Stop the presses: Marina & The Diamonds is back. One year on from burying Electra Heart, Marina rises again today with “FROOT”, the title track from her forthcoming third album. A disco fruit bottlerocket from another dimension, it arcs across the sky like a supersonic rainbow, all glittering guitars and sparkling electronics. It’s Marina at her most Madonna, like “La Isla Bonita” drunk on sparkling piña coladas and dipped in neon gold. We’ll have plenty more to tell you about FROOT in the weeks and months to come, but for now taste the rainbow and take your first bite of the forbidden fruit below. Diamonds, your wait is over.
Minneapolis’s finest, Step Rockets, are clearly onto something. After coming out the gates strong with one of the most radio-ready debuts of last year on “Kisser” and keeping the heat coming on smoothtalking follow up “Heart Attack Again”, they return today with new single “Phantom Flower” ahead of their US run with K. Flay this month. “Phantom” brings more of the effortless 80′s pop hooks we’ve come to expect from the MPLS quarter, twinkling cloud nine synths flying high over a dark, jittery bass groove that amps you up for the inevitable singalong chorus lying in wait just around the bend. Feel the energy below, and keep an eye out for Step Rockets hitting NYC at The Knitting Factory later this month.
We first introduced you to Priory last summer with their infectious daytripper debut “Weekend”. Today, the Portland duo returns with their latest offering in the form of “Lost Gold”, fresh off the Weekend EP out next week. The fragile acoustic guitar-and-chimes opening feels like a distinct departure from their previous cuts, until the beat drops in and an atomic guitar line charges forth out of nowhere into the unknown. It’s an escapist open road anthem that can turn any journey into an adventure, run away with the exclusive premiere below and don’t miss their EP release show next week at Mercury Lounge.
Our love for Magic Man knows no bounds, but you already knew this. The fab five recently traversed the Atlantic to bring their homegrown brand of triumphant synth anthems to our friends across the pond, headlining our biggest New Shapes UK night to date last week. Today, they’re back on the map in a big way with a devilish new remix of “Texas” from former tour mates and great Scots, Prides. Building slowly with smoldering electronics and candy-flipped vocal samples, it marches inexorably forward towards a triumphant climax and ends up in a strobe-streaked discotheque by its conclusion. Taste the premiere below and catch Magic Man out on tour with Smallpools later this month.
CMJ is swiftly approaching and although we’ve already announced our annual double-decker New Shapes blowout at Santos on the 23rd, you know one party is just never quite enough for us. So for our second CMJ extravaganza, we’re teaming up with the fine folks at Matte Projects to bring you Cathedrals‘ first NYC performance, backed by Alex Light’s utterly breathtaking Sugar Cubes installation, beautifully showcased in their debut video for “Unbound”. And rounding out the evening, we’ve got starter sets from two of our favorite new ladies in the game, Hoodlem and Halsey, kicking things off early. It’s all happening opening night of CMJ on Tuesday the 21st at Cathedrals’ intimate Brooklyn space The Foundation, with doors at 8pm and FREE ENTRY with RSVP via our friends at DoNYC HERE.
We’ve had a realthing for Australia’s Thief ever since he first stepped out as Thief Urban some 18 months ago, and today the Sydney impresario returns with his first new material since his interstellar debut on last year’s lights-out Closer EP. Live favorite “You Look So Good To Me” combines whirring astral synths with dirty gutterpunk bass licks, topped off with PJ Wolf’s own skyward vocals, sounding like a FutureSex/LoveSounds-era Timberlake with double the future and an extra helping of sex. Check the exclusive premiere below and be sure to catch Thief’s US debut on our New Shapes CMJ blowout later this month, tickets still available HERE.
Charli XCX is back in the U S of A and packing some seriousss heat. After reveling in the summer masterpiece that was/is/forever will be “Boom Clap” and follow up scorcher “Break The Rules”, we’re pleased to unveil “London Queen”, a brand new cut off Charli’s forthcoming punk-pop masterpiece Sucker. From the grizzled, driving guitars to the video game synths and Charli’s sweet-n-sour lip service, it’s restless blitzkrieg pop of the future that sounds like a heavy cross between Josie & The Pussycats, The Ramones and Sailor Moon. Produced and co-written by Justin Raisen – whose starmaking production work on Sucker is gamechanging to say the least - it’s the perfect anthem to celebrate Charli’s return to the States on her current US tour with FEMME and Elliphant. There’s much more where that came from, but in the meantime, preorder her all-thriller-no-filler follow-up, Sucker, HERE. And if you’re in New York, we’ll see you at Charli’s unsurprisingly sold out Webster Hall headliner tomorrow night.
Great Good Fine Ok‘s debut Body Diamond EP is out worldwide TOMORROW. After going three-for-three with their brilliant trio of debut singles over the past year, they complete the grand slam on EP closer, “Say It All”. In a rare turn-down moment for the NYC duo, “Say It All” is a babymaking slow-burner for the ages, all featherlight synths and candlelit R&B melodies spread across the track like butter. Stream Body Diamond in all its glittering glory HERE ahead of its official release on limited edition 10” vinyl tomorrow, preorder still available HERE.
Hold the phone, Popshop Brooklyn is back. We’re doing it up big style this month at Brooklyn Bowl with everyone’s favorite partystarting Degrassi anti-hero, Saint Pepsi, killing it live and our main man Penguin Prison closing things out with one of his signature live vocal DJ sets. It’s all going down Saturday October 18th at the Bowl, with $10 advance tickets on sale now HERE. See you there party people.
We fell in love with Psychologist a few years back when he first surfaced on early single “When Particles Collide” (which has since disappeared from the internet but we suspect will rise again soon), and then all over again this week upon receipt of his latest masterpiece. Brand new single “Worlds Away” is mad scientist off-the-wall pop at its finest, and its accompanying video – written and directed entirely by Psychologist’s Iain Woods himself – is quite possibly the most brilliant self-made video we’ve ever come across. Taking all the creepiest elements of German Expressionist cinema and injecting them with modern music video references aplenty (including an especially amazing group choreography section in the finale), it’s a 10 out of 10 oddball masterpiece and yet another triumph in the what’s shaping up to be one of the more compelling concept-driven campaigns we can remember.
“Worlds Away” is the lead single off Psychologist’s forthcoming debut full-length Autophobe (coming January 1st) – a concept album about the greatest friendship of all time: the mind and the body. The production weaves a tapestry of found and home-made samples from sources that are in one way or another pertinent to the history of psychology and neurology, with strings for the record recorded entirely at Kingsley Hall (home of RD Laing’s controversial 1965 schizophrenia experiment), and all trumpets recorded in Sigmund Freud’s bedroom. It’s all a bit too genius for us to even handle, and further proof that Psychologist is one of the more impressive creative minds of our time. Feast your eyes and ears on “Worlds Away” above and below, and keep a keen eye on Psychologist in the months to come. Something tells us there’s plenty more genius where this came from.