We’ve had a soft spot for Sve since she first dropped “Talking To The Walls” nearly a year ago now, but this week she’s gone and changed the game with a larger-than-life sophomore smash on her latest offering “Riot”. From the stadium-sized hooks to the sparkling gold dust production, Sve comes out the gates swinging with radio-ready hooks for days and the vocal chops to match, waltzing effortlessly in the footsteps of Tove Lo and Sia on her way to alternative pop supremacy. Get familiar below.
After storming back onto the scene with their supernova comeback single last week, our boys in black Lovelife pull back the curtain on the appropriately moody video for “Nova” today. Directed by LA-based Eric Nichols, it’s a picture-perfect portrait of teenage emotion, like Skins set against an OC backdrop. It’s four and a half minutes of raw energizing heartbreak, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere above.
Magic Man are reunited with Walk The Moon this week for the launch of their summer sojourn with Panic! At The Disco this week, and what better way to ring it in than with an oven fresh new remix of their signature stunner “Paris”. This time around, Chicago duo Louis The Child cast a spell on the original with their young wizard touch, and appropriately the results are pretty damn magical. Look out for Magic Man and The Gospel Tour coming to an amphitheater near you this summer.
Sad but true: autumn is just around the corner, but cheer up – with it comes a whole new season of brilliant Popshop lineups. Kicking off the season is a triple crown bill for the ages on September’s Popshop West, coming in hot with a San Fran spectacular featuring WATERS and our latest Neon Gold darlings Cathedrals, plus hometown LA queen Zella Day adding a little local flavor to the bill. Our WATERS/Cathedrals double bill in SF earlier this month was one of the more magical shows we’ve put on all year, and with Zella in the mix as the cherry on top this one’s gonna be a night for the ages. It’s all happening September 10th at the Echo, advance tix now available HERE.
LA’s Smallpools have been making quite the run of late supporting Neon Trees on their most recent cross-country jaunt, and today announce a North American tour of dreams alongside our very own Magic Man this fall. To celebrate the occasion, they’re rolling out a brand new trailblazer called “Killer Whales” today, another Captain Cuts product from their forthcoming debut album, chock full of jubilant melodies and sky-scraping synths with a solid gold – and absolute nonsense – hook for the ages. Dig in below.
Our dear friends Little Daylight dropped their debut longplayer Hello Memory last week, and it’s the perfect livewire to jumpstart you out of that dangerous midsummer daze. Album centerpiece “Mona Lisa” has been a live highlight from day one, and today it gets the royal remix treatment as the undisputed king of summer St. Lucia takes her deep sea diving through the translucent ‘80s. Dive into the exclusive premiere below.
After a brief Popshop NYC holiday last month, we’re back with our second Westway throwdown of the month this week with the NYC headline debut of Lemaitre on Thursday. Word of their legendary full band electronic live show has long preceded their stateside invasion, and their SXSW set was one of the strongest US debuts we’ve seen in ages. Imagine all the best parts of RAC, Yuksek and Miami Horror live and you’re in the right ballpark. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got the long-awaited US debut of Australia’s PANAMA in the direct support slot ahead of their Baby’s All Right headline the next night, plus local upstarts Tomboy starting things off early. It’s all going down this Thursday at Westway, tix still available HERE. Do. Not. Sleep.
Our main man Starsmith returns from his intergalactic travels this week with a blazing comet of a new single in the form of “Now I Feel Good”, and to say it’s got us feeling good would be the understatement of the century. Premiered via Pete Tong this weekend, it features larger-than-life vocals from the incomparable Clare Maguire laid over an electronic tapestry of interstellar synths and pulsing club beats fresh off the assembly line at Feel Good Inc. It’s easily Starsmith’s biggest offering to date and quite literally the feel-good UK club anthem of the summer, feel great below.
London newcomers Vaults arrived on the scene in dramatic fashion with masterful initial offering “Cry No More” last fall, and this week return with their debut single proper on Virgin after this spring‘s promising set up track, “Premonitions”, on National Anthem. “Lifespan” starts off with an ethereal, slightly unhinged church-bell twinkle, but within seconds it’s washed over by the track’s definitive, static, pulsing alarm, which hovers like a mirage behind the majestic denunciation of the melody and the boom and clap of the beat. The ringing wall of synths retreats only for the chorus, which vocalist Blythe Pepino delivers like a plaintive bullet, refusing to resolve either the structure or the words: you took what you wanted to take, and yet you never wanted nothing from me. If you’ve been missing Florence Welch’s unbridled flash and yearning — and you have; who hasn’t? — then look no further.
Melbourne mystery duo Hopium first made their shadowy debut with “Cut” earlier this year, but it’s their second cut that proves the deepest as they pull the curtain back on sophomore single “Dreamers” this week. Featuring guest vocals from Phoebe Lou of the late, great Snakadaktal, “Dreamers” is a quarter-life crisis anthem that finds it’s sweet spot somewhere between the surging melancholy of Lovelife and the magical realism of Phantogram. It’s a bittersweet masterstroke fit for rainy headphone nights, try it on for size below.