Kicking off 2018 proper, Impose’s Week in Pop introduces you to the movers, shakers & pop art makers that have caught our fancy in the dawning of the new year. Beginning first with some of the top headlines we’re following, Frank Ocean hinted at new music; Earl Sweatshirt alluded to new music en route; Jeff Rosenstock signed to Polyvinyl & dropped the new album POST- & announced a tour; JAY-Z & Beyoncé dropped the Ava DuVernay video for “Family Feud” which was subsequently remixed by Lil Wayne & Drake; Nef the Pharoah dropped “Bussin'”; Joey Bada$$ & Kirk Knight dropped “Gazzliona”; The Distillers return may be imminent; Kendrick Lamar (who is producing/curating the Black Panther soundtrack) & SZA dropped “All the Stars”; Justin Timberlake announced the new album Man of the Woods & dropped “Filthy” & the subsequent Mark Romanek visual; Mark Ronson x Diplo announced the project Silk City; Matthew Herbert is scoring Sebastián Lelio’s film A Fantastic Woman & dropped “Titles”; Trouble, Drake & Mike WiLL Made-It dropped “Bring It Back”; Lil Uzi Vert x Southside x TM88 dropped “Mood” & TM88 also claimed that Atlantic is holding out on payments for producing “XO TOUR Llif3“; BØRNS & Lana Del Rey dropped “God Save Our Young Blood”; new Brainfeeder mix features new Flying Lotus single “Quarantine”; Bruno Mars dropped a remix for “Finesse” ft. Cardi B & also dropped the subsequent super-90s visual; Queens emcee Shirt signed to Third Man Records & dropped the Dave Svedosh video for “Flight Home”; Kid Dakota announced the new album Denervation available February 9 via Graveface Records & dropped “The Convalescent”; Hudson Mohawke dropped “Foxy Boxing”; Sufjan Stevens dropped the video for “Mystery of Love” from Naples’ own Museo Archeologico Nazionale; They Might Be Giants dropped the Ajax Digital Design video for “All Time What” & announced a video contest for their recent single “I Left My Body” to judged by super-TMBG-fan Open Mike Eagle; Brian Imanuel, oka Rich Chigga, changed his moniker to just Brian & dropped “See Me”; Sonny Smith of Sonny And The Sunsets dropped the Ryan Daniel Browne & Tahlia Harbour for Whole Point Productions video for “Burnin’ Up” feat. Angel Olsen from Smith’s new album Rod For Your Love available March 2 via Easy Eye Sound; MGMT dropped “Hand It Over”; King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard dropped Gumboot Soup; Titus Andronicus announced the new album A Productive Cough & dropped the video for “Number One (In New York)”; A Perfect Circle dropped “Disillusioned”; Kanye West & Solange featured in Helmut Lang & Exactitudes photo project; Cardi B dropped an Ezra Koenig meme; Bat Fangs’ self-titled will be available February 2 via Don Giovanni followed by west coast tour with Superchunk; Bermuda Triangle (ft. Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes) announced a tour; Cuco announced a tour; Kevin Shields’ solo set at Sigur Rós’s Norður og Niður festival in Reykjavík; DIIV covered My Bloody Valentine’s “When You Sleep”; Bowie’s son Duncan Jones launched the David Bowie Book Club; Spotify filed for an IPO & was sued for $1.6 billion by Wixen Music Publishing; Coachella lineup hype; Grammy Awards buzz; Governors Ball buzz & 2 Chainz is not stoked; Lil B’s “1-on-1” challenge to Kenyon Martin; Sean Diddy Combs changed his name back to the moniker of “Love”; Barry Gibb & Ringo Starr amongst those selected to be knighted; Walter Gervers, bassist for Foals left the band; Kevin Gates to be released from prison January 10; Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner accused of alleged sexual assault; Radiohead sued Lana Del Rey for allegedly copying “Creep”; Soundcloud’s streaming scandal; we remember France Gall and celebrate the life achievements of the departed South African poet laureate & Earl Sweatshirt’s father Keorapetse Kgositsile.
Here to welcome in the grand new year, it is now our pleasure & privilege to present the following interviews, exclusives & insights from Ess Ford, Janice, Teri Terri, Ditches, Scallops Hotel, Warpark, featuring guest selections by phem & more—in no particular order.
Week in Pop Quick Links (Table of Contents):
1. Ess Ford
3. Teri Terri
5. Scallops Hotel
7. Week in Pop media roundup
8. phem’s Week in Pop guest selections