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Indie-pop/alt-rock artist LOCAL NOMAD announces EP with release of new single

The pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Michael Desmond, Local Nomad’s sound is marked by soulful vocals, ethereal synths, and lustrous drum beats. Drawing from influences as varied as Tears for Fears, Elvis Costello, and Phil Collins, Local Nomad strives to make timeless music for a future generation. Playing every instrument on Local Nomad beside drums, Desmond found inspiration in borrowing his friends’ gear, implementing classic sounds of the mellotron, DX7 and 808s to deliver his signature anthemic fusion of indie-pop and alt-rock.

Astari Nite Release Their Devilish Music Video “Capulet Love Montague”

Miami, Florida-Goth Rock/Post-Punk artists Astari Nite release the music video for their song Capulet Love Montague.

The music video for Capulet Love Montague was inspired by a nightmare vocalist Mychael had when Astari Nite was writing their new album Here Lies, in particular Capulet Loves Montague . Mychael provides more details as to the inspiration behind the video.

Seth Glier – Entitled “Til Further Notice”

Glier shares, “We’ve heard the words ‘Til Further Notice’ a lot in the past few weeks. They’ve become a signal of prolonged uncertainty and a mantra as we shift to a new rhythm in our daily lives. Never have I felt a time where we are all collectively so emotionally exposed to this feeling of uncertainty. I believe that uncertainty is the place where hope lives and crawls out of from time to time.”

RADIOCLUB – ‘Never gonna give you up’ out now

RadioClub is the brain child of lifelong friends Shawn Desman and Tebey Ottoh. Both are music industry veterans with a long list of international achievements to their credit.

Born and raised in Toronto, Shawn Desman burst onto the Canadian music scene in the 2002 with his debut single ‘Get Ready’ (BMG Music). Several #1’s, Top 10 radio hits and platinum singles would quickly follow (Shook’, Let’s Go’, Night Like This’, ‘Electric’, Nobody Does It Like You’), and by 2012 Shawn had become the biggest domestic pop star in his home country. Winner of multiple Juno, SOCAN and Much Music Video Awards, Shawn has proven himself to be a music business heavyweight, with no signs of slowing down.


Compton rapper Problem shares his self-produced new song “G Shit.” Over a soulful reflective track, Problem delves into his most raw and personal revelations. The new music is featured in his autobiographical short film A Compton Story and will be included his forthcoming new album Coffee & Kush Vol. 1.

Eric Bellinger and Nieman J release new album Optimal Music

Today, Eric Bellinger and Nieman J debut their first collaborative album Optimal Music via OFF TOP Records/EMPIRE Distribution. The 11-track project features Wale, Young Thug, Jeremih, Joe Moses with production from Foreign Teck, J. Gramm, Mike Free and Cassio.

Bellinger explains, “When Nieman said he wanted to do a joint project, I was hype from the jump. Every time we link on something whether it’s music or anything else for that matter… it adds that magical touch! When you’re collaborating with someone, TRUST is an essential factor. It’s so hard to come by in this business but when you do have it… It’s a deadly weapon!

Swedish indie legends EASY release ‘Day For Night’ single ahead of ‘Radical Innocence’ LP

Ahead of releasing their new album ‘Radical Innocence’ via A Turntable Friend Records, Sweden’s celebrated 90s indie rock darlings Easy present the single ‘Day For Night’, a powerfully catchy track highly reminiscent of True Faith-era New Order or the Bernard Sumner / Johnny Marr offshoot Electronica.

The accompanying clever and beautiful animated video was produced by Ian Holmes, who also created the video for the lead track ‘Crystal Waves’, released on February 21.

Alt Rockers MELBOURNE Release Video for “Wishing You Well”

Based out of London, Ontario, MELBOURNE is an alternative rock band formed in 2018 and comprises of vocalist/guitarist Grant McLean, lead guitarist Clara Gomes and drummer Zach Kostiuk. With the combination of indie rock and pop-like moments in the likes of PVRIS, Slaves and Hands Like Houses, MELBOURNE is planning releases through 2020, and “Wishing You Well” is just a taste of what’s to come.

Hear Champlin Williams Friestedt’s New Single “Love in the World”

Champlin Williams Friestedt consists of renowned TOTO singer Joseph Williams, composer of film and drama scores and can also be heard in Disney’s animated feature film “The Lion King” as the singing voice of adult Simba.

Stina Stjern (Norway, dream pop/psych-pop) – New EP out now – ‘The Devil’

Stina Stjern has been moving around the Norwegian seamlessly between the Norwegian avantguard jazz and indie scenes for a while now, and she brings the spirit of jazz and improv into this indie leaning project. The Devil is her followup to her fantastic 2018 album Kap Herschell.

Premiere: Stina Stjern – Me and the Moth plus EP Review

Black Coffee returns with new single ‘SBCNCSLY’

‘SBCNCSLY’ is a delicate dance track drenched in warm piano chords, rolling drumlines, and Sabrina Claudio’s ethereal vocals. It feels weightless, as Black Coffee slowly layers Claudio’s vocals upon his ever-shifting production, from a subtle jazz piano moment to a burgeoning house track. ‘SBCNCSLY’ is the first single of the decade from the South African star and a glimpse at his upcoming studio album of the same name – due out later this year.

VOICES OF RUIN Conquer Wacken Festival In New Music Video

After putting the metal world on notice with the fierce new track “I Am God” and then making additional waves with their striking music video for “Carved Out” (a song praised by Decibel Magazine as “especially ripping,” with “a crisp, clear production reminiscent of modern Dark Tranquillity, Kataklysm and Soilwork”), VOICES OF RUIN have unveiled a third taste of their fierce forthcoming third album, “Path To Immortality.” Check out “The Undoing” – which captures the California group performing live at Germany’s largest annual metal festival, Wacken Open Air – at this location:

Camelphat x ARTBAT ‘For A Feeling’

The track is a vibrant display of both artist’s signature styles and is fully poised to become one of the biggest tracks of the summer. The production is also the first collaboration off Camelphat’s highly anticipated forthcoming album.

Singing a working-class daydream… Jamie Webster’s ‘Grinding The Gears’

“You’ve got what it takes, to pull on through” sings fast-rising singer-songwriter Jamie Webster on timely new single, GRINDING THE GEARS, released on Modern Sky and OUT NOW. Chilled by the national lockdown with his profound love of performing live temporarily set on ice, the people-powered, Liverpool-born and bred artist instils a new sense of optimism by throwing the shackles off a popular live anthem and starting the countdown to his long-awaited debut album.

French Psychedelic Electronic Rockers Carré Release Surreal New Single “Urgency”

“Carré’s newest is a wild, techno-based journey. This freeform single is focused on pushing boundaries and redefining the limits of electronic music as a whole as the trio seeks to establish their signature sound. A hypnotic, up-tempo track with looming vocals, “Urgency,” shows exactly what Carré can bring to the table.” -This Song Is Sick

PREMIERE | Breakout French Trio Carré Debuts Surreal Single New “Urgency”


With just a handful of tracks to his name, Brother Leo has already amassed millions of streams and collaborated with Fatboy Slim, Michael Calfan, Danny Howard, Felix Jaehn and Breaking Beatzz. That escalating attention has seen him tipped by new music champions and tastemakers including NME, Hunger, The Line of Best Fit, Wonderland, Idolator, tmrw, Clash and Music Week.

His current single ‘Hallelujah’ is a soul-stirring reflection of where his life was once at. Its heavenly aura is elevated by the London Community Gospel Choir to create a song that tries to make peace with a situation that can’t be changed.


The Hirsch Effekt share their new single TORKA along with a music video. It’s the third track from the bands 5th studioalbum KOLLAPS coming May 8th, 2020 via Long Branch Records. KOLLAPS encounters everyday madness with elaborate counterpoints and ludicrous lyric lines. In a heavier manner, the band slips into the roles of other, social actors to reflect the aspects of their agenda: a dispute with the systematic collapse is thematized from the perspective of the „Fridays For Future“-movement, depicted in a musical dainty or a bizarre way, then again also to corrode opposers in a strobe-like manner.

North London’s Natty Wylah returns with ‘4 Siblings’, out today on Gecky

Natty Wylah: “‘4 Siblings’ is a homage and a letter of reassurance to family. It’s for siblings where the conditions weren’t ready for them to come into this world. It’s for siblings that are not blood related, but are connected through the electromagnetic forces of spirit. It’s a song that moves on. It encompasses a blueness but also an acceptance, and finally a message of gratitude, love and comfort in that no matter what happens, it’s alright.”

Sub Focus & Wilkinson announce masterful dance single ‘Just Hold On’…

Two globally renowned artists in their own right with over 6 million combined record sales, ‘Just Hold On’ sees Sub Focus and Wilkinson taking their sound into an expansive new direction. Featuring live drums played by Wilkinson and live strings, the euphoric breakbeat-heavy track is complimented by soaring diva vocals courtesy of Vula Malinga of Basement Jaxx with a bitter sweet lyric that has added poignancy in these uncertain times. The single is the second of a long form collaborative album project between the two artists called ‘Portals’ taking their styles in a more expansive and experimental direction, inspired by the likes of Jon Hopkins, Bonobo and Bicep. Looking to incorporate real instruments and more depth into their corner of the electronic music world, the pair last year retreated to Real World Studios for a full month – the legendary space owned by Peter Gabriel. In this iconic studio, Sub Focus and Wilkinson built the foundations of this new collaborative project which will undoubtedly become a genre defining moment.


Following on last year’s single ‘Faster Better Stronger’, a slice of alt-R&B which has drawn praise from Your EDM, Magnetic Magazine, EDM Joy, Relentless Beats and the first cut released by the duo, ‘Be There’, which hit #19 on Spotify’s Viral 50; the EP includes two unreleased tracks, the more organic sounding ‘Always’ and the empowering ‘Ballerina’.

LARRY PINK THE HUMAN release debut single ‘LOVE YOU, BYE.’

LARRY PINK THE HUMAN have released their debut single ‘LOVE YOU, BYE.’. The first offering from the new band, comprising vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Laurie Vincent and super-producer and songwriter Jolyon Thomas, is a contemplative piece of danceable, lo-fi shoegaze.

GotSome releases floor-filling new single ‘River Ocean’

A percussion-led, club-ready jam, ‘River Ocean’ pairs soaring female vocals with rhythmic drums, delicate piano keys and relaxed breakbeats – resulting in a timeless track that leaves a lasting impression.

GotSome has been on an upward trajectory since his arrival on the international circuit in 2014. In a short space of time, the Bristolian’s skills have spawned a slew of bass-heavy, dancefloor destroyers – most notably ‘Bassline’, a club smash championed by BBC Radio 1 tastemakers B.Traits and Annie Mac.

House Gospel Choir kick off new decade with life-affirming single ‘Blind Faith’

House Gospel Choir mark their first release of 2020 with new single ‘Blind Faith’, produced by BBC Radio 1 tastemaker and platinum-selling producer Toddla T, out 24th April.

Centering around positivity, spirituality and overcoming obstacles, ‘Blind Faith’ is a deep, soulful house cut underpinned by the choir’s soaring vocals.

Crazy Cousinz unveils floorfilling new single ‘Outline’

UK Funky forefather Crazy Cousinz has dropped new single ‘Outline’, featuring Norwegian singer-songwriter Julie Bergan, out 24th April.

An infectious modern dance track, ‘Outline’ finds the sweet spot between dancefloor energy and raw emotion – pairing Bergan’s seamless vocal prowess with energetic, club-focused production.


Lilla Vargen’s latest single ‘Cold’ continued the young Irish artist’s rise when it was featured as part of Mollie King’s Best New Pop on Radio 1. It adds to her rush of breaking accomplishments, which have so far included 20 million+ streams, seven Top 15 New Music Friday UK placements at Spotify, and a huge European tour as guest to Dermot Kennedy.

Joesef shares brilliant new single ‘The Sun is Up Forever’

Today we share Joesef’s heartfelt new single “The Sun is Up Forever”, a stunning slice of indie-pop perfection allowing listeners to take a long soak in his dreamy world of jangling guitars and soaring vocals. Written, recorded and produced by Joesef the new single follows elegantly on from his recent anti-Valentines release “Think That I Don’t Need Your Love”.

Olivia Swann releases debut single ‘Salty’

Rising British artist Olivia Swann has released her debut single, ‘Salty’ featuring Jane Handcock.

‘Salty’ is a sultry early ’00s-infused R&B jam that could be about a breakup – if it wasn’t concerned with sneaker swiping. The track features California Bay R&B artist Jane Handcock and marks Swann’s debut serving. Written & produced alongside American peers, it combines a laid back, West Coast groove, sophisticated R&B vocal production with a syncopated melodic line that’s entirely her own.

RAVENSCRY Release ‘The Door Inside’ Lyric Video And Single

RAVENSCRY say: “The Door Inside is a combination of both the “classic” and the renewed Ravenscry sound: the mighty 8-strings riffs and chords give more space to melodic synth themes and even catchier vocals: it’s like exploring new shores while keeping the same bold attitude. In a similar way you can find a sort of dichotomy also in the lyrics, where personal research can deepen one of our greatest inner struggles: the never-ending “fight” between instinct and rationality. This conflict becomes “louder” when we have to make choices, and yet we don’t face them in the same battle field every time: sometimes we want to be more rational, sometimes we wish to credit our sensations, sometimes we just have to find the right balance in order to take the best decision. But how can we do it? Everyone finds their answers, although we all know that there’s only one thing we have to leave outside the door: fear.”


As one of Italy’s most recognisable stars on Italian television, singer; actress and performer, Vina Rose made the difficult decision to make the UK her new home but that decision looks to have given her the platform to wow new audiences with her brand-new EP. The aptly-titled, Crossroads, looks to build on the critical acclaim of her 2019 single, Breathe Again, and sees her vocal prowess given tracks that really allow her to shine, from the anthemic Heart of Gold to the dark and brooding dance-inflected title track which sees her reflecting on the momentous decision she made to relocate at the height of her career.

DC Breaks Release Raise ‘The Bar / Concrete Jungle’ Remix

DC Breaks move onto the second release of their “DCXV” project marking 15 years in the game. Following on from the hard-hitting ‘Club Thug’, comes the bass-shaking dance floor track ‘Raise the Bar’. Coppa provides the track’s vocal call-to-arms over heavy bass driven grooves and soaring synth patterns. On the flip Skantia delivers a tech-laced jittery remix of DC Breaks’ ‘Concrete Jungle’ and gives it his own unique spin. This is just the first of many more remixes to come from the series.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Share “Out There” Video

“Making sense of loss is not an easy task,” says the band’s namesake guitarist. “Sometimes, it’s just impossible. Songwriting has always been my way of tumbling through the feelings I struggle to make sense of. ‘Out There’ has taken on different meanings for me personally over time. Given the current circumstances, this song feels heavier to me than it ever has. I can only imagine what so many people are dealing with right now. There was a lot of love put into this song and I hope every bit of that is transferred and felt by anyone out there who needs it right now.”