NEW EP BY MAXIMONO
Following a slew of releases via esteemed labels Simma Black, Criminal Hype and Crossfrontier Audio, as well as previous successes in the drum & bass scene, house project Maximono are the latest recruits to join Amine Edge & DANCE’s fledgling CUFF imprint for their debut EP, ‘Shake or Break’.
With their style hailed as “Shakin’ House” – an amalgamation of bass, house, hip-hop and breakbeats – by the CUFF label heads and already receiving huge support from the likes of Tchami, Hannah Wants and Caspa, ‘Shake or Break”s distinct sound is instantly impactful. Opening track ‘The Cannibal’ follows a bass-heavy framework that’s equipped with scary vocal bits and the leading phrase “it was only a nightmare”, whilst follow up ‘Stop Frontin’s old skool sounding production is perpetuated by a series of storming bass licks and plenty of twists and turns.
THE RADIO DEPT. “OCCUPIED”
The Radio Dept. premieres “Occupied” today. It’s the first single off their long awaited fourth album. “Occcupied” is out on limited edition 12″ vinyl and digital.
TOM DIABO ALBUM STREAM
Tom Diabo was born Thomas Eicke in Germany circa 1957. A young resident of northwest German city, Wuppertal, Diabo’s few traces remain solely as credits in a handful of revelatory recordings the songwriter issued during his role as prime mover in Wuppertal’s punk and art scene. Singing in rough yet genuinely employed English, Diabo’s influences were eclectic. He was a forward-thinking punk with as much love for John Lennon and Neil Young as England’s punk outfits du jour. Dark Star captures this dynamic mix of gothic punk and American western with the archival purity ofs other home-recorded masterpieces. Yet, Diabo’s music is much more American than Anglo, drawing from rockabilly riffs and evoking a cinematic noir-ish psyche.
FREIBOITAR ‘LOCKED IT IN’ EP
After becoming one of deep house’s ‘Ones To Watch’ last year with releases on Katermukke and Kallias, Cologne based producer, Freiboitar makes his debut on dynamic German label, Emma Music, setting the bar high with his 2 track EP, ‘Locked It In’.
RON BEATTY “HEARD ABOUT ME”
Emerging from New Bern, a small city nestled in Eastern North Carolina, is Ron Beatty; a southern rapper who shares the same mentors as Roc Nation’s Grammy Award Nominated Artist, J. Cole.
On “Heard About Me” he reflects on difficult family issues and his come up in the game.
The song is from Ron Beatty’s forthcoming project, Manifest Destiny.
EXORCISM NEW LYRIC VIDEO
Heavy/doom metallers Exorcism have posted a brand new lyric video for the song ‘Virtual Freedom‘, taken from the EP ‘World In Sin‘ released on June 1./15., 2015 via Dream Records. The limited edition physical EP of 666 copies is exclusively available through the band’s website: www.exorcism13.com and digital on all platforms. The video made by ‘Dominus’ can be viewed below.
JACKIE GREENE + POPMATTERS PREMIERES “A FACE AMONG THE CROWD”
Back To Birth is now available for pre-order with an instant download of “A Face Among The Crowd” which premiered today at PopMatters. “This is a song I wrote for my dad as a Father’s Day gift some years back before he passed away,” Greene says. “It’s a pretty emotional song for me. I hope other fathers out there will enjoy it as much as my dad did.”
RENNY WILSON NEW SINGLE
Punk Explosion/Extension, or Punk Ex for short, is the latest musical detour from the loins of Canadian avant-pop artist Renny Wilson. The album calls back to snotty ’70s punk, cornball classic rock, and scratchy ’90s garage punk, making more than subtle hints at the past while painting a clear picture of the future.
Originally available as an extremely limited abridged cassette – simply titled Punk Explosion – the album is being treated to a vinyl re-release by Mint Records on July 10. This new version of Punk Ex sees the addition of four previously unreleased songs, including “Escaping Alive.”
ASH VIDEO FOR “FREE”
With Ash’s new full-length studio album KABLAMMO! finding fans in the media around the world and first single “Cocoon” enjoying some early radio love, Ash have now unleashed a second single “Free” along with an incredible new music video directed by film and video director Mat Whitecross whose previous credits include Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Take That and Jay-Z. .
ETHAN TUCKER AND MICHAEL FRANTI CHILL DOWN FOR SUMMER’S ‘CRAZY TONIGHT’
Hailing from Olympia, WA, Ethan Tucker has made waves in many music circles. Tucker has toured with a broad range of artists including, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid, and G-Love and Special Sauce, as well as legends Jimmy Cliff and Buddy Guy.
VICTORIA MONET NEW EP STREAM AT BILLBOARD
L.A. singer/songwriter Victoria Monét, whose writing credits include songs for Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, and Jordin Sparks, in addition to collaborations with Machine Gun Kelly, B.o.B., and Nas, is stepping into the spotlight with her Nightmares & Lullabies: Act II EP. The project, which premiered via Billboard, features T.I., and follows her Nightmares & Lullabies: Act I EP, which released late last year and included guests Ty Dolla $ign and B.o.B. “Nightmares & Lullabies is a metaphor for the juxtapositions one’s life can display – bad days versus the best ones and how they can play off of each other,” Monét explained to Billboard. “My voice represents the lullaby, and the tribal undertone in the music is dark like a nightmare.”
“BIG DADDY” PREMIERE
“‘Big Daddy’ personifies a philosophy that we three share regarding romantic relationships and their accompanying titles,” TOTX’s Mel explains. “We’ve been ‘boyfriends,’ ‘best friends,’ ‘playbrothers,’ ‘side-n*ggas,’ and all that other shit. At the end of the day, it’s all rhetoric. Just kick it with a man, woman. Get to know me. Let me get to know you. Let’s watch Bill Maher, and debate classism vs racism or some shit. Next, lets do something ratchet to balance it out like hit a BYOB stripclub on a weekday, and kill a full bottle of Crown Apple. Then, at the end of the night, or in the parking lot of the stripclub, give me that good stuff, and call me ‘Big Daddy.'”
BAIO UNVEILS FIRST SINGLE “SISTER OF PEARL”
Baio unveils “ Sister Of Pearl”, the stunning first single from his upcoming debut album, “The Names”, available for pre-order now, out September 18 on Glassnote Records. “Sister of Pearl”, which premiered with Pitchfork today, is the second listen from The Names. The introductory track, “Brainwash yyrr Face” touted by Spin as “SBTRKT-on-acid… a dance track pumped with dry ice,” is available to stream on YouTube.
VIDEO RELEASE FOR SARA LOV TITLE TRACK
The first video for the title track of Sara Lov’s forthcoming album “Some Kind of Champion” is an homage to 2 of Sara’s favorite directors François Truffaut and Federico Fellini. The song was written by Sara Lov & Scott Leahy.
QUEER ELECTRO DUO DOUBLE DUCHESS “BULLSHIT”
Most known for their explosive and mesmerizing live performances, Bay Area electro-queer duo Double Duchess are bringing their high-energy electro club music to fans in their debut album, All Eyes on Me. Produced by group member and DJ/producer, David Richardson a.k.a davO, All Eyes On Me features guest appearances from artists like the late Nicky Da B, TT the Artist, and Future People.
ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS ANNOUNCE FALL DATES
Having just played a triumphant and powerful Bonnaroo performance this past weekend, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space are far from ready to stop touring in support of what many critics are calling his greatest solo album, lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch/Warner Bros). Records. Today, the band is announcing new fall dates, including two shows at Lockn’ Music Festival, as well as rescheduled ones to make up for last week’s postponed shows in Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled shows. The complete list of dates is below. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 19 at 10am EDT via robertplant.com.
PUBLICIST UK STREAM “LEVITATE THE PENTAGON”
Relapse Records is proud to present Forgive Yourself, the debut album from Publicist UK, a post-punk four-piece comprised of members of Municipal Waste, Revocation, Goes Cube, Discordance Axis, Burnt By The Sun & more. As one of the most intriguing cross-genre debuts in recent years, Forgive Yourself is a nine-song showcase sounding like Michael Gira (Swans) on a Saul Bellow bender whose dark and cerebral mood is lifted by the booming baritone of vocalist Zachary Lipez. Check out a stream of the album’s first single, “Levitate The Pentagon,” on SoundCloud.
GOOD OLD WAR “DON’T FORGET”
Good Old War are gearing up for the release of Broken Into Better Shape, their fourth full-length together and their first since 2012’s Come Back As Rain. Recorded in Nashville, the band worked with producer Jason Lehning (Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dolly Parton) and collaborated with outside songwriters for the first time, pushing themselves creatively while maintaining the acoustic qualities that have won them so many fans over the last three albums.
SCORPIONS RETURN TO FOREVER CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
The most successful export from continental Europe with more than 100 million records sold, Scorpions are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11, 2015. Produced by their two favorite Swedes, Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, “MTV Unplugged”), the 19-song collection will be available in various formats including digital, Deluxe CD, and vinyl. The North American configuration boasts three exclusive tracks alongside four bonus tracks previously available only in specific territories, full tracklisting below. The first single, “We Built This House” releases digitally on July 3, and will be available to fans as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_Amzn and iTunes: http://smarturl.it/scprns_rtf_itns. Scorpions embark on a 16-city North America tour this fall (dates follow), more information on the dates and new release can be found at www.the-scorpions.com.
ZAC NELSON PREMIERES DYNAMIC, COLORFUL ONE SHOT “LET THIS UNRAVEL”
Zac Nelson conjures a freak matrimony of chaos and beauty for New Once, his first album released via Brooklyn’s Styles Upon Styles (Archie Pelago, Gut Nose, Gabriel Garzon Montano). Born in Illinois and based in Sacramento, Nelson cultivates a daunting discography of pop experiments across a myriad of personas, collaborations and solo affairs. A feral drummer, versatile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he performs with ALAK and Biosexual, recorded as CHLL PLL w/ Zach Hill of Death Grips and maintains a steady output of solo material. His past excursions in leftfield rock (Charbroile [Debacle, 2012]) and blastedsound design (Exis [Further, 2013]), meld into one beautiful orgy of sound in his most idiosyncratic album to date.
J. COLE DOLLAR & A DREAM TOUR VIDEO
J. Cole has announced the third edition of his Dollar & A Dream Tour, this time to celebrate the release of his acclaimed mixtape Friday Night Lights where fans are given the location of a secret show, day-of via twitter (@JCOLENC) and admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis for only $1. The first show is set to kickoff in Dallas on June 21st with stops in NYC, Atlanta and LA featuring Dreamville signees Bas, Cozz and Omen as support.
R&B SINGER TQ DEBUTS NEW SINGLE “COMING HOME”
Teaming up with tastemakers ThisIsRnB.com, platinum recording artist and songwriter TQ “makes a major comeback” and “gets back to making meaningful music” with the title track to his upcoming album Coming Home due out later this summer. Stay tuned as a music video for the single is forthcoming.
AMBASSADEURS DROPS FREE DOWNLOAD ‘SECONDS’
‘Patterns’ is the debut album from the much-championed UK electronica artist, Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson). Currently available on Spotify, ‘Patterns’ is available to own from 29 June on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint. ‘Looking At You’ will be released as a single on 10 July. Mark has just dropped a new free download, ‘Seconds’, via his SoundCloud:
YUKON BLONDE ALBUM STREAM
Yukon Blonde reveal their third-full length album On Blonde, streaming exclusively with SPIN now until release on June 15 via Dine Alone Records. Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, Sleepy Sun) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster the People, Air, Depeche Mode), On Blonde recalls the band’s trademark hard-hitting choruses, highlighted by shimmering pop production. Yukon Blonde emerges with an ambitious, fully realized psychedelic pop album.
AFIKA NX REVEALS NEW SINGLE & VIDEO FOR “C’EST LA VIE”
Afika NX is back with yet another ear-pleasing effort, sure to set the industry positivel abuzz. “C’est La Vie” is a pulsating amalgamation of Hip-Hop, Reggae and Calypso that instantly transport the listener to the rhythmic streets of Rio De Janeiro.
“C’est La Vie” premiered today exclusively via Okay Africa.
RAW CALIBRE “MADMAN” MUSIC VIDEO
In advance of their debut ‘Hierarchy’ EP (coming in July), UK hip hop/grime trio Raw Calibre have just released a highly metaphorical music video for their first single “Madman.” The video, which was premiered by Bloody Disgusting, stars the group’s three members and brings the song’s politically-charged lyrics to life. Taking the stylized violence of A Clockwork Orange to new extremes, the video shows a mad scientist (representing the middle class) performing twisted experiments on a destitute man who embodies the lower class, while the sharply-dressed upper class pulls all the strings.
NEW SINGLE BY PURPLE
Fresh off a US tour with Shlohmo, WEDIDIT’s (RL Grime, Shlohmo, Ryan Hemsworth) newest rising member PURPLE shared his new track “Let Me Stay” to celebrate the release of his debut album Silence & Remorse out today. “It’s a song that talks about the feeling of abandonment within love, an act of understanding, defeat and begging,” says PURPLE. The entire LP touches on notions of fatalism, loss and love over dark production and highly emotive songwriting- he’s only 1 of 2 singer/songwriters in the entire collective, making him the crew’s latest standout producer.