The Griswolds came and conquered Brooklyn Bowl this past Saturday on the final date of their Cruel Runnings dates with Miniature Tigers, a tour we hosted four shows for that were all pretty damn phenomenal. And now with the release of their debut album Be Impressive cresting over the horizon, we’ve got the exclusive premiere of one of our favorite album cuts, “If You Wanna Stay”, today. As the infectious keys and shoutalong harmonies swallow you whole, it’s a sprightly piano-driven ‘80s romper that’s straight out of Marina’s “Shampain” universe with a Down Under twist. Be Impressive is out this Friday in Australia and next Monday in the US, get your preorder on HERE and tuck into “If You Wanna Stay” below.
Our girl Charli XCX is well on her way to becoming one of the biggest popstars in the known universe, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be along for the ride as we announce her sophomore album Sucker as our first full-length release through Neon Gold / Atlantic. And with this news comes a massive exclamation point in the form of lead single “Break the Rules”, incontrovertible evidence that Charli’s not only closing out 2014 as The Year of XCX but staking serious claim to 2015 too.
“Break the Rules” starts hard, fuzzed, halfway through a three-day bender; Charli works a lo-fi Liz Phair swagger over a revving, shit-hot bassline, which pulls back suddenly to let the track go transcendent for one of the best (and most timely) hooks of the year: I don’t want to go to school / I just want to break the rules. The synth builds – hysterical and ecstatic – under the gravity of the refrain, and where a lesser song might take the easy way out with an EDM drop, the song’s universe shatters in a different way as it takes flight on a wordless refrain that’s one of the sharpest hooks you’ll encounter all year. The song builds and builds until the grand finale, as Charli takes us out on her original tip: all motorcycles and leather, a na-na-na-na-na riff tossed over her shoulder as she rides off into the sunset.
It’s all the insouciance and effortless pop savvy you’ve come to expect from your favorite emerging pop star, mapped onto a genre-straddling announcement that she’s about to turn her game up HARD. Sucker‘s out October 21st so there’s no time to be wasted; fuck off school and stream the biggest anthem of the fall below.
The artist formerly known as Bluebell scaled “Normal Heights” in an exquisite single bound on her 2011 debut single, before stepping away from the spotlight in the months that followed. But returning at last to the limelight under her own name this week, Annabel Jones manages to match every bit of the enchanting majesty of “Heights” on long-awaited follow-up “Magnetic”. The track is exactly that, drawing you in with a serpentine topline and effortlessly cinematic songwriting, as Jones strings her words out like pulsing fairy lights over a spiraling electronic beat. Let go below.
Polarsets have been near and dear to our hearts since we brought their debut single into the world many moons ago, and today they return to the fold with one of their finest offerings to date. On “Parasols”, the Newcastle four-breeze in like a breath of fresh caipirinha air, their hot tropic electronic pop fine tuned to falsetto perfection like St. Lucia on a helium trip. “Parasols” is available immediately as part of 3 free tracks that you get when you pre-order their debut album on iTunes, out September 21st. Hold tight and cannonball into the exclusive premiere below.
We first introduced you to Brighton’s own David Harks on these very pages a few months back, and today he’s back with the third offering in his ongoing summer single series. It’s called “Open Arms” and it’s armed to the teeth with balearic bounce, steel drum taps, and features a decade old Cayman Island preacherman sample running throughout… Imagine St. Lucia taking Disclosure‘s “Fire Starts To Burn” on a much-needed tropical vacation, with a bit of Duke Dumont‘s “I Got U” in the mix for good measure. It’s without a doubt Harks’ finest offering to date, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere for you to wade into below.
Summertime isn’t summertime without Goldroom in the mix, and today he follows up his genius premix endeavor with a brand new single to carry you right on through fall. “Till Sunrise” marks his first offering since “Embrace” set the world ablaze last winter, but “Sunrise” finds Goldroom in classic form, an ethereal daydream of endless youth that hits you in waves without ever really receding. Let it wash over you below.
There’s a new London thing called Rage On Gold about to be all up on your radar. Debut single “Kick Flips” arrives today fully-formed and armed to take over the airwaves, overflowing with bubblegum sass, car commercial synths and a massive sugar rush chorus for the ages. It’s an unabashed sync goldmine, a going out anthem-in-waiting that feels a bit like “I Love It” for the Shoreditch set, filtered through a late-2000′s timewarp and projected in widescreen technicolor on a warehouse party wall. Drop into the exclusive premiere below.
Night Terrors of 1927 are back after their guilt-free debut Guilty Pleas EP put them on the map and then some last year. Today, they return with their epic live set closer and long-time favorite around Neon Gold HQ, “Always Take You Back”. As the tribal rumblings flow into the cinematic build-up of All-American glory road harmonies, it warms our heart to the core and makes us wanna hit the open road before summer runs out. Night Terrors themselves hit the road with Capital Cities this Fall so yeah, don’t miss out.
SoulCycle. You’ve heard of it. You’ve probably tried it. And if you haven’t, you’ve probably just been waiting for the right moment to take the plunge. Well friends, THAT TIME IS NIGH. We’ve heard for a long minute now that our records stay in heavy rotation soundtracking Soul rides all over the city, so we figured we’d take things one step further and team up with the Soulfolks themselves for a Neon Gold-themed ride.
It’s called GoldCycle (because duh) and it’s all going down at SoulCycle Williamsburg on Saturday, August 16th at 2pm with Emma L. We’re giving away 10 free bikes for the class to the first 10 people to RSVP to email@example.com, and if you’re not one of those first 10, worry not – we’re giving exclusive access to the class before anyone else when you RSVP through the email. Brand new riders will receive a special $20 deal for the class when they book using this method – we’ll get in touch to assign you your bike next week.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… That night we just so happen to be hosting a phenomenal Popshop BK with Miniature Tigers and The Griswolds at Brooklyn Bowl, and all riders who attend GoldCycle will receive FREE ENTRY into our Bk Bowl extravaganza that night. So yeah, come out and get your sweat on with us at GoldCycle by day, and then work it out further with us a Popshop BK that night. More details HERE.
Is it possible that two of the best dance records of the year hit the streets within 24 hours of each other, and through the same label? It’s the stuff of legend, but that seems to be exactly what’s happened as Alex Metric‘s “Heart Weighs A Ton” drops hot on the heels of The Knocks‘ “Classic” through Big Beat yesterday, making this a truly monumental week for dancefloors the world over. Nearly matching the dizzying heights of last year’s Jacques Lu Cont and Niki & The Dove collaboration “Safe With You” – undoubtedly the best dance record of 2013 in our eyes – Metric joins forces with our very own Stefan Storm (of Sound of Arrows fame) for perhaps his most anthemic offering to date, a dancefloor behemoth that bears down on you with a metric ton of electronic bliss. “Heart Weighs A Ton” is out NOW through OWSLA / Big Beat.