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.
Tove Lo‘s selling out shows left right and center, blowing through both her NYC debut at Popshop April 24th and our Brooklyn show with her the next night at Baby’s All Right in barely a week. But as we announce the full lineup for her Popshop headline today, we’re giving you a chance to win tickets because this is going to be one for the ages. Featuring one of our favorite support bills to date, we’ve got the live debut of Sweden’s other next huge thing, Mapei, kicking things off early before hometown hero Gordon Voidwell does his thing in the direct support slot. It’s all going down at The Westway April 24th, enter for your chance to win tix HERE via our friends at DoNYC.
Hey SIREN, we think we like you too. The LA newcomers make their presence known (and then some) today with debut single “I Think I Like You”, and it’s a bit like Alex Winston found herself a clone raised on the dark side of the moon and joined forces to have a go at Tegan & Sara‘s twin pop thrones. With upbeat pixie vocals counterbalanced by the track’s menacing production, SIREN come calling with a casual majestic prowess and lock you in their crosshairs with a centripetal magnetism. Something tells us we won’t be the last wayward sailors to fall under their spell, consider yourself warned.
Betty Who is so our team she’s basically the captain, and her new video only further cements that status as it arrives hot and fresh out the kitchen today, comprised primarily of footage from her LA headline debut at Popshop West earlier this year. Glad this dropped though, as that show marked Betty’s induction into the Popshop Hall of Fame making her one of only a handful of acts to hit the NYC/LA/Brooklyn trifecta with us and we totally owe her a plaque or something.
Mapei‘s been one of our favorite newcomers to the alternative pop game in recent memory, and this week she arrives with the video for her anthem-in-waiting, “Don’t Wait”, to accompany the full-scale rollout of her EP by the same name. Directed by Dori Oskowitz, the video provides a perfectly patient accompaniment, a slow-motion bounce through the hazy soothing cycle of young love. And with remixes from Chance The Rapper, Benny Blanco, Kingdom and Giraffage, the EP is a veritable hit parade of alternate takes on the pristine original. Enjoy the Chance remix below, on which Chicago’s finest delivers his lysergic flow with a soothsaying permanence that elevates the original to new heights, and keep an eye out for Mapei coming to a Neon Gold stage near you soon.
Morning Parade tore the roof off the new year and alternative radio with sophomore album comeback single, “Alienation”, and now they’ve got a sterling remix to accompany it courtesy of Grouplove’s space ghost take on the original, premiering exclusively with us today. Stripping away the beat and turning up the atmosphere, Grouplove construct a pulsating powerhouse from plaintive piano chords, gradually building towards an emotional climax by the song’s finale. Dive into the exclusive premiere below and keep an eye out for the Parade’s Ben Allen-produced new album Pure Adulterated Joy, coming in hot May 6th.
We’ve gone on about Sydney rumble kids Jinja Safari quite a bit in these pages and hosted their US debut on New Shapes a few CMJs ago, and now co-frontman Pepa Knight has gone and launched a brand new solo project. Combining Avey Tare’s brand of Animal Collectivism with a touch of Local Natives thrown in for good measure, he’s perfected his own style of highly original tipi pop, inspired by his travels in India and other exotic locales. Get familiar with the myth that is Pepa Knight, exclusive premiere below.