After a quick spring break, our next Popshop Brooklyn is coming in piping hot June 13th. Presented in conjunction with Williamsburg’s annual Northside Festival, we’re bringing Norwegian Popshop veterans Lemaitre back across the Atlantic for another round of full band party-starting electronics. Their last Popshop trek last summer sold out well in advance, so be sure to cop your advance tickets NOW before it’s too late.
At long last, The Knocks‘ So Classic EP has arrived. Out TODAY, the EP brings with it brand new classic “Time” as the final piece of its technicolor puzzle. A master class in retro-futurism, it’s a timeless gospel-tinged burner like nothing the duo have dropped to date, a hands-to-the-sky anthem bathed in heavenly strobes from on high. Stream “Time” below and cop the full So Classic EP HERE ahead of the duo’s massive release party tomorrow at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring The Knocks as you’ve never seen them before with brand new production and an album’s worth of new material in their arsenal. Tickets still available HERE.
It’s a big day, friends. After taking the world by storm with debut album Secondhand Rapture nearly two years ago to the day, MS MR return this week with the first taste of their highly-anticipated sophomore record. A brushstroke of brilliance, “Painted” is a straight adrenaline shot to your system and establishes a new, evolved direction for the duo. All epic house piano (YES) and dazzling electronics, “Painted” finds the band at their biggest and baddest, like a gritty cross between In Ghost Colours-era Cut Copy and the trademark cinematic grandeur that we all know and love from the duo. The new era of MS MR has begun.
What So Not. George Maple. Two of Australia’s finest together on one track, teaming up for an all star hands-in-the-air collaboration that feels so right it’s as if it was written in the stars. On brand new downtempo burner, “Gemini”, the searing laser tag synths and reverb-drenched atmospherics set the scene for George Maple to shine and seduce over What So Not’s all-consuming electronics, as WSN turns in his finest offering since 2013′s awe-inspiring “Touched” instrumental. Lose yourself in the mix below.
Dive In are back and brighter than ever. After saving us from the tropical heatwave of summer 2013 with debut single “Let Go”, the Glastonbury four piece are preparing their debut EP proper Eighteen for release on Vagrant this spring. The title track precedes it today, a brooding youth anthem with all the synthed-out bravado of The Naked & Famous and angelic vocals that flutter to earth somewhere between Mew and Polarsets. Dive on in below.
In case you missed it, Marina & The Diamonds‘ FROOT notched Marina her (not to mention our) first US Top 10 album last week, and we’ve never had more faith in humanity than in this very moment. With that, we’re very excited to bring you a brand new remix of the title track by one of our favorite Swedes, the inimitable MARLENE. To no one’s surprise, she smashes it out of the park on her first remix outing, adding her own vocals and flipping the sugar-sweet original into a spiraling symphony that shoots for the moon and lands comfortably among the stars. Take a bite below.
Christine And The Queens‘ stateside invasion continues today, as she adds another sold out US date to her resume with her April 15th LA debut at The Echo going clean just like her NYC play at Le Poisson Rouge before it. So it seems as good a time as any to roll out the latest seismic cut off her forthcomingSaint Claude EP, “Narcissus Is Back”. “Narcissus” explores vanity through a smoky lens, as weight-of-the-world synths bear down on Christine’s most ominous topline yet. It’s without a doubt her most US-leaning track to date, falling perfectly in line with the dark and stormy anthems Lorde spent the last 18 months lighting up the alt radio airwaves with, and it’s streaming below ahead of her Saint Claude EP‘s arrival in two weeks’ time.
We’ve been sipping on Milk & Bone’s kool aid since they first arrived on the scene with the one-two punch of pristine debut singles “New York” and “Coconut Water” last summer. Then the Montreal duo went and signed with our crazy cousins over at Honeymoon and to celebrate, they’ve released their video for “Coconut Water” today. Directed and animated by Romain F. Dubois, it’s a heady trip down a Miyazaki rabbithole and goes down a treat like a frozen cocktail equal parts Purity Ring and First Aid Kit. Preorder the Little Mourning EP ahead of its April 21st release HERE to receive “Coconut Water” instantly, and catch Milk & Bone supporting Christine And The Queens sold-out headline at Le Poisson Rouge that night.
Our dudes The Knocks have been teasing out their dazzling new EP with instant classics like “Dancing With Myself” and “Classic” and this week, they unveil their latest partystarter on glittery nu-disco flamethrower, “Collect My Love”. Featuring a superstar vocal turn from Glee‘s Alex Newell (think back to the first time you heard Sam Smith on “Latch” and you’re on the right track), it’s got all the makings of a summer club essential set to burn up dancefloors from here to Ibiza. Preorder the So Classic EP now and don’t miss The Knocks’ EP launch show next Wednesday at Le Poisson Rouge (tix still available HERE) because it’s sure to be a classic one.
Gallant is a name to keep an eye on. Turning heads last spring with his impressive debut Zebra EP, he continues to show his stripes today with brand new offering “Open Up” ahead of his forthcoming sophomore release. A year on from Zebra, Gallant joins Zhu as the second artist signed to Mind of a Genius, and a year of development in the studio has found his R&B stylings leaning more futuristic, as Gallant’s soul-piercing falsetto and colossal synths scrape the sky with the no-nonsense swagger of Flume and Chet Faker.