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On the heels of her daring new single “STFU!”, London-based pop futurist Rina Sawayama returns to announce her highly-anticipated debut album. SAWAYAMA, out April 17th via Dirty Hit, is an intimate look into the artist and proof of why she’s pop’s brightest star. The album encompasses her most personal music yet sharing, “Previously I’ve put this sort of societal angle on it, because that pleases me, trying to take my story and make it into a bigger thing,” Rina explains. “But I’ve been using music quite therapeutically recently, to understand things that are happening in my life.”


Global superstars BTS just dropped their 1st Single “Black Swan”, an all-new Emo Hip Hop track that brings together a touch of Cloud rap, trap drum beats, doleful lo-fi guitar sounds, and a catchy hook.

In MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA released last year, BTS explored the message of finding joy in love and reaching out to the world, while standing at the beginning of a quest to find one’s true self. Now in “Black Swan”, BTS dives deep into their inner selves as artists and faces the shadows they had once hidden.

Denis First drops club-ready deep house cut ‘Kiss The Ground I Walk On’

Russian DJ and producer Denis First has unveiled his new single ‘Kiss The Ground I Walk On’, out 17th January via Ultra.

An infectious slice of vocal-laced deep house, ‘Kiss The Ground I Walk On’ masterfully blends heartstring-tugging emotion with irresistibly danceable production. It marks his return to Ultra, a label that he has been releasing music on since 2019.

Duke Dumont kicks off 2020 with new single ‘Therapy’

Multi-Platinum-selling Record Maker & DJ Duke Dumont has kicked off the new year with new single ‘Therapy’, out now via Virgin EMI.

A heart on sleeve, piano-driven vocal house record, ‘Therapy’ injects an anthem upon ravers. It follows on from October single ‘The Power’, a collaboration with Moroccan-English singer-songwriter Zak Abel that has clocked up over 35 million streams worldwide.

Out today | Norway’s Inger Nordvik releases new single “Lost”

Classically-trained Berlin-based musician releases new single ahead of debut album Time, out 7/2/20.

New single “Lost”, out today, explores the often difficult transition from being reliant on others to going it alone in the world, a journey we can make numerous times in our lives.

Recorded in Berlin with a setup of piano, double bass and drums, “Lost” is a loose and impassioned mix of folk and jazz – think Joni Mitchell in her Hissing of Summer Lawns phase – with stunning vocals from Nordvik and wild, improvised saxophone from German player Johannes Schleiermacher.

Boris Brejcha releases driving new single ‘To The Moon And Back’

Distinguished German DJ and producer Boris Brejcha unveils his latest project ‘To The Moon And Back’, out now via Ultra Music.

A driving, hypnotic roller, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is a no-frills club track designed for the late night dancefloor. Boris Brejcha combines his distinctive four-on-the-floor drum patterns with glitchy bass and stabbing synths offering up a cocktail of euphoric energy.


This week, Rolling Stone released an article previewing the headlines of the biggest stories in the music industry for 2020. One of our biggest takeaways from the article is about the continuous accessibility there will be for up and coming artists to create music & have a platform to share it.

For the first time in history, artists don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to put out a hit song — and things will only continue to get faster, cheaper, and simpler. Joining ubiquitous tools like Apple’s Garageband are, these days, a number of beat-making templates like Splice and Beatstars — for a testament to their value, just consider that Lil Nas X made his money-printing hit “Old Town Road” using a beat he bought on the latter website for $30 — and the exponential pace of upheaval in music production will usher in a new era of creativity.


Born and raised in Sydney, Australia – the now London/Amsterdam based producer duo Two Another made up of Angus Campbell and Eliot Porter are making a grand return following the release of their critically acclaimed 2018 debut LP ‘Another Tape’. Working with UK producer Utters (AlunaGeorge, Maverick Sabre, PREP), the band seamlessly blend R&B, Motown-era soul and contemporary electronic music resulting in their most assured statement to date titled ‘Another Night’.

GOD DAMN share new track + video ‘Hi Ho Zero’ taken from forthcoming album

Black Country rock trio God Damn have shared the next track from their freshly announced self-titled album; ‘Hi Ho Zero’ is a rampaging blast of garage rock, monolithic riffs and groove-laden, swirling vocals, recorded live with legendary producer Sylvia Massey (System of a Down, Slayer, Tool). A raw unrelenting track that pleads with listeners to put down their phone. “It drains one’s batteries, seeing the world in 1’s and 0’s all the time” says lead vocalist Thomas Edwards.

New > PEDRO releases new single ‘Calores’

Fast-rising DJ/producer PEDRO has announced the third in a series of quick-fire singles on Enchufada – ‘Calores’ is released today and serves as a final primer to his highly-anticipated forthcoming debut album, ‘Da Linha’, which is scheduled for release in March.

Montreal group THe LYONZ drop new ‘2nd U, Pt.1’ EP

THe LYONZ are a Canadian music group and art collective largely focused upon hip-hop and electronic work. The group formed in 2013 in Montreal, Canada, consisting of Salvo (Anthony Salvo) and Norrin (Terrell McLeod Richardson). Their debut album ‘Peace Beyond The Pines’ was released in 2015, leading them to perform various shows in Canada and landing a spot in Montreal’s 2016 international Jazz Festival. Their musical style landscapes atmospheric dynamics, conveyed through heavily processed synthetic layers, shifting drum patterns, and the blending in of treated instruments frequently met with melancholic verses. Their unique sound is often unconventional, with arrangements established by high production values, involving extensive digital editing and mixing.


Maryland’s rising heavy rock band Savage Hands have unleashed an intense new video today for their next single titled “Blue” from the band’s forthcoming debut album, The Truth In Your Eyes, out on January 31st via SharpTone Records. The video arrives a few weeks ahead of the band’s awaited North American tour with WHILE SHE SLEEPS.

José Feliciano Shares “The Chain”

Legendary guitarist/vocalist José Feliciano shares his latest track, “The Chain” from his anticipated new studio album, Behind This Guitar, out January 31st on Anthem Records/Anthem Entertainment. The stirring interpretation of Fleetwood Mac’s classic song features Jose’s signature and incomparable acoustic guitar playing, with a flamenco twist successfully making the iconic tune his own.

The Lone Bellow release “Count On Me” lyric video

The Lone Bellow has unveiled a super-charged muscle-car lovin’ lyric video for their chart–topping new single, “Count On Me,” streaming now at the band’s official YouTube channel. “Count On Me” is the first single from The Lone Bellow’s eagerly awaited new album, HALF MOON LIGHT, due February 7 from Dualtone Records (An Entertainment One Company); pre–orders – including limited edition gold vinyl and autographed merchandise bundles – are available now.

Music: London Songwriter Hedara Makes No Excuses in Potent, Alt-Pop EP

Returning at the start of a new decade, Hedara continues her rich vein of electronica-tinged pop with her second EP ‘Hurts’. Releasing off the back of an incredible debut year for the project, it’s a release that explores the artists personal experiences through the vehicle of emotive, nuanced alt-pop songwriting.