It’s time to pour your last drink and watch that sun come up, because anonymous LA production maestro ZHU has just taken London Grammar’s 2013 standout “Strong” and flipped it ever-so-gently into a silvery, intoxicated turn-down anthem for the ages. ZHU extracts and amplifies the trip-hop threads that flicker quietly in London Grammar’s haunted, cinematic oeuvre, and dials the beat up until it matches the otherworldly power of Hannah Reid’s voice, which glimmers here in all its contradictions: something subterranean and celestial, vulnerable and steely at the same time. Best of all, ZHU adds his vocal to the mix on an addendum to the hook, making room in the song’s structure so cannily that it seems like he was there all along. Add this to the arresting house remix of Lana‘s “West Coast” he dropped this morning, and ZHU’s just added two of the best remixes of the year to his resume in the space of half a day. Hall of Fame status.
We’ve been crushing on Great Good Fine Ok for a long minute now, from premiering their debutofferings last autumn to presenting their firstliveshows earlier this year, and now we’re ready to make this love thing official. Later this summer we’ll be bringing their debut release proper into the world on Neon Gold, and while more details on that are to come soon, we’re here to celebrate the occasion with an oven fresh take on “Not Going Home” by DC’s finest, Lightwaves. It’s even more Great Good than usual, doused in a healthy portion of breezy, timeless synths and sun-kissed to perfection with cosmic rays of 24k gold. Have at it below and keep an eye out for more details regarding their Neon Gold debut later this year.
It’s hard to think of a stronger coming out party than Mapei’s snapping, crackling, pop-canonical “Don’t Wait,” and it remains every bit as magical today as it did upon its debut last year. We suspect the same will be true of “Change,” her long-awaited follow up, which reunites the Swedish up-and-comer with her star-making producer Magnus Lidehall and his near-clairvoyant instinct for matching a sparkling melody to a crisp, brazen beat. “Change” gives us a peek of the low and warm end of Mapei’s vocal range; she gathers momentum like a figure skater gracefully lapping the rink before whipping her voice up into the stratospheric, call-to-arms chorus. Consider us doubly excited, then, for Mapei’s forthcoming full-length debut, coming in hot on Downtown Records this autumn.
Little Daylight are on a certifiable hot streak. We’ve been on their team since day one, but their recent run of new cuts off of next month’s forthcoming debut album has been on another level entirely. This week they return with their latest offering, “Mona Lisa”, and it’s a work of art in its own right, as 80′s top-down synths and an insatiable bassline lay the perfect foundation for frontwoman Nikki Taylor’s teen dream vocals. It’s their most ready-radio offering since their head-turning debut, “Overdose”, so don’t be surprised if this one follows you everywhere this summer. Little Daylight light up our stage at Le Poisson Rouge alongside Ghost Beach and Step Rockets next Monday on a triple crown bill for the ages, so get your tickets HERE before it’s too late.
Tom Iansek, frontman for Big Scary and the production whiz behind our latest Australian love affair Airling, returns today with a reintroduction to his side project, #1 Dads. Lead single “Return To” is as pure a piano ballad as they come, all heady keys and smoked-out vocals take hold of you like a meditative cross between Antony & The Johnsons and Chet Faker. With additional vox from Tom Snowdon of Lowlakes, it’s a staggeringly beautiful preview of what’s to come from his second LP, About Face, out later this year.
We’re headed back out to the wild wild west for a few weeks later this month and figured we may as well put on a Popshop West for the ages while we’re there. Bursting at the seams with talent on a supersized four band bill, we’ve got Australia’s latest breakout stars, Movement, topping the marquee in their long-awaited US debut. Support comes from another rising star from Down Under, as mystery chanteuse Hoodlem makes her west coast debut alongside local heroes Tower and PDX heatseekers EXROYALE. It’s all going down at The Echo on June 24th, for the impossibly low price of $10 advance / $12 day of show. And with a value like that, these are gonna go fast, so don’t delay and cop your tickets HERE before it’s too late.
Little Daylight unleashed their latest supernova single “Love Stories” on the world last month, and it’s without a doubt our favorite offering from the Brooklyn trifecta to date. Today, they return with a bejeweled and bedazzled remix treatment courtesy of fellow hometown heroes, Great Good Fine Ok. All scrunchie synths and lite-brite vocals, it’s a buoyant beam of sunshine that flips their nostalgic frown upside down and inside out, as the Great Goods sprinkle their own vox in the mix and round it off with a metallic candy-painted finish. Catch the exclusive online premiere below, and cop your tix for Little Daylight’s June 16th NYC homecoming with Ghost Beach at Le Poisson Rouge HERE while you still can.
Brooklyn’s latest and greatest M o t h e r return this week with their debut video for “Easy”, one of our favorite slow-burners of the year. Directed by M o t h e r themselves, it a perfect companion to the bands noir-wave NYC aesthetic, all smoked-out cool and shadow-soaked mystique. Catch the band on tour with Streets of Laredo this month.
We’re officially a month out from July 4th, and that can only mean one thing: it’s Stars + Stripes season. Our annual music benefit has grown into a summer staple in its threepreviousinstallments, with everyone from Grouplove and Alex Winston to St. Lucia and Walk The Moon gracing the stage in recent years. And with the generous support of our fans and sponsors, we’ve managed to raise over $130,000 for the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA since launching in 2011. Well done, everyone.
To say thank you, we’re back with our biggest, baddest lineup yet for Stars + Stripes IV, stacked from the top down with some of our favorite artists (and people) in the game. This year’s lineup is a TRIPLE HEADLINE of epic proportions, featuring an all-star trio of Charli XCX – currently sitting pretty atop the Hot 100 on the number one song in the country – our very own MS MR, and The Knocks closing things out late night. Not to mention X Ambassadors getting the party started early, and maybe, just maybe finding their way onto a few tracks later in the night.
Once again, 100% of proceeds go to supporting the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA and the incredible performing arts program they provide for the Island’s youth, and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate this phenomenal cause. It’s shaping up to be a night we’ll never forget, so cancel whatever plans you’ve got on tap and come get star-spangled with the Neon Gold dream team on Martha’s Vineyard. Everything’s going down July 5th at Flatbread Company, kicking off at 7pm with advance tickets now available HERE. Let’s live the dream guys.
No better way imaginable to announce our newest addition to the family than with Cathedrals’ smoldering miracle of a third single, which does the near-impossible in raising the bar from perfect introductory offerings “Harlem” and “Unbound,” and cements the San Francisco duo’s status as a band with a midas touch. “Want My Love” is a dense, incandescent pop ballad on par with Jessie Ware at her best: Brodie Jenkins unleashes a reservoir of vocal charisma, spinning the melody like a slow-burning top, a torch kindled in the darkness, a swirl of clouds collecting over the sea. Anchored by Johnny Hwin’s steady pendulum of a beat and taut, electric guitar lines that wail a counterpart in the background, the track feels at once both elusive and like a romance that’s held you tight for years. “Want My Love” is out digitally tomorrow as Cathedrals’ first official single release on Neon Gold, the lead track off their debut EP arriving later this year. Your new favorite band is here.