After turning heads in 2013 with their barnstorming debut EP, Hunter Hunted return today with the first single from their forthcoming major label debut. The LA duo strike alt radio gold on “Blindside”, packed full of arena-sized hooks and skyscraping singalongs, tailor made for festival season or your next great road trip. Hit the blindside below and catch Hunter Hunted out on tour with Smallpools now ahead of co-headline dates with Young Rising Sons later this summer.
It’s no secret POWERS know their way around a big song. Their Knocks collaboration, “Classic“, is still burning up the airwaves nearly a year on from its initial release with syncs continuing to roll in left right and center, and now the LA power couple return with a white-hot burner of their own on new single “Beat of My Drum”. With all the makings of another heatwave anthem, it’s like a supercharged take on the sun-kissed earworm pop of Torches-era Foster The People. Move to the beat of POWERS’ drum below and be sure to catch their much anticipated live debut at Popshop West supporting PRIDES next week, tickets still available HERE.
Flor is a rising new quartet from LA-via-Portland with their finger on the alt pop trigger. After fluttering across our radar last year with their cardiac arrest debut single, “Heart“, they return today with brand new offering, “Unsaid”. As the stargazing synths work their magic, it feels like Panama Wedding and Magic Man skylarking under warm summer skies, all breezy electronics and incandescent vocals. Flor make their much anticipated return to the LA live scene supporting Client Liaison at Popshop West next month, get your earlybird tix HERE now.
And now for something completely different, meet Malibu’s Bird Dog. Sporting a scruffy sun-baked swagger that’s quintessentially west coast, debut single “The Ocean and The Sea” is every bit as expansive as it sounds, playing out like a spellbinding cross between Local Natives, Grouplove, Iron & Wine and Sufjan Stevens (no small coincidence given they made their record with principle Sufjan collaborator, James McAllister). Dive headfirst into “The Ocean and The Sea” below, and keep an eye out for the California kings to make their way to a Neon Gold live stage near you soon.
Anyone who’s caught Rudimental live over the past few years may have noticed a secret weapon in their live arsenal by the name of Anne-Marie Nicholson, and today she steps into the spotlight in her own right with debut single “Karate”. When she’s not rocking the mic she’s casually a 3x world karate champion, and “Karate” wields together blood-pumping vocals with a militant backbeat that fills you with adrenaline and serotonin all at once, a Mortal Kombat pop anthem that plays like a video game but feels like real life. Get familiar below.
We’ve been having a bit of a love affair with Client Liaison ever since experiencing their larger-than-life live show at BIGSOUND last year, so we’re thrilled to be bringing them stateside for their NYC and LA headline debuts on our Popshop nights next month. In NYC, they’re topping the marquee alongside Phoebe Ryan as part of our Westway grand finale series on June 18th, and in LA the spotlight’s all theirs, as they headline Popshop West at The Echo the next week. It’s all going down June 23rd with an all-star supporting cast to be announced soon and $10 advance tickets available now HERE.
We’ve been high on Hopium since they delivered one of the best songs of last summer on “Dreamers”, and this week they’re back looking set to do it all over again with a massive follow up in “Right Now”. Getting maximum results from a highly minimal production approach, it’s got all the hooks and production chops of a Top 40 Mustard hit - not to mention an orchestral auto-tuned outro that’d make Kanye proud – and one of the best videos of the year to boot. Directed by the band with Yoav Lester, it’s a fittingly hyperkinetic, color-splashed concept video, drenched in gradients and reverse cuts and inspired by the technicolor work of James Turrell. Get hooked above or below.
We’ve had a close eye on Made In Heights ever since they crash landed from another universe with their stunning eponymous debut album a few years back. Today, Kelsey and Sabzi return with the announcement of their long-awaited forthcoming sophomore follow up, titled Without My Enemy What Would I Do and meticulously teased out over the past year via a string of pristinestandaloneofferings. The latest arrives today in the form of “Slow Burn”, a surrealist dance gem that whispers into your ear and keeps your blood pumping, equal parts chill-out and chill-inducing. Preorder Without My Enemy… now ahead of its release May 26th HERE and get down below.
Glasgow’s slowly but surely been emerging as a hot bed of alternative pop gold with CHVRCHES and Prides leading the charge in recent years, and today BDY PRTS become the latest Scots to join the fold. Trading the quainter leanings of debut single “IDLU”, the duo strike out into more R&B territory on latest offering “Cold Shoulder”. All electrifying guitars and shimmering synths, the melodies shine through like a Scottish HAIM covering “Cry Me A River”, and it’s a damn good reason to sit up and pay attention the Glaswegian two-piece in the weeks and months to come. “Cold Shoulder” is out June 15th, catch the exclusive premiere below.
If you were around last week to catch the magical NYC debut of Christine And The Queens, you may have caught precocious openers, Milk & Bone. The Montreal dream-pop duo first burst out the floodgates with a three-peat of gold standard singles in “New York”, “Coconut Water”, and their latest, “Pressure”. Swiftly approaching the 1 million mark on Soundcloud, “Pressure” is just cool enough to help you beat the heat this summer, as the duo’s delicate vocals swirl together in a humid haze like sweet summer rain wafting in through a cracked window. Drift away below and be sure to cop their debut EP, Little Mourning, out now through our friends at Honeymoon right HERE.