Dev – In The Dark (r/d 15th August.  Impact date 5th September on Island)
Hot on the heels of her Top 10 UK hit ‘Bass Down Low’ comes Dev’s ‘In The Dark’.  The 22-year-old Manteca, California native sold over 140,000 copies of ‘Bass Down Low’ in the UK, featuring one of the country’s biggest stars Tinie Tempah.  ‘In The Dark’ was produced by Dev collaborators L.A. duo The Cataracs, the young producers that everyone in the world of pop and hip hop wants to work with. The duo came up producing tracks for Bay Area hip hop stars like The Pack and E-40, and have now found their own space between club tracks, hip hop and pop.  With Far East Movement they had the #1 US Billboard smash ‘Like A G6’ – which sampled an earlier Dev track ‘Booty Bounce’. With Dev singing on the forthcoming JLS single ‘She Makes Me Wanna’ she has quickly established herself as the hottest new Californian star in the UK pop firmament. ‘In The Dark’ with its addictive sax hook is sure to take her even higher.

There’s an image we all have of the small town girl following her dreams and moving to Los Angeles, only to have the City of Angels chew her up and spit her out. This is not the case with Dev. This small town girl has fangs; and she’s come to L.A. on a mission to take it to the top.

For Dev, that small town was Manteca in California's central valley. Born to Portuguese and Mexican parents, Dev always had a cultural awareness that seeped into her style from day one. If she wasn't spending afternoons barbecuing in the family's backyard, she was making music in her closet vocal booth.

Recently signed to Universal Republic/Island Records, Dev now resides in L.A. and is the sound of now; from the streets to the club to the bedroom, Dev’s music is a fun, sexy, mishmash of pop, R&B, dance and hip-hop, all delivered with a distinctive, unique voice.

That voice belongs to a self-described outsider. “I love Los Angeles, but I’m not really part of any scene,” says Dev.  Living in a city full of followers and going your own way might seem paradoxical, but that’s what Dev is all about. She’s a small town girl with a big city attitude. In her lyrics you’ll hear someone who is cocky and sarcastic and at the same time, incredibly sweet and honest.

 Along with the red-hot production team The Cataracs, who discovered Dev and nurtured her talent, she has carved her own sound by creating her own world. The duo, stacked all of their chips on Dev when they sampled her song, “Booty Bounce,” for The Far East Movement’s "Like a G6". Soaring on the strength of Dev's seductive croon, "Like a G6" has become an international smash hit.

Speaking of “Booty Bounce,” that infectious, confident and unforgettable track has paved the way for Dev to introduce her sound to a massive audience. Produced by The Cataracs, "Booty Bounce" properly established Dev into pop culture’s consciousness. The song's hyper-charged music video has received over one million hits on YouTube, and it's become a staple on MTV.

Dev and The Cataracs continue their electric collaboration with her newly released Universal Republic debut single, “Bass Down Low.”  It’s a stunning slab of sweaty electro, with skittering hi-hats and tons of swag.

For Dev, the look is as important as the sound. “Visuals are almost as important as music for me,” says Dev. She continues, “Growing up, that was always my favorite thing about my favorite artists.”

When watching the hypnotic video for “Booty Bounce” you get the impression that you are watching the next great pop star blossom right before your eyes. With hyper-speed cuts and countless costume changes you can barely keep your eyes on her. The clip gives the illusion that you are seeing a thousand versions of the same artist. Dev’s visual sensibility is accentuated by her collaboration with the leading female street wear brand Hellz-Bellz, who sponsor Dev and have a hand in her current look.

This now-you-see-her-now-your-don’t quality exists in Dev’s music as well. On songs like “Booty Bounce” and “Fireball,” she rap-sings over pulsating R&B-electro beats, imploring the listener to party with her, while maintaining an enigmatic distance. It's like she's the ultimate girl-next-door—über cool, but totally out-of-this-world.

With a new major label deal from Universal Republic Records, and guidance provided by Indie-Pop (home of The Cataracs) and RPM MSC (the management company that counts Gilbere Forte and Hyper Crush as members of their stable), Dev is being primed for greatness.

Get ready to take a ride with a whole new kind of California girl. You can hear it in her rhymes, see it in her videos and feel it in her attitude. Dev's come quite a long way from that small town, and she's ready to make a new home at the top of the charts