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Flawless and Epic – New Album from CHAMPS – OUT NOW

Champs are brothers Michael and David Champion, born and bred in the Isle Of Wight. Formed in 2011, their debut album ‘Down Like Gold’ came with great critical acclaim, drawing praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent and Q Magazine.

Fast forward 366 days, and the pair endeavoured to achieve bigger heights with their follow up ‘VAMALA’. Hailed as a ‘Thing of beauty’ by The Sunday times and rated ⅘ by The Guardian, it more than delivered.

Showtek and Sultan + Shepard drop impressive, 4-track remix package for hit ‘Way We Used 2’

First up, Paris-based DJ and producer Steve Walls delivers a trance-infused rework of ‘Way We Used 2′, with pitched up vocals and a euphoric drop. Vancouver’s Daijo then steps up with a rollicking electro-house take, before Cologne artist David Puentez’s feelgood version culminates with an unrelenting dubstep drop. Harnessing an unmistakable summer vibe Essentials’ edit closes things out with its hands-in-the-air piano riff.


Rising 19 year-old London poet, singer and producer Arlo Parks returns after a string of summer festivals – including four shows at Glastonbury – with her new single ‘Second Guessing’ and news of her second EP.

Mella Dee > ‘Techno Belters’ EP > Out Today on Warehouse Music > Listen Here

The four-track release opens with hard-hitting lead track ‘Techno Belter’, which true to its name is a gritty peak-time stomper, layering skittering, stripped-back synths with pounding percussion to hypnotic effect. ‘Silver Street’ brings a weaponised industrial onslaught; ‘Jack U Later (Floatation Device Mix)’ is a scorching acid-tinged roller, with steely propulsive percussion and a ghostly groove; whilst ‘Stack Select’ is an off-kilter anthem blending minimal percussion with warped, wobbling synths.

Wuh Oh releases new single Pretty Boy

The single showcases Wuh Oh’s talent for creating a hyper-modern clash of jubilant energy and off-kilter melodies. Meticulous with the visual direction for the Wuh Oh project, Ferguson conceputalised the video for ‘Pretty Boy’ in collaboration with artist Joe Crogan. A futuristic and cinematic introduction to Wuh Oh, the video occupies a quintessentially Sci-Fi world where Wuh Oh’s assembly is under way. As the track builds, Wuh Oh is built – the video follows the construction of an android avatar of the artist. Ferguson says ‘It was important to me that the audience feels they are part of the journey from the very beginning, watching the artist literally being brought to life’.

Scottish Producer Wuh Oh Releases New Single ‘Pretty Boy’


Speaking on the mixtape, J Rick said: “This record means a lot to me; its my first solo project release and is commemoration of my uncle Erroll Christie who died in June 2017. He was a big inspiration to me. I just wanted to express how I was feeling about the situation at the time and see what the music turned out like. It was a reflection of me at the time but people will take from it what they can relate to. It’s mad important for me to put out my own project cause I was working on this before I even started working with other people. On my own music, it takes longer to complete and I basically completed a whole other tape before scrapping it. I think producers don’t get what they deserve and if they wanna do something for themselves, they depend on artists to help them. I wanna change that.”

R.I.P. Kim Shattuck of The Muffs

“All of us at Omnivore Recordings are devastated by the loss of our friend Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. We’re thinking about all her friends and fans, especially her family and bandmates. Her creative fire will endure and inspire artists of tomorrow. We’re so grateful to have been in the audience and to have played a small part in getting more of her music out into the world.” —Omnivore Recordings statement

“We are very sorry to announce the passing of our bandmate and dear friend Kim Shattuck. Besides being a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extrordinaire, Kim was a true force of nature. While battling ALS, Kim produced our last album, overseeing every part of the record from tracking to artwork. She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honor. Goodbye Kimba. We love you more than we could ever say.” —Roy McDonald & Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs

The Muffs’ final album, No Holiday, out October 18th on Omnivore Recordings.

Album of the Week: The Muffs’ No Holiday


It’s been a summer to remember for the rising star JC Stewart. He’s been tipped by some big names in the shape of Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi, while his recent single ‘Bones’ was highlighted as the BBC Introducing Track of the Week on Radio 1. JC subsequently completed another early career highlight when he played a sold-out four-night residency at The Islington this week.

DEVIL TO PAY debut new banger off upcoming album on Ripple Music

Indianapolis relentless heavy rock unit DEVIL TO PAY are set to issue their sixth full-length ‘Forever, Now or Whenever’ this November 8th on Ripple Music. Stream a badass first track now via Metal Injection and Rock Hard Germany!

Few bands embody the essence of heavy rock like DEVIL TO PAY. These four mercenaries and all-round brilliant songwriters have crafted one air-tight record after another, and sixth studio album ‘Forever, Now or Whenever’ can be easily considered their watermark statement.

Steve Janiak’s powerful gritty vocals take the listener to new heights, while dark, doom-tinged atmospheres are masterfully intertwined with a heavy metal stampede of meaty riffs, for an overall end-of-world feeling. It won’t take long until ‘Forever, Now or Whenever’ drags you to the other side and becomes your new dark heavy rock favorite.

DEVIL TO PAY Smash Some Asteroid-Sized Riffs Into Your Face with “Heave Ho”

Gabrielle Papillon teams up with South African artist Toya Delazy for new single, “Among The Queens”…announces Eastern Canadian tour dates

Created over two days during writing sessions in the UK with Jonas Persson, the single encapsulates intense swells of feeling. Joy, pride, rage, kindness, confession, and honesty crash together for a momentous album closer that spotlights two spirited verses from Delazy.

Beth Keeping Entitled ‘San Francisco’

Beth Keeping is a singer/songwriter from Surrey, UK. Drawing influences from both traditional country storytelling and modern pop music, Keeping delivers a fresh and modern take, creating songs that speak about real situations. Her honest lyrical approach and emotive vocals have built her a reputation as an artist to watch in the UK music scene


Following over 1 million album sales of his No. 1 album ‘Si’ worldwide, Golden Globe-winning operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli is back with an extended special edition, to be released on Decca/Sugar on 8th November, with brand new tracks recorded with some of the best and most exciting names in pop, plus a few of Andrea’s famous friends!

Ellie was similarly delighted to be approached to record with Andrea: “It was a huge honour that the legendary Andrea Bocelli wanted me to feature on this song with him. I have always had an affinity with classical music and I’m a sucker for a love song. It was fun and enlightening to sing in Italian – a real joy to record.”


Paulo Londra said, “To have A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on board makes me very happy. He gives the track an incredible touch and flow.”

A Boogie Wit Da Hoddie said, “I was mad excited when I got the call from Paulo Londra. I’ve been a big fan for a minute and I’m glad to be a part of this song.”

Ed Tattersall unveils new video ‘The Good, The Bad and The Dubby’

A dub-heavy take on Ed’s dramatic and soulful re-imagining, the remix is an electronically driven powerhouse that utilises an arsenal of pulsating bass notes, reggae-influenced guitars and spacious, atmospheric drums to propel Ed’s unique and gritty voice even further skyward.

Decibel Magazine streaming ‘Nomenclature’ by Philly’s progressive blackened death act

Progressive blackened extremists IATT (formerly I Am the Trireme; now pronounced “eye at”) have finally unleashed their awaited sophomore album, Nomenclature, today via Black Lion Records. The album delves into the themes of mysticism and the dark nature surrounding primitive medicine circa 1700.

Full Album Stream: IATT – ‘Nomenclature’

Joanie Sigal Wowed Audience Again at the Scientology Information Center

On September 29th, 2019 the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater hosted noted performer, Ms. Joanie Sigal for a memorable concert in honor of Fall.

Sigal returned to the Center and the place where her Tampa Bay singing career began over 20 years ago. She performed popular songs from Broadway musicals and classic films including, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera and The Secret Garden with narration on the history of each song.

Post-Western Doom/Drone Duo Cortége Release ‘Capricorn’ / Album Streaming

On Capricorn, band members Mike Swarbick and Adrian Voorhies (ex-Canyon of the Skull, ex-Humut Tabal) create a listening experience that is at once heavy, experimental, and utterly cinematic, a primary feature thereof the captivate tones of tubular bells, as well as Roland string synthesizer, Moog Taurus synthesizer, and waterphone.

Barney Lister announces solo project with socially loaded single featuring MC Trim

In his hometown of Huddersfield, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Barney Lister’s early musical education was informed by drumming in bands as well as playing various brass instruments in an Orchestra. After leaving school he grafted as a pot washer, dodging knives thrown by angry chefs while saving up for a bedroom studio. Three years ago he moved to London to study and began producing records, honing his approach through a deft arrangement of the organic and electronic elements in his sound.

William DuVall releases his debut solo album ‘One Alone’ tomorrow

Few musicians have had a career as artistically diverse and successful as Alice In Chains frontman, William DuVall. From forming legendary Atlanta hardcore band Neon Christ as a teenager in 1983 all the way to his 2016 supergroup collaboration Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (with members of Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan), DuVall has carved out his own unique place in the firmament for over 35 years.

Philadelphia’s Stereo League Announce New EP ‘Natural Mystery,’ Share Title Track

Today, the Philadelphia-based rock band Stereo League announced their new EP Natural Mystery that will be released in winter 2020. The EP is the follow up to the band’s debut album A Light on Each Side that was embraced by UPROXX and NPR Music station WXPN who named the band an “Artist To Watch.”

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No Vacation share the dreamy roller “Days”

Phasing’s penultimate track “Days” cruises and sways upon a rolling groove of curious, winding bass and No Vacation’s signature guitar twang. Its reverb-soaked vocals call on nostalgia for days long passed, building up to the song’s instrumentally dynamic climax where a dozen layers of strings envelop the arrangement in a shimmering display of the group’s penchant for compositional tension and release. “Days” proves to be a quintessential No Vacation number, dabbling as it does in evocative, shoegazey dream-pop that leaves listeners warm and hopeful.