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Charli XCX approved/Swedish Grammy Nominated COBRAH releases subversive slice of ‘BDSM-pop’ on new single ‘DEBUT’

COBRAH is the Stockholm based electro artist, songwriter and producer that balances somewhere in the borderland between pop star, performance artist and agitator. With a visual expression inspired by punk, BDSM and fetish culture in just the past year, she was nominated for a Swedish Grammy as co-director of her debut music video, released the indominable ‘TEA’ via Rinse and was invited on stage by Charli XCX at her show in Stockholm.

Now, COBRAH sets her sights on global domination with new bop ‘DEBUT’, due for release today (March 13th) . “‘DEBUT’ is about introducing someone you know to something new that might be a bit scary but exciting,” says COBRAH. She goes on to add … “like bringing a friend to a crazy rave. In my case ‘DEBUT’ is about a point in my life where I casually dated a few straight girls and I wanted to write something that captures all the emotions that they felt.”

Black Crown Initiate Release Their Stellar Single “Invitation”

The track is off their new record Portraits of the Doomed Escape, which is set for release via Century Media Records on August 7th, 2020. The album was recorded at Think Loud Studios by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, who have also recorded bands like Rivers Of Nihil, August Burns Red, Lorna Shore, and many more.

“We tore our hearts apart making this record, and we can’t wait for you all to hear it. It’s the best thing any of us has ever made. More to come,” states the band.

CRYPTEX Releases Second Single and Breathtaking Video From New Album

It’s a well-known fact that the music is at its most powerful when it arouses our curiosity instead of simply providing us with prefabricated answers. When it caresses our soul rather than just rousing our intellect. When it boldly embraces revelations unapologetically and is not afraid to dig deep instead of anxiously scratching the surface. CRYPTEX combines all these qualities on Once Upon A Time. The third album of the band from North Germany is their most emotional, most profound and uncompromising piece of work yet, arresting in its propensity for darkness. An album with songs stylistically ranging from (progressive) rock to metal, from calm to violent, from catchy to virtuous tunes. And a slogan as emotionally unsurpassable as the band’s music: “Love is the answer!”. Once Upon A Time will be released worldwide on 8 May 2020 – it’s a red-letter day: there may not be an international cultural revolution happening but Once Upon A Time will make all of our lives a bit more colourful and certainly leave its mark.

Canadian indie/alt-rockers Autopilot destroy a perfectly lovely home

Ahead of their US tour, Canadian indie/alternative rock trio Autopilot have shared a new music video for the title track of their latest album Afterglow. The video for the shimmering rock song shows a riotous house party in reverse with the band supplying the live sound in a cramped basement. The low ceiling is enough to make anyone with the slightest bit of claustrophobia feel uneasy, but the killer blend of airy guitars, punchy beats and warm melodies will make you stick around. So who was the owner that let their house be ravaged for the sake of Rock n’ Roll?

BARRENS: Toilet Ov Hell Debuts New Video From Swedish Post-Rock Trio

Gothenburg, Sweden-based post-rock trio BARRENS, featuring members of long-running alternative/experimental indie rock unit Scraps Of Tape, is pleased to unveil their disquieting new video for “Atomos.” Now playing courtesy of Toilet Ov Hell, the moving track comes by way of the band’s impending debut full-length, Penumbra, set for release next month via Pelagic Records.

Americana/folk band, SATIN NICKEL, premieres new single, “Free”

Satin Nickel’s Samanta Aneson (vocals, guitar, banjo) wrote the song after moving from California to New York, away from her family and closest friends. “I’ve always been a super adventurous type and I knew from a young age I wanted to live in several different places throughout my life, but I didn’t realize how much I would miss the place I came from and the people there,” she told Audiofemme. “As an adult, I’ve lived on the other side of those decisions, and though I wouldn’t trade the opportunities and experiences I’ve had, I’ve lived with a lot of remorse. I’ve missed out on valuable years with my parents, for which the longing only grows stronger as they get older.”


Having gone viral in recent years for her super-protective health and travel methods – and once again on Wednesday, March 11th for an Instagram post highlighting her safety precautions being taken to protect against coronavirus during travel – Campbell shares the precautionary measures she is taking from start to finish, to protect her health pre and post flights during this pandemic.

Machine Gun Kelly x Young Thug x RJMrLA x Lil Duke x “Bullets With Names”

Machine Gun Kelly (EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope) returns with brand new track, “Bullets with Names” featuring Young Thug, RJMrLA, and Lil Duke, available now on all platforms. The pugnacious track blends MGK’s signature spitfire personality with Young Thug’s rapid rhymes. “Bullets with Names” centers around a ruthless trap beat and delivers lyrically packed punches warning those who dare to cross the powerhouse of Machine Gun Kelly; Young Thug, RJMrLA, and Lil Duke. Adding an edgy touch, “Bullets with Names” is a smooth yet energetic track.

FischerSpooner & US Presidential Candidate CASEY SPOONER releases “I LOVE MY PROBLEMS”

Legendary musician & US Presidential Candidate Casey Spooner is offering the world something we’re not used to – Difference. The former Fischerspooner star has a statement on the reasons for running below that you can digest, but today you can hear his latest single, I Love My Problems feat. Evan Hughes, which is a celebration of the perfection of perceived imperfections that make us human.

Lil Baby shares video for “Grace” feat. 42 Dugg from #1 album ‘My Turn’

Grammy-nominated artist Lil Baby has shared the video for “Grace” featuring 42 Dugg,” directed by Jon J. Earlier this week, Lil Baby’s album, My Turn, (Quality Control Music / Wolfpack Global / Motown Records / Capitol Music Group) topped the charts at number one on Billboard’s Top 200. This marks the Atlanta rap star’s turn with his first #1 album, with 197,000 equivalent units sold.

Toneraps – Track: Love in the World

Tone is a poet and rapper hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He prides himself on his witty lyricism and smooth flows, expressing himself to the fullest in the only way he knows how- through his music. His music career is still in it’s infancy, but growing quickly. Tone’s recently dropped single “Genkai” has amassed 75K streams in less than a month, and he fully intends make the most of that momentum. With his high energy flows, smooth yet stimulating aesthetics, and creative use of samples- there’s a lot to like about what he brings to the table.

FUNERAL LEECH: New York City Death/Doom Bringers To Release Death Meditation

Death Meditation spews forty-five soul-crushing minutes of death/doom darkness mired in contemplation of our mortal fragility. Recorded and mixed at Chapel Black Studios in Brooklyn, New York by Travis Bacon (White Widows Pact, Black Anvil, Hogwasche) and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold), through the putrid resonance of Death Meditation, FUNERAL LEECH believes that death is a new beginning!

New release NYC indie pop band Makeout Club share “Boredom”

The Makeout Club is the brainchild of New York composer, Robert Granata. Accompanied by Daniel Deitz, Jacob Read-Harber, and Jon Murphy. Their combined musical stylings paint lush soundscapes that take you on an adventure through space and time.

SONG PREMIERE: The Makeout Club – Lose Yourself

REMI Announce New LP + Share AA-Side Single

Prolific hip-hop duo REMI deliver a double dose in ‘Elevate’ and ‘Get It Right (ft. Jace XL)’ via Jakarta Records. The Double A-side single, out March 13th, galvanizes the duo’s position at the top of the hip-hop sphere both in their homeland of Australia and internationally. The monumental body of work to come in their forthcoming album, ‘FRIED’, drops on 24th April.

WATCH/LISTEN: “Blurr” by Ivytide

Ivytide is an indie band from Montreal, QC. Founding members Nathan Gagné (vocals/guitar), Kyle Ruggiero (bass) and Jamie Snytte (guitar) met at a recording studio, where they started to develop chemistry in their songwriting. The band’s songs emerge from a collaboration in production from all members, with keyboards provided by Adam Nutbey, and drums from Daniel Smilovitch.

CARRiNGTON MacDUFFiE Releases “I See You In My Dream” Single

Indie singer / songwriter Carrington MacDuffie has released “I See You In My Dream” as her latest single and lyric video, the follow-up to her captivating single, “Because I Couldn’t Have You.” The new lyric video was exclusively premiered by Digital Journal on March 13th.

With a soul stirring soft rock aura, this release will dazzle the airwaves and captivate the hearts of many. Its catchy and well written elements help listeners to find comfort in the lyrics and relate to MacDuffie’s enchanting message.

Introducing The Blossom; Watch “Kill My Mind”

Directed and shot by Natalie Falt (behind videos for Grimes, Billie Eilish), the visual uses dance & movement as an expression of the varying phases of heartbreak (created by the collective Dance-Lawyer). Says Lily, “I wanted to explore the relationship I have with my ex-loved one’s bedrooms. The places and spaces that became dwellings for endless nights, mundane in-between days, tears, belly-aching laughs, lies, fights, and perpetual dreams. Collaborating and creating with all women on set for this video felt completely natural and right.”

The Blossom’s latest music video explores how precious and haunted our bedrooms actually are

NEW MUSIC: Jesse Royal Releases New Single “Natty Pablo”

Jesse Royal, “one of Jamaica’s most important and charismatic new stars” (Noisey), is set to drop his new single “Natty Pablo” from his highly anticipated sophomore release. The single is out March 13 on Easy Star Records.

POORSTACY’s Debut Album ‘The Breakfast Club’ Out Now

The Breakfast Club is the follow up to POORSTACY’S 2019 EP, i don’t care, which has garnered over 30 million global streams. The album features production from Nick Mira, Taz Taylor and others from Internet Money including Pharaoh Vice, KC Supreme, Jared Scharff, Repko and OKTanner.

Mental Disaster: Premiere Video The Repulsive Abomination from upcoming album out 10 April

Norwegian Death Metallers Mental Disaster release the new video for their title track ‘The Repulsive Abomination’ from upcoming album today. The album is streaming on all digital services NOW and will be released on Digipac CD on 10 April 2020 via Death To Music productions.

For Skope: Felix Cartal releases folk-inspired “Mine” with Sophie Simmons (out now)

“In ‘Mine’ each verse is about a different kind of love. Verse 1 is about being sixteen, and your childhood, Verse 2 – a post-college adult and, The Bridge is a more mature adult looking back. We wanted it to be folk-ish in melody and in production to emphasize the focus on it being a narrative, really story-driven. Finally, the drop melody is Sophie singing a clean, sweet melody, and it being distorted kind of like what happens when one looks back on memories. We often remember them differently as time passes.” – Felix Cartal