Premiere: Hey Champ – Dominoes

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Sometimes missed opportunities work out for the better. Hey Champ had originally written the beat behind “Dominoes” for Lupe Fiasco years ago. He ended up passing on it. Several years later, the Chicago production duo is releasing the track — now padded with some extra hooks — as their own single. Imagine Simian Mobile Disco meets LCD Soundsystem with some extra synth-pop flair and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.

Stream “Dominoes” below, and make sure to grab a copy of Hey Champ’s Dominoes EP when it drops April 22nd.

STREAM: Hey Champ – “Dominoes”

Video Premiere: Colleagues – Parents’ House

Colleagues are a Swedish five-piece making sparkling technicolor dream pop that stands out even in a vast sea of Scandanivian talent. We’re beyond excited to premiere the brand new video for their stunning debut single “Parents’ House,” featuring exclusive footage from Roy Andersson’s cult classic teen romance film A Swedish Love Story. “Parents’ House” had us at hello with a cloudburst of ambling keyboard lines, shimmering guitar riffs and infectious sing-along vocals. But the love affair got serious during the mid-song breakdown, a quasi-orchestral torrent of pure feeling evoking vintage M83 that spirals into a freewheeling instrumental outro. By the time the track finally dissolves in a ghostly swirl of filter and phase-shifting effects it’s magic. This song is beyond up our alley – it’s redefining our alley right now. Recommended for fans of St. Lucia, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Delorean, eighties sound palettes, and sublime romantic pop.

Colleagues’ double A-side Tears / Parents’ House is out April 14th via In Stereo Records. Buy here.

Introducing: TALA

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London newcomer TALA has an air of mystery about her. New track “The Duchess” is a confident, thumping debut along the lines of Purity Ring. It’s got a fizzing handclap beat, ominous synths and airy vocal loops. The song’s greatest asset might just be its attitude, which seems both defiant and playful. Turn your speakers up because TALA deserves your full attention. Check out “The Duchess” below.

STREAM: TALA – “The Duchess”

X priest X – Isn’t It So

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Emotion Records, Sweden’s patron saints of synth pop, have found something good in Florida. The Stockholm imprint that brought us Karl X Johan and World Tour just unveiled this stunning new track from X priest X, an Orlando duo who make what Noisey is calling “post-apocalyptic dream songs.” Celestial melodies and elegant, understated production cut straight to the heart in the prettiest song about drug addiction and the end of days you’ll hear all week. Stream “Isn’t It So” below.

“Isn’t It So” will appear on X priest X’s debut Samurai EP, out April 15th on Emotion.

STREAM: X priest X – “Isn’t It So”

Kid Astray – No Easy Way Out

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Are you ready for your next Scandinavian obsession? Norwegian synth-poppers Kid Astray declare themselves ones to watch in 2014 with “No Easy Way Out.” The follow-up to 2012′s “The Mess,” their latest single is an explosive dose of synth-pop that will grab your ears upon first listen. Fans of Magic Man, Miami Horror and Olympic Ayres, take note — this is your jam of the day. Stream “No Easy Way Out” below.

STREAM: Kid Astray – “No Easy Way Out”

SAFIA – Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds

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No, SAFIA weren’t hiding under their bedsheets when they came up with the title for “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds.” The Australian trio’s latest track is actually an extra smooth cross between ASTR and Sam Smith that combines the best of electro, pop and R&B without sounding stale. Stream the track below, and if you’re interested in a free download you can snag one in exchange for a like on the band’s Facebook.

STREAM: Safia – “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds”

Introducing: Bea

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Bea’s vocals are a refreshing venture from the distant, airy voices of electropop. In her debut single, “Breadwinner,” she dresses alluring vocals with few but elegantly placed rhythm and synth tracks. The result is arrestingly soothing. As of now, Bea hasn’t put much out beyond this song, but we are excited to see what she has in store. Listen to the track below and check out her SoundCloud on March 27th for a free download.

STREAM: Bea – “Breadwinner”

Ticket Giveaway: Penguin Prison @ U Street Music Hall

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Longtime ATG favorite Penguin Prison will be returning to U Street Music Hall with Cassian and Caleb L’Etoile on Saturday, March 15th. He’ll doing his thing from behind the decks as part of his trademark DJ sets with live vocals, and trust us, it’s worth checking out. We have three pairs of tickets to giveaway for the show. To enter to win, make up your best alliterative band name in the comments below. We will pick our winners Friday afternoon. Have at it!

STREAM: Penguin Prison – “Don’t Fuck With My Money”

Misterwives – Money On My Mind (Sam Smith Cover)

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Hot on the heels of their debut EP, the gratuitously good-looking trio behind MisterWives has put out a fresh cover of Sam Smith’s ode to the Do What You Love mentality, “Money On My Mind.” Their cover stays true to the original, but spins Smith’s soul entirely into sugar. This is the kind of easy pop music whose sweetness begs for sunshine and warmth, lead singer Mandy Lee’s vocals golden against a crisp, infectious production. If there is a light at the end of this polar vortex, and there might just be, it’s humming “Money On My Mind.”

Grab the cover for free on MisterWives’ Facebook page after you stream it below.

STREAM: Misterwives – “Money On My Mind (Sam Smith Cover)”

Future Islands – A Dream Of You And Me

We didn’t cover the last awesome single from this beautiful band. That was a mistake. But luckily no one put us in blog jail so we’re still around, and they released another, and here it is.

Future Islands is a band I wish I’d discovered earlier. This North Carolina-bred, Baltimore-based trio manages to hit just about every referential sweet spot without feeling at all contrived. Their music seamlessly combines the sensual pleasures of electro-pop with the emotional resonance of good old fashioned rock songwriting. It’s at once ambient and energetic, romantic and introspective, meditative and anthemic. Sam Herring’s arresting vocals, equal parts Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen, provide the compelling lead presence often missing in other electronic-leaning acts. The instrumental backdrop evokes the simple, bass-driven melodicism of New Wave artists like Modern English and New Order, as well as the glimmering, spacey atmospherics of Superhumanoids, Blood Orange and Destroyer. Thematically, as Harris puts it, Future Islands writes “songs about love and loss and nature, just real things.”

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