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Mild Minds delivers majestic debut album MOOD

Mild Minds has unveiled his debut album MOOD, out now via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records.

A nine-track release, MOOD is underpinned by a polished brand of ambient electronica that the Australian artist has made his own. Kicking off with ‘MOVEMENTS’, an ethereal, experimental offering that has previously been released as a single, the LP then masterfully careens through different styles and tempos, strung together by Mild Minds’ own haunting vocals.

Solardo and Eli Brown reunite for new single ‘My Life’

Solardo and Eli Brown have again joined forces for dancefloor-rocking new single ‘My Life’, out 13th March on Ultra.

A progressive house smash laced with a soaring vocal, ‘My Life’ is the kind of track that’s destined to take both charts and dancefloors by storm. It marks the follow up to ‘XTC’, a single that went down as one of the songs of summer 2019, amassing 17 million streams on Spotify alone and receiving support from the likes of CamelPhat, Denis Sulta, Carl Cox, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Richy Ahmed and Nic Fanciulli.

The Reverend Shawn Amos Releases New Single “Troubled Man” With Billboard Magazine

American roots artist The Reverend Shawn Amos has shared a new song “Troubled Man,” which premiered via Billboard. Amos told Billboard that the track is “a song about denial and what it means to be a person living in desire, to have that collateral damage that occurs when that happens.” Amos will release his new album Blue Sky on April 17th.

Sparks sing our minds with “I’m Toast”

“I’m Toast” precedes Sparks’ upcoming 24th studio album, A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, due via BMG on Friday, May 15. Pre-orders are available now, with all pre-orders joined by instant grat downloads of “I’m Toast” and the album’s acclaimed first track release, “Self Effacing.” A number of formats are on offer, including CD, 2x heavyweight colored and picture disc vinyl, and cassette; limited exclusives include signed prints, deluxe CD book editions, and a very special Sparks beret. For complete details, please visit allsparks.com.


With Bryce on vocals and Cam on guitar and turntables, the two began releasing one song a week—on Wednesdays at 9am to be exact. By the 20th week, they realized they were onto something when they were able to make this their full-time career. The year was now 2017, and the two were monetizing on this movement, hitting all streaming platforms aggressively, primarily YouTube. When they reached 60 weeks and 60 songs, they decided to hit 100. By the time they turned around and looked back, NEFFEX had galvanized an entire fan base eager for the next track, with 1.5 Billion streams in pocket.


Co-written with songwriter Raevennan Husbandes, known for her collaborations with artists including Kathryn Williams, Lisa Hannigan and Michele Stodard, the song’s melancholic piano is contrasted by Raevennan’s fluid finger-picking guitar style, which alongside Josh thoughtful lyrics and intimate soulful vocals create another soaring cut to add to the talented artist collection of heart-wrench songs featured in ‘Pull Me Back In’.

Flash Gottii releases 20/20 Vision EP today

Kansas City artist Flash Gottii is excited to debut his 8-track “20/20 Vision” EP today. The project features production by multi-platinum hitmaker D.A. Got That Dope [“Taste,” “ZEZE,” “Godzilla”] and available now via Entertainment One/100 Entertainment. The EP’s lead single “Paper Chase” featuring Trippie Redd has topped 100,000 plays on Spotify. The music video directed by California Creatives shows Flash and Trippie shutting down their mansion party and kicking out the women, so they can curb distractions and get back to their paper chase.

New release EVY ‘Embla’

The enchanting melodies by Swedish pianist and songwriter EVY (Mari Kronlund) grows through improvisation in a meditative state of mind, influenced by folk music, jazz and pop. The music captures everyday joys and sorrows, embraces longing for undisturbed nature and stillness and lets the listener drift within to wherever needed.

24hrs Smokes On Ninja Turtles and Takes “Selfies” in His Virgil

Known for his high-pitched hooks and lavish lifestyle, 24hrs is one of ATL’s melodic rap standard-bearers. Stacking flexes with a stuttering flow, 24hrs shares “Selfies,” his new single. Showing off his skillfully outlandish boasts atop cascading keys, 24hrs gives us a glimpse of his ‘Gram-worthy day-to-day: “I got all these baddies, they won’t fit in the coupe/You did your own makeup, I can tell/Girl, I’m proud of you.” Produced by DJ Marc B, “Selfies” is the Private Club Records / Rostrum Records signee’s first new song of 2020, and the opening salvo from 12 AM in Atlanta 2, 24hrs’ upcoming mixtape, hosted by DJ Drama.

Australia’s chart-topping THE BUCKLEYS release first worldwide single “Money”

The Buckleys’ new single “Money” is their first worldwide release and embodies the band’s brand of “Hippie Country” – a genre representing the infectious personality and spirited conscience that the band maintains. The track was written by Sarah Buckley, who wrote with multi-platinum songwriters Phil Barton (Lee Brice/A Woman Like You) and Dave Thomson (Lady Antebellum/747) during her time in Nashville.


Nashville-based Colorado-bred singer/songwriter Michelle Mandico has unveiled a beautiful new video for “Ptarmigan,” the title track of her widely-praised LP released in 2018. “Ptarmigan” was filmed on the ski slopes at Loveland Pass in Colorado; Mandico, who grew up on these same slopes, wrote the song on Christmas Day in 2015, after she skied the silent, empty slopes alone, contemplating a challenging time she was going through personally and within her family. She spent most of her time using a lift called Ptarmigan – a ptarmigan is a cold climate-dwelling bird that changes color (from dark to light) with the seasons for survival. She wrote the song that night and began to identify with the ptarmigan’s symbology, thinking of it as a metaphor for that season of her life, an artist passing through darkness into the light.

Arkansas-Based Pop Punk Band Go For Gold Drop New Single “At Home”

Serving as the lead single off of their upcoming ‘Color Me’ EP (out May 15), the band is diving in headfirst with poignant lyricism and sentimental instrumentation. It’s rare for a band to be this well-developed so early on in their careers, but Go For Gold have earned unwavering support in their local music scene, and their ability to craft infectious pop-laced, yet punky, hooks caught the ears of InVogue Records.


Alabama-bred, LA-based rapper/singer/poet and activist Chika just dropped her debut EP Industry Games via Warner Records. The EP spans seven invigorating and expertly crafted melodic tracks, emphasizing Chika’s versatility as she paints a vivid picture of her self-made success, trials and aspirations via deft wordplay and a rapid-fire flow over hard-hitting beats. The project showcases why she’s inspired widespread acclaim and is one of today’s most influential young voices in the music industry, touching on issues affecting young artists in music and overall youth culture.


Fivio Foreign drops the highly anticipated remix of Brooklyn Drill anthem “Big Drip” today via Columbia Records. Produced by AXL Beats, the song features Quavo and Lil Baby. With a strong trajectory at the top of the year, Fivio Foreign has been declared one of 2020’s Artists to Watch.

Qveen Herby teases new single in supernatural video – ‘Check’

Iconic independent rap sensation Qveen Herby has announced the upcoming release of her eagerly awaited new single. “Check” arrives at all DSPs and streaming services on Friday, March 27.


“El Dueño del Sistema” J Álvarez lanza hoy el remix del tema “Piel con Piel” junto a tres artistas firmados a su disquera “On Top Of The World Music”, Carlitos Rossy X Jonna Torres X Persa. Como costumbre, J. Alvarez lanza éxito tras éxito, con sus líricas singulares y música bailable, este tema es otro éxito para la larga lista de temas que han pegado bajo el lápiz y voz de este talentoso cantautor.


The clip impressively neared 1 million views in less three days. It intercuts intimate real-life moments between Queen Naija and her boyfriend Clarence White. Cycling through actual Facetime chats and iPhone video, it seamlessly reflects the vulnerability of the track itself. Over acoustic guitar-laced minimal production by Rice N’ Peas [Kiana Ledé, Bazzi], emotion shines through the verses as she confesses, “I still get butterflies.”

Rosie Carney announces new EP and shares song “when i look at you.”

Following her critically acclaimed debut album Bare, Rosie Carney returns with new single “when i look at you.”, the first single of upcoming EP i dreamed i was the night.

With more than 2 million monthly listeners and over 70 million streams on Spotify, Carney’s debut album ‘Bare’ received praise from The Line of Best Fit (9/10), Mojo, The Sunday Times, PASTE, NPR and Uncut.

ALIEN TANGO invites you into his zany, oddball-pop world on the ‘Friends!’ EP

London transplant from Spain Alien Tango releases new EP ‘Friends!’ a zany look into his oddball-pop world.

Behind Alien Tango and its surrealist vaudeville hides Alberto García. He may be located in London, and raised in Murcia, but his antennas are directed to outer space, from where he receives what he claims are the classics from a parallel timeline.

The Psychedelic Furs share new song, “You’ll Be Mine”

Seven weeks before the eagerly awaited release of The Psychedelic Furs new album, Made Of Rain, The Furs are making available the song “You’ll Be Mine.” This is the second new song to be lifted from their forthcoming album, alongside the breathlessly received “Don’t Believe,” which was made available in January. Both tracks are available to stream now and download when you preorder the album.


Co-written with songwriter Raevennan Husbandes, known for her collaborations with artists including Kathryn Williams, Lisa Hannigan and Michele Stodard, the song’s melancholic piano is contrasted by Raevennan’s fluid finger-picking guitar style, which alongside Josh thoughtful lyrics and intimate soulful vocals create another soaring cut to add to the talented artist collection of heart-wrench songs featured in ‘Pull Me Back In’.

Ghosts of our Former Selves Explore Male Loneliness in New Single ‘Island’ (Fans of Jack Savoretti)

London three-piece Ghosts of Our Forner Selves return this March with the soulful new single ‘The Island’, taken from their second album due for release this year. Comprised of lead-singer Theo Brehony, guitarist Sanderson Rocha, and producer Fred Ala – They’re a creative juggernaut that addresses everyday issues to wider, socio-political turmoil in their music.

renforshort DEBUTS teenage angst EP OUT NOW on INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Today, 17-year-old singer-songwriter sensation renforshort releases her genre-spanning debut EP teenage angst via Interscope Records – listen here. The EP is a collection of seven soul-baring, youth-driven songs about young love, anxiety, restlessness, and self-image, among other personal topics which captures the fleeting, ultimately beautiful uncertainties that come with growing up.

Additionally, due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the coronavirus and for the wellbeing of her fans, the previously scheduled EP release shows in NY and LA next week have been postponed. The dates will be rescheduled, and previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates or refunds will be available via point of purchase.

Canadian rapper Dax releases highly anticipated EP ‘I’ll Say It For You’

After a string of single releases, including ‘Dear God’ at the end of 2019, Candian artist Dax now releases his anticipated EP project, I’ll Say It For You, out today via BMG UK.

“I’ll Say It For You”, is a seven song, three chapter journey touching on LIFE, FAITH & LOVE that Dax recorded in just three days during his holiday break.


El cantante Boricua/Dominicano de música Urbana, Paulino Rey lanza hoy el sencillo “Tu Ta Loca” junto a los máximos exponentes del genero Jowell X Randy. En los primeros tres años de carrera artística, Paulino Rey fue escogido como uno de los prospectos musicales nombrados por el popular portal urbano, Rapeton “Rapeton Approved”. Ahora firmado con Black Tiger Records, el artista ha tenido la oportunidad de brillar.


Canvasback Music and Atlantic Records are proud to announce that Grouplove have released their fourth studio album Healer; available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The album, produced by Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) and Malay (Frank Ocean), includes lead single “Deleter,” which is currently top ten on the alternative radio chart.

Marie Dahlstrom releases new single ‘Home With You’

One of the more delicate, R&B-leaning cuts from the album, ‘Home With You’ features production from long-term collaborator Dan Diggas (known for his work with Mahalia), guitars from friend and collaborator Sipprell, and a talk-box section from DT Soul. The track is an honest, positive reflection on personal flaws. “I will accept your flaws / just the way that you’re accepting mine / No, I’m not really one to judge” Marie sings, atop of subtle electronic production and soothing piano chords.

egomunk shares new EP ‘Only One’

egomunk has today released the brand new EP Only One, available now on vinyl, CD and streaming platforms, as well as sharing the video for the beautiful track ‘Islands’.

Blending an eclectic mix of styles and influence, Only One opens with ‘Radio Hum’, an dark unnerving track which builds through a blend of pulsating beats and interchangeably brooding, dissonant and infectiously melodic guitar lines, set against half-spoken, hauntingly hollow and distorted vocals. The chilled, atmospheric tones of ‘Drift’ provide a change of pace, lending a hint of influences from electronic jazz, before the latter half of the track explodes into a crescendo of driving beats and passionate vocals.

Carley Arrowood launches solo career with debut single ‘Dear Juliana’

There’s something special about seeing an artist take a first step into the spotlight of a solo career —and today is just that moment for North Carolina singer, songwriter and violinist Carley Arrowood. For those immersed in the world of bluegrass, her name may already be familiar from her years as an accompanist who’s appeared at venues as famed as the Grand Ole Opry, but now she’s stepping out on her own with a deeply personal approach to every aspect of her music, from original songs to moving vocal performances to supple, distinctive instrumental work.

Track Premiere: Dear Juliana from Carley Arrowood


This marks the very first collaboration between the Los Angeles MC and Houston’s red-hot queen of hip-hop. On the track, Tyga serves up his slick signature bars before an immediately hashtaggable and hypnotic hook. Meanwhile, Megan makes a stunning cameo with explosive attitude and star-power fully on display. Additionally, they team up in the sexy and cinematic music video, projecting the song’s energy widescreen.

KALEO Announces New Album, “Surface Sounds”; Arriving 6/5

Frontman and songwriter JJ Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years, allowing for a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in a spectrum of sounds recorded around the world – in North America, South America and across Europe. The final product is refreshingly free of calculation, with Julius Son allowing each tune to dictate its path while simultaneously leaning-in to his blues, folk and rock inclinations.

LA Hip Hop Duo Coyote Releases “Hoodrat” Track and Video Today

Fresh off of supporting The Game on a European tour, rap duo Coyote release the infectious banger “Hoodrat” (produced by Cabri Taddeo) today. Gaupo Cortes & Ricky Blanco, who make up Coyote, low ride over this Kid Frost “La Raza”-sampled raunchy track, ready to stamp their names alongside the rest of today’s California rap greats.


Get ready, because this is a record of epic proportions and has just come in hot from vibrant Colombia. Titled “Tesoro de Amor,” it’s the quick-stepping, traditionally-inspired brainchild of three Colombian legends — multi-Grammy Award-winning icon and Latin music superstar Juanes, global bass pioneers El Freaky, and acclaimed accordion and folk singer Alfredo Gutierrez, known as the King of Kings and famous for winning the Vallenato Legend Festival three times.

LA Alt-Rock Trio New Language Drop New Single And Music Video “No Time”

Buzzing LA alt-rock trio NEW LANGUAGE has dropped a new single and music video titled “No Time.”

The band says, “No Time” is the universal anthem that digs deep into the modern everyday stresses of our society that keeps us all constantly running out of time to take the time to focus on ourselves. Swaying, moving, headbanging and singing along: “Losing my head, losing my mind. No Time! No Time!”

PORCELAN Releases Visuals To Her “do-not-mess-with-me” New Single

“Act Out” is the follow-up buzz single to PORCELAN’s chart-topping hit song, “Lois Lane”, which became a Billboard Magazine Top15 record. “Act Out” will be featured on PORCELAN’s forthcoming debut album, “Mood Ring”, to be released this Summer. The in-your-face single was written by Porcelan, Hamilton Hardin, Denarious Holmes and produced by Hamilton Hardin.


Recorded in LA with Inflo (Karen O / Danger Mouse, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Simz) and Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, M83) the track is the second to be taken from ‘Mixtape EP’. The release also includes the band’s explosive hymn “All Your Friends”, the four-to-the-floor indie banger “Coffee & Cigarettes:, “Don’t Forget It (Punk)” and the heart wrenching “Boardwalk:, which shows a more vulnerable side to Jack’s writing and bares the depth of the band’s sound.