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ICYMI: Alt-Pop songstress ALITA drops new single “Too Close”

ALITA is sure to captivate with her new single “Too Close,” a breakup ballad that explores the relatable musings of two people figuring out what they mean to one another. In a compelling twist, she flips the script and unpacks her own ‘situationship’ anxieties by telling the story from her partner’s perspective. According to ALITA the song came from reflection over her own past experience, sharing “it’s that moment of fear in a new relationship, when you realize you’re past the point of return – you’re past the moment when this person is just a new face in your life. Now their presence carries weight and meaning, you start wondering when they’re going to call or text, you can’t stop thinking about them. And then, the commitment issues start to show up…” While the song has a nonchalant vibe overall, ALITA admits that “cutting things off is really hard and releasing this song feels like a bookend to that whole situation.”

EDEN unveils latest single from ‘New World Tapes’ in “Peaked”

The Irish cult status superstar musician makes his presence felt with an expansive, electronic number made powerfully poignant through his vocal arrangements and adlibs, the bedrock to this track. “Peaked” calls upon his wistful charm, through lyrics that are both vivid and metaphorical and firmly place him amongst the song writing greats of this generation of talent.

Liam Maye – New single ‘Crush’ out now via Young and Aspiring

At the end of November 2019 the Bern based pop singer and producer Liam Maye released his debut EP “Overthinker”. Now Maye is back with his sensual new single ‘Crush’, designed to evoke plenty of spring fever.

“You remind me of the seasons. My favorite part of you is spring. And I know there’s no rush but this ain’t no ordinary crush. So the faster you fall the longer we’ll have to be in love. – Liam Maye / Crush

Theodor Black drops visuals for new single ‘Had Enough’

Theodor Black drops visuals reflective track ‘Had Enough’ (produced by Dwyer) released via DMY recordings.

The South London based experimental rapper is being hailed as the next creative force in the capital’s alternative scene. DIY up to the last detail, his sound dips between smoky, late-night rap and more upbeat guitar-led work, studded with his poetic, introspective lyrics.

ozzymoto – ‘New Sauce!’

The “New Sauce!” music video is filmed in front of rapper, ozzymoto’s home! The track is produced by DSANDO and the video was edited and directed by JOHNNIGHT! This video is very color appealing with ozzymoto in stylish clothes, alcohol and a whole lot of ignorance with his friends. Enjoy!


The new track will join the catchy lead single, “The Bender,” featuring Brando (known for such chart-topping collaborations as Loud Luxury’s worldwide blockbuster, “Body”) on Matoma’s forthcoming EP, RYTME. RYTME- meaning “rhythm” in Norwegian – sees the Norwegian DJ/producer teaming up with an array of top vocal talents, including Brando and Anna Clendening, as well as, Atlantic recording artist Georgia Ku, soulful British singer-songwriter Bryn Christopher, rising pop singer-guitarist-producer Griff Clawson, and fellow Norwegian artist Alida.

Joy Downer Announces June 5th Debut LP & Drops New Single “A Song You’d Never Want to Hear” Today!

Joy Downer is excited to announce the release of her debut album Paper Moon on June 5th. With the news, Joy is sharing the infectious new single “A Song You’d Never Want to Hear” – available today via all DSPs HERE. The track and album feature Joy’s addictive vocal melodies seamlessly blended with synths, drum machines and guitars. Self-described as “Alternative Dream Pop,” the nine-song debut LP was recorded by Joy and her husband Jeffrey Downer in their home studio in West Adams, Los Angeles. Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Mekons) mastered the album and mixed six of the songs with the remainder of the tracks being mixed by Liam Westbrook, one-half of the UK production duo Superhuman.

Half Moon Run Release Fan-Favorite “Grow Into Love”

Half Moon Run have released single “Grow Into Love”, out now on Glassnote Records. Earlier this month, the band shared a video of the song to Facebook and Instagram that they recorded while isolated from each other. After a positive response to the video, the band decided to share the recording with fans.

Bottler shares “Weekend” single w/ animated sci-fi video

Today, Bottler shares “Weekend,” the third single from their debut EP Clementine which is out this Friday. The duo enlisted animator Dylan Goodsell from their hometown of Buffalo, NY to create a video with an old school horror / sci-fi vibe. When the world isn’t upside down, Goodsell is employed by the Buffalo Bills and does most of the teams on-screen animation work.


Gates’ recent string of new music follows last year’s critically acclaimed blockbuster LP, I’M HIM, available via Bread Winners Association at all music retailers and streaming services HERE. The album proved a sensation upon its September 2019 release, arriving at #1 on both Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Digital Albums” charts while also debuting among the top 5 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 – Gates’ fourth top 10 debut thus far.

Lori McKenna’s “When You’re My Age” music video premieres today

“When You’re My Age” has also been selected as the official song for the Class of 2020 by Jostens—the nation’s leading provider of custom class jewelry, graduation products and yearbooks. The song will be featured as part of Jostens’ free online “Virtual Commencement” programs this spring and summer, which have been designed to help high schools and colleges celebrate their Class of 2020 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the partnership, McKenna shares, “As a songwriter, but even more as a mom of a high school senior, I’m so honored to offer up a song for the Class of 2020. I love that Jostens is making a special salute to this year’s high school and college graduates. It’s an unprecedented time and these graduates deserve the best celebration possible.” More information can be found via www.jostens.com

MARS RED SKY: watch new video “Crazy Hearth” now!

French heavy psych behemoths MARS RED SKY unveil their stunning new video “Crazy Hearth” via Everything Is Noise. Their latest album “The Task Eternal” is still available on Listenable Records/MRS Red Sound.

The video was directed by the band’s emblematic video maker Seb Antoine, also responsible for “The Light Beyond”, “Alien Grounds” and “The Proving Grounds”. New single “Crazy Hearth” is not only a dive into the wild, it also delivers a strong message about our suffocating planet and how much we need to let go the superficial and plant the seed for brighter days. MARS RED SKY offer a breathe of fresh air in these troubled times, with a song that is both dense and ethereal.

Mars Red Sky Light a Fire in Our Hearts with “Crazy Hearth”

Alec Baker has released a new video for his track ‘Something About You’

Stockholm based producer and writer Alec Baker is releasing a new Basliel Berhane directed video for his latest track ‘Something About You’.

With a minimalist remit of “something visually pleasing that would fit the mood of the song”, the video features dancer Marcus Møller throwing shapes in the midst of backdrops with a colour palettes fit for a Wes Anderson film.


Camouflaging the bruises & scrapes of finding your feet on your own terms with a breezy sleight of hand, ‘Yikes’ brims with 23 year old Londoner Nix’s laidback savvy. It’s a resilience shaped during a childhood defined by motion & progression, ever since work commitments took his parents – with a young Joe in tow – from Birmingham to South America. Going on to spend two years immersed in life in Paraguay, the family’s eventual return to the UK – relocating in quick succession between Essex, Birmingham and Blackpool, all before Joe had turned 4 years old – was fraught with change. Bumpy by anyone’s standards, it’s a period Joe is fairly sanguine looking back on, aside from the loss of total fluency in Spanish & native Paraguayan language Guarani. “When we got back to the UK my Mum just stopped speaking to me in Spanish and it’s totally gone – I need to get myself on Duolingo!”

New Holy Hive Single/Video “Be Thou By My Side”

Holy Hive release their new single and video for “Be Thou By My Side”. They cover Honeybus’ obscure cult classic, a beautifully written and performed song by a relatively unknown artist which has almost been forgotten since its original release in 1972 . Paul’s honeyed falsetto is a perfect match for the tune. Paul sings and accompanies himself on guitar with nothing more than a tambourine playing along. The video stays in the same lane as the tune, a stripped down one take performance piece where Spring is the center of the frame surrounded by microphones. The contradiction of all things pressing Paul for his performance up against his relaxed and sincere demeanor speak volumes about the spirit of Holy Hive. Enjoy the video and the new song, debut album Float Back To You is out worldwide March 29th produced by Homer Steinweiss.

Joe Bonamassa expands goal for “Fueling Musicians” COVID-19 relief program

Last week, Joe Bonamassa and his 501(c)3 non-profit, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, launched their Fueling Musicians Program and have been overwhelmed by the response from fans, music lovers, and corporations who have come together to support a cause that helps people who bring music to our world. We have already received contributions from companies such as Gibson, Norman’s Rare Guitars, Reverb, Caveman Productions, Ernie Ball, Peter Frampton, and Chicago Music Exchange, among others, who have come together to give their support both financially and through in-kind contributions.

Continental Five aka Two Five – ‘Wanksta 2.0’

Coming straight outta Southside, Jamaica Queens, Underground hip hop legend Continental Five drops one of the biggest records this first quarter titled “Wanksta 2.0” which is a remake of the classic Wanksta song that was written and performed by Continental Five’s older cousin 50 cent just some years ago. What separates the song from the original is the amazing remake of the beat which features a more defined basslane and creative hook. It’s not very often that we hear an artist recreate a record that is just as good as the original.


Today, Donna Missal shared a stripped-down version of “Hurt By You.” Accompanied simply by piano, her moving performance is a reminder that, as MTV News observed, “[her] powerhouse voice…can absolutely tear you to shreds.” The song was produced by Andrew Wells (X Ambassadors, Fitz and the Tantrums, Bebe Rexha) and Tommy King, who plays piano on the track. “Hurt By You” is the first official single from Donna’s new album, which will be released later this year by Harvest Records.

Camille Delean – Shares: ‘Go Easy’

Whilst becoming something of a staple on the East Coast Canadian music scene over the past few years, supporting the likes Timber Timbre, Fink and Andy Shauf along the way, the new album trails Delean’s 2017 debut, Music On the Grey Mile, an album that introduced the artist’s distinct palette. Whereas her first record was a cumulative travelogue, a reflection of disorientated years on the move, Cold House Burning summons a present-tense examination of its opposite: a troubled settling down. Inertia brought on by illness developed a feedback loop of sorts, a spiralling sense of solitude; it was a strictly interior world decorated with isolation, homebound routines, and internal dialogues, pieced together with little victories.


Since its release, “Surrender” has gone viral on TikTok with over 1.1M videos curated to the song and is approaching the Top 10 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart.