We’ve been down with Phoebe Ryan from day one but recently things have escalated to a whole new level. Her brilliant Kellz / Miguel cover and interstellar follow up “Mine” set the bar pretty high from the jump, and today the emerald pop mermaid returns with her finest offering to date on “Dead”. As the hot sauna synths turn up the temperature and fog up your screen, Phoebe messes with your head like a frozen cocktail of Say Lou Lou and Sky Ferreira, effortlessly laying down Top 40 hooks against a churning, burning 80′s synth backdrop. It’s all starting to feel a bit like Carly Rae Jepsen reimagined for the FADER crowd, and my god that is something we can get seriously down with.
It’s official: FROOT is *one week* away. And to celebrate, Marina‘s rolling out the remaining tracks from the record day-by-day, and the latest is one of her best yet. Like blueberry pop rocks fizzing on your tongue, “Blue” comes out snap-crackle-and-popping with sprightly production as Marina’s vocal shines with sweet falsettos aplenty on what has all the makings of a future summertime stunner. Start your week off right and preorder FROOT ahead of it’s release on Neon Gold / Atlantic next Monday HERE.
The Knocks came through big time with a fresh taste of their debut LP on “Dancing With Myself” a few weeks back, and today the late night slowburner gets a fitting visual treatment directed and produced by Tyler Richardson, Jameson Rich, and Kevin Tkach. As the groove kicks into high gear, the clip finds JPatt and B-Roc in their element ripping around their Chinatown stomping grounds, as eery flashdancers lay claim to the streets. Their So Classic EP – featuring “Dancing With Myself”, “Classic” plus two brand new cuts – arrives April 7th on Big Beat / Neon Gold ahead of their debut LP out later this summer.
Air Bag One are coming in hot, here to kick your weekend off right with debut single “1992″. Straight outta Cameroon (via France), the globetrotting trio deliver a healthy dose of coming-of-age synths and neon sunshine with their head-turning debut, like some kind of breezy 1975 / Royal Concept frozen cocktail. Having already supported the likes of HAIM and Imagine Dragons with their Parisian party indie, Air Bag One brings their wares to SXSW this year and will definitely be ones to keep an eye out for in Texas.
We were offline in the Nicaraguan jungle all last week so LATE PASS and everything, but in our absence XYLØ took the internet by storm with their debut swoon song “America”. Brother-sister tag team Chase and Paige Duddy strike the perfect balance between BROODS and Lovelife with a pristine debut, and it was in fact LVLF’s Lee Newell who sent them our way. There’s been talk of this being this year’s “Video Games” which might not be quite right but isn’t exactly wrong either so yeah, it doesn’t matter where you are, find a way to get this in your life ASAP.
Christine And The Queens stateside takeover continues today, as the original video for her French and Belgian number one hit “Christine” – the French cousin of lead US single “Tilted” – gets its stateside premiere today. A striking lesson in the power of French minimalism, its the perfect introduction to Christine’s world class choreography and one-of-a-kind presence, and yet another reason to bump Christine to the top of your must see list at SXSW this year.
Ekkah have been busy. After dropping their ice cold debut EP late last year through our crazy cousins at Honeymoon, they found themselves on the receiving end of some Radio 1 playlist love and have been out supporting everyone from Peace to Rae Morris. Suffice it to say, the Ekkahs have the UK in a tizzy and we can understand why. Today, they unveil the second remix of lead single “Last Chance To Dance” by none other than the summer sultan himself, Goldroom. As expected, it’s a tequila sunrise reimagining that pumps liquid 24k into your system and leaves you wanting more like classic Janet triple rinsed in saltwater and breeze-dried overnight. It’s the definitive cure to today’s snowed-under blues, doctor’s orders.
Seems like we’re never not going bigger and better than ever when it comes to SXSW, but this year we’re taking things to a whole new level. Returning once again to Austin’s best venue, Empire Autos, we’re doubling down on our biggest SX lineup to date, taking over both the outdoor Empire Garage space and the adjacent Empire Control Room. Inside, we’ve got a one-two punch of hometown heroes in VÉRITÉ and Alex Winston starting things off, before San Francisco’s finest, Cathedrals, go back-to-back with the people’s champion Tunji Ige, and the UK’s Sound of 2015 winners Years & Years close things out with our resident partystarters ASTR in the late night. Then outside, we’ve got Australian heatseekers Tigertown jumpstarting the night early, before our international Class of 2015 takes center stage with Swedish sensation Seinabo Sey and France’s own force majeure – and one of the best live performers we’ve ever seen – Christine And The Queens lending a regal air to the proceedings. The grand finale is really something else though, as a triple crown headline for the ages tops the marquee with live sets from our very own Marina & The Diamonds, MS MR and The Knocks.
It’s all going down from 7pm until 2am on Saturday March 21st, and presented in partnership with our good friends at PRIV, who’ve gone above and beyond to make the whole event possible this year. They’ll be on site serving up all manner of special treatments to keep everyone on point and our artists looking fresh-to-death, and we’ve got them to thank for enabling us to go twice as big with our signature SX show this year. RSVP is now open via our friends at Austin Party Weekend, so pay them a visit HERE and come out *EARLY* to ensure entry. This one will reach capacity very quickly, so don’t get shut out and make sure you’re in the right place to close your SXSW out in style this year.
Marina & The Diamonds dropped her latest FROOT of the month earlier this week with a dark slice of forbidden fruit called “Forget”. Today, we’re treated to the brand new video that – quite literally – shows another side of Marina, as her dual halves sing about love and loss in what’s honestly one of our favorite videos from hers to date. Have at it above, and get your preorder on HERE before the official March 16th release date of FROOT.
Today is a special one, as we introduce you to our newest Neon Gold family member, the one and only Christine And The Queens. The Parisian empress has been tearing up the charts in her native France (and Belgium) for a minute now, and for damn good reason. After winning Best Female Artist and Video of the Year at the French Grammy-equivalent Victoires de la Musique Awards last month, her chart-topping debut album Chaleur Humaine has since been certified 3x platinum with over 300,000 records sold since its release last summer, and a glance at the international charts sees Christine sitting pretty at #1 on both the French album and singles charts at this very moment. The time has arrived then, for her to set her sights on the international spotlight, as buzz begins to spread beyond French borders; recent interviews have seen her name dropped by everyone from Lorde (“transcendent”) to Madonna (“incredible”) and Mark Ronson (“fuck”).
So to say we’re honored to bring Christine And The Queens across the pond would be a vast understatement, and we’re over the moon to release her to American audiences for the first time with the Saint Claude EP out next month, preceded by her stateside debut at SXSW in a few weeks’ time (more on that tomorrow). To mark the occasion, she unveils her debut US single “Tilted” today, an English reimagining of French / Belgian #1 hit “Christine”, diamond-cut and polished to chiseled perfection. Check out the immaculate lyric video above for a taste of Christine’s future-perfect choreography, or dive into the stream below and look out for the five track Saint Claude EP arriving April 14th on Neon Gold / Because / Atlantic, preorder available now HERE.