Top Pops! Little Dragon, Friends MP3 Downloads & Streams

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. This post features two indie electronic acts fronted by adorable females: Sweden’s Little Dragon and Brooklyn’s Friends.

 

Little Dragon

After the release of their understated 2011 album, Ritual Union, Swedish pop musicians Little Dragon are back with a brand new track, “Sunshine”! A recent trip to Sasquatch Festival in George, WA was largely underwhelming save for a few acts, and Little Dragon were definitely one of the standouts. Their charmingly innocent approach to experimental electronic music is made all the more impressive when one considers that they play every single part of their music live. No samples.

“Sunshine” will be released June 28th via Peacefrog, in conjunction with Absolut Vodka (you can see a video related to that HERE). Included below is a J Boogie remix for “Crystalfilm”, its original music video, and the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Little Dragon – “Crystalfilm” (J Boogie Remix)

 

Little Dragon – “Crystalfilm” (Original) Music Video Directed by Daniel Wirtberg

LITTLE DRAGON TOUR DATES
* w/ Red Hot Chili Peppers
6/29 – Helsinki, Finlad – Garden Party
6/30 – Oslo, Norway – Holmkenkollen Sommerfest
7/5 – Sete, France – Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival
7/7 – Sesimbra, Portugal – Super Bock Super Rock
7/13 – Costa Azahar, Spain – Benicassim Festival
7/14 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
7/15 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
7/20 – Huntingdon, UK – Secret Garden Party
7/28 – Lulworth Castle, Dorset, UK – Camp Bestival
8/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hard Festival
8/4 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Festival
8/5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park
8/14 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena *
8/15 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena *
8/23 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Festival
8/24 – Stockholm, Sweden – Propaganda
8/26 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine
9/6 – Pula, Croatia – Dimensions Festival
9/7 – Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
9/9 – Isle of Wright, UK – Bestival

 

Friends

There was a strange phenomenon last year regarding Brooklyn musicians Friends. We posted an introductory news post about them and learned extremely quickly that people are fucking obsessed with them. Perhaps it is the !!!-esque basslines or the beauty and bizarre vocal choices of lead singer Samantha Urbani, or the balance of just enough retro that are drawing fans in like moths to a flame. One has to admit they have a lot more spirit and catchiness than most exploring the electropop genre. Their band name is a horrible thing to search, so if you’re looking for more, visit their website HERE.

 

Friends – “Mind Control” Music Video, Directed by Hiro Murai

See Friends – “I’m His Girl” music video directed by Samantha Urbani and Aurora Halal
See Friends – “Friend Crush” music video directed by Matthew Caron

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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