MY HEART IS COMPROMISED.

The Black and The White are a rising LA trio that have been making noise for a minute now, but take a quantum leap this week with brand new single “Torn Up”. A ready-for-radio anthem in waiting, “Torn Up” comes hard out the gates with spiraling fluoro synths and dreamweaving vocals that play out like a supercross between Great Good Fine Ok and Penguin Prison. So yeah, saying we’re *fully down* would be a serious understatement. Exclusive premiere below.

WANT TO GO BACK.

Everything Everything have set up residency high atop our list of favorite UK acts these past few years, and this week brings the arrival of hot-of-the-presses comeback single “Distant Past” announcing their forthcoming third album Get To Heaven. From their signature leftfield melody madness to the schizo frenetic guitar licks, it’s everything (everything) we’ve come to love about the Manchester four piece and more, complete with a club worthy house drop in the chorus as reimagined with guitars. Get To Heaven is out June 15th, but for now, experience the “Distant Past” above.

THE DEMONS IN YOUR HEAD.

Cathedrals‘ forthcoming remix EP, Blush, arrives next week, and hot on the heels of Tunji Ige and NICITA‘s oven fresh takes on “OOO AAA” and “In The Dark”, we’re back with yet another delicious taste today. Arguably the EP’s finest cut, this latest offering finds BØRNS teaming up with Tommy English to take “Harlem” downtown with a lush cinematic reimagining that breathes new life into the original in every way.

POP THAT KITTY DOWN LOW.

Hide yr kids, hide yr wife, the first huge event record of the year has arrived. Ty Dolla. Charli. Tinashe. Stargate. Cashmere. We’re no experts but this just might be bigger than “Fancy”, and that one took the whole damn summer over last year. Expect the same and then some here and brace yourselves for the takeover.

HEAVY FOR YOUR LOVE.

Lyves is a new pop chanteuse on our radar from North London by way of Portugal. Francesca Bergami’s debut offering “Visions” announced her arrival with strong intent, and she doesn’t disappoint with her soul-piercing follow-up, “Shelter”. As the emotional gravitas swirls and swells, it’s a master class in tireless meditative pop from the same grade as London Grammar and Jessie Ware. Take shelter below.

WHEN THIS IS OVER.

Allie X established herself as a pop force to reckon with on her first two singles just over a year ago on these very pages. Then came a casual namecheck from this Katy Perry girl and just last week, she dropped her bewitchingly surreal debut video for “Catch”. Today, Allie keeps the X pumping with the teaser (or Xample) of her next offering, “Tumor”, a pop behemoth that stays in your brain and scales Dr Luke and Max Martin-esque heights before catapulting into starry oblivion. Keep an eye out for the full version (that chorus tho) but for now, soak it up above.

SO LOST IN YOU.

Minneapolis’ finest Step Rockets have been turning heads since their debut single “Kisser” first scorched the airwaves two summers back, and today they return with a brand new heater on new single, “Turning Tides”. It’s a perfect piece of escapist trop-pop, all saltwater island beats and a balearic bounce that sweeps you under wave after wave of resplendent synths and breezy hooks, as Step Rockets trade the tundra for the tropics on one of their finest offerings to date. Get away below.

IN THE HALLS OF YOUR HEART.

News of Cathedrals forthcoming remix EP, Blush, arrived with a bang last week as Tunji Ige came through to bless the duo’s standout siren song ‘OOO AAA’ in his remix debut. Today the second cut comes in hot courtesy of our main man, NICITA, the percussive heartbeat of MS MR and a rising remix connoisseur in his own right. NICITA injects the original with a heavy dose of Blade Runner dystopia, giving the original a schizophrenic futuristic polish that suits the track perfectly. The Blush EP is out February 24th for *FREE DOWNLOAD* ahead of the band’s sold out West Coast mini tour wrapping up with back-to-back sold out homecoming shows at The Independent in San Fran on the 28th.

DON’T NEED NOBODY.

Our beloved Saturday, Monday & “Headshake” vocalist Julia Spada step into the new year as a full-time team on brand new project, Breakup. Best part is, the duo’s debut single “Bubble” picks up exactly where they left off on “Headshake“, as Spada’s airtight vocals bounce headfirst into Ludvig Parment’s buoyant Scandinavian pop production and two become one in a rare and perfect Breakup for the ages. Get familiar below.

POPSHOP NYC: ALEX WINSTON

Alex Winston returns next month to reign supreme over the Popshop stage once again. After battling (and conquering) a vocal injury sustained last month, Alex is back to reclaim her rightful throne in a few weeks’ time, and you better believe it’ll be worth the wait. It’s all going down March 5th at The Westway, with advance $12 tix now available HERE and all tickets for her original January 22nd show to be honored for the new date. Hurry though; Alex’s original date sold out in no time and this one looks set to do the same.


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