LA’s Smallpools have been making quite the run of late supporting Neon Trees on their most recent cross-country jaunt, and today announce a North American tour of dreams alongside our very own Magic Man this fall. To celebrate the occasion, they’re rolling out a brand new trailblazer called “Killer Whales” today, another Captain Cuts product from their forthcoming debut album, chock full of jubilant melodies and sky-scraping synths with a solid gold – and absolute nonsense – hook for the ages. Dig in below.
Our dear friends Little Daylight dropped their debut longplayer Hello Memory last week, and it’s the perfect livewire to jumpstart you out of that dangerous midsummer daze. Album centerpiece “Mona Lisa” has been a live highlight from day one, and today it gets the royal remix treatment as the undisputed king of summer St. Lucia takes her deep sea diving through the translucent ‘80s. Dive into the exclusive premiere below.
After a brief Popshop NYC holiday last month, we’re back with our second Westway throwdown of the month this week with the NYC headline debut of Lemaitre on Thursday. Word of their legendary full band electronic live show has long preceded their stateside invasion, and their SXSW set was one of the strongest US debuts we’ve seen in ages. Imagine all the best parts of RAC, Yuksek and Miami Horror live and you’re in the right ballpark. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got the long-awaited US debut of Australia’s PANAMA in the direct support slot ahead of their Baby’s All Right headline the next night, plus local upstarts Tomboy starting things off early. It’s all going down this Thursday at Westway, tix still available HERE. Do. Not. Sleep.
Our main man Starsmith returns from his intergalactic travels this week with a blazing comet of a new single in the form of “Now I Feel Good”, and to say it’s got us feeling good would be the understatement of the century. Premiered via Pete Tong this weekend, it features larger-than-life vocals from the incomparable Clare Maguire laid over an electronic tapestry of interstellar synths and pulsing club beats fresh off the assembly line at Feel Good Inc. It’s easily Starsmith’s biggest offering to date and quite literally the feel-good UK club anthem of the summer, feel great below.
London newcomers Vaults arrived on the scene in dramatic fashion with masterful initial offering “Cry No More” last fall, and this week return with their debut single proper on Virgin after this spring‘s promising set up track, “Premonitions”, on National Anthem. “Lifespan” starts off with an ethereal, slightly unhinged church-bell twinkle, but within seconds it’s washed over by the track’s definitive, static, pulsing alarm, which hovers like a mirage behind the majestic denunciation of the melody and the boom and clap of the beat. The ringing wall of synths retreats only for the chorus, which vocalist Blythe Pepino delivers like a plaintive bullet, refusing to resolve either the structure or the words: you took what you wanted to take, and yet you never wanted nothing from me. If you’ve been missing Florence Welch’s unbridled flash and yearning — and you have; who hasn’t? — then look no further.
Melbourne mystery duo Hopium first made their shadowy debut with “Cut” earlier this year, but it’s their second cut that proves the deepest as they pull the curtain back on sophomore single “Dreamers” this week. Featuring guest vocals from Phoebe Lou of the late, great Snakadaktal, “Dreamers” is a quarter-life crisis anthem that finds it’s sweet spot somewhere between the surging melancholy of Lovelife and the magical realism of Phantogram. It’s a bittersweet masterstroke fit for rainy headphone nights, try it on for size below.
We’ve loved Lovelife since before they were Lovelife, and they’ve come a long way since “Your New Beloved” – still one of our favorite tracks of the past five years – dropped on Neon Gold back in the day. Today they unveil the lead single from their long-awaited debut album with “Nova”, an orchestral pop explosion of epic proportions, bursting at the seams with synthed-out strings that spiral high into the sky and come to rest amongst the stars. It’s a massive step forward for the bi-coastal, bi-continental four piece and an exciting taste of things to come on their forthcoming full-length debut. Go supernova below.
The Cruel Runnings tour hit Popshop NYC last Thursday for yet another sold out night to remember at The Westway, and it was a bill so nice we just had to do it twice. That’s right, next month the Miniature Tigers / Griswolds doubleheader returns to our fair city but this time on the Popshop Brooklyn stage, as the Cruel Runnings tour comes to a close at Brooklyn Bowl. It’s all going down August 16th with advance tickets on sale NOW. See you there, BK.
New girl on the block VÉRITÉ is about to turn some serious heads. We’ve had our eye on the New York newcomer since she first captured our hearts and minds earlier this year with debut stunner, “Heartbeat”, a song that was clearly TOO BIG FOR THE INTERNET as it no longer seems to exist online. In its place this week arrives sophomore offering, “Strange Enough”, a swirling whirlwind of soft rippling synths and soothing vocals that’s yet another step towards NYC pop royalty for the up-and-coming songstress. Look out for VÉRITÉ’s seismic debut EP arriving in the months to come, and her forthcoming live debut coming to the Popshop stage sooner than you know.
The “Boom Clap” remix parade continues this week with the triumphant return of Hippie Sabotage, the Sacramento brothers behind the year’s biggest remix for another one of our golden girls, Tove Lo. Clocking in at just under 3 minutes, it’s a nonstop thriller that alternates between slow-motion verses and warp-speed, space horn-heavy choruses, as the Cali remix kings continue their red-hot rookie season in the spotlight. Dive into the Hippie’s effort below and keep an eye out for the Boom Clap EP is out digitally July 29th on Neon Gold/Atlantic.