There’s a new hometown heroine in town going by the name of RÉN and swinging for the fences on her first at bat with debut offering “Time”. RÉN (real name: Renée Orshan) arrives fully-formed and fully-loaded with synth licks and deep bass grooves aplenty, rolling out a timeless, hypnotizing topline over stalwart production courtesy of Yellerkin’s Luca Buccellati (the studio magician behind Tei Shi and more). “Time” shines soft and hazy in the mid-autumn sun, a pensive pop daydream that’s the perfect escape from the daily grind. Run away with RÉN below.
WILLS is a new thing straight out the Bronx and fresh on the scene today, coming in hot with a scorching first offering on debut single “Going Through It”. WILLS sets the bar impossibly high straight out the gate, taking us out of this world on some parallel dimension future R&B shit that puts him in a league of his own amongst his NYC alt-pop peers, all ghostly falsetto vox, UFO synths and haunted house atmospherics. And that’s about all we have to go on right now, but trust us, it’s enough. Get on WILLS level below and keep an eye on this one, something tells us there’s plenty more where this came from.
Hippo Campus are a new fresh-faced foursome stepping out of the same burgeoning Minneapolis scene that’s gradually putting itself on the map after bringing us Step Rockets and Bora York earlier this year. Barely out of high school, the 18 and 19 year old quartet make themselves known on barnstorming sophomore single “Suicide Saturday”, standing strong somewhere between the anthemic throes of Tokyo Police Club and Jinja Safari with a bit of the sunkissed swagger of Vampire Weekend thrown in for good measure. “Saturday” highlights their debut Bashful Creatures EP arriving November 18th, get your first taste via the exclusive premiere below.
We’ve been with Marina & The Diamonds since day one – through thick and thin, winter sun and summer snow – and so it’s with boundless excitement that we reveal a Neon Diamonds reunion for the ages today, as we announce the imminent arrival of Marina’s third album, FROOT, as our second full-length release through Neon Gold / Atlantic next year. Lead single “FROOT” arrived to rapturous acclaim last month, and to ring in the full preorder announcement and album rollout today, we’ve got the stunning neon noir video for you courtesy of director Chino Moya. FROOT is out April 7th in North America and available for preorder now HERE, with a new track (or “fruit”) to be rolled out each month leading up to the release. These tracks will be compiled in a deluxe limited edition boxset of six rainbow AA-side 7″ singles to be released alongside the album in April, in a very special, very limited collector’s edition package that’s likewise available for preorder from the Marina & The Diamonds store now. Buckle up Diamonds, it’s going to be a beautiful ride.
It’s our final Popshop Brooklyn of the year next month and you’d better believe we’re going out with a bang. Headlining the affair is our newest addition to the Neon Gold family, Great Good Fine Ok, fresh off the release of their finely chiseled debut EP, Body Diamond, last month. Supporting the Great Goods is NYC’s newest pop darling VÈRITÈ, who’s currently flourishing as the most sought after unsigned artist on either side of the Atlantic. It’s all going down December 13th at Brooklyn Bowl, with doors at 11:30pm and tix now available HERE. Let’s close out the year in style New York.
Beatrice Eli is one of the brightest new stars to emerge from Scandinavia in 2014 – no small feat in what’s been a banner year for pop brilliance in that corner of the globe - with her breakout single (and coming out anthem) “Girls” enduring as one of our favorite singles of the year nearly eight months on from its initial release. Now, with the global release of her debut album Die Another Day last month, she’s stepping out into the international spotlight with her debut US shows this week, as she headlines Sweden Abroad’s Sweden Makes Music showcase at Baby’s All Right tomorrow night. Get familiar with one of our songs of the year through “Girls” brilliant one shot wonder video above, and come out and experience Beatrice live and in color tomorrow night at Baby’s, FREE with RSVP here.
Our love for HAERTS runs impossibly deep, so it’s with great pleasure that we’re teaming up with them once again to bring one of the more special releases in Neon Gold history into the world later this month. Featuring two of our favorite cuts off their impeccable self-titled debut LP, “Giving Up” and, appropriately, “Heart” - we’re proud to bring you a very special, very #rare HEART-SHAPED 12″ in all it’s AA-side glory. It’s out November 18th to celebrate their homecoming Terminal 5 show with St. Lucia the next night, and is available for preorder in the Neon Gold Shop HERE, as well as on their subsequent co-headline run with Mikky Ekko later this month and next. Hold onto your HAERTS, this is one to be cherished.
We go way back with One Night Only, five years or so to late West London nights spent with George and the boys back in the early days of Neon Gold. Now after a few years laying low, they return today with an explosive new single in “Plasticine”, our favorite track to date from the Helmsley-via-London fivesome. Following on from comeback single “Get Around To It”, “Plasticine” finds ONO effortlessly blending criss-crossing guitars, hopscotch synths, and impassioned vocals into a searing trifecta that sounds like Strange Talk channeling Morning Parade. “Plasticine” is out December 5th digitally and on 7″ vinyl, with preorder available now HERE. Welcome back boys.
We’re bigfans of just about everything Milo Greene‘s been up to lately, but it’s their latest offering “On The Fence” that takes the cake. From the daredevil speed racer synths to the delicate tango of the call-and-return vocals, it’s a stargazing fireball that burns bright and brilliant like an intergalactic collision of Stars, j.viewz, and Savoir Adore. Look out for Milo Greene’s upcoming sophomore full-length Control out January 25th on Elektra, preorder now available HERE.
Magic Man make their triumphant return to NYC this week with blowout shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night and Irving Plaza on Thursday. Today, we’re pleased to unveil their brand new Daytrotter session, recorded during the band’s recent maiden voyage to London last month. Perfectly intimate and rightfully piercing, the stripped-back version of “Tonight” cuts right to the rawest emotion and floods you with the kind of synth-driven emotional gravitas that only Magic Man can provide. Their majestic debut full length Before The Waves drops January 26th in the UK, but you can own “Tonight” instantly with your preorder HERE. Get on it.