Born in California to strict parents, the young Elijah Finister was banned from listening to any R&B or hip-hop.
Unfortunately her parents' desire to nurture a trouble-free child didn't really work out as she quit school shortly after the family moved to LA, before getting a job in the murky world of the music industry as a stylist for Def Jam Records in her late teens. This move into the world of fashion lead to her obsession with the 1960s Youthquake movement, an idea that the fashion and music worlds of that time were dominated by teenagers. From this obsession, and the early performances she'd started doing around LA, was born the new moniker, Phlo Finister. Released in late 2011, her free Crown Gold mixtape aimed to deliver "classic R&B, but...more avant garde", and included mash-ups of songs from the likes of the Doors, Dr Dre, Nancy Sinatra and Mobb Deep. While the mixtape garnered some blog buzz, the real proof of her avant garde R&B proclamations comes in the shape of new EP, Poster Girl. Produced by Benny Cassette and Andrew Dawson, it's full of big crunchy beats, double-time drum claps and lyrics that aim to recontextualise the tropes of R&B. EP highlight Killer On The Road is built around a glowering beat, which crawls along with Finister's airy vocal. For their remix – premiered here – production duo D-E-W-L, soften it up slightly, replacing the splintered beats with layered synths and fractured, almost ghostly backing vocals.
The Poster Girl EP is out now on Night Beach Records.
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