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Hannah Grace releases beautiful new single ‘Wasted Love’

Hannah Grace has released her brand new single ‘Wasted Love’ via Never Fade Records.

‘Wasted Love’ is a beautifully atmospheric track, featuring delicate keys and electronics alongside Hannah’s stunning vocals, which offer comforting support during heartbreak.

New Music: Rence “Tears In December” (Columbia Records)

The track begins with creaky guitar and echoey beats as his breathy vocals exhale confessional verses. The energy organically blooms into the quotable refrain—”Sick of the sound of my heart hitting the ground”—before the vibe turns on a dime into a lonely late night dancefloor singalong. The song takes inspiration from Rence’s own journey and come-up, having made the decision in December of 2019 to move from New York to Los Angeles.

Hip-Hop collective The Four Owls release their long-awaited Nocturnal Instinct album

The 14 track project demonstrates their craftsmanship and soul, which has come from years of saturating themselves in the culture and paying homage to it with every beat and bar they create. The album takes flight with first single ‘Honour Codes’, the heartbeat of the album and an ode to do and be better. Accompanied by a skillful video created by Gary Motion, the Owls repeat ‘Can you make the right choice? Can you make a change?’, challenging the listener to reflect but also look ahead.

New > French producer Fakear shares new single ‘Carrie’ > new album out 26th June

A young French electronic producer whose music has drawn comparisons to Jamie XX, Bonobo and Daft Punk, Fakear has established a special place for himself in the French and international electronic music scene with his unique musical identity, combining European house heritage with British post-dubstep elegance. There’s a fresh new undercurrent to his fourth LP, EWGA (for which only the acronym has been unveiled to date), with the first single, Carrie, due to be released on 17 April. The album sees Fakear expertly fusing a range of different styles, ushering in hints of Mount Kimbie, Floating Points and Jon Hopkins and embracing a vibrant, synth-heavy soundscape.

LÉON Releases New Single “Who You Lovin”

“‘Who You Lovin’ is a song that I wrote a while back ago with my close friend and producer, Martin Stilling,” LÉON explains of how the song came about. “I recall feeling kind of frustrated over a certain situation when we wrote it and that the lyrics came out right away, pretty much. It was as if i felt a mixture of being mad and really tired of someone, but also a strong need to be seen and feeling wanted at the same time. So all of those emotions ended up in this song. It feels like I’ve waited for the right moment to release “Who You Lovin” so i’m really happy that I get to share it with everybody now. I hope people will like it.”

FROM ASHES TO NEW – “Panic” single debuts

The video for “Panic” was made just as the CoronaVirus was taking hold of the US. The shoot was done in Rochester, NY in the last days before quarantine. “It was a race against the clock to get it all together. Our director ended up losing employees because they didn’t want to put themselves at risk, which is understandable. They had to scrounge up some crew members to get it together and we had to travel to get a hotel that was willing to let us stay there and we had to find places that were open for us to eat. Overall, it was a difficult scenario. It was almost like a Book Of Eli post-apocalyptic situation where it was like fend for yourself,” explained vocalist/rapper, Matt Brandyberry.


Although Flynn’s skyscraper vocal has always stood out, ‘One Of Us’ is a huge leap forward. Produced by Toby Scott with additional production from Blair MacKichan; their credits include Cashmere Cat, Sody, Sia, Paloma Faith and more, the alt-pop anthem employs high drama and dynamite drops to make a resolutely personal experience into a song with global potential. Along with Flynn’s lyrics always touching a nerve on things we all relate to; this track’s sound unites the compelling emotions with equally engaging sonics. It’s a song that celebrates belonging: the power of being part of a family, friendship and community.

Music Video: Josie Proto – Sliced Bread

An intriguing young artist, the comical video for “Sliced Bread” is an exciting window into the unique world of Josie Proto. Reminiscent of “Foundations” era Kate Nash, Josie’s lyrical style – conversational, occasionally tongue-in-cheek – shines across “Sliced Bread”‘s blend of Game Boy sounds, dinky pianos and Josie’s quintessentially British vocal delivery.

Duke Dumont unveils debut album DUALITY

Channeling his years of experience into a cohesive record that epitomises his core beliefs, DUALITY is an honest, cathartic expression of Duke’s desire to embody the mentality of a true artist, liberated from genre specifics and scored with his own sonic fingerprint.

NYC’s WYLDLIFE Release New Album ‘Year Of The Snake’; Now Available Everywhere

Recorded in late 2019 at Renegade Studios, NYC, home base of Van Zandt, the album was produced by guitarist Sam Allen with Geoff Sanoff, the engineer known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Fountains Of Wayne, Dashboard Confessional and others.

New single from Life Drawings, ‘Trolley Dash’ out today

London based 4-piece group LIFE DRAWINGS write exciting songs about boring things. They enjoy Holsten Pils and usually spend any gig money on tequila shots. Or sometimes the beers from the local breweries in Tottenham near where they rehearse.

Malena Zavala’s second album, ‘La Yarará’ is out now on Yucatan Records

Born in Argentina but grew up in Hertfordshire, La Yarará cements Zavala as a songwriter with a unique perspective on where she’s from, where she’s headed and where her music can take us. The album draws from the various aspects, colours and shades of Latin music and culture: cumbia, Afro-Cuban, Afro-funk, Andean folk, Argentine folk, bolero-son, and reggaeton, all sung in a mixture of English and Spanish in Zavala’s passport-to-paradise voice.

Country/Pop artist Eleri Angharad releases new single ‘Blank Walls’

Swansea based singer/songwriter Eleri Angharad will release her much anticipated new single ‘Blank Walls’ on Friday, April 17. The track has been written solely by Eleri Angharad and was produced and recorded by Lee House at Fieldgate Studio.

The Four Owls drop album & ‘Coming Home’

Reliant Tom shares the cathartic new dark-pop single “The Sky is Falling”

Brooklyn-based experimental art-rock duo, Reliant Tom shares new song “The Sky is Falling” which MXDWN calls, “methodical,” and “mesmerizing.” The song plays upon themes heard in the lead single “Nevermind the Garbage” and carries dark, cathartic undertones. Singer Claire Cuny took inspiration from the tragic passing of her father who died suddenly in 2018 on the day of the band’s last album release no less. Accompanying the track is a music video the band shot while in quarantine.

mxdwn PREMIERE: Reliant Tom Share Video for Methodical New Song “The Sky Is Falling”


Buffalo artist / label head Westside Gunn has dropped his biggest LP to date in Pray For Paris out available now via Griselda Records. The album features Griselda artists Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher along with Grammy-winner Tyler, the Creator, Wale, Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibs, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Billie Essco, Joyce Wrice, Keisha Plum and Cartier A Williams. Pray For Paris marks Gunn’s first collaboration with DJ Premier with additional production from Tyler, the Creator, Alchemist, Daringer, DJ Muggs, Jay Versace and more –

Video: Lil Gotit – “Never Legit”

With an ever-shifting vocal and an endless appetite for luxury, Lil Gotit is surfing on his own wave. Delivering the type of woozy banger that only he can make, Gotit shares “Never Legit,” his latest video single. Dancing above a hypnotic piano loop and loosely syncopated percussion, Gotit warns fakes to back down in the face of his formidable drip and fearsome cadre of cohorts. In the video, Gotit practices his 2-step under neon light, commanding a crew of ski-masked, well-armed villains. Produced by Fluss, “Never Legit” is the latest release from Hood Baby 2, Gotit’s upcoming mixtape, following last week’s video for opening track “Bricks In The Attic,” currently found on Spotify’s Most Necessary and Off The Strength playlists.

Katrina Cain Drops Powerful Anthem “How Did We Get Here?”

Melancholy pop artist Katrina Cain released her new single, “How Did We Get Here?”, an uplifting and authentic revelation with electronic beats and dreamy vocals. Cain’s mesmerizing vocals enchant the listeners, while her honest and dynamic lyrics captivate their attention.


Supertonic is a special kind of Diana Ross magic. Absolutely authentic, it’s her voice, her electrifying sound. This music has no boundaries, blending the past and the now in this new collection. On May 29, the digital release of Supertonic, featuring new remixes of nine classics, will be released by Motown/UMe. Supertonic also will be available June 26 on CD and crystal-clear vinyl. Supertonic is produced by Diana Ross with remixes by producer Eric Kupper. Executive Remix Production & Marketing By Brad LaBeau Co + Peter Nelson for Pro-Motion. All remixes are created from the original multi-tracks of the masters taken from the Motown vaults.