Our in-house supergroup, HAERTS, return today with a brand new single in the form of “Call My Name”. Their first new offering since we rolled out the Hemiplegia EP on Neon Gold back in October, it’s an analgesic slow burner overflowing with heat-of-the-night synths, rainforest percussion, and sonic saunas. On top of that, Nini sounds as royal as ever, thanks to the dreamweaving production by the band themselves, their first outing without St. Lucia‘s Jean-Philip Grobler behind the desk. Have at it below.
We first introduced you to Brooklyn’s MOTHER last month ahead of their by-all-accounts-brilliant live debut at Popshop West supporting Magic Man. Now with the veil of mystery lifted, the steely noirists return today with an ice cold follow-up in “Victim”. All brooding vocal drifts and pitch black guitar stabs, triplicate drum hits propel the track forward to a saxophone climax straight out of the M83 / St. Lucia playbook, a dystopian anti-pop anthem for lonely wanderers everywhere.
Since turning every head in the room last fall with one of the best tracks of 2013 on “Since Last Wednesday” (above), the first taste of their sophomore album Silent Treatment, Highasakite have quickly worked their way up the ranks of our favorite new Scandinavian artists. The Norwegian five-piece have stumbled onto a kind of feverish, larger-than-life pop formula that sounds like Lykke Li meeting Jonsi and Viva La Vida-era Coldplay in a snowglobe fantasy. Today they return with another taste of the new record, with the premiere of “Darth Vader,” a more left-of-center upbeat number, all skittering guitars and playground hooks. Silent Treatment arrives stateside April 8th, as the band follow up their buzzworthy run at SX with a US run supporting London Grammar.
We first introduced you to Toronto-via-LA’s Allie X with the world premiere of her breathtaking debut, “Catch”, last month. The response was immediate and overwhelming, with outreach from all corners of the industry culminating in Katy Perry publicly declaring Allie her new obsession two weeks ago. So yeah, not a bad way to start your career. Today she returns with her hotly-anticipated follow-up, “Prime”, a bubblegum blackout of hooks on hooks on hooks that offers more of the salty-sweet pop perfection of her debut. Like CHVRCHES and Icona Pop on a sugar high power trip, “Prime” hits hard like uncut pop heroine that courses through your veins until reality melts away. Exclusive premiere below.
There’s a new Brit-girl on the scene called CuckooLander and it’s time to get familiar. Debut single “Dumb Dee Diddy Dumb” arrives fully realized and bruised to perfection, bursting at the seams with all the pop-noir singalong hooks of MØ and arena-sized guitars of the Arctic Monkeys. Rounded out with gloriously bewitching production like Emile Haynie in his darkest hour, it’s the total package and an impressive first foot forward for the mysterious London chanteuse. Get acquainted above.
We’re still reeling from the sheer magnitude of the latest HAIM video (continue to bask in all its glory HERE). So it’s with perfect timing and precision that The Knocks – fresh off a heroic last minute set on our SX showcase filling in for the ailing MØ – whipped up this tequila sunrise remix of “If I Could Change Your Mind.” As it picks up heat with each mesmerizing verse, it goes double vision in the chorus with listful club claps and blissful coastline keys, firmly establishing itself as one of the finest Knocks remixes to date.
It’s been love at first sight ever since Say Lou Lou first fell into our laps with “Maybe You” a year and a bit ago. Today, the sisters Kilbey let loose on their fire-breathing new single, “Everything We Touch”, and it’s quite possibly their best offering to date. In one fell swoop of majestic prescience, they reign down with a gold dust frenzy of white-hot halo synths and infrared vocal swipes, never not shining bright like twin diamonds. The single drops May 19th backed by a stellar remix package featuring some of our favorite names, feel the touch of the original below.
Our New Shapes series has come strong out the gates in London with ASTR and Silver Palms laying the foundation last month and Broods and MØ lighting up one of the bills of the year last week, and we’ve got no plans of letting up anytime soon. Keeping things rolling, Tove Lo continues her international pop conquest as she follows up her debut US dates with her UK debut on New Shapes in April, with support from Danish heatseaker Kill J on an all-Scandinavian everything bill for the books. It’s going down April 2nd at Notting Hill Arts Club with 7pm doors and tix only £5 as per usual, but only available on a first come first serve basis so come early and stay late. All info HERE.
Marlene ∞ is one of our favorite humans we’ve met in 2014, and with two knockout singles already under her belt in “Bon Voyage” and “Stay Awake“, she’s quickly establishing herself as one of the most talented too. Today she’s back on the scene with an ode to bestfriendship with longtime collaborator and superfriend Ji Nilsson celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, which is apparently a thing that exists. Given their previous collaboration on “Bon Voyage”, it should come as no surprise that “Love You Anyway” follows suit by all the right notes, albeit in a soft-lit and sensual way with its cushy R&B embrace. We have a feeling there’s wayyy more magic where this came from.
Our friends and Full Moon partners over at Matte have been crushing it with their triple-crown Painted Black series, with DIIV, Twin Shadow, and Thomas Azier all lending their talents to the event series thus far. And now they’re back later this month with the final installment of the trilogy featuring none other than the Internet prince himself, Ryan Hemsworth, alongside our in-house generation superstars, ASTR, and Brooklyn’s very own Glass Gang. It’s going down March 20th at Irving Plaza, with tix available HERE now. See you there.