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The video for Leonard Cohen’s “The Hills” made its debut on VEVO today. The moving piece from Leonard Cohen’s posthumous release Thanks For The Dance was heralded as a “sweeping prophecy, like The Future” by the Daily Mail, while The Scotsman exclaimed the arrangement to be “as widescreen as a Morricone score.”

Kathleen Carnali – 2020 (Strangely Dim) (Official Music Video)

In wake of the COVID- 19, Nashville recording artist & songwriter Kathleen Carnali makes an early release of her new song and music video “2020 (Strangely Dim).” Within one week, her North American tour was canceled and she found herself confined at home in Nashville, TN. Kathleen began working tirelessly to produce the powerful imagery, music, and message of 2020 (Strangely Dim), which has already made a deep and lasting connection with it’s listeners. “With all the anxiety, depression, and suicide rates being the highest they’ve been since World War II, there is a dark and vulnerable place that many people find themselves in right now. I’m watching this song act as a light and road map, guiding people from a place of panic and fear to finding true peace and hope during these uncertain times… it’s incredible. The answer always has been, and continues to be, setting our eyes on the ultimate healer… Jesus Christ.”

Boy George Endorsed Synth Pop 4 Piece, Empathy Test, Return With Haunting New Single ‘Monsters’

Monsters is the forthcoming single from synth pop magicians, Empathy Test, the lead track from their forthcoming album which looks to cement them as one of the most inventive, emotionally affecting and addictive musical experiences around. Written collectively by all four band members, Monsters is described by the band themselves as, “an ode to anxiety” and is accompanied by a highly anticipated upcoming video, directed by the award-winning Calum Macdiarmid, which has been nominated for this year’s Berlin Music Video Awards

SHODAN (Pol) “Death, Rule Over Us”

The release date of Shodan second full-length album is approaching. “Death, Rule Over Us” is going to be released by Deformeathing Production on 3rd April 2020.

The new effort is a stylistic evolution to a 2016′ debut towards complex and progressive song structures, incorporation of cold-wave elements to Shodan’s music as long as organic approach to album production. Even though the band dares to experiment, it remains true to their death metal backbone. Mix and mastering were done by renowned producer Jakub Mańkowski (Entropia, Obscure Sphinx, Jordan Rudess). Cover art and layout is created by Łukasz Pach (Pachu design).

NEW – GigDive – An Artist to Artist Marketplace

GigDive is a brand new Artist-to-Artist Marketplace from The Static Dive. The idea is to connect creators with one another, for business and collaboration. Wanna help kick the tires a bit before the official launch?

It’s obviously not a new concept. In the gig economy, many of us have been using sites like Fiverr and UpWork for awhile now. However, those sites are so cluttered with categories that it is sometimes impossible to find what you are looking for. And when you do, buyers and sellers are charged fees of 20% or more, with additional service charges piled on top of that.

EADES release sunny, New Wave & Bollywood inspired single ‘Same Guy’

Armed with an ear for tight New Wave hooks and a healthy dose of existential dread, Leeds quintet Eades deliver buoyant new cut ‘Same Guy’.

Inspired by the precise sounds and NYC cool of Talking Heads, Velvet Underground and Parquet Courts on the one hand, and 90s psych-reimagining on the other, ‘Same Guy’ is built on layers of sample-esque guitars, quasi-disco bass and skittish rhythms. This wide spread of influences are filtered through Eades trademark LoFi approach to generate a sound at once unique and recognisable.

Mindfulness and Dance Music Culture Merge in Secret Dance Addiction App

Secret Dance Addiction, a music startup from Colorado, is leading the movement on sustainable partying for the sober curious. Turns out, health and dance music go hand in hand.

The startup showcases meditations and spirit-free drinks, all while crushing live DJ sets and dance videos in popular styles seen at EDM festivals.

Secret Dance Addiction (SDA) is a community of music lovers who choose to put health and mindfulness first. SDA provides a community and support to those who are interested in sustainable partying. The community’s purpose is to create a sacred space for anyone who seeks empowerment and clarity from a sober lifestyle.

Progressive R&B artist Azekel releases single ‘Crescent Moons’

Progressive R&B artist Azekel returns with new release ‘Crescent Moons’. It comes alongside the announcement of upcoming EP ‘Azekel Unreleased’ via his independent label Thunderlightning Records.

The Nigeria-born, England-based musician generated momentum in 2010 with a string of early, short-form releases; He earned the admiration of the one and only Prince and went on to collaborate with Massive Attack, co-writing and featuring on title song of their EP ‘Ritual Spirit’ and appearing on Gorillaz’s album ‘Humanz’.

Jackboy Plots a Very Sanitary Heist in the “Cleaning Crew” Video

Crafting off-kilter trap tracks with his eye-popping personality, Jackboy is ready for the spotlight. Connecting with DrewFilmedIt for a comedic and charismatic new video, the South Florida rhymer shares “Cleaning Crew.” Gathering his Sniper Gang crew, Jackboy disguises as the chief of a custodial staff, using their cover to unsuspectingly rob a rich family of their cash and jewels. Though the heads of household remain oblivious, Jack and his crew can’t escape the attention of the youngest member of the household–luckily, he ain’t no snitch. A melodic anthem defined by a snaking guitar loop and Jackboy’s addictive hook, “Cleaning Crew” is a highlight from JACKBOY, the rapper’s upcoming album.


As his irresistibly catchy single, “Scumbag (feat. BLINK 182)” continues to climb the alternative charts, rising singer/songwriter/producer GOODY GRACE has dropped another new single, “If I Want To” – available today via Atlantic Records. Written and produced by Goody alongside songwriter Jake Torrey (BLINK 182, BTS, Liam Payne) and producer afterhrs (Niall Horan, Stephen Puth), the smoker’s anthem interpolates Lesley Gore’s iconic hit, “It’s My Party,” with a 4/20-friendly lyrical twist. This week, Goody added the 4/20 anthem to his “I’ll Get High If I Want To” playlist featured on SPIN.

CZERN: Zgliszcza Full-Length By Polish Sludge/Hardcore Quartet Out Now

Zgliszcza includes five songs which testify to the journey of CZERŃ and to how the band’s vision of music has been evolving. Every song is different, although they are all equally permeated with aggression and darkness. Alongside slower riffs, which connote sludge, on the record one will find lots of faster attacks, loaded with black metal venom and death metal relentlessness. The sound of Zgliszcza is augmented by the deep, harsh growl of Łukasz, and intros composed by Michał Głowacki (So Slow, Latające Pięści). Zgliszcza is all about darkness, captured in strong and challenging music. It’s the rigidity of hardcore, fueled by black metal strength and pure punk outlook on the world.

LAURAN HIBBERD launches playful, satire-fuelled new cut ‘Old Nudes’ | out April 23rd

Primed to capitalise on growing widespread acclaim, resident slacker pop specialist Lauran Hibberd continues her ascent towards the peak of the indie landscape with playful new cut ‘Old Nudes’, set for release April 23rd.

Producing her most infectious track to date, the hotly-tipped Isle of Wight native’s satirical approach and anthemic tendencies shine through once again, providing the perfect follow-up to pop-infused January release ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and subsequent sold-out UK tour, as she transitions towards bigger audiences and bigger stages.

UK songstress Felixity releases ‘Twisted Love’

Straight out of the blocks in 2020, British pop / RnB artist Felixity will be releasing her debut album ‘Love Sick’ on May 1 via Komplex Recordings. Ahead of that, she presents the single ‘Twisted Love’.

Last week, she released the Oberkon Remix of her debut single ‘You&Me’, created by a trio of heavy hitters: Andy Spaceland (a.k.a. Andy Jenks), part of Alpha and 5 Billion in Diamonds, together with Butch Vig; Jay Reynolds, notable mixer for the likes of Dua Lipa, Liam Gallagher, MIST, Fred Again, Gabrielle, Paloma Faith and Pixie Lott; and producer David Francolini.

Felixity’s music is inspired by The Weeknd (Trilogy), Etta Bond, J Cole, Anderson Paak, KAYTRANADA and Jhene Aiko.

The Voodoo Children Release VHS Karaoke-Inspired Lyric Video for New Song “Follow Blind”

Today, the new Nashville-based collective The Voodoo Children released the lyric video for “Follow Blind,” the third song shared from their forthcoming debut EP Instant Nostalgia – Side A out on June 12 via Blood Bathe Records. The Voodoo Children is an ever-evolving community-based project revolving around Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and visual artist JT Daly, who fronted the Nashville-based band Paper Route and more recently co-produced K.Flay’s album Every Where Is Some Where, including the hit single “Blood in the Cut” (for which Daly received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Engineered Album).

Jacob Asher Releases New Single “Joshua Tree”

New York-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacob Asher released his new single “Joshua Tree”, out everywhere today. The track is Jacob Asher’s third release of 2020; a follow-up to “For Real” and “Dream Car”. Jacob Asher is the solo, passion project of Ben Bailey, keyboard player of Rochester Indie-Rock band JOYWAVE.

“Joshua Tree” perfectly embodies Asher’s distinct style and delivers a chill, vibey mood.

Cross-Genre Talent Shea Diamond Highlight’s Reasons To Unite In New Single ‘I Am America’

When asked on what inspired the anthem, Shea shares, “With Covid19 and social distancing the world is divided and the LGBTQ+ community is silenced during one of the most important elections of our lifetime. At a time when our rights and our very Existence are constantly under attack, #iamamerica sends a clear and direct message that we are here, we are trying to thrive and survive like anyone else. No matter what anyone says we are just as American as mom’s cherry pie.”


Khalid x Disclosure drop the remix for their hit track “Know Your Worth” feat. Davido & TEMS via Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records.

Car Seat Headrest debut “There Must Be More Than Blood” + acoustic video

In its mesmeric slow burn, album centerpiece “There Must Be More Than Blood” presents another facet of the broad palette found on MADLO, with Toledo placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own “special energy.” Making A Door Less Open features previously released tracks “Hollywood,” which has been added to more than 25 stations at AAA and Alternative radio in its first week and which Stereogum praises as “really really great,” “Can’t Cool Me Down” and “Martin.” Preorder across all formats, with distinct track listings and mixes for digital, CD and vinyl, here.

Oklou premieres new song “SGSY,” out now on True Panther/Tap Records

Rising French producer, vocalist and songwriter Oklou, born Marylou Mayniel, debuts her new single “SGSY” today on True Panther/Tap Records –

Named after the main hook, “She’s gonna slaughter you,” the new song is released today in celebration of Lou’s birthday while she is locked down in Paris, alongside a lyric video visual by her flatmate Saradibiza.