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Born in Wales, Dean Mayo Davies lives and works in London. He is the editor of HERO Magazine and its newly-launched sister title, HEROINE, and was previously fashion features editor of Dazed and Confused and deputy editor of i-D.


Dean compiled the Washington State playlist for us you see here, made up of his favourite underground and emerging artists from Seattle and Olympia, mainly. The region, rich in musical heritage from garage to grunge to Riot Grrl is known for expressing its punk voice with rowdy rock dynamics, as you’ll hear in the tracklisting here. Turn it up loud, rattle the speakers.

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Night Beats – Hidden Circle
A deep slice of Psych from current album ‘Sonic Bloom’, the cassette of which is out through Burger Records, the West Coast label killing it right now.


The UFO Club – Wolfman
Howwwwwwwl! The UFO Club is a collaboration between The Black Angels' Christian Bland and Night Beats' Lee Blackwell, named after the short-lived 1960s underground London club.


Naomi Punk – Firehose Face
Huge, brilliant crashing racket from the Olympia group signed to NY’s Captured Tracks.


Prom Body – Guttuggering
From the just-released album ‘Naughty by Natural’ on Seattle/Arizona label Temple of Cairo.


La Luz – Big Big Blood
The all-girl group give us masked psychos, creepy dolls and axe-wielding executioners in this video.


Acapulco Lips – So Long
A 2013 slice of 60’s garage from their S/T debut, available through their Bandcamp.


Stickers – Outlet
Recommended listening, the band’s debut LP ‘Swollen’ was released last month.


Dude York – The Lake
Favourite track by the three-piece.


So Pitted – Holding The Void
Driving bassline, harmonious ‘ahs’ and a shouty chorus make for a classic quiet/LOUD Seattle recipe.


The Pharmacy – It’s Over
Active since 2002, this band backed Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson on US Tour in 2005 and evolved their sound to create tracks like ‘It’s Over’.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Georgia Frances King now calls the tree-lined streets of Portland, Oregon her home. She is the editor of Kinfolk Magazine, the former editorial assistant of Frankie magazine and the new unabashed owner of one-too-many flannel shirts.

She came up with this playlist of fifteen of her favourite "Portland" tracks. Classics from the 90s as well as new tracks by emerging local bands.

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The Decemberists - Red Righ Ankle
Wampire - Orchards
The Shins - Caring is Creepy
She & Him - In the Sun
Pink Martini & The von Trapps - Dream a Little Dream
Ages and Ages - Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)
Pure Bathing Culture - Pendulum
Portugal. The Man - Purple Yellow Red & Blue
Radiation City - Zombies
The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends
Gossip - Heavy Cross
Sleater Kinney - Turn it On
Sun Angle - Raspberry
Pink Martini - Mar Desconocido
Elliott Smith - Needle in the Hay


Carol and Humberto have created an exclusive playlist for HERO magazine. Listen to their sounds of the summer here...

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2 On by Tinashe
Two Weeks by FKA Twigs
Chandelier by Sia
Down On My Luck by Vic Mensa
Partition by Beyoncé
Summer Fling by Willow Smith
You & Me (Flume Remix) by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle
Trigger by Maluca Mala
Klapp Klapp by Little Dragon
Thirsty by Mariah Carey
Melba’s Call by BOK BOK feat. Kelela
Shades Of Cool by Lana Del Rey
Problem by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea

With California on our minds, we asked Guillaume Le Goff to make us another playlist dedicated to Los Angeles. Reflecting the spirit of the city itself, this one is firmly eclectic, vacillating between hip-hop, rock and punk.

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Roy Ayers - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" (1976)

Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit" (1967)
The Doors - "Love Street" (1968)
Shuggie Otis - "Aht Uh Mi Hed" (1974)
Gun's N Roses - "Paradise City" (1987)
Faith No More - "Failing to Pieces" (1990)
The Pharcyde - "Drop" (1995)
Dj Shadow - "Midnight in a Perfect World" (1996)
Hanni El Khatib - "Build. Destroy. Rebuild." (2010)
Earl Sweatshirt - "Whoa" (2013)

This season at KENZO, California is key. With summer just around the corner, we thought we'd nip back to the '60s to indulge in a healthy serving of 'surf rock', a genre intimately linked to the Golden State. Enjoy!

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The Chantays - Pipeline
Beach Boys - Surfing Safari
Jan and Dean - Surf City
The Surfaris - My Little Sister
The Ramones - California Sun
Dick Dale & Del Tones - Misirlou
The Ventures - Apache


Toiletpaper gave us their perfect playlist for the summer. Timeless and fun!

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Young MC - Bust A Move

Tone-Loc - Funky Cold Medina
Carly Simon - Why
Inner City - Big Fun
808 State - Cubik Olympic
A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray
Alan Vega - Jukebox Baby
Cameo - Candy
Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair
Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That
Chemise - She Can't Love You
Apollonia 6 - Sex Shooter
B.V.S.M.P - I Need You
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11
Sheila - Spacer
Cheri - Murphy's Law
Flying Lizards - Lovers And Other Strangers


Carrie has been the guitarist and singer in band Sleater-Kinney since the early 90s. She has also been co-starring with Fred Armisen in Portlandia for 4 seasons. We interviewed her last week on West Coast culture and music scene and she gave us a playlist for an hour drive in L.A.

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Angel Olsen - Hi Five

Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle
El-P and Killer Mike - Sea Legs
Foxygen - No Destruction
St. Vincent - Bring Me Your Loves
Ike and Tina Turner - It Ain't Right (Lovin' to be Lovin')
David Bowie - Fashion
King Krule - Border Line
John Maus - Hey Moon
Fire Engines - Get Up And Use Me
Dicks - Off Duty Sailor
Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles
Ministry - The Missing
Misfits - She
Blood Orange - You're Not Good Enough
Ornette Coleman - Theme From A Symphony