British mystery kids Blossom explode onto the scene today with one of the more brazenly brilliant starter singles we’ve heard all year on debut anthem “Regeneration”. With next to no information about them available online, we’ve not got much more to go on than the sucker punch guitar haze of “Regeneration” and its perfectly rapidfire mood piece music video, but we’re not about to complain when what is on offer is this strong. Like a reverb-drenched mix of Pixies and Palmas swimming in a psychedelic sea of angsty garage punk, they already feel like our favorite FUZZ band of all time and their Tumblr-wave video is the best we’ve seen since MS MR‘s “Hurricane” visual from way back when. So sit up straight and listen up: Blossom have arrived.
We’ve been all over the new Milo Greene material since it first arrived in our inbox last month, and today lead single “White Lies” gets the remix treatment courtesy of our very own LA brethren, Wildcat! Wildcat! From the perfectly heated jacuzzi synths to Marlana Sheetz’s chopped-and-screwed sauna vox, it feels like getting steamy in the moonlight with the Wildcats manning the temperature controls. Exclusive premiere below, you’ll want to crank this one way up.
Jukebox the Ghost is back in a big way. We’ve long been partial to their piano-driven melodic pop but brand new single “Postcard” is on another level entirely. Like a heartsick “Video Killed The Radio Star”, it’s a serious shot of ’80s movie dopamine and it goes down a dream. Jukebox rocket man Ben Thornewill is in top form here with a sleeper hit on his hands, channeling the neon showmanship of The Killers on the band’s most anthemic offering to date. Executive produced by Andrew Dawson (who’s worked with everyone from Kanye to Fun), it’s our favorite Jukebox offering to date and the perfect lead single for their forthcoming new self-titled full-length, out October 21st with preorder now available HERE.
We’ve been all aboard the CuckooLander train ever since the London chanteuse (and former Charli XCX bassist) first dropped her bombshell debut single earlier this year. Today she releases another stunner on “All The Way”, and we’re all about it. A mature progression, it’s a soaring heartstring ballad that starts off personal and intimate, before evolving into a stadium-sized belter with a stunning reprise that keeps the oil burning well past midnight. Cuckoo’s self-titled debut EP drops today, get involved HERE.
Stop the presses: Marina & The Diamonds is back. One year on from burying Electra Heart, Marina rises again today with “FROOT”, the title track from her forthcoming third album. A disco fruit bottlerocket from another dimension, it arcs across the sky like a supersonic rainbow, all glittering guitars and sparkling electronics. It’s Marina at her most Madonna, like “La Isla Bonita” drunk on sparkling piña coladas and dipped in neon gold. We’ll have plenty more to tell you about FROOT in the weeks and months to come, but for now taste the rainbow and take your first bite of the forbidden fruit below. Diamonds, your wait is over.
Minneapolis’s finest, Step Rockets, are clearly onto something. After coming out the gates strong with one of the most radio-ready debuts of last year on “Kisser” and keeping the heat coming on smoothtalking follow up “Heart Attack Again”, they return today with new single “Phantom Flower” ahead of their US run with K. Flay this month. “Phantom” brings more of the effortless 80′s pop hooks we’ve come to expect from the MPLS quarter, twinkling cloud nine synths flying high over a dark, jittery bass groove that amps you up for the inevitable singalong chorus lying in wait just around the bend. Feel the energy below, and keep an eye out for Step Rockets hitting NYC at The Knitting Factory later this month.
We first introduced you to Priory last summer with their infectious daytripper debut “Weekend”. Today, the Portland duo returns with their latest offering in the form of “Lost Gold”, fresh off the Weekend EP out next week. The fragile acoustic guitar-and-chimes opening feels like a distinct departure from their previous cuts, until the beat drops in and an atomic guitar line charges forth out of nowhere into the unknown. It’s an escapist open road anthem that can turn any journey into an adventure, run away with the exclusive premiere below and don’t miss their EP release show next week at Mercury Lounge.
Our love for Magic Man knows no bounds, but you already knew this. The fab five recently traversed the Atlantic to bring their homegrown brand of triumphant synth anthems to our friends across the pond, headlining our biggest New Shapes UK night to date last week. Today, they’re back on the map in a big way with a devilish new remix of “Texas” from former tour mates and great Scots, Prides. Building slowly with smoldering electronics and candy-flipped vocal samples, it marches inexorably forward towards a triumphant climax and ends up in a strobe-streaked discotheque by its conclusion. Taste the premiere below and catch Magic Man out on tour with Smallpools later this month.
CMJ is swiftly approaching and although we’ve already announced our annual double-decker New Shapes blowout at Santos on the 23rd, you know one party is just never quite enough for us. So for our second CMJ extravaganza, we’re teaming up with the fine folks at Matte Projects to bring you Cathedrals‘ first NYC performance, backed by Alex Light’s utterly breathtaking Sugar Cubes installation, beautifully showcased in their debut video for “Unbound”. And rounding out the evening, we’ve got starter sets from two of our favorite new ladies in the game, Hoodlem and Halsey, kicking things off early. It’s all happening opening night of CMJ on Tuesday the 21st at Cathedrals’ intimate Brooklyn space The Foundation, with doors at 8pm and FREE ENTRY with RSVP via our friends at DoNYC HERE.
We’ve had a realthing for Australia’s Thief ever since he first stepped out as Thief Urban some 18 months ago, and today the Sydney impresario returns with his first new material since his interstellar debut on last year’s lights-out Closer EP. Live favorite “You Look So Good To Me” combines whirring astral synths with dirty gutterpunk bass licks, topped off with PJ Wolf’s own skyward vocals, sounding like a FutureSex/LoveSounds-era Timberlake with double the future and an extra helping of sex. Check the exclusive premiere below and be sure to catch Thief’s US debut on our New Shapes CMJ blowout later this month, tickets still available HERE.