LIZ teams up with fashion label NICOPANDA to drop a new mixtape + fashion editorial for the brand's F/W 2016 collection: Cross Your Heart is 33 minutes of glittery, irresistible feel-good pop, featuring diverse but uniformly dope production from Branchez, Henrik the Artist, and more, as well as a verse from Vic Mensa, and a remix of LIZ's fizzy SOPHIE collab from last year, "When I Rule the World"...
We fell in love with the music of Lindsey French, aka Negative Gemini, through her dance-pop gems "Forget Your Future" (taken from last year's stellar Real Virtual Unison EP), "You Never Knew" + "Don't Worry Bout the Fuck I'm Doin", all gorgeous, ethereal tracks that highlighted French's dreamy melodic sensibility and an uncanny, almost Grimes-esque feel for pop songcraft...
"here comes the light
that i've desired
drowning the dark
why do i feel so terrified"
Psyched to introduce the lovely debut release from Austin's Alex Rose: "Grandmothers" is a disarmingly beautiful and bittersweet gem that Alex says is "a rumination on the nonlinear and linear aspects of time," with vivid lyrics that manage to feel both surreal and very sincere and intimate, while the modest, hushed folk of the virtual flip-side "Coattails" is a heartfelt lament/lullaby for an ending relationship...
Laure Briard follows up last year's lovely Révélation with the sublime and classic-sounding lead single from her forthcoming new LP, recalling the '60s golden age of vintage French pop. Sur la Piste de Danse is out June 24th on Paris label Midnight Special. Video by Michelle Blades. You can check the album's closing track "Laure" (shades of Gainsbourg et Birkin) below as well:
Listen to our March 2016 monthly mix, featuring new tracks from the past month by Negative Gemini, Merely, Maria Usbeck, Mall Grab, Japanese Breakfast + more. March was a particularly good month if you like to dance:
Sam Perry of Yumi Zouma shares the warped and woozy first single from his solo psych-pop project Zen Mantra: “Second Skin” elicits an eerie nostalgia and the inescapable tinge of vague melancholy that tends to go along with that, but there’s a brightness that comes from Perry’s pop sensibility shining through the song's dark undertones. Sam says of the new record: