Los Angeles’ LIZ Y2K has been at the centre of the underground pop world since day one. A frequent collaborator with the likes of Charli XCX and our current cover star SOPHIE she’s been reappropriating 90s and early 2000s pop ephemera since long before ‘clout’ was a thing. Best known for her 2014 smash ‘When I Rule The World’ a shamelessly bubblegum and feminist anthem, produced by none other than SOPHIE herself, she dropped her latest EP Cross Your Heart in 2016 in association with Nicopanda and has been working behind the scenes with artists across the Mad Decent roster.
Now she’s kicking off 2018 in a big way. Having already released the icy ‘No Apologies’ with Norweigan boyband Rytmeklubben last Friday she dropped not one but two new singles of her own.
‘Queen of Me’ and ‘Could U Love Me’ showcase two different sides to LIZ’s outlandish take on pop. The latter is a classic 90s ballad with honey-coated R&B vocals floating dreamily over garage-tinged production. Listen to the two tracks below.
Speaking about her new singles LIZ told Notion: “I wanted to release these two songs together because they really compliment each other sonically as well as celebrate different parts of my personality.
“My friend Jesse Saint John and I wrote ‘Could U Love Me’ together in LA pretty effortlessly. He’s one of my favourite songwriters because he’s got a super witty, cheeky style to his writing, but at the same time, he’s very genuine. He helps bring out both sides to me, and in this instance, we ended up writing something really raw and revealing. I took the idea to my girl Mereki and she helped solidify the chorus. I knew the top line was special, so, I played around with the production for this one with a bunch of different producers. But, the Miami bass vibe that ARNOLD & Hoodboi made for it just felt right. Their production didn’t overpower the actual song; it highlighted the emotion while adding a fresh and dope feel, reminiscent of some of my favourite 90s/00s love songs.”
‘Queen of Me’, meanwhile, is a self-empowerment anthem, packed with heavy hitting 808s and ostentatious vocal harmonies. It’s a mature return from LIZ and with many of her collaborators pushing the ‘underground pop’ sound ever more mainstream, one that bodes well for 2018.
“My boy Santell and I wrote ‘Queen of Me’ together a while ago, but I always dug the song and just knew I had to find the right producer whose production could really bring it to life. I had a session with Wave Racer when he came to LA, so I played him the acapella. He immediately started something magical and candy-coated with his signature R&B chords, and I knew it was a perfect fit.”
In honour of her new releases, LIZ stars in a brand new editorial, shot by Nikko La Mere, styled by Christian Cowan and showcasing her chameleon-like pop tendencies.