Week in Pop: Michael Stasis, Phyllis Ophelia, Zenizen

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Here to keep you inspired, enlightened & warm amid the icy winter & deluge of holiday hype; Impose’s Week in Pop brings you the latest breaking media exclusives with a handful of the headlines we’re following. Big buzz as FKA twigs dropped her film short Soundtrack 7; Urulu dropped the Air Pacific EP via Cascine; Blood Orange dropped the video for “Better Than Me” ft. Carly Rae Jepsen & directed by Dev Hynes himself; Little Simz announced her debut album Stillness in Wonderland available December 16 from Age 101 & dropped “Poison Ivy” ft. Tilla & SHE production; Kanye West met with Donald Trump; Hot To Dress Well’s Tom Krell dropped the mixtape titled That’s What’s Called Living, Right?; Big Sean dropped the “Bounce Back” video directed by The Kid.; Yo Gotti announced White Friday (CM9) available December 23 from Roc Nation & dropped “Castro” ft. Kanye West, Big Sean, Migos’ Quavo & 2 Chainz; Adult Swim comp Noise to feature tracks from Arca, Pharmakon, Prurient, Tanya Tagaq, etc & dropped the clipping. track “Body for the Pile” ft. SICKNESS; Madlib x DOOM dropped “Avalanche” on a 7″ via Madlib Invazion & Madvillian action figure dropped via Kid Robot x Stones Throw; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announced the new album The Tourist available February 24 from Undertow & dropped “Fireproof”; Sigur Rós tour in spring; Chronixx dropped the Che Kothari directed video for “Majesty” off the upcoming debut album Chronology; Ben Gibbard will cover Teenage Fanclub’s classic album Bandwagonesque in full for Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious series; Nnamdi Ogbonnaya will release DROOL March 3 through Sooper Records/Father/Daughter Records; Hiccup’s Imaginary Enemies will be available March 24 Father/Daughter Records & the NYC group also plays the F/D’s SxSW showcase March 14 at Sidewinder; Q-Tip discussed the wide-open future for A Tribe Called Quest; Tuki Carter dropped the The Tuki Toker Tape mixtape; Dreezy dropped the video for “Wasted” directed by Taj & featuring an appearance from G Herbo; Ariel Pink alluded to a new album potentially titled 13; Passion Pit leader Michael Angelakos dropped the video album Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields; hype for Spotify’s “2016 Wrapped“; Neil Young is apparently planning a Pono streaming service; Julia Holter announced new live album that was recorded at RAK Studios in London called In The Same Room available March 31 from the new Domino imprint Domino Documents; Surfer Blood announced their fourth album Snowdonia available February 3 from Joyful Noise & they dropped the Ates Isildak / Strangewave video for “Matter of Time”; Teen Daze’s Themes For Dying Earth will be available February 10 from FLORA & the artist dropped the visual component “Themes For Dying Earth: A Short Documentary Film”; Metronomy dropped the Dent de Cuir video for “Hang Me Out to Dry” ft. Robyn; Mike Patton joined Dave Lombardo’s supergroup Dead Cross; Killer Mike penned an op-ed about the history of marijuana prohibition & the issues of racial inequality & more that remain; Nine Inch Nails announced the new EP Not the Actual Events available December 23; The Killers to reissue their album debut Hot Fuss January 13; Obama signed the BOTS Act (Better Online Ticket Sales Act) into legislation; Billy Corgan’s Siddhartha jam can now be enjoyed as a five disc vinyl box set available through Corgan’s own cafe Madame ZuZu’s; controversy swirling around Lupe Fiasco’s new track followed by social media back & forth & insinuations of dropping out of the music game; Lil Uzi Vert busted in Atlanta for various dirt bike traffic violations; Souncloud taking down certain DJ mixes at the “request of creators”; Soulja Boy busted for violating probation; CMJ troubles continue; and Chairlift said goodbye.

Moving ahead & along, it is our pleasure, pride & privilege to present the following breaking insights, interviews & exclusives from Michael Stasis, Phyllis Ophelia, Zenizen, Darnum Samp, Fascinations Grand Chorus, Gunior Gunior, Black Bananas, Hartley C. White, Ruth Garbus, Well Well Well, featuring special guest Serengeti & more—in no particular order.