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Growing up and still living in Casablanca, she’s interwoven her Moroccan heritage with love for the English classics such as The Beatles, the Stones, Pink Floyd mixed with the Piaf, Brel and Brassen’s French chansons – all introduced to her by her father. Meryem’s music manages to reconcile solemn classicism and electronic modernity with writing and production assistance from Keren Ann, Para One and Ojard.

Mark Morrison, Returns with MackLife – Watch Rhea Sun’s lyric video for stunning ‘Train’

Premiered by Jazz FM, Train is the debut single by young soul diva, Rhea Sun, the first release from the re-launched MackLife label, the brainchild of legendary UK R&B artist, Mark Morrison. Lyrically enticing, singer-songwriter, Rhea Sun, designs a modern yet old school atmosphere with her first single, blowing the cobwebs away from the criminally under-supported soul music scene in Britain. The Portuguese, UK-based artist has a contemporary approach to writing and a voice beyond her years. She easily captivates listeners and creates a vibe with a 90’s R&B and Soul soundtrack.


The surreal clip begins with the buzzing songstress picking petals from wilting white roses on a kitchen table. Wearing a varsity letter jacket, she hops in a classic convertible and cruises through a surreal countryside. The road passes various couples in different states of youthful romance—lighting the fire for a kite, watching television on a crate in front of a mountain range, or sharing an ice cream cone. Meanwhile, lush piano and cinematic strings entwine with her soulful delivery as she urges, “Hold me close.” The vocals take flight, and she immediately makes an impact.

Man Man’s ‘Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between’ available tomorrow everywhere from Sub Pop

Man Man’s Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between is out tomorrow worldwide on Sub Pop. The 17-track effort features “On the Mend,” “Future Peg,” “Cloud Nein,” “Sheela,” and “Animal Attraction,” was produced by Cyrus Ghahremani, mixed by S. Husky Höskulds (Tom Waits, Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint), and mastered by Dave Cooley (Blood Orange, M83, DIIV, Paramore, Snail Mail, clipping).

Man Man’s ‘Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between’ Is Haunted, Haunting Pop Absurdism

Heads or Heads releases “Nightfall” video, new album out tomorrow

Ahead of his new record out tomorrow, Kansas City-based producer Heads or Heads released a woozily-animated video for second single “Nightfall” via Hot Lunch Music.

“An ethereal and modern sound,” HLM writes in their premiere earlier today, “I’m loving the ambiance of “Nightfall” and I’m sure you will as well.”

HEATHER ANNE LOMAX Shares Elvis-inspired Title Track from May 1 Release ‘All This Time’

Originally hailing from Kansas City, HEATHER is now based in Los Angeles where she recorded ALL THIS TIME with producer/mixer Jason Hiller along with enlisting an all-star team of renowned musicians to guest on the album including Zachary Ross, Ty Bailie, Ben Peeler-Weissenborn, Aubrey Richmond, David Goodstein, Chris Joyner, Rob Humphreys, Rosa Pullman-Wurlitzer, Maesa Pullman, Ronee Martin, John “JT” Thomas, and Danielle Fife.

Video Premiere: Heather Anne Lomax “All This Time”

Calgary Artist Turbo Releases Debut Single “Heart Stop”

A truly original and fearless artist, Calgary-bred, singer, songwriter and producer Turbo, combines the gritty authenticity of outlaw country with hard-hitting hip-hop inspired beats and rhymes. On “Heart Stop”, his debut single for 10K Projects/ Homemade Projects/ Internet Money Records, out today, the musical maverick shows the sheer force of his emotionally raw lyrics, along with his razor-sharp instinct for crafting unforgettable hooks. “Heart Stop” reveals Turbo speaking his unapologetic truth about living fast with no regrets, set to a backdrop of gorgeous acoustic-guitar work supplied by labelmate Alec Wigdahl.


BigKlit recruits Trippie Redd for new version of “Beautiful”

Provocative rap sensation BigKlit has partnered with Universal Music Group / Caroline Distribution recording artist Trippie Redd to release a new version of her single “Beautiful.” A haunting music video and companion short-film, that PAPER called “a work of art that’s unpredictable at every turn,” explores disassociation and hallucinations that occur between two toxic lovers. Both visuals are available now on BigKlit’s YouTube channel, The audio is also available at DSPs now.

“Wonder What You Taste Like“ is the 3rd release by Mystery Art Orchestra

The bands debut album “Prismatic Dream” came out in spring 2018, followed by the EP “Enjoy The Violence”. After readjusting their sound, it ended up with more electronic sound combined with a monotone drum-theme. The new single was released on april 24.

MICHAEL ABDOW Releases Music Video For “We Live Here”

Speaking about the track and subsequent music video, Abdow shares,

“The concept behind We Live Here centers around omniscient empathy and a sense of community that extends beyond humanity. The quote from the album ‘May our neighborhood end at the edge of the known universe’ is a bit of a paradox in that there is no end as our awareness of our existence in space and time expands. Each song on the record has an idea associated with it that the listener can ponder while taking in the music.”

Music Development Agency Offers Free Courses

Chicago’s premiere artist development and consulting company ‘Artist Collective’ will be offering a free month trial during quarantine, introducing new classes each week to help musicians further connect with their audiences online while everyone is home. From the importance of fan engagement to teaching artists how to throw their own live stream concert, Artist Collective plans to uplift musicians during a time where there has been a forced ‘boom’ in livestreaming. Co-founders Evan Price & Vinnie Hines understand that the music industry has undergone rapid changes in a very short period. As artists scramble to adapt, Artist Collective hopes to be a go-to resource for musicians during this turbulent time.


“Emotionally Scarred” is from his #1 charting album My Turn (Quality Control Music / Wolfpack Global / Motown Records). Topping the charts at number one on Billboard, the album has not left the Top 5 since its release. Tomorrow Lil Baby drops the Deluxe version of My Turn with six additional tracks.

Boss Babe Vitakari Shares Video For “Bad Weather”

Up and coming artist, Vitakari releases her vibrant video for “Bad Weather” today. On the lo-fi pop track, which was released at the top of the year, Vita puts her positive spin on a breakup. She sings “Seasons change and I’ll find something better” – moving on from her lover who probably didn’t deserve her to begin with.


Tasmanian indie folk pop duo Runaway Belles have today released their debut single The Weekend, a story of a love that is never set to last. Featuring the exquisite voices of Tash Parker and Emma Anglesey, the duo are also housemates which is convenient in these isolation times. To celebrate their first release, the girls have announced a Facebook livestream set for 8pm every Monday in May.

HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD Releases Official Music Video for “MOVIES”

“Movies” is one of those songs that you know is destined for great things on the very first listen. No pretentious BS, no filler. And the hooks and melodies are irresistible. The video is the perfect visual complement to the song. To me it’s the classic tale of freedom, camaraderie and the human connection. Watching a video like this reminds you that life is supposed to be FUN. Producing the song and being a part of the journey with the guys is a complete honor. The world needs content like this more than ever.” – MATT NOVESKEY (Producer / Bassist of Blue October)

RACKETT – New Single ‘ILY Alley’ OUT TODAY

ILY Alley was produced by Dave Hammer, echoing the intricate production reminiscent of his work on JEFFE’s ‘Undecided’. Layers of piano and vocals amidst a synthetic soundscape, ILY Alley showcases a softer side of RACKETT that contrasts her repertoire of abrasive electro pop-punk. With lyrics ‘swapping cassettes, sharing regrets, karaoke drunk duets’, ILY Alley tells a story of the former band members at a crossroad. Whilst in the studio tracking guitars for their last EP in 2018 as a band, it was revealed that Alley was going to become a mum, leading the band to make a heartwrenching decision that changed the course of their lives.

RETT SMITH shares new single “HARDSHIP HIGHWAYS” from forthcoming album

Between the guitar chops and old soul lyricism, Rett Smith’s work gives the impression that Smith has been a musician his whole life. In fact, he only discovered his talent for playing music after walking away from his successful career as an internationally competing downhill skier.

Rett Smith Shows Gentle Side on “Better Day”

THE HU teams up with LZZY HALE of Halestorm – RELEASES “SONG OF WOMEN”

Today THE HU releases “Song of Women” featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and kicks off the pre-order for the album on which it can be found – the Deluxe edition of the band’s critically acclaimed album, THE GEREG.

THE GEREG Deluxe edition is out on July 10, 2020 and will be available in CD, double vinyl and Digital formats. This version includes 3 of their tracks, re-made with special featured artists.


“As soon as we finished the song, I was instantly obsessed!” says Marshmello. “Halsey and I connected and were both on the same page with what we wanted the final outcome to be! And it turned out great.”

“Be Kind” is the latest song offered from Marshmello, who is coming off a strong 2019 with 5x Platinum “Happier” with Bastille – also released by Astralwerks – plus 4x Platinum “Silence” with Khalid, and Platinum certification for “Project Dreams” ft. Roddy Ricch and “Everyday” ft. Logic. Watch Marshmello play Fortnite with a fan on YouTube Gaming this Saturday, May 2.

The High – ‘Wait For Me’

Swedish songwriter/producer/artist who has had releases with – Avicii, Mando Diao, Cazzette, Lova, Wictoria, Otto Knows, Buster Moe, Syn Cole, Jonah and more. Under the alias The High he has had in excess of 95 million streams worldwide and is looking for collaborations for future releases.

INFERZENAL Premiers “Waiting” Single

“Waiting” is the first single this year from Inferzenal. While a whole year of touring, shows, and festivals in Mexico through 2019, the band headed to the studio to compose what seems to be their most groundbreaking album!