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MOLASSESS Sign to Season of Mist

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Dutch psychedelic rock formation MOLASSESS. A new full length will be released in the fall of 2020.

Featuring four musicians from THE DEVIL’S BLOOD, MOLASSESS was formed upon being commissioned for a performance during the 2019 edition of Roadburn Festival. Yet, MOLASSESS is not a continuation of a buried past, nor a celebration of a cherished collaborator, but a culmination of heartache, requisite resolution, a rediscovery of rage and the relighting of a fire that never really burned out.


“Can We Kiss Forever” has accumulated over 250 Million combined streams to date and has seen an explosive reaction on TikTok with over 6 million videos posted to the track. The song follows Kina’s previous single “Get You The Moon,” which was praised by Idolator as a “moody chill-pop anthem.” “Get You The Moon” was released in 2018 and continues to grow worldwide, amassing nearly 400 Million worldwide streams to date. The track has achieved Platinum certification in Australia and Canada and Gold certification in the U.S, Brazil, Mexico and Sweden.

Flawless Real Talk partners with Augusta HiTech Music Copyright Blockchain

Augusta HiTech, experts in blockchain technology solutions, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and transformative technologies with the ability to shape the future, this week announced a new exciting partnership with Flawless Real Talk, a musical performer, producer, and recent Netflix series star from “Rhythm and Flow.”

As part of the partnership, Augusta HiTech will create a music copyright and distribution management blockchain with the storage of contracts. Flawless will add over 60 songs to the new chain from his original musical production.

NIIKA Releases “Girl Of An Arc” Single

Here’s a quote from NIIKA on the track: Girl of An Arc is my “sad for the human condition” song. We’re in such a heavy time right now, and I think all artists find themselves grappling with this heaviness in relation to their work. This song is my reflection on these cyclical patterns throughout history, and the unfailing resurgence of revolution (hence the reference to Joan of Arc).

Black Lips rescue lost Velvet Underground song “Get It On Time”

“Ten years ago I drove to a small town in central Florida to purchase the remains of a Tammy Faye Bakker television network. The equipment was in an old swampy garage inhabited by snakes and mold. I kept the cameras and studio equipment since then but it went unused. Zumi and I have been friends and collaborators since we were kids, and ‘Get It On Time’ seemed the perfect song to resurrect Tammy Faye’s studio. In addition to those, we paid homage to the legacy of The Velvets by shooting the rest of the video on 16mm film during a recording session at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles. The video moves between two worlds of performance and document, ultimately blurring the boundary between the two.” – David Black

LAKESHORE Premiere Video for Single “Mountain View”

“We are super excited to share this song with everyone, not only does the song hold deep personal meaning to us, but working with such an accomplished producer as Sahaj Ticotin (Motley Crue, Starset) and Directer Tom Flynn (Buckcherry, Lamb Of God) really made this vision come together. We are very excited to share more music with you soon, and to see what else 2020 has in store.” – LAKESHORE

Built To Spill share their version of Daniel Johnston’s “Life In Vain”

The band recorded these songs as a trio (Doug Martsch, Jason Albertini and Steve Gere) in August 2018 during rehearsals for their performances backing Daniel Johnston, though Johnston himself does not perform on the album. “It was pretty special for us,” Martsch told Rolling Stone of playing with Johnston. “It was a lot heavier than what I thought it would be.” As far as the album itself, Martsch added, “Basically we wanted to get a good documentation of what our rehearsals were like.”

CLIFFFS Share Video for Latest Single “Manatee”

“‘Manatee’ is an up-tempo, crunchy number rife with driving guitar grime, buzzing bass line, and emphatic drum strikes. The casually tossed off exclamations mirror the laid-back verve of the song structure that is held together with the bare rock set-up minimum, but creates maximum toe-tapping joy.” – Big Takeover

Kelsey – Teen Starlet Talks Mental Health And Bullying In Debut Pop Anthem ‘Nobody’

No gimmicks, no costumes and no glazing over the everyday issues that we all encounter, Kelsey’s songs are raw and will engage listeners from all walks of life. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Kelsey’s music has a celestial and delicate ambience, transporting the listener to a dream-like state where they can truly resonate with the conversational nature of her lyrics. Driven to communicate through her tracks by issues she has personally experienced, including cyber-bullying and loneliness, Kelsey is an all-American girl with a truthfulness which is lacking in so much of 2020’s pop music scene. Nobody is her first single release, a sombre track lyrically, yet ultimately an uplifting journey through break-up and self-discovery.

For Skope Mag: Mackenzie Shivers New Music Video “The Canyon” 

In an homage to the majestic landscapes of the American West, singer-songwriter Mackenzie Shivers finds solace among the Colorado mountains in her music video for the “The Canyon.”

Director Ross Vedder (who also worked with Shivers on “The Unkindness”) shot and edited the video, capturing her fierce determination to outpace a — very real — snowstorm in a 1969 Chevy Malibu.

share the video for ”Out of Reach” and announce live dates in UK & Europe

Responsible for one of the best debut singles of last year “Do Yeah,” Aussie bunch Bananagun have hatched another slick psyched-out gem that’s part Motown banger, part funkadelic soul train that’s just rolled in from the Melbourne outback. Nick VanBakel, band leader, star captain of the good ship Bananagun has shared the story behind “Out of Reach”, and here it is, verbatim:

Ms. Danielle ” Pull Up” New Single

Video: Young Dolph & Key Glock – “1 Hell of a Life”

Young Dolph and Key Glock have the charisma of rock stars and an appetite to match. Taking their taste for the finer things across the Atlantic, the Paper Route EMPIRE heavy-hitters share “1 Hell Of A Life,” their new video. The new clip finds Dolph & Glock living large in Amsterdam, kicking it with models in five-star hotels and enjoying a scenic ride through the city’s canals. The video features a prominent cameo from Bandplay, the track’s producer, who lays down the song’s entrancing guitar riff without breaking a sweat. “1 Hell Of A Life” is a highlight track from Dum & Dummer, the Billboard Top 10-peaking 2019 joint album from the two Memphis-born artists.


Brooklyn, by way of the Bay Area, songwriter/producer, Emmett Kai, revealed “Tiger Balm” today – the third single in a string of gradually released new music he is unveiling over the first half of 2020. “Tiger Balm” is a summer anthem in the making, anchored by the upbeat tempos of his previous work and accented by laid-back, somber vocal melodies that serve as a perfect counterbalance. With each new single, Emmett continues to cement his position as a dynamic crafter of songs with an innate ability to conjure dynamic earworm hooks.

Greentea Peng Shares New Track “Ghost Town”

Following a triumphant 2019, Greentea Peng (Aria Wells) is pleased to today share new track “Ghost Town”, a first taster of fresh music this year. The deeply personal “Ghost Town” is accompanied by a beautifully-shot video directed by The Mill’s Melody Maker and set on The Aylesbury Estate, which is currently being demolished as part of a longstanding and sustained housing crisis. It is the first overtly political song that Aria has released and it’s clear that she is impassioned and outspoken about the injustices we all see around us on a daily basis. It may be a snapshot of London but the message of “Ghost Town” speaks to all of us universally. Watch and listen to it HERE.

MORTUOUS: Decibel Magazine Streams Among The Lost / Mors Immortalis From San Jose Death Practitioners

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the Among The Lost and Mors Immortalis demos from San Jose death metal practitioners MORTUOUS in full. The two long out-of-print recordings will be released on one CD this Friday via a joint partnership between Carbonized Records in the United States and Triumvirate Of Evil in Colombia.

Full Album Stream: Mortuous – ‘Among The Lost / Mors Immortalis’


On the new music video, BAD CHILD notes: “I wanted to work on something interdisciplinary and I found it was a perfect medium to explore animation. Like the song I wanted to create a truly multimedia experience.”


The visual captures the palpable tension of the track. Over a jarring, yet sparse beat, Herbo’s commanding flow captivates with darkness and dynamics all at once. The clip continues what has become a tradition of cinematic and provocative videos, bringing listeners deeper into his story. Among widespread acclaim, Rolling Out selected “Gangbangin” among “the stand out tracks” and added, “Herbo gave us a classic and continues the tradition of Chicago rappers providing substance.” Meanwhile, the tune tallied over half-a-million streams.

DESERT STORM: menacing new song “The Machine” streaming now!

Vocalist Matt Ryan tells us more about the song theme: ”The Machine’ is about the ending of mankind. As a whole our species is absolutely fucking atrocious and I find comfort in the fact that one day, we will no longer be a stain on the surface of this planet. A majority of the human race blindly exist and consume in a system that is completely fucked. There is a likeness to sheep and pigs who know no better, who are one day destined to be led to slaughter because of the base level creatures they are. The Machine is the final resolution that will make way for a brighter future. What many fail to realize is that we are not the final stage in the evolutionary process. Celebrate as we move ever closer to extinction.”

Oxford’s DESERT STORM Is A Well-Oiled Sludge “Machine”

Kollision shares “Walkin” on Quality Control

QC’s Kollision first broke out on the original Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 1 compilation with his smash song “Space Cadet” which has earned over 7 million plays, and went on to drop two solid projects under the label. Today he shares his first single of 2020 titled “Walkin”, listen below and watch for more music coming soon.

Kollision Shares “Walkin” On Quality Control

Moneybagg Yo Releases Video For “Pistol By Da Bed” Today

The hard-hitting track is off his latest album, Time Served, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album features collaborations with DaBaby, Future, Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker and more. Time Served marks Moneybag Yo’s official return from his 2019 critically acclaimed album, 43VA HEARTLESS (which Pitchfork rated a 7.5).

Stunna 4 Vegas Releases Video For ‘Do Dat’ Ft. DaBaby & Lil Baby

Stunna 4 Vegas (Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment/Interscope Records) has just released his video for “DO DAT” featuring popular rapper and label head, DaBaby, and Atlanta artist, Lil Baby. Directed by TheReel Goats, the video trails the North Carolina-born rapper as everyone tries to solve the one question circulating both the rumor mill and the song’s hook: “He got rich in six months, how he do that?'” The three artists trade bars while the video provides glimpses into their flashy lifestyle. The humorous visual opens and closes with a skit giving some insight into Stunna 4 Vegas’ entertainment style.


This music video is meant to communicate the story of psychic violence against women. Not to be a frame for frame retelling of the lyrics; no, instead it needed to show the bigger problem, how women’s pain is commodified, fetishized, transfigured by male heroism and then broadcast as artistic. Katharine immediately understood the song completely, and her direction fiercely & precisely interpreted the source material. It was so rewarding to watch the incredible crew so efficiently bring her vision to life. And I’m so glad my music lent itself to something so striking.