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New Music From Rod Wave “Pray 4 Love” Out Now On Alamo/Geffen Records

Rapper-singer Rod Wave (Alamo/Geffen Records) has a treat for his growing legion of fans as he announces the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, Pray 4 Love. The multi-talented artist has spent the past month teasing the record with aair of singles: “Thief in the Night,” whose Cole Bennett-directed video has exceeded 10 MM views on YouTube, and the title track, “Pray 4 Love.” The 14-track album embraces Rod Wave’s lyrical versatility and emotional range; from the introspective musings of “I Remember” and “The Greatest” to the gritty “Ribbon in the Sky.”

NZCA LINES (Memphis Industries, BBC 6 Music) | Shares Video for ‘Pure Luxury’

‘Pure Luxury’, tipped by the likes of Boorklyn Vegan, Under The Radar and Clash upon release, is the first from Lovett following tips from The Guardian, Pitchfork, BBC 6 Music, NPR and Stereogum for his previous releases, inc. 2016’s Infinite Summer which featured members of Hot Chip and found him opening for Connan Mockasin and Django Django. Alongside his work as NZCA LINES, Lovett has played guitars/synth on the Christine and the Queens track, ‘People i’ve been sad’ and her debut LP, as well as performing live with Metronomy.

Artist Anuladé Opens Up About Her Challenge To Recover From DCIS

Talented visual and musical artist Anuladé will release her new single ‘Just Breathe’ on Monday 30th March 2020. With appearances across the BBC network including BBC London and BBC Three Counties, she is back with a new track that will be her second offering from debut album ‘Troika’. Mixed & mastered by Geoff Swan (Paul McCartney,) alongside executive producer and longtime mentor Pop Idol’s David Grant, Anulade’s follow up is a highly anticipated one.

Idris Elba creates “inspirational collage” for ‘Need You’ by Emanuel

Thinking about Emmanuel’s song, ‘Need You’ is a sublime piano song indicative of the Canadian-Ehtiopian musician’s cinematic style. His soulful voice is full of raw, impassion emotion that repeats the vital lyrics “I feel I need you to breathe”. It reaches the hearts of listeners in a way that many contemporary artists fail to do so. His life experiences seeps into every pore of this beautiful song.

Maya B and SAINt JHN Release song/video for “Sink”

Directed by BAWSSE (A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, IDK), the song will be featured on her upcoming EP out this Spring. AT 20-years old, last year she toured world with Summer Walker and then Mabel, and coming up her song “Selenas” will be featured on the movie soundtrack for “PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN’ out April 17, which is fitting since Maya B is so much about female-empowerment and the film was created entirely by women.

TOKYO’S REVENGE Releases “THOT” Music Video

If you’re unfamiliar with Tokyo’s Revenge, that’s intentional. The multi-disciplinary artist has made a point of keeping himself anonymous, and yet, he is set to be one of the year’s most exciting addition to the music landscape. Tokyo has risen through the charts with viral track “GOODMORNINGTOKYO” which peaked at #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 with more than 43 Million streams, peaked at #2 on Rolling Stone’s Trending 25 chart on the fastest rising songs of the week, peaked at #1 on the Bubbling under Hot 100 Billboard chart and received more than 12.3 million plays on SoundCloud.

Willie, Lukas, and Micah Nelson set to host “At Home with Farm Aid” April 11

Farm Aid, the non-profit organization whose mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America, and AXS TV, the premier U.S. cable channel for music programming, presents a special broadcast of At Home With Farm Aid, featuring performances by acclaimed artists and Farm Aid Board Members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, on Saturday, April 11, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

ENTHEOS Are Back With New Single “Remember You Are Dust” + New Lineup

Progressive Metal outfit ENTHEOS are back with their first offering of new music in over two years. The band released the track “Remember You Are Dust” and have since announced a major lineup change. With the departure of guitarist Travis LeVrier, Entheos plans to move forward as a duo; featuring current members Chaney Crabb on vocals and drummer Navene Koperweis taking the helm as recording musician and primary songwriter for the drums, guitar and bass. The group plans to incorporate a touring bassist and guitarist on future tours for the foreseeable future. More details can be found via the article seen here.


Wallows says, “‘OK’ is a song about insecurities in a relationship; having a hard time accepting something that feels ‘too good to be true,’ but overall learning to embrace it and accept the love you’re receiving and focusing on returning it. Now, given the state of the world and the health crisis we happen to be in at the time of the song’s release, we feel like the main line/hook of the song, ‘Can we get up and try to feel okay again?,’ sort of takes on a new meaning/purpose. The thought that no matter where we are or how alone and lost we feel right now, we can get up again and try to feel OK. We’re in it together.”


Australian artist Tones And I has shared an official music video for her single “Bad Child.” Produced by Visible Studios and Directed by Liam Kelly & Nick Kozakis, the surrealistic video is streaming now on Tones And I’s YouTube channel. Tones And I previously detailed the song explaining, “I’ve always wanted to write a song in someone else’s shoes; writing from their perspective. ‘Bad Child’ was the first time I got to do that. It’s seeing life growing up through someone else’s eyes.”

KIALLA is releasing a coronavirus album created in real-time

Russian-Iranian duo, KIALLA continues the KOVID19 Marathon with their fourth release – “Boi” single. The duo is aiming to release one song every 3 days for the entire length of the quarantine associated with the novel virus. To keep the energy flow going, KIALLA is collaborating with various artists and musicians around the globe. As KIALLA explains, “It is a celebration of life. As long as we are all here on this planet, we need to create. And as challenging as it is to create under pressure, that’s the only thing that makes sense right now.”

New single from Ollie called ‘Perfect Landing’, out on BMG Records

Centring on this year’s most perfect metaphor for finding someone who feels just right, the young romantic wrestles with self-doubt and the travails of trust over guitar loop, soft beats and midnight vibes.


Off the back of a sold out tour, a towering new single, and killer sets at Good Things festival, Australia’s favourite rockers The Butterfly Effect have today served up the video for their first new musical offering in over a decade, Unbroken – giving viewers a AAA pass to life on stage and backstage. Featuring behind the scenes footage and on-stage rampaging from their performances at Good Things Festival in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the video will allow everyone to relive their festival-going days, and is an in-your-face reminder of just how staggeringly powerful and relevant this band is, and offers a genuine insight in to the comradery within.

San Francisco electronic outfit Nikavo presents ‘Yummy Miami’ single with darker EBM b-side

San Francisco-based electronic duo Nikavo has released their new single ‘Yummy Miami’. Upbeat, eccentric and positive, they present their tasty mixture of house, techno, disco and rock’n’roll, combining depth with a feel-good vibe. The single’s b-side ‘No TV’ exposes Nikavo’s more darkwave / industrial side.

Noah Dillon kicks off 2020 with a brand new single titled “Mathew McConaughey”

Noah Dillon had a big 2019. Toured around Australia on 3 occasions, released their first EP, came in #27 on Triple J Unearthed most played charts, ventured international for the Music Matters conference in Singapore, and shared the stage with acts like Stella Donnelly, Holy Holy, Tyne James Organ, and City Calm Down.

Sliptrick Records Welcome US Post-Industrial Group ELITEFITREA

Pronounced [e-LEET fi-TREE-uh], the group is an alternative post-industrial project by US musician Bryan Day, a former prison inmate and marine (you read that right!). Bryan has led an unusual life that has taken him from the Marine Corps to Pacifism, and from prison to creative freedom. Trained in multiple instruments, Bryan enjoys blending synthetic and organic sounds to produce atmospheric soundscapes. To this, he then adds his own inimitable vocals. The results are the music of elitefitrea, an experiential journey into the psyche, the human shadow, and the inner underworlds of everyday experience.

OffWorld release new single – ‘’Burnt Out Star’’

Blending rock, soul, blues and gospel, OffWorld is new musical output from Hard-FI’s Richard Archer and acclaimed musicians; Krysten Cummings, Wolsey White, Smiley Barnard and Dale Davis.


Today, 9th April, unstoppable British mash-up reggae group The Hempolics drop the video for ‘Gotta Thing’ and a new release date for their postponed album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 2’, out on 12th June.

New music: Beoga share new single ‘In A Rocket’

With an adventurous spirit and a passion for charting the road less travelled, Beoga have shown that Irish traditional music can take fresh new directions. That world-facing potential was proven by the popularity of their collaborations with Ed Sheeran on his all-conquering ‘÷’ album.

Fligh Of Eden get symbolic on concept EP ‘Dante’s Inferno’

Formed in 2018 from the ashes of three-piece project Zodiark, Reading-based metal four-piece Flight Of Eden are set to release their second self-released EP ‘Dante’s Inferno’ on April 9th.

Since forming, the band have been endorsed by the likes of Ashdown Engineering, Dingwall Guitars and Payson, played alongside the likes of The Agonist, No Consequence, Confessions of a Traitor and Sumo Cyco and also scored themselves a wicked slot at Portugal’s Monte Verde Festival. They also self recorded, produced, mastered and released their debut EP ‘Transitions’.


Raised in Cork and based in Camden but just as likely to be found recording in Los Angeles, Cian Ducrot takes a nomadic approach to pop music. Home for this 22-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist is wherever he takes his laptop and guitar.

Two People Share New Single ‘A Taste’

Melbourne’s Two People – aka Phoebe Lou and Joey Clough – follow up the release of the sensual and surreal ‘Dream Steppin”, with new single, ‘A Taste’.

A heady slice of dreamy electronica, ‘A Taste’ saw the pair once again united with Kllo producer and member, Simon Lam. The song explores the concept of “desire, that innate pull. It’s about that idea of freedom and how it can trap you.”


‘Gotta Thing’ perfectly showcases the band’s trademark clash of styles, with American rapper Cojack adding his expert Hip Hop flow to a funked-up high-octane Reggae riddim’ interlaced with electronic and dub influences.

Tally Spear releases ‘Can’t Find What I’m Looking For’ video

The video premiered with Clash Magazine as their ‘Track Of The Day’ who said, “Tally Spear has always wanted to turn negative aspects into positive attributes. Resolutely DIY, she’s able to make something grand from the smallest budget, nailing down her ideas with impeccable precision.”

SOMEONE releases ‘You Live In My Phone’

Multidisciplinary Amsterdam artist Someone releases new single ‘You Live In My Phone’, accompanied by a short film. She also announces debut album ‘Orbit II’, released via [PIAS] Recordings (Westerman, MT Hadley, Rina Mushonga) on June 20th to coincide with Record Store Day.

The Georgian Aims to Elevate Hope

The Georgian, a LA-based musical collective, has released the music video for their first single exclusively on IGTV. The video for “Chasing Tomorrow” can be easily accessed on the group’s Instagram Page. The Georgian consists of singer and composer BeMajore, rapper and writer N E Means, multi-genre producers, instrumentalists, interpretive dancers, and even BeMajore’s mother- a professional Opera singer who serves as The Georgian’s vocal coach.

Edmonton’s Wares are set to release their passionate new album, Survival, on April 24th

Few albums combine raw vulnerability with shredding solos as seamlessly as Wares’ Survival. On her first release for Mint Records, Edmonton’s Cassia Hardy blazes through riff-wielding indie-rock symphonies for anyone striving to stay alive and create a brighter future. By sharing her own journey towards hope, she hopes to light a path for anyone lost in the dark. As Hardy explains in its liner notes, “this record is dedicated to decolonial activists, anti-fascist agitators, prairie queers fighting for community and a better life.”

Alexander 23 Shares New Track “IDK You Yet” With Lyric Video

Alexander wrote the song last week while in self-isolation and uploaded a demo to Tiktok on a whim. Immediately, fans began clamoring for the track’s official release.


Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is proud to unveil “Cloak of the Night,” a quietly stunning acoustic duet with Laura Marling from his debut album under the EOB banner, Earth (Capitol Records). Closely following last week’s release of Earth track “Olympik”—hailed by Rolling Stone as a “psychedelic earworm” and by Stereogum as a “spaced-out party-rocker that seems like it will result in some incredible extended jams in the live setting”—”Cloak of the Night” is both Earth’s closing number and final song to be revealed before the album’s April 17 release.

Melbourne’s Sweet Whirl shares “Sweetness”

“Sweetness” is off her upcoming debut album, How Much Works. Out May 29th on Chapter Music, the single premiered on Brooklyn Vegan alongside a feature interview saying
the song “reminds me a little of Cat Power or Regina Spektor in their prime, and if you like those artists I highly recommend giving this a listen.”