HELL OR PARADISE.

Austin’s SPEAK returned last month with gatecrashing new single “Gates”, garnering rapturous praise from all over the internet, including a shout out from our Goulding girl herself. This week they keep the buzz rolling with the unveiling of Ra Ra Riot’s sunkissed heatflash of a remix, premiering exclusively on these pages today. And the Riots don’t dissappoint, flipping the synthed-out summer stormer into a tropical headturner that simmers and sears like a prime RAC cut with an exotic St. Lucian glaze. Experience it below.

POPSHOP NYC: GREAT GOOD FINE OK

Hot on the heels of another sold out Popshop NYC with Miniature Tigers and The Griswolds last night, we’re back to announce a great good fine FANTASTIC August edition as we welcome the Great Good Fine Ok guys back to the Popshop stage next month. Along with support from darkwave duo In the Valley Below and bicoastal heatseakers Dreamshow (making their live debut proper), the show also marks the EP release party for GGFO’s forthcoming debut Body Diamond EP out next month on Neon Gold (more details on that to follow shortly). So come out and celebrate with us on August 21st at The Westway, $12 advance tix now available HERE and likely to go fast. And if you’re in DC, you’re in luck as well, as the Great Goods hit All Things Gold supporting Miniature Tigers a week earlier on the 14th, tix HERE. See you out in the wild, friends.


THESE ARROWS SHOOT FOR YOU.

Priory is about to be all over your stereo. The Portland duo come bursting onto the scene like a wrecking ball chariot with debut single, “Weekend”, a summertime stunner with all the makings of an out-of-nowhere alt radio smash. As it whirrs to life, it reaches for the sky with the same blissful ambition that Foster The People and Fun first arrived with, as “Weekend” immediately establishes itself as an obvious one-play wonder in that same magical way you could tell “Pumped Up Kicks” and “We Are Young” were here to stay well before your first listen had run its course. Summertime, meet Priory, something tells us you’re gonna get along real nice.

THE GLITTER IN THE DARKNESS.

“Boom Clap” has been the sound of our heartbeat for a longgg minute now, and this week was certified Gold surpassing 500,000 singles sold as it broke the Top 20 at pop radio, making it Charli XCX‘s first single as a lead artist to hit either mark. To celebrate these accomplishments – not to mention yesterday’s announcement of her massive fall headline tour – we’re rolling out yet another empire-toppling remix of the track, carrying on from the industrial stomp of the ASTR remix premiered earlier this week. This time it’s French dancefloor legend Surkin getting down and dirty with the original, as he strips it down to its bare necessities, catapults it into deep space and goes stargazing as each chorus streaks across the night sky. Feel it all below and get your tour-exclusive Boom Clap 7″ with the VIP ticket bundle for Charli’s forthcoming North American headline tour HERE.

LOVE YOU TILL THE RECORD STOPS.

We’re all about the saints here at Neon Gold, from Lucia to Raymond to Lou Lou, and the newest addition to the esteemed pop Sainthood goes by the name of Saint Pepsi. This week he makes his Carpark Records debut with the breezy warm weather triumph of “Fiona Coyne”, a paean to a silver screen dream with summertime scorcher written all over it in hot pastels and bright night neons. As the blissed-out horns settle in alongside trigger happy synths, it comes together seamlessly like a leopard print pattern of Darwin Deez set to a Toro Y Moi backdrop. It’s the kind of thing that just might turn your whole summer around, find out for yourself below.

NEON GOLD PRESENTS: CHARLI XCX

We’ve been working on a few things with Charli XCX these past few months, and while the full scope of that activity will be revealed in due time, one of those things comes to light today with the announcement of Charli’s massive fall North American headline tour. The tour – which runs from late September through October and hits 20 cities along the way – is highlighted by an NYC headline at Webster Hall on October 7th, presented by yours truly and featuring a whole lotta girl power with support from Elliphant and Femme. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am HERE and are sure to go fast, so keep your Friday morning clear so you don’t miss the boat.

To celebrate the tour and Charli’s triumphant return to NYC, we’re pressing up a mega limited edition tour-exclusive 7″ for Charli’s current smash “Boom Clap”, with the single on the A-side and custom etchings on the flip, very #rare and a first for us at Neon Gold. But it’s only available as part of the VIP tour bundle, which includes one general admission ticket to a date of your choice, a signed tour poster AND our signed tour-exclusive vinyl, all for only $50. BARGAIN CENTRAL if you ask us. For more information visit Charli’s fan presale page HERE, and celebrate all the forthcoming Charli brilliance by diving into this bossed-out remix of “Boom Clap” courtesy of our very own ASTR below. Exciting timesssss.

SURROUND ME LIKE A SATELLITE.

Since staking out her territory in the southwestern US pop landscape with debut singles “Sweet Ophelia” and “1965″ earlier this year, Zella Day’s  been turning all manner of heads on both sides of the Atlantic. This week she returns with possibly her strongest offering to date in “East of Eden”, going full Steinbeck as she effortlessly weaves together the religious tragedy of Lana Del Rey with the big picture majesty of Florence and the Machine. With heavy piano chords and skyscraping choruses aplenty, it’s a powerful piece of open road pop majesty and the perfect prelude to her UK debut next week,  as Zella hits New Shapes at Notting Hill Arts Club next Wednesday.

SO REFINED.

Like the oddball cousins of Lorde and Broods, Doprah arrive with their debut EP this week as the latest New Zealand export to wash upon our shores. Orbiting within the same galaxy as starmaking kiwi producer Joel Little – who produced Doprah frontgirl Indira Force‘s debut solo single “Stay” – Doprah takes the leftfield pop New Zealand’s quickly becoming known for and takes it even further left, cruising headstrong into Purity Ring / Animal Collective territory. “Stranger People” stands out as the EP’s highlight and most enduring testament to those references, swirling and whirling around you like a hypnotizing triptide, as cinematic strings samples ebb and flow and your turntable melts slowly into the floorboards. Get weird with “Stranger People” and check out Doprah’s eponymous debut EP here.

NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET.

UK wunderkind Raleigh Ritchie has been turning heads for a long minute now, and is currently having a bit of a moment with his chartstorming new single “Stronger Than Ever” soaring up the playlist at Radio 1 after breaking into the UK Top 40 earlier this month. But there’s a more obscure offering that’s had our heartstrings in a vice grip for ages now that we’re honored to finally premiere today, as we bring you a sensational new deep cut in “Birthday Girl”. Like a picturesque sunset seen through the wooded forest, it sounds like the UK’s answer to Frank Ocean basking in the California sun with The Neighbourhood. What’s to become of “Birthday Girl” we’re not quite sure, but we’re thrilled to roll out the red carpet for its arrival into the world exclusively below.

WASH AWAY IN PARADISE

After releasing their debut Varsity EP with us earlier this year, NYC pop kingpins ASTR have been moving from strength to strength, hitting the road earlier this month with The Knocks on a co-headline run for the ages. And with the Crystal Arcade tour just now hitting it’s halfway mark, the duo celebrate with the unveiling of their brilliant new video for “Blue Hawaii” today. Directed to crisp perfection by KRSP, it’s like getting lost in a digital paradise matrix on acid, and it’s easily one of our favorite video offerings of the year to date. Take the trip with ASTR above, it’s a good one.

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