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C. SHIROCK Entitled “Lost To The Night”

Co-written and produced by Thomas Doeve, the track was written about his brother, who he hadn’t seen or talked to in a few years. C. SHIROCK shares, “He told me the heartbreaking story about how his brother had disappeared and abruptly cut off communication with his family after suffering from his experiences in the military. As we talked and processed the situation, we started asking, ‘if we had a chance, what would we say to someone we’ve lost?'”

Rising Australian band The Jungle Giants debut new single “Sending Me Ur Loving,”

The Jungle Giants are vocalist/guitarist Hales, lead guitarist Cesira Aitken, bassist Andrew Dooris and drummer Keelan Bijker. Together they have released three LPs, Learn to Exist (2013), Speakerzoid (2015) and Quiet Ferocity (2017), the latter of which produced the ARIA-certified Platinum single “Feel The Way I Do” as well as three ARIA-certified Gold singles: “Used To Be In Love,” “Bad Dream” and “On Your Way Down.

Smokepurpp & Denzel Curry Invade the World of High Art in “What I Please”

Bringing a raucous energy with him wherever he goes, Smokepurpp specializes in anarchic party rap. Injecting chaos into the buttoned-up world of high art, Smokepurpp shares “What I Please,” his new single. With a beat from Quadwoofer, OJ Finessey, Mike Hector & KBeaZy and a motor-mouthed guest verse from Denzel Curry, “What I Please” is a no-frills slapper with a declarative hook–an ode to doing and taking whatever you want without regard for consequences. In the video, Purpp and Curry crash an art gallery, delivering a dose of South Florida energy into the staid atmosphere, tearing art off the walls and spray-painting their own in the process. Directed by Unkle Luc (Future, Young Thug), the Complex-premiered video is the latest from Deadstar 2, Purpp’s December 2019 project.

Kingswood announce defiant new album ‘Juveniles’

Following on from the release of singles ‘Say You Remember’ and ‘You Make It So Easy’ in 2019, the Melbourne four-piece kick off 2020 with the announcement of their long awaited third studio album Juveniles and the latest single, the intoxicating ‘Bittersweet’. Along with the reveal of new music, Kingswood also unveil new 20+ Australian tour, kicking off in Victoria in March before travelling nationally through April, May and June.

J.I. The Prince of NY is the rising brooklyn rapper

J.I. is an 18-year-old rapper from Brooklyn who should most definitely be on your radar. Known for his melodic flow, infectious charisma, and powerfully honest lyrics, J.I. has drawn a devoted fanbase that includes over 926K followers on Instagram. Last year he earned buzz with Hood Life Krisis Vol. 1 — a seven-track project featuring his soulful but hard-hitting single “Need Me” (now at over 7 million streams on Spotify). He later shared the video for “Love Won’t Change” and his follow up mixtape, Hood Life Krisis Vol. 2.

Mr. Elevator (Tomas Dolas, Oh Sees) Share “Goodbye, Blue Sky”

Mr Elevator, project of Oh Sees’ Tomas Dolas, have shared their upcoming LP, Goodbye, Blue Sky. Their third full-length album premiered exclusively with KEXP, praising tracks including, “Waiting” describing it as, “the synth-fueled track could easily be mistaken for a Vangelis or Giorgio Moroder film score. Goodbye, fuzzy ’60s acid-fueled psychedelia. Hello, ’80s cinematic electronica. Okay, the acid’s still there but it’s an entirely different trip.”

Vetty Vials soars in new single ‘Pride’ from forthcoming album

2020 brings Sydney songwriter and performer Vetty Vials into a brand new creative chapter. Having first established herself on the touring circuit back in 2017 with the I am okay, I promise EP, the artist has developed into a formidable new voice with evocative stories to burn. Her debut album, Conversations With Myself, is the perfect introduction to Vetty Vials’ sound, while single ‘Pride’ leads from the front with heart.

RAPHAEL WEINROTH-BROWNE: Decibel Unveils New Video From Canadian Cellist/Composer

Worlds Within is the stunning debut solo album from Canadian cellist and composer RAPHAEL WEINROTH-BROWNE. Having been an integral creative force in groups such as The Visit, Musk Ox, and Kamancello, as well as having recorded and toured extensively with Norwegian progressive rock/metal band Leprous, this new solo effort sees WEINROTH-BROWNE exploring his cellistic voice even further. Worlds Within takes full advantage of the possibilities of the instrument; all of the sounds on the album – melodies, harmonies, riffs, textures, and even percussion – were created on cello with amplification and effects pedals.

Video Premiere: Raphael Weinroth-Browne – ‘Tumult’

Long Beach Dub Allstars Return With First New Music In Nearly Two Decades With “Tell Me”

It’s been 15 years since Long Beach Dub Allstars disbanded, but in 2016 the group continued their path of musical evolution and the legacy they started with Sublime. Now, after this lengthy hiatus, the Long Beach Dub Allstars have returned with their first new music in nearly two decades with a new album and their single “Tell Me” available on all digital platforms on January 17th. The song is the lead track on their upcoming eponymous album, “Long Beach Dub Allstars”, which was recorded with producer Cameron Webb (NOFX, Mad Caddies) at his facility Maple Studio in Santa Ana, CA and will surface in early 2020 via Regime Music Group.

Video: Mo3 – “Apartment” ft. Boosie Badazz

Effortlessly switching between athletic rhymes and blusey sing-song, Dallas rapper Mo3 is a budding star. Looking back at his humble origins and marveling at how far he’s come, Mo3 shares “Apartment,” his latest video. Making excellent use of 3’s expressive singing voice, “Apartment” is a true-to-life trap ballad with a feature from Boosie Badazz. Though their life circumstances have dramatically improved since their youths, both emcees are quick to remind that they’re still the same baby from the projects: “We was starvin’/I had a Dr. King dream but I’m not Martin/Was tryna cop a chain and rings so we start robbin’/Now I stuff 50 in my jeans and ease all robbin’,” rhymes Mo3. In the video, 3 and Boosie host a party in the courtyard of a Dallas apartment complex, sippin’ from styrofoam and flashin’ their jewelry with a dozen of their best friends.

TARA SIMMONS new single ‘Let’s Go’

Playful, energetic and colourful ’til the end – just like the artist herself – Tara Simmons’ new single ‘Let’s Go’ is a decisive, yet beautifully wonky electronic bop that moves in unexpected directions. The release marks the first anniversary since the beloved Brisbane artist’s passing in 2019 and is made possible by a group of her musician and industry pals as well as family and friends.

HUMAN IMPULSE: Extreme Minneapolis Trio To Release Debut EP

Minneapolis-based punk/metal/noise trio HUMAN IMPULSE is preparing to release their eponymous debut EP in late February. The band has offered a foretaste of their new effort, allowing the lead track “Behind Your Back” off the chain alongside preorders and other details on the record.

Dead Ghosts Premiere New Video With Shindig! | Album Out April 24

Canadian garage rockers Dead Ghosts new music video for the track, “Drugstore Supplies” premiered today on the Shindig! magazine website. “Drugstore Supplies” is the first single release from the group’s highly anticipated upcoming album Automatic Changer, out April 24, 2020 via Burger Records and available to pre-order now.

Premiere – Dead Ghosts ‘Drugstore Supplies’

New Music Weekly Magazine Announces NMA Nominees

New Music Weekly has announced the nominees for its annual New Music Awards 2020. Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish & Lizzo are among the many major artists while independent artists, Garrett Young, Eileen Carey & Joy Mover are among numerous indie artists which received nomination accolades. The popular music publication which provides weekly charts from Top40, Country to Hot AC has opened its open ballot by which subscribers and music fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites towards the final outcome of winners. In addition to artists and song categories, there are nominations for radio stations, programmers, labels and industry professionals.

NMA Winners

Walking Rumor release first single ‘Rest in Defeat’

Nu-metal band WALKING RUMOR has always been on a mission to deliver honest and approachable metal with their own take on the sound of the early 2000’s. Drawing inspiration from bands such as Linkin Park, Papa Roach and Bring Me the Horizon, these four guys from Odense, Denmark see no limitations to how rap, heavy rock and metal can be combined.

New UK rap from Natty Wylah – ‘Feel U’, out now

Greeting 2020 with a burst of inspiration, Natty Wylah releases new single ‘Feel U’, produced by dylantheinfamous. Another injection of lyrical dexterity from the North London artist, it follows the widely-praised 2019 single ‘WHOAMI’, supported by Radio 1’s Toddla T, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Selector Radio’s Jamz Supernova.

New Music Video From Spencer Hendricks – ‘Losing Touch’

OUT TODAY: Uppermost releases revolution-inspired single ‘Fire Starter’

Uppermost releases his new single ‘Fire Starter’ on 17 January via Uppwind Records. Uppermost has seen support from BILLBOARD, Complex, Dancing Astronaut, YourEdm, Paper Mag, Magnetic Mag, Clash Mag, This Song Is Sick, Earmilk and Discobelle. He has featured on tastemaker Youtube channels such as Mr Suicide Sheep, Tasty, xKito, Purely Chilled, Chill Masters, Saints Of Serenity, Silk Music, and Wobblecraft, and has racked up a staggering 50 million Youtube views, and over 50 million streams on Spotify. He has released official remixes for Dada Life, Lemaitre, and The Midnight, and has releases on Sony BMG and Ministry Of Sound, as well as his own prolific imprint Uppwind Records.

KOOLKID unveils glistening debut single ‘2 SOON’

‘2 SOON’ flaunts a chilled atmospheric pop sound, blending organic and electronic elements to masterful effect. KOOLKID’s smooth emotive vocal is at the forefront of the catchy yet delicate pop track.

“The song is about being in a relationship and knowing it’s not working out the way you intended, but you’re scared to mention it because it’s too soon and things might get better… ‘2 SOON’ brings this concept to life,” says KOOLKID.


Shot in East London and directed by Will Beach (Octavian, IAMDDB) ‘Public Enemy’ is a cinematic style video, paying homage to the 90’s depicting INFAMOUSIZAK as a public enemy, playing on the infamous part of his moniker.

Rotten Mind – ‘Not One of You’

Today marks the release of “Not One of You”, Rotten Minds third and last single taken from the band’s fourth album “Rat City Dog Boy”, set for release February 7 on Lövely Records. “Not One of You” is the most darkwave- inspired track of the LP. The reverby guitar sounds, fat and pumping bass à la Joy Division and lyrics about alienation contribute to a gloomy atmosphere.

Jauz unveils high-octane ‘Dangerous Waters’ EP

The five-track EP opens with the recently released ‘Bring Em Back’ feat. TYNAN. The track combining rave sirens, bass wobbles and unruly drops, summoning all fans to the dance floor. This is followed by ‘Dangerous’ which centres around numerous colossal drops and the dubstep-inspired ‘There For You’. With the tempo showing no signs of letting up, ‘The Beat’ brings Jauz’s signature production style to the fore, while ‘Get To Me’ brings ‘Dangerous Waters’ to an exhilarating finale.

RUNESCARRED Release Video for “Poison Oasis”

Austin, Texas progressive rock/metal band RUNESCARRED have launched the video for “Poison Oasis,” from their forthcoming full-length debut The Distant Infinite. Vocalist Ven Scott comments on the video:

“This song absolutely highlights the strong work of Tim, Skunk and Josh. Being our most proggy, time-bending tune I really wanted a video that focused on strings, and here you have it! Even I ignore the vocals and listen to and watch the finger work extravaganza.”

Video Premiere: Runescarred – ‘Poison Oasis’