adidas Originals have announced their latest collaboration – this time with Hackney-born NTS Radio. Featuring a range of NTS-regulars from Lee Scratch Perry and Ms. Carrie Stacks, to James Massiah and Kelsey Lu, the pairing is in-keeping with NTS’s core values: community spirit with a global outlook (tune in to London, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Manchester live), and a deep appreciation for underground music and alternative culture.
The 8‑piece football inspired collection is released under the title ‘Don’t Assume’ – NTS’s long-standing tagline borrowed from a free-jazz LP by singer Maggie Nicolas and pianist Peter Nu, which ends on the last refrain: “Don’t assume, don’t assume, there’s no room to assume”, and includes adidas Originals’ latest ‘SPRT’ tracksuit, and home, away and goalkeeper jerseys with matching shorts, alongside black, white and green hooded sweatshirts. Meanwhile, the football jerseys feature sponsorship from East London’s favourite Caribbean take-away spot Peppers and Spice (located on Balls Pond Road) that featured on the late (and great) Anthony Bourdain’s TV series Parts Unknown.
To celebrate, NTS hav selected a diverse group of residents, friends and family who represent the distinct inclusivity of the radio station. Each artist will also present a special one-off Don’t Assume radio show live on NTS. Listings below.
NTS Radio’s Don’t Assume:
ANU /11AM BST May 25th
Anu is an illustrator and a resident DJ on NTS Radio. Her far-reaching taste has her in hot demand in clubs and festivals across Europe.
JAMES MASSIAH /11am BST May 23rd
James is a poet, musician and DJ from South London as likely to be found playing out in a club as he is hosting poetry readings in a gallery.
KEDR LIVANSKIY /11am BST May 24th
Kedr Livanskiy is a musician and artist from Russia. Her recent LP was produced in collaboration with GOST ZVUK’s Flaty, released on electronic label 2MR.
KELSEY LU /3pm BST May 20th
Songwriter and cellist Kelsey Lu was raised in North Carolina but now resides in Los Angeles, and has collaborated with everyone from Blood Orange to Jamie XX.
LEE SCRATCH PERRY /12pm BST May 21st
Jamaica’s most iconic dub producer, with over a thousand releases to his name from the likes of Bob Marley, The Clash and Beastie Boys.
MS CARRIE STACKS /11am BST May 22nd
One third of cult London party crew PDA, Ms Carrie Stacks has previously released experimental R’n’B music under the name of Larry B.
TOMASA DEL REAL /12pm BST May 28th
Tomasa Del Real is a Chilean artist and self-described ‘reggaetón nerd’, widely credited with pioneering the ‘Neoperreo’ subgenre.
VEGYN /10pm BST May 26th
NTS resident host and founder of the PLZ Make It Ruins label, Vegyn has lent his production abilities to Frank Ocean and Travis Scott.
The collection will be released on 25th May in adidas Originals stores, online and through NTS distribution