We’re just about certain a star was born earlier this month when VÉRITÉ dropped jaws in her live debut at Popshop, and her star continues to rise this week with the unveiling of her third single, “Echo”. The title track off her forthcoming debut EP, VÉRITÉ’s latest is another scorcher, as Kelsey Byrne’s voice does pirouettes over a percussive military beat from principal collaborator Elliot Jacobson. VÉRITÉ’s debut Echo EP is out October 20th, just in time for her main stage performance on our New Shapes CMJ blowout that Thursday (tickets still available HERE).
Cathedrals first came blazing into our atmosphere with the shock-and-awe majesty of debut single “Unbound” exactly one year ago to the day. So to mark the anniversary of their first steps into the world, they’re back today with their debut video for the song, created by and set within the SF duo’s creative commune, The Sub. Featuring the nimble prowess of San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Maria Kochetkova set against the breathtaking backdrop of Alex Light‘s Sugar Cubes installation, it’s the product of director Sam Pressman and cinematographer Isaac Bauman, who between them share video credits including work for Drake, Sam Smith, Blood Orange and more. A beautiful intersection between San Francisco’s most promising new creatives in their respective fields – dance, tech, design, film, and of course, music – it’s the perfect mood piece to accompany one of the most sensual songs of the year. The Cathedrals EP is out now digitally and on limited edition transparent black grape 10″ vinyl, order yours today before they’re gone.
You already know The Knocks‘ “Classic” has been our quintessential anthem of 2014, and it shows no sign of relinquishing that title anytime soon. Today, another wave of “Classic” fire hits like an indian summer heatwave in the form of a brand new remix from Le Youth. The LA dancehall prince dresses takes the sundrenched original and takes it out after dark, with a UK house makeover complete with all-nighter house piano chords and sonic fireworks aplenty. What a masterpiece, indeed.
It’s no secret that Tove Lo has arrived as Sweden’s next great pop star, and her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, is unquestionably our favorite pop record of 2014 thus far. It’s completely amazing and out this week, so we’re ringing it in the only way we know how: with an album release party for the ages, because TRUST US, this an occasion to celebrate. It’s all going down Wednesday night at our new quarterly friends-and-family hang BB’s Alright, immediately after her sold-out headline at Webster Hall and featuring partystarting DJ sets from MS MR, Great Good Fine Ok, Friendly Greg, and open bar PBR while supplies last. So even if you missed out on tix to Webster, be sure to get yourselves to Baby’s All Right for our afterparty at 11pm, FREE ENTRY with RSVP through our friends at DoNYC.
Last week, we announced our next release from our boys in gold, Great Good Fine Ok, along with the brilliant Adult Swim-ready debut video. Today, the moonwalking Brooklyn duo returns with a brand new Body Diamond cut called “By My Side”. It’s a bit like lucid dreaming on top of the world, a bleary mirage of cloud nine brass-infused pop perfection and feel-good R&B energy for days, perfect for any season. Be sure to preorder your copy HERE before it arrives next week, and keep an eye out for an advance stream popping up on Spotify later this week.
Betty Who is one of our favorite humans on this planet, so we’re thrilled that she’s chosen to celebrate the release of her debut album, Take Me When You Go, with us at an intimate record release show next month at The Westway. It’s all going down on the eve of her album release October 6th, two days prior to Betty’s soon-to-be-sold out Irving Plaza extravaganza with our Great Good Fine Ok guys on October 8th (last few tix available HERE). Getting things started early will be sets from Neon Gold / Who Crew darlings The Jane Doze and Paperwhite, before Ms. Who herself takes the stage to ring in her debut album in style. This is one’s shaping up to be a BIG night in an intimate setting, so get your tickets HERE now before they sell out. And be sure to preorder Take Me When You GoNOW for a handful of instant grat heaters, including massive new single – and our personal favorite cut on the record – “All of You”.
Belgium doesn’t tend to spend much time on our pop radar, but Liège trio La Plage (French for “the beach” of course) are quickly changing all that. Debut single “Rendez Vous” opens like a wrecking ball and whips up a desert storm like a sandblast from the past, freshly stocked with sharp atmosphere-piercing hooks and deceptively delicate femme fatale vocals, channeling Phoenix and The Cranberries in equal measure. It’s released through our friends at Honeymoon next week, get your preorder on HERE and wade into the stream below.
CMJ is cresting over the horizon once again, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for another round of New Shapes, as we tag team with our brothers from another motherland, Chess Club and National Anthem, for another year of showcasing the finest new talent the world has to offer. Now in its sixth year, our flagship annual showcase features another elite bill of up-and-coming international talent, as we return to our party home away from home, Santos Party House, for another year of double-decker festival action.
Downstairs, we’ve got UK upstarts Nothing But Thieves kicking things off, followed by southwest songbird Zella Day and Chicago guitar heroes Twin Peaks, before the Australian trifecta of Hoodlem, Thief, and George Maple take us deep into the night and Made In Heights cap it all off in the subterranean headline slot. Upstairs, we’re easing into things with Norwegian teen sensation Aurora and Liverpool heatseekers Circa Waves, before a tag-team of Neon Gold darlings kick things into high gear with what’s sure to be one of the buzzier back-to-back sets of the week from VERITE and Cathedrals. Then rounding things out it’s two of Sweden’s biggest superstars-in-waiting as Seinabo Sey and Kate Boy take us into the late night, and live electronic kings Fenech-Soler cap it all off in the grand finale.
It’s all going down October 23rd at Santos, and by now you probably know the drill. Doors open at 6pm, and $10 advance tickets are now available HERE but likely to go fast, with a small amount of $15 tickets to be released on the door day of show, plus limited entry for CMJ badgeholders on a first-come, first-serve basis. These shows get crazy, so come early and stay late to ensure maximum good times. See you there.
Great Good Fine Ok have been our favorite consecutive adjectives for some time now, and today we’re pleased to formally announce their debut Body Diamond EP arriving on Neon Gold next month. It’s a four-run grand slam from start to finish, all candy-painted dreamcatcher synths and fantasia falsettos throughout. To properly launch the whole affair, they’ve gone and dropped one of the best videos of the year for debut flamethrower, “You’re The One For Me”, for your viewing pleasure below. Think Foo Fighters‘ “Learn To Fly” reimagined by Tim & Eric on exercise bikes and you’re on the right track. Body Diamond officially drops worldwide October 7th, with preorder for the limited edition 10″ available now HERE , and a homecoming EP release celebration the next night at Irving Plaza where GGFO will be kicking off their US tour supporting Betty Who and Joywave. Mark your calendars accordingly, and ready yourself for the one of the great good finest debuts of the year to arrive next month.
If you’re not familiar with Troye Sivan, then you probably just haven’t been paying attention. The 19-year old South Africa-via-Australia boy wonder has been stealing hearts and minds for a few years now at the forefront of a million-strong army of YouTube devotees, and last month stormed the charts with his debut TRXYE EP and its earworm lead single “Happy Little Pill”. Now fellow Aussies (and cherished Neon Gold alumni) Strange Talk have taken the original to infinity and beyond with a supercharged dancefloor rework, all hands-in-the-lasers synths and supermassive bass noise, outfitted for the club and guaranteed to set your night ablaze. Have at the exclusive premiere below.