Charli XCX is back in the U S of A and packing some seriousss heat. After reveling in the summer masterpiece that was/is/forever will be “Boom Clap” and follow up scorcher “Break The Rules”, we’re pleased to unveil “London Queen”, a brand new cut off Charli’s forthcoming punk-pop masterpiece Sucker. From the grizzled, driving guitars to the video game synths and Charli’s sweet-n-sour lip service, it’s restless blitzkrieg pop of the future that sounds like a heavy cross between Josie & The Pussycats, The Ramones and Sailor Moon. Produced and co-written by Justin Raisen – whose starmaking production work on Sucker is gamechanging to say the least - it’s the perfect anthem to celebrate Charli’s return to the States on her current US tour with FEMME and Elliphant. There’s much more where that came from, but in the meantime, preorder her all-thriller-no-filler follow-up, Sucker, HERE. And if you’re in New York, we’ll see you at Charli’s unsurprisingly sold out Webster Hall headliner tomorrow night.
Great Good Fine Ok‘s debut Body Diamond EP is out worldwide TOMORROW. After going three-for-three with their brilliant trio of debut singles over the past year, they complete the grand slam on EP closer, “Say It All”. In a rare turn-down moment for the NYC duo, “Say It All” is a babymaking slow-burner for the ages, all featherlight synths and candlelit R&B melodies spread across the track like butter. Stream Body Diamond in all its glittering glory HERE ahead of its official release on limited edition 10” vinyl tomorrow, preorder still available HERE.
Hold the phone, Popshop Brooklyn is back. We’re doing it up big style this month at Brooklyn Bowl with everyone’s favorite partystarting Degrassi anti-hero, Saint Pepsi, killing it live and our main man Penguin Prison closing things out with one of his signature live vocal DJ sets. It’s all going down Saturday October 18th at the Bowl, with $10 advance tickets on sale now HERE. See you there party people.
We fell in love with Psychologist a few years back when he first surfaced on early single “When Particles Collide” (which has since disappeared from the internet but we suspect will rise again soon), and then all over again this week upon receipt of his latest masterpiece. Brand new single “Worlds Away” is mad scientist off-the-wall pop at its finest, and its accompanying video – written and directed entirely by Psychologist’s Iain Woods himself – is quite possibly the most brilliant self-made video we’ve ever come across. Taking all the creepiest elements of German Expressionist cinema and injecting them with modern music video references aplenty (including an especially amazing group choreography section in the finale), it’s a 10 out of 10 oddball masterpiece and yet another triumph in the what’s shaping up to be one of the more compelling concept-driven campaigns we can remember.
“Worlds Away” is the lead single off Psychologist’s forthcoming debut full-length Autophobe (coming January 1st) – a concept album about the greatest friendship of all time: the mind and the body. The production weaves a tapestry of found and home-made samples from sources that are in one way or another pertinent to the history of psychology and neurology, with strings for the record recorded entirely at Kingsley Hall (home of RD Laing’s controversial 1965 schizophrenia experiment), and all trumpets recorded in Sigmund Freud’s bedroom. It’s all a bit too genius for us to even handle, and further proof that Psychologist is one of the more impressive creative minds of our time. Feast your eyes and ears on “Worlds Away” above and below, and keep a keen eye on Psychologist in the months to come. Something tells us there’s plenty more genius where this came from.
There’s a new LA heatseeker on the scene by the name of BØRNS, fresh on the scene with a debut single that’s love at first listen and then some. On “10,000 Emerald Pools”, the Cali-via-Michigan transplant soaks up the cosmic rays of a thousand suns and channels it into a solar-powered summer anthem for any season, like a long lost OC soundtrack relic found on the cutting room floor and nursed back to health over poolside cocktails. Take it all in below and be sure to catch BØRNS at Popshop West supporting Circa Waves later this month, tickets available HERE.
Ladies and gentlemen, Milo Greene are back. After bursting onto the scene with their self-titled debut and its pristine lead single “1957″ a few years back, the west coast five piece return this week with a brand new stunner as their sophomore full length, Control, crests over the horizon in the distance. Comeback track “White Lies” is a white-hot scorcher through and through, like HAIM and Solange shimmying in the smoke machine haze under a disco ball full moon. Stream it below and cop it now as an instant grat with your preorder of Control, out early next year through our friends at Atlantic. Slip in below.
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.