Little Mixtapes Records and Atlantic Records have announced the release of XX EP, the new project from New Zealand-born singer/ songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / producer Janine and The Mixtape. XX EP is available at all DSPs now.
The highly anticipated XX EP includes half a dozen new tracks, including “When I’m Broken” and a scintillating cover of DMX’s “Lose My Mind” (full track listing below). Both tracks recently premiered as part of Janine’s ongoing “Little Mixtape Mondays” campaign, with music streaming now at her official SoundCloud and arresting companion visuals viewable at her YouTube channel.
XX EP arrives on the heels of last year’s acclaimed DARK MIND EP and its breakthrough remix, “Hold Me (Feat. Pusha T).” The original version of “Hold Me” has drawn more than 2.7 million plays on SoundCloud while also earning featured play on VH1’s smash reality series, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.
What’s more, “Hold Me” recently had its official video premiere via Complex earning rave reviews from around the online world. “Utilizing NYC’s chilling wintery landscape to compliment her lyrics,” applauded The Source, “(Janine) paints the perfect picture of the love she yearns for.” “Quickly rising as one of our current favorites,” declared 2DopeBoyz, while Mostly Junk Food praised “Hold Me” as an “ever-enduring jam” and the video as “another stunning, bone-chilling affair that’s fated to tuck you into bed in the lonely hour.” “Hold Me” can be viewed HERE.
Now based in Brooklyn, Janine and The Mixtape – known to friends and family as Janine Foster – began performing at open mic nights in her native Auckland when she was but 14 years old. She soon developed her own unique amalgam of pop, indie, R&B, and hip hop, all built around her emotional songcraft, otherworldly vocals, and utterly individualistic persona.
Released initially by her own Little Mixtapes Records in 2013, DARK MIND immediately shot Janine and The Mixtape into the spotlight – as well as the top 2 on the iTunes Store’s “Top R&B Albums” chart. The EP – which also includes the hit single/video, “Little Bit” (featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood) – received worldwide applause, with high praise coming from such outlets as MTV,Billboard, VIBE Vixen, Complex, and VIBE, which ranked Janine and The Mixtape among their “R&B Secret Society: 26 Acts You Should Be Listening To.”
A gifted visual artist and electrifying live performer, Janine has lit up the stage at countless shows across the Southern Hemisphere, including high profile festival performances in New Zealand. Here in the United States, Janine and The Mixtape made waves with a sold-out crowd at New York’s world famous S.O.B’s as well as a number of other North American live dates.