Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Janine Foster, best known to the music world as Janine and The Mixtape began performing at open mic nights when she was 14. Eventually, Foster developed a unique sound yet extremely contemporary sound, that possessed elements of pop, indie rock, R&B and hip-hop and self released the Dark Mind EP in 2013. The EP, which includes the hit single and video “Little Bit” (featured on VH1′s Love and Hip Hop, Hollywood) received international acclaim as it landed at number 2 on the iTunes Store’s Top R&B Albums chart and was praised by a number of major media outlets including MTV, Billboard, Vibe, Vixen, and Complex. Because of the massive attention on Foster and Dark Mind, the EP was re-released last November through a joint venture with Atlantic Records – and as a result her profile has grown exponentially.
Recently Foster started “Janine’s Little Mixtape Mondays” which features producers remixing the material off her Dark Mind EP. Last week producer and electronic music artist Ghost Loft remixed “Hold Me” and the remix featured up-and-coming artist Tunji Ige. Although it isn’t a remix, the latest single in the mixtape series is the breezy, 4E produced single “This Moment (Eckhart Tolle).” Starting with gently undulating synths, followed by acoustic guitar, swirling electronics and layers of harmony behind Foster’s soulful, aching vocals the song evokes heartache and despair while it focuses on something that is necessary but difficult to actually do – pull back one’s expectations and hopes for a result to enjoy and appreciate the eternal, undying now. Obviously, sonically the song has an extremely hook-based contemporary sound but what sets “This Moment (Eckhart Tolle)” and Foster apart from their contemporaries is Foster’s effortless and soulful vocals and uncanny ability to craft an incredibly catchy hook around a philosophical principle.