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ROBOTS&BALLOONS Reveals Sultry And Chilled Second Single ‘VERA’

Written from the narrative of a newly single guy in Los Angeles who falls for a prostitute (named Vera, no surprises there), who insists on “wining and dining her at any cost”, Denniston’s second installment stands lyrically in stark contrast to debut delivery ‘By Myself’, showcasing a playful aspect of the multi faceted capabilities of Robots&Balloons. While the production remains recognisably Robots&Balloons with soft trap beats and array of polished electronic sounds – with the addition of a guitar, albeit with a flavour of romantic summer nostalgia.

National Coming Out Day – Content Creator Jessie Paege and Musician Lucy & La Mer Team on Song and Music Video

Jessie and Lucy call the song a “bisexual anthem” about owning your truth and taking down the stereotypes that surround bisexuality. Whether it’s in their lyrics, which casually switch between male and female pronouns, or in their new video (premiering below), which shows the stars openly flirting with people across the gender spectrum, the song laughs at the assumption that bisexuality is merely a “phase.”


Bishop Briggs, who has amassed nearly 2 Billion global streams, has just announced her highly-anticipated sophomore album, CHAMPION, via Island Records due out November 8th. The album follows the summer release of “CHAMPION” (which has garnered over 16 million streams to date and had its TV debut on The Late Late Show With James Corden) and “TATTOOED ON MY HEART,” and includes another brand-new track “JEKYLL & HIDE,” released today with an accompanying visualizer. In addition to today’s announcement, Bishop also kicks off her North American and European headline tour tonight in Toronto. (Full tour routing below)

Shana Falana shares “Darkest Light,” inspired by Handmaid’s Tale :: Out 10/25 on Arrowhawk

“I wrote this song after I watched The Handmaid’s Tale. That show seriously f’d me up. I know the book and author of course, but seeing the actual story come to life was devastating. It’s psychotic how we are still fighting for freedom over our bodies, our careers, and our believability when we say #metoo. It ended up being the title track of this record because there is still an ember to blow on…it’s the darkest light.” -Shana

Israeli artist/producer O Mer releases new EP ‘Repack The Junk’

Tel Aviv-based producer, guitarist, and composer, O Mer has today (October 11th) released his new EP ‘Repack The Junk’.

Following on from his previous singles ‘Repack The Junk’, continues thematically in O Mer’s quest to sardonically analyse the psyche of the 21st century, whilst blending the sounds of Western-alternative pop, with Israeli sensibilities and sounds.

Sad to See Summer Go, But KFIR is Saying Goodbye with New Single “Ocean Breeze”!

American Israeli pop artist, KFIR, recently announced the release of his new single “Ocean Breeze”, dropping October 18th. Combining elements of Pop, Trap, and R&B, KFIR elevates his deep songwriting to create a single representing the lure of paradise. The single is the first off his anticipated EP, One Time With You, slated for release in 2020.

Gramatik & Anomalie Release New Single Ft. Waka Flocka Flame & Chrishira Perrier- “Requiem For Peace”

For Slovenian-born producer / DJ Gramatik, 2019 contained a number of career highlights. Beginning with the release of his highly anticipated ‘Street Bangerz Vol. 5,’ album, the renowned artist celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his seminal instrumental hip-hop album ’Street Bangerz.’ This release resulted in two of the most rare and memorable shows in Gramatik’s history, commemorating the anniversary with two sold-out nights in New York City, playing only ‘Street Bangerz’ cuts.

The Tristones Release New Song and Video for “Love Avenue”

Working with friend and colleague Jared Lucow to create the vibrant video for “Love Avenue,” Clark says “Making the video with Jared was a blast! Because Love Avenue describes different subway stops around the city, conceptualisation and creation of this video was really fun.” Check out the video for “Love Avenue” here. The Tristones can next be seen performing at The Groove in New York, NY on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. An adept guitarist and musician, The Tristones is Clark’s own signature blend of rock, blues, funk and jazz.

Lil Tecca Teams with A Boogie for Internet Money’s “Somebody” Video Single

When Long Island native Lil Tecca and producer Nick Mira connected for “Ransom,” they turned the rap game on its head, breaking streaming records and turning Tecca into a star. Today, Tecca reconnects with Internet Money honchos Taz Taylor and Nick Mira for “Somebody,” a new music video. Featuring an appearance from Tecca’s fellow outer-borough superstar A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, “Somebody” is a spritely love song, complete with chiming bells and staccato trap drums. In the video, Tecca and A Boogie crash a bougie wedding, quickly winning the affections of the guests and turning the buttoned-up affair into a turnt-up function.


Critically acclaimed rising British R&B powerhouse Kara Marni drops her second body of work ‘NO LOGIC’ today via Access Records. The 7 track EP offers a fuse a rich tapestry of contemporary yet timeless R&B, soul and garage infused sounds peppered with her undeniable show-stopping vocals.


OUT TODAY: Homeless Oakland Heart Collective to Release Debut Album!

Recorded live and outdoors in Oakland, Grammy-winning producer and author, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Zomba Prison Project) delves deeply into the voices of the homeless community— those that are largely ignored and even maligned. It is a community that he has worked with dating back to the 1980s. Needless to say, it is a highly unique, ultimately heartbreaking album with “street” cred and raw-ness that sounds like any other. Ranging from old school beat-boxing to Free Jazz guitar to ballads and electronica, this is a one-of-kind, esoteric, and diverse record akin to rarities like Hollerin’, Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room, and Elvis Presley’s Having Fun With Elvis On Stage, et al. and it’s a full on old school, gut-punch punk album.

Rod Wave Connects with Kevin Gates for “Cuban Links” Video

“The 19-year-old can rap at a brisk pace like an ATL rapper, hit a falsetto like a R&B singer, and often digs deep to unleash a gravelly voice that sounds like he’s the lead in a country rock band…he already possesses one of the best voices in the South.” – Pitchfork

Black Beach Share ‘Tapeworm’ LP, Album Out Today On DSPs, Playing US Tour Dates

Today, Boston-based post-punk band Black Beach share their new album Tapeworm on all streaming platforms. Northern Transmissions exclusively premiered the LP, praising, “The album takes a conscious step away from previous releases which relied heavily on fuzzed out overdubbed guitars and reverb and delay drenched vocals. Tapeworm instead focuses on capturing a very natural, barebones depiction of the music, relying more on dynamics and room sound to create a spacious atmosphere rather than effects units.” Black Beach heads out on a US tour in support of the LP this month, kicking it off with a hometown album release show at Boston’s Hong Kong on 10/16 -see below for the full list of US tour dates. Tapeworm LP is out now on all DSPs.

Black Beach Stream New LP ‘Tapeworm’


“A Way To Feel Again deals with the disconnect we experience as people consumed by technology. Often we chose to convey deeper emotions through the surface-level, two dimensional communication of texting and emailing which adds to our detachment from one another” says Rubin.

Brantley Gilbert Set to Perform at Halftime on “Monday Night Football” Oct. 14

Platinum-selling recording artist Brantley Gilbert celebrated the release of his fifth studio album Fire & Brimstone, via The Valory Music Co., with a packed week of activity including stops at the iHeart Theater in New York for an intimate “iHeartCountry Album Release Party” with his fans, a fiery performance on Fox & Friends and headlined the Tootsies’ 59th Anniversary Birthday Bash in Music City.

He shows no signs of slowing down as he gears up for a Monday Night Football appearance Oct. 14, performing at Lambeau Field at the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game that will air on ESPN during the Genesis-sponsored halftime show.

Brantley Gilbert Set To Perform At Halftime On “Monday Night Football”


At 6 tracks, the EP showcases the group’s incomparable vocal range over traditional R&B tracks like “Wonderin” and more trap/hip-hop leaning tracks like “Bussdown” ft. Rich The Kid. Juliet includes additional features from 6LACK and Calboy with production by Next Town Down, Mike Sabath (J Balvin, Lizzo), $K (Trey Songz, Migos), J White (Cardi B, 21 Savage), Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Chris Brown) and more.

Country Star Walker Hayes Shares An Intimate Glimpse Into His Life At Home With The Release Of His Touching Music Video For “Don’t Let Her”

The music video takes us through a typical day at the Hayes’ home – the warmth of making family breakfast, a rambunctious tribe of six children running around and most notably, the strong loving bond between a husband and wife who built a life together.


The electrifying “El Noa Noa” Remix, features the contributions of an array of Latin talent, Mexican singer songwriter Georgel, Colombian artist Esteman, cumbia phenomenon Raymix, electronic music project Mexican Institute of Sound, and cumbia pioneer Celso Piña’s last recording.

SYML Shares New Single; Releases Emotional Video       

Today, Seattle-based artist and producer SYML shares his brooding new single, “Symmetry,” a reflective, finger-picked tune inspired by Brian Fennell’s interest in black holes. He explains, “I have been obsessed with black holes for a while now, mostly with how insignificant they make me feel. There is something extremely beautiful and daunting about infinity, especially when it comes to our inability to understand it. This song feels like the dust that gathered in an abandoned space station that’s been circling earth for years.”