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Arran George – “Horror”

Soak in “Horror,” a work-in-progress from Cumbrian newcomer Arran George, who Consequence of Sound recently proclaimed “the emerging artist immediately evokes comparisons to Bon Iver, both in his lyrical sincerity and his wistful, acoustic-driven songs”

Lucia & The Best Boys release eye-catching video for new single ‘City Of Angels’

Speaking about the video, “City Of Angels video is a visual representation of how I think a lot of people are feeling within the state of society. People are forever judging themselves and others, this is intensified by social media where we are constantly looking at how other people look and comparing every part of ourselves, which can have a huge mental effect on people. I remember one day feeling really anxious and speaking to Ally about it, and he said that sometimes it feels like there is a devil version of yourself inside your head holding you back but you need to remember who’s the boss, which I thought was really funny and also very true. The two characters in this video represent that. I have found my own self-confidence from writing it. I feel more confident and comfortable in myself than I ever did before and I want to voice that especially to the youth who are the ones most likely to be effected by the current state of society.”


Rolling Stone is currently streaming “Low Blow” from RIGHTEOUS FOOL, featuring late CORROSION OF CONFORMITY co-founding drummer Reed “The Mule” Mullin on drums and vocals.

Hear Corrosion of Conformity Drummer’s Previously Unreleased Song With Righteous Fool


Award-nominated singer Gallant unveils his highly-anticipated official video for “Sweet Insomnia” feat. 6lack from his most recent album of the same name. The video debuted this morning on BET Soul and BET Her. Retro design meets bohemian décor in the artistic visual, directed by Cameron Dean, as Gallant croons bittersweet lyrics over the intoxicating melody.

Beautifully Personal New Album From Sea Wolf – Out March 20

Sea Wolf’s dark indie/folk sound and poignant delivery first garnered attention on his 2007 breakout track “You’re A Wolf” (which now has over 13 million Spotify streams). He went on to release two more studio albums and one stripped-down LP, but when Church recorded the next album, the songs didn’t feel quite right and he decided to scrap it. At that time, he was going through some serious life changes behind the scenes – dealing with the disintegration of a long-term relationship and reconciling with the death of an estranged parent – so Church took a step back. He spent some time scoring an independent feature, and returned musically rejuvenated and ready to dig deeper than he ever has before. The result is a compelling new record that feels emotionally raw, yet hopeful at the same time.

MIDNIGHT FOOLISHNESS Premieres Video for Single “2017”

“The story behind the record is its about an ex -girlfriend of the lead singer who is addicted to alcohol and becomes very mean and violent. She ends up trading alcohol for him.
On there final anniversary the singer spray paints their initials in front her house. That is what the front cover is on the album! The whole album is about love and finding a best friend. The guy tries to help the girl, but it does not work she never recovers from her depression” says lead vocalist Robert Corbino.

New > Listen to Handsome Boys’ (Moleskin & Boardgame James) debut EP

Handsome Boys began as a radio project between Moleskin & Boardgame James; their intention, write and play as many of their own beats on their monthly show as possible. The show, which ran from 2015 to 2018, proved a fertile playground for some of London’s most exciting MCs, with the apex often the few minutes dedicated to lacing one of the duo’s makeshift soul instrumentals. The ‘beautiful loops’ edit series was born, and with that the Handsome Boys aesthetic.

Tiësto Unveils The “BLUE” Acoustic Edit and Official Video

Grammy-winning, platinum-certified international icon Tiësto has released the acoustic edit of latest single “BLUE”.

A stripped back, gentle edit of “BLUE”, Tiësto’s latest reimagining pairs guitar melodies and subtle piano keys with vocals from UK talent Stevie Appleton, allowing the melancholic lyricism of the track to shine through. It follows on from the recent release of the official music video, which came out earlier this week.


Achieving perpetual motion, Ridha’s propulsion is fueled by recent collaborations with Lady Gaga and Virgil Abloh, two anonymous side projects plus a new moniker ELAX, creating the GRAMMY nominated “Midnight Hour” with Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign, producing both Frank Ocean´s “DHL” and A$AP Rocky’s “Babushka Boi” return singles and releasing the disco-drenched song “Why Not?” with Francis & The Lights. Behind the scenes, he teamed up with rap producer Kenny Beats for a grip of buzzing tracks, and joined Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dressner for studio sessions and a performance at their eclectic 37d03d (PEOPLE) Festival in Brooklyn. BOYS NOIZE is leading the way as techno, house, and pure rave continues to electrify the music world.

Raf Riley launches new label Loup with Etta Bond collab ‘Not Ur GF’

Etta Bond and Raf Riley have reformed their popular ExR collaborative project to deliver new single ‘Not Ur GF’, the maiden release on Raf’s newly-formed Loup Ent imprint, out today.

Arno Cost & Norman Doray kick off 2020 with feelgood house anthem ‘Darlin’

Another vibrant, feelgood house track, ‘Darlin’ is a disco-enthused banger that sees Arno Cost and Norman Doray deliver that sumptuous ‘French Touch’. It follows 2019’s ‘Together’, a similarly anthemic single that has since accumulated 5 million streams. Building on the track’s success, the duo went on to release further music on well known electronic music labels, including their latest single on Club Sweat in 2019 – establishing themselves as artists to be reckoned with in the process.

Neurosphere – Release Videoclip for “Intermittent Sun”

Neurosphere forms in 2003. The style of the band recalls the influence of really different bands (among the others Amorphis, Metallica and Opeth) and can be summarized as a mix of thrash and more dark riffs, with dreamy and thoughtful melodies, accompanied by clean, raw and growling vocals. Upon the release of the Rational Insanity EP in 2006, the first track Last Man Standing has been used as soundtrack for the Doom 3 Mod LMS Mod for DOOM3 (by Platinum Arts), award-winning at the IGF (Independent Games Festival) Awards, giving the band visibility and a solid fan base also outside Italy. The band’s first full length and debut album Megantereon has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Marco Minno (Neurosphere, Tothem) and Neurosphere.

RYDERS CREED Unleash ‘Lost Soul’ Music Video

Since winning the flagship HRH Highway to Hell competition in 2017 – beating out thousands of bands in the process – hard rockers Ryders Creed have continued to build their already impressive nationwide fanbase.

The Midlanders’ self-titled album from the following year was widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike, so the 4-piece’s follow up “Lost Souls” is expected to make huge waves in the NWOCR scene especially.

New Pagans announce debut EP ‘Glacial Erratic’

‘Admire’ is a curious love song about sticking around for someone after the spark of young love has gone. Beginning as a series of late-night scribbles, the song blossomed from vocalist Lyndsey McDougall’s thoughts about the perseverance and restraint needed to uphold a long-term relationship. The lyrics taunt at the mundane nature of longer alliances, but equally celebrate the resilience and beauty found in being content and committed to another person.


The single ‘Nude’ by the Vienna Future – Soul project ELIS NOA is the first release of the debut album “What do you desire?”, which will be released in April 2020. “What do you desire?” ask ELIS NOA on their debut album and mean in “Nude” especially themselves: What do I really want? What do I want in my relationship, friendship, work, etc. Am I really happy in i? Or am I satisfied with the circumstances that my conscience, my environment, my upbringing dictate? On the first single “Nude” Godino stands in front of her audience in exactly the same way: emotionally naked, honest and unadorned. And she immediately finds an answer to the question: she desires the muse who went back to his woman. ELIS NOA close with their debut album “What do you desire?” seamlessly to their single “Loveletter”: clever and catchy tracks meet direct lyrics and thus create a new pop – in the best sense of the word.

New Music // Marian Hill – “was it not”

NYC duo Marian Hill gear up for the release of a new EP and gift us with a little taste of what’s to come with their new single “was it not.” They’ve also announced their upcoming tour, check out the dates below!


Kiara Nelson first made a splash when she teamed up with M-22 to deliver the anthemic ‘After Hours’. The track received numerous plays at Radio 1 including spins from Scott Mills, Pete Tong and Diplo as it raced to 12 million streams at Spotify. The station’s support also extended to two live performances hosted by MistaJam at Radio 1’s Dance Anthems at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Café Mambo.

GAME ZERO Release ‘Believe’ Music Video

The video inspired by the true story of Onoda Hiroo, an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in the Philippine Island of Lubang during World War II. He had been ordered to stop the enemy advance and not to give up, at the cost of his own life. He did not surrender at the war’s end in August 1945. After the war ended Onoda spent 29 years hiding out in the Philippines. He held the rank of second lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army. He was the penultimate Japanese ‘ghost soldier’ to surrender.

Sam Tompkins drops Valentine’s-inspired single ‘You’re The Love Of My Life’

Kicking off the new decade, Sam Tompkins has unveiled his Valentine’s Day-inspired new single ‘You’re The Love Of My Life’, out now via Island Records.

A heart-on-sleeve love song with a modern swing feel, ‘You’re The Love Of My Life’ sees Tompkins deliver his trademark combination of honest lyricism and restrained production.


NNAMDÏ says the track “pinpoints behaviors and habits within us that we may not be proud of, so that we may bring them to light and work on them, even while acknowledging that there are imperfections within us all. And that’s just life.” He continues, “The whole song is a repetitious crescendo leading into a mantra during the bridge and outro made for self-reflection on issues of indecisiveness, selfishness, narcissism, depression, feelings of not belonging, and reversing unnecessary shame.”


Co-written byBeer and produced by Leroy Clampitt (who worked with Madison on her debut EP, As She Pleases) “Selfish” highlights the passion, poise and power of Madison’s vocals against a backdrop of minimalist, stripped-down production. “I wanted to give my fans more of a taste of what’s to come from my upcoming album Life Support, and with “Selfish” being my most personal and intimate song yet it felt like Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to share it.”says Madison.

Joseph Ashworth drops atmospheric new single ‘Breathe’

London-based DJ and producer Joseph Ashworth has unveiled his captivating new single ‘Breathe’, out 14th February via Disco Halal.

Taken from the forthcoming EP of the same name, ‘Breathe’ showcases Joseph Ashworth’s emotive, atmospheric brand of electronica. Featuring the delicate vocals of Vanity Fairy, no fewer than three versions of the track feature on the hotly anticipated EP, as well as further tracks ‘Alternator’ and ‘Expectation’.

New Single from the “Girl from the Black Forest” – Feb 18th

Ahead of the release of her debut album in May, the Award winning genre jumping Deep Pop artist Giudi releases a new single “Sleeping Boy”, a majestic piece of retro futurist electronic Pop featuring swirling atmospheric synths and descending bass lines, a reflective but uplifting story of a boy trapped and wanting to break free from the pressures of the brutalist architecture of society.

Watch > Sean Paul ft. Tove Lo > ‘Calling On Me’ > Video Out Now

Following the release of his new single ‘Calling On Me’ featuring Tove Lo, legendary GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-platinum selling Island Records artist Sean Paul reveals the official music video for the song today. Directed by Andy Hines, the video features both global chart-topping artists and comes after two stellar performances from the pair in New York City this week, where Sean Paul surprised fans by joining the Swedish hit-maker on stage for a special live rendition of the song.

Glass Forest: “I Remember”

Glass Forest is an indie-pop group based out of Vancouver, BC. Their new single – “I Remember” – blends electronic dance elements with atmospheric soundscapes resulting in a euphoric pop track.

Pike & Sutton Release New Single “Together”

Austin-based duo Pike & Sutton will release their full-length debut album Heart Is A Compass on April 3rd. Led by “hometown favorites” (Austin American-Statesman) Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton, the band has evolved out of the longtime alternative rock band Sister 7. Today they released their new single “Together” which debuted on Billboard.

Black Atlass shares new song “Lie To Me” on XO

XO artist Black Atlass has shared his first new song “Lie To Me” since his 2018 album. With his characteristic grit and darkness, the song lets his voice come through with lyrics expressing pain, uncovering troubled pasts, lies to spare resentment and other matters of the heart! He composes, writes, sings, produces and creative directs all of his work and has made a mark in the fashion world scoring films for Louis Vuitton, soundtracking Yves Saint Laurent ads, walking in Dior shows and appearing in Alexander Wang campaigns.

The Watershed release new single ‘Dark Desire’

Dark Desire is The Watershed’s first single release from their sophomore album Planets Away. This single displays a complex exploration of hope through a deeply moving nu-folk sensibility.

The Watershed release new single ‘Dark Desire’

Gavin Haley Releases “It’s Getting Worse” with Mokita via Red Bull Records

Featuring Mokita, the single laments on the feelings of falling in love, melding both artists’ sonic influences of pop, indie and electronic to create a lush, textured sound with introspective lyricism. The release comes ahead of Gavin’s forthcoming tour with Tate McRae, which will see both artists traveling across the US throughout April.