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Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) announces first solo album in 35 years for Dais Records

Stephen Mallinder, co-founder and frontman of the iconic Cabaret Voltaire, has returned with his first solo album in over 35 years: Um Dada. Laced with leftfield house and cut-up sound collages, Um Dada is a melding of energies that are an exercise in simplicity and motion. Sincere, playful realism that beckons your body to move, always reminding you to never take yourself too seriously without forfeiting your agency.

While steering Cabaret Voltaire through the 1980’s, Mallinder was already busy piecing together his first solo album entitled “Pow Wow”, which would help define Mallinder’s interest in the more leftfield electro sounds shaping England at the time. It was this diverse and abstract hybrid that helped inspire generations of artists and musicians through steeping raw machine funk within the whimsical and absurdist ideology.

Dante Matas – “Talking To Yourself”

“I had my friends and family send me clips reading really cliche motivational quotes and used them to create a chaotic collage of unprecedented optimism that appears midway through the song. Even though the quotes are so positive, the disorienting blend of the voices talking over each other makes the collage sound more like a mass miscommunication.”

Dry Cleaning release second single “Goodnight” | Debut EP “Sweet Princess” out August 16th

Dry Cleaning today share the second single, “Goodnight,” from their much-anticipated debut EP, “Sweet Princess,” due August 16th on It’s OK. It follows on from the critically-acclaimed lead single “Magic of Meghan”, an ode to Meghan Markle.


Industrial-tinged duo SKYND is the dark creative outlet and the alter ego of its lead singer, Skynd, and producer and multi-instrumentalist Father. The pair explores the darkest and most disturbing parts of the human psyche and furthers their delightfully creepy aesthetic. They siphon inspiration from inexplicable and brutal criminal cases, and the mystery surrounding unsolved deaths, and transforms them into songs. Who needs Investigation Discovery when you have SKYND?

BESVÄRJELSEN stream haunting “Frost” EP in full on Metal Injection

Sweden’s most bewitching stoner rock outfit BESVÄRJELSEN finally share their fantastic “Frost” EP in its entirety via Metal Injection, ahead of its official release this Friday on Blues Funeral Recordings.

On “Frost”, the followup to their 2018 debut “Vallmo”, the feel of being isolated in a cold wilderness in the grip of higher forces is palpable all throughout the five tracks, with outstanding songwriting from guitarists/vocalists Andreas Baier and Staffan Stensland Vinrot and the forceful rhythm section of Johan Rockner and Erik Bäckwall (both formerly of Dozer). “Frost” was recorded in the dead of winter, in a cabin in the woods of Dalarna county in Sweden.

We’re All Doomed By The New BESVARJSELSEN Record!

DEATH BY FUNGI: Indian Hardcore pioneers release new EP

DEATH BY FUNGI was formed in 2013 by Vrishank Menon and Kamran Raza, quickly releasing their first demo later that year. The addition of Aryaman Chatterjee to the line-up, saw the band shift towards a more aggressive hardcore sound, resulting in another EP in 2015. This was followed by several live shows and another EP, titled In Dearth Of, in 2016. This release as well as 2017’s split with Indian sludge band Shepherd, cemented the sound and style DBF are known for in their country — a chaotic, frantic and outspoken style of hardcore that is technical in its delivery while also referencing more melodic acts. Taking inspiration from a wide spectrum of sonic sources, ranging from the likes of Converge and Shai Hulud to Propagandhi, DBF forge a contemporary hardcore/punk sound with intelligent songwriting and infectious guitar-work.

Death By Fungi Announce New EP ‘Die In Bombay’

Blues Traveler To Perform Pivotal, Grammy Award-Winning Album four In Its Entirety As Part Of Album’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Blues Traveler has announced that they will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal, six-time platinum album four by playing the record in its entirety during the “four LIVE” tour this Fall. Kicking off November 1 in New York and hitting such legendary venues as the Fillmore in Philadelphia and The Pageant in St. Louis along the way, the routing will culminate November 17 in Madison, WI.


Kacy & Clayton To Release “Carrying On”

Kacy & Clayton will release Carrying On via New West Records on October 4th, 2019. The 10-song set was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco’s recording studio & rehearsal space in Chicago, IL. Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q Magazine called “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future”) and 2017’s The Siren’s Song (described by Uncut as “Ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”).


Having gained acclaim from the likes of Annie Mac, Clash Magazine, ELEVATOR and more on the strength of his debut single White Wishy Washy World, Tring based newcomer Quarry cements early hype around him with stunning new offering No Ordinary Love. An intricately crafted left of pop track showcasing Quarry’s stand out vocals over a shapeshifting soundscape, No Ordinary Love is a statement of intent from an artist to watch year.

Female-Fronted Symphonic Groove Metal Band TULIP Announce Tour with EVERGREY

Hot off the heels of their debut self-titled EP release, female-fronted Symphonic groove metal band, TULIP, have announced a North American summer tour with Swedish melodic-metal band EVERGREY. TULIP will kick off the tour on August 23rd in Los Angeles, Ca at The Satellite.

A band following no stereotypes. A lineup with no limitations. Texan based ‘Tulip’ deliver their own taste of symphonic metal, spearheaded by ex-professional opera vocalist Ashleigh Semkiw, and Colin Parrish on guitar.

Ari Lennox Drops Sizzling New Video For “BMO”

“BMO” is the third official single from Lennox’s critically acclaimed debut album, Shea Butter Baby, which dropped in May of this year. A fan favorite, the song has catapulted up the charts and is currently Top 20 at Urban Radio, and #34 and rising on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.


Mike used the January video premiere of “Move On,” a track from his current album, A REAL GOOD KID, to announce his 9-month, 3,000-mile hike from Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Venice Beach, California. In the first week alone, the video received over 10 million combined views, while fans showed their support with nearly 200,000 combined shares, comments, and personal playlist adds. Watch the video for “Move On” HERE. Since then, he recently released his first single “Look What I’ve Become” with Ty Dolla $ign, when Mike crossed state lines from Missouri to Kansas. He will continue to release new music when crossing additional state lines.