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Paul McDonough

The sounds of Art Basel Miami

Get ready for the festival with these tunes curated by the French art, fashion and nightlife collective PPP, featuring FKA twigs, Gucci Mane and more

In Paris’s Pigalle district, the worlds of sex and art collide like nowhere else. Aside from being home to the city’s sex shops, peep shows and, once upon a time, brothels, it’s where Toulouse Lautrec had his studio (making frequent visits to the Moulin Rouge) and Picasso and Modigliani hung out in the infamous creative residence Le Bateau-Lavoir. Firmly rooted in the red-light district that raised them, the Pain O choKolat art collective formed in 2006 and are behind both fashion streetwear brand PIGALLE and alternative party hosts Le Pompon. Combine these, and you get PPP – the organisation bringing a vibrant cultural and creative platform to Miami this December as Art Basel kicks off this week.

The fair features a line up which includes a series of events from the Marina Abramović institute, the premier of Hari Nef’s “i am your girlfriend part ii: audition” off-site at SELECT, and an after dark performance from Dazed’s cover star FKA twigs. Last season’s guests to PPP's events included HBA founder Shayne Oliver, rapper Mykki Blanco, #BEENTRILL#’s Heron Preston, and the woman behind our winter issue backspace art project, Jeanette Hayes. In anticipation of the upcoming week, PPP have created an exclusive preview playlist, featuring FKA twigs, Drake, O.T. Genasis, Gucci Mane, Jimmy Whoo and more. The vibe is chilled but freaky: distorted tropicana and snare-heavy hip hop, with glitchy beats and bleeps. Listen to it below, and check out the highlights of June’s festival.

Jimmy Whoo – “Intro (Chambre 51)”
Bonnie Banane – “Champs-Élysées” (feat Waltaa) 
Jimmy Whoo – “Burn a Car” (feat Bonnie Banane) 
FKA twigs – “How's that”
Travis Scott
 – “Drugs You Should Try It” 
Travis Scott – “Skyfall” (feat Young Thug) 
O.T. Genasis – “Coco”
Gucci Mane – “Mob Shit” T. Genasis – “Coco” 
Drake ­– “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” 
Booba – “La Mort Leur Va Si Bien” 
Masters At Work – “I Can’t Get No Sleep” (feat India)
Eddie Palmieri ­– “Ay Que Rico”