As you already know, last Thursday marked our final Popshop of the Westway era (RIP), and next month we’re crossing the bridge to our favorite bar in the world, Baby’s All Right. Our first Popshop Baby’s kicks off next month with HOLYCHILD‘s Brooklyn headline debut (tix still available HERE), but we’re not stopping there. Keeping things rolling into the dog days of summer, we’ve got the feel-good maestro himself, Darwin Deez, making his triumphant return to the NYC live scene August 26h – a very #rare Wednesday night throwdown – with support by local heatseekers Strange Names and much much more. It’s all going down August 26th with advance tickets now on sale HERE but likely to go fast, so don’t sleep NYC.
Since taking their first steps into the world with us on their debut Wings 7″ so many moons ago, HAERTS have steadily cemented their place in the Neon Gold pantheon with each subsequent release, right up through their self-titled debut LP last year. But today marks a new high water mark for band, as they unleash previously unreleased beast “Animal” upon the world.
Recorded with St. Lucia during their debut album sessions in Nashville, “Animal” is a song that the band has always loved, but one they felt didn’t fit the overall aesthetic of the LP. According to HAERTS, “‘Animal’ was inspired by a short video clip we saw at a movie theater. The clip showed an underwater scene of sea creatures moving around each other in some sort of crazy dance. During the writing and production process, the song took on a life of it’s own, but we always felt that there was something animalistic about it and the title is still referring to that initial image.” Unleash the beast above, this is one you won’t want to miss.
Tove Lo fell from heaven to give us the pop masterpiece that is Queen of the Clouds, and it’s truly been the gift that keeps on giving, feeling more like a greatest hits set than a debut album with each passing single that scales the charts. Hot on the heels of her 3x platinum debut single “Habits” and sophomore stunner “Talking Body” (currently #12 and climbing) – not to mention her Top 40 Alesso collaboration “Heroes” – Tove keeps things rolling today with her latest smash offering “Timebomb”. Directed by man-of-the-monment Emil Nava, it’s one of her biggest and best clips to date, and “Timebomb” looks to have all the makings of yet another chart-toppling hit from the Swedish powerhouse. Don’t miss Tove live on Conan July 1st and mark your calendar for her continent-wide Queen of the Clouds tour this fall hitting The Wiltern in LA, Terminal 5 in NYC and everywhere between.
Kiiara just rocked up and set the whole damn world on fire with her debut single “Gold”. With Felix Snow going full flex on production, the Illinois native comes through with a certified solid gold stunner on her first outing, like a fiery cross between Kate Boy and MØ. It’s a darkhorse contender for pop debut of the year with a menacing backbeat to match and a chopped-to-infinity chorus that just doesn’t quit. Come on and feel the Illinoise below.
We first came across BLEITCH a few months back with the glorious “Paint By Numbers” and today, we’re excited to premiere their latest and greatest, “Crime”. As it spirals awake like a sinister daydream growing lucid, the megaton chorus shatters all sense of reality, like the highs of M83 meeting the lows of Allie X with a dash of MS MR. See for yourself below.
We’ve been on the HUNTAR train for a minute now, since he first surfaced with his breathtaking debut Bitter last year. Most recently, Annie Mac premiered the 21-year old South Londoner’s latest, “Autumn”, a crisp seasonal anthem that’s impossible not to Fall for. Opening up innocuously enough with a drizzle of strings and a fizzle of melancholy, it all goes a bit tsunami as the chorus washes over you with major waves. Falling somewhere between futuristic R&B and club emo, it’s like a heartbroken Flume or Lido going through a phase of heavy self-medicating. Take the pain away below.
POWERS are a very good thing. After ruling all of last summer (and most of this one) with their fireball Knocks collaboration “Classic”, the LA duo return today with “Loved By You”, the perfect follow up to flawless debut single proper “Beat Of My Drum”. All dreamy skywriter synths and buoyant hooks, it’s a head-over-heels slice of adoring pop that’s yet another trophy on the shelf for Mike and Crista. POWERS open up for The Knocks’ soon-to-be-sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg headline July 29th, get your tickets HERE and power up with “Loved By You” below.
The new era of MS MR is off to a flying start with lead offerings “Painted” and “Wrong Victory” delivering a knockout one-two punch out the gate, and today they follow up their amazing “Painted” video with a stripped back take on “Wrong Victory”. Shot in a 70′s era house in South London, it boasts a notably more hopeful tone than their earlier work, while still maintaining their trademark doom-and-gloom. How Does It Feel drops July 17th, get your preorder on HERE and get “Painted” and “Wrong Victory” right away.
Air Bag One, the Paris-via-Cameroon duo that first stormed onto the scene with their irresistible debut anthem “1992″ at the top of this year, make their triumphant return to the states next month as they play Popshop Brooklyn alongside Bit Funk. Ahead of their Popshop debut, they return this week with the flipside to the 1992 7″ with brand new heater “You’ve Got Somethin”. All dazzling synths and dizzying electronics, it’s a transcontinental triumph, like Friendly Fires covering JT‘s “Like I Love You” with a touch of St. Lucia thrown in for good measure. Don’t miss Air Bag One’s Popshop debut at Brooklyn Bowl July 11th, advance tix now available HERE.
Freshly baked out of the LA furnace is a new project calling itself NVDES. With an identity shrouded in bubbly synths and fog machines, NVDES falls somewhere in between Washed Out and Les Sins alongside the next generation of chill dancefloor deities. All easy breezy vocals and coastal grooves, “Before The Weekend Comes” is the perfect carefree cure to strip away all your weekday worries. Take some NVDES and get ready for the weekend below.