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Völuspa channels myth and magic on spellbinding new single ‘Live One Life

With a childhood spent in the San Francisco bay on horseback, surrounded by trees and immersed in witchcraft lore, Knick’s divine influences have long been her guiding light. This mystic, nature-bound upbringing shines through all her songs: otherworldly dream-pop beamed directly from the ether realm.

The Switch releases viridescent volume ‘Birds of Paradise’ – new album + single      

From budding seeds to the overarching themes of this viridescent volume, the outfit hones something stylistically varied, surrealistically inclined and tactile, like a brightly plumaged exotic bird lost in the upper stretches of the northern hemisphere.


“Enter Sound & Fury, which is simultaneously the most left-field, decisively non-country offering of Simpson’s career and precisely the record anyone who has been paying any attention to his career over the last several years would have expected him to make. Over ten songs, Simpson leads his tight-knit rock quartet through a super-charged flow of indignant Southern Rock, strutting disco-boogie, and pulsing modern blues…”- ROLLING STONE

PREMIERE – ‘Alchemy’ is Available NOW

ALCHEMY – Existing in “pure being”, or soulful awareness is the ultimate state of transformation – the gold – of spiritual alchemy. Alchemy’s greatest achievement is to create an interrelationship between mind and matter, between self and world.

Drax Project release debut album Drax Project

Today New Zealand’s own Drax Project release their hotly anticipated, self-titled album, Drax Project. The debut album comes in the wake of countless successes and support from various musicians and personalities such as Christina Aguilera, Ed Sheeran, Hailee Steinfeld, Liza Koshy and more. Featuring music for every listener, the Kiwi quartet’s new record boldly showcases their eclectic influences from jazz to R&B to pop. Touching on themes such as love and lust, life on the road, trust and heartbreak, Drax Project’s stirring lyricism demonstrates not only their innovative talent but ability to unite a global audience in intimate shared experiences.

The Growlers share new single “Pulp of Youth” & announce release date for ‘Natural Affair’ LP

“Some bands just ooze cool. The proudly independent LA band The Growlers serves up an infectious combo of new wave, disco and indie rock in Natural Affair.” – Mike Vasilikos, NPR

Black Stone Cherry Announce New Release Date For EP

In August the band released a video directed by Mike Rodway for the track “Me And The Devil Blues”. The band states, “We chose this song because we have such an appreciation for Robert Johnson and his music. It was so simple, direct, and eerie in a way that just resonates with the listener. Since Robert’s music was guitar and vocal, we decided to totally write new music and lay his words on top of it. All of the music was written literally on the spot while recording in the studio! We are very proud of how this track came out!”

iamnotshane Releases Pop Banger ” Afterlife”// LISTEN HERE

Having quickly established themselves as tastemakers though the reveal of acclaimed new acts Emotional Oranges, Chiiild and Slenderbodies, rising label Avant Garden today reveal the newest addition to their roster, iamnotshane. The LA based alt-pop singer makes his debut on the label today with ‘Afterlife’, a dancefloor ready europop-tinged banger showcasing iamnotshane’s beguiling vocals over throbbing beats.

Donaher Drop New Single (“Before Anyone Else”); On Tour Oct-Nov

New England power-pop 4-piece Donaher have just released a new single, “Before Anyone Else.”

The track is the first new music from the band since their debut album, 2017’s “I Swear My Love Is True.”

“Before Anyone Else” is an upbeat love-struck fantasy power-ballad that reflects back on new love after having spent a proverbial lifetime together. If you’re into 90’s-era Weezer and the love-lorn melancholy of Smoking Popes, you’re going to want to follow Donaher and add their songs to your bae’s playlist.

Leftwing : Kody remix Duke Dumont hit ‘The Power’

UK duo Leftwing : Kody are the latest artists to remix the Duke Dumont smash ‘The Power’, out now via Virgin EMI Records.

Centred around a euphoric piano riff, Leftwing : Kody deliver a feelgood, hands-in-the-air take on ‘The Power’, whilst losing none of the emotive elements that make the original so special.

The Jacques release explosive new single ‘Alka-Seltzer’

London four-piece The Jacques have shared their explosive new single, ‘Alka-Seltzer’, which premiered with Chris Hawkins on BBC 6Music yesterday. The release comes ahead of their headline shows at London’s The Water Rats and The Crofter’s Rights in Bristol later this month, and a support slot on the sold-out opening night of Feeder’s UK tour in Portsmouth on 1st November.

Jim James and Teddy Abrams share new song

From their forthcoming record, The Order of Nature, which explores “a fascination with the absence of hate in nature” – NPR, the genre-bending solo artist Jim James, the Louisville Orchestra and their vibrant young music director Teddy Abrams have released their second single, “Back to the End of the World.”

Alexina Unveils Her Debut EP, “Partying on my Own”  

Today, Alexina releases her new EP titled “Partying on my Own.” This alt-pop-noir release is a heart-wrenching, yet ultimately triumphant breakup story, told chronologically from a moment of doubt after locking eyes with a stranger at a house party in “Cool Together,” to the cathartic, hopeful reflection on a tumultuous relationship in “The Millennial.” This deeply personal, autobiographical EP is lyrically raw and nostalgic complimented by bittersweet, warm synths and retro drum beats. Alexina speaks musically for her gender and generation- a girl growing up broke in a city where life is tough, who is scrutinized on social media, and who can’t afford rent. The “Partying on my Own” EP is an invitation to every other girl/guy who has been through these situations to feel powerful and dance along with these anthemic, sun-bleached songs.

Dylan Brady Releases Playful New Song “Boyfriend” About Unrequited Love

Twenty-year-old multi-instrumentalist Dylan Brady has quickly become an artist known for sharing his truth when it comes to matters of the heart. On the heels of heartbreak songs “Over Us,” called “your new breakup anthem” by Country Now and “I Hate California,” which Sounds Like Nashville called “romantically charged” comes his latest track, “Boyfriend.”


“Oblivion’ is a beautifully layered and theatrical slow-burn that builds with stirring harmonies and intense instrumentals. It has all the makings of a sci-fi or superhero blockbuster movie soundtrack.” –Forbes Magazine


The up-and-coming spitter and member of Florida’s rapidly rising F$O [Fly Shit Only] crew delivers a bold banger befitting the buzz surrounding him. On the track, a claustrophobic beat gives way to slick and sizzling bars before he drops an instantly infectious chant, “I get the money like wop.” Be on the lookout for the premiere of the music video.

DELAIN Releases New Single & Music Video “Burning Bridges”

Following up on their critically acclaimed EP, Hunter’s Moon, released earlier this year via Napalm Records, DELAIN have stunned fans around the world once again with their brand new single, “Burning Bridges.”

Juxtaposing multiple genres and musical landscapes, “Burning Bridges” not only confirms the fascinating duality of DELAIN’s concept, but also allows Wessels to unleash her hard rock-tinged charisma in melodic chorus – the central point of the diverse song structure. Combined with the music video’s breathtaking aesthetics, “Burning Bridges” is in line to become a signature track amidst DELAIN’s catalog – combining gripping guitar solos, cinematic instrumentals, and outstanding vocal performances.

Tech N9ne Delivers New Music Video: “Green Lit” feat. King ISO and MAEZ301

The “Green Lit” music video kicks off season 2 of Kathartic, a visual series written by Tech N9ne. The inspiration began with a verbal confrontation from years ago–from that one incident, Tech crafted a wild, fictional story about a retaliation spiraling out of control. Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger, with Tech N9ne leading a squad of patients, played by Krizz Kaliko and King ISO, as they broke out of a mental ward. “Green Lit,” picks up where season 1 left off and follows the group, joined by MAEZ301, as they devise a plan to fight back against the system.

September Mourning game for battle with animated ‘Hiding From Heaven’ video, Fall Tour

She continues, “Both Rich (Riven) and I are avid fans of not only current but vintage gaming. We took the idea of having one of our main characters, Claire, who is blind to the world of the living but can see reapers and the dead, playing a video game with reaper characters. It’s a fun nod to the characters in the story. We modeled the game after vintage combat games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Our very talented animator Brad Uyeda is a fan of the September Mourning universe we created and wanted to help us expand.”

James Droll Unveils Self Sacrifice EP 

Today, James Droll unveils his first-ever EP Self Sacrifice. The EP showcases his collection of soul-searching songs that explore the world through James’ lenses. The dark pop tunes are filled with stunning lyrics, tight harmonies, and swelling chords that reach right into the heart and twist with the sweetest of pain. Born in rural Ohio, James grew up on a llama farm and quickly learned that the unique and somewhat abnormal creates the most interesting things. With a variety of empowering songs already building momentum in the music landscape, James is cementing himself as a true one to watch.

Walk Off the Earth Drops Anthem “Home Alone” Off HERE WE GO!

On their new album, Walk Off the Earth shares, “HERE WE GO! is a collection of songs about life, love, loss and straight-up kicking ass. Ranging from top 40 pop to organic folk ballads to EDM rise and drops, this eclectic album touches on many modern genres but still stays true to Walk Off the Earth’s signature sound.”


Canadian singer-songwriter and rising global superstar Jessie Reyez shares her latest single and video “Far Away”, from her highly anticipated forthcoming debut studio album slated for 2020 release via FMLY / Island Records. Along with the video launch is an MTV broadcast premiere on MTV Live, mtvU, and the Viacom Times Square Billboard. “Far Away” finds Jessie staying true to form with her brutal honesty, raw emotion, intimate lyrics and a voice so achingly pure, the heart-tugging results of this song are undeniable. The poignant and powerful visual depicts the harsh and unfortunate reality many families have been suffering from in the United States via a lover’s lens and features Reyez and her partner being brutally separated by ICE.


Swedish duo NOTD have enlisted rising GRAMMY Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist, Daya, for their irresistible new single ‘Wanted,’ out now via Island Records. The ear-worm new single melds Daya’s honest, heart-on-sleeve vocals with NOTD’s inimitable glistening production to captivating effect. NOTD debuted the single at their first ever headline show at The Roxy in LA just this week, where Daya jumped on-stage in front of a hyped audience. It’s the perfect team-up from two of pop’s most exciting young acts, doing what they do best – delivering hit after hit.

CLASS PHOTO Releases Synth-Fueled “Yeah You Break (My Heart)”

“I started writing this song on my 33rd birthday in Venice, California- it began with a synth chord progression,” explains Patrick Morris of CLASS PHOTO about his new indie pop cross country creation “Yeah You Break My Heart” out today via 9AM Records. “I got some help finishing the tune from an old friend, Andrew Toews, who lives in New York. We collaborated by sending files back and forth, and he is responsible for the synth ‘solo’ in the bridge.” The track, which premiered on Stitched Sound, features vocals hidden behind layers of synth reminiscent to what you’d have found on some of the classic late aughts indie/electro-pop records, is the newest single off Class Photo’s debut album Light Years Later (release date: November 8th via Norway’s Jansen Records).

Bear Grillz Drops Deluxe Edition of Debut Album “Demons”

Bear Grillz’ introspective debut album Demons receives an expansive update in the form of a 24 track Deluxe edition. Expanding upon Demons’ sonic melting pot of dubstep, future bass, bass house, hip hop and reggae, the new package blesses fans with previously unreleased bonus tracks “Ballin’,” “Angels (feat. RUNN),” and “Done You Wrong (feat. Kumar)” alongside David Foral and Jungle Josh. The LP is rounded out with 8 new hard-hitting remixes from the likes of HE$H, Blunts & Blondes, SIPPY, Basstrick and more.

‘Master P’ – Rob Hayes ft J Mag

Following the success of a round of smash records Rob Hayes is showing he has so much more to offer. Teaming up with long time collaborator and producer Beats By Eclipse, Hayes pulls rank on “Master P,” which features New Jersey rapper J Mag.

THE WHIRLINGS: 90s-infused first single “Vacuum” streaming now!

Italian progressive four-piece THE WHIRLINGS just inked a deal with Subsound Records for the release of their new LP ‘Earthshine’, due out October 18th. The bands unveil a 90s-infused alt rock single entitled “Vacuum” now.

Indie alt-pop duo Cardiac Half share new single & music video “City Lights”

Swelling into a memorable pop single, “City Lights” celebrates the sweeping intoxication of new love, with extremely relatable lyrics and addictive melody. “The primary theme in City Lights is love, absolutely. There’s also a dreamy element to the song in the sense that the characters are high class for one night,” shared vocalist/keyboardist Drew Miller. “They’re living life large, doing what they want, whenever they want. Money and sleep, none of it matters for this one night. Tomorrow will come, and then they’ll just be your average Joe’s. But even if tomorrow were to never come, they’d still have each other.”

Swedish electronica artist Carl Louis dropping celestial club banger      

You’ve heard Swedish producer Carl Louis on songwriting duties in the past, within the hits of ARY, Frøder and Ingrid from Highasakite and as part of electronic duo CLMD on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show.

Now he’s releasing his own record, an eclectic celebration of the sheer joy of naiveté. Carl’s new album combines takes influence from fellow Swedish artists Peter, Bjorn and John, Miike Snow and Radio Dept, alongside inspiration from beatmakers such as Jungle and Massive Attack.

Misanthrop Releases First LP Single ‘Deus’

Sonically but also visually, all components on this album has been hand-crafted by the producer. With every track being created individual and personal, it’s art in the sense that you’d never be able to take the same photo twice.