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A weightless, carefree slice of modern pop, “Billboard” sees Tifa switch between English and Mandarin vocals, with Jonas delivering a typically polished production to match. It also comes with a captivating official video shot exclusively in Shanghai, with the nation’s hyper-modern cityscapes proving the perfect backdrop for the track’s vibe.


Additionally, KAYTRANADA will celebrate the release with a pop-up in Montreal next week on December 19th designed by Faysal Matin and Liam MacRae, featuring exclusive merch, posters, and more, the pop up will be free to enter during the day and ticketed DJ set in the evening.


“A vital new singer makes her debut…an emo-rap Dark Side Of The Moon …Modus Vivendi suggests Enya and Pink Floyd as much as Frank Ocean…the sound of a realist and fantasist sparring, it reflects an artist still coming into focus on her own thrilling terms.” – ROLLING STONE (4 stars)

“Shake is a shape-shifting vocalist, able to instinctively channel the angst of emo, the tenderness of gospel, and the emotionality of R&B.” – PITCHFORK


Klangstof burst back onto the scene late this year with the reveal of stunning new singles Attack Attack and Blank Page. The Dutch band today continue to march towards the release of their upcoming sophomore album The Noise You Make Is Silent with sprawling indie tour-de-force New Congress, New Father. Recalling the likes of Radiohead and Tame Impala at their finest, New Congress further cements Klangstof as a band demanding your attention in 2020.

Circles Around The Sun Announce New Studio Album

Circles Around the Sun have announced a March 13, 2020 release of their third full-length studio album. The self-titled, seven track collection marks the final recordings of founding member and guitarist Neal Casal. The sessions were tracked at legendary recording engineer Jim Scott’s Southern California studio just one week prior to Casal tragically taking his own life. In a note left behind by Casal, he requested that the album be completed and for the band to continue in his absence. CATS has since made the decision to honor those wishes. For the immediate future, the band comprised by keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy will move forward without adding a permanent member to fill Casal’s seat, but to instead rotate different guitarists in his place. Plans are currently in the works for a 2020 U.S. tour in support of the new album, while a three show Colorado run is scheduled through New Year’s Eve with guitarist Scott Metzger.

Circles Around The Sun Announce New Studio Album & Final Recordings With Neal Casal

New Music From J.I. The Prince “Hood Life Krisis Vol. 2” Out Now On G*STARR ENT

18-year-old up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper, J.I. the Prince of NY released his debut mixtape Hood Life Krisis Vol. 1 this past September. The seven-track project featured his hard-hitting single “Need Me” which peaked at #18 on the Spotify Viral Chart, and “Love Won’t Change,” which amassed over two million views on YouTube in under one week. Today, the rapidly rising artist is back with Hood Life Krisis Vol. 2 on G*STARR ENT.

Country-Rocker, Cory Marks, releases “Better Off”

“Better Off,” the second single from Better Noise Music Nashville artist, Cory Marks, is a rocking, countrified reflection on love not-quite-lost. The relatable break-up ballad is about bittersweet moment of parting ways with a toxic person in your life for your own happiness, even though it’s hard to let them go. The video for “Better Off” is a walk through a town filled with memories of that previously-special someone. “I had a great time on set while making this video. Blake (director Blake Judd) did a great job showing love and loss while not being too obvious about but still capturing great moments in and out of the relationship,” explains Cory.

Upcoming Canadian country rock artist Cory Marks releases new single ‘Better Off’

Baxter Dury Shares New Track “Carla’s Got A Boyfriend”

Baxter explains of the song: “It’s about someone who wants believe that Carla’s got a new boyfriend but it might not be her boyfriend and that someone might not even have gone out with Carla in the first place…”

Tyla Yaweh Shares “I Think I Luv Her (ft. YG)” Tour Video

“Tyla Yaweh is already doing big things […] there’s a pop sensibility to Tyla’s music that makes it palatable to the masses…” – Pigeons and Planes

“[An] allegiance to unfiltered self-expression stands out on his latest project, Heart Full of Rage…” – Wonderland Magazine

The Blue Stones Share New Single “Grim,” Announce North American Headlining Tour

Today, Canadian rock duo The Blue Stones have shared “Grim,” the second single off their upcoming sophomore album out on Entertainment One (“eOne”) next year. “Grim” finds the band exploring a more experimental sound, blending lo-fi beats with a hip-hop-inspired vocal approach while still remaining true to their alternative-blues roots. Following the success of “Shakin’ Off The Rust,” the track showcases the band’s continued lyrical growth as vocalist Tarek Jafar takes a darker look into his vices.


“When we made this record with Diplo, we knew it was going to be special,” explains SIDEPIECE. “We kept going back and forth to get the mix just right but were finally able to nail it. Diplo has been rinsing this one out for over a year now and the reaction has been amazing so far. We’re so excited for it to finally be out!”

Filmore Releases New Song “Busy”

Written by Filmore and Justin Ebach and produced by Ebach, Zach Abend and John Luke Carter, the emotional track is about dealing with the aftermath of a breakup and trying to get over someone.

“Sometimes it can be less painful to simply ignore our heartbreak,” Filmore shared exclusively with The Boot. Whether it is focusing on work or going out with friends, it can be easier to fill your day with activity to avoid thinking about that person. ‘Busy’ is about doing anything but dealing with the inevitable.”

THE THIRD MIND Premieres Video For Second Single; Debut Album Out February 14

Featuring Dave Alvin (guitar, vocals), Victor Krummenacher (bass, vocals), David Immergluck (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), with special guest Jesse Sykes (guitar, vocals), the album was recorded and mixed by Craig Parker Adams at the late great Winslow Ct Studios in Los Angeles.

Shannon LaBrie Celebrates the Holidays with Home From Anywhere

“‘Home From Anywhere’ is a perfect song for anyone who’s looking forward to getting back home for the holidays,” remarks The Boot contributor Amy McCarthy. Released last month on Moraine Records / LaBrie Records, Home From Anywhere EP was recorded live onto two inch tape, giving the album a nostalgic, vintage, feel that resonates with the holiday season.

Shopping (FatCat Records) x Bitter Sweet

Due out on 7th Feb via FatCat Records, the new album sees the trio’s vision remains the same– self-described as groove-centred, deeply queer and political by default – whilst also expanding even further on their kinetic, minimalist dance-punk template that has previously earned them plaudits from all quarters (NME, Pitchfork, the Quietus, NPR, DIY, Loud & Quiet, Crack, TLOBF), as well as bringing in impressive co-signs (Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker is a fan) and a loyal, cross-continent following accrued over three, acclaimed albums.

Electronica Duo Frere Drops New Single “Often Wrong”

Frere is a collaboration between two friends with too much vinyl and too many synthesizers. The result is past-midnight dusty house and garage with an unpredictable musicality and filmic ambition

DJ, vinyl junkie, and fashion aficionado Paul-Anthony Smith, and producer, synth hoarder, and multi “non-instrumentalist” Andy Savours make electronic music with a rare depth, density, and detail. Using Paul-Anthony’s record collection as their inspiration and Andy’s shoegaze-inspired, textural beat-making as their method, Frere’s timeless electronica is both hypnotic and human.

GRIFF Releases New Holiday Track “Eternal Flame”

The version of “Eternal Flame” that has emerged is a classic pop anthem given the GRIFF treatment: self-produced, stripped-back, and requiring little more than bedroom electronics, gentle orchestration and GRIFF’s soaring, gospel and R&B-inspired vocals to make even a Bangles classic sound totally her own.

Swamp Dogg Announces New Album, Shares First Single

The follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune—Swamp Dogg’s first album to debut on 11 Billboard charts (including at #7 on ‘Heatseekers’) and his first chart ink since his 1970 song “Mama’s Baby – Daddy’s Maybe”—Sorry You Couldn’t Make It allows Jerry Williams, aka Swamp Dogg, to finally dive into the sound he grew up playing: country.