We’ve been riding hard for Erik Hassle for years now, and our hearts only grow fonder with each new release. The King of Sweden returns today with a summer smash-in-waiting on new single “No Words” and he’s really gone and done it this time. No words, just listen.
Our next Popshop West is already sold out on account of our new golden girl Christine And The Queens making her hotly-anticipated US headline debut, so we’re looking ahead to May today as our spring run at The Echo continues. Coming in hot May 19th, we’ve got proud Scotsmen, Prides, topping the marquee for the first time in LA, along with support from “Classic” hitmakers Powers in their live debut and local upstarts Say Say. It’s all happening May 19th at The Echo, with advance tickets now available HERE.
Brighton’s Aeble made quite the splash with his introductory single “Better By Your Side” last month, and today he returns with his debut video for the track. Featuring vocals from London crooner, Thomas Aspaul, “By Your Side” is a smoother-than-silk moonwalk under the stars, and the video comes correct with the fluid choreography to match. Directed by Hilow, it’s as swan-like and graceful as the song itself, the perfect visual accompaniment to one of the most impressive debuts of the year.
After a quick spring break, our next Popshop Brooklyn is coming in piping hot June 13th. Presented in conjunction with Williamsburg’s annual Northside Festival, we’re bringing Norwegian Popshop veterans Lemaitre back across the Atlantic for another round of full band party-starting electronics. Their last Popshop trek last summer sold out well in advance, so be sure to cop your advance tickets NOW before it’s too late.
At long last, The Knocks‘ So Classic EP has arrived. Out TODAY, the EP brings with it brand new classic “Time” as the final piece of its technicolor puzzle. A master class in retro-futurism, it’s a timeless gospel-tinged burner like nothing the duo have dropped to date, a hands-to-the-sky anthem bathed in heavenly strobes from on high. Stream “Time” below and cop the full So Classic EP HERE ahead of the duo’s massive release party tomorrow at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring The Knocks as you’ve never seen them before with brand new production and an album’s worth of new material in their arsenal. Tickets still available HERE.
It’s a big day, friends. After taking the world by storm with debut album Secondhand Rapture nearly two years ago to the day, MS MR return this week with the first taste of their highly-anticipated sophomore record. A brushstroke of brilliance, “Painted” is a straight adrenaline shot to your system and establishes a new, evolved direction for the duo. All epic house piano (YES) and dazzling electronics, “Painted” finds the band at their biggest and baddest, like a gritty cross between In Ghost Colours-era Cut Copy and the trademark cinematic grandeur that we all know and love from the duo. The new era of MS MR has begun.
What So Not. George Maple. Two of Australia’s finest together on one track, teaming up for an all star hands-in-the-air collaboration that feels so right it’s as if it was written in the stars. On brand new downtempo burner, “Gemini”, the searing laser tag synths and reverb-drenched atmospherics set the scene for George Maple to shine and seduce over What So Not’s all-consuming electronics, as WSN turns in his finest offering since 2013′s awe-inspiring “Touched” instrumental. Lose yourself in the mix below.
Dive In are back and brighter than ever. After saving us from the tropical heatwave of summer 2013 with debut single “Let Go”, the Glastonbury four piece are preparing their debut EP proper Eighteen for release on Vagrant this spring. The title track precedes it today, a brooding youth anthem with all the synthed-out bravado of The Naked & Famous and angelic vocals that flutter to earth somewhere between Mew and Polarsets. Dive on in below.
In case you missed it, Marina & The Diamonds‘ FROOT notched Marina her (not to mention our) first US Top 10 album last week, and we’ve never had more faith in humanity than in this very moment. With that, we’re very excited to bring you a brand new remix of the title track by one of our favorite Swedes, the inimitable MARLENE. To no one’s surprise, she smashes it out of the park on her first remix outing, adding her own vocals and flipping the sugar-sweet original into a spiraling symphony that shoots for the moon and lands comfortably among the stars. Take a bite below.
Christine And The Queens‘ stateside invasion continues today, as she adds another sold out US date to her resume with her April 15th LA debut at The Echo going clean just like her NYC play at Le Poisson Rouge before it. So it seems as good a time as any to roll out the latest seismic cut off her forthcomingSaint Claude EP, “Narcissus Is Back”. “Narcissus” explores vanity through a smoky lens, as weight-of-the-world synths bear down on Christine’s most ominous topline yet. It’s without a doubt her most US-leaning track to date, falling perfectly in line with the dark and stormy anthems Lorde spent the last 18 months lighting up the alt radio airwaves with, and it’s streaming below ahead of her Saint Claude EP‘s arrival in two weeks’ time.