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Pearl Cutten’s Holistic Soul Eases the Pain in You

Based in Denmark, Pearl Cutten has one of the most remarkable voices you’ll hear this or any year. Combining her otherworldly vocals with her innate spirituality, Pearl has been compared to artists such as Erykah Badu and Sade, her voice being a feeling as much as a sound. Her latest single is The Pain in You, infectious soul music with a sprinkle of jazz lounge thrown in for good measure, with lyrics which deal with the reality of being in an abusive relationship but with a message that selflove is ultimately to answer.

NEWS: Tami Neilson unleashes new track and video (“Any Fool With A Heart”)

No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.

She’s an artist with real range, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, golden-age country, heartfelt gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock ‘n’ roll. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive.


Leon explains “Couldn’t Do It’ is a post break-up song about the mixed feelings and ups-and-downs you go through during that time, which is why it will hit home for a lot of people. It all started when my friends took me to Palm Springs to help me get over an ex. I met a guy there and though I wanted to go home with him, I simply couldn’t bring myself to because I still felt like I’d be cheating on my ex. I feel like a lot of people can relate; it’s a mixture of light and dark feelings – that transitional time between being with someone and then missing them, but also wanting to move on but not being able to, which is very confusing.”


The London-based producer Blinkie commands a distinctive space in the contemporary music scene, consisting crafting dancefloor-igniting house with huge crossover hooks.

It’s a trait that’s infused in his biggest tracks to date, notably ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’ which amassed 30 million streams and was playlisted at Radio 1. His latest track, ‘Little Love’, featured in The Guardian’s list of the Songs of the Summer for 2019. Along the way, Blinkie has earned radio support from Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills, MistaJam, Reece Parkinson, Jordan North and DJ Target.

SPIELBERGS share next single from forthcoming EP

Earlier this Autumn, as Spielbergs kicked-off their biggest ever UK headline tour, the band announced that new material would be arriving in the shape of forthcoming EP Running All The Way Home. The EP’s title track was swift to follow, and showcased the band at their triumphant best – condensing the mood of an entire world into a four-minute, adrenaline-shot thrill-ride.

Carnival Club release explosive muscular rock single ‘My Lady’

Four-piece Manchester Alt-Rock band Carnival Club are back. Their explosive new single ‘My Lady’ incorporates fast-paced, impactful guitar riffs with the powerful, wailing vocals of charismatic front-man Kai Jon Roberts. When asked about the upcoming single, lead guitarist Eddie Moxon described ‘My Lady’ as their “ballsiest single yet”, predicting that it will become the new fan favourite.


Armored Dawn, the Brazilian power metal band, has released its brand new album Viking Zombie today via ONErpm (on behalf of Armored Dawn). The first single “Ragnarok” is at radio now. The video for the song can be found at this location:


Aloe Blacc’s soul lifting vocal opens the three-minute track, as hand-claps and a fuzzy bassline ground contagious gospel harmonies. An organic drum beat propels you to your feet for the chorus, marking uncharted Flight Facilities territory. “Better Than Ever” is the first taste of new music from the duo since their 2018 release, “All Your Love” and is set to be one of the biggest mood boosting anthems.

Kristen Castro Releases Music Video For “Surrender” Exclusively on GRAMMY.com

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist KRISTEN CASTRO began her professional music career at GRAMMY Camp back in 2010, and since then she has experienced a lot of growth. After several years as a member of Maybe April, the country/Americana trio she co-founded, Kristen is now relishing her newest chapter as a solo artist.

AJIMAL releases new single ‘How Could You Disappear’

The soaringly beautiful, yet sparse, single features a driving electronic rhythm with overlaid dreamy piano textures and examines the frailty of memory. AJIMAL aka Fran O’Hanlon said about the single “‘How Could You Disappear?’ is about memory and the idea of looking back on things that you might feel you could never forget, but which also inevitably warp and change with time. Memories are mostly lost, but they can also morph and swell into something completely different from the events that actually occurred. In the same way, some seemingly banal and insignificant things can persist for a lifetime. These can have a powerful impact on our subsequent behaviours, hopes and fears, for the most part in ways that we’re totally unaware of.”

NEW SINGLE: Emerging Singer-Songwriter, Alfreda Releases ‘Anyone’, Out Today.

‘Anyone’ echoes the greatness of slick early noughties club-pop blended with Alfreda’s unique melodic, sound and style. The track was co-written in Berlin with Craig Walker (Archive) and produced with Thierry Fournié (Mineral) in Paris its tender piano intro transforms into sophisticated pad synths and lounge chords. The subversive production of ‘Anyone’ mirrors the ups and downs of the stagnant love Alfreda depicts in the track’s emotional self-written lyrics.

Boris Brejcha drops driving new single ‘Never Look Back’

Prolific German DJ and producer Boris Brejcha has released his new single ‘Never Look Back’, out 18th October via Ultra.

‘Never Look Back’ sees Brejcha draw on his trademark brand of driving, melodic techno, with a breakdown in the track’s latter stages then making way for emotive trance elements.

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London based, Finnish artist Sätilä – Entitled ‘Like You Do’

Finnish born, London based artist Sätilä, aka Teemu Sätilä, combines a fresh fusion of infectious alternative/indie music with rich pop soundscapes. Having started writing songs at the age of seven after learning the piano, Sätilä spent his formative years in an alternative rock band before moving to Sydney, Australia, where he studied songwriting. His time spent there defined who he was as an artist and the songwriter soon realised his ambition to create something that was entirely his own, eventually heading back to Europe to follow his own sound.


Fresh from the success of recent single, Why Wait, Lilla Vargen has returned with a devastating new song in the form of piano-led ballad, Solitary. The Northern Irish singer-songwriter released her first new music of 2019 in September, with Why Wait racking up more than half a million streams in a few weeks, and the award-winning video provoking discussion and empathy for the ongoing housing crisis it documents.


After a summer of touring the best of the summer festivals, from Glastonbury, Boomtown, Ibiza and Montreal, Saronde are proud to present their new single. With strong support already coming from The Black Madonna, Richie Hawtin, Auntie Flo, Danny Tenaglia and Beats 1 Anna Lunoe, the track is released 18th October.

Stone Temple Pilots Launch HD Videos, Purple Super Deluxe Edition Available Today

On June 7, 1994 Stone Temple Pilots released their second studio album, Purple and established their place as one of the definitive bands of their generation, as the album debuted #1 on the Billboard album chart on its way to selling more than six million copies.

Today marks the release the Super Deluxe Edition of Purple featuring a remastered version of the original studio album on both CD and vinyl, plus unreleased versions of album tracks and rarities, along with an unreleased full concert recording from 1994. The collection is available from Rhino as a 3-CD/1-LP set and via digital download and streaming services. Click here to listen or purchase now. A 2-CD Deluxe Edition is also available.

Soft Sports share vibrant new single ‘Graduation Day’

Juxtaposing lyrical introversion and sonic extroversion, ‘Graduation Day’ is an infectious combination of inventive musicality and compelling vocals, playing on the idea of mental state being its own disembodied terrain that must be nurtured and maintained separate to physical experience, an idea that is explored visually in Jamie Johnson’s beautifully chaotic artwork.

GOD DAMN return with explosive new track ‘Dreamers’ and announce forthcoming S/T album

At the same time as recording their third full-length album, former Catholic chorister and lead vocalist of Black Country rock trio God Damn, Thomas Edward, was suspended from his teaching job for destroying bibles. “It really wasn’t even that satanic, I felt that little baptised choir boy kick in as I was ‘recycling’ them and said “Lord have mercy on me”. A colleague filmed the whole thing and a member of staff emailed it into the school, pretending to be a put-out parent. I think I saw it as separating the state from religion.” Themes of religion, spirituality, society and politics permeate throughout their freshly announced forthcoming self-titled album out 14th February on One Little Indian Records. Today they share lead single ‘Dreamers’.


Today, rap supergroup Griselda make their Shady Records/Interscope Records debut with a powerful new single called “DR. BIRD’S.” The Buffalo, New York-bred group features Westside Gunn, his brother Conway The Machine, and their longtime collaborator Benny The Butcher. In addition, Griselda have announced the upcoming release of their long-awaited debut album, WWCD on November 29th via Shady/Interscope Records. The album will feature production exclusively from Beastbutcher and Daringer.

Griselda – “DR. BIRD’S” (Prod. By Daringer & Beat Butcha)

Negativland Share “Destroying Anything” With Brooklyn Vegan | ‘True False’ LP Out 10/25

Today, Negativland shares “Destroying Anything” with Brooklyn Vegan, off of their upcoming LP True False. “Destroying Anything” is the fourth single and first video of the project. The hypnotizing video uses a variety of footage covering topics of consumerism, the climate crisis, propaganda and much much more. That, combined with discordant soundbites, Negativland create a powerful visual statement on how the media has altered society.

Jennah Barry releases vintage-tinged single “The Real Moon”…new track from the “sweet and addictive” songwriter out today

Ahead of showcases at the Halifax Pop Explosion and Nova Scotia Music Week, Jennah Barry releases “The Real Moon” – a brand new single available to stream today on your platform of choice.

Nestled amongst the gently plucked nylon strings of a warm acoustic guitar and surrounded by flourishes of horns and analog-tinged synths, Barry’s “stunning” and “powerful” vocals float effortlessly in the mix. Once again finding its musical footing somewhere along the paths carved out by Harry Nilsson, Burt Bacharach, and Emmylou Harris, the vintage tones and feel of “The Real Moon” are contrasted by the track’s contemporary narrative.


Atlanta hip-hop, skate, and fashion artist Reese LAFLARE has announced his new album Final Fantasy via LaFlare Records / EMPIRE due out November 8th. The album features production from Hitboy, Bizness Boi, Foreign Teck and more. From a conceptual, visual and musical standpoint, Final Fantasy encompasses LAFLARE as an artist better than any projects have in the past. The album’s name Final Fantasy alludes to one of Reese’s favorite video games, but also to his childhood and early adolescence where he would constantly fantasize about himself in movies, music videos, albums, and cultural moments that have since become iconic in pop culture. In Reese’s new video, ‘Hol’ Up’ he is thrown into the bloody courtyard Kill Bill fight scene inside of a video game and pays tribute to one of his favorite music videos, ‘N 2 Gether Now’ by Limp Bizkit and Method Man.


The new EP includes Sasha’s latest track “smiling when i die” which made Refinery29’s “New Music To Know” list. Self Portrait also includes previously released tracks “at least i look cool”, “Dancing With Your Ghost” which was featured in HBO’s “Euphoria” and has over 19 million views on YouTube (Check out the acoustic video HERE) and “Thoughts” which made the coveted New York Times Playlist. In addition to these tracks the EP features 3 new songs “Thank God”, “Keep On” and “Too Sad To Cry.”

Prince ‘I Feel For You’ Unreleased Acoustic Demo Available Now For Prince Album’s 40th Anniversary

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Prince’s second album, Prince—which was released on October 19, 1979—The Prince Estate and Warner Records are pleased to announce the surprise release of a previously unheard, solo acoustic demo recording of the Grammy-winning Prince track “I Feel for You,” available on streaming services and as a limited-run 7” vinyl single.

The new two-track single includes the acoustic demo of “I Feel for You” on the A-side and the original studio recording on the B-side, and is available as a Made to Order release exclusively at Prince.com for the next seven

TCTS unveils new single ‘Not Ready For Love’ featuring Maya B

The critically acclaimed UK producer, artist, remixer, and DJ architects a rich soundscape upheld by a simmering beat, house energy, and club-ready grooves. Gliding above this sonic backdrop, Maya B’s voice slips from seductive verses into a catchy and confessional chorus, “I guess I’m not ready for love.” It has all the makings of a crossover anthem.