Meet our latest LA love affair, MUNA. Fresh off the release of their debut More Perfect EP, MUNA arrive dressed to impress with an initial offering that just about lives up to its ambitious title, most notably on moving EP standout “2BMoved”. From the ‘80s theme song intro to the ret synths, it will melt you down to a pulp and build you right back up again. Any all-girl trio coming out of LA between now and the literal end of time will face inevitable HAIM comparisons and they’re not out of place here, but MUNA are more than just the latest heirs to the HAIM sisters’ alt pop throne and ably prove so across the rest of More Perfect. Catch MUNA coming to a Neon Gold stage near you soon and be sure to keep a close eye on this lot in the months to come.
MisterWives have been tugging at our heartstrings for a long minute now, from Mandy Lee and co.’s precocious debut last year right up on through their dazzling Drake cover and mirror mask summer smash “Reflections”. This week, their name finds its way to our lips once again, as their oven fresh remix EP arrives headlined by none other than California’s latest remix superstars, Hippie Sabotage. Fresh off a global smash remix debut for our own Tove Lo, the Hippies keep the momentum cruising headstrong into “Reflections”, taking the original and ghostriding the flip into an ethereal wash of cascading keys and bossed-out space horns. Go ahead and cross the Hippies off your one-hit wonder list; these guys are here to stay.
Our anticipation for Magic Man’s Before The Waves - their stunning debut LP, and our second official full-length release – has been building for nearly three years at this point, our heart and fervor for this five-piece solidifying alongside the band’s triumphant, undeniable sound. Now, just a few weeks out from the album’s July 8th release date, the band unveil “It All Starts Here,” a teaser track rife with all-American enchantment that closes out the album with all of the grandiose fanfare you’d expect from a band that’s come to hang their hat on their effortless penchant for the epic. “Starts” hits you like a headlong sunrise romance whose ambient discipline and gradual, heart-tugging build towards wordless epiphany reminds you of Neon Bible-era Arcade Fire, as the track marches relentlessly forward with an inexorable persistence not seen on this level since Arcade’s “Keep The Car Running”. The track’s all yours when you preorderBefore The Waves, out next month just in time for the band’s debut west coast headline run. Get. Involved.
This year has found us in a whirlwind love affair with Miniature Tigers , borne from the initial premieres of their one-two rum punch summer singles and snowballing right on into the band’s forthcoming Cruel Runningslive run across all three of our Popshop club nights this summer. Today we announce the first full lineup of the three-show trifecta, as Miniature Tigers make their triumphant return to LA later this summer. Supporting the Tigers we’ve got our favorite new Australians The Griswolds in the mix, along with San Francisco’s very own Finish Ticket getting things started early. It’s all going down August 1st at The Echo, with $12 advance tickets now available HERE.
Today’s a big day for St. Lucia, as he unveils the deluxe edition of his debut album, When The Night - featuring three never-before-heard cuts - in sync with the announce of his biggest headline tour to date this fall. Leading the charge on the deluxe package is new standout “Forgiveness”, co-written with Savoir Adore‘s Paul Hammer and featuring vox from both himself and Savoir’s Deidre Muro. But it’s Jean’s vocals that again take center stage, swooping in on the golden-tipped wings of forever young synths and heavensent builds, as the track shines like a natural sequel to “September” with its slow-building brilliance and otherworldly climax. St. Lucia’s massive fall tour presale launches tomorrow, with dates kicking off in September before coming home to NYC for their biggest headline show to date at Terminal 5 in late November. And joining them will be an all-star package of supports featuring our very own HAERTS and The Knocks on select dates, plus Joywave and more. More details HERE.
Summertime radness coming in hot today. Get familiar with husband-and-wife duo Bora York, bursting out of the same burgeoning Minneapolis scene that produced Step Rockets with an airtight new single called “Let Loose”. As the parasailing oohs cross winds with the resilient synths and undeniable bass groove, it’s kind of like early Strange Talk covering Capital Citiescovering “Holiday”. It’s out this Friday with a full-length on the way this fall, exclusive premiere below.
It’s time to pour your last drink and watch that sun come up, because anonymous LA production maestro ZHU has just taken London Grammar’s 2013 standout “Strong” and flipped it ever-so-gently into a silvery, intoxicated turn-down anthem for the ages. ZHU extracts and amplifies the trip-hop threads that flicker quietly in London Grammar’s haunted, cinematic oeuvre, and dials the beat up until it matches the otherworldly power of Hannah Reid’s voice, which glimmers here in all its contradictions: something subterranean and celestial, vulnerable and steely at the same time. Best of all, ZHU adds his vocal to the mix on an addendum to the hook, making room in the song’s structure so cannily that it seems like he was there all along. Add this to the arresting house remix of Lana‘s “West Coast” he dropped this morning, and ZHU’s just added two of the best remixes of the year to his resume in the space of half a day. Hall of Fame status.
We’ve been crushing on Great Good Fine Ok for a long minute now, from premiering their debutofferings last autumn to presenting their firstliveshows earlier this year, and now we’re ready to make this love thing official. Later this summer we’ll be bringing their debut release proper into the world on Neon Gold, and while more details on that are to come soon, we’re here to celebrate the occasion with an oven fresh take on “Not Going Home” by DC’s finest, Lightwaves. It’s even more Great Good than usual, doused in a healthy portion of breezy, timeless synths and sun-kissed to perfection with cosmic rays of 24k gold. Have at it below and keep an eye out for more details regarding their Neon Gold debut later this year.
It’s hard to think of a stronger coming out party than Mapei’s snapping, crackling, pop-canonical “Don’t Wait,” and it remains every bit as magical today as it did upon its debut last year. We suspect the same will be true of “Change,” her long-awaited follow up, which reunites the Swedish up-and-comer with her star-making producer Magnus Lidehall and his near-clairvoyant instinct for matching a sparkling melody to a crisp, brazen beat. “Change” gives us a peek of the low and warm end of Mapei’s vocal range; she gathers momentum like a figure skater gracefully lapping the rink before whipping her voice up into the stratospheric, call-to-arms chorus. Consider us doubly excited, then, for Mapei’s forthcoming full-length debut, coming in hot on Downtown Records this autumn.
Little Daylight are on a certifiable hot streak. We’ve been on their team since day one, but their recent run of new cuts off of next month’s forthcoming debut album has been on another level entirely. This week they return with their latest offering, “Mona Lisa”, and it’s a work of art in its own right, as 80′s top-down synths and an insatiable bassline lay the perfect foundation for frontwoman Nikki Taylor’s teen dream vocals. It’s their most ready-radio offering since their head-turning debut, “Overdose”, so don’t be surprised if this one follows you everywhere this summer. Little Daylight light up our stage at Le Poisson Rouge alongside Ghost Beach and Step Rockets next Monday on a triple crown bill for the ages, so get your tickets HERE before it’s too late.