Arriving fresh on the scene out of Stockholm this week, Janice is a 22 year old one name wonder with her eye on the prize. Borne from the same Tensta Gospel Choir that fostered the talents of Seinabo Sey, Lykke Li and Elias before her, Janice arrives with a classic sound that’s equal parts timeless intensity and effortless modernity on debut single “Don’t Need To”. Like sonic quicksand, it tugs at your heartstrings and pulls you in deeper and deeper, a delicate dance between the darkness and light within oneself. “Don’t Need To” is out this Friday with her forthcoming debut EP slated for arrival this fall, exclusive premiere below.
Weathers are about to take your whole summer over. Four friends from Southern California making the kind of homegrown west coast indie that’s come to dominate the alt airwaves in recent years, Weathers come off like an unholy cross between The Neighbourhood and The Kooks and arrive with a bang on lead single “I Don’t Wanna Know” this week. With all the makings of a summertime smash-in-waiting, it’s a stadium-sized debut and an immensely promising taste of things to come from the Los Angeles upstarts. Get acquainted above and watch this space for more.
Luna Shadows first made her blinding debut earlier this year on these very pages, and she hasn’t shown any signs of letting up since. Following on from debut single “Cry Wolf” and sterling follow up “Hallelujah California”, her latest sugar rush arrives this week in the form of “Cherry”. With The Naked & Famous‘ Thom Powers back at the helm on production once again, it’s got all the skyscraping immensity of his main gig’s best output with a cherry chapstick twist, a sweet slice of soaring power-balladry that’s pop without the pits.
The summer season of Popshop is right around the corner and there’s no better place to feel the heat than Popshop West. Coming in hot for July, we’ve got the body diamond gang, Great Good Fine OK, topping the marquee in their LA headline debut. With special guest supports to be announced in the coming weeks, it’s all going down July 27 at The Echo with advance tix now available HERE.
MUNA is our favorite girl group in the game right now. After cashing in on the promise of their irresistible early demos with one of the year’s best singles on “Winterbreak” and topping everyone’s Best of SXSW lists last month, the LA trio step out with their debut EP proper, Loudspeaker, next month. Leading the charge is a new and improved version of the title track, a soft-lit statement of intent for the girls that echoes all the throwback radio pop hits of years gone by, dipped in California gold with a modern glimmer. “Loudspeaker” is out May 6th with their EP release show coming in hot the next day at Popshop West, get involved HERE.
Christine And The Queens‘ “Tilted” is a damn near perfect song, and now it’s got a damn near perfect remix to boot. Austin’s Bayonne takes the already pristine original and turns the beauty up to 11, giving it a blissful downtempo sway as he dresses it to the nines with lush orchestral flourishes on a grand romantic gesture of a remix that’s on one of the year’s best to date. Bayonne anchors the Tilted EP out TODAY and featuring mixes from MS MR, Clock Opera, Paradis and more.
The Knocks have been ON ONE on the remix front of late, and this week they turn their sights to the throne, taking on Justin Bieber‘s “Company” ahead of a run of shows supporting him on his Canadian dates of the Purpose tour next month. So yeah, safe to say it’s all happening – get into it below.
The Year of Felix Snow continues. Terror Jr arrived under cover of darkness – well, not quite – to rapturous acclaim with her Felix Snow-produced debut single “3 Strikes” last week, riding in on the same arctic tidal wave that put Kiiara on the map. Snow’s sound is quickly coming to define the pop landscape of 2016, and “3 Strikes” is his best outing since the initial Kiiara onslaught last year. More info on Terror Jr as it comes to light, watch this space.
Popshop West is always a breath of fresh Pacific air and next month’s bill is no different. Topping the bill we’ve got the darlings of SXSW, MUNA, as our favorite new LA trio make their bid for the west coast alt pop throne. It’s all going down May 7th at The Echo with special guest supports announcing in the weeks to come and advance tickets on sale now HERE.
We drew back the curtain on Christine And The Queens’ forthcoming remix EP with a brand new MS MR mix last week, and today brings with it another oven fresh cut courtesy of our favorite remixer in the game, Clock Opera. This time, “Tilted” goes under the knife for a clock operation that’s equal parts precious and sinister, from the softspoken intro of whispers, hums and skittering lily pad synths right on through it’s epic finale. It’s an absolute triumph for everyone involved, and you can stream it below or cop a free download here courtesy of our friends at Coachella. Christine plays the festival April 15th and 22nd on what promises to be one of biggest debuts of the 2016 festival season, get ready California.