With 2014 winding down, it’s time to look ahead to the new year as we celebrate the fourth birthday of Popshop in NYC next month. Kicking the year off right it’s our very own Alex Winston celebrating her brand new single “Careless” with a very special, very intimate underplay at Westway. Supporting, we’ve got a knockout one-two punch of popstars-in-waiting making their respective NYC debuts, as Sweden’s next huge thing Tove Styrke and LA heatseeker Chelsea Lankes hit our fair city for the first time. It’s all going down Thursday January 22nd at The Westway, with advance tickets now available HERE but likely to go quick. Don’t sleep, New York.
Somehow, some way, of all the things we’ve done with Alex Winston to this point, an actual single release has not been among them. Wild, right? But that all changes today, as we roll out her triumphant new comeback single, “Careless”, ahead of its proper release on Neon Gold / 300 in the new year. Dropping hard and fast into a deep bassline in the cold open, “Careless” means business from square one, the tension steadily building in the verse until that chorus - that CHORUS - cracks open the sky and Winston’s soaring falsetto swoops in for the kill. Quite possibly her finest offering to date, “Careless” is out today digitally and available for preorder on limited edition pink 7” vinyl (featuring an exclusive B-side on the flip) from the Neon Gold Shop HERE. This is a special one folks.
Holychild are back and better than ever. We’ve been firm believers of the LA duo since they first stormed our consciousness with “Happy With Me” and their debutMindspeak EP last year alongside a fewfierce Popshop throwdowns. New single “Running Behind” marks a supercharged change of pace from Mindspeak, coming across like Sleigh Bells dip-dyed in Santigold neon, a technicolor crash course in quicksand adderall pop. Dig in below.
Sweden’s solid gold run through 2014 continues this week with the triumphant coming-out of newcomer, Nadia Nair. Hailing from Stockholm via Malaysia, she commands an otherworldly trade wind like some kind of natural born pop warrior princess. With a spritely mezzo-soprano that brings to mind Mapei crossed with Florence Welch, debut single “Beautiful Poetry” is just that, leading a relentlessly uplifting charge forward like the perfect middle point between “Don’t Wait” and “Dog Days“. Get familiar with all that is Nadia Nair below.
It’s that time of year, as we round up our friends and family and get ready to celebrate the holidays and another Neon Gold birthday (six whole years!). Last year’s fifth anniversary party was one for the agesss, and this year we’re opening things up to the public with a special holiday party Popshop next week. Headlining live will be our dearly beloved Great Good Fine Ok – whose Popshop Brooklyn headline with VÉRITÉ two nights later is selling like hotcakes – with very special DJ support from MS MR and St. Lucia. And as anyone who’s caught a MS MR DJ set recently knows, they are not. to. be. missed. It’s all going down next Thursday, December 11th at The Westway, with FREE ENTRY and complimentary beverages made possible by our friends at PBR and DoNYC. Must RSVP to gain entry, do so HERE to get involved.
Consider this your two weeks’ notice. Christmas comes early this year with Charli XCX’s punk-pop odyssey, SUCKER, blazing into your atmosphere December 16th, preceded by a very special SNL performance December 13th. Following on from the fuzzed-out bombast of “Gold Coins” last month, Charli returns today with another white-hot burner off the forthcoming album called “Breaking Up”. Like crash landing in the ‘90s armed to the teeth with heavy guitars, old school attitude, and side ponytail swagger, it’s a blast from the past and the future in equal measures. Plus it comes with complete with the best video of Charli’s career, courtesy of our favorite mad scientists BRTHR. SUCKER arrives December 16th, but you can get your preorder on HERE and get a third of the record up front now. Let’s rock.
There’s a new Scottish pop upstart on our radar who goes by the name of KLOË. The Glasgow rookie only has a lone debut offering to her name, but it’s a brilliant first step and we’re thrilled to bring you the premiere today. All space age synths and brooding tortured vocals, “Grip” is equally raw and booming like the moody lovechild of Ellie Goulding and KLOË’s Scottish countrymen CHVRCHES, produced to ghostly perfection by Prides’ drummer and beatsmith, Lewis Gardiner. Get a grip below.
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.