BMB SPACEKID NEW SINGLE
Sometimes the new In Sound comes from Way Out! And in the case of Saint Petersburg, Russian native BMB Spacekid AKA Dmitry Semenov, Way Out means the Northern-most city in the world.
But in these broadband days, hip hop is played on a global field and we’re used to names emerging out of the (Sound)cloud(s) from Europe’s most Northerly coordinates.
BMB Spacekid is next up, having attracted one of 2015’s fastest rising rappers, 20 YO Virginia native GoldLink with his smoothed out sub-heavy, G-Funk. The kind of beats that fit snugly with GoldLink and his self-titled ‘Future Bounce’ sound. Not to mention GoldLink’s outsized MC persona, which he describes as “Rick James meets Justin Timberlake (*NSYNC days) with Backstreet Boys and a little D12 and Tupac.”
JORDAN RAKEI X JAMES CHATBURN “HOLIDAY LOVE”
Australian newcomer James Chatburn, and soul darling Jordan Rakei, have teamed up to produce an undisputed banger of a track. Melding influences from hip-hop, soul and RnB, Holiday Love is a pleasingly seductive mix of acoustic and electronic elements, with the on-point production that has become Rakei’s trademark. The boys flirtatiously play with space, harmony and drum samples, tag teaming on vocals, with the result being a track which is equal parts fun, innovative, and alluring.
Holiday Love is the first single from James Chatburn’s 2015 EP, Cracks and Breaks, available on iTunes later this year, with Jordan featuring on a second track.
ALEX HULME VIDEO “BACK OF THE PACK”
Folk-pop singer, Alex Hulme, is releasing his new single this Monday.
Alex Hulme’s new single, Back of the Pack, goes on sale on Monday 23rd February, and the video is out now. The art-house video to accompany the track has already had nearly 1,000 views in just three days and has raised praise from Popped Music, Discovery Music among the many. All this just ahead of the festival season for which he has been selected to play at some of the country’s best loved festivals.
MISTERWIVES PREMIERE NEW TRACK “NOT YOUR WAY”
The song is the latest to be unveiled from the group’s anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Our Own House [Photo Finish/Republic Records], out Tuesday February 24 in stores and all digital retailers. Currently, the pre-order includes a handful of tracks as downloads with purchase including “Hurricane,” “Our Own House,” “Reflections,” “Vagabond,” “Coffins,” and “Imagination Infatuation.”
GRATEFUL DEAD DRUMMER BILL KREUTZMANN TO RELEASE GROUNDBREAKING MEMOIR
The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For 30 years, beginning in the San Francisco hippie scene in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways. From the music to their live concert sound systems and recordings, they were forward-thinking champions of artistic control and outlaw artists who marched to the beat of their own drums.
Now, in his upcoming memoir DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale May 5, 2015; $27.99), Bill Kreutzmann — a founding member and drummer for every one of their over 2,300 concerts-has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time. Everything a rock music fan would expect is here, but what sets this apart is Kreutzmann’s incredible life of adventure that was at the heart of the Grateful Dead experience. This was a band that knew no limits and he lived life to the fullest, pushing the boundaries of drugs, drums and high times, through devastating tragedy and remarkable triumph.
JACOB WHITESIDES CHARTS HIGH
Seventeen year-old singer/songwriter Jacob Whitesides shot into the iTunes Top 10 the week after the Grammy Awards, peaking at #5 on the Top Albums chart and #1 on the Singer/Songwriter chart upon releasing his first EP of original songs, A Piece Of Me, at midnight February 14, 2015 and keeping those chart positions for three days. The impact was felt internationally as well reaching #4 in Portugal, Top 40 in UK and Top 10 in Canada.
Whitesides chose to release his six-song EP through his own JW Records label. The EP showcases his songwriting and musical depth through the five original tracks he co-wrote, “Billboard (If I’m Honest)’” “Let’s Be Birds,” “Rumors,” “Ohio,” “Not My Type At All” along with, “Words,” which was released last November.
BLACK MILK TOUR
Critically acclaimed rapper and producer Black Milk will be touring the U.S. this spring and summer on his Play Like Hell Tour. The tour, which features live band Nat Turner (keyboardist/vocalist Aaron “Ab” Abernathy, bassist Malik Hunter and drummer Z Horton), stops in multiple U.S. cities with more dates to be announced. Select shows will include performances by Mos Def, Fashawn and Lyrics Born.
With more than a decade of industry experience and a rich catalog of recordings, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop’s young rising stars to a veteran with a uniquely well-rounded pedigree. His most recent works include collaborations with Bun B, Danny Brown, Black Thought, Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Pete Rock, BadBadNotGood, and Blu. He released his fifth and latest solo album, If There’s A Hell Below in October 2014 via his own record label Computer Ugly. “I’m never one to say which album of mine is the best, that’s for the fans to decide,” says Black Milk, “but at this point I feel like I’m making the best music of my career on a creative level and on a technical level. I think you’ll hear that in this new album.” Black will perform songs from If There’s a Hell Below and previous albums.
DRAKE “10 BANDS” REMIX
Electric Bodega return today to start your weekend off on the right foot. This time, the guys flip “10 Bands” from Drake’s recently released, “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” The remix fuses elements of Trap, EDM and even Chopped N Screwed giving the song a whole new feel. Check out Electric Bodega’s Remix of Drake’s 10 Bands below.
MARMOZETS DEBUT UNRELEASED TRACK “BROKEN REFLECTION”
Roadrunner Records group Marmozets have debuted “Broken Reflection,” an unreleased b-side from their debut album ‘THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MARMOZETS’ which staked its claim on numerous “Best of 2014” lists. ‘THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MARMOZETS’ received the third highest Metacritic score of all 2014 debut albums and landed at #5 on Alternative Press’ “10 essential albums of 2014” list, #8 on Metal Hammer’s “2014 Critics Choice” list with Big Cheese picking the band’s debut LP as their #1 album of 2014. Furthermore, Rolling Stone recently picked Marmozets as on one of their “10 Artists You Need To Know Now: January 2015.”
GAVIN HARRISON, LAURENCE COTTLE DISCUSS “CHEATING THE POLYGRAPH” IN NEW Q&A VIDEO
Porcupine Tree drummer, Gavin Harrison, widely acknowledged as one of the finest drummers on the planet, has posted a Q&A video discussing his sparkling new solo album, Cheating the Polygraph, on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvaBZfsVcY0 and Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/119972906. Acclaimed British jazz musician, Laurence Cottle, joins Harrison to explain the process behind their reimagining of such Porcupine Tree gems as “Heart Attack in a Layby,” “Start of Something Beautiful,” “What Happens Now?” and more, to be released in North America on April 14 via Kscope (April 13 in the UK, April 17 in Germany, April 22 in Japan).
Revolver Magazine has released the first single and opening track to Dream, the sophomore LP from pummeling New Jersey metallic hardcore outfit, LIFELESS. Wearing the sounds of their East Coast hardcore heroes and peers with pride, a tumultuous undertow of downtrodden metal rage influences each anthem on the gloomy Dream LP, and setting the stage for the beating to follow is the lead track, “Never.” Casting a brief sense of sad silence in its intro, things quickly go sour as the track kicks in with full force and opens up the forty-minute deluge of the album.
CROWN LARKS NEW SINGLE “BLOOD MIRAGE”
Riding waves of noise and flashes of color out of a Chicago basement, Crown Larks distill a century of music into a white light explosion of raw energy, embracing the freedom and experimentation of the DIY community they call home without sacrificing the direct appeal of personal lyrics and melody. After years of burning through venues and warehouses around the country, the band has captured this essence in the form of their debut full-length Blood Dancer, an album that channels both the grinding bleakness and dynamic energy of their native city.
J COLE ANNOUNCES FOREST HILLS DRIVE TOUR FEATURING BIG SEAN
J. Cole, the Grammy nominated and platinum-selling rapper, has announced his Forest Hills Drive Tour featuring Big Sean, with special guests YG and Jeremih. Also joining the lineup will be Dreamville artists Bas, Cozz and Omen. Kicking off July 12th in Seattle, WA, and culminating in a homecoming show August 29th in Fayetteville, NC, the 29 date tour will also be making stops at L.A’s Staple Center, New York’s Madison Square Garden and many more. Dubbed as the Hollywood leg of the Forest Hills Drive Tour, this announcement comes right on the heels of the nearly sold out Hometown leg of the tour that will be visiting cities that Cole feels he’s missed in the past beginning in March. With the addition of his recently announced European tour featuring Jhené Aiko and Pusha T , Cole will be logging in what might be the most miles for any artist this year with a total of 65 dates from March to August.
BRITISH ARTIST-PRODUCER JACK GARRATT ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR DATES
British singer, songwriter, musician and producer Jack Garratt has announced a string of U.S. tour dates, including a visit to SXSW. He will also perform in NYC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in March. Please see below for dates.
Jack Garratt’s upcoming U.S. tour dates are as follows:
03/17-22 Austin, TX SXSW – TBA
03/23 Brooklyn, NY Baby’s All Right
03/24 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (supporting Kate Tempest)
03/26 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Café
03/27 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
FLEX KARTEL NEW MIXTAPE
HoodRich Entertainment presents DMV artist Flex Kartel’s new mixtape Just For You featuring Phil Ade, Chaz French, Alison Carney and more. Download Just For You hosted by DJ Lil Keem and DJ Money available online now.
Flex Kartel – Just For You hosted by DJ Lil Keem and DJ Money:
MONTANA OF 300 NEW VIDEO
“Horrorcore is alive and well in Chicago,” said Complex, who included Montana of 300’s “Ice Cream Truck” in their Bout To Blow feature, which highlights songs that they project viewers will be hearing everywhere soon. The gritty Windy City rapper returned this week with “Planet of the Apes,” an extended video version of a single from his Cursed With A Blessing mixtape that released in December. Joined by Talley of 300, the rappers sport camouflage hunting gear in a visual that was filmed at a forest reserve in Maywood, IL, right outside of Chicago. “I started rapping with Talley, literally,” explains Montana of 300. “We both decided to write raps in class together during freshman year in high school. I’ve got money with bro, been broke with bro, and have been in life threatening situations with him.”
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS RELEASES ACOUSTC VIDEO FOR “I’M A RUIN”
Marina And The Diamonds has released the official acoustic video for “I’m A Ruin,” the latest single off her upcoming album FROOT, out worldwide on April 6th. The official music video for “I’m A Ruin” hit No. 2 on iTunes single chart upon its release earlier this month.
SALVA AT BITTORENT
LA production mastermind Salva had one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop mixtapes of 2014 with his Peacemaker LP, featuring an impressive list of guest vocals from A$AP Ferg, Freddie Gibbs, Young Thug, ScHoolboy Q, Kurupt, Problem, E-40 and more. Salva’s production credit on “Old English” positioned him as one of the top producers blurring the lines between rap and dance music, but Peacemaker is very clearly a hip-hop album.
Grab Salva’s “PEACEMAKER DELUXE” BitTorrent Bundle below including the full LP, instrumentals of all 13 songs and some exclusive tracks, and catch him performing tonight at Create in Hollywood.
GROOMS PREMIERE “DOCTOR M” VIDEO ON IMPOSE
Grooms latest album Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair, which Pitchfork called “defiantly liberated” and “their most illuminating album to date”, is out this week on Western Vinyl. To celebrate the album release, the band has premiered the video for single “Doctor M” with long-time supporter Impose.
ED SHEERAN SELLS OUT HEADLINING TOUR DATES IN A MATTER OF MINUTES
Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has sold out a number of dates on his recently announced North American headlining tour in a matter of minutes. The sold out shows include stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, back-to-back nights at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, the Greek Theater in Berkeley (San Francisco), Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Due to the overwhelming demand, Sheeran has announced the addition of shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (May 30), Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (May 31), and a second night at the Hollywood Bowl (June 25). Presale tickets for these newly announced shows will be available beginning today at 10am local time, followed by general on-sale ticketing this Friday, February 27 at 10am local time. Sheeran’s North American tour is produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG), and set to kick off at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center on May 6th. The dates are part of Sheeran’s highly successful worldwide tour in support of his global smash album “x” (pronounced multiply), which culminates with the biggest shows of his career – three sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium. Additionally, Sheeran will be among the top-billed performers at a number festivals including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 2nd), Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas (May 15th), and Summerfest in Milwaukee (July 3).
MIRROR QUEEN NEW ALBUM
New York City’s MIRROR QUEEN will release its new album Scaffolds of the Sky on April 21 via Tee Pee Records. The follow-up to the band’s 2011 LP, From Earth Below, Scaffolds of the Sky was recorded in front of a wall of Marshall amplifiers at Momek Studios in Brooklyn, and was mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Roky Erickson, Big Star). A mainstay in the NYC hard rock scene, MIRROR QUEEN has shared the stage with heavyweight peers such as Earthless and The Shrine and toured Europe with legends such as Uli Jon Roth and UFO.
TIGA ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL TOUR
Canada’s dance stalwart Tiga is embarking on his international tour with a slew of US dates in his schedule. After the success of his huge single “Bugatti”, who’s original remix features Pusha-T and viral video garnering over a million plays on youtube, the Montreal native is fully engaged for a worldwide live attack on the dance scene. Check out the video and remix package featuring Boys Noize, Jauz, Tommy Trash, Zed Bias and more as well as Tiga’s tour dates below.
February 20 Coda, Toronto, Canada
February 21 Dolphin, Philadelphia, USA
February 22 EDC, Puerto Rico, USA
February 26 Bardot, Miami, USA
February 27 Hotel Dann Carlton Medellin, Medellin, Colombia
February 28 BAUM, Bogota, Colombia
March 05 Fortune, Vancouver, Canada
March 06 Sound, Los Angeles, USA
March 07 Monarch, San Francisco, USA
TORO Y MOI’S VIDEO FOR “EMPTY NESTERS”
To celebrate the release of What For?, Toro y Moi will embark on a tour of Europe and North America this spring. Kicking off March 24 in Visalia, CA, the tour includes stops at Coachella and headlining dates at New York’s Terminal 5 and Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Tickets are available now at toroymoi.com.
SONS OF TEXAS RELEASE NEW SONG “DRAG THE BLADE”
Sons of Texas has released a new song, “Drag The Blade” – Listen Here at SonsOfTexas.Merchnow.com. This is the fourth song released from their forthcoming debut album Baptized in The Rio Grande.
KB UNVEILS LYRIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE “SIDEWAYS”
Produced by team ‘Cobra’ and written by Kevin Burgess, Lecrae Moore, Jamal James, Chris Mackey and Joseph Prielozny, “Sideways” also features label mate and two-time Grammy Award winning rapper Lecrae.
KB hopes to encourage those who listen to his record and letting them know that one day the battle will end and Tomorrow We Live. “Sideways” and the entire sophomore album will be available to pre-order on iTunes and other major digital platforms starting on March 10.
ANDREW COMBS’ NEW ALBUM ALL THESE DREAMS NOW STREAMING
“Combs’s voice is so evocative on All These Dreams, and the settings he creates with his collaborators…are so rich, it’s a damn good thing his lyrics live up to the presentation. This might be the Americana album of 2015.” —NPR Music