt, the aural architect has been on the cool kid’s radar for a minute now.

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We’ve been hearing whispers that his upcoming project was slated to blow our minds this August, so we’ve been internet thugging.

Art Nouveau caught up with Younge about his new project Souls of Mischief, how he identifies himself as a composer and not a beat-maker  and how hip-hop has become popular music—a reality he isn’t too keen on. The law professor turned composer-turned-vinyl record store owner with a predilection for commingling soul and progressive soundscapes is our forever creative crush.

READ THE FULL Q+A HERE.

SULTRY SUMMER HIT: LISTEN TO GRIMES’ NEW “GO” DROP

We’ve waited two years for something from Grimes, the eccentric, Canadian-waif, MEGA talent, and finally, she delivers. Her album isn’t done yet, so why drop the new single “Go,” featuring Blood Diamond, right now?

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It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out ‘cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha,” she says in a press release.

do you, Miss Claire. Do you.

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The track is far more accessible than Grimes’ previous work, and not to mention it’s a bit more pop that we are use to from her, a fact she isn’t completely unaware of. Nevertheless, the song is layered with sensitivity and enough back-beat sultriness to please current and new fans all ova.

But real talk—how much hotter would it have been with a verse from YG or Ty Dolla $ign around the 2:30 mark?