A Case for the Sex Club: From Berlin to London

Words by S.X.Cole Art by Alain Gacha My most vivid memory of KitKatClub, Berlin, is walking into the pool room and seeing 4 men completely naked, and hard, lounging around limbs intertwined. It may have been the drugs but it was honestly the most decadent and hedonistic image – in the morning light they could…

The Divine Feminine and The Prickle of Shame

Words by Shania Ford ART BY Ellie Butcher “Nine days – no shaving”. Julie’s crinkly almond eyes met mine, somewhere between amusement and bemusement. At the turning of the seasons, twice yearly Hindus and yogis worldwide celebrate Navratri festival. Translating from sanskrit into “Nine nights”, Navratri honours the divine feminine energy in the form of…

Perks and Pitfalls

Words by Dredheza Maloku ART by Amanda laforest And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.  The above is the most overly quoted line from Stephen Chbosky’s epistolary coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The novel gained huge recognition once it was turned into a film that gained traction for starring Emma Watson,…

Tell Me Why… TECHNO

The concept that drives one person, maybe the reason why someone else is deterred. So, to quote THE voice of reason, Boy Zone, ‘Tell me why’… you do/do not like techno Tell me why’… you do Like Techno by Happa (Samir Alikhanizadeh) If I’m honest, I don’t actually listen to that much Techno outside of the club. I…

Grenfell Tower: The Change That Hasn’t Happened

Artwork by Ana Ovilo Written by Alex Howlett “They always seem to need a significant loss of life before things are changed.” These were the words of former chief fire officer Ronnie King after the Grenfell fire tragedy last month. He also outlined the obvious differences between the experts and “them”, namely beings the ministers…

PlathoesCave Podcasts- The World of Beatnik

A look back into Manhattans past and lost cultures of Greenwich Village’s Beat performers, writers and poets with musical connoisseur James Shakeshaft. Track Listing Jack Kerouac – MacDougal Street Blues Nancy & Lee – Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman Woody Guthrie – Along In The Sun And The Rain Joan Baez – Farewell Angelina Bob…

This is Liquid Music: JellySkin Album Review

JellySkin are a Leeds based duo. Harry Whitehead reviewed their new EP then we gave them (Zia and Will) the Spanish Inquisition.  This is liquid music. The voice floats in a great pool of synth, buffeted by waves of fuzz and static. Merpeople songs, coming from deep under the sea. The mind finds itself resting…

PlathoesCave Podcast: Political Cartoons FUBU

Groovy tunes and groovy people: weekly interviews with artists, creatives and funky people. In this week’s podcast Giannina interviews Ella of WHIP, an artist and founder of an all female illustrated political zine. She also plays a selection of tracks that could only be described as ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ . Bought to you by Giannina, a…

Frida Kahlo: the stare that has captivated the world for decades

By Gabbie Lynch Artwork by Ton Peelen The name elicits the same reaction as it did when she was alive and painting over sixty years ago. The world is screaming for Frida Kahlo; the flamboyant Mexican artist with the infamous strong brow and harrowing stare. She is a fashion icon, a face often adopted by…