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Vanessa Zamora, psychedelic Pop star & Producer from Tijuana closed out an epic 2019 with performances on Univision (national television) and ACL festival. This year, she announces her first single of the decade, “PSILOCIBINA” inspired by a psychedelic internal journey guided by psilocybin. The track is set to release April 3 on Cosmica Artists.
“Go In Your Strength” is an anthem for the ages, a mid-tempo inspirational song created to encourage believers and non-believers around the globe to press on through every trial. The entire South Wind Vol. 1 album was written and recorded during the short span of two weeks in South Africa and co-produced with Nqubeko Mbatha and Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe. Highlights of the album include a prominent feature from African superstar Ntokozo Mbambo, and a worship track sung by Franklyn in the African indigenous language of Zulu.
House Music Meets Global Cuisine in new video series – Streaming Now
After teasing their pioneering new film series with an appetizer episode last year, Berlin-based DJ and producer Kevin Knapp’ Kevin Knapp and his creative partner Mario Münster are launching a video series about the often interconnected worlds of global cuisine and house music, hosted exclusively by YouTube channel turned record label Eton Messy.
Graham Bodenham – ‘Fantasy Girl’
‘Fantasy Girl’ is a pop rock story which describes a relationship with an amazing woman with many desirable attributes, such that the author cannot believe his luck. The lyrics describe the woman as “too good to be true” which leads us to wonder if she is real or maybe just a figment of the imagination. The video concept was to create a montage of about 60 short, unrehearsed, unscripted cameo shots of real women in normal or natural daily situations to provide a counterpoint to the impossible expectations conjured up by the fantasy image of the song lyrics. The subjects were women I encountered randomly over a six month period in Edinburgh; on the street, in the museum, in markets and in parks. With no studio, no Photoshop, no special make-up and no special effects, the women were invited to express themselves however they chose. The resulting video shows that we are surrounded by strong, confident women, demonstrating a rich diversity of styles.
NEWS: Marshall Chapman’s new album ‘Songs I Can’t Live Without’ due out May 15th.
Marshall Chapman has been making records for longer than most of today’s indie rockers have been alive. Songs I Can’t Live Without is her 14th release, her eighth on TallGirl Records.
“I went through a lot of trauma five years ago, which had me telling myself and anybody else who’d listen, that I had retired from making music,” Chapman says.
TIA, Releases Debut EP with Heavyweight Support – ‘Do It Over’
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.
Mush share new single “Fear Index”
“Fear Index” is a crisp one minute forty seconds, juxtaposing lead-singer Dan Hyndman’s existential woes against absurdist guitar wrangling. Taken from their new EP “Great Artisanal Formats”, Dan Hyndman explains how the EP came to be:
We felt like we wanted to be back in the studio ASAP after finishing “3D Routine”. This was a strange record because we had the idea for it, in terms of format, before writing any of the songs. I’ve always enjoyed the early punk budget 7″ E.P’s and also I’ve always wanted to do a Record Store Day release. It’s weirder than the album, very much a throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks approach. Which with our sensibilities means it’s ended up more guitar laden and busier than ever. Lyrically more abstract than record, bit of a breather from the politics.
Recently crowned West Australian Music’s Best Regional Act for 2019, Margaret River’s conscious roots collab Blue Child Collective has powered into 2020 with their mesmerising new single Golden.
Following on from the group’s third documentary The Art Of Sound last November and a solid cycle of touring for album Wake Up to the Sound that included widespread airplay, Golden is the first taste from their fifth long player due out later this year.
Low Hummer share new video for ‘The Real Thing’ – Watch Now
Guitarist and singer Daniel Mawer: “Obviously a lot of our shows over the next few months are cancelled, we had so many exciting gigs lined up so we’re obviously gutted but we spent most of last year in isolation making music so we’re ready to do that all over again. The main thing is the health of everyone concerned with the festivals, so many of them involve D.I.Y independent promoters and event organisers and we wish them all the best as they navigate through such tricky postponements. We hope that by Autumn we’ll be out playing again, we’re already itching to get going, and it’ll feel like a really poignant moment when we get back on stage again”
Monsieur Minimal returns as a new “messiah” in his new music video from his upcoming single “Release Me”
Monsieur Minimal is a composer & song writer born and raised in Greece. His music is defined mainly as vintage pop with a lot of electronic elements expressed through sensual vocals.
PRIMO! – Melbourne rock quartet release new video ‘Machine’
PRIMO! are delighted to announce the release of their second full length album, Sogni, on April 17, via Upset The Rhythm. Sogni is the follow up to 2018’s Amici. Today they share the video for new single ‘Machine’.
Literate, loft-quaking, new-wave indie: STONE’S ‘LEAVE IT OUT’
Poetry from a tense 3am taxi queue and paint-stripping guitar lines make the debut single from emergent Liverpool agit-new-wavers, STONE an essential window into the discordant feelings of today’s cut-free twenty-somethings. OUT NOW, LEAVE IT OUT finds the prose-spitting tongue of front man, Finley Power, relay the electricity of late-night chaos and the insecurity of social-media-fuelled youth.
Skating atop instrumentals with his easy melodies, Rockie Fresh is a hard worker who makes his craft feel effortless. Determined to leave the past in the past, Rockie Fresh shares “Let It Be,” his new single. Tip-toeing atop Eastern strings and syncopated 808s with his lilting auto-tune, Rockie stresses the importance on saying out of the fray–why should Rockie mess around with beef? He’s rich! “I’m tryna stay low-key/Why you wanna know me?” asks Rockie. His first new single of 2020, “Let It Be” quickly follows the video for “Feelings Hurt,” a breezy video single with appearances from Casey Veggies and 24hrs
Central Florida’s Wreath will release their self-titled debut EP on May 15, 2020 (digital, limited cassette) via New Granada Records. The Revolution Summer-inspired quartet exploded onto the Florida punk/DIY scene in late 2019. Quickly hitting the studio, the band tracked five lyrically charged songs that tackle today’s political climate and the myriad of trials associated with surviving in the world.
BENJAMIN SCHEUER RELEASES “I AM SAMANTHA”
Canvasback Records/Atlantic Records is proud to announce the release of “I Am Samantha” from singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. The touching track recounts the real-life journey of Samantha Williams – a transgender woman who Scheuer first met and befriended at a coffeeshop in New York City.
8.5 million people tune in to watch Beatport’s 34-hour live streammarathon with DJs from around the globe, raising over$180,000 for the AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) and WHO COVID-19 Funds.
Beatport, the world’s leading destination for electronic music, today announced that its34-hour live stream “ReConnect” in partnership with Twitch, raised more than $180,000 for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the AFEM Members’ COVID-19 Hardship Fund. Set up specifically to administer donations from this event to help struggling AFEM member companies retain lower earning workers who would otherwise be let go, and to direct funds to individuals within the membership in most need of urgent financial help. Donations are still being accepted
Having relocated from Northwich to Edinburgh to Cornwall to Sheffield to London (for six long years) and now to coastal Wales, Joe Banfi has finally found the place where he most feels at home.
NEW HIT : Afu-ra feat Stranjah Miller “War Chemicals”
Afu-Ra presents his new video for “War Chemicals” with the great Jamaican singjay Stranjah Miller, produced by Digital Cut. This new spectacular video directed once again by Castaka Pictures was filmed in Berlin in various locations such as a former airport (which can be seen in Hunger Games), an old cold-war NSA site, along the remains of the wall of Berlin and in the streets of the city.
BOB MARLEY: LEGACY DOCUMENTARY SERIES CONTINUES WITH EPISODE TWO – WOMEN RISING
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Bob Marley: Legacy mini-documentary series continues with episode two: ‘Women Rising’ The moving and empowering short premiered today on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel and features interviews with Rita Marley, also known as Bob Marley’s wife and the matriarch of the Marley Family, whose strength and character is an inspiration for people around the world. Rita was an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in Bob Marley’s life, guardian of his legacy, and a member of the Iconic Reggae Group I-Threes. Mrs. Marley is also the founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, which works to eradicate poverty and hunger while empowering communities in Ghana and Jamaica. Her life’s work epitomizes integrity and grace.