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TUNNEL shares new track “Super Charged Powerball,” debut full-length “Out For A While” out now!

Over the past 2 years, the duo has been working steadily on new songs which have culminated into their first full-length album, Out For A While, out now. They recorded the album themselves in a remote cottage in the Gaspésie region of Quebec, featuring a string of local Montreal musicians. This album is a solid documentation of the duo’s growth and expansion into more song-form compositions, without losing sight of an experimental approach.

Jay Burna & Trina – Game Time (Official Video)

Jay Burna teams up with the Legend Trina for an epic song “Game Time.” this South Florida collabo comes with a video that just dropped and you have to check it out.

Woods Share New Single “Can’t Get Out”

Today Woods release their sweeping new single “Can’t Get Out,” a track about fighting to move past the low points of depression. “Can’t Get Out” is the final track Woods will share before the release of their new album Strange To Explain, out May 22 on Woodsist Records.

Lianne La Havas Releases New Song “Paper Thin”

“‘Paper Thin,’ for me, is the song that started this whole thing. It started as a distant melody in my head as I was falling asleep that I decided not to sleep on,” La Havas explains. “It was recorded as jam between friends and has stayed that way.”

Alexandre Saada – My Land is Your Soul

New single out on Labrador today, the 5th of May 2020. Three minutes and nineteen seconds of the most amazing, French alternative pop music. Groovy and joyful – the perfect way to start your day!

On his forthcoming album Songs For A Flying Man, Alexandre is flying through a sky populated by stars such as The Magnetic Fields, Nick Drake and Elliot Smith.

Sam Goku: an artist on the rise

Sam Goku is on fire. Right after his Every Step EP we now present Paradise Drum: a dazzling 3-track EP that further expands his vivid sound palette. The new EP is an absolute highlight from a producer on the rise. The tracks sound connected but have a very different focus – a quality where only the biggest producers live up to.

SORGE: Washington, DC-Based Psychedelic Doom Quintet To Release Debut EP In June; “Astral Burnout” Now Playing

SORGE (sor*guh) recently recorded their maiden EP. Fusing elements of stoner/doom, fuzz, sludge, and psychedelic metal and rock elements into an esoteric concoction of outer space and inner mind, Sorge delivers four crushing tracks totaling nearly twenty-eight minutes of sonic exploration. Elements of the fertile doom scene that birthed Saint Vitus, Internal Void, Place Of Skulls, Earthride, Iron Man, and many others show through, however, SORGE’s tunes reach far beyond said soil, infusing kaleidoscopic and ethereal elements into their sound.

Reminder: HDBeenDope Releases ‘BrokeN Dreams’ Today

HDBeenDope released his highly anticipated new project BrokeN Dreams today. Almost entirely crafted in the Brooklyn rhymesmith’s bedroom, HD continues to flex his lyrical prowess on the new project, showcasing his untrammeled versatility as a spitter on the project’s focus track, “Die With Me”. BrokeN Dreams is available everywhere now and comes alongside the launch of HD’s latest merch capsule, available at HDBeenDope.com.


After establishing himself under the name Phil Adé, the DMV talent served up a series of mixtapes and singles and shined on collaborations alongside heavy-hitters such as Logic, Mac Miller, Raekwon, and Bootsy Collins. Starting in 2013, he dove into honing his craft, writing in the studio with a variety of artists, perfecting his own sound as well as his live performance. He ultimately developed his voice immensely. During this time, he made extensive contributions as a writer and featured act to Wale’s #1 opus The Album About Nothing [2015] and Shine [2017], in addition to working with Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, Mýa, Trevor Jackson, Serayah, 9th Wonder and Bink, while gracing the stage on the sold out SHIN3 Tour.


Country icon and lifestyle entrepreneur Martina McBride appeared on NBC’s Songland last night where she was presented with four new songs and collaborated with producer-panelists Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally to make her final choice. “Girls Like Me” is available globally on all streaming platforms.

Roccwell “Still Lovin’ Boombap” – Album Out Now

Still Lovin’ Boombap – the slogan with which the Munich-based beat-maker Roccwell titles his album stands not only for his unbroken love of the Boombap sound, but above all, for the daily struggle of the Hip-Hop generation of 35 plus.

Bringing his family, job and music under one roof is not Roccwell’s only challenge. Especially in an expensive city like Munich, which likes to give the protagonists of the subculture the cold shoulder. Against all odds however, the passion for classical rap has never left Roccwell. It embodies an attitude to life that has shaped him for 25 years now, even now that he is a family man with responsibilities. Selling yourself to the mainstream for a few bucks with shallow beats, pop melodies and a pinch of auto-tune? Not his thing – even if it would make things a lot easier.

LA’s Momma Debut New Single “Habitat” via V MagazinE

LA’s grunge-pop band Momma—a four-piece led by co-singers/guitarists/songwriters Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten—today debuted their new song “Habitat” via V Magazine, out today at all DSPs. “Habitat” is the third single off Momma’s forthcoming LP Two of Me out June 5th (Danger Collective Records), an ambitious concept album situated in an underground purgatory of their imagination called The Bug House. “We wanted this song to be the grand opus of the record – a culmination of the drama that happens throughout,” explain Friedman and Weingarten. “Inspired by ‘Eldorado’ by Electric Light Orchestra, ‘Habitat’ is written from the perspective of someone who comes to accept their place in The Bug House. The lyrics were inspired by the time we took shrooms together and decided that ‘being alone with each other is like being alone with ourselves.’ It is about being at peace with your environment, and finding calm in an altered state.”


Since penetrating the New York music scene, AFIKA has made a name for himself with his electro-pop sensibility, clever lyricism, and distinct vocals rooted in South African tradition.

Riding high from a recent appearance on NBC’s Songland, the writer, producer, and performer is set to release “Guide Me Home,” the third track and video from his visual EP, BLK JON SNO.

EMMA GARELL Releases Official Music Video for “Mother May I.”

Richmond, Va based indie rock artist, Emma Garell, has released the official video for her single “Mother May I”. The video originally premiered in Ghost Cult Mag on May 1st, 2020. Editor, Keith Chachkes, of Ghost Cult Mag, likened “Mother May I” to a, “Definite throwback Lilith Fair vibes!”

…and Oceans Stream Entire New Album via Invisible Oranges

Guitarist Timo Kontio comments: “We are so excited to present the new record ‘Cosmic World Mother’ of …and Oceans, after 17 years since the latest album, ‘Cypher.’ We have waited a long time for this day to come. Let the music and Adrien Bousson’s visuals take you on a journey beyond!”

Barbarossa (Memphis Industries) – Shares New Single, ‘Always Free’

This is the first new music from Barbarossa – real name James Mathé – since his BBC 6 Music and Clash-tipped 2018 record, Lier, an album that also found him touring in support of José Gonzàlez. This new single was recorded with the Dummy and Red Bull-backed producer, Ghost Culture and finds Mathé exploring mental freedom, anxiety, and the ability to segue mindset in life. I think this is quite a stunning piece of music that, coincidentally, sits as quite a sound reminder of mindfulness and its importance in a time like this – particularly when people are perhaps reaching the limits of their patience on an increasingly frequent basis.


“N.U.T.S (N*GG* YOU THE SH*T)” opens with a street recording of homophobic slurs: “he’s a man, he’s a woman, that’s a disgrace, an abomination!” And so, the pangender, post-everything fashion icon and R&B sex idol Ian Isiah presents us with a new glimpse into his universe: funky, spiritual, queer, stylish, flamboyant and musically virtuosic all at once.

Ludic – Stream “Love Me Like”

“Love Me Like” was inspired by music in the neo-soul and pop genres that we love so much while intertwining modern production and hooks with vintage songwriting sensibilities. This is a song about a one-sided relationship from the eyes of the beholder, grappling with internal frustration and romantic invisibility.

Vonn Kiss & The Dark Horses Latest Single “Struggle” Available Now

Rising country music stand-out Vonn Kiss & The Dark Horses keeps the fire lit with yet another burning single that speaks for itself. The new song “Struggle” which was released on April 3,was produced and co-written by Greg Archilla and stays true to Vonn’s signature classic country style. Available on all streaming platforms, “Struggle” serves as a bridge between what lies on the other side of hard work, risk and skill when giving your all towards a dream.

“The song ‘Struggle’ is basically what it says for every artist out there just chasing a dream,” Vonn explains. “It’s trying to find a balance between living the dream, spending time with family and friends and the music business as a whole.”

KADIMA Releases Debut Prog Metal Opus, “All Bird Deserve to Fly”

Recorded with a host of accomplished guest musicians, Israel set out to create an amalgam of a Devin Townsend-influenced album with a Coheed and Cambria writing style and The Contortionist’s ambiance while creating a distinctly KADIMA sound. The seven-track album opens with “Here and Where,” which begins with a soft, spoken word intro before bursting into soaring guitars. From there, All Birds Deserve to Fly continues through peaks and valleys of quiet and ethereal numbers to technical hard rockers where vocalist Kaylee Jorene shines in performances reminiscent of Anneke van Giersbergen.

DINING WITH DOGS: Austin Noise Rock Trio To Release The Problem With Friends Debut LP

Austin, Texas-based sludge metal quartet DINING WITH DOGS – formed by current and formers of The Dead See, BLK OPS, and more – will release their debut LP, The Problem With Friends, next week.

The Romantidote releases his second single ‘Here to Stay’ with a quarantine video

With influences including Bob Dylan, the Magnetic Fields and Flight of the Conchords, the Romantidote eludes traditional genre trappings. This mix of styles works mainly due to the unmistakable imprint of Bolland’s writing, an authentic and natural voice prone to irony and self-effacement.


Elektra Records artist Evan Barlow has shared an official music video for his single “Headtsone,” which is streaming today on his YouTube channel. Directed by Kay Ibrahim, the video finds Barlow delivering an elegy to youth as he confesses “We were kids then, searching for a feeling.” “Headstone” is featured on Barlow’s debut EP, Barlow Lane, which is available on all streaming platforms.

BLACK RAINBOWS: watch new video “Universal Phase” now!

Rome’s stoner rock heroes BLACK RAINBOWS share their new single “Universal Phase” exclusively via Metal Injection today! Their eight studio album ‘Cosmic Ritual Supertrip’ drops on May 22nd via Heavy Psych Sounds.

“Universal Phase is maybe the heaviest song from our new record. It’s heavy, doomy and wild. It kicks you in the teeth and punches you in the face. The video was shot in a wrecked industrial area surrounded by abandoned cars, and you can see us playing and driving a super 70 Ford Taunus. We even color-corrected the video to give it a more 70s feel.” says frontman Gabriele Fiori.

BLACK RAINBOWS Enter the “Universal Phase” of Heavy Psych