We’ve been on Alex Winston‘s team since day one. Through thick and thin and all the blissfully locomotive tracks along the way, it’s been a chariot ride to glory that we’re honored to have witnessed from the frontlines. After carefully teasing the world over with her comeback one-two punch of “Careless” and “We Got Nothing”, Winston returns today with a breath-defying new EP called The Day I Died. As soon as the deceptively upbeat title track and first act commands your attention, she dims the lights for the majestic live masterpiece “Down Low” – one of her finest tracks to date – before the curtains finally raise for the third act with the spritely synths and throwback heat of “Dead End”. Get this in you right now.
XYLØ first stole our hearts back in March with their debut single “America”. Like the West Coast answer to Broods, they took the internet by storm with their sterling lead offering, and deservedly so. Today, the LA brother-sister duo return with their much anticipated follow-up on “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”, a woozy machine gun anthem aiming high at the perfect sweet spot between Halsey and Lana. Sink in below.
ROOM8 are an LA duo straight out of your favorite 80s montage. Still riding high on the vibes of their Electric Youth collaboration, “Visions of You,” from a year back, they return today with their latest offering featuring NYC’s King Deco, who’s no stranger to these pages. “No Hard Feelings” belongs in the Drive soundtrack on full blast, from the diamond cut synth stabs to King Deco’s retro melancholy, chock full of palpable heartbreak and technicolor emotion. Catch ROOM8 supporting Lemaitre at Popshop BK next week as part of Northside Festival.
Two of our favorite Australian exports come together today in holy remix matrimony as Melbourne retro-futurists Client Liaison take our favorite Sydney rockers The Preatures for a spin on the dance floor. Client bless the HAIM-esque original with intergalactic synths and a hornucopia of classic brass, relaxing it into a sensual sunsetter rife with 80s nostalgia. Get into the groove below and catch our favorite new Melbourne duo live later this month at Popshop NYC (June 18th) or Popshop West (June 23rd), tickets still available HERE.
Jaymes Young and Phoebe Ryan are two of LA’s hottest tipped up-and-comers, and brand new offering “We Won’t” finds them coming together for one of the year’s first perfect break up anthems. A cerebral slow jam through and through, “We Won’t” is like this generation’s “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl” reimagined as an R&B slowburner and packing all the emotional gravitas as “Somebody That I Used To Know“. As they swap sympathies over the open fire of nightcrawling synths and candlelit vocals, it’s emotional sensory overload and we can’t – better yet, we won’t – imagine or more perfect it-kid collaboration than this.
MS MR came through with perhaps their biggest cut to date early last month - but honestly, what did you think would happen – and today “Painted” gets the perfect visual treatment to match. Willed into existence by the very talented Tabitha Denholm, it’s a little bit Kubrick, a little bit Total Recall, and a whole lot of next level. MS MR’s new album How Does It Feel is out July 17th and features collaborations with Tove Lo, MNDR and more. And just between you and me, it fucking rules.
In a far from expected move, LA’s most potent newcomer, Gallant, has stepped out on hallowed West Coast ground taking on the Foo Fighters in his latest offering. His rendition of “Learn To Fly” is a short-and-sweet minimal masterpiece, a slow-burning reconstruction that unfurls its wings and soars up into the night sky, as gentle synths and whispered percussion create a candle-flickering beat that lingers in the air like aftersmoke. Don’t miss Gallant headlining Popshop NYC on June 11th and Popshop West on July 9th – both alongside VÉRITÉ - in the months to come. Pick your coast and get involved.
Lucas Nord has quickly made a name for himself as one of the brightest new lights of the Stockholm pop scene, through a nuanced balance of his golden electronic production touch and a downright immaculate lineup of fans and collaborators. Debuting with a one-two knockout punch of Urban Cone collaborations on “Let Us Stay Young” and “Embrace Me (Pt. II)” before kicking things into high gear with his empire-toppling Tove Lo smash “Run On Love“, he’s kept it right on rolling all the way up through his most recent offering, “Voices“, written with none other than the young legends Captain Cuts. Today he returns to his roots with a blissed-out cover of the Tove / Urban Cone duet “Come Back To Me,” reworking it into a slow-motion heartbreak stunner with the lights down low. Lose yourself below.
ELOHIM is a bold moniker to go by, but “She Talks Too Much” is quite the bold debut. The LA shadowcat steps out just in time for summer with a glittering girlfight anthem on “Too Much”, a proper coming out party chock-full of power chord synths and brazen lip-gloss hooks. It’s candy-coated kiss-off pop at it’s finest, and it’s out on B3SCI July 9th, shut up and dive in below.
Next month’s Popshop NYC is the bicoastal co-headline of our dreams with New York’s VÉRITÉ and LA’s Gallant lighting up the Westway stage, and it’s a bill so nice we had to do it twice, as we bring the tag-team special across the country for a second act at Popshop West in July. Coming in hot July 9th, it’s another double threat night for the ages and a show so bigtime we’re supersizing it downstairs in the wide open spaces of The Echoplex. But even with the added capacity these tickets will go fast, so get your advance tix now HERE.