A few picks from the Time LightBox feature on Fan Ho last week, Hong Kong Yesterday: The Pearl of the Orient in the 1950s.

In the early 1950s, Fan Ho, a 21-year-old writer and film student, began photographing Hong Kong — a city known in the West as the Pearl of the Orient — in a time of dizzying transformation. Bored by his studies, Ho turned to his camera as a source of entertainment and relief, exploring Hong Kong’s streets and making images that, seen a full seven decades later, somehow manage to mask any overt, telling signs of the era in which they were created.

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Various Artists: The Outer Church.

Released: Mon 5th August

Pre-order now from F&F directly or from Boomkat, Norman Records, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Resident Music and all good record shops.

Letter press by Red Plate Press (http://redplatepress.tumblr.com) - a detailed look at the print process coming soon…

Quite apart from the amazing, expansive selection of music on this compilation (including our track "Summer’s Bird"), just look at how beautiful it is! A must-buy item, surely?

Portrait by Pete Fowler
On our way back from a warm night in Colchester, we dropped into the Independent Label Market in Spitalfields to take a look.
Pete Fowler was manning a stall with Tim Burgess and we couldn’t miss the chance to get Pete to draw our band portrait! Best £10 we ever spent? High-res

Portrait by Pete Fowler

On our way back from a warm night in Colchester, we dropped into the Independent Label Market in Spitalfields to take a look.

Pete Fowler was manning a stall with Tim Burgess and we couldn’t miss the chance to get Pete to draw our band portrait! Best £10 we ever spent?

Sailing the Seas of Smooth

The New York Times takes a look at smooth jazz, a phenomenon that didn’t really make it to the UK, and comes to the rather astute conclusion that it’s yacht rock without the vocals or critical cachet.

Smooth jazz began in the 1980s as a hugely successful radio format. It persists — and even thrives — as a musical accompaniment to themed boat voyages. On this week’s Popcast, Nate Chinen and Ben Ratliff assess to what extent it is also music, with new albums by BWB and Dave Koz at hand.