We spent a few days in Paris this past week with Marina & The Diamonds, and stumbled upon something spectacular last Saturday night at Silencio, where Belgian dreamweavers Oscar & The Wolf were bewitching an adoring crowd in the tight confines of David Lynch’s subterranean social club. Despite no prior knowledge of the act, we spent the night transfixed by their enchanting torch songs and royal blood R&B, which shines like a perfect – if unexpected – balance between Arthur Beatrice and Drake. Further digging reveals their debut album Entity, released earlier this year in Belgium and everywhere else next year, to be every bit as impressive on record as it is live, shimmering throughout with a handful of lethal singles in its surprisingly complex arsenal. Recent single “Princes”, a Top 20 hit in Belgium earlier this year, distills the magic of the LP perfectly in a single fleeting moment, strings and synths glittering in the moonlight as frontman Max Colombe croons a hypnotizing chorus straight out of Lana Del Rey‘s playbook. Keep an eye out for Oscar & The Wolf hitting US shores next year.
Our first Popshop West of the new year is right around the corner and coming in tropic hot. Kicking it all off, we’ve got local heatseeker Dark Waves and Swedish bombshell Tove Styrke, the latter making her hotly-anticipated LA debut, getting things started early. Then topping the marquee we’ve got hometown heroes Parade of Lights, taking us deep into the night with their synth-fueled youth anthems. It’s going down January 15th at The Echo, $10 advance tickets now available HERE.
Our very own Great Good Fine Ok return to the front lines this week with not one but two powerhouse NYC plays, as they headline our Popshop NYC holiday party at The Westway this Thursday, followed by an encore headline at Popshop Brooklyn Saturday night. Thursday’s RSVP list is already maxed out and closed, and tickets are going fastttt for Saturday so get yours HERE while you still can. To get you warmed up for the weekend’s festivities, the Great Goods have gone and incepted their own “By My Side” into an impressive self-remix to get the party started. Taking the feel good levity of the original and cruising full speed ahead into the night, they crank the thermostat up to full-sweat and pump the original full of unrequited abandon. Have at it below and don’t forget to nab your copy of GGFO’s resplendent Body Diamond EP on 10″ vinyl HERE.
Somehow, some way, of all the things we’ve done with Alex Winston to this point, an actual single release has not been among them. Wild, right? But that all changes today, as we roll out her triumphant new comeback single, “Careless”, ahead of its proper release on Neon Gold / 300 in the new year. Dropping hard and fast into a deep bassline in the cold open, “Careless” means business from square one, the tension steadily building in the verse until that chorus - that CHORUS - cracks open the sky and Winston’s soaring falsetto swoops in for the kill. Quite possibly her finest offering to date, “Careless” is out today digitally and available for preorder on limited edition pink 7” vinyl (featuring an exclusive B-side on the flip) from the Neon Gold Shop HERE. This is a special one folks.
Holychild are back and better than ever. We’ve been firm believers of the LA duo since they first stormed our consciousness with “Happy With Me” and their debutMindspeak EP last year alongside a fewfierce Popshop throwdowns. New single “Running Behind” marks a supercharged change of pace from Mindspeak, coming across like Sleigh Bells dip-dyed in Santigold neon, a technicolor crash course in quicksand adderall pop. Dig in below.
Sweden’s solid gold run through 2014 continues this week with the triumphant coming-out of newcomer, Nadia Nair. Hailing from Stockholm via Malaysia, she commands an otherworldly trade wind like some kind of natural born pop warrior princess. With a spritely mezzo-soprano that brings to mind Mapei crossed with Florence Welch, debut single “Beautiful Poetry” is just that, leading a relentlessly uplifting charge forward like the perfect middle point between “Don’t Wait” and “Dog Days“. Get familiar with all that is Nadia Nair below.
It’s that time of year, as we round up our friends and family and get ready to celebrate the holidays and another Neon Gold birthday (six whole years!). Last year’s fifth anniversary party was one for the agesss, and this year we’re opening things up to the public with a special holiday party Popshop next week. Headlining live will be our dearly beloved Great Good Fine Ok – whose Popshop Brooklyn headline with VÉRITÉ two nights later is selling like hotcakes – with very special DJ support from MS MR and St. Lucia. And as anyone who’s caught a MS MR DJ set recently knows, they are not. to. be. missed. It’s all going down next Thursday, December 11th at The Westway, with FREE ENTRY and complimentary beverages made possible by our friends at PBR and DoNYC. Must RSVP to gain entry, do so HERE to get involved.
Consider this your two weeks’ notice. Christmas comes early this year with Charli XCX’s punk-pop odyssey, SUCKER, blazing into your atmosphere December 16th, preceded by a very special SNL performance December 13th. Following on from the fuzzed-out bombast of “Gold Coins” last month, Charli returns today with another white-hot burner off the forthcoming album called “Breaking Up”. Like crash landing in the ‘90s armed to the teeth with heavy guitars, old school attitude, and side ponytail swagger, it’s a blast from the past and the future in equal measures. Plus it comes with complete with the best video of Charli’s career, courtesy of our favorite mad scientists BRTHR. SUCKER arrives December 16th, but you can get your preorder on HERE and get a third of the record up front now. Let’s rock.
There’s a new Scottish pop upstart on our radar who goes by the name of KLOË. The Glasgow rookie only has a lone debut offering to her name, but it’s a brilliant first step and we’re thrilled to bring you the premiere today. All space age synths and brooding tortured vocals, “Grip” is equally raw and booming like the moody lovechild of Ellie Goulding and KLOË’s Scottish countrymen CHVRCHES, produced to ghostly perfection by Prides’ drummer and beatsmith, Lewis Gardiner. Get a grip below.
Storytime: when we first dreamed up the idea of Popshop with The Knocks hungover after SXSW many moons ago, Erik Hassle topped our original shortlist of acts to play the night. Now nearly four years and 100+ shows later, that dream is finally becoming a reality as Erik Hassle makes his Neon Gold live debut at Popshop West next week. To whet your appetite, his latest feature – this time for Parisian Mad Decent maestros Picard Brothers - arrives today in the form of “Goodbye & Goodluck”, yet another reminder of why Erik’s one of our favorite vocalists in the game. Ice cold and silky-smooth, the Picards’ production provides the perfect backdrop for Hassle’s second-to-none Scandinavian R&B, as the troupe notch a worthy follow up to Hassle’s other show-stopping feature of 2014, Gorgon City‘s “FTPA”. Catch Erik headlining Popshop West at The Echo next week, with local support from Conway and Machineheart and advance tickets still available HERE.