Storytime: when we first dreamed up the idea of Popshop with The Knocks hungover after SXSW many moons ago, Erik Hassle topped our original shortlist of acts to play the night. Now nearly four years and 100+ shows later, that dream is finally becoming a reality as Erik Hassle makes his Neon Gold live debut at Popshop West next week. To whet your appetite, his latest feature – this time for Parisian Mad Decent maestros Picard Brothers - arrives today in the form of “Goodbye & Goodluck”, yet another reminder of why Erik’s one of our favorite vocalists in the game. Ice cold and silky-smooth, the Picards’ production provides the perfect backdrop for Hassle’s second-to-none Scandinavian R&B, as the troupe notch a worthy follow up to Hassle’s other show-stopping feature of 2014, Gorgon City‘s “FTPA”. Catch Erik headlining Popshop West at The Echo next week, with local support from Conway and Machineheart and advance tickets still available HERE.
We have big love for Australia’s latest sensational pop export, Montgomery. After dropping her New Clear War EP last month, the mystery chanteuse returns with a swoon-worthy cover of Arcade Fire’s modern classic “Wake Up” this week. Trading in the call-to-arms guitars for gentle atmospherics, she transforms the original into a gentle war cry of her very own, and the result is one of the finest Arcade Fire covers to date (second only to Mr. Little Jeans‘ immortal cover of “The Suburbs”). Get woke below.
Made In Heights have been turning heads for a minute now, but these past 18 months have seen them truly establish themselves as one of the freshest new acts in all the land. Fresh off a run of some of the best shows we saw in all of 2014 – including their impossibly perfect headline set at New Shapes CMJ last month – and sterling comeback offering “Ghost” earlier this fall, there’s no denying that Kelsey + Sabzi are in a league of their own right now. Today, things reach fever pitch as they cap off a banner year with hypnotic new single “Panther”, which finds the Heights hitting new highs on one of their finest tracks to date. It’s a bone-chilling slowburner that sounds like Cathedrals and Emile Haynie making sweet symphonies in a haunted mansion, as the pendulum synths and sweeping strings flood you with emotion against the backdrop of their own shimmering production. Lose yourself in it below or over on Spotify now.
Daniel Wilson is a new singer-songwriter out of Southern Michigan on a serious tear right now. After teasing out his upcoming sophomore EP with three sterling stunners these past few months – each more emotive than the last – his latest heartbreaker, “If You Went Away”, just might be his coup de grâce. As the emotive chords resonate into your heart, the golden age brass and open-heart harmonies swell to symphonic proportions and fall to earth somewhere between the laid-bare emotion of Alex Winston and orchestral wistfulness of Sufjan Stevens. Must be something in that Michigan water. Look out for Wilson’s forthcoming EP, The Boy Who Cried Thunder, out next week and available for preorder now.
The year’s only just beginning to wind down, but we’re already looking ahead to the new year to kick off 2015 with a bang as we bring our favorite UK partystarter Alex Metric over for January dates in DC and Brooklyn. Since tearing the roof off Popshop on his maiden NYC voyage at Santos 18 months ago, he’s dropped two of our favorite dance records in recent history with “Safe With You” and “Heart Weighs A Ton“, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to the Neon Gold stage to headline Popshop Brooklyn in January. It’s all going down January 10th at Brooklyn Bowl, with $12 tix now available HERE. And if you’re in DC, catch Monsieur Metric headlining All Things Gold two nights prior at U Street Music Hall, advance tickets available HERE. Let’s kick 2015 off right.
Ekkah is a new UK lady duo comprised of long-lost disco sisters Rebecca Wilson and Rebekah Pennington who are currently doing just about everything right. Already with a coveted New Shapes play to their name and a debut EP arriving on Honeymoon next week, the real proof is in the pudding of lead single “Last Chance To Dance”. A master class in ‘80s R&B, it comes complete with all the throwback thrills and girl group grooves one could ask for, like a future classic Blood Orange collaboration just waiting to happen. Ekkah’s debut EP of the same name is out November 24th, preorder available now HERE.
Milo Greene is certifiably ablaze right now. With the one-two punch of pristine comeback singles “White Lies” and “On The Fence” last month, the LA quintet complete the trifecta today with lead single proper “Lie To Me”. As cross-hatching guitars and a locomotive bassline lays the foundation for the atmospheric interplay of the vocals, it comes alive like Stars dueting with Panama Wedding under a clear night sky. Milo’s sophomore full-length, Control, is out next year through our friends at Atlantic, but you’ll get all three tracks now with your preorder right HERE.
We’re now just a few weeks out from Charli XCX‘s hotly-anticipated sophomore LP, Sucker, arriving just in time to save your whole 2014 next month. “Boom Clap” and “Break The Rules” have been burning up the airwaves for a long minute now, and earlier this fall live standout “London Queen” served up another taste of things to come, but today Charli’s back with a serious gamechanger on album highlight “Gold Coins”. The first track of the Sucker era to truly bowl us over earlier this year, “Gold Coins” is a punk-pop swirl of scuzzy new wave hooks, larger-than-life swagger and fuck-off attitude. Produced to gold standard by Sweden’s Patrik Berger, it’s another sterling trophy on the shelf and available instantly with preorder of SuckerHERE. Circle your calendars kids, Sucker arrives December 16th on Neon Gold / Atlantic and is not. to. be. missed.
We’ve been riding the WALK THE MOON wave from day one, since the unforgettable fireball that was debut single “Anna Sun” first streaked across our horizon all those years ago. September saw the Cincinnati four-piece blaze back onto the scene with massive comeback single “Shut Up And Dance” – written with none other than our guys Captain Cuts – and now with “Dance” still burning up the alt and rock radio charts, they’re back today with another taste of their forthcoming sophomore album. With all the radio-ready singalong hooks and stadium-sized licks we’ve come to expect from Ohio’s finest, “Different Colors” picks up right where “Shut Up And Dance” left off and is available now as an instant grat from iTunes and Amazon ahead of their new record, TALKING IS HARD, dropping December 2nd. Exclusive premiere below.
We first introduced you to Royal Tongues on these very pages a few months back and today the NY duo return with a brand new remix courtesy of our resident dreamers, Savoir Adore. Savoir’s funky fresh take douses the original in an ice bucket of liquid gold over a buoyant bassline straight out of RAC’s playbook, as snowflake synths and frenzied guitars fall perfectly into place all around. Just another reason why Savoir are some of the best around, and why we can’t wait to hear what the new year holds for the Brooklyn dreamweavers. Exclusive premiere below.