OUT NOW: New Music From Dev & Enrique Iglesias, Zebra Katz And Jessica Paré

Yeah, I’m starting things off with Zou Bisou Bisou.” For real. This song has pretty much been in my head non-stop since the season premiere of Mad Men. Like the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, I’m a sucker for French music from the’60s. Serge Gainsbourg? Sure. Brigitte Bardot? Totally. I don’t know if the powers that be have any plans to release this adorably sexy version by Jessica Paré, but I’d totally shell out $1.29 on iTunes if they did. Gillian Hills’ 1962 original is probably easier to get your hands on. (The same goes for Sophia Loren’s English translation.) It may not exactly have Song of Summer written all over it, but I know I’ll be listening to this by the pool come June, martini in hand. And I’m kind of dying for some clever DJ to remix the hell out of this thing—or mash it up, or whatever it is they do. At the very least, there’s got to be a drag queen out there choreographing a number to “Zou Bisou Bisou” as you read this. There’s just gotta be!
The U.S. release of The Night the Sun Came Up, the debut album by Dev, has been a long time coming: The disc has been out in Australia and the UK since late last summer, while the Stateside release was repeatedly pushed back. But the album is finally here, along with a new video for “Naked,” featuring Enrique Iglesias—and some well-placed Calvin Klein cosmetics. There’s good reason to pick up the American release even if you already have the import: In addition to Iglesias on “Naked,” the U.S. edition offers a new version of “Kiss My Lips” featuring Fabolous and new track “Don’t Hurt It.”  

You know when you’re getting drunk with your friends and 4am rolls around and suddenly you’re all just playing YouTube videos for each other? I have to say, I’ve discovered a lot of really great music that way. My latest obsession: Zebra Katz.

The video for his song, “Ima Read,” featuring Njena Reddd Foxxx, is sooo creepy—and the song itself is just the best kind of hipster hip-hop with lyrics that would be right home at a Harlem drag ball. (“Ima read  that bitch/ I’ma take that bitch to college/Ima give that bitch some knowledge..”) It’s  a lo-fi track but Katz’s quietly threatening lyrics will send chills up your spine. If you’re loving Azealia Banks, you’ll want to keep an eye on Katz too.

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  • Erik

    I love that Zebra Katz song! A friend of mine sent me that video link a couple months ago.

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