THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER POP LABEL PRETTY BOY RECORDS JOINS CRAFT AGENCY
On June 9th, Artist, Producer, Director, Philanthropist and Pretty Boy Records Founder Trevor Pretty, alongside his superstar roster, announced plans for the ‘Pride Of Barbados’ Tour, and an exclusive producer camp culminating with an international music showcase featuring Pretty Boy Records’ artists. Following an extremely successful Women In Entertainment Dinner honoring 30 of the most prolific women in entertainment around the world, Pretty Boy Records hosted the likes of Serayah McNeill from FOX’s hit show EMPIRE, R&B Recording Artists Tweet and Blaque, and renowned journalists from Billboard, CNN, Huffington Post and more who were honored and also covered the festivities.
NEW ALBUM BY STREET MIRRORS
“The Street Remains” is a mini album released before “Cosmic Horror III: Stella Polaris” with songs which couldn’t fit it but were recorded during the same recording sessions. Feat. legendary Nik Turner on track 6.CD version includes extended version of “In The Blood” from upcoming “Stella Polaris” album and three cover songs: “The Ancient Ones” continuing the Lovecraftian theme of the album originally performed by Morbid Angel, “I Breathe” originally performed by Swedish pop cult band Vacuum and theme song “Bad Things” from cult series “True Blood” originally performed by Jace Everett. Plus two tracks previously unreleased on CD.
“The Street Remains” will be released on June 10th 2015.
ADRIAN YOUNGE AND GHOSTFACE KILLAH SECOND SINGLE “LET THE RECORD SPIN” FEATURING RAEKWON
Adrian Younge and Ghostface Killah have joined forces once again for the sequel to their 2013 album, Twelve Reasons to Die aptly titled Twelve Reasons to Die II featuring Rza, Raekwon, Bilal, Vince Staples, and more set for release on July 10th via Linear Labs. They also released the new track “Let The Record Spin” featuring Raekwon, a follow up to the debut single “Return of the Savage”. The Mafioso concept album is entirely composed, produced and performed chiefly by Younge and told through Ghostface’s visceral rhymes. The storyline has officially developed into a cinematic album series with this project serving as the darker and more sinister predecessor to the first installment; musically taking inspiration from vintage Italian horror scores with classic Wu Tang production.
NETWORKING EVENT FOR MILLENIAL JOB SEEKERS
On July 17th, Hustle Summit, a one of a kind career experience hosted by FindSpark, will connect those looking to build their networks and discover new opportunities digitally and in-person with some of the coolest companies, as well as the “greatest pros across industries, and your future friends.” The event will take place at New York City’s Irving Plaza, providing space for playfulness through activities beyond exchanging business cards. Activities will include mentoring zones, keynotes from top industry execs, a LinkedIn Bar, an actual bar and after-party, and plenty of space for networking amongst attendees — the best and brightest across industries including design, marketing, business, illustration, tech, social media, and more.
Companies including Buzzfeed, HBO, Time Inc., VaynerMedia, Time Out New York, Do Something, 16 Handles, and Wix will connect with talented, hard-working individuals who take action rather than sit around waiting for opportunity to come knocking.
I PREVAIL ANNOUNCE “CROSSROADS TOUR”
I Prevail has announced the Crossroads Tour, with a coast to coast itinerary that will feature Danger Kids, Fit For Rivals, Dayseeker and Animal In Me on all dates. I Prevail drummer Lee Runestad shares, “We’re absolutely stoked with the way The Crossroads Tour came together! It’s an awesome lineup of talented bands with great sounds who each have something unique to bring to the package. We’re also lucky enough to hit a bunch of new cities on this tour, which is really exciting. We couldn’t be more pumped to hit the road, make some new friends, and most importantly, keep giving it all on stage each night for our fans.”
TWO CARTOONS “DREAMS”
Hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand, surf-rock/pop duo Two Cartoons formed with the initial mindset to harness and channel the feel of summer and their continued love for bands like Best Coast, Wavves and The Drums.
Following the release of three critically acclaimed EP’s, earning four and five star ratings in NZ media, and support from the likes of Clash, The 405, and Record Of The Day here in the UK – the band are now preparing to unleash their debut full length album.
BROOKLYN ELECTRONIC COMPOSER MICHAEL HIX SHARES CINEMATIC “II” VIA EXCLAIM!
Michael Hix is an NYC-based composer and musician originally from Tennessee. His music incorporates synthesizers, guitar and voice to build complex dynamic structures that evolve over time, delving the human condition and the metaphysical dimension. His work draws upon classical minimalism, sacred music and late-Romantic styles. Aeon is Hix’s first full length album, a cinematic work separated into six movements which will be released 6/16 via Brooklyn’s Paper Garden Records. Today, “II” has premiered over at Exclaim!, who say of the track, “‘II’ marks the second movement on the record — and it’s an airy, dramatic number that begins with soft, twinkling synths and ethereal vocals, but ebbs and flows between a sweeping orchestral number and a soft synth-driven lullaby.”
MAIN ATTRAKIONZ COMMEND FREAK NASTY
Oakland duo Main Attrakionz recently announced their return from a several year hiatus with an official release date for their long-awaited 808s & Dark Grapes III album, which will be released on June 30th via Neil Young’s Vapor Records. On their latest single, “Dip,” the cloud rap pioneers MondreMAN and Squadda B channel their inner Freak Nasty with eccentric, weeded out rhymes. With several layers of percussion rattling throughout the song, producer duo Friendzone utilize glittery, video game-esque keys, making for a delicate but disjointed beat. “Dip” premiered via HotNewHipHop, who said “It’s yet another feel-good anthem in their repertoire, and should provide some much-needed chill in the next few months.”
STRAY ECHO SHARE ‘GROUND’ (FEAT. LOLO)
‘Ground’, from Brooklyn’s Stray Echo, is a swaggering, synth heavy head snapper that fits in perfectly with a playlist that includes the Knife and Class Actress. Stray Echo are so new… you can barely smell the entitlement.
SONG EXPLODER PODCAST JOINS PRX’S RADIOTOPIA
Song Exploder, the acclaimed podcast where musicians take apart their songs and tell the story of how they were made, is joining PRX’s Radiotopia podcast network, a collective of indie producers who produce some of the most popular podcasts in the world, including “99% Invisible” and “Criminal.” The podcast will make its Radiotopia debut this Thursday with a new episode featuring “Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi deconstructing the show’s theme.
ERIC BELLINGER NEW SONG DEBUT “IPOD ON SHUFFLE”
Grammy winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger announces that his highly anticipated debut album Cuffing Season will be released on July 7th via YFS/300 Entertainment. Executive produced by Bellinger and Nieman Johnson, the album features Boosie, Tank, ARoc, Chay$e, T Boz, 2 Chainz, Mya, Iamsu with production by Ayo, Bam, Bangahs, Bongo, C4, D Mile, DJ Mustard, Mayo, The Mekanics, Mr Franks, Soufwest, Syk Sense, Tommy Brown, Tommy Parker, The Tracksons and Yung Ladd. Album track list and artwork are now available.
RUDIMENTAL NEW “NEVER LET YOU GO” VIDEO
lobal-platinum selling four-piece RUDIMENTAL are about to take the ‘Made In Hackney’ stamp and make it global. Since unveiling their brand new single ‘Never Let You Go’ to great international acclaim – and a brand new music video – they have also announced their eagerly awaited sophomore album,“WE THE GENERATION,” set for release on September 18th through Major Toms/Big Beat.
SPACE MIRRORS NEW VIDEO
Disagreement.net (9/10): “One year after their last album In Darkness They Whisper, which was the first in the band’s Cosmic Horror series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, Space Mirrors continue in that same vein, relying more on concise songwriting than on instrumental meanderings as was sometimes the case in the past. …Space Mirrors are mostly a space rock band, of course, but elements of progressive rock, gothic and doom metal are also an integral part of the mix.”
P.O.D. NEW SINGLE
P.O.D., still going strong in their 23rd year as a band, are back with a new single from their upcoming tenth album The Awakening. For this album, the group reunited with Howard Benson, the producer who helmed their 1999 breakthrough The Fundamental Elements of Southtown.
“Howard said, ‘Let’s do it for the fans who have been there for 23 years, who are growing with you and love your band and get you and your bigger-picture ideas, but let’s also make it accessible for other listeners and fans,'” recalls lead singer Sonny Sandoval.
KATIE COURIC INTERVIEWS JOHN LEGEND FOR SPECIAL TAPING OF BACKSTAGE WITH CITI
Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric sat down for an interview with performer John Legend for a taping of Backstage With Citi, the exclusive behind the scenes interview web series on Yahoo Music. The interview with John Legend will be available this summer on citiprivatepass.com and Yahoo Live.
KAMCHATKA RELEASES DIGITAL SINGLE “HUMAN DYNAMO”
“Thomas [Andersson, guitar/vocals] wanted me to sing a couple of songs on the album, and this is one of them,” commented bassist/vocalist, Per Wiberg. “‘Human Dynamo’ is based around an idea I had for quite a while but never really finished. When we started jamming on the riffs, it became clear that I had to rewrite the lyrics and vocal melodies, which turned out to be a good thing as it came out stronger than the original version, I believe. It’s an up-tempo rocker with a positive message about moving on and not looking back. I’m definitely looking forward to playing this one live as it’s well suited for air guitar while loudly screaming the chorus. I even managed to sneak in a Bad Brains reference lyrically.”
MAGIC BONES “DANGER I AM”
Melbourne band Magic Bones, release their new single ‘Danger I Am’, a taste of their forthcoming album due for release in 2015. Keeping in tune with their latest releases, ‘Danger I Am’ is a driving garage punk duet, drowning in desire and urges to be drawn in by the unknown.
The band’s last two singles ‘Anytime Anywhere’ and ‘Round the Block’ saw praise from reputable industry blogs and radio stations nationally and abroad, and were firm favourites at Triple J, both reaching high rotation.
LUZMILA CARPIO SINGLE FOR THE WOMEN
Squirrel Thing Recordings, in cooperation with France’s Almost Musique, is proud to announce the forthcoming release of Yuyay Jap’ina Tapes, a radical collection of restored Quechua obscurities from Luzmila Carpio. Although Carpio has been renowned for decades as the inimitable “Voice of the Andes,” this new collection unearths and presents recordings only previously heard on cassettes distributed amongst villages in the Bolivian Andes.
PRINCE ROYCE PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “BACK IT UP”
“Back it Up” is the current single from Prince Royce’s forthcoming first-ever English language album set for release later this summer on RCA. Prince Royce performed “Back it Up” with Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull on the American Idol finale last month and it topped the ITunes Latino chart, and the single is climbing the pop charts.
NEW PROFESSOR WELCOMES FOLK SINGER-SONGWRITER SCOTT BARTENHAGEN + “BEACONS”
Los Angeles’ New Professor Music will release Scott Bartenhagen’s Black Dane EP on June 30, 2015. Listen to the first single, “Beacons” here:
SAUL WILLIAMS RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR “BURUNDI”
“My goal with MartyrLoserKing was to skim global issues, throw them into my drum machine and see what polyrhythms formed. Never did I imagine that the release of Burundi, the first song recorded for the album, would coincide with democratic unrest in Burundi as their president attempts to re-write their constitution to run for a 3rd term. My hope is that this song & songs like it give the protesters the fuel they need to overcome over-militarized police & power hungry politicians. I want the politicians, police, and all who stand in the face of democracy with over-zealous self-interest to know that their candle is burning at both ends and that the collective WE will never be silenced and the more they try the more our voices will be heard. The technology of awareness is solar powered and cannot be turned off.” – Saul Williams
“LITTLE ANTHONY: MY JOURNEY – MY DESTINY”
Jerome Anthony Gourdine, better known as “Little Anthony” recently collaborated with author Arlene Krieger to release a memoir book entitled, “Little Anthony: My Journey – My Destiny”. The book is more – much more than a bio. It is a story of how a kid from Ft. Greene, Brooklyn went on to become not only an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (along with Metallica, Jeff Beck and Run DMC) but one of the vocal architects to emerge in the era called the “Golden Age of Rock and Roll”.
Anthony said, “Some of my greatest acclaims came later in life and I’m glad they did. When we were younger, The Imperials and I squandered so much. We made all the wrong moves, had the wrong managers, listened to almost no one (at first), were ripped off unknowingly and got caught up in our own celebrity. When we were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, we had come full circle and are eternally thankful to be honored by our peers. I said we stand on the shoulders of giants and I meant every word.” Little Anthony & The Imperials were further honored when they appeared on the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden.
JOOBY TRUTH “RAP MONEY”
ELI & FUR LAUNCH THE FIRST ARTIST PARTNERSHIP WITH BEATPORT
Rising up rapidly over the last three years, British DJ and production duo Eli & Fur have staked their claim as one of the most in demand acts in electronic music today.
Following a tip off by Beatport hailing the duo as their one’s to watch this year, the first half of 2015 has seen the pair speak at Ibiza’s International Music Summit, appearing as part of the ’New Breed’ panel, been invited to mix this year’s Space Ibiza compilation and received praise from several dance music tastemakers including Pete Tong.
DMFR “SILLY STRING”
Out today via Buygore and Life on Planes, “Silly String” is an ultra-smooth UK garage-inspired gem from Birmingham’s own DMFR… but don’t get it twisted thinking he’s from the West Midlands, bruv – this cat’s from Alabama. Boasting a keen ear for sonic excellence combined with a penchant for the inventive side of modern bass-driven house music, Block Society’s DMFR establishes himself as an immediate force to be reckoned with, a true bassline don that could have multiple coasts going bananas in no time.
HAPPY DIVING SHARES TITLE TRACK FROM TOPSHELF DEBUT
From the very first listen, it is difficult to digest that Happy Diving has only been together since 2013. The band’s new So Bunted 7” EP was recorded in just four hours at The Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA, with the help of producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr). Their new material sees the band channeling their frenzied energy and deafening and vivacious live shows into two magnificently sludgy pop songs. So Bunted follows 2014’s Big World LP (Father/Daughter Records).
ALPINE’S NEW ALBUM YUCK PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC
NPR praises the music, saying “the sound of the Australian indie-pop band Alpine is so spare and meticulous, it’s hard to believe it emanates from a six-piece group.” Yuck, set for release June 16 via Votiv Music, is the lauded outfit’s follow up to their debut A Is For Alpine.
WESTERN MA BAND SPEEDY ORTIZ ADDED TO SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL FRIDAY LINEUP
The Northampton, MA-based band Speedy Ortiz has just been added to the 2015 Solid Sound Festival lineup. The acclaimed indie-rockers will perform on opening night, Friday, June 26, filling a spot vacated by Taj Mahal who is forced to cancel his appearance because of health issues.
The Solid Sound Festival takes place June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Limited quantities of three-day tickets still remain. Single-day tickets for Saturday, June 27 are sold out. Limited quantities of single-day tickets for Friday, June 26 and Sunday, June 28 remain.
DR DRE SON LOVE TRULY NEW SINGLE
Love Truly has been married to his wife for 24 years and says she is the inspiration behind his music. As a strong believer in God, Love Truly says “My faith makes me want to add something to the world that people can admire and love and incorporate into their daily lives. Love’s music is being loved around the world and is being played on every continent. “I want to bring the true meaning of love music back to society” is a statement that love truly says often because he feels music has been “over sexualized” in recent years and he wants it to be known to the younger generations that love is more than physical, but deals with every emotion known to man. Love Truly is thankful for the fans that he has and is excited to bring his love music to more listeners around the world and start a worldwide love movement that will join lovers around the globe.
DEBBIE NEIGHER ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE “IT NEVER SNOWS HERE”
“It Never Snows Here” was recorded Christmas Day in Oakland with engineer Ian Pellicci (The Dodos/Rogue Wave/Deerhoof/Matt Pond/Thao and the Get Down Stay Down). Of the inspiration for the new track, Neigher said, “Being born and raised on the East Coast, I found it completely deregulating when I moved to San Francisco, a city without any seasons. I realized that you get used to the external cycles of the year and your internal emotional cycles reflecting each other, and it felt very strange to live in a place where time seems to just run into itself.”
MORGLBL NEW SINGLE
France’s unconventional rock/fusion trio, MORGLBL, will release their sixth full-length later this month via Free Electric Sound, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Two weeks early, a new single from the volatile Tea Time For Punks album has been issued to the public through a premiere of opening track, “Banjovi.”
FINE POINTS NEW SINGLE
Fine Points, a new project featuring members of San Francisco psych band Sleepy Sun, will release its debut album, Hover, July 17th on Dine Alone Records. For a first taste of the record, you can stream the hazy, psych-tinged lead single “Astral Season” where it premiered with BrooklynVegan
NICOLE MOUBADER NEW EP
Just ahead of Nicole Moudaber’s set at the inaugural Bestival Toronto next Friday, June 12 she releases a new EP, ‘Somewhere In Our Minds’ on June 8 via Adam Beyer’s Truesoul label.
A name fans are used to hearing on the radar as a Drumcode artist, Nicole Moudaber shows us what she can do on the funkier side of the spectrum with her new EP landing on Truesoul. Both tracks merge her signature techno sound into something containing stacks of class and character. The evolving sounds build tension and energy to create the perfect after hour burners.
FILOUS SHARES “DAWN” VIA IDOLATOR
A new track from breakout Austrian producer filous, “Dawn” featuring ROBB, debuts today via Idolator. Listen to the track, which Idolator calls “a pillowy electro-lullaby with a twist…a richness and warmth usually absent from electronica” here.