Reality is back in session next month and so is Popshop West, as we return with another star-studded bill to get you back in the swing of things. Alina Baraz and Galimatias first met through Soundcloud in 2013, and the serendipitous union resulted in their magnanimous debut EP, Urban Flora, not long after. Now, millions of streams and a Pharrell co-sign later, they’re well on their way to BIG things, so it’s an honor to host their LA headline debut on Popshop West next month. Supporting we’ve got France’s very own Faroe, plus more special guests to be announced in the weeks to come. It’s all going down September 29th at The Echo, see you there.
The queen of our hearts, Marina & The Diamonds, is deep in the throes of an already endlessly fruitful album campaign, as she gears up to take FROOT on the road this fall with her massively anticipated Neon Nature tour. Hot on the heels of announcing the tour’s star-studded undercard – featuring none other than Shamir and our own Christine And The Queens – she’s back with a picture perfect remix to celebrate the occasion, courtesy of new kids on the block MAIZE. Summer single “Blue” receives the perfect makeover here, bursting at the seams with crystalline synths, pure adrenaline drums, and chop-shopped vocals, shining bright as one of the finest Marina remixes to date. Fuel up below and keep an eye out for the duo’s debut single coming this fall.
Three words to live by: Will Joseph Cook. The Kentish singer-songwriter made his presence known earlier this year with a sterling debut EP and this week, he makes his major label debut with his sophomore set, Proof Enough. It’s the first cut here that’s the deepest, a minimalist crackshot called “Hearse” that goes straight for the emotional jugular as Cook strums out a strung-out breakup anthem of the highest caliber. In a crowded UK singer-songwriter scene, Cook is one of the beacons shining the brightest, so take a ride with “Hearse” below and keep a keen eye on him in the months to come.
Phoebe Ryan is one of the year’s fastest rising stars and Bearson is just about our favorite new producer in the game, and today the two come together in holy remix matrimony on a blissed-out Bearson rework of Ryan’s “Mine”. Making swift strides towards that Kygo throne with each passing day, Norway’s Bearson celebrates his 20th birthday today by following up one of the best remixes of the last year – his solid gold take on James Bay‘s “Let It Go” – with yet another pristine offering for “Mine”. Lose yourself below.
NYC’s finest Skaters return this week with fresh and freewheeling new single “Save Her Something Special”, the first taste of their forthcoming sophomore album. Produced and mixed by our own Noah Breakfast alongside the band themselves, it’s a hazy midsummer dream and the perfect soundtrack to the halcyon days ahead.
And just like that, Kiiara is three for three. Keeping things rolling from the knockout one-two punch of debut offerings “Gold” and “Tennessee“, Kiiara returns today with “Feels” as she enlists the beat services of our main man Brenton Duvall, working side by side here along with go-to Kiiara co-conspirator Felix Snow. Changing up the pace and pumping the brakes for a minute, “Feels” drops the top and drops the temp to subzero Drake temperatures, as Kiiara flows ice cold over pensive hip-hop percussion and swirling atmospherics. Feel all the feels below.
Our royal highness, Christine And The Queens, returned to our shores this week for a barnstorming run through Canada and New York, hitting Toronto and Osheaga over the weekend before bringing her magic to NYC for her network TV debut on Seth Myers and a very special underplay at The Box. And to celebrate her latest conquest, we’re rolling out a pristine new remix of her breakout stateside smash, “Tilted”. Joining forces once again with Parisian duo, Paradis – whose original remix of the French version, “Christine”, has already amassed a play count well into the millions globally – they work their magic on the English version here as tropical synths surrender to the heat of the night and Christine’s vocal shines its light from on high. It’s the stuff of dreams and hopefully not the last time Christine and Paradis meet under the stars. Fall for it below.
Sweden has been impossibly good to us over the years (see: Tove Lo, Seinabo Sey, Icona Pop, et. al), and today we return to the pop motherland as we welcome our newest signing to the Neon Gold family. Premiered worldwide by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 earlier today, the debut single from Stockholm’s newest prodigy – the song-writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Johanan – is a cinematic pop masterpiece, combining all the sky-scraping orchestral majesty of Jonsí and Sufjan Stevens, with shades of alt-J thrown in for good measure. ‘Go On (Let It Go)’, as it’s called, is one of the most purely magic and ambitious records we’ve ever released, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it into the world this week. Available worldwide tomorrow through all digital partners, brace yourself for the all-consuming glory and dive into the stream below.
The Knocks‘ “Classic” was already an instant summer, well, classic when it first dropped last year, and today The King of Summer 2015 himself, Fetty Wap, jumps on the track to bless the original and take everything to a whole new level. All this hot on the heels of The Knocks’ sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg headline last night that featured special guest appearances from St. Lucia, Alex Newell, Phoebe Ryan and more. The Knocks’ debut album 55 arrives this fall on Neon Gold / Big Beat with a Webster Hall headline to follow November 20th (tickets on sale soon), get ready NYC.
LA sibling duo XYLØ have slowly but surely set the internet alight this year, arriving under cover of darkness with debut single “America” earlier this spring and cruising headstrong into summer with sophomore slowburner “Between The Darkness And The Deep Blue Sea” last month. Featuring heart-thumping Mulholland Drive production and brooding monochromatic synths, XYLØ’s latest “Afterlife” isn’t an Arcade Fire cover but packs a similarly dramatic punch. So put your sunnies on and dive in below, the future is impossibly bright for XYLØ.