Happy Tuesday all. Hopefully, your weekend was relaxing, because it's time to take another trip around the world with our ever popular City Guide series. This time, we travel to Turin, Italy, with relative newcomer Phoet. His musical prowess knows no bounds, and his work is reminiscent of that of Four Tet, MJK Cole, and the like. Combining techno, trip-hop, African rhythms and beyond, his eclectic style is something to marvel. Below, Phoet takes us through the streets of Turin, giving us the ins and outs of the beautiful city.
Words by Phoet, photos by Irene Gittarelli.
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
I can say that the best place to drink in Turin is the Dunque. In the area of Vanchiglia, very close to the city centre. You can often meet some of the best musicians in Turin. Attilio, Giacomo and Alessandro are great music lovers, they often organize DJ sets and sometimes they print friends' vinyl.
One of their latest productions (www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJq7vAhxIgk)
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find clubs in the city. After more than a decade of great nightlife, the municipality has decided to close most of the clubs in the Murazzi area, in the city centre, along the banks of the river Po. In the area that has been the night heart of Turin still resist the Magazzino Sul Po, and, if you want to be really late, the Doctor Sax.
I really like the Superbudda, a space for experimental events in the former industrial area of Docks Dora. Finally, the Bunker, a complex of warehouses not far from the city center.
Fortunately, every year Turin hosts some of the best national and international festivals for electronic music and more. Club To Club, Movement, Kappa Futurfestival, Varvara, Jazz Is Dead and Jazz Re:Found.
That said, without a doubt the best parties in the city are the illegal ones. So if you happen to be in Turin, look around, ask for the CRCO.
Brunches are a weekend staple, what spots stand out for you?
I usually love to do it at home but if I go out I choose the Lanificio San Salvatore in the San Salvario district.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
One of the most famous places is definitely Horas, a kebab in the San Salvario area. I wish I could go into details but most of the times I ate there I wasn't exactly lucid.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Turin?
The best shops to buy records are Backdoor and Militant Soul.
For memorabilia, I think the best is Rock And Folk. If I really have to trust someone's advice for dance and electronics I definitely choose Tum/Talk Distribution.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
I could say that I like to go to the river in Val Pellice, to walk with the dog in the hills of Turin or to go to eat and drink in the Langhe.... but the truth is that when I really want to escape my studio is the only real refuge I have.
Something everyone should do when, visiting Turin, but probably hasn't?
Definitely go and visit the film museum. Located in one of the symbols of the city: the Mole Antonelliana. With a panoramic lift, you can climb to the top of the Mole and admire Turin from above. However, if you want to see something that few people have seen, including the people of Turin, you must go to the museum of criminal anthropology Cesare Lombroso. Very, very, very disturbing.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
What are other great exports that come from Turin?
Torino produces a lot of quality music, Variables is an example. Unfortunately, it doesn't export much but I can cite: Mind Enterprises, Boston 168, Movie Star Junkies, Larsen, Stev.
A gift you can't leave Turin without taking home for friends?
The Gianduiotto, we also have a variant called Ganjuiotto for the most vicious.