We first touched on LA’s Avid Dancer when we announced the first Popshop West of 2014, and today we’re back to follow up with the unveiling of his debut single. It’s called “Stop Playing With My Heart”, and it’s a slow-burning slice of psychedelic pop that tips back the sun and drinks it all in. Imagine The Black Keys and Tame Impala relaxing in a hazy daydream of an infinite summer, where the vibes extend as far as the eye can see. Catch Avid Dancer making his Popshop debut supporting Betty Who and Holychild at The Echo on January 21st, tickets available HERE.
We introduced you to MTNS last month with their sun-setting debut, “Lost Track of Time,” and now the Brisbane three-piece are back with a ravishing and ravaging follow up effort. “Salvage” picks right up where “Time” left off, a grim ghost that deftly drifts into your heart like ethereal black magic. As it grinds its synths and howls at the afterlife, it kind of sounds like Sir Sly crossing paths with TV On the Radio, a brief glimmer of recognition exchanged as they pass like ships in the cold cold night. Big things ahead for these mountain men.
After announcing our last Popshop NYC of the year with Smallpools, Magic Man, and Step Rockets last week, we’re finally ready to announce our last Popshop BK of 2013. Cutting the ribbon, we’ve got The Griswolds bringing their relentlessly amazing jungle vibes all the way from the hot tropics of Australia in the opening slot. Then in the main headline slot, we’ve got Brooklyn’s next huge things X Ambassadors, shutting it all down in the finale. It’s popping off Saturday, December 14th, at where else but Brooklyn Bowl. Cop your tickets HERE and don’t. miss. out.
Ms Mr are currently wrapping up yet another all-conquering European tour, and today the swoonsome twosome celebrate the occasion with a brand new Fantasy EP out in the UK this week. Amidst the pristine remix package is a woozy late nite mix from Xaphoon Jones himself that we’re excited to premiere for you today, as Xaph delivers one of his final (and finest) remixes under the XJ moniker. Off the bat, Lizzy shines and echoes in the spellbinding intro, before the dark rushes in as Xaph shrouds her candlelit vocals in secrecy and airstrike synths light up the night sky above. It’s a blacklight funhouse re-imagination that’s a beautiful dark twisted fantasy in its own right. Go ahead, lose yourself in its wonders below, and cop the EP on digital or vinyl.
FANTASY (XAPHOON JONES LATE NITE MIX) - MS MR (EXCLUSIVE)
Late pass on this but DAMN. Mapei hit the scene a few years back with a debut EP on Downtown Records, but nothing past, present or future matters in the wake of new single “Don’t Wait”. As the acoustic fireside intro crackles and thaws layers of frosted nostalgia, the plaintive snaps and strums lay the foundation for Mapei to shine over vocoded backing tracks. It’s shadowboxing R&B at its most original, like Santigold joining HAIM and Aaliyah in a hologram of ’90s gospel, and don’t even get us started on that middle eight. Game. Changer.
Our guys Magic Man have been playing remix home run derby for quite some time now, having already upped the magic quotient for Atlas Genius, The Colourist, Ellie Goulding and more this year. Which brings us to their latest banner revision, as the New England pop pilgrims take on Alex Winston‘s comeback sizzler, “101 Vultures”. As the temperature dips below zero, the bass drops like mercury and hell freezes over. And when Winnie’s spectral vocals begin to tiptoe over creaking thin ice, Magic Man’s red light synths zero in as your breath starts to crystallize. It’s an ice cold avalanche of a remix fury that kicks down your door with a flurry of brittle vengeance; brace yourself for the chill below.
The reclusive Francis & The Lights has become something of an NYC folk hero these past few years, and after finally making his long-awaited return in May, he’s back with another premium belter today. “Like A Dream” is a golden hour life-affirmer that’s brought to life with a masterful new video today. As he croons on track, Francis Starlite showcases his incomparable lightness of being, toe-tapping through a field of dreams like it’s nobody’s business. And in conjunction with director Jake Schreier, he nails every aspect of the retro timelessness the video aspires to, right down to the North By North West flyover. So just recline and relax, you won’t be disappointed.
Hot on the heels of a US headline tour announcement in which all major markets sold out in minutes flat, St. Lucia‘s back today with a brand new remix of “Elevate” by Great Good Fine Ok that’s undoubtedly the single’s best rework yet. Swinging for the fences on their remix debut, Brooklyn’s new kids on the block flood the original in lush layers of uplifting electronics and headrush euphoria. Then the bridge arrives as things slow down and filter through a smoke machine dream, before GGFO drop in with their own falsetto’d out vocal take in the song’s skyscraping finale. Hands down one of our favorite remixes of the year and just another reason why Great Good Fine Ok are ones to keep an eye on as one of our hottest tips for 2014.
St. Lucia raised the bar pretty high for saints everywhere with the release of his debut album last month, and now the UK’s coming forth with a holy newcomer of their own to make a bid for the throne. Nottingham’s Saint Raymond arrives today with his new single “Young Blood,” freshly premiered by Zane Lowe as the hottest record in the world mere moments ago. Combining the restless idiosyncrasy of Foals and The Kooks with the arena-sized energy of an adolescent Morning Parade, it’s a bustling headrush of anthemic indie that packs a delicious punch from the crowd-pleasing chorus to its thrilling conclusion in the breakdown. Catch Saint Raymond live supporting HAIM on their forthcoming UK and European tour, and keep an eye out for his 7″ EP out January 5th courtesy of our friends at National Anthem.
After arriving at the nexus of 2012 and 2013 with one of the most exciting debuts of the year in “Masters of The Sun” and following it up with one of the 2013′s fiercest remixes for London Grammar a few months later, Kids of The Apocalypse return without warning today on their second single, “Empire”. Picking up where their previous offerings left off, “Empire” is a future classic R&B flamethrower that spits fire and breathes smoke like godly respiration. From the breathless bars to the adrenaline-fueled drum and bass breaks, it feels like racing to the future and back and sounds like nothing else out there. We still barely know what this is or who these Kids of the Apocalypse even are, but it almost doesn’t matter when the results are this massive.