ABOVE: 18+ PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK SHEINER.
With a band name like 18+, it’s only natural that a NSFW stigma might be attached to the work of 20-somethings Justin (“Boy”) and Samia (“Sis”). However, the experimental gothic R&B-pop duo, who split their time between New York and Los Angeles and have been creating underground mixtapes since 2011, have seemingly embraced this explicit labeling with great stride (they’ve already been approached by Prada to provide the soundtrack for one of their campaign videos). Dripping with continuous, sensually hazy beats that are driven by innuendo and noir, 18+’s songs are something you’d expect polarizing the sound systems at Berlin’s famed Berghain nightclub, complete with the grime and fetish.
The duo’s newest single “All The Time,” from their upcoming debut album Trust out in November, adheres to this formula nicely. The tune touches on 18+’s graphic interests in gender, sex, transience, and identity. “I can play all day / with my eyes shut / with you on my mind all the time,” Samia bewitchingly croons, over humming beats composed by Justin. Accompanying the track is a music video produced by Justin and Butchy Fuego, which we’re pleased to premiere above. Equal parts Sims-on-acid and tranquilly aquatic, the video has a mixed media cut-and-paste aesthetic—a dancing avatar stripper is juxtaposed next to sharp scenes of tidal waves and erupting blowholes—creating a visually and aurally post-modernistic delight.