Melbourne mystery duo Hopium first made their shadowy debut with “Cut” earlier this year, but it’s their second cut that proves the deepest as they pull the curtain back on sophomore single “Dreamers” this week. Featuring guest vocals from Phoebe Lou of the late, great Snakadaktal, “Dreamers” is a quarter-life crisis anthem that finds it’s sweet spot somewhere between the surging melancholy of Lovelife and the magical realism of Phantogram. It’s a bittersweet masterstroke fit for rainy headphone nights, try it on for size below.
We’ve loved Lovelife since before they were Lovelife, and they’ve come a long way since “Your New Beloved” – still one of our favorite tracks of the past five years – dropped on Neon Gold back in the day. Today they unveil the lead single from their long-awaited debut album with “Nova”, an orchestral pop explosion of epic proportions, bursting at the seams with synthed-out strings that spiral high into the sky and come to rest amongst the stars. It’s a massive step forward for the bi-coastal, bi-continental four piece and an exciting taste of things to come on their forthcoming full-length debut. Go supernova below.
The Cruel Runnings tour hit Popshop NYC last Thursday for yet another sold out night to remember at The Westway, and it was a bill so nice we just had to do it twice. That’s right, next month the Miniature Tigers / Griswolds doubleheader returns to our fair city but this time on the Popshop Brooklyn stage, as the Cruel Runnings tour comes to a close at Brooklyn Bowl. It’s all going down August 16th with advance tickets on sale NOW. See you there, BK.
New girl on the block VÉRITÉ is about to turn some serious heads. We’ve had our eye on the New York newcomer since she first captured our hearts and minds earlier this year with debut stunner, “Heartbeat”, a song that was clearly TOO BIG FOR THE INTERNET as it no longer seems to exist online. In its place this week arrives sophomore offering, “Strange Enough”, a swirling whirlwind of soft rippling synths and soothing vocals that’s yet another step towards NYC pop royalty for the up-and-coming songstress. Look out for VÉRITÉ’s seismic debut EP arriving in the months to come, and her forthcoming live debut coming to the Popshop stage sooner than you know.
The “Boom Clap” remix parade continues this week with the triumphant return of Hippie Sabotage, the Sacramento brothers behind the year’s biggest remix for another one of our golden girls, Tove Lo. Clocking in at just under 3 minutes, it’s a nonstop thriller that alternates between slow-motion verses and warp-speed, space horn-heavy choruses, as the Cali remix kings continue their red-hot rookie season in the spotlight. Dive into the Hippie’s effort below and keep an eye out for the Boom Clap EP is out digitally July 29th on Neon Gold/Atlantic.
Oslo Parks are a brand new duo on the scene, hailing not from Norway as their name might suggest but rather the UK’s Brighton shoreline, though you’d never know it given the ice cold Scandinavian cool of debut single “Twin”. Coming off like Metronomy getting steamy with Blood Orange in the current of a crystalline waterfall, it’s an effortlessly lush first offering that immediately ensnares you in its bewitching trap of cosmic guitars, sitars, and fever dream vocals. It’s out now on brand new London imprint X Novo, exclusive premiere below.
The past few years have seen Matte Project’s Full Moon series rise to prominence as one of the highlights of the NYC summer, and this year’s outing is shaping up to be no different. After getting in the mix with our very own Neon Gold Stage at last year’s sold out fest – which saw 5000+ people come out to throw down on Governors Island – we’re back and better than ever with another immense lineup to complement all the action on the main stage. Topping the marquee we’ve got a rare NYC live set from our dudes The Knocks alongside a live vocal DJ set from Penguin Prison, plus live support from the inimitable Chela, Fixed‘s JDH and Dave P on the decks early, and a few more stunners we’ll be announcing closer to the date. All this in addition to a stellar main stage lineup featuring Delorean, Young & Sick, The Aston Shuffle, Wave Racer and more, and you’ve got one of the best bills of the summer on your hands. It’s all going down August 8th at Governors Island Beach Club, with tickets well on their way to selling out HERE. Don’t delay NYC, this one’s gonna be special.
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.
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.
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.