Meet LA wunderkind Peter Thomas. After cutting his teeth at the production helm of Betty Who‘s The Movement EP and rolling out remixes for the likes of Phoenix and The Knocks, he takes his first steps into the spotlight today with his own debut single, “All of You”. Reunited with none other than Ms. Who herself on the vocal, it picks up where the duo’s earlier collaborations left off, but with an even keener eye on the dancefloor as his synth-streaked production takes Betty’s hopelessly romantic vocal to new heights. It’s an impressive debut from a name you’ll no doubt be hearing a lot from in the years to come, get familiar below.
LA’s The Colourist have just about perfected the art of the uplifting sunny anthem ever since first hitting the scene with debut single proper “Little Games” last year. Now, their latest offering is a radioactive remix of fairweather single “Fix This” by none other than NYC golden boys, The Chainsmokers. Keeping their untouchable hot streak alive, they fix the original up with a new lease on life, pumping it full of primetime synth chords and volatile dance energy as they shoot neon flares out over the night sky. Chainsmokers make their DC debut alongside Ghost Beach and ASTR on All Things Gold next Thursday, prepare yourself for battle with this Colourist remix exclusive below.
FIX THIS (CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) - THE COLOURIST (EXCLUSIVE)
GEMS are quickly establishing themselves as the first truly great band to emerge from DC in as long as we can remember, and their sterling EP title track “Medusa” is already one of our songs of the year. Today the District duo release the original uncut version of the track ahead of their Glasslands headline tomorrow night, expanding the original into a six-minute stunner. The crown jewel in GEMS’ oeuvre, “Medusa” is a shadowboxing soul-crusher that ducks and jabs in all the right places – always ethereal, always the stuff of dreams – and the uncut version just gives you more to love. We’re sure your Thursday night’s already spoken for by Popshop tomorrow, but if not, GEMS’ Glasslands show is just about the only acceptable excuse in town.
Xaphoon Jones has been our go-to renaissance kid since first bursting onto the scene with Chiddy Bang way back when, but he’s got his sights set on new horizons as he gets ready to retire the XJ name at the end of this year. But good news for you and me and everyone we know, Xaph’s saved some of his best for last as he takes Grouplove‘s chartstorming summer single “Ways To Go” and compacts the alt radio anthem into a getting-weird-in-the-club slow-burner, from the chopshopped vocals to the double dub percussion. It’s the perfect bittersweet symphony for the closing of one chapter and the opening of another, as the Xaphoon Jones funeral looms large on the horizon as he gets set to play his last XJ show ever with Baauer and Swizzy Mack in Philly on New Year’s Eve. RIP Xaph, and here’s to new beginnings.
WAYS TO GO (XAPHOON JONES FINALE REMIX) - GROUPLOVE
Cut Ribbons are a new thing out of West Wales currently making waves with their debut Bound In Love EP, recently set free into the wild by the lovely folks at Kissability. While the title track’s received no shortage of love to date, it’s the EP’s grand finale, “Fight and Fall”, that we’re here to share with the world today. Opening with a shimmering chord progression of slow-motion heartbreak a la London Grammar, “Flight” slowly builds to an epic arena-sized conclusion while somehow maintaining the hushed emotional fragility of The xx throughout. It’s an impressive balancing act as Cut Ribbons speak softly but carry a very big stick, ably showcasing why they’re one of the best acts to come out of the region since recent tour partners The Joy Formidable. Fall into the exclusive premiere below – or cop a free download here – and be sure to catch them out on tour across Greater Britain this month.
We don’t know much about Dublin’s Hozier, but we know a big song when we hear it and this is quite literally A Very Big Song. “Take Me To Church” is his debut single proper and has been making quite a stir these past few weeks, as the politically charged and exquisitely filmed video (above) has gone viral and the song itself has whipped the industry into a frenzy on both sides of the pond. From the bourbon-smoked vocal blues to the massive ivory accompaniment, it’s one of the bigger songs you’ll hear this year and a track we expect to make serious waves well into the new year.
Betty Who is the name on everyone’s lips these days and now our main man Starsmith has arrived on the scene to give her breakout single “Somebody Loves You” a supercharged space-disco makeover. It’s been the first new remix offering from The Smith in a long minute, but you’re in for a proper treat. Clocking in at close to six and a half minutes, the original becomes a futuristic houseparty anthem that powers up at its own pace, unlocks Betty’s full potential, and catapults her vocals into the stratosphere. It’s the kind of synthetic rework that gets your blood – and fists – pumping on overdrive, and it’s the perfect primer for Starsmith’s triumphant return to NYC next week, when he joins Fred Falke at our next Le Poisson Rouge takeover Thursday, the 12th. Tickets are still available HERE and this promises to be the dance party ticket of the month, so do. not. delay.
We did it you guys. Five years. And to celebrate, we’re asking our nearest and dearest to come join us for an invite-only friends and family affair featuring performances by a Neon Gold dream trio of MS MR, HAERTS and Magic Man, plus plenty of special guests. But since above all we love you guys the most, we’re giving a few lucky fans the chance to win tickets via our friends at DoNYC HERE. Consider it half holiday party, half anniversary celebration, and all amazing.
We’ve even put together a special Spotify playlist to commemorate this milestone in Neon Gold history, which you can get your vibe on to HERE. And beyond the collection of greatest hits past and present, it features an exclusive dark arts HAERTS remix of MS MR’s “Think Of You” that’s basically everything our remix dreams our made of. Enjoy the exclusive premiere below and don’t forget to enter to win tickets to the anniversary show through DoNYC HERE. To infinity and beyond.
We first introduced you to Sirena – a new pop siren from Stockholm via Barcelona – last summer, and today she’s back with fearless sophomore single, “Don’t Fear The Water”. As the homespun intro bubbles up to the surface, it crashes awake with heart-pounding vigilance. Gaining emotional momentum throughout, it’s like a possessive wave machine that pulls you under its blanket of intrepid vocals and hydraulic synths, as hypnagogic tears rain down from the sky like glass curtains. Let the video premiere wash over you above or dive into the audio below.
There’s a new pop trio on our radar called EXROYALE, fresh on the scene with a red velvet debut single called “Give It Up”. From the Roar-lite opening chords and high flying falsetto to the shoutalong chorus that hangs in the air like zero gravity, it’s a regal affair through and through. And with featherlight Grizzly Bear synths filtered through a paradisiac Great Good Fine Ok acid wash, it’s a royal coup d’état of soaring proportions that takes off with you into the night. Get familiar below.