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LAURAN HIBBERD releases pulsating new single ‘Bang Bang Bang’

Positioning herself at the forefront of the emerging indie landscape, slacker pop queen Lauran Hibberd kicks off 2020 with pulsating new single ‘Bang Bang Bang’, set to drop January 17th.

Primed to capitalise on a whirlwind twelve months, the hotly-tipped Isle Of Wight native delves further into her indie rock cannon, producing her boldest release to date in ‘Bang Bang Bang’, a charisma-fuelled, sing-along-inducing anthem designed for bigger audiences and bigger stages.

Ani Glass’s new video & new album MIRORES

In 2020, Ani Glass’s debut album MIRORES finally sees the light of day. The follow up to her debut EP Ffrwydrad Tawel (2017, Recordiau Neb) is the culmination of over four years developing her own sound and visionary artistry. With its tapestry of electronic sounds, elliptical melodies and samples threaded into a song cycle, MIRORES is based around the idea of movement and progress – one which takes us on a journey around her hometown of Cardiff. You can hear Ani’s recorded sounds of the urban landscape throughout; the movement of traffic and people and the magical yet infrequent sounds of nature coming together to create the score of a city’s symphony.



Omaha, NE-born rap-singer SK8 has released his highly-anticipated new EP, sk8sounds, which is available now via his own Alignment Records and Art@War/Atlantic Records at all digital music retailers and streaming services.

Koven Release the Next Step to Butterfly Effect

Koven are an eclectic pair and it’s not just their music which has caught the attention of global tastemakers and members of their audience. It’s also the live energy which Katie Koven injects into their DJ sets, whilst bringing her vocal talents into the mix and presenting a package which boasts the ingenuity of both Katie and Max. After debuting ‘Your Pain’ on Monstercat, the esteemed label which is being used as a platform for their sophomore LP ‘Butterfly Effect’, they’re about to reveal a double-sided single again highlighting the host of new music they’ve prepared for 2020. If this next package is anything to go by, it’ll be another climactic year for the duo.


Wiley kicks off 2020 with hard-hitting new single ‘Mazza’, out 17th January via his own imprint CTA Records.

As uncompromising as ever, ‘Mazza’ sees Wiley in a typically hyperactive mood as he lays down a barrage of quickfire bars. The track also features a verse from West London MC, Scruffizer. It marks the first single release from Wiley’s forthcoming Godfather 3 album.

ALA.NI Releases New Single and Video “Papa”

Today, the UK-born, Paris-based artist ALA.NI released her new single and video “Papa” off of her upcoming sophomore full-length ACCA (out January 24th). So far the album has been acclaimed by NPR Music, The FADER, Vibe, Flaunt Magazine, and Nylon, who described “Papa,” as “a percussive, chant-like track that orbits around a hypnotic central line.”

Bonded Debut Album ‘Rest In Violence’ Out Now

German thrash metal band BONDED, which features former Sodom members Bernd “Bernemann” Kost (Guitars) and Markus “Makka” Freiwald (Drums), are releasing their debut album Rest In Violence today worldwide via Century Media Records. The band also features second guitarist Chris Tsitsis (ex-Suicidal Angels), bassist Marc Hauschild and vocalist Ingo Bajonczak (Assassin). With the release of Rest In Violence, the band have created nothing short of a highly versatile and hard-hitting thrash metal debut together with producer Cornelius Rambadt (Sodom, Disbelief, Onkel Tom) at the Rambado Recording Studio in Essen, Germany. The album’s artwork was created by Björn Gooßes / Killustrations (Aborted, The Crown, Carnal Forge).

GZ Tian reveals new single ‘Moody Kid’

Rising Chinese-English singer/songwriter and producer GZ Tian has announced his forthcoming ‘Another Artist’ EP, due out 27th March via Believe Digital. GZ Tian has also shared the first single and music video from the EP called ‘Moody Kid’, out today.

‘Moody Kid’ is an emotionally-charged slice of modern hip-hop, paired with a lo-fi, psychedelic music video which shows Tian giving an effortless performance of his new track. GZ Tian’s latest serving follows his 2018 debut single, ‘Laid Back’ and is a strong display of his genre-bending sound, anticipating what’s to come from his upcoming project.

Anthony Mills – ‘Rusty Cadillac’ Video

Americana storyteller Anthony Mills subverts the confederate flag on new video

Raised in Ohio, by way of Louisiana. Anthony Mills was a producer, and hip-hop artist. However, by using his Louisiana heritage, Mills has made an unexpected, yet big shift in his musical career, by creating a collection of new tracks from the Deep South.

CHARLI ADAMS releases reflective, folk-tinged new cut ‘Cloverland Drive’

Growing up in Alabama, Adams made the transition from cheerleader to passionate songwriter early on in high school. With few musicians, fewer concerts and family that belonged to a deeply conservative church, the alt-rocker resorted to playing secret shows in cafes and coffee shops. At age 16 she left high school and moved to Nashville where she immersed herself in the underground scene and began creating a wealth of material unbecoming of her adopted hometown.

Ben Watt Releases “Summer Ghosts”

“Summer Ghosts” is the latest single to be released from musician-writer-DJ Ben Watt’s upcoming fourth solo LP, Storm Damage, out on January 31, 2020. It follows the recent singles “Figures in the Landscape” (Spotify New Music Friday UK playlist) and “Balanced on a Wire” described by BlackBook as “…one of the most visceral pieces of music he’s ever recorded” and premiered on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show.

New Music // WILDES – “Let You Go”

Today (January 10th) listeners get their chance to walk through something special in the form of the brand new EP by London’s up-and-coming singer-songwriter, WILDES. The record, titled Let You Go, speaks straight to the heart, nourishing the soul and possesses that rare ability to simultaneously both chill & warm the heart to exacerbate your mood. You can also hear the new music at Paper Dress Vintage in London on March 24th.

New Empress Of for ‘The Turning Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

The Turning Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out a week from today and here’s the next track from it via Los Angeles singer/producer Empress Of for “Call Me”. In keeping with the 90s world created for the movie by director Floria Sigismondi and within the rest of the soundtrack produced by Lawrence Rothman and Yves Rothman, “Call Me” is a slice of 90s pop nostalgia reminiscent of The Cure meets The Cranberries. Lawrence Rothman who wrote the song with Empress Of and Yves Rothman explains “When writing the track with Lorely, Yves and I had the idea of writing something that was dreamy and processional; the movie’s swan song. it became a track that Floria Sigismondi used on set a lot to set the mood when shooting the scenes of the dreamlike limbo that the ghost Ms. Jessel is trapped in.”

OUT NOW! British Lion album ‘The Burning’ + new video

It was recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by legendary Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris,. It features 11 powerful rock tracks including ‘Lightning’, ‘Spit Fire’, and the title track ‘The Burning’, which they have just shared the official video for and features live footage of the band on tour.