The Great Escape celebrates its 10th anniversary next month, and we’re teaming up once again with our brothers-in-arms Chess Club and National Anthem for an appropriately massive New Shapes Great Escape takeover to celebrate the occasion properly. Getting things started early are Manchester’s finest Oceaán, NYC superheroine VÉRITÉ, and UK oddball pop sensation GEoRGiA. Topping the marquee is a double-down power play from Swedish sirens Mapei and Seinabo Sey, taking us deep into the night with their Scandinavian pop majesty. It’s all going down May 16th at The Great Escape’s finest venue, Coalition, with doors at 6pm and first come first serve entry to those with festival credentials. See you there, Brighton.
VÉRITÉ has been having a serious moment for a long minute now, and today she’s back with a new sidewinding spellbinder on “Colors”. All kaleidoscopic synths and atmosphere-torching vocals, it’s a fierce new turn for VERITE, who shines over a massive instrumental from NICITA on his first cut outside of the MS MR beats he’s best known for. Get it while it’s hot below.
We’ve been binging on FROOT and its myriad flavors for many moons now, and today a brand new taste comes courtesy of our live-in superstars MS MR. Fresh off their liquid gold new single, “Painted“, MS MR put Marina through a technicolor spin machine and drench her backing vox with magic melodyne until their pitch shifted to soaring new heights. Take a bite below and keep an eye out for much more MS MR magic in the weeks and months to come.
Charli, Ty and Tinashe‘s song of the summer contender “Drop That Kitty” made its larger-than-life live debut at the MTV Movie Awards last weekend, and today gets an official video at last featuring the whole squad. Watch above and cop that kitty on iTunes right HERE.
We first fell for Lucas Nord on the back of his early Urban Cone and Tove Lo collaborations a few years back, and today he returns with another collaboration that hits close to home on brand new heater “Voices”. Co-written during our last trip to Sweden with the Captain Cuts guys – who are currently burning up the airwaves with their first Top 10 hit via Walk The Moon’s ubiquitous “Shut Up And Dance” - it’s yet another solid gold stunner, a smooth-sailing blast of midnight pop that fits somewhere between his earlier output and Russ Chimes, which is just about the perfect place to be if you ask us.
There aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to properly describe our excitement about Christine And The Queens, but we’ve certainly been trying our best. After months of anticipation, her debut US EP, Saint Claude, arrives this week just in time for her very first headline shows in LA and NYC, plus dates supporting Marina & The Diamonds this weekend. With it comes the final piece of the EP’s puzzle in leadoff track, “iT”, shining bright as the perfect opener for the record, endlessly dazzling with blooming synths and majestic vocals that carry you off to a faraway place whose name you can’t quite pronounce. Christine’s Saint Claude EP is out digitally today, and we’re now thrilled to announce an extremely limited pressing on transparent red 10″ vinyl arriving next week on April 21st. The EP is available digitally NOW, and you can preorder the limited edition vinyl pressing now HERE.
Kevin Garrett is everyone’s new favorite singer-songwriter. Debut singles “Coloring” and “Control” stirred up a groundswell of early support for the Brooklyn-via-Pittsburgh troubadour, culminating in a Katy Perry co-sign and a publishing deal with Roc Nation, and the buzz is getting deafening on the heels of Garrett’s brilliant run through SXSW. Garrett’s debut EP, Mellow Drama, arrives at last this week, and with it comes brand new cut “Pushing Away”. From the mellow, dramatic piano chords to his show-stopping pipes, “Pushing” is arguably his finest track to date and finds the 23-year old New Yorker channeling a perfect hearts-on-fire cross between James Blake and Sam Smith. Cop Mellow DramaHERE and keep an eye on Garrett in the months to come, this one feels very very real.
We’ve been riding hard for Erik Hassle for years now, and our hearts only grow fonder with each new release. The King of Sweden returns today with a summer smash-in-waiting on new single “No Words” and he’s really gone and done it this time. No words, just listen.
Our next Popshop West is already sold out on account of our new golden girl Christine And The Queens making her hotly-anticipated US headline debut, so we’re looking ahead to May today as our spring run at The Echo continues. Coming in hot May 19th, we’ve got proud Scotsmen, Prides, topping the marquee for the first time in LA, along with support from “Classic” hitmakers Powers in their live debut and local upstarts Say Say. It’s all happening May 19th at The Echo, with advance tickets now available HERE.
Brighton’s Aeble made quite the splash with his introductory single “Better By Your Side” last month, and today he returns with his debut video for the track. Featuring vocals from London crooner, Thomas Aspaul, “By Your Side” is a smoother-than-silk moonwalk under the stars, and the video comes correct with the fluid choreography to match. Directed by Hilow, it’s as swan-like and graceful as the song itself, the perfect visual accompaniment to one of the most impressive debuts of the year.