St. Lucia‘s got a massive new album cresting over the horizon next year, and today he offers a gamechanging taste of things to come on new single “Physical”. Written with our hit city heroes Captain Cuts and produced by Jean and Chris Zane, it’s a chop-pop masterpiece and easily St. L’s biggest turn up to date. St. Lucia’s new album Matter is out January 29th and available for preorderHERE, catch the band on tour this winter with Tigertown and Grace Mitchell (tickets on sale now).
The Knocks have been well and truly ON ONE this year, outdoing themselves with each new release as they roll into the early 2016 release of their debut album 55 with palpable momentum. 55 is a 14 track love letter to the duo’s hometown of New York, and nowhere is that more apparent than on victorious album opener “New York City” featuring none other than the NYC’s favorite son Cam’ron. Riding high as The Knocks’ most anthemic offering to date and boasting one of Killa Cam’s best verses in ages, it’s a triumphant statement of intent for the Lower East Side duo as they prepare to ride hard for their city in 2016.
Miike Snow‘s forthcoming III is already one of our favorite records of next year, and today lead single proper “Genghis Khan” comes in under the wire as one of the last perfect singles of 2015 (and, if there’s any justice in the world, one of the biggest alt radio records of 2016). A triumphant return to form, “Genghis Khan” takes the quintessential sound of their first record and updates it with a kaleidoscopic makeover for 2015 and beyond, like Phantogram on a falsetto’d out Swedish pop kick.
Lucas Nord is no stranger to thesepages. After coming correct on his Tove Lo and Captain Cuts collaborations, the Swedish synth maestro returns today with another killer original on “Faking”. Running wild with ice-hot synths and hooky after dark vocals, it’s a crisp blast of wintermint that sends chills up your spine and down your back. Frankly, this is what the new Disclosure / Sam Smith collaboration should have sounded like, but you didn’t hear that from us.
Mystery Jets are back. One of our all time favorite British bands – their first two records are a huge reason we’re even doing this whole music thing – we’re over the god damn moon to welcome their return with new single “Telomere” arriving this week. With all the galactic majesty and ocean-sized emotion they can muster, it’s a skyscraping boomerang that climbs higher and higher on the horizon before coming full circle right back to your heartstrings. Preorder Curve of the Earthnow and receive “Telomere” ahead of its release next month.
Far East mystery kids – Tokyo discreet club, if you will – RomCom arrive on the scene with neon noir debut single “Fast Forward Rewind” and a picture perfect video to match, as they fast forward and rewind through the 80’s movie montage of our dreams. And that’s all they’re letting us know for now, but the transpacific Tokyo collective have certainly got our interest piqued. Watch this space.
MAIZE first arrived on the scene with a show-stealing remix debut on Marina & The Diamonds‘ “Blue” last summer, and stay shining today as they follow it up with a sophomore smash for MS MR‘s “Criminals” this week. Taking our resident heartbreakers’ Bonnie & Clyde anthem and flipping it into a blissed-out, high octane house piano stunner, it’s one of the year’s best remixes and a big reason MAIZE should be riding high on your list of producers to watch as we look ahead to brightest up-and-comers for 2016.
Holiday party season is upon us and you’d better believe we’ve got you covered this year. In just under a month, we’re hanging up the mistletoe and kissing 2015 goodbye with a special end-of-year Popshop at a very special holiday price. Topping the marquee, we’re bringing Nothing But Thieves to our shores all the way from Essex – because sometimes that’s the only way – along with some very special guests to be announced in the weeks to come. It’s all going down December 17th at Baby’s All Right, for the low low price of $5 (yes, you read that correctly) and on sale now HERE. Get involved, Brooklyn.
DC/NC tag team duo Foreign Air step out in a wildfire of glory this week on debut single “Free Animal”. With all the symphonic fury of Alt-J or Glass Animals and the infrared woods-at-night production of Sir Sly, it’s a leftfield alt-pop curveball full of haunting harmonies and cinematic vigor, all of which adds up to a very impressive first look for the Midatlantic two piece. Breathe it in below.
Early next year, The Knocks will deliver their long-anticipated debut album, 55, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it into the world on Neon Gold alongside our friends at Big Beat and Atlantic. And it’s really fucking something, synthesizing the guys’ influences from all over the map (hip hop, Top 40, alternative and beyond) into the perfect soundtrack for just about every turn up imaginable. The feature list alone is enough to stop you in your tracks: Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Carly Rae Jepsen, Walk The Moon, X Ambassadors, Magic Man… the list goes on. But it’s New York’s finest Cam’ron who kicks everything off on the album’s triumphant opener “New York City”, teased out in the 55 album trailer today as an epic taste of things to come. Watch this space.