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“When I put out the original version of “Type 2,” I knew it wasn’t done. The song told my side of the story but left out 50% of the perspective it needed, and that’s exactly what Chloe brought. I’m so honored to have her on the song as a friend, but also as the dynamic and killer artist that she is. I love the opportunity to really re-work a record for a new version – not just putting a new verse on it – and that’s exactly what Chloe and I put our hearts into doing.”


The new tracks reflect two sides of NEEDTOBREATHE’s dynamic sound. Fueled by sweeping guitars and a massive beat, “Hang On” serves up an arena-ready chorus with an empowering and timely message. It doubles as a clarion call for a world in need of a little hope.

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

Today, Texan born and LA based singer/songwriter/guitarist Rett Smith shares the second single, “Hardship Highways,” from his upcoming album Giving Up On Quitting. The album will be released on May 22nd via Imperial/Republic. The track follows Smith’s debut single Better Day which was recently featured by American Songwriter. Both tracks are available now on fine digital platforms everywhere.

Rett Smith Shows Gentle Side on “Better Day”

The Beach Boys’ Mike Love Releases “This Too Shall Pass” Featuring John Stamos

All artist and label royalties from “This Too Shall Pass” will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic. The fund will enable food banks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable people during this difficult time. Through the music, Love hopes fans will join him in giving back, amplifying the good and rallying around their global community.

Manuel Turizo estrena nuevo sencillo “Quiéreme mientras se pueda”

Composed and produced by Francesco “Takagi” Merli and Fabio “Ketra” Clemente, the most romantic interpreter in the urban genre, Manuel Turizo presents his new single “Quiereme mientras se pueda” (Love me while you can), a song to reflect and value our loved ones during the most difficult months humanity has gone through in modern history.

ZAS ft. Bernard Sumner/New Order Shares ‘FEAR CITY’ LP Via Beats Per Minute, New LP Out Now On All DSP’s

Composer/Producer Zachery Allan Starkey has released a new solo album, FEAR CITY, which features new collaborations with Bernard Sumner of New Order. FEAR CITY sees Starkey combining techno, electro, post-punk, synthwave, disco, and punk to create an urgent, panoramic soundtrack to contemporary New York City, capturing decadent Brooklyn nightlife, current economic collapse, the COVID-19 pandemic, ever increasing political/social chaos, and the opiate epidemic over 14 diverse and beautifully produced tracks. FEAR CITY follows the internationally acclaimed release of four ZAS singles, the ominous and prophetic “No Security”, symphonic techno odyssey “XXX”, anthemic club track “Force (ft. Bernard Sumner), and the darkly powerful “Fear City (ft. Bernard Sumner)”, all of which saw critics comparing Starkey’s new work to electronic music pioneers Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley.

Zachery Allan Starkey explores dark pop revelations and bottomless dancefloor chasms on his new record, FEAR CITY (BPM Premiere)


Today, Detroit rap phenomenon Tee Grizzley releases a new single and music video for “I Spy” (WATCH HERE). With this explosive track, Tee Grizzley delivers yet another exciting single off of his forthcoming project The Smartest. Produced by the legendary Scott Storch, Tee Grizzley delivers eruptive verses complemented by an intense beat that will keep listeners hype until the last second. The release of “I Spy” truly showcases Tee Grizzley’s unstoppable momentum and foreshadows what fans can look forward to on his upcoming project.

Lil Baby drops Deluxe version of ‘My Turn’

Lil Baby has shared the Deluxe version of his #1 charting album My Turn, via QC, Wolfpack, and Motown. The Deluxe album brings six new songs to the project, including an additional feature from 42 Dugg. Ahead of the release, Baby shared the new track and video for “All In” and a music video from the highlight track “Emotionally Scarred”.

Mike Mago and Kelli-Leigh collaborate on new single “On Repeat”

Dutch DJ/producer Mike Mago and UK vocalist/songwriter Kelli-Leigh team up on the new single “On Repeat”. Kelli-Leigh’s soulful vocals powerfully capture the experience of not being able to get someone out of your mind – a sense that Mago echoes and amplifies musically in the propulsive, dancefloor-ready track.


“When I made “Crash Flow” I just wanted an anthem for the people to turn up to,” says Rae Rae “It’s really self-explanatory I ain’t trippin bout no b***h, no I ain’t crashing bout no h**, we focused 2020 and we bout to take over.”


Nashville-by-way-of-New England singer/songwriter Glenn Thomas released new single “Give A Damn” via The Bluegrass Situation. “Give A Damn” appears on his forthcoming LP Reassure Me There’s A Window, out May 15th via Palace Flophouse Records. “I wrote this song in the beginning stages of a new relationship I was in,” Thomas explains of the rowdy, pedal steel-laden track. “I really cared about the person and wanted it to work, but still carried the ghosts of past relationships and dating woes. I felt like I didn’t really have anything new to bring to the table, but ultimately what mattered was I cared and was going to do what it took to make it work. Ultimately, the past is exactly that — the past,” he continues. “I remember sitting on a friend’s speedboat a couple of summers ago getting bounced around by the waves, and the fast up and down movement put this melody into my head. I had the lyrics in my phone notes and sang it into a voice memo right there on the boat.”

East Coast artist LOUD HOUND – Entitled “Melancholy Boy”

LOUD HOUND is the solo project of East Coast songwriter/ producer Tommy Florio. With influences spanning across all genres and eras, LOUD HOUND’s sound is not easy to pin down, yet his lo-fi guitar sound and lyrical topics seem to be the common denominator. His music carries a weight, a sense of longing and isolation, stemming from never staying in one place for too long. Raised in the desert, the musician moved all around the east coast as a kid, until eventually landing on an isolated island in New Jersey… for now.


“This song is the title track from my upcoming album “Laugh Now Kry Later”. There’s more heat coming when we’re back outside again, but wanted to give my fans something to vibe to while we’re all inside. Stay home, stay safe and stay dangerous.” – YG

Rising Rapper Smoove’L Releases Label-Debut Mixtape, “Boy From Brooklyn” Today

“I knew my time was coming. I love to create a raw fan base. I started my own wave,” he says. “People think you have to be famous in order to be an artist, but you don’t. No matter if you got a fanbase or no followers, you just gotta keep your image and go with the flow. Eventually people will believe in you one day.”

Little Hurt (Ex-The Mowglis Colin Dieden) delivers the sing-along song of the summer, ‘Alaska’

Breezy, bright and bouncy, new single “Alaska” from Little Hurt (aka Colin Dieden – ex singer/guitarist of The Mowglis) is an instant Alt.Pop classic that is destined to be one of the sing-along songs of the summer. Buoyed by a featured slot on the just released “Now That’s What I Call Music! 74” compilation as a “What’s Next’ artist, the song is also being supported by an aggressive social media campaign to drive awareness to old and new fans alike.

Speaking to the inspiration for the song, Dieden says: ‘Alaska’ was the second song I wrote after starting Little Hurt. It came from a deep desire to separate myself from some aspects of my past that I found painful. That feeling of wanting to throw away everything you’ve ever known and start again”.

Night Demon Release New Single And 7″ For “Kill The Pain”

Night Demon fulfilled a lifelong dream by recording this single at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark under the watchful eye of famed producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Guardian). Of course, Rasmussen has left an indelible mark on heavy metal history for his work on Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and … And Justice for Allalbums, among many others.


The EP was heralded by Jack’s first-ever single ‘Alice’ which currently has a staggering 8.5 million streams, followed by his Parlophone debut ‘Wait For Me’ and the title-track ‘Tomorrow’. Alongside these singles on the EP is the song ‘Down’ which deals with relatable everyday experiences and universal themes, as Jack elaborates;

Allegra Krieger’s New Single “Rot” Examines Human Response to Crisis

Today, Allegra Krieger has shared a new single “Rot,” the second track released following her signing announcement with Northern Spy Records. The Brooklyn, NY based singer-songwriter penned “Rot” about toxic apathy amidst a climate crisis, but you could just as easily replace “climate crisis” with “global pandemic.” This tale of “someone who has assimilated into a culture of wanting and taking without reparation,” as Krieger explains, mirrors human arrogances exposed by the COVID-19 crisis.

PERCY unveil video for frenzied, vitriolic governmental anti-anthem ‘Will Of The People’

Yorkshire based Percy gained notoriety in the early nineties when their home brand of left-field post-punk led to a record deal with legendary Leeds label Mook Records and consequently airplay from John Peel & Steve Lamacq. They made ‘single of the week’ in Melody Maker and rode the wave of minor indie celebrity status.


Vol 1: Frequency was inspired using sound frequencies to help treat ailments including insomnia, anxiety, depression and Parkinson’s disease around the world.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Nikola Tesla. He said, “if you wish to understand the universe- think of energy, frequency, and vibration”. The purpose of this project is to introduce people to healing frequencies. The best way to do this was to make music that has the same vibe as what they are listening to right now and tune the song to 432Hz. So regardless of the lyrics or beat- the healing frequency can have a positive impact on the person listening to my music.”

Chicago’s TrenchMobb Plot Their Imminent Takeover in “On A Mission” Video

Crafting aspirational rap music with melody and verve, TrenchMobb is taking the streets of Chicago by storm. Posting up in their West Side kitchen, TrenchMobb shares “On A Mission,” their latest video single. Driven by a stutter-stepping piano line, “On A Mission” is a hard-hitting slice of melodic drill, as JR007 and Lil Jaydoe swap auto-tuned bars about their ever-growing bags: “Oh, I’m on a mission/To run up the racks and make all the money go ’round.” In the video, premiered by Dirty Glove Bastard, the two rhymers practice responsible social distancing in their Chicago apartment, counting up cash and cutting up weight with the assistance of two scantily-clad cooks.


“I have been a fan of Kelli-Leigh’s voice for ages and really felt her lyrics when I first heard her acapella demo for ‘On Repeat.’ Of course, I think she can make any lyric sound great!” recalls Mike Mago. “I tried to match the lyrical concept of the song with something musically that has a repetitive drive but still sounds adventurous – hence the loop that varies in timing. It was truly one of those processes that just seemed to work from the get-go.”


“As 2019 drew to a close, we started digging into songs we hadn’t played in quite some time,” says Neil Fallon. “We had forgotten how much we enjoyed playing Smoke Banshee. The version on Pure Rock Fury is a hybrid of a live and studio performance. So when we made our list of candidates for the Vault Series, it was an easy choice to give Smoke Banshee a full studio recording.” The single was recently rerecorded and remixed by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Jawbreaker, The Sword, Against Me!) and the track comes in at 3:46. “Smoke Banshee” was originally released in 2001 on Clutch’s album Pure Rock Fury.