band crush: iyes

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capital P Pop

IYES is an electro-pop duo from Brighton, a city with a hallowed dance-music history that they push forward on their excellent new single, "Glow." With his-and-hers vocals courtesy of IYES members Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanová, a rapid-fire snare, and echoing atmospherics throughout, the track is a perfect intro to IYES' sound and a good indication of why they were signed by Sony. This is capital P Pop music, and we can't get enough.

How would you describe your aesthetic?
J: The way I would describe IYES aesthetic is timeless. When younger, I’d wear flamboyant colours and wild clothes to portray what kind of emotions I must have been feeling at the time, but now, I’m all about monochrome colours.

How did your career get started?
J: In the early stages, we just put up a handful of demos to feed blogs that went crazy over our first demo, “Lighthouse.” We rode the buzz-wave; if the blogs love your music and you’re fresh, a few will post about you and then the rest will follow.

What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
M: That we have got people who believe in us and support us, from fans, to our team, to our management and family. It’s a very nice position to be in. 

What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
M: I would like to live with Will Smith because I think he would be the most inspiring of people and be able to teach me wisdom quicker than experiences can. I think he’s the best example of a good parent and good person.

What is your favorite driving music?
M: When I drive I like to listen to Bonobo. That’s what we listened to a lot on tour with Raleigh Ritchie. It holds good memories I suppose.
J: I like anything really, anything where I can dream about being the producer creating it! I love to sit there and just say to myself “How the fuck did he compress that so well?” or “What kind of saturation plug-in is that?”

What activities do most enjoy doing alone?
M: Some Yoga and/or any kind of sweat-inducing exercise. I do a lot of writing music alone too, as I feel it’s where I write wholeheartedly and best.
J: I like spontaneous nights sitting at a bar alone and getting to know new people and make new friends. It’s a great confidence-boosting technique.

How do you wind down before bed?
J: Melis drinks her body weight in herbal tea. The amount of tea I watch her drink day and night, when we’re working or when we’re chilling, she’s addicted. I like to watch a really dark thriller, or a touch of red wine. Can’t beat it.

What kind of person were you in high school?
M: I’m an educational person so I learned a lot, but to be honest, I never liked school. It was great for socialising though, and the best part about school is seeing friends and chasing boys, right?
J: I was quite dysfunctional as you could probably imagine. I got good grades though!

What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
M: Dance. I really want to try dance. 
J: I’d be interested in learning more about cooking. It’s something i’m passionate about and creative with, but I need to learn a little more before I can take a path into the gourmet world.

How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
M: To be able to write better songs and learn music theory properly.
J: I’m not sure how to answer that one. Come back to me in a few years and I’ll have an answer to it.


Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.