With her wide-eyed artistic outlook, vocalist Lafawndah’s magnetism is captivating NY’s new wave of downtown dance producers. Paris-born and Brooklyn-based, she’s been adding heat to tracks by the likes of Teengirl Fantasy and L-Vis 1990, while her self-released debut EP of zouk-tinged electronica is as lush and green as the Caribbean island it was recorded on. Watch her come up on the horizon like a mirage – and listen to an exclusive mix below.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Lafawndah: When La Toya Jackson got engaged to her manager even though they had never even kissed before. Thinking about relationships differently.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Lafawndah: Ritual club music.
What’s your favourite song of 2014?
Lafawndah: Tweet, “Oops” (Dinamarca Remix).
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Lafawndah: By coming to an understanding that being a cunt is overrated.
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Lafawndah: Love. A new EP. New collaborations. A couple of videos. To become a sumo wrestler.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Lafawndah: More girls in charge.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Lafawndah: Mary Wigman.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Lafawndah: KATE NV from Moscow, who dropped an amazing EP this year. She almost quit making music, and is coming back at it hard. She’s a star. You’ll hear about her.
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