21 QUESTIONS: LIZ

Mad Decent’s princess LIZ has been making a-whole-lotta noise lately, and we like how it sounds. Her debut release, “Hush,” reminisces on classic 90’s R&B/pop, but remains forward-thinking with inklings of trap and bass music — lace LIZ’s sugary sweet vocals over it, and you have a match-made in 90s-baby-heaven. Coming off a tour opening for Charli XCX, we were able to catch up with LIZ and pick the princess-brain beneath those gorgeous blonde locks.

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So what’s up?
Shivering under the covers right now.

Can we get you something to drink?
Soy caramel brûlée latte, please (holiday season at Starbucks is my fav time)

What are you wearing?
Sweatpants and a really big *NSYNC concert tee that is falling apart because it’s been washed way too many times.

Are you interested in anyone right now?
Kind of, but all the good ones have girlfriends. Ugh.

Do anything last night?
I got home from the studio late and then slept in bed with my mom and my chihuahuas. Maybe this is why I’m single….

How late did you stay up?
Not too late…like 1am-ish

Meals or snacks?
Snacks on snacks on snacks

How often do you consume alcohol?
Like once or twice a week. I really like spicy margaritas or Hennessy on the rocks.

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Favorite rapper?
Bone Thugs n Harmony

Blue or black ink?
Purple!

Ever sit down in the shower?
No, but that sounds really sad.

Who’s on your current playlist?
Trippy Turtle, Bondax, Drake, Kandi, 3LW, Fabolous, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Rhye, Lorde, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Ciara, Ryan Hemsworth, Robyn, Lana Del Rey

Ultimate festival lineup? (Not including yourself)
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears B2B for like 14 hrs straight

What’s it like being a princess?
LOL I’m more like the younger sister that gets picked on by everyone and left out of activities.

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Most embarrassing moment?
Literally everyday. Rap Game Sky Ferreira.

If life could resemble any film…
The Little Mermaid….I am very down with the aquatic life and feel at home in the ocean. I am a Pisces after all. I am also always falling for guys who are not necessarily the easiest choices. BUT DADDY I LOVE HIM.

Favorite place to go on the weekends?
My best friend, Gia’s place. We throw the best house parties and I always end up making mac ‘n cheese and passing out first. It’s basically the joke amongst my friends.

Your dream project?
To star in romantic comedies and Nicholas Sparks movies like Mandy Moore. Maybe a story where I can die in Channing Tatum’s arms?

If we gave you $50, what would you buy?
I’d probably buy a gift card from my fav frozen yogurt place in the valley.

What are you doing later?
Gonna be in the studio……surprise surprise

Can we come?
Yes! But you have to bring pizza.

ABSTRAXION’S BREAK OF LIGHTS ISSUED ON NICOLAS JAAR’S NEW LABEL, OTHER PEOPLE.

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Marsaille native but now London based producer, Abstraxion a.k.a. Harold Boué, just released his first LP, Break of Lights, through HAKT (Have a Killer Time Recordings). This week the album is also prominently being featured, released, and available to stream on Nicolas Jaar’s new subscription-based label Other People – a replacement of Jaar’s previous label, Clown & SunsetEvery Sunday Other People “issues” various songs from its roster of producers as a digital compilation to their subscribers. This magazine-like method of subscribing to a record label is relatively new but others are experimenting with it as well including Mad Decent and Drip.FM which offers subscriptions to not only multiple record labels but individual artists as well. However, Other People, like it’s name suggests, also helps in promoting new artists with the direction of taste-maker and winner of the 2012 BBC’s Essential Mix of The Year, Nicolas Jaar. This past Sunday Jaar placed the spotlight on Abstraxion.

Break of Lights is a collection of richly textured, futuristic, minimal tech tracks, coming across as a continuation of the 28-year-old producer’s on going exploration of shadowy dark sounds extending from his earlier EPs. Abstraxion shrouds infectious house beats with layers of moody synths, gleaming celestial bleeps, and beautiful soft guitar riffs, to create tracks that are atmospheric yet captivating, with some, such as the final 16 minute track “Les Histories,” ending in a whirl of ascending and descending chords reminiscent of compositions by Philip Glass. Guests include Parisian artist Chloé and Danish singer Astrid Engberg. Abstraxion completed the album in one year, recording at his home studio on Mersaille using old analog equipment. “I’ve built a system in my studio where I can spontaneously compose with all my instruments,” he says, “that way, in the end, the track has the same warmth of feeling as the room during the recording process itself.”

 

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Stream the full album at Other People.