It’s been a minute since Kate Boy first took the internet by storm with their triple slingshot of stellar debut singles, but today the Swedish snapback queen is back just in time to answer our prayers with a brand new offering in “Self Control”. With a bouncy, upbeat synth line and the eponymous heroine’s star-scraping vocals, it’s like all your Scandinavian dreams coming true at once at the flick of a switch in the chorus. Kate Boy’s debut album arrives on Fiction later this year, lose control below.
Our dudes in X Ambassadors have been having one hell of a summer. After ruling the world with a record-shattering World Cup anthem that was blessed by Jay-Z himself, they’re back today with a fresh new take on “Jungle”, courtesy of our own Great Good Fine Ok. Taking the original deep cut into the neon jungle, it’s a grimy piece of dirty gold that shimmers in the moonlight while chaos reigns supreme all around. Catch the Great Goods live in DC supporting Miniature Tigers next month (tickets on sale NOW) and their Popshop NYC headline the week after (tickets still available HERE), and keep an eye out for their debut EP out late summer on Neon Gold.
Our favorite California noirists Sir Sly are back with a brand new one today, carrying on from their sensational Gold EP and, of course, their AA-side debut on Neon Gold early last year. Not actually all that brand new, “You Haunt Me” was the first song the Sirs ever wrote together, and stood out as our favorite cut off the initial demo they submitted to us way back when. Now nearly two years later it’s still every bit as exciting as it was then, all coastal night drive beats and frontman Landon Jacob’s spectral vocals channeling a quarter-life crisis Mark Foster with the million dollar melodies to match. Sir Sly’s debut full-length of the same name drops September 16th on Cherrytree, with a coast-to-coast co-headline tour of Neon Gold dreams kicking off alongside Wolf Gang next month. Get haunted below.
Our boys (and girl) of summer, Magic Man, have kept us on fire all year long with their debut full-length, Before The Waves, and today return with a dark new twist on their number one stunner “Paris” courtesy of their older siblings MS MR. It’s all smoothed out with an insidious grin, as space age synths and futuristic cityscape atmospherics lay siege to everything in its path. Catch the Magic guys out on the road with Walk The Moon and Panic! At the Disco all summer long, and take a step into the darkness with the new remix below.
Wildcat! Wildcat! is the band so nice they named it twice, and next month they arrive at last with their long-awaited debut album, No Moon At All. But this week, they’re back with another advance cut with the 2.0 album version of one of our favorite original demos of theirs, “Holloway (Hey Love)”. As the hypnotizing intro twinkles like stars in your eyes, the track roars to life amidst byzantine synths and absolutely colossal harmonies, all introspective Bon Iver verses and sky-scraping, stadium-sized hooks. No Moon At All is out August 5th on Downtown ahead of our Glasslands show with them the next week on August 12th, tickets still available HERE.
We’ve had a soft spot for Sve since she first dropped “Talking To The Walls” nearly a year ago now, but this week she’s gone and changed the game with a larger-than-life sophomore smash on her latest offering “Riot”. From the stadium-sized hooks to the sparkling gold dust production, Sve comes out the gates swinging with radio-ready hooks for days and the vocal chops to match, waltzing effortlessly in the footsteps of Tove Lo and Sia on her way to alternative pop supremacy. Get familiar below.
After storming back onto the scene with their supernova comeback single last week, our boys in black Lovelife pull back the curtain on the appropriately moody video for “Nova” today. Directed by LA-based Eric Nichols, it’s a picture-perfect portrait of teenage emotion, like Skins set against an OC backdrop. It’s four and a half minutes of raw energizing heartbreak, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere above.
Magic Man are reunited with Walk The Moon this week for the launch of their summer sojourn with Panic! At The Disco this week, and what better way to ring it in than with an oven fresh new remix of their signature stunner “Paris”. This time around, Chicago duo Louis The Child cast a spell on the original with their young wizard touch, and appropriately the results are pretty damn magical. Look out for Magic Man and The Gospel Tour coming to an amphitheater near you this summer.
Sad but true: autumn is just around the corner, but cheer up – with it comes a whole new season of brilliant Popshop lineups. Kicking off the season is a triple crown bill for the ages on September’s Popshop West, coming in hot with a San Fran spectacular featuring WATERS and our latest Neon Gold darlings Cathedrals, plus hometown LA queen Zella Day adding a little local flavor to the bill. Our WATERS/Cathedrals double bill in SF earlier this month was one of the more magical shows we’ve put on all year, and with Zella in the mix as the cherry on top this one’s gonna be a night for the ages. It’s all happening September 10th at the Echo, advance tix now available HERE.
LA’s Smallpools have been making quite the run of late supporting Neon Trees on their most recent cross-country jaunt, and today announce a North American tour of dreams alongside our very own Magic Man this fall. To celebrate the occasion, they’re rolling out a brand new trailblazer called “Killer Whales” today, another Captain Cuts product from their forthcoming debut album, chock full of jubilant melodies and sky-scraping synths with a solid gold – and absolute nonsense – hook for the ages. Dig in below.