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Jah Sun Announces New Album “Magic & Madness” to Drop on May 22nd!

Six Degrees Records and More Love Productions announce the release of Magic & Madness on May 22nd, from West Coast artist Jah Sun. This is Jah Sun’s 7th full length album and singles from the release are already in heavy rotation on all major streaming and digital platforms.

King Ropes Share Cello-Driven Rocker, “Tall Trees”

Bozeman, Montana-based King Ropes’ first three releases—their 2016 debut album Dirt, its followup Gravity and Friction and the EP Green Wolverine—introduced much-traveled frontman Dave Hollier’s richly emotional, sonically expansive musical vision. Hollier and his like-minded bandmates draw upon multiple lifetimes’ worth of musical inspirations to create vibrantly human, hauntingly original music.

Premiere: King Ropes “Tall Trees” (Matt Mays cover)

Reckless Kelly Share New Song “Lonesome On My Own”

Today, the Austin, TX-based country rock band Reckless Kelly have released “Lonesome On My Own” from their upcoming album American Girls (out May 22 alongside their album American Jackpot). The song will be available everywhere tomorrow but you can hear it now on Wide Open Country.

Reckless Kelly Tease ‘American Girls’ Album With Steel Guitar Showpiece ‘Lonesome on My Own’ [Premiere]

Oslo Bedroom RnB duo explore resentful relationships on ‘Born In Cash’

Taking influence from the likes of The Internet, Grimes and contemporaries Sassy 009, Oslo-based Jouska are the musical and artistic partnership of Marit Othilie Thorvik and Hans Olav Settem.

The Blinders release ‘Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun)’

The Blinders have released a brand new track, ‘Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun’), which is taken from their upcoming album Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath, which is now scheduled to be released on July 17th via Modern Sky UK.

The track is fiery anthem of defiance and addresses the ascendance of money-grabbing despots like Trump, who are out to destroy the world for profit, and the guilt of the complicit societies that vote for them.

Belfast’s JUNK DRAWER release cathartic debut record ‘Ready For The House’

Belfast quartet Junk Drawer announce debut album ‘Ready For The House’, out via Irish indie label Art For Blind today. Channelling the likes of Pavement, Silver Jews, Beak> and more with their shapeshifting sound, the four-piece veer between slacker-rock, post-punk, krautrock and swirling psych across 7 sprawling, chaotic vignettes of personal malady and recovery.

Joris Delacroix releases contemplative new single ‘Stay’

An innovative, refined take on trance, ‘Stay’ pairs emotion-drenched euphoria with light, airy synths, creating a track that is both honest and restrained. It follows on from ‘Time To Lose’, last summer’s similarly stirring Hungry Music debut. Earlier this year Delacroix also remixed ‘Irani’, a single from fellow French artist Teho, and a track from Tinlicker for the iconic Anjunabeats imprint.


“‘Chemicals’ is about being convinced to try something new by someone you are infatuated with, and the emotions that follow.” says SG “It’s about feeling helpless knowing the control that person has over you, but knowing that deep down you love that fact. The song is written about one specific night out I experienced in London a while back. I started the song late one night in LA with Julian Bunetta, then Steph Jones helped us lyric the song the next day. Finally, Julian and I were working with Chad (Hugo, N*E*R*D/The Neptunes) the next week, and we got him to play the synth line you hear.”

La Fleur drops new trance-indebted EP ‘Ravenwaves’

Swedish-born and Berlin-based DJ and producer La Fleur drops her new EP ‘Ravenwaves’, out Friday 24th April via her own Power Plant Records imprint.

Her first release of the new decade, ‘Ravenwaves’ is a two-track release characterised by climactic, trance-indebted indie dance. Opening track ‘Stalker’ is a rousing, progressive house track that builds in intensity and atmospherics across its seven minutes. The EP’s title track then sees La Fleur reach for an emotion-tinged anthem led by soaring vocals.

Henrik Schwarz remixes HOSH & 1979 single ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ Feat. Jalja

German dance music legend Henrik Schwarz has remixed the Hosh & 1979 smash ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’, out Friday 24th April.

Maintaining the hypnotic vocals of Jalja that helped make the original so unique, Schwarz’s remix places a greater emphasis on the orchestral elements, creating a versatile, multifaceted track that would turn heads on dancefloors and auditoriums alike.

Aime Simone releases new single ‘In This Dark Time’

Aime Simone has released his brand new single ‘In This Dark Time’. The Berlin by way of Paris singer and producer wrote the song, which premiered with Clash Magazine, during this isolated and lonely period of the coronavirus pandemic while he has been contemplating on these times.

OFFAIAH drops floorfilling new single ‘That Makes Me Love You’

London DJ and producer OFFAIAH has unveiled his club-ready new single ‘This Makes Me Love You’, out now on Chicago’s Incorrect Music.

Sampling disco classic ‘Thinking Of You’ by Sister Sledge, ‘That Makes Me Love You’ is an infectious house groover that’s destined to evoke a euphoric reaction on dancefloors across the world this summer.
Defected Records signee OFFAIAH first made an impact in the dance scene with ‘Trouble’, a track that has gained more than 35 million Spotify streams and heavy rotation across international radio.

Avant Pop Artist Fifi Rong Shares the Ideal Isolation Anthem, ‘Distance’

In the midst of the unprecedented times that we’re all facing, London-based singer/songwriter/producer FIFI RONG shares new single, ‘Distance’, hoping to offer some comfort for those who are suffering from the emotional effects of being apart from love ones due to self-isolation.

Fifi perfectly encapsulates the feeling of distance and isolation, through her intricately compelling vocals. With soft layers of guitars and bass, which creates a stripped-back feel, ‘Distance’ is the perfect escapism from lockdown as it invites us to fully immerse ourselves into the intimate ambiance of the song.

International sensation Regard links up with acclaimed singer-songwriter RAYE on euphoric new single ‘Secrets’

Multi-platinum artists Regard and RAYE have joined forces on new single ‘Secrets’, out on Friday 24th April via Ministry of Sound.

Pairing RAYE’s flawless vocals with a funky bassline and polished, head-turning production, ‘Secrets’ is a deep, club-focused track that has all right attributes for filling dancefloors and infiltrating charts alike.

Stonebwoy releases highly anticipated album ‘Anloga Junction’

Afro-dancehall star Stonebwoy has dropped his expansive fourth studio album Anloga Junction, out today.

The album drop coincides with the official video release of lead single ‘Nominate’, featuring Grammy-winning R&B icon Keri Hilson – her first release in 10 years. Directed by Denzel Williams and styled exclusively by Tommy Hillfiger in the TommyxLewis collection, the video is set in NYC with Stonebwoy and Keri playing the roles of casting directors for a beauty pageant. Speaking on the collaboration, Keri explains: “I love the song we’ve done. I’ve always wanted to feel like this! Working with Stone was also a really nice surprise. It was random how we met & I think the best music is made like this.”

Para Fiction drop new music video for EP track ‘ROY’

Fresh from dropping their prophetic ‘EPISODE III: PANDEMIC’ EP, Brighton duo Para Fiction have unveiled new single ‘ROY’, out today.

The video drops as their single ‘Project 47’ from the EP has received radio support from John Kennedy on Radio X, and has also been playlisted by Kerrang.

Alaina Castillo Unveils ‘the voicenotes’ EP

Houston-raised, Los Angeles-based genre-bending artist Alaina Castillo unveils her new EP the voicenotes today. The 4-track EP includes previously released single “just a boy” and was created alongside her regular collaborator, Romans (Lewis Capaldi, Ella Mai, Demi Lovato, Khalid). The Spanish version of the EP is set for release on May 22nd, reflecting the bilingual nature of her music.

Robert Plant guitarist/co-writer Justin Adams releases new song

Today sees the release of “Endless Ocean” by award winning composer/musician Justin Adams via Good Deeds Music. All electronics and voices were performed by Adams. A spoken word passage was performed by his son, Joe Grey Adams. A companion video, shot by Joe Adams and Tom Reeves, has also been released.

Nightly Releases “the movies feat. Charli Adams”

Fresh off their debut headlining tour and emerging in a brand new partnership with BMG, Alt-pop band Nightly are back with a reprise of their newest single “the movies,” featuring their friend and song collaborator Charli Adams.


Chances are high that if fans have listened to any of the widely acclaimed album releases over the last few years, they’ve probably unknowingly heard John Carroll Kirby’s work. The pianist, producer, and composer has collaborated with artists including Solange, Frank Ocean, Bat for Lashes, Connan Mockasin, Sébastien Tellier, Harry Styles, and many more. Today, with the release of his first official album on Stones Throw,My Garden, Kirby stays on his own path telling his instrumental artist stories. The nine-track album, which includes the previously released singles “By The Sea” and “Wind”, is a pure distillation of his sound – soulful, spiritual, and evocative. Written, recorded, and produced entirely by Kirby, the album is economical yet emotional, with his personality shining throughout.

WurlD Releases New Song and Music Video “Love Nobody”

WurlD, born Sadiq Onifade, began his career writing for notable artists such as B.o.B., Treinidad James, Akon, Mario, and many more. In 2016, WurlD collaborated with Shizzi & Walshy Fire of Major Lazer to deliver the Afro pop hit “Show You Off”. In 2019, he released his Love Is Contagious EP. He also co-wrote the hit song “Blow My Mind” by Davido featuring Chris Brown and also released the critically acclaimed collaborative project ‘ILGWT’ (I Love Girls with Trobul) with award winning Nigerian producer Sarz. Praised by Vice, OKayAfrica, E!, and MTV, his unique style and eclectic sound has garnered him a dedicated global fan base.

lilspirit releases new single “nobody else”

Blue haired Bay Area native singer/ songwriter lilspirit has released a new single, “nobody else”, out now on 10K Projects/ Internet Money Records. Produced Omer Fedi (Ella Mai, 24KGoldn, Trevor Daniel), the acoustic ballad highlights 19-year-old lilspirit’s dreamy vocals and deep-seated songwriting.

Zella Day Releases Brand New Single “People Are Strangers”

Today, songstress Zella Day has released her brand new single “People Are Strangers”. The track is a vulnerable ballad, sun-soaked and possessing the aura of classic California. The song marks the enchanting first taste from Zella’s forthcoming five-song EP Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by Dan Auerbach, her debut release in partnership with Easy Eye Sound and Concord Records.

Malia Civetz Shares New Single “Heart Broke”

Following the release of “Broke Boy,” praised as “anthemic” by Paper Magazine, powerhouse pop/R&B vocalist Malia Civetz returns with new single “Heart Broke” via Warner Records. The liberating track speaks on the relatable feat of feeling that exciting, whirlwind romance – regardless of potential heartbreak. Malia’s passionate voice booms over the punchy production, resounding, “What’s a girl gotta do to get her heart broke?”

WINO: new song “Isolation” streaming exclusively via Revolver!

New track “Isolation” is a cover of Joy Division’s 1980 single, as WINO explains: “I have loved this song from the moment I heard it. I made a trade with one of my tenants in the early Obsessed house, Joe of Fugazi. I turned him on to Raw Power (The Stooges) and he turned me on to Joy Division. The music they made is still some of the heaviest stuff ever. I have always been drawn to the more melancholic, darker music, and I have played this song live on acoustic from the start. This is my version.”


Do not adjust your signal, Cosmic Gate have punched up a track that takes them as far off the C.G. ‘grid’ as they’ve been in a decade. Their final action ahead of the release of their fourth ‘Wake Your Mind Sessions’ compilation, ‘Universal Love’ is a dazzling, convention-shaking tale of two tones.

Otto Kinzel releases new single, Radium Light

Otto Kinzel guitarist for the NH based Stoner Rock band Dust Prophet, is proud to release his newest solo single, Radium Light.

Featuring Dust Prophet bassist Sarah Wappler (Bass/Synth) and Jason Stealth (synth/mixing/mastering), Radium Light continues the dark ambient/doom rock style from Otto’s previous singles, I Bleed For You and Golgotha.

Dan Wilson (Semisonic) Asks “What If We Survive This?” In New Song “The Real Question”

“I wrote ‘The Real Question’ two weeks ago when the strangeness and the dread of our self-quarantine was sinking in,” explains Wilson. “Even as we were all sharing the same scary short-term fears about the epidemic, I also was thinking, ‘What happens if we make it through this? How will our lives be changed? How will my life be changed? Will a lot of us feel the impulse to renew or revise our agreements with lovers, family, community, country?’ In some ways I hope so. So I wrote this song about those questions.”

Prodigy Teen Musician Will Muse Premieres Timely Duet, “World In The Way” Featuring Steevie Steeves

Prodigy teen singer and songwriter Will Muse has co-written yet another song with an inspirational message that is not only timely, but very much needed as the world combats the COVID-19 pandemic. Aptly named “World In The Way,” it’s the first duet the übertalented teen sang alongside Nashville-based singer Steevie Steeves from indie-folk trio Towne. The provocative canticle once again showcases Muse’s smooth vocals, raw emotion and the ability to pull his listeners in. He has a natural ability to transform his song’s message into a well-received calling for all people to follow, especially during times of need.

International Electronic Duo Giolì & Assia Release Stunning Single ‘Darling’

Gioli & Assia return with their brand new single “Darling,” a deep house influenced track with melodic indie-pop elements and their signature organic handpan vibes. The duo originally had the idea for the song over a year ago, and after producing, writing, and tweaking it to perfection, they’re finally ready to release it into the world.

Roo Panes – ‘The Sun Will Rise Over The Year’

Following the March release of double a-side single ‘Colour In Your Heart’ / ‘Pacific’, Roo Panes today continues to introduce new songs from his much anticipated EP with the sharing of new single ‘The Sun Will Rise Over The Year’. Starting from a delicately finger-picked introduction, layered with whisperingly atmospheric strings, ‘The Sun Will Rise Over The Year’ gently builds from those quiet beginnings to an explosive crescendo where galloping drums drive the track onwards and upwards.

Jessie Ware Shares New Song “Ooh La La” Today Via PMR Records / Friends Keep Secrets / Interscope Records

Last month, Jessie Ware announced her fourth studio album What’s Your Pleasure? a collection of sophisticated, hard-bodied pop funk that capitalizes on a love of 70s, 80s and 90s club culture coupled with Jessie’s vocals and the intuitive production of long-time friend James Ford culminates in a sound that feels instantly compelling.