Ari Lennox reports for R&B duty with her new EP PHO (Oct. 21). Comprised of seven tracks, the project takes cues from the 25-year-old’s influences, like legends Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston. “Sometimes women are put in this box where we’re only supposed to talk about certain things,” she said in a release. “I want to be braver and riskier. I think people want to hear that kind of honesty and frankness.” Cold outside is our favorite. Love it here.
“My taste is pretty much all over the place”, states Park who has walked her share of iconic runways in the city [Alexander Wang and DKNY among them] who cites musicians Blood Orange, The Velvet Underground and Serge Gainsbourg as some of her favorite artists.
She’s a member of the collective +82 [named after South Korea’s country code] with her creative Korean friends KINGMCK , Verbal and Yoon of Ambush. “It seamlessly connects my social and work connections with my passion for music.”
Last fall, Louis Kevin Celestin found himself in an unbreakably terrible mood. As Kaytranada, he had sold out shows all over the world with his joyful house and disco music, but when it came time to finish up his debut album, 99.9%, the 23-year-old producer was exhausted and lashing out at his family, including his younger brother Louis-Philippe, 21, with whom he still shares a basement bedroom in his Montreal childhood home. Kay would sit up all night working on music, sleep into the afternoon, then spend the day generally inconsolable. “My mom would always say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” he remembers. “I was hella depressed.”
“This time it’s going to be more about fashion,” said Sita Abellán, when she stepped into the Vogue offices. Abellán was talking, of course, about her trip to Paris, a city she’s visited numerous times but as a musician rather than a model, juggling life as an in-demand editorial star and night work as an international DJ. To say the least Sita stands out with her cobalt blue hair and colorful wardrobe of offbeat pieces. As a model [signed to Wilhelmina in New York], DJ, and founder of Heavy Pop Market, a Milan-based pop-up that focuses on emerging designers and eclectic vintage finds, she is immersed in the world of fashion and never afraid to put her own twist on a trend. Whether she’s testing out the latest wares from Faith Connexion or exposing her followers to under-the-radar labels like Junkmania and Soda Pop, Abellán cultivates a look that’s somewhere between anime character and streetwear iconoclast. For Sita’s mix of Deep House, love here.
Joey [Labeija] kept the energy going at MoMA PopRally Presents: TEN with a collection of tracks that inspired him as a musician. Jam-packed full of rapid-fire Latino dance tracks, hip-hop classics, and chart-topping pop hits. He also put together an explosive mix of original edits for Chromat’s SS16 NYFW runway show.
Long known in New York’s underground as a DJ and producer of rowdy, jagged club music, as well as fourth generation member of the [Vogue house] House of LaBeija. Affiliated with friends and collaborators like Bbymutha and LSDXOXO, his mixes generally reach for everything from ballroom to reggaeton to edits from forward-thinking club producers like Lotic and Rabit.
We mean, would you think that a DJ plus a violinist would be anything other than a formula for flash-in-the-pan novelty? Admit it, you wouldn’t. And, yet, within a few short years, The Dolls have evolved into something of an institution for those in the know. Honestly, it can sometimes be hard to attend Fashion Week, an international art show, or plain ol’ weekend get-together in any major style capital without somehow hearing about their next set. Even though they still have that new-band smell, The Dolls seems to be hanging around for the duration. The Dolls’ Major Lazer/ DJ Snake “Lean On” remix with added strings, is love.
Uzi has a gift found in his rapid-fire delivery and huge hooks that got him noticed by Power 99’s DJ Diamond Kuts and eventually industry legends, Don Cannon and DJ Drama. He stood out on Carnage’s “WDYW,” and then created more buzz when he released his Luv Is Ragemixtape last year. The rising personality talks about his East Coast beginnings, the “post-Internet” stamp, and teaming up with the A$AP Mob.
A producer called Sango and a rapper by the name of Dave B, both Seattle natives, are making major noises. Dave B and Sango’s joint project, Tomorrow, opens with the sounds of seagulls, a fog horn, and waves sleepily breaking on shore. Within seconds it’s clear: this is an album firmly rooted in the soul of their hometown, Seattle. “I wanted to make a piece about our less exposed Seattle,” Dave B explains. “Sango provided the perfect backdrop for us to do just that.”
KILLER MIKE AND MNDR TEAM UP FOR DECEPTIVELY SERENE ‘LOCK AND LOAD’
MNDR and Killer Mike contribute to a seductive and lilting backdrop of hypnotic synths and dubby echoes for a collaboration with an otherwise threatening chorus: “Lock and load, fire!” The track, “Lock & Load,” is the second single off the upcoming album, Alchemist and Oh No Presents: Welcome to Los Santos, which comprises companion music for the 2013 game Grand Theft Auto V. The record includes tracks by a diverse roster of hip-hop and indie rock, including A$AP Ferg, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, E-40, Wavves and Action Bronson, many of whom collaborated with one another.