Our New Shapes series has come strong out the gates in London with ASTR and Silver Palms laying the foundation last month and Broods and MØ lighting up one of the bills of the year last week, and we’ve got no plans of letting up anytime soon. Keeping things rolling, Tove Lo continues her international pop conquest as she follows up her debut US dates with her UK debut on New Shapes in April, with support from Danish heatseaker Kill J on an all-Scandinavian everything bill for the books. It’s going down April 2nd at Notting Hill Arts Club with 7pm doors and tix only £5 as per usual, but only available on a first come first serve basis so come early and stay late. All info HERE.
Marlene ∞ is one of our favorite humans we’ve met in 2014, and with two knockout singles already under her belt in “Bon Voyage” and “Stay Awake“, she’s quickly establishing herself as one of the most talented too. Today she’s back on the scene with an ode to bestfriendship with longtime collaborator and superfriend Ji Nilsson celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, which is apparently a thing that exists. Given their previous collaboration on “Bon Voyage”, it should come as no surprise that “Love You Anyway” follows suit by all the right notes, albeit in a soft-lit and sensual way with its cushy R&B embrace. We have a feeling there’s wayyy more magic where this came from.
Our friends and Full Moon partners over at Matte have been crushing it with their triple-crown Painted Black series, with DIIV, Twin Shadow, and Thomas Azier all lending their talents to the event series thus far. And now they’re back later this month with the final installment of the trilogy featuring none other than the Internet prince himself, Ryan Hemsworth, alongside our in-house generation superstars, ASTR, and Brooklyn’s very own Glass Gang. It’s going down March 20th at Irving Plaza, with tix available HERE now. See you there.
We’re so late on this stunning debut from Seinabo Sey it’s criminal, but when a song this timeless comes along, it hardly matters. “Younger” finds the 23-year-old Stockholm-via-Gambia soul singer dropping one of the most impressive debut vocals of the year and sending her message up with the forceful brilliance of fireworks from a rooftop: “You might as well get it when you can, babe / Cause you know, you ain’t getting any younger, younger, younger, are you?”
We’ll take her advice if only because it feels impossible not to: from the sanctified distortion of the opening organ to the propulsive, militant percussion that tugs against the euphoria of Sey’s vocal performance, “Younger” grabs you from first note and never lets up. Sey’s innate, electric command and charisma is rare even in our current power-pop paradise, and with the help of producer Magnus Lidehäll (who hit a similar sweet spot with Mapei’s perfect “Don’t Wait”), she’s immediately become a voice to watch in 2014. Get it while you can, babe, streaming below.
We first introduced you to Allie X a month ago with her adrenaline shot debut single “Catch”. Today, she returns with a blissful uppercut of a remix by Canadian producer du jour Billboard, who takes the weightless original, ups the infection, and flips it into an ultraviolent nightcrawler. A graduate of the Dr. Luke & Max Martin School of Solid Gold Hits, with a stacked resume already boasting Ellie, Robyn, Ke$ha and Britney (to name but a few), Billboard’s involvement here is yet another sign of big things to come for Alliexandra. Welcome to the World of X.
We’re on quite a run of sold out Popshops in 2014, and lo and behold, we’ve got our newest superstar in tow next month. That’s right, Tove Lo – the latest Swedish sensation to invade our shores and take things over – is finally gracing the Popshop stage for her live NYC debut, a day we’ve been looking forward to since we first got hooked on “Habits” nearly a year ago. And with the overwhelming reaction to her debut Truth Serum EP (out NOW), we’ve got a feeling this one’s gonna go fasssst so don’t delay. It’s all going down at The Westway April 24th, with more special guests to be announced and $12 advance tickets available now HERE. The countdown starts now.
It’s hard to believe it was half a year ago that we were first blessed with Hoodlem‘s soul-soothing hip-pop via brilliant early singles “Through” and “Firing Line“. Then lo and behold, the Melbourne outfit returns to the forefront today with “Old Friend”, which is just as hard to pin down, eviscerating any and all genre lines and leaving in its wake a majestic new aurality that feels like the perfect middle point between Jai Paul and Lorde. From the haunting vocals to the lip-curling guitars, it’s a crazy diamond in the rough that begs multiple listens. Give into its wiles below, and who knows, maybe their first New York show isn’t so far away…
Our dearly beloved Alex Winston hinted at big things on the horizon with comeback stunner “101 Vultures” last fall, and today we get another taste of things to come with the live unveiling of a new anthem-in-waiting, “Houdini”. Filmed as part of Wild Honey Pie‘s On The Mountain series – which also includes a nigh-on religious rendition of “Vultures” - “Houdini” rides a triumphant synth riff to one of Winston’s most overpowering choruses to date, as serpentine cautionary tale verses slither throughout. It’s a perfect introduction to one of our favorite songs of the year; be sure to keep an eye out for the forthcoming studio version in the months to come.
Gang of Youths are the latest Australians to make waves on our shores, first turning heads at last year’s CMJ and cruising into SXSW next week on a tidal wave of industry buzz. Debut (and sole) offering “Evangelists” finds them doing the US alt radio thing better than most of their stateside counterparts, from the heavensent harmonies to the Americana guitars and cathartic lyrical turns. It’s undoubtedly big, with an out-of-the-box radio-ready feel that’s a bit like Sam’s Town-era Killers with a little Springsteen in their step. But before they blow through SX next week, they make their LA debut at Popshop West, supporting Arthur Beatrice and Babes on one of our favorite Popshop bills ever. Tickets are still available HERE, and trust us, this is not one to miss.
Local heatseekers Cardiknox are quickly making a name for themselves with their down-and-dirty electronic pop stylings, kind of like a grimier Icona Pop if the Swedes were raised on the Lower East Side instead of Stockholm. With just a brief (but oh so perfectly formed) resume under their belt to date, the duo return today with an 80′s whiplash tornado of a new single in “Wasted Youth”. From the dazzling star chimes to the razor sharp vocal hooks of frontgirl Lonnie Angle, it’s like waking up in Oz and stumbling down a brick road of all gold everything, drunk in love and high on life. Don’t miss Cardiknox co-headlining a transcontinental double bill for the ages at Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday alongside The Preatures, tickets still available HERE.