There’s a new bicoastal trio buzzing about by the name of DESSERT, and they’re god damn delicious. Off to a promising start with early singles “You’re Welcome” and “Lovelink”, they deliver the icing on the cake with their latest offering, “Player”. Bathed in mystery and swarths of electronics, the three-piece cast a sugar-sweet spell on your senses with their snap crackle and pop swagger, as fragile-but-firm vocals, layer cake synths and smoke-and-mirrors guitars come together in blissful matrimony. All sleepy smiles and puppy dog eyes, it’s like a Sleigh Bells slumber party on a sugar high, and that’s a pretty great thing. Trust.
While we were desert-storming our way through Coachella last weekend, the one and only Charli XCX returned to unveil the massive lead single off her sophomore LP, “Boom Clap”, a white-hot halogen anthem that scorches the atmosphere and burns holes through your heart like a dazzling comet of teen dream bliss. And as arguably Charli’s best and brightest pop offering to date, the track looks primed for big things when it arrives as the centerpiece of The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack next month. And with “Boom Clap” arriving hot on the heels of her chart-storming feature on Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” – which is quickly establishing itself as a bona fide global smash with its Top 5 debut in the UK last week and Top 40 debut in the US yesterday – Charli looks set to take your whole summer over before you even know what’s happening. Preorder the rather brilliant Fault In Our Stars soundtrack now and cop an instant download of “Boom Clap” today, then thank us later.
There’s a new heiress to the Gotham pop throne on the scene, and she goes by the name of Halsey. Hailing from our concrete backyard of New York City, Halsey (neé Ashley Frangipane) dropped her debut single “Ghost” earlier this year, and while it took a minute to make its way to us, the wait was decidedly worth it. It’s iridescent nylon pop at its most haunting, as masochistic CHVRCHES synths lay the foundation for the 19 year-old’s soul-searing vocals to take center stage, like a teen dream Ellie Goulding with all the adolescent swagger of Lorde. Get familiar below, and keep an eye out for her making her way to a Neon Gold stage near you soon.
FMLYBND have been making a name for themselves around LA with their arena-sized electronic dream pop for a minute now, and next week bring their sights and sounds to the Neon Gold stage for the first time as they support Tove Lo‘s Popshop West debut alongside fellow LA upstarts BEGINNERS. And with FMLYBND’s M83-sized sound and stage set up, plus BEGINNER’s endless supply of radio-ready alt pop hooks, this is one Popshop you’re going to want to come early and stay late for. And with tickets going real fast we’d be surprised if this one didn’t sell out in advance, so cop your tickets now HERE before it’s too late.
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Wolf Gang is back. It’s been a long journey from The Gang’s 2009 debut single on Neon Gold to their stunning debut full-length Suego Faults through the completion of their sophomore album, but today marks the dawn of a new era with the arrival of the Black River EP, as their second record crests over the horizon in the distance. And the title track lead single doesn’t disappoint, all supercharged synths, throttling basslines and fully adrenalized vocals, an uplifting modern rock anthem set against a dreamscape backdrop. Think David Bowie covering Arcade Fire’s “Black Mirror”, backed by the endless uplift of a Mumford & Sons brass section. So yeah, big.
After our Tove Lo live trifecta hits NYC, Brooklyn and LA later this month, we’re keeping things rolling into May with one of our favorite triple threat Popshop bills of the year. Up first we’ve got Australia’s Elizabeth Rose making her Popshop debut, before the M o t h e r we share kick things into high gear in the direct support slot. And while we’re not at liberty to disclose the identity of the main event headliner justttt yet, you can rest assured you’re not gonna wanna miss them once we do.
Presented in conjunction with our friends at Governors Ball as yet another official early bird pre-party ahead of the festival in June, it’s the perfect way to kickstart your summer and whet your appetite for festival season. It’s all going down May 8th at The Westway, and you can get involved with $12 advance tix now HERE. Don’t delay though, as tickets aren’t likely to last long once we pull the curtain back on our special guests. Consider this fair warning.
The Great Escape is still our favorite excuse to jet back to the old country every spring and in keeping with tradition, we’re teaming up with Chess Club and National Anthem to bring you another festival edition of New Shapes for the ages. Up first we’ve got Reading’s Sundara Karma and LA’s Young & Sick, before monosyllabic superstars of tomorrow Wet and MØ set the stage for the chart-conquering sounds of Clean Bandit in the grand finale. It’s all popping off Saturday May 10th at The East Wing, 7:30 sharp. See you soon, Brighton.
MØ. Goldroom. GØLDRØØM. Just in time for your Coachella playlist, remix game King Midas arrives with his poolside dream-mix of MØ’s “Don’t Wanna Dance”. It’s emotional nu-disco at its finest, from the splashing synths and late night Miami house flourishes to Karen’s illustrious vocals. It’s a satisfying bicoastal mood-setter that’s just the latest addition to both artists’ flawless respective resumes, so drop the top on the whip and get this one on loud.
The Wild Wild are a new pop outfit from Santa Cruz and they certainly sound the part. Chocked full of sunnyside synths and stargazing vocals, debut single “Alright” wastes no time opening up into an epic singalong chorus with all the young love fervor and vital exuberance of Fun and Passion Pit, with a touch of Youngblood Hawke thrown in for good measure. It’s the kind of thing sync dreams are made of, and almost sounds like the a west coast Panama Wedding, a love-laced renewal of meritorious vows if you will. Dive into the exclusive premiere below.
How Step Rockets remain both unsigned and unmanaged is one of the great mysteries of the universe to us. The Minneapolis four-piece arrived on the scene with an alt radio smash-in-waiting towards the end of last year on “Kisser”, a track that nearly 500,000 Soundcloud spins later still feels like it could go to radio tomorrow and be tearing up the charts in no time. Today, they return to show they’re no one-trick pony on follow-up burner “Heart Attack Again”, which opens with a club rap hip-hop swagger before transforming into a smooth-talking 80′s pop record of big hooks and bigger synths. It’s a perfectly-formed sidekick to the chart-baiting pop supremacy of “Kisser”, and yet another reason y’all need to take a closer look at what’s brewing up there in Minneapolis. Exclusive premiere below.