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LIFE share video for new single ‘Switching On’

Today, Hull’s LIFE continue their rapid upward trajectory with the announcement of their new single ‘Switching On’. Honing in on a more exploratory sound, ‘Switching On’ sees LIFE incorporate future-facing elements of electronic instrumentation with more experimental and brooding guitar/bass work, whilst reflective lyrics look back over the band’s journey together and what is yet to come.


Wiley returns with the official remix of his 2008 Platinum Single hit ‘Wearing My Rolex’ featuring Hypo. This follows on from the release of hard-hitting grime track ‘Mazza’ in January.

Pioneer of the grime scene in London, Wiley has gone above and beyond for the British urban music scene. Today, he shares a remix of his #2 smash ‘Wearing My Rolex’. The remix maintains the sample of ‘What Would We Do’ by DSK but the tempo is slowed down, creating a greater focus on the updated lyrics.


Singer Miguel Fasa Back in Studio, Single “Apologize” Out Now

Triple threat Miguel Fasa – singer, dancer, actor – is back in the Studio and writing new music for his forthcoming album. The follow up to 2018’s acclaimed STILL STANDING, FASA has several new tracks he can’t wait to debut for fans.

Sydney Singing Sensation, Tia, to Release Debut EP

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of her debut single Coke & Mentos last month, Sydney singer-songwriter Tia Beale’s debut five-track EP, TIA, has just hit streaming sites, with a physical CD release, distributed by MGM, also available. Recorded in collaboration with music industry veteran Steve Clisby (who has jammed with Jimi Hendrix and played alongside Kool & The Gang and Chaka Khan), who also acted as producer, Tia’s EP traverses a variety of genres, from the gentle balladry of Do It Over, to the dance floor pop of Coke & Mentos, synth and syncopated beats of Synergy, and hip-hop-flavoured Keep On Coming Back. The forthcoming single is Do It Over, a track which though upbeat melodically, speaks lyrically of the devastating loss of a close friend of Tia’s to suicide.

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Share Video For “Sukhe Phool”

Earlier this year, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan released their acclaimed third album Navarasa : Nine Emotions. At the heart of the album was the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organizing principle and on their upcoming record, YTK have paired each song to one of these emotions.


Rising star and creative presence Zsela has announced her much-anticipated debut EP, Ache of Victory, set for release on April 24th. Along with the exciting news, Zsela has shared her first new song of 2020, “For Now”, ahead of the EP’s release. This EP, produced by Daniel Aged (inc. no world), marks a musical beginning for the 25-year-old; although this is her first project to be released, Zsela has been making music and a name for herself for over a decade in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Vogue described Zsela as “transfixing” and this early collection of songs illicit just that; emotionally raw soundscapes layered over sparse and soft notes. “I was getting over a really toxic situation while coming into my own-I’ve taken my time to really get these songs to a place where I could feel good about releasing them,” Zsela says about the music she’s been gearing up to share.

KSHMR & Dharma Worldwide unveil Dharma Studio

California-born DJ and producer KSHMR and his record label Dharma Worldwide are proud to announce Dharma Studio, a brand-new music production education platform aiming to help producers of all levels find their way in the dance music world.

Striving to become the best place to learn and get the tools producers need for making music, Dharma Studio’s suite of resources includes tutorials from KSHMR and other Dharma artists, sound packs, templates, demo feedback and more.

Ginger Root premieres new funk-indie-pop single + music video “Karaoke” via The FADER

Today, Ginger Root announces his new album Rikki due out June 24 on Acrophase Records and shares its debut single “Karaoke” accompanied by a self-directed music video via The FADER.

Epicenter Onsite Experiences & Food Offerings Announced

With less than two months until the kickoff of the incredible spring festival season from Danny Wimmer Presents, the independent festival producer has announced additional onsite entertainment and unique food offerings for the second year of Epicenter, May 1, 2 and 3 at its new home at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

The 3-day destination music experience features an incredible lineup of chart-topping headliners and up-and-coming buzzworthy bands across the rock spectrum on four stages. The weekend includes one of the only chances to see rock legends Metallica in the U.S. in 2020 as they headline Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3, performing two different sets. Multi-platinum band Disturbed will headline Saturday, May 2. Additional must-see talent includes Lynyrd Skynyrd (in an exclusive 2020 North Carolina performance), Deftones, Godsmack, Volbeat, Staind, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Gojira, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Royal Blood, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, I Prevail, Alter Bridge and many more.


Circles Around The Sun Release “Leaving (Rogue Lemon)” Video

The clip was filmed and directed by Mat Dunlap with animation by Rob Fidel. Bassist Dan Horne explains: “‘Leaving (Rogue Lemon)’ is a story about a lemon that fell too far from the tree. It realized there was more to life than just being squeezed. It was tired of just making things sour, so it created its own path. But then after many wild adventures and tribulations it began to think, ‘Am I even a lemon? Was that tree even the tree from which I was grown? Maybe I was just dropped from the sky by a bird and fell through that lemon tree onto the ground, and that’s why I rolled so much farther than the others?’ The Rogue Lemon asks us to question if the cycle of life is really a cycle or is it a spiral?”

If You’re Sleepin’ On Fredo Bang…What You “Waitin’ 4”? 

Fredo Bang specializes in tough-talking street anthems, delivered with a gruff and deeply musical flow. Daring all haters and steppers to meet him face-to-face, Fredo shares “Waitin’ 4,” a new music video. Bodying a heavy-hitting beat from Hardbody B-Eazy and DJ Chose, Fredo shares some cold-hearted words for the opps: “Shooters gonna slide, gonna ride, when I say so/He say he got steppers, I ain’t hidin’, what they waitin’ for?” In the video, Fredo posts up on the block with a crew of Baton Rouge’s hardest, looking proudly inconspicuous in his RAW jumpsuit and with his chain honoring his late friend Da Real Gee Money. The latest release from the upcoming Most Hated project, “Waitin’ 4” follows “Yo Slime,” another tuneful trap anthem, which racked up over 2 million views on YouTube.

Kacy Hill debuts new song, confirms second album coming June 19

“‘I Believe In You’ is about finding faith and purpose in the relationships I keep when I feel hopeless,” Hill says. “I hit a point where I needed someone bigger than myself to believe in, and the concept of God as an almighty power hadn’t felt like it was right for me. Instead, I found comfort in the small bits of happiness that make life a little easier every day. Things get better and sometimes all I have to do is be present to enjoy them – that in itself is something to believe in.”

Suburban Living – ‘How to Be Human’ LP Out 5/22 Via EggHunt Records

Suburban Living started in Virginia Beach in 2012, but guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Wesley Bunch has come a long way since. In 2015, PaperCup Music released the band’s self-titled debut album, and Bunch relocated to Philadelphia. There, he added Chris Radwanski (guitar, keys), Mike Cammarata (drums), and Peter Pantina (bass) to his lineup. The next year, the four-piece recorded Almost Paradise (6131 Records) with Jeff Zeigler (Nothing, Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs). So why have three-plus years passed between then and the band’s third album, How to Be Human?

Brazilian/NYC-based, electro-indie duo B.A.D.A – ‘Exile’

The visual production (directed by Pedro Cesario and shot by filmmakers Gary Gananian and Francesco Grimaldi) portrays a man breaking free from a parallel reality he was forced into as a child. The self-produced, trilingual album was recorded internationally throughout 2019, first in a cabin in Woodstock NY, then at the Abbey Road Studios in London, and finally in Clayton’s bedroom in Greenpoint Brooklyn. B.A.D.A. worked with the house-hold engineer of Abbey Road, John Barret (George Ezra, James Bay), several guest musicians, and mastering engineers, Luke Moellman (Great Good Fine OK) and Chris Gehringer (Janelle Monae, Harry Styles) along the way to create an auditory and visual experience through their music.

Unwed Sailor announce new album ‘Look Alive’

As Unwed Sailor enters its third decade of creating lush, evocative instrumental music, the reasons behind the success of Johnathon Ford — a onetime member of Pedro the Lion and Roadside Monument — and his reliable musical project can be distilled into a single word: honesty. “There’s not one note on an Unwed Sailor record that I don’t believe in,” says Ford. “This is an honest representation of what’s going on in my being. We’re not trying to fool or dazzle anybody. We’re just bearing it as honestly as we can.”


As part of this one-of-a-kind feature, rappers break down some of their most recognizable and notable hits in an intimate performance, reimagining the structure and style all at once. For his entry in the series, G Herbo performed the title track “PTSD” [feat. Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, & Juice WRLD]. This rendition captures the song’s raw emotion like never before as it bleeds into “Intuition” with a stirring live piano rendition.

Live Well debuts “Classes” video

Frontman Paul Masbad tells Alternative Press: “It would’ve been easy for us to stay home, However, we worked so hard on this tour. Just because SXSW is canceled doesn’t mean the city is just going to shut down. There are lots of gigs that have [been] canceled, but there are still other people wanting to celebrate, throw shows and bring people together.”

Tim Burgess (of the Charlatans) Shares New Track “The Mall”

Of the track Burgess says: “The mall is like a state of mind – everything and nothing is there. It induces a kind of torpor. Even the process of going between floors is assisted by moving staircases. Shop windows are hypnotic but you don’t have to take part in anything. Malls are a great leveller – class and status disappear. They are like a waking dream, an altered state. A kind of limbo. Plus they are handy if you need new shoes or a doughnut.”


“Serve is a story about the highlights of my life. When I first heard the beat, it gave me a flash back to the music my uncle used to listen to. So, I decided to tell the story about all the things my uncle had got me into to be able to make some money. He’s actually my mom’s best friend but I called him my uncle since he was like a brother to her. He was a smooth hustling ass player.”

Early James Premieres Full Album “Singing For My Supper” Via Relix- Album Out Friday

Early James releases his debut album, Singing for My Supper, via Easy Eye Sound Records and Nonesuch Records this Friday, March 13 but fans can get a first listen of the record today via Relix, which says, “This is the debut full-length from Early, an Alabama native whose music draws from a blues and folk palette, often delivered with gruff and raspy vocals. The songs themselves contain elements of Southern Gothic tinged with a wry sense of humor.”

Album Premiere: Early James ‘Singing for My Supper’

“Ginny” – Sylo

Raised in Toronto, ON, Sylo’s (formerly Sylo Nozra) take on R&B is inspired by his environment. He was born into a Korean family with religious roots. This inspired him to sing as a child in church services, leading him to learn several instruments at once. Sylo’s musical talents were further enhanced by his older sister who played ’90s R&B and hip-hop to full effect.