Following in the footsteps of Queen Christine, Holy Oysters are the latest French export to step into the world bearing the venerated Because stamp of approval. The restless Parisian five-piece arrived out of nowhere with star-slinging debut single “Take Me For A Ride” earlier this month, taking 60’s psychedelica back to the future like some kind of French holy cross between Tame Impala and Flying Nun. Holy Oysters’ debut EP is out November 23rd, let them take you for a ride below.
Gold standard ‘80s pop seems to be the order of the day, as Panama Wedding keeps things rolling on from St. Lucia‘s comeback scorcher with a blissed-out Indian Summer blessing of his own. “Infinite High” powers through the lows with highs for days, as Panama takes the wheel and drives headstrong into the horizon, movie script ending and all. Keep an eye out for his sophomore EP, Into Focus, arriving later this month ahead of their run with Great Good Fine Ok.
Perhaps no artist more succinctly captures the quintessence of Neon Gold more than our golden boy St. Lucia, and this week he returns with new music at last. “Dancing On Glass” is the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore record, and it’s a BIG one – four minutes of 80’s technicolor perfection, slow-motion confetti and hands-in-the-air bliss, as Jean and co. deliver their biggest radio record to date.
Easing us out of our post-CMJ comedown, there’s a new London duo on the radar. Falling to earth somewhere between Lorde and London Grammar, they go by the name of Dahlia and their debut single “Breathe” is a breath-stealing showstopper. As the low light synths and lossless sentiments set the scene, Dahlia take you by the hand and show you what their deal is: principally stirring, weight of the world alt-pop gravitas and haunting atmospherics. Ones to watch for sure.
Hold the phone. Shura Masa’s finally a thing. Two of our favorite London young guns Shura and Mura Masa have come together under the same roof for a house-on-fire duet for the ages. With solar-powered vocal chops, iridescent flutes, and mind-bending production, it comes off like some kind of clarion call-to-arms anthem from the future. Get down below and DON’T MISS Shura headlining Popshop November 5th at Baby’s All Right – tickets HERE.
The wait is over. This week Christine And The Queen‘s English language debut arrives at last – get yours HERE – ushered in by yet another masterpiece visual in the form of the “Paradis Perdus” video above. Reuniting Christine with J.A.C.K. – the directorial duo behind her award-winning videos for “Saint Claude” and “Christine” – “Paradis” also enlists the help of rising French fashion sensation Jacquemus, who beautifully realizes the living, growing suit conceptualized by Christine for the clip. Christine begins her debut North American tour supporting Marina And The Diamonds in LA tomorrow, and the Christine And The Queens LP is available digitally HERE now and on limited edition transparent blue vinyl HERE next week.
Photocomfort released one of the year’s most impressive debuts with their seething real talk anthem “Not Love” a few months back, and today the Boston trio return with their latest cut, “Slowdance”. All woozy electronics and relaxed fit vocal swipes, it’s a heart-wrenching emotional foxtrot that hits you right in the feels. Don’t miss Photocomfort’s NYC live debut tomorrow on New Shapes CMJ, tix still available HERE.
POWERS cruise headstrong into CMJ this week as one of the week’s must-see acts, a status further cemented by their debut video for new single “Hot” today. While the track shoots for the stars with candy-coated synths and an unrelenting bass groove that keeps things cool amidst all the heat, the video is a slow-motion monochrome dance party that deftly contrasts the technicolor audio as POWERS flex starpower for daysss. Break yourself off with the exclusive premiere up top and don’t miss the duo live at our triple crown New Shapes CMJ throwdown this Thursday across at Webster Hall, last few advance tickets available HERE.
MNDR‘s been laying low for a minute or two, writing other people’s hits behind the scenes and popping up from time to time to steal the whole show on justabouteverytrack she’s ever hopped on. But at last she returns today with the FIRE in the form of pulsing new single “Kimono”, the latest in a very long list of reasons why Amanda Warner is the truth in every sense of the word. Slip into something a little more comfortable below.
Christine And The Queens just can’t stop won’t stop right now. As she prepares for the release of her English language debut album Christine And The Queens next week, she follows up her brilliant Tunji Ige collaboration “No Harm Is Done” with another collaborative masterpiece today. Enter Perfume Genius and the powerfully vulnerable duet, “Jonathan,” breathlessly premiered by Zane Lowe and Pitchfork earlier today. Stream below and preorder Christine And The QueensHERE today.