MAIZE first arrived on the scene with a show-stealing remix debut on Marina & The Diamonds‘ “Blue” last summer, and stay shining today as they follow it up with a sophomore smash for MS MR‘s “Criminals” this week. Taking our resident heartbreakers’ Bonnie & Clyde anthem and flipping it into a blissed-out, high octane house piano stunner, it’s one of the year’s best remixes and a big reason MAIZE should be riding high on your list of producers to watch as we look ahead to brightest up-and-comers for 2016.
Holiday party season is upon us and you’d better believe we’ve got you covered this year. In just under a month, we’re hanging up the mistletoe and kissing 2015 goodbye with a special end-of-year Popshop at a very special holiday price. Topping the marquee, we’re bringing Nothing But Thieves to our shores all the way from Essex – because sometimes that’s the only way – along with some very special guests to be announced in the weeks to come. It’s all going down December 17th at Baby’s All Right, for the low low price of $5 (yes, you read that correctly) and on sale now HERE. Get involved, Brooklyn.
DC/NC tag team duo Foreign Air step out in a wildfire of glory this week on debut single “Free Animal”. With all the symphonic fury of Alt-J or Glass Animals and the infrared woods-at-night production of Sir Sly, it’s a leftfield alt-pop curveball full of haunting harmonies and cinematic vigor, all of which adds up to a very impressive first look for the Midatlantic two piece. Breathe it in below.
Early next year, The Knocks will deliver their long-anticipated debut album, 55, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it into the world on Neon Gold alongside our friends at Big Beat and Atlantic. And it’s really fucking something, synthesizing the guys’ influences from all over the map (hip hop, Top 40, alternative and beyond) into the perfect soundtrack for just about every turn up imaginable. The feature list alone is enough to stop you in your tracks: Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Carly Rae Jepsen, Walk The Moon, X Ambassadors, Magic Man… the list goes on. But it’s New York’s finest Cam’ron who kicks everything off on the album’s triumphant opener “New York City”, teased out in the 55 album trailer today as an epic taste of things to come. Watch this space.
Piers Baron – the production maestro behind LA heatseekers BLEITCH and our favorite new remix duo MAIZE – has been on a proper tear this year. Following up BLEITCH’s knockout one-two punch of early singles “Paint By Numbers” and “Crime” and hot on the heels of a barnstorming remix debut as MAIZE for Marina & The Diamonds‘ “Blue”, he’s back today with his BLEITCH partner in crime Madelyn Deutch for their latest, “Speaking Of Moments”. Easily their biggest number to date, it’s a big room, hands-in-the-lasers scorcher with a moonshot chorus that takes to the skies and never falls back to earth.
Chelsea Effect is the latest alt-pop hopeful on our radar, as Canadian-born Emerald Isabella arrives with debut single “Good Enough”. Produced by Bram Inscore (Troye Sivan, Twin Shadow) and mixed by NYC’s finest Andrew Maury (Lewis Del Mar, Panama Wedding), “Good Enough” is just that and then some, channeling all the shadowy decadence of the infamous Chelsea Hotel (from which the project gets its name) like the perfect midpoint between Ellie and VERITÉ. Get familiar with the exclusive premiere below.
Christine And The Queens wraps up a triumphant week in New York today – including two massive dates with Marina & The Diamonds at Terminal 5, a magical sold out headline of her own at Webster Hall and a majestic three song performance on The Daily Show last night – capping it all off with the long-awaited release of the official “Tilted” video today. Adapted from her award-winning French video for “Christine” (18 million views and counting) and directed by her longtime collaborators J.A.C.K., it’s one of the year’s best clips and yet another reason Christine has been the name on everyone’s lips this fall.
ST. LUCIA IS BACK. Brand new single. Brand new album. Brand new video. Brand new tour, coming in hot to warm up your winter early next year with support from our favorite Down Under upstarts Tigertown and west coast heatseeker Grace Mitchell. Basically, IT’S ALL HAPPENING. Preorder St. Lucia’s new album Matter now for exclusive tour presale access HERE.
RIVRS arrived on the scene earlier this year with a string of promising early releases and an official Charli XCX remix for “Famous” in tow, and today the London trio returns with their debut single proper on “Last Love”. Initially co-signed by Kitsune on their New Faces compilation last February, “Last Love” is reborn as their major label debut on Atlantic this week sporting larger-than-life production from Mark Ralph (Years & Years, Clean Bandit), all supernatural synths and shadow-kissed seduction. Expect big things.
We first introduced you to Kita Alexander earlier this summer and today, the 19-year old pop enchantress is back with “Like You Want To”, a top down cruise control anthem for the ageless. With all the easy breezy windtalking and smooth-sailing warmth you could ever ask for, she comes off like Down Under Stevie Nicks in her prime, complete with yet another self-directed DIY clip to boot. Wade in above.