Charli XCX returns today to reprise her role as pop’s girl power queen, and this time out she’s got Rita Ora along for the ride too. New single “Doing It” came hard out the gates to get 2015 started right earlier this month, and today the video arrives as her biggest and baddest to date. Featuring two London Queens for the price of one, the clip plays out like Spring Breakers meets Thelma & Louise, as our pure heroines road trip through a technicolor green screen dream. SUCKER’s out now on Neon Gold / Atlantic in the US, with the supercharged UK edition to follow February 16th HERE and thank us later.
Royal Tongues have been steadily picking up heat since first hitting the scene last fall with an arsenal full of alt-radio hits-in-waiting, and today they keep the good times rolling with their latest heater, “Rolling On”. Breezier and more carefree than euphoric lead offering “The Balance”, the bicoastal duo craft another irresistible earworm that’s perfect for every season. From the razor sharp hooks to the featherlight vocal harmonies, it feels like early Passion Pit floating through a blissed-out xanax haze. And if you’re in LA this week, be sure to catch Royal Tongues tomorrow at Bootleg Bar at 9pm, tickets still available HERE.
There’s a new hometown duo by the name of REFS stepping into the limelight today. Comprised of R&B savant Richard Saunders and production guru Zachary Andrew (Black Light Dinner Party, High Highs), their debut single “Pain Goes Away” is a seismic slice of blinking LED pop. Unfolding carefully with blossoming synths and Sega Genesis neons that pave the way for those soul-powered pipes to grab the mic and take center stage, it’s a superlative slow-burner set against a pristine velvet backdrop and a damn impressive debut. Keep an eye on these two, something tells us there’s more gold where this came from.
We’ve been on board with Capital Cities since the moment their heatwave anthem “Safe + Sound” first took the world by tsunami a few summers back, and this week marks the dawn of a new chapter in their fairytale story. With the dust now settled on their remarkable debut campaign, co-frontman Ryan Merchant and resident brass master Spencer Ludwig step out with their latest endeavor, debuting their brand new project, HISTORY, on these very pages today. Co-produced with the one and only RAC, their self-assured – and self-titled – debut single is a synth-powered starburst of epic proportions, coming correct with all the glitz and glamour of Holy Ghost! and Penguin Prison and then some. Consider it history in the making.
Golden Coast are a new LA duo with a breezy, sun-kissed sound wholly befitting their name. Soaking up all the rays we’re currently missing out on over here in the Least Coast, new single “Futurist” is a sunshine-heavy, reverb-doused pop number that grazes the sky with glorious falsettos and laid-back tropical hues. Get familiar with Golden Coast below and catch them supporting Tove Styrke and Parade of Lights at Popshop West this Thursday, advance tickets still available HERE.
As our first Popshop West of the new year with Parade of Lights and Tove Styrke crests over the horizon next week (tickets still available HERE), we’ve got another big one to bring your way for February. Having firmly established themselves as one of the breakout new acts of 2014, Cathedrals cruise into the new year with a full head of steam as they make their headline debut on Popshop West February 26th ahead of back-to-back sold out homecoming shows at The Independent in San Francisco. Rounding out the bill are Chicago heatseekers Empires and LA buzz darlings LANY. The Cathedrals live experience is simply one of those once-in-a-lifetime things you’re just not allowed to miss and this *will* sell out, so get your $10 advance tickets HERE now and don’t get left out.
We’ve been up on Manchester’s finest Oceaán ever since our good friends over at Chess Club first turned us on to his hypnagogic debut EP, The Grip. And today, Oceaán’s rapidly expanding universe collides with that of Melbourne’s Hoodlem, as the shadowy duo remix Grip lead single “Veritas”. The Down Under dark angels – whose recent Tobtokcollaboration for Kitsuné was a highlight of 2014′s twilight – peel back the future-perfect Jai Paul touches of the original and dial up the funk, as deep space disco synths and breathless looping vocals whisk you away gently into the night. The Grip EP is available on 12” vinyl in the US via B3SCI here, and in the UK on Chess Club here.
Dark Waves is an LA newcomer who snuck up on us in the shadow of the night last year. Nick Long’s debut EP dropped a few months back, and with it arrived shadow-kissed sleeper hit “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love”. As sinister guitars lock lips with his earnest croon, it unravels slowly like strung-out direct hit to the heartstrings. Like a silver sun cross between The Neighbourhood, Sir Sly, and MXTHR, it’s a monochrome slow-burner that feels right at home. Get familiar below and catch him live at Popshop West supporting Tove Styrke and Parade of Lights next Thursday, tix still available HERE.
Oh you thought just because 2014 was over The Year of XCX was too? Think again. As if you didn’t already know, Charli dropped her white-hot SUCKER punch of a sophomore album stateside last month and it’s god damn perfect. Hot on its heels is its UK release next month, arriving as an XL version featuring two exclusive new burners, with a supercharged version of standout stunner “Doing It” featuring Rita Ora leading the charge as her latest single. It’s a bedazzling us-against-the-world do-it-to-it duet, produced by alt-hitmaker du jour Ariel Rechtshaid and featuring more razor sharp hooks than we even know what to do with. It’s out one month from today with the UK album release to follow on February 16th – UK angels get your preorder on HERE and for all you stateside angels, grab SUCKER right HERE right now.
As the sun sets on 2014 and we look ahead to the new year, Marina & The Diamonds returns to usher in 2015 with the latest taste of FROOT on perhaps her most epic offering yet, “Immortal”. The perfect soundtrack to the infinite possibilities of New Years Eve and the hungover reality of New Years Day, it’s yet another delicious squeeze of FROOT to tide you over until the album’s arrival this spring. Preorder FROOTnow and get the title track and “Happy” instantly, plus “Immortal” as soon as the clock strikes midnight and 2015 hits tonight.