Friday, August 30, 2013


Since first twirling across our radar last CMJ, our hømegirl has been blazing a trail to superstardom and we're having a great time watching her star rise from the sidelines. And now, in a cosmos-perfectly-aligned kind of moment, she's teamed up with the one and only Diplo for a brand new sizzler called "XXX 88". The intro pops off like a twisted remix of Mario Winans "I Don't Wanna Know" before Dip boosts the grit and ups the ante, replete with brazen horns and siren shouts. Gamechangerrr.

STREAM: "XXX 88 (ft. Diplo)" - MØ


Thief (formerly known as Thief Urban) is a new Australian producer slash songwriter you're about to get real familiar with. After arriving on the scene with a lights-out debut offering in "Closer" earlier this year, he returns today with an updated name and his debut single proper, "Broken Boy". Soul-stuffed with sinister hooks and dark, ominous synths, "Broken" channels the most addictive parts of Clock Opera and Metronomy like their long lost brother from Down Under. "Broken Boy" is out worldwide September 6th, enjoy the exclusive premiere below.

STREAM: "Broken Boy" - Thief [exclusive]

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Attention world: our in-house supergroup, HAERTS, have their debut EP, Hemiplegia, out next month, and are currently on a match-made-in-heaven US tour supporting Washed Out. Still flying high on the back of debut offerings "Wings" and "All the Days", they've just unleashed an absolutely resplendent remix of the latter from Rochester heatseekers, Joywave. It's a tropical rocket that launches you into warmer climes, pushing the ambience to the background and giving Nini's vocals a whole lot of hangtime to shine center stage. The Hemiplegia EP is out September 24th on Neon Gold / Columbia, watch this space for more details.

STREAM: "All The Days" (Joywave Remix) - HAERTS


Wildcat! Wildcat! just stay exceeding expectations with each new offering, dating all the way back to their debut single on Neon Gold last summer. The latest addition to their single ouevre, "Garden Grays", is a cinematic achievement of the highest order, from the enigmatic keyboard riff in the growing build-up to the growling backdrop and cooing vocals. Wildcat releases their debut EP proper on Downtown next month, with their debut NYC shows at Glasslands and Mercury Lounge hot on its heels at the end of the month.

STREAM: "Garden Grays" - Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Miami Horror are one of our favorite Australian bands to ever hit US shores, consistently blinding us with the sun-soaked brilliance of their psychedelic dance records and larger-than-life live show since they first hit the scene in 2009. So it's with boundless pleasure that we welcome them to the NG family with the rollout of their next single, "Real Slow", next month, followed by an AA-side 7" single on Neon Gold in November. After living the American dream and relocating to LA, the imported pop experts have tripped out into new territory with their sophomore album, and we couldn't be more excited to get behind it. It's some of their most personal material to date, and you can catch a sneak peek of things to come through an illuminating making-of documentary above. Something brilliant this way comes, preorder the digital single HERE and watch this space for more info.

Monday, August 26, 2013


After a sold out maiden voyage at Le Poisson Rouge with Flight Facilities in March, we're back for another night for the ages with our main man Goldroom. The western hemisphere's finest purveyor of summer heat for a long minute now, Goldroom brings his live setup back to NYC for the first time since his sold out live debut at Popshop in April. Warming things up we've got Russia's finest, Tesla Boy, in the main support slot, and it's all going down September 18th at 10pm. Get your tickets HERE, this one's gonna be a burner.

STREAM: "Only You Can Show Me" - Goldroom

STREAM: "Undetected" - Tesla Boy

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Ellie Goulding is currently sitting pretty atop of the pop throne across the pond, as she celebrates her first ever #1 single in the UK this week with "Burn". And what better way to ring in the occasion than with a fiery Magic Man remix of the track in question, as the wiz kids cast a spell on our dreams with the charm of a young Houdini, shattering through the stratosphere and emerging unscathed like the synth saviors they are. Magic Man release their brand new debut EP proper on Neon Gold next month, keep an eye out for more info here soon.

STREAM: "Burn" (Magic Man Remix) - Ellie Goulding

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


You guys, St. Lucia's debut album is out in less than two months and we can assure you you're not even close to ready. It's an all-your-dreams-coming-true-at-once kind of listening experience, and we can't wait to share it with the world as our first-ever album release on Neon Gold this fall. In the meantime, St. L's hitting the road with Two Door Cinema Club next month for a coast-to-coast US tour, and today unveils the record's breathtaking cover art. And now, to bring it all full circle, our first loves Passion Pit have remixed St. Lucia's current summer anthem, "Elevate," to help make the wait that much more bearable. When The Night is released October 8th on Neon Gold / Columbia Records, mark your calendars.

STREAM: "Elevate" (Passion Pit Remix) - St. Lucia

Monday, August 19, 2013


We've been singing Smallpools praises on full blast this summer - practically on a megaphone - and after rolling out their debut single and live show earlier this summer, it's time we join them for another landmark as they top the marquee for the first time making their headline debut on Popshop West next month. Supporting the fast-rising pop phenoms on what's sure to be another sold out bill are up-and-coming local heatseekers, Nightmare & the Cat and the almighty Mvscles, as we look to throw down one for the ages September 4th at The Echo. With advance tickets still available HERE but already dangerously close to selling out, lock your tix down today and join us for what's set to be a Popshop West for the ages.

STREAM: "Dreaming" - Smallpools

STREAM: "Sarah Beth" - Nightmare & The Cat

STREAM: "Sweet N Sour" - MVSCLES

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


LA's new kings of summer Smallpools wrapped up their maiden voyage across the states at The Echoplex last night with one of the tightest, stadium-ready sets we've ever seen from a band at this stage. Today, they keep the magic rolling with a brand new remix, courtesy of our very own wonder boys Magic Man, who take The Pools' breakout single "Dreaming" into deep space and then some. The Magicians switch off the sun on this one, filling you with pop wanderlust and drowning out everything in their celestial path with hypnagogic synths that make your head swirl. It's an impossibly handsome power play that only further cements Magic Man as some of the best new remixers in the game, but hey, that's just our completely objective and not-at-all-biased opinion on the matter.

STREAM: "Dreaming" (Magic Man Remix) - Smallpools

Monday, August 12, 2013


Brooklyn's own bright young things, Little Daylight, have been smashing it out of the park for the better part of the last year, and this week marks the arrival of their much-anticipated debut EP proper Tunnel Vision, out tomorrow on Capitol. Today, they've been kind enough to throw us the exclusive premiere of "Restart" - a Daylight live favorite from day one that instantly reminds you of all the reasons you fell in love with the three-piece in the first place. With space age synths and frontwoman Nikki Taylor effortlessly channeling Emily Haines in the winsome femme fatale role she was born to play, it's a synth-laden timewarp that floods you with '00s nostalgia in all the right ways. Don't miss them live as they hit the road next month with another Neon Gold favorite, Charli XCX.

STREAM: "Restart" - Little Daylight [exclusive]

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Chill, Sweden. Even for just like a second, there's other nations trying to get some shine in the pop game y'know? The newest starlet from the pop graceland to bless us with her presence goes by the name of Marlene ∞, presumably pronounced "Marlene Forever", but it's hard to ever know for sure with those crazy Swedefolk. Debut single "Bon Voyage" is a temperamental ocean of salty-smooth brilliance, as her mood bubbles to the surface atop buoyant synth flourishes and her silky come-hither vocals lock you into a sensual R&B beat. Think Yadi meets Kate Boy, or just the perfect better-late-than-never addition to your summer soundtrack.

STREAM: "Bon Voyage" - Marlene ∞

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Our year long love affair with the City of Angels continues this month with another huge Popshop West bursting at the seams with some of the finest new bands LA has to offer. August 22nd brings with it the live debut of Basic Vacation, whose imminently chart-assailing potential we introduced you yesterday, as well as the debut of Miami Horror spinoff Honeymooon. Then in the headline slot, we've got Hunter Hunted, fresh off a sold out show at The Troubadour and quickly making a name for themselves as one of the hottest new bands in town. So if you're smart, you'll act fast and lock your tickets up early because this one has sell out written all over it. Tickets available now HERE, don't sleep guys.

STREAM: "Keep Together" - Hunter Hunted

STREAM: "Hail The Madmen" - Honeymooon

STREAM: "I Believe" - Basic Vacation


COIN are a young new four-piece from Nashville who you should probably get on your radar. Now this isn't usually our thing (you know, anything sans synths) but their Southern-fried indie meets Brooklyn dream-pop sensibility is hard not to fall for. Coined "Atlas", their latest offering is the perfect warm weather music to roll your sleeves up to, like Local Natives and Vampire Weekend basking in the sun at a well-dressed picnic. Cop the exclusive download below and catch COIN making their DC debut at All Things Gold tomorrow supporting Jakwob, Little Daylight and Strange Talk (tickets still available HERE).

DOWNLOAD: "Atlas" - COIN [exclusive]

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


There's a new thing called Basic Vacation and we're pretty sure they're going to be rather large. Imagine Foster The People in a blender with Fun - plus the hooks and looks of One Direction sprinkled in for good measure - and you'll have an idea of the kind of hook-driven happy ending pop they're pumping out. But no matter how you cut it, debut single "I Believe" is a straight-ahead summertime smash, and we're excited to announce the band's LA debut at Popshop West on August 22 (tix now on sale HERE). Hit City USA indeed.

STREAM: "I Believe" - Basic Vacation [exclusive]

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Cass Lowe is a name you're about to get real familiar with. In addition to having a songwriting CV that already includes Madeon, Say Lou Lou, and a little band called Backstreet Boys, the UK songsmith has a voice that could move mountains (which some of you may recognize from Russ Chimes's incredible "Targa" last year). So we're not surprised that his comeback single "Birthmark" is a panoramic, larger-than-life ballad that will tear you apart from the inside. As it drifts along with the ghostly countenance of Aqualung, it keeps you at a voyeuristic distance, as if surveying the world from a sinister ivory throne. That is, until it rumbles and detonates into an all-out Bastille-storming anthem in the finale and everything takes a quantum leap to another level. And did we mention it's got an un-fucking-believable video to match? Because it very much does. Everything about this is the real deal.

STREAM: "Birthmark" - Cass Lowe