New music: Starling releases ‘The Soul’ EP today
Speaking about the EP Starling explains,”‘The Soul’ marks the truth exploding out of me – power, fragility, change – I’m growing up and I’m braver than before. I’m not bound by my fear or my broken heart so much. I would almost say it’s sugary which is saying something as my previous two EP’s have been dark as. I’ve evolved and so has the story, the sound.”
JUSTICE RELEASE SINGLE
Today, French electronic music icons Justice have shared the blistering “‘D.A.N.C.E.’ x ‘Fire’ x ‘Safe and Sound'” single, taken from their forthcoming Woman Worldwide album. The album is a result of Xavier and Gaspard adapting their songs to be played on tour, in the process discovering new dimensions in their live forms. After one year of testing, performing, refining and recording them on the road, they went back to the studio in Paris to give them the polish and precision that live performance doesn’t always allow. Woman Worldwide is now available for pre-order and set for release on August 24 via Ed Banger Records / Because Music on all digital providers, along with gold embossed double CD and triple vinyl + 2CD editions.
single: MRE, “CURVES”
When asked about the inspiration behind the new track, MrE said, “I’ve made a bunch of freaky rhymes, inspired by my sexy wife, and made them part of my audio blog on my website. ‘Curves’ is the first full length freaky song I’ve written and put out. Anyone who enjoys ‘Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-A-Lot should appreciate this. They’ll immediately notice the influence as soon as the song starts. It’s a song for only the grown and sexy who aren’t ashamed of their freakiness. Also, I’m one of the very few people in this world who considers women of all body types sexy, not just the model types. No matter your figure, you still got curves.”
San Francisco’s FINE POINTS have released a new video for “The Fang” shot entirely on VHS by Bone and Gold and premiered via PopMatters. They have also unveiled the new single “Ready & Able”, featuring call & response vocals from Hannah Moriah. “Ready & Able” is a re-tooled “carpe diem” of sorts, this track withstood multiple iterations before settling down to its minimal form. These releases come ahead of the band’s sophomore full-length Take Shape. Produced by Grammy-winning Jason Carmer (Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, Merle Haggard), the album will be available in full on July 13 via Dine Alone Records.
Red Sleeping Beauty “Always on Your Side EP”
Stockholm synthpop trio Red Sleeping Beauty are back with the magnificent 4-track Always on Your Side EP.
The tite track is a euphoric love song set to a distorted 808 beat, which “sounds like a classic already” and is “a beautifully constructed love”. It’s Red Sleeping Beauty’s third near perfect pop single in a row (after We are Magic and Top Love) and is taken from their upcoming fourth album.
Petit Biscuit debuts “Wake Up” video
The video, directed by DAD, is the latest to be released from Petit Biscuit’s greatly acclaimed debut album Presence, released last fall.
Fast rising British talent Couros has unveiled his dynamic 5-track EP, ‘Young’. The producer’s release features recent singles ‘Young’ and ‘Undertone’, and showcases Couros’ rich and dreamy electronica style.
Packed with rich summer melodies and silky chord patterns, Couros displays his signature sound throughout ‘Young’, with the lusciously downtempo ‘Easy’, and ‘Cracks’ offering particular highlights.
Rising pop star Emma Blackery has today released her brand new single ‘Icarus’, taken from her forthcoming debut album Villains out August 31st through her own RWG Records.
‘Icarus’ is a beautiful pop ballad about rising above problems and dealing with pressure. Toby Scott (Little Mix, Girls Aloud, The Saturdays) has produced ‘Icarus’, and was also behind Emma’s recent singles ‘Agenda’ and ‘Dirt’.
Multi-award winning drum & bass producer, Friction, has unveiled his brand-new production, the dynamic single, ‘Dancing’ taken from his upcoming new ‘Connections’ album, released on 7th September.
Glaswegian house maestro KC Lights has delivered his rippling new anthem, ‘Change The World’, a vibrant summer banger set for release on BBC Radio 1 tastemaker Danny Howard’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ label.
Detroit-based artist Flint Eastwood (Jax Anderson) is celebrating Pride with her new track “Real Love.” Flint Eastwood hit the stage at Firefly last weekend, will open for GRiZ at Red Rocks next month, and is heading out on a solo US tour this fall. “Real Love” marks Jax’s first release directly addressing the LGBTQ+ community, her personal orientation and identity.
The accolades keep rolling in for singer-songwriter Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records), whose single “Boo’d Up” is now RIAA certified platinum. Produced by Mustard, the infectious R&B jam has crept up the charts, quietly catapulting into the Top 10 of Billboard’s prestigious Hot 100 while also peaking at #1 on Urban Radio. The song and accompanying music video is currently #1 on YouTube’s US Top song and music video charts, totaling over 88 million views.
Perfectly blending pop and electronic music, Cheat Codes are an LA based trio comprised of Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell and Kevin Ford. The group have seen a meteoric rise since they first formed in LA two years ago. Their tropical infused re-work of the Salt N Pepa classic “Sex”, has generated half a billion streams on Spotify. “No Promises” featuring Demi Lovato proved to be the song of summer 2017 – reaching 4x platinum status globally with over 600 million cumulative streams. The group’s follow-up radio single, “Feels Great” featuring Fetty Wap has moved over 1 million global equivalents to date including over 100 million streams on Spotify alone.
“War” illuminates the nuances of Jordan Max’s signature style, whilst shining a light on the state of the world today. Menacing and majestic minor piano keys resound against tough production as his vocals oscillate from a haunting croon to an angelic falsetto. From the opening line, “Do you choose to speak or do you just stay quiet?” onwards, Jordan Max implores listeners to take a look at how they face the issues of the world.
Panic! At The Disco Release Sixth Studio Album Pray For The Wicked
Produced by Jake Sinclair, Pray For The Wicked was announced in March alongside an action-packed music video for the album’s lead single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” after a week of cryptic clues that set the internet a buzz. Since then P!ATD has been a mainstay on the American TV airwaves with explosive performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and NBC’s The Voice. Panic! will make their next TV appearance on Friday, June 29th on Today as part of their Citi Summer Concert Series which airs from 7-9AM EST/PST (check local listings). Panic! At The Disco is currently featured on the cover of Alternative Press Magazine and “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” is currently #1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Songs chart.
WESTSIDE GUNN DROPS SUPREME BLIENTELE LP
Buffalo, New York artist Westside Gunn has dropped his highly anticipated second LP Supreme Blientele today via Griselda Records. The followup to his critically acclaimed debut FLYGOD, features a stellar production roster with the likes of longtime collaborator Daringer along with 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Alchemist, Statik Selektah, SADHU Gold & Hesh, Harry Fraud and Roc Marciano with features from Anderson. Paak, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Benny The Butcher, Conway, Crime Apple, Roc Marciano, Keisha Plum and ELZHI. The album also features 3 names with art to coincide with each (art and info for each below). One of the most compelling origin stories in recent hip-hop memory Gunn, always one to contribute solely for the culture, created a modern representation of an era that is rarely captured in such a raw and masterful form.
THE KOOKS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ALL THE TIME” TODAY
The Kooks release empowering video for their song, “All The Time,” available everywhere today. The video is the first of a set, and follows a simple narrative about a girl who flees her violent home and discovers that her real family is that of her skater gang. Effortlessly capturing candid, intimate moments between the gang, the visual highlights the power of solidarity and kinship. The tone is set with a nostalgic, sun-burnt Californian haze layered over an otherwise drab provincial British town.