Tuesday, August 31, 2010


It seems like literally everyone is losing their shit for the latest Cee Lo Green single "Fuck You", but for us it's all about its predecessor, his amazing cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You" that surfaced earlier this summer as a teaser single for Green's forthcoming new album Lady Killer. Dripping with all the desperate desire of the original, Green emotes over a backdrop of epic synths from producer Paul Epworth on one of the more heartwrenching tracks we've heard all year. Complete with a nigh on perfect video from Partizan newcomers Skinny (save for that somewhat cringe dialogue break halfway through), it's one of our favorite singles of the year and the first taste of what's shaping up to be a formidable comeback from Green in 2010.

MP3: "No One's Gonna Love You" - Cee Lo Green

Friday, August 27, 2010


At long last the time has come, friends. Ellie Goulding finally hits our fair shores next month, playing her debut US shows at The Roxy in LA and New York City's Hiro Ballroom. We're thrilled to be putting on the latter, going down on September 30th and presented in conjunction with Bowery Presents. And as if Ellie's first US show wasn't exciting enough as is, we've also got our main man Penguin Prison opening up the night with his high octane brand of soulful electro, making this one of the absolute hottest tickets in town. Seriously, this is going to be HUGE. Tickets are on sale now but will no doubt go fast, so cruise on over to Bowery's site to cop your tickets NOW.

MP3: "Under The Sheets" (Jakwob Remix) - Ellie Goulding


Russ Chimes upcoming Midnight Club EP and its accompanying short films have us besides ourselves with excitement, and now that the first installment has dropped we're pleased to report it doesn't disappoint. Brilliant non-linear filmmaking from director Saman Keshavarz set to another absolute burner from Monsieur Chimes. We seriously can't wait for parts two and three to arrive in the coming weeks, loving everything about this project.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Jakwob first burst onto the scene and melted minds with his empire-toppling mix of Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed" back in early 2009, and he's since established himself as one of the most sought after remixers in the game via a slew of immense official mixes for everyone from Robyn to Kid Sister. Late last year he sent us a crop of seriously exciting demos that hinted at a young producer on the precipice of greatness, and now at long lost he's ready to unleash the first taste of his original material on the world. Out 13th September on his own Boom Ting Recordings imprint, "Here With Me" arrives as Jakwob's first official single and statement of intent, ominous synths and eerie Burial-esque vox samples washing back and forth across the mix, a tangible sense of dread and longing pervading throughout. Haunting and strangely beautiful, it's only the tip of the iceberg for an artist who promises to be one of the biggest names in dubstep by the time the next twelve months have run their course.

MP3: "Here With Me" - Jakwob [exclusive]

Monday, August 23, 2010


We dropped the first official offering from the rather amazing Clare Maguire in the form of "Strangest Thing" last month, and now we've got an official Bloodshy & Avant remix courtesy of our friends at NME Radar. We doubt this was originally conceived as a remix given how well it works as an alternate single version of the track, but regardless we're pretty enamored with it. With an instrumental that wouldn't be out of place in the catalog of Miike Snow - with whom Bloodshy & Avant moonlight as two-thirds of the band's creative core - the track's semi-tropical bounce stands in sharp contrast to the stark drama of the original arrangement, but it's a nice alternate version that's a more than welcome addition to our late summer playlist at Neon Gold HQ.

MP3: "Strangest Thing" (Bloodshy & Avant Version) - Clare Maguire

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Last month we pulled back the curtain on our favorite track of the year and quite possibly the biggest single we've ever released, so we're pleased to announce that the Young Blood 7" from The Naked & Famous is now available for preorder from the Neon Gold Shop and our friends at Puregroove. Like Passion Pit if they fucked with guitars and had an anthem-of-a-generation like "Kids" or "Sweet Disposition" in their arsenal, "Young Blood" is a breath of fresh air, a wistful celebration of the ephemeral pleasures of youth. Built around an amazing central riff of heavily-affected guitars, the song soars on the wings of singer Alisa Xayalith's urgent vocals, their breathless innocence juxtaposed sharply against the ominous rumble of the overdriven bass that lies beneath the song's surface.

Sporting beautiful cover art courtesy of our heroes over at Special Problems (who also directed the song's flawless video) and rounded out by an epic cover of fellow New Zealand rockers The Mint Chicks' "Crazy? Yes. Dumb? No.", the release is out September 6th and we couldn't be more excited. Remixes are also on the way from The Sound of Arrows (amazing), Pink Ganter (amazing), Chiddy Bang (AMAZING) and more. We posted the original with the amazing Special Problems-directed video last month, but here's the radio edit for the completionists among you or the ADHD set who just can't quite handle the immense gravity of that drawn-out middle eight.

MP3: "Young Blood" (Radio Edit) - The Naked & Famous [exclusive]


Our girl Alex Winston has been cartwheeling around our heads in stereophonic technicolor all summer with her debut single "Choice Notes" (out now on HeavyRoc Music), but it's thunderstealing AA-side "Medicine" that's slowly but surely been creeping up on us as our sleeper favorite from Detroit's finest new export. It's quintessential Winston, her ethereal vocals drifting across a melange of acoustic guitars and The Knocks' punchy drums before giving way to an anthemic climax of group vocals featuring none other than HeavyRoc's favorite son Samuel getting involved on BVs. In a weird way it's kind of the feelgood hit of the summer, so don't get left out.

MP3: "Medicine" - Alex Winston

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


It's a rainy day on the coast, so what better time to cast a spotlight on the dark, ominous tones of London's own Stylus Dust. Working under his previous moniker Lull, the remix maestro was responsible for some truly amazing reworks of everyone from Bloc Party to I Was A Cub Scout, including a truly masterful take on the Gotye anthem "Heart's A Mess" that remains one of our all time most cherished remixes to this day. Suffice it to say we were thrilled when he agreed to have a go at The Knocks' "Make It Better", and the result is one of his best efforts yet. Completely subverting the carefree ebullience of the original, Stylus Dust takes us from the sun-drenched beaches of Cancun to the dreary solitude of the London nightbus circuit with athletic ease. It's all haunting echoes and plunging basslines for the song's majority, until the heavens suddenly open up and a resplendent keys progression twinkles across the mix at 3:17 in one of the most uplifting moments you'll hear in music this year. Seriously though, it's kind of emotional.

MP3: "Make It Better" (Stylus Dust Remix) - The Knocks

Monday, August 16, 2010


In the spring of 2009 we put on the debut London show of a then-unknown band called Egyptian Hip Hop. Barely out of high school at the time, it was seriously early days for the Mancunian four piece but there was no denying the ridiculous potential on display. Now just over a year on, they still have the best name in the game and have put out their debut single with our friends at Hit Club, collaborated with the likes of Late of the Pier and Hudson Mohawke, and are currently readying their debut EP Some Reptiles Developed Wings for release on Moshi Moshi, esteemed purveyors of the finest new music the world has to offer since the beginning of time. With Mohawke at the helm on production duties, it's all brassy 80's synths and thick basslines, the sound of one of the most ambitious new bands in England harnessing their boundless creative energy and channeling it into a 3-minute gem of precocious pop perfection.

MP3: "Moon Crooner" - Egyptian Hip Hop

Friday, August 13, 2010


We were out of the game for a minute there at Lollapalooza, and during our absence our boy Samuel released his debut video for "I Heart NY", and while we're kind of late to the party we've still got to show it some love because it's kind of really fucking great. It's a creative treatment executed flawlessly and shot beautifully by director Austin Peters, in which our hero cruises through his hometown on the back of a garbage truck driven by our dudes The Knocks, who wrote and produced the track with Samuel. And since we already dropped the mp3 of "I Heart NY" on the blog last month you can get at another burner from Sam's forthcoming debut album Trains To Wanderland called "Champagne Kisses" below. Gets you ready for the weekend and then some.

MP3: "Champagne Kisses" - Samuel

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Dom has been burning up our stereo all summer long with his star-spangled banger "Living In America", and with the buzz around him beginning to carry overseas, we're thrilled to announce the band as the latest addition to the Neon Gold team. In association with Burning Mill Records - who released Dom's amazing debut Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP from which the two tracks on the 7" are culled - we'll be bringing Dom's debut release beyond US borders into the world on Neon Gold later this month, complete with brilliant AA-side and EP standout "Jesus" on the flipside.

Standing in stark contrast to the synth-drenched, tongue-in-cheek patriotism of "Living In America", "Jesus" is a less ironic affair that finds Dom longing for the ephemeral pleasures of youth - ecstasy and basement parties, make-outs at the movies and young love - over lo-fi guitars and timid keys riffs. Like the more earnest younger cousin to the sterephonic bombast of "Living In America", "Jesus" shows off Dom's impressive versatility and provides a surprisingly brilliant compliment to it's All-American counterpart on this very special AA-side release. "Living In America" is available from our original post on it here, and "Jesus" is newly available for download below.

MP3: "Jesus" - Dom

Limited to 500 copies worldwide, sporting handsome sleeve art from Dom himself and pressed on sexy white vinyl, this one is destined to go fast so hurry over to the Neon Gold Shop and get your preorder on now. International customers can as always preorder the release from our UK friends at Puregroove, so choose your vendor of choice and get your copy now for delivery on or around the single's August 24th release.

Monday, August 9, 2010


It was a little over year ago that we sent out a wake up call to industry A&R's to get wise to the fresh sound of Harlem's finest lady MC Azealia Banks, and shortly thereafter XL snatched her up and locked her away to get to work on her debut album. Since then it's been all but radio silence from the one they now call Miss Banks (save for a recent feature on the new Major Lazer EP), until this week when she resurfaced with a sterling out-of-nowhere cover of Interpol's "Slow Hands". The big surprise? Turns out girl has some PIPES. Gone is the X-rated flow she rolled out on early tracks like "Seventeen", replaced by soft, honey-throated vocals and a soulful croon that establishes Banks as the total package and a force to be reckoned with on the 2010 hip-hop landscape. Serious. Gamechanger.

MP3: "Slow Hands" - Miss Banks

Monday, August 2, 2010


Things have been kind of quiet on the Penguin Prison remix front while dude's been hard at work finishing up his debut album - which y'all should be warned is sounding completely and utterly amazing - but now he's back with a fiery new remix of our beloved Neon Gold alumni Passion Pit. Putting to bed any concerns that his remix muscles might have atrophied over the past few months, the track is a hypnotizing melange of pulsating house piano, ice cold synths and chilled out female vocals, and we've got it on exclusive lockdown for you below.

MP3: "Little Secrets" (Penguin Prison Remix) - Passion Pit [exclusive]