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Gareth Inkster – Presenting “Vacant”

I produced “Vacant,” and recorded everything in my bedroom with the exception of drums which were done by Sheepdog Studios’ Glen Watkinson. Adam Carter played rhythm electric, Robinson Inkster played bass, and the rest (acoustic, vocals, piano, organ, some rhythm electric, lead electric, aux perc) is all me.

It’s interesting – the simplest songs (lyrically) tend to be the same harmonically and melodically, too. That’s definitely true in the case of “Vacant.” Straight forward, to-the-point, no bones about it, but totally sincere.

Tom Grennan Releases New Single “Oh Please” With Accompanying Visual

Speaking of the track’s inspiration, Tom says: “When writing ‘Oh Please’ I was listening to a lot of Curtis Mayfield, Nas, Kendrick, and of course Amy Winehouse, and I wanted to channel this through the song. The opening transports me back to visiting America, crossing the Brooklyn bridge for the first time and seeing Manhattan. It really hit me at that moment that anything was possible, and I saw things clearer than ever before. I felt euphoric and excited for the future, a chapter closed and a beautiful new beginning ahead. It changed my mindset towards relationships, to focus my energy on learning from them rather than going into a darker, angry place. ‘Oh Please’ is about learning from relationships. It’s about staying strong and making the right decisions with respect and grace.”

New Release from Protokhal “Modern Vision” On Snakes x Ladders

Protokhal’s music hearkens back to simpler times – the mid 90s when drum and bass and jungle were charting in the UK and pirate radio stations blared out promises of a brighter future. ‘Modern Visions’ is the veteran producer’s debut release under the Protokhal moniker. Heavily influenced by the sounds of the legendary Asian Underground movement, which gave rise to luminaries like Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney, his single and forthcoming EP explore this classic sound – while updating it and making it fully his own.

HOT SUNDAY BLOOD: Turin-based Heavy Grunge Act Shares Video for “Kein Licht”

Italian dark grunge group Hot Sunday Blood offers the lyric video for the song “Kein Licht.” Featuring Moses on additional vocals, this song serves as the title track of their recently released third album, Kein Licht, which is now available via Snooky Records.

On the track-by-track analysis published earlier on New Noise Magazine, the Turin-based band informed: “This song speaks about the loss of emotions and the struggle between heart and brain facing daily life.”

Arys Déjan – ‘2019 Flow’

Arys Déjan revisits 2019 to pull this unreleased track out of the vault for your consumption. Since Nipsey Hussle’s passing (One of Arys’ rap idols), Arys lost a bit of his inspiration when it came to expressing himself musically. After the one year anniversary, Arys decides to come back full force and continue to pursue his true passion in honour of Nipsey, and aims to bring back a vibe he feels is missing from the industry at the moment. Enjoy the sounds, and look out for more tunes and announcements coming from Arys Déjan in the upcoming weeks!

SEASONS Release Video for “Violence is a Virtue”

Richmond, VA Metalcore band SEASONS has released the official music video for “Violence Is a Virtue.” Directed by Hive Minds Media, “Violence Is a Virtue” was filmed at Another Round Bar & Grill Through the music, and evident in the chorus of “this is my way of letting go,” Seasons continues to remind listeners that creativity and artistry are at the forefront. This idea is further shown when people come to their shows, watch them live, and hang out with them afterwards. This is what they live for.

Canadian Pop Supergroup Girl Pow-R Dazzle in Inspiring New Video “Never Let Go”

Canadian popster collective Girl Pow-R recently released a new video, “Never Let Go”!

The clip dazzles with the all-girl supergroup’s dynamic dancing, and comes complete with an important message to their fellow female fans: ‘stay true to you’. It’s a message dear to their hearts: recently, Girl Pow-R have been inviting audiences and passersby to write on their signature #GirlPowRment #Wall.

THE OGRE Summon Spirits & Screams With ‘Entity’

Entity is the third album by one man band The Ogre. It’s worldwide released via Sliptrick Records on April 28th and follows-up from his second album Dead In The Water. Although the previous album had a progressive death metal feel to it, Entity comes back to a more aggressive and violent tone but with a clear song and riff writing evolution. Entity was recorded through 2018 and early 2019 at The Ogre’s Horrorsound Studios, taking time with no rush whatsoever to find the perfect sound for it.

New music: Marsicans release new single ‘Summery In Angus’ today through Killing Moon Records

Leeds finest, indie-quartet Marsicans – one of The Guardian’s 50 Best New Artists for 2020 – continue to reveal new material from their forthcoming debut album ‘Ursa Major’ at pace. Today, April 28th they release their glistening indie-pop single and somewhat unusually titled ‘Summery In Angus’ through Killing Moon Records. The song explores the dichotomy of self.


The track, produced by Scribz Riley (H.E.R, Khalid, Cardi B), tells the story of a long-distance relationship and shows Jvck at his smooth best, playing with an RnB sound that he’s becoming known for here and across the ocean. On the thinking behind the track he says;

5EB marks first release of 2020 with new single ‘MoveUp’

‘MoveUp’ sees 5EB spit cold, confident bars over a hard-hitting trap beat, with honest lyricism detailing the pressures of inner-city life for a teenager. Marking the first single release from his forthcoming EP ‘HIGHBERNATION’, the track is accompanied by an engrossing official video shot by 5EB’s close friend Archie Erskine, which premiered on tastemaker platform GRM Daily.


Inviting listeners in with her raw vocals and diaristic lyrics, Lola Young’s new EP Renaissance judiciously explores romanticism and emotion with a maturity beyond her years. The EP opens with ‘Pick Me Up’ which launched with an incredible session for Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show last month. Today’s track ‘Same Bed’ then follows with a laidback and soulful mix of R&B and jazz before closing with ‘None For You’. Lola gave a spine-tingling performance of the final track in the echoing halls of London’s V&A museum for the accompanying video, marking the first time that an artist has been permitted to record there.

Berlin punks Pabst share video for new single “Hell”

Berlin’s Pabst are today sharing the video for brand-new single Hell, a song that openly confronts the darker emotions within one’s self. Where previous single Skyline took aim at the gentrification they see taking over their hometown, Hell looks inwards to feelings of helplessness and despair, draping these with a muddy, fuzzed-out wall of distortion, and sky-high riffs. Drummer Tore Knipping explains:

Swim the Current Releases Their Second Single From Their Current Project “Temperature Maps” 

The project Swim the Current headed up by guitarist Greg Antine has released his next single “Temperature Maps”. This time the guest on Swim the Current’s release is vocalist Greg Christie who has played locally in the area off and on for several years. Greg’s vocal contribution has set a tone that continues to showcase what a project like Swim the Current can produce when musicians come together and meld their talents. “Temperature Maps” certainly is a leader in the realm of modern collaborations between well-respected musicians and long time friends.

Spacebomb’s Andy Jenkins shares new track feat. Erin Rae; ‘Far Away From Here’

Speaking about the new track, Andy Jenkins said: “Far Away from Here is a song about the after images of love, remembering those free and easy times, heightened emotions and lengthening shadows. It also describes the realization – after love is gone – of feeling pretty alright. I pictured someone at the end of a long day of traveling, who realized they felt good for the first time in a while. ‘I don’t mind the way I felt today, far away from here.’ What’s the saying? Distance makes the heart grow.

Ocean Alley announce new album ‘Lonely Diamond’

Australia’s funkiest musical export Ocean Alley are thrilled to announce their highly anticipated third album Lonely Diamond, out independently June 19th, with distribution via UNIFIED Music Group. The news follows the premiere of their latest single from the record, ‘Hot Chicken’, on triple j this morning, and comes off the back of the recent postponement of their Australian tour until 2021.

Parallel Motion Release “Slave”

Parallel Motion sets their sites on delivering high-octane melodious metal productions as the band continues to converge their strengths and energies. A solid round of energized hard rock can be found in their latest single release “Slave”. Working with The Label Group and distribution via INgrooves, Parallel Motion’s “Slave” produces their kinetic meld of natural sound.

Rayowa – ‘The Only Night’

Born and raised in Basildon, Rayowa are a band of three brothers, Dan, Reece and Luke who all share a love of soul, funk and disco music. A melting pot of influences, their sound is not what you’d expect from a working-class family raised in a commuter town, but that’s what makes it all the more special. Both classic and contemporary: mixing the crystal-clear falsetto and chiming guitars of disco with slick production and effortless charisma, in a previous guise, the band gained praise from the ultimate hitmaker, Nile Rodgers.

Danny Adams drops new album – SOUL HORIZON

Weymouth based singer-songwriter Danny Adams drops his brand new album Soul Horizon in a new inventive way during the Covid-19 crisis. With distribution back logging and the whole community online, Danny premiered the album for the first time on his Facebook via a live performance followed by immediately dropping it to YouTube for fan consumption.

The album is an eclectic mix of styles ranging from rock, blues and metal and promises something for all. “The album tells a story and the track order was specifically designed to take the listener on a journey.” says Danny.

Echo Orange presents its brand new side-label, L.A Tangerine.

This new division reinforce our work as publisher and puts international artists at the center of their own artistic project. L.A Tangerine is a selection of indie pop tracks dig by our team and some exclusive releases of our favorite artists from all around the world. The Californian indie pop vibe straight to your home place!

“California vibes at its finest. L.A Tangerine is the fresh Vitamin C juice for music lovers.”

Joe Bonamassa launches “Fueling Musicians” COVID-19 relief program for artists

Joe Bonamassa’s Non-Profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (KTBA) is providing financial support to qualifying touring musicians who are suffering financial hardship and whose careers have been put on hold as a result of COVID-19 effect on the music industry. Fueling Musicians is an emergency relief program designed to support musicians by providing immediate cash payments for essential living expenses of $1,000, as well as pre-paid gas cards of $500 to help them stay afloat and get back on the road again when it is safe.

Bonamassa’s desire to create this program came to him while under stay-at-home orders. Joe kept thinking of his past struggles as a touring musician trying to make it on his own, and how much more difficult the current situation is for artists whose futures are now uncertain. “Right now, the music industry has been brought to its knees,” explains Joe Bonamassa. He recognizes that to truly support these artists, necessary funding will be crucial to maintain their livelihoods during the crisis, as well as helping them get back on the road when live music events are permitted. Wanting to give back and pay it forward like so many did for him, Joe brought the Fueling Musicians Program to fruition.

BRANT BJORK: new single “Cleaning Out The Ashtray” available

BRANT BJORK delivers more grooves and soul with his rocking new single “Cleaning Out The Ashtray”, streaming exclusively via The Obelisk today. His upcoming self-titled album “Brant Bjork” is due out May 29th on Heavy Psych Sounds.

“It’s a perfect time to get high and listen to some groovy music with good vibes. So, Clean out the ashtray, roll up a joint and check out this new track.” says the desert rock godfather.

Review & Track Premiere: Brant Bjork, Brant Bjork

Land of Talk’s New Single “Compelled” Out Now

Land of Talk today shared a video for new single “Compelled,” the second track from the Montreal-based band’s new album Indistinct Conversations, now scheduled for release on July 31st, 2020, via Saddle Creek. “‘Compelled’ is about being deeply attracted to someone who is in a (toxic) relationship, and wishing things were different,” says Elizabeth Powell of the tender, slow-burning song that swells to a shimmering finish. Watch the Joseph Yarmush-directed video recently filmed by Powell at home –