On their intriguingly dark new single “Days,” Long Beach alternative rockers Oblio introduce listeners to a nameless character who suffers from autophobia, the morbid fear of being left alone with one’s self. “Days” is the first single from Autophobia, the dramatic and captivating soon-to-be-released concept record from DIY rock reformists Oblio.
Electronica meets modern classical composition on Auckland-based artists Suren Unkaand Levi Patel’s debut collaborative EP 5/8. Available for streaming and purchase across all digital stores from today, the pair will also perform it live at a release show on 20 August at Auckland’s LOT23.
Global icon Katy Perry has unveiled the official video for “Rise,” her anthemic new hit single. It can be viewed HERE on VEVO. The video finds Katy on a solitary journey, traversing the stunning red sandstone formations of Utah’s Snow Canyon and Sand Hollow State Parks. It was directed by Paul Gore (John Legend, Massive Attack, Amy Winehouse) and produced by Matthew Ayriss and Danny Lockwood. Kathleen Heffernan and Paul Laurens served as Executive Producers.
ISC is open to both amateur and professional songwriters and offers 23 categories for you to enter your songs into. A total of 71 winners share in more than $150,000 in cash and prizes including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services.
Entering ISC offers the opportunity for your music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives who are the decision makers that can influence and launch an artist’s career. Monte Lipman, CEO and Chairman of Republic Records, says that “We’re always impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists.”
Sophie Lowe is back with new music in 2016, following up a spectacular 2015 with high triple j rotation of her first single ‘Understand’ and the seductive follow up ‘Pink Flowers’. This time Sophie teaming up with fresh LA based production duo TWINKIDS, taking her signature vocals and combining with crisp electronic sounds to create ‘Mean’.
FORMIDABLE VEGETABLE SOUND SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ‘KIMCHI’
Quite possibly the only band to promote the joys of gardening through dance music, Formidable Vegetable Sound System have today announced their quirky new single Kimchi, a potent yet tasty morsel that celebrates the fermented Korean cabbage, out August 19. In addition to this, the group will release their boogie-inducing new album Grow Do It on September 2. To celebrate, the band will be hitting the road in their veggie oil-powered van to play some all ages shows, kicking off in Daylesford on September 2, moving through Castlemaine, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Mount Gambier, Adelaide, Kalgoorlie and finishing up in Perth on October 2.
BINGO PLAYERS ‘BE WITH YOU’ OUT NOW VIA INSOMNIAC RECORDS/INTERSCOPE
Keeping up the momentum of his prolific summer release schedule, Bingo Players is back with a scintillating original, ‘Be With You’ – out now via Insomniac Records/Interscope.
Encore — the highly anticipated debut album from Grammy-nominated French DJ and producer DJ Snake — is now available HERE via Interscope Records.
The album includes DJ Snake’s latest track, “Ocho Cinco” featuring Dutch duo Yellow Claw, as well as previously released tracks “Middle,” featuring Bipolar Sunshine, “Propaganda,” and “Talk” with George Maple.
Fripps & Fripps are a bunch of ice cold feelers from Sydney’s southern beaches. Running on pure vibe and an affinity for Indie Rock, the lads have drawn inspiration from the likes of Sticky Fingers and The Kooks, with an original setlist that’s more cooked than a Sunday arvo bistro and got more sauce than your mumma’s bolognese.
Since forming in early 2015, the boys have delivered sold out gigs throughout Sydney’s southern suburbs, and also been lucky enough to feature in Aus Music Week’s inaugural Hifi Days Festival; supporting UB40, The Bamboos and Caravana Sun.
The Coral release the video for new single ‘Million Eyes’
New single ‘Million Eyes’ is available to stream and download now and impacts on September 9th. ‘Million Eyes’ is the third single to be taken from ‘Distance Inbetween’, following ‘Miss Fortune’ and ‘Holy Revelation’, which were both A-Listed at BBC 6Music and added to Radio X’s Daytime Playlist.
Adam F, Kokiri and Rae have revealed the third remix for their forthcoming track ‘Harmony’.
It comes courtesy of Brighton-based duo The Prototypes, whose high-octane sound catapulted them into the spotlight back in 2010. Since then, they’ve had several hit records, released a debut album, completed world tours, scored music for a film, had 8 Beatport no1s in a row and launched their own label. Their version of ‘Harmony’ builds up the tempo of the original, pairing strong piano chords and Rae’s vocals with a powerful drum and bass beat and dramatic breakdown.
Nathan Ball unveils irresistible new single ‘Right Place’
Written following a recent European tour, via the mountainous regions of France – with this new single, it?s instantly apparent that Nathan and his band are taking things up a notch both sonically, and creatively. A glorious team effort – the time the band have spent on tour seems to have made a lasting impression on Nathan as a songwriter.
NEW MUSIC VIDEO REVEALED FOR MATOMA & BECKY HILL ‘FALSE ALARM’
‘False Alarm’ is the latest track – and arguably the biggest – to be added to Matoma’s innovative ‘Hakuna Matoma’ album project (available via Big Beat Records/Parlophone) which continues to go from strength-to-strength as it expands and evolves over time on streaming media platforms. With 280 million streams to date and 7.5 million regular monthly listeners on Spotify, Matoma is proving that his unconventional approach is paying dividends.
Black Surf have an unusual backstory having formed in 2014 through the wonders of FaceTime and Dropbox. The fruits of their exchanges between Leeds, UK and Sydney, Australia have come to form their debut EP Let’s Pretend It’s Summer, recorded at Greenmount Studios (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Vaccines).
Electronic clubbing scenes in 70’s New York and Britain’s rave culture in the 80’s have been celebrated as times of emancipation in their fusion of class, culture and gender. In a new article published by Contemporary Music Review, Tami Gadir challenges the idea that total gender equality now prevails. Are gender related prejudices still rife in clubs despite snapshots of social and political consciousness in dance music culture?
Past research has portrayed music as a catalyst for inclusivity and a liberating force from repressive cultures via experiential participation. Gadir, however, believes this optimistic interpretation to be the exception rather than the rule and that “in dance music, discrimination on the basis of gender is widespread, ranging from harsh judgements of DJs’ technical competencies, to harassment and sexual assault. What is more, it is not restricted only to commercial, ‘mainstream’ music events – it also occurs at ‘alternative’ parties that advocate social consciousness and aim for gender equality.” To support this theory, Gadir conducted 70 interviews with clubbers, DJs and producers, 33 of whom were female international DJs. Their stories of discrimination and prejudice, in stark contrast to supposed ideals of gender liberation in dance music scenes, were also confirmed by the answers of male interviewees who articulated some of those prejudices.
Fir Cone Children is the brainchild of Alexander Leonard Donat from Berlin, Germany who started his one-man-band in 2015 with “Everything Is Easy”, which was called “The soundtrack of the summer” by several reviewers. Dreamy Punk Rock, strictly limited to 2 minutes per song, made for the short attention span of children, because it’s the youngest that are in the focus of this band. Donat wrote the first album for his then one year old daughter, now, with the birth of his second girl there comes the second one: “Firconium,” was released July 29th, is packed with melodies and pop appeal that even children can sing along to, yet the music is lo-fi, loud, full of energy, distortion and love for life, dream pop the punk way, it comes straight out of a garage in the sky.
ROPE ‘The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress’
“The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” is a luxuriant slice of experimental electronica from a new artist skilled at revealing sounds locked inside even the smallest of recordings. Rhythm, Repetition and unexpected melodies make for an iridescent listen.
BOYO is the fuzz-pop brainchild of 20 year-old Robert Tilden, former singer/songwriter in L.A. cult garage-band Bobby T. and the Slackers. BOYO was born out of the gradual dissolution of “Bobby T. and the Slackers,” a project that Tilden had started at age 16.
“Bobby T.” had seen local success after playing raucous sets throughout LA’s D.I.Y. and warehouse circuit with a live lineup featuring Sanam Tiffany (Danger Collective artist “Salmon”) and Cleo Tucker (of Girlpool). Tilden then released a homemade demo-tape in late 2012, getting the project opening slots for L.A. mainstays (Cherry Glazerr, Surf Curse, The Frights, Girlpool, to name a few) and touring indie acts (La Femme, the DMAs).
Liverpool 3-piece Shallows have returned from 12 months hidden away working on new material to release the imperious ‘Pale’ and ‘House of Love’ as a limited edition, double A-side vinyl release this July.
It’s a stunning debut from the band, with both tracks delivering an infectious, summer melody, soaked in classic influences, and leaving us craving more. Recorded with Dave Sanderson (65 Days of Static), the new single marks the start of a series of releases from the band following them signing up with Key Music Management (Pixies, Mew, Fratellis), and the future is already looking bright for the trio.
‘Make Me Feel’ is a great first taste of the soundtrack, with its laid-back tropical, synth-driven vibe that pairs perfectly with XOXO, a coming-of-age movie about a group of early 20-somethings who head out on a crazy adventure to the biggest EDM festival in America. The film follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night. At the center is Ethan, a young DJ who gets a last minute slot to perform after his tracks go viral online days before the festival. This is a huge opportunity… if he can just make it there in one piece.
Proving yet again his ability to craft a polished pop track with an edge, Adam Jensen released his latest single, “Drugs”. Of the production, Jensen explained, “Like a lot of my songs, I like to mix upbeat productions with darker lyrics. This song is about a guy who wants a girl but he can’t ever seem to have her, and the parallel is needing that girl in the same sense that someone would need drugs. It’s an addiction. In general, it’s a take on how addiction affects our social interactions. You know, it could just be a song about getting fucked up on drugs. I forget.”
St. Louis songwriter, producer and new R&B artist JAYLIEN partners with 2Dopeboyz to premiere “We F*uk,” the second music video from his debut EP Summer’s Over recently released on July 22. Directed by BlessAndSee musical partner and fashion photographer Stephen Garnett, the visual clip shows JAYLIEN getting an unexpected surprise midway through a freaky romp in the bedroom.
Seeing Hands Release Debut Single ‘I Knew You’
Newcastle dream pop outfit Seeing Hands have announced the upcoming release of their debut single ‘I Knew You’. Recorded in their hometown, the track is the first in a series of releases planned over the next twelve months and sparks immediate comparisons to the likes of The War On Drugs and Wild Nothing.
Comprising of Kev Curran (vocals, guitar), Nick Hodgson (lead guitar), Jon Varty (bass) and Liam Guillan (drums), the quartet’s jangly guitars and dreamy vocals have already earned them airplay on Radio X and their profile is sure to be enhanced further following this first single release.
Los Angeles alt-rockers Goon share their “sweetly warped” new single “Dizzy” via Spin Magazine.
Clocking in at just over two minutes, “Dizzy” immediately triggers memories of skateboarding around the neighborhood with your walkman turned to 10, thinking about that one person in class you were always too scared to approach.
The song of the summer is here! “With You” is a Carlos Ferragamo collaboration with hit hip-hop duo Rock City. This track has been years in the making as Carlos waited for the perfect moment. As his song “Rise & Grind” continues to be a viral smash, Carlos unleashes another hit for the summer season. “With You” is a breezy summer record that recalls classic collaborations between Jay Z and R. Kelly. This is a promo single for Carlos’ next project “Shades of Blues 2.5” which is due out on September 27th on all digital retail outlets. Shades of Blue is Carlos Ferragamo’s signature mixtape series, which has over 35,000 plays. Shades of Blue explores love, life, and loyalty from a New York perspective.
KC and The Sunshine Band’s music has served as the ultimate soundtrack for parties around the world since they boogied onto the music scene over 40 years ago with electric mega-hits like “Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty),” “That’s The Way I Like It,” “Get Down Tonight” and “Boogie Shoes.” They continue the tradition of lighting up dance floors with their new Stonebridge-produced track “We Belong Together.” The Huffington Post’s Queer Voices, which examines issues, explores culture and joins discussions on the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news, debuted the lyric video for the fun, upbeat smash.
Fueled By Ramen recording group Chef’Special has announced the release of a new song and companion video. “Amígo” is available today at all DSPs and streaming services. The band is currently finishing up work on their forthcoming Fueled By Ramen debut which set to arrive in early 2017.
“Amígo” is joined by a rambunctious companion video, premiering today on the Netherlands-based band’s official YouTube channel. The clip – directed by frequent Twenty One Pilots collaborator Reel Bear Media – was filmed earlier this summer during Chef’Special’s well-received run supporting fellow Fueled By Ramen recording group Twenty One Pilots’ blockbuster “EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW” tour, now traveling North America through a pair of sold out shows at New York City’s world famous Madison Square Garden on August 10th and 11th. Alternative Press raved of the band’s live show stating, “The Netherlands-hailing group channel the rap-reggae influences of Twenty One Pilots into their own rousing show that got the whole arena hyped,” while 303 Magazine exclaimed, “If you’re unfamiliar with the Netherland group, you’ll know of them very soon.”
Earth Heart is excited to release their debut, self-released album Homesick. They recently premiered their new single “Demons” on Vanyaland, who called the single a, “wonderfully disjointed rager.” Earth Heart will be performing in studio on WEMF’s Citywide Blackout on Thursday, August 25th at 8pm EST.
In 2013, Katie Coriander (vocals/guitar) happened to meet Matt Axten (drums) at All Asia Cafe in Cambridge, MA as she was looking for a drummer to accompany her solo show the very next night. Without hearing the music and no time for rehearsal, Matt volunteered to play the show and they never looked back. Katie and Matt continued as a duo and have been self-releasing records as Earth Heart ever since.
San Diego’s dismal-pop rockers Mrs Magician are hitting the road again in support of their latest album, Bermuda, which dropped a few months back via Swami Records. Bermuda is easily one of the most overlooked albums of the year thus far ?? those who are in the know have granted glowing reviews: AllMusic, PunkNews.org, The Edge, PunkRockTheory, IndieBandGuru, Powerpopaholic + among others. The point is, Bermuda is pure pop gold so listen up!
Billboard Charting and MTV Hits, America’s Pop Sensation singer songwriter BRIELLE® who performed the National Anthem at Citi Field for the NY Mets and for the NCAA National Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden, will be releasing her debut 10-song self-titled LP “BRIELLE”, in the spring of 2016. The LP features several never released songs including “Love Means”, “Wasted”, “Unstoppable”, and “Ought To Be” to name a few.
Today, Academy Award Winning artist and producer, Juicy J has announced his newest studio album – Rubba Band Business: The Album – which is set for release on Columbia Records/Kemosabe this Fall. To celebrate the announcement of his second solo album, Juicy J released the music video to his track “No English” featuring Travis Scott, the lead single off the upcoming album – now available to stream and on all DSPs (links below). The black and white clip, directed by RJ Sanchez and Brendan Vaughan of Snow Beach, features Juicy J and Travis Scott in a heady and hard hitting performance surrounded by friends and models – interspersed with trippy visuals and lights. Watch the video, which premiered earlier today on Pitchfork, here.
North Dakota Impressions, Tom Brosseau’s new album, is the 3rd of a trilogy to visit life from a local perspective, taking the listener on a journey begun with Grass Punks (2014) and Perfect Abandon (2015), through time that doesn’t clip along uniformly on some common interstate but treads at its own pace on a rural route. More glances, more investigations and introspections, more light, more dark. Memories, imaginings, longings for a place, a home. Produced by Sean Watkins in Silverlake and Highland Park, Los Angeles, North Dakota Impressions is a hopeful album.
After a decade of being one of the most popular and influential figures in Texas hip-hop, Slim Thug has settled into a more restful existence; but just because he is done hustling does not mean he has nothing left to say. The Houston kingpin no longer has to worry about his day-to-day survival, so he has more time to reflect on the choices he’s made to become successful, on younger hustlers and how they can follow his example, and on the problems facing society and the world at large. On Hogg Life Vol. 4: American King, Slim Thug’s eighth studio album, out today, the rap game Boss Hogg saves most of his energy for his bars, which are as strong today as they were on his debut. Featuring two appearances from Boosie Badazz, as well as contributions from X.O., and Nikki Lactson, Hogg Life 4: American King is a quality addition to Thug’s inimitable discography and a shining example of grown man rap, showcasing an accomplished man in a life of comfort, reckoning with his past demons and celebrating the choices he made to make it to this position.
VERGE PREMIERE EFFIE’S PRESSURE MUSIC VIDEO
Effie knew from a young age what career she wanted. Age just 11 she asked her parents if she could ‘go pro’ and signed up with the E Minor Choir. Within just a few years she was being mentored by Lemar, garnering praise from the MOBOs and Radio1 Xtra, but she knew something wasn’t quite right with the formula. Still a teenager, she was being shaped by a team rather than following her own creative convictions, so she walked way from the music world until she was ready to return on her own terms.
Today, The Dear Hunter shares their brand new track from their forthcoming album, Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional. The new track, “The Revival,” comes to fans by way of lyric video made by frontman and mastermind behind The Dear Hunter, Casey Crescenzo.
“The Revival is one of my personal favorites from Act V. For the most part, the additional instrumentation on both act IV and V comes from the wonderful Awesöme Orchestra – but on a few tracks, we enlisted the help of some stellar horns- this being one of them,” said Crescenzo.
Back in February, Shorty and Kidd Kidd took the internets by storm with their release “I Luv Em,” the debut single off their forthcoming joint project ‘You’re Welcome.’ Today, the pair follows up with the LP’s latest leak with some help from NOLA rap legend Juvenile.
Label-boss Tiësto joins forces with up-and-comer Mike Williams to release the massive new summer tune, “I Want You,” out now on Musical Freedom. Listeners will feel the sunshine as the new tune features uplifting warm tones, chopped up vocal samples, and a harmonious melodic breakdown. The punchy kicks and robust synths add texture throughout the sonic spectrum and will keep you dancing throughout the rest of the summer season.
“John Newman explores post-break-up drama and insecurities on his suave new single, “Olé,” co-written by Scottish EDM star Calvin Harris.” – Rolling Stone
The Bacon Brothers are happy to announce that the Huffington Post is premiering their the video for their new single “Driver.” The limited edition single will be available in green vinyl A-side “Driver”, B-side “36 Cents.” According to Kevin Bacon “Driver is a memory song about summer love. It’s about the power of letting a woman take the wheel. We have always had strong woman in our lives. Mike found some old footage that was shot by our grandmother and we thought it would fit well.” And Michael Bacon adds… “We shot the video at Lehman College in The Bronx. My students are in the video and it was edited by a former student.”
Gregg Allman has cancelled all tour dates starting with his appearance at Scranton, PA’s Peach Music Festival on August 12 and going through the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival on October 16 due to serious health issues. He’s currently under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic.
“I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can,” Allman says. “I’ve been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We’ll see y’all in October.”
Michael Brun has released what is undoubtedly the anthem of the summer for electronic dance music fans in the form of the original single ‘All I Ever Wanted.’ Bright, energetic, yet sheathed in quality, ‘All I Ever Wanted’ is an embodiment of style for the veteran producer and Haitian standout.
The world has already noticed, as “All I Ever Wanted” is one of the leading tracks on Netflix’s original film XOXO. Featured in the movie trailer, which came out earlier this week, Brun’s track sits second on the tracklist behind Galantis’ lead single ‘Make Me Feel’.
BELLRINGER, the psychedelic Western rock experiment led by ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist Mark Deutrom, has issued the new track “God Of Roosters” for streaming, the song culled from the Jettison LP they’ll release through Rock Is Hell later this month. Preorders for the album have also been released.
Seattle, WA progressive doom metal band LESBIAN will release its new album, Hallucinogenesis, on August 26 via Translation Loss Records. Produced, recorded and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room, Boris) at Seattle’s Avast! Recording Company (Earth, High on Fire), the record features four towering tracks of the group’s “Pre-Historic Phantasy Thrash”. In advance of the release of Hallucinogenesis, Metal Injection premieres the new song, “Pyramidal Existinctualism”, saying, “In spite of their not-so-subtle name, Seattle’s Lesbian are one of doom metal’s best kept secrets.”