There’s no denying The Knocks brought summer to a standstill this year with their classic summertime smash of the same name. Now, as we close out an unseasonably warm October and usher in the windchill of November, our very own “Classic” co-creators, POWERS, have delivered a slow-burning sunset mix to keep you warm well into winter. It’s truly a sublime rework, as Cristina Ru and Mike Del Rio shimmer and shine in the blissed-out downtempo haze, reinventing the track in a whole new light that perfectly compliments the original in every way.
Popshop West hits next week with a one-two punch of two of CMJ’s most hotly-tipped acts in Circa Waves and BØRNS, and now we’ve got a November date for you to circle on your calendar as well. In a literal dream come true moment, we’ve got one of our all-time favorites topping the marquee as Sweden’s own Erik Hassle makes his LA headline debut with us. And with a special supporting cast to be announced in the coming weeks, you’re not gonna want to miss this one. It’s all going down at The Echo on November 25th, with $10 advance tickets on sale now HERE.
Our resident transnational pop sensations, HAERTS, have a massively exciting debut LP arriving next week and the anticipation is killing us. After winning over you and me and everyone we know with their debut Hemiplegia EP and, more recently, sterling lead single “Giving Up”, they’re back with yet another taste of things to come on “No One Needs To Know” today. The gang are in top form here, basking in their own theatrical 80′s haze spotlight as Nini turns in yet another starmaking vocal turn – from her whispered sweet nothings to fragile spoken word interludes – set to a backdrop of lush instrumentals with production courtesy of Patrik Berger, the Swedish beatsmith behind hits for such other Neon Gold darlings as Icona Pop and Charli XCX. The band’s eponymous HAERTS LP is out October 27th via Columbia Records, get your preorder on HERE and be sure to catch them out on tour with St. Lucia next month.
HUNTAR is one of the UK’s brightest young rising sons, stepping out today with a brand new slowburner after a string of promising initial singles earlier this year. The South London mysterio really hits his stride with “Bitter”, the meditative latest addition to his lovelorn ouevre, premiering online with us hot on the heels of its first radio spin with Zane Lowe moments ago. With all the plush gravitas of Hudson Mohawke and Chet Faker, it’s a sweater weather slow dance that’s softer than cashmere and every bit as luxury. Look out for HUNTAR’s debut EP, Bitter, out December 8th on The Hunger, preorder HERE.
With CMJ only one day away, we’re excited to shine a light on hometown heroine EVVY, one of the brightest homegrown talents on display around town this week. The New York chanteuse dropped her heart-pumping debut EP this summer with the help of Noosa beatsmith Mickey Valen, and piano-driven standout stunner “Got Me Movin’” puts her firmly on the map alongside VÉRITÉ as one of the best unsigned pop talents this city has on offer. Catch EVVY filling in for Halsey – who due to studio commitments has had to pull off this year’s festival – at our CMJ kickoff show at Foundation tomorrow night supporting Cathedrals and Hoodlem. Free entry with RSVP via our friends at DoNYC HERE, get involved New York.
We’ve had a soft spot for Tove Styrke for a minutenow and she’s back again with a brand new single as she gears up for her first shows outside of her native Sweden. From the dystopian interstellar synths to Styrke’s space age swagger, “Borderline” plays like a Scandinavian M.I.A. covering the Bad Boys theme with a bit of Coldplay’s “Paradise” thrown in there for good measure. Not to mention the cathartic, scenic-as-hell video above that’s equally atmospheric and badass in every way. Catch Tove making her UK debut at New Shapes next month on November 5th, and keep an eye out for her Borderline EP coming in hot November 23rd.
Hey LA, let’s hang out. Coming in hot October 28th, we’ve got another Popshop West for you featuring a whole slew of bright young things from all over the map. Warming things up are freshfaced local heroes BØRNS (making their live debut) and young Texan ruffians, Wild Party, getting things started before Liverpool’s finest new foursome, Circa Waves, take center stage in the headline. It’s all going down October 28th at The Echo, with $10 advance tickets now available HERE.
British mystery kids Blossom explode onto the scene today with one of the more brazenly brilliant starter singles we’ve heard all year on debut anthem “Regeneration”. With next to no information about them available online, we’ve not got much more to go on than the sucker punch guitar haze of “Regeneration” and its perfectly rapidfire mood piece music video, but we’re not about to complain when what is on offer is this strong. Like a reverb-drenched mix of Pixies and Palmas swimming in a psychedelic sea of angsty garage punk, they already feel like our favorite FUZZ band of all time and their Tumblr-wave video is the best we’ve seen since MS MR‘s “Hurricane” visual from way back when. So sit up straight and listen up: Blossom have arrived.
We’ve been all over the new Milo Greene material since it first arrived in our inbox last month, and today lead single “White Lies” gets the remix treatment courtesy of our very own LA brethren, Wildcat! Wildcat! From the perfectly heated jacuzzi synths to Marlana Sheetz’s chopped-and-screwed sauna vox, it feels like getting steamy in the moonlight with the Wildcats manning the temperature controls. Exclusive premiere below, you’ll want to crank this one way up.
Jukebox the Ghost is back in a big way. We’ve long been partial to their piano-driven melodic pop but brand new single “Postcard” is on another level entirely. Like a heartsick “Video Killed The Radio Star”, it’s a serious shot of ’80s movie dopamine and it goes down a dream. Jukebox rocket man Ben Thornewill is in top form here with a sleeper hit on his hands, channeling the neon showmanship of The Killers on the band’s most anthemic offering to date. Executive produced by Andrew Dawson (who’s worked with everyone from Kanye to Fun), it’s our favorite Jukebox offering to date and the perfect lead single for their forthcoming new self-titled full-length, out October 21st with preorder now available HERE.