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Release Alert: Chasing Ghosts – Bring Me Suffering – British Dark Melodic Metal

Born of a passion to create dark and melodic music, Milton Keynes based British metal outfit Chasing Ghosts are resurging with EP and title track Bring Me Suffering to be released Spring 2020. The EP (out 12th June) is no doubt their biggest and most ambitious record yet, a union of haunting female harmonies and natural sombre strings, resulting in an evolution of all the darker elements in their already present sound since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album in 2018.

Kazakhstani producer, Imanbek drops new remix of Rasster’s ‘Sad’

Chart-topping producer Imanbek returns with a fresh remix of prolific Russian producer, Rasster ‘s viral single, ‘SAD’; a track which was originally a globe-conquering sensation from late hip-hop icon Xxxtentacion, out 22nd May via Universal.

The exciting young Kazakhstani producer turns the emo-rap smash into a dancefloor-focused club jam, ramping up the bassline while losing none of the emotion that makes the original so special.

NEW SINGLE – Swedish Pop Duo, JUNG Release ‘Nobody Knows’, Out Today Via Universal Music Sweden.

Swedish-based pop duo JUNG (a.k.a brothers Tom and Henrik Ljungqvist) release their brilliant new track ‘Nobody Knows’, out today via Universal Music Sweden.

JUNG’s self-penned, feel-good release ‘Nobody Knows’ is led by a charming, upbeat guitar plucked production. It complements the inspirational lyrics about striving over hardships and not worrying about the end goal; to live for now.

Miller Blue releases his highly anticipated EP ‘Sunflower’

Self-produced, written and performed, the six-track release is a journey through Miller’s experience of love and heartache during and after a recent relationship. As Miller himself puts it, “the whole project is essentially a series of diary entries. Starting with a reflection of a breakup and moving chronologically from that point to where I am now.”

New Today // Harley from Rizzle Kicks Launches His Solo Career with a Doozy

The soulful tones of Harley Sule’s voice should be familiar to you – if not as the mystery man behind his critically acclaimed, crooning side project Jimi Charles Moody, then as half of much-loved London-based duo Rizzle Kicks.

Marie Dahlstrom releases debut album Like Sand

Danish, London based artist Marie Dahlstrom today (May 22nd) releases her long-awaited debut album Like Sand via JFH Records.

An artist defined by her irrepressible work ethic, Marie has taken her fans on quite the journey over the past 9 years. Across 5 EP’s, she has elegantly toed the line between jazz, R&B and soul – collaborating with the likes of Tom Misch and Alfa Mist along the way.

New > Commodo releases new ‘Loan Shark’ EP on Black Acre > Out now!

Commodo returns to Black Acre for the first time in over two years with surprise new three-track EP, ‘Loan Shark’.

Out today, ‘Loan Shark’ lands as his third release with the label, following 2018 standout ‘Dyrge’ and 2016’s blistering debut album, ‘How What Time’.

A quietly elusive producer, Commodo’s recent work for Deep Medi, Bandulu and Black Acre has seen him established as one of UK bass music’s contemporary frontrunners, who continues to influence the wider landscape through the strength and imagination of his output alone.

Diogenes – “I Want It All” [Video] + “The Lonely Hero” [Album]

“I Want It All” by Diogenes is the first video-single off his debut album “The Lonely Hero” featuring Cube Ref, produced by Big Session. ‘The Lonely Hero’ lets you into the mind of Diogenes and his pursuit to sit at the pinnacle alongside the greats, by blending creative lyricism, powerful rhymes on some dynamic production. How much of himself is he willing to sacrifice? The LP features Cube Ref, Pangea Pham, Ten Tun, Hillreye Banks, Higha Medz, Big Session, DNA, M.O, Reckonize Real and more. #diogenes #iwantitall #cuberef #thelonelyhero

Levellers release new single ‘Calling Out’

‘Calling Out’ is a song that recalls troubled times and incidents, reflecting on the change of perception which can result from trauma, and the ways that familiar senses can alter in new situations and call out with new meaning.


With its themes of mental health and support, the original track has resonated with fans worldwide and now multi-platinum Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies’ remix brings the song to the dancefloor with the addition of electrifying synths and a cathartic build, providing listeners with a spellbinding escape from the moment.


Following the early success of their current release ‘Hypnotized’, Purple Disco Machine and hotly tipped Indie newcomers Sophie & The Giants have unveiled the first of the single’s forthcoming remixes courtesy of German producer Roosevelt, out today Friday 22nd May.

The Hempolics Drop Lockdown Video For New Single ‘Get It Right’

‘Get It Right’ is the latest offering from The Hempolics forthcoming album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Volume 2’. The video is a baby of the global pandemic lockdown. The Hempolics leader Grippa says: “We’re completely hands-on and make our own video’s but the lockdown made it impossible to get the band and singers together to make one like we usually do. So, I started looking around public domain film to do a mashup video instead and found these amazing vintage cartoons that just had the imagery to perfectly fit in with the song’s vines and lyrics.”

Superproducer and MC, Footsie drops his debut solo album ‘No Favours’

Over the past few months, Footsie has been preparing for the release of his new album by dropping huge collaborations of the project, keeping the scene alive and thriving during difficult times. ‘Pepper Stew’ featuring fellow don JME kicked things off setting the bar high. Hard-bodied single ‘Restless Jack’ came next, featuring CASISDEAD with Footsie on production. Receiving championing support from the likes of Target, Toddla T, Tim Westwood, Emerald Lewis, Sir Spyro, Snoochie Shy and many more, ‘No Favours’ is on its way to becoming an era-defining record.

Dagny releases Side A of debut album ‘Strangers / Lovers’

Norwegian cult pop icon Dagny today (22 May, 2020) releases Side A of her debut album Strangers / Lovers.

After writing over 250 songs in sessions and studios around the world, Dagny Norvoll Sandvik entered Livingroom Studios in Oslo in the fall of 2019 to finish work on her debut album. Now she’s finally ready to showcase the body of work she has long dreamed of releasing, starting with its first 6 tracks, Side A.

Favian Lovo, el exponente del género pop-urbano, estrena su nuevo sencillo “Aroma”

El exponente del género pop-urbano Favian Lovo, seguirá conquistando y enamorando a sus “Lovas” con el lanzamiento de su nuevo sencillo “Aroma”. La apuesta musical más atrevida del cantante hasta la fecha, en una “explosiva” colaboración con Kris R, y la misma se encuentra disponible a partir de hoy en todas las plataformas digitales.

“Aroma” le sigue a éxitos como “Sin tu amor”, que se ha convertido en un hit radial en su natal Venezuela, y “Los puti” junto a Lele Pons y Lyanno, sencillo que el pasado mes de abril logró alcanzar las 10 millones de visualizaciones en YouTube.

Brother Firetribe Release New Single “Bring On The Rain” – WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO

The Finnish hard rock band Brother Firetribe announces the opening of the summer season by dropping yet another single from their upcoming album ‘Feel The Burn’, out in September: the new song ‘Night Drive’ is perfect for a ride around town on a summer night and can now be found on all online streaming services.

Skantia Releases New Ram Records Single

Skantia is one of the youngest members of the Ram roster but his work rate is impeccable. With three releases already under his belt for 2020, he remains at the helm of the label’s schedule with brand-new single ‘Disconnect’ ft. Haribo and ‘Bones’.

Lee Foss and Anabel Englund release new collaboration ‘Warm Disco’

A multi-talented singer-songwriter who has worked with some of the most respected DJs and producers in dance music, Anabel Englund garnered widespread acclaim when she linked up with Jamie Jones and Lee Foss in 2012 to join Hot Natured. Their single “Reverse Skydiving” amassed over 13.4 million streams on Spotify alone, immediately asserting Englund’s status as a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, Englund teamed up with Foss again as the featured vocalist on “Only The Gods,” his track with UK outfit Disciples. Today (5/22), Foss and Englund come together again for the release of “Warm Disco” on AREA10/Ultra Music.

DAYLA is bringing a ‘Lighthouse’ of hope with gorgeous new single

A Parisian artist based in London, for the past few years DAYLA has travelled between the two cities working on what would become her first EP with producer and long-term friend NBO TOWN. Her thoughtful lyrics, delivered with deep, ringing vocals, invite us into her dreamspace. She finds inspiration in the maelstrom of life and the vulnerability that its turbulence exposes. Using abstract and undulating imagery, she transports you into her own unbounded world. Intimate, honest and affective, her music is flavoured with minimalist electronic sounds and soulful vocals.


“The Playlist” en Spotify de J. Alvarez llega a mas de 200 millones de streams desde su lanzamiento. “The Playlist” es una recopilación de 48 temas emblemáticos del repertorio del cantante como “Esa Boquita”, “Sentimientos Escondidos”, “Haters”, “Rico Suave”, “De La Mia Personal”, “Muchacha”, por nombrar algunos. “Quiero agradecerle a mis fiel seguidores por tanto cariño y apoyo durante todos estos años, me siento muy afortunado de tener a mis “Alvaristas” y seguimos por mas”, comento J. Alvarez.


After the huge success of ‘The Anthem’ with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike that went to #1 on the Beatport Big Room Top 100 Chart, Australian star Timmy Trumpet thrives once more on Smash The House. This time, he’s bringing label favourites Wolfpack, Jaxx & Vega, and R3SPAWN along for the ride, with label bosses Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike providing the final, magic touch with their edit of ‘Kalinka’.

New Track from Shenseea — “Wasabi”

It’s a big weekend for dancehall and the reigning princess of the genre, Shenseea, continues to deliver and today she has released new track “Wasabi.” Shenseea continues to create anthemic songs for the empowered female among us all. Quarantine has the twenty-two year old back in home town working on new music and her upcoming debut album. “Wasabi” is another offering from Shenseea following her earlier release “The Sidechick Song” — which has already racked up over 7.1M views — and Rvssian’s “Hard Drive” single feat. Swae Lee.


“Trouble” follows previous singles “Be Free,” an Aretha Franklin-style gospel-infused empowerment anthem, “Alligator Lilly,” a song about lost innocence with a quirky, Wes Anderson-inspired video, and “90 Proof,” a torch song about getting over the loss of a relationship. “Lovell knows how to tap into a part of himself that can bring the emotions of ’90 Proof’’to the surface and doing so is all the more honorable, knowing the story he’s trying to tell, isn’t a made up screenplay,” said American Songwriter of “90 Proof.” “It’s one man being willing to revisit challenging parts of his life and do so with performative solemnity and grace.”


The song is now available across all streaming platforms and will be featured on his upcoming third album Golden Hour out May 29 via Sony Music International/Ultra Records/RCA Records. Kygo will kick off his album release day with a performance on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series with OneRepublic and Broussard.


Today, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum artist, rapper and producer French Montana releases an official remix for his track “That’s A Fact.” The new take on the song features guest verses from Fivio Foreign and Mr. Swipey.

French Montana Releases Remix Of “That’s A Fact” Ft. Fivio Foreign And Mr. Swipey


Two guitar legends – Eric Clapton and B.B. King – first performed together in NYC in 1967. Over 30 years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a collection of all new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs. The resulting album Riding with the King would be released in June 2000 and go onto sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. and win the 2000 Grammy Award © for Best Traditional Blues Album.

$not & Night Lovell Release Hypnotic NEW Single “HUMAN”  

Today, rapper $NOT gifts listeners with brand new single “Human” featuring Canadian rapper Night Lovell. On the song, $NOT delivers melodic bars while Night Lovell assists with an hypnotic verse, blending effortlessly making listeners feel like they’re in an intoxicating trance. Both $not and Lovell emerged out of the boom of what would become known as “soundcloud rap” as their popularity on the platform is what would spark their virality. ​​​​​​​”Human” marks the first official release from $NOT, since his album – TRAGEDY +, which includes his song “Gosha” (which has garnered 100 Million+ streams) and Tik Tok favorite “Moon & Stars” ft. Maggie Lindemann. Stay tuned as $not turns the page as he starts this new chapter.


El cantante urbano Blingz viene fuerte con el tema “Plakata”, un Dembow junto al cantante Dominicano “Lírico En La Casa”. Blingz lanzo hace un par de meses el sencillo “Por Ti”, un tema que mostró el lado mas romántico del cantante, ahora con el tema “Plakata”, vemos a un Blingz diferente. Con la participación de uno de los grandes exponentes del Dembow como lo es “Lírico En Casa”, el tema bailable dará mucho de que hablar entre la fanaticada de ambos interpretes.


James Taylor debuted the video for “As Easy As Rolling Off A Log,” a track from his critically acclaimed new album American Standard, during the sixth annual “Red Nose Day Special,” which aired last night on NBC. The two-hour primetime event — which raises awareness and critical funds for children who are living in poverty around the world – also featured appearances by Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Lilly Singh, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Smith, and Mandy Moore among others. “As Easy As Rolling Off A Log” written by M.K. Jerome and Jack Scholl, first appeared in the 1937 football film Over the Goal.

STYX’S TOMMY SHAW Releases Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” Exclusively To Streaming Services

During these crazy and surreal times, music is the grand healer. While bands can’t be on tour right now bringing music to their fans directly, STYX singer/guitarist TOMMY SHAW recognizes the continuing vital and soothing need for new music by releasing a previously unreleased acoustic version of the Led Zeppelin classic, “Going to California” via STYX’s label, Alpha Dog 2T, Inc. It will be available for streaming only on all digital platforms, including Spotify, starting today.


Pink Floyd launched a brand-new daily evolving playlist today, Friday, May 22, 2020. Entitled ‘Syd, Roger, Richard, Nick and David – An Evolving Pink Floyd Playlist’, this new and exciting way to rediscover and immerse in Pink Floyd’s music will kick off with the currently unavailable track Us & Them (Live at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London 1974) from the 2011 Immersion box set of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’.

With specially curated album tracks added daily and appearing at the top of the playlist, the selection will gradually evolve with the addition of the band’s best-known classics to deeper album tracks. ‘Syd, Roger, Richard, Nick and David – An Evolving Pink Floyd Playlist’ highlights the band’s contribution to music over the last 60 years. Every Friday, the playlist will feature rare tracks (via streaming or download) originally available on the Immersion boxsets.
Tracks include for the following four Fridays:

flowers de moon celebrates van life on “Anthem of Bob” out today

Yesterday, LA-based flowers de moon announced its first release as a solo project in the form of new single “Anthem of Bob,” followed by a video premiere this afternoon.

Previously a project between Doug Fraley, Olivia Price, Zach Kramer and a rotating cast of collaborators, moon is now Fraley’s solo project after a months-long van trip from his home base in Pittsburgh to his new residence in Highland Park. Eerily, Fraley foretold the whole trip when he wrote “Bob” before the move last year.

GIN WIGMORE Returns with uplifting new song ‘Hangover Halo’

One of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists, Gin Wigmore, marks an exciting new chapter in her remarkable journey with new single ‘Hangover Halo’.

‘Hangover Halo’ has all the hallmarks of a classic Gin Wigmore tune – unmistakable vocals, insightful lyricism and a chorus you can’t help but sing along to.

2x Grammy Winning Artist + Producer Scribz Riley Releases “Impress Me” Ft. Headie One

With his recent acclaimed debut single “East Side,” which has received over 500,000 streams of the track and video so far, 26-year-old Scribz introduced himself to the world as an artist alongside a producer. Hailing from East London, but residing between London and LA, he has worked with artists such as Khalid, H.E.R., J Hus and Cardi B over the last few years and has established himself as an acclaimed award-winning producer and songwriter, impressively achieving two Grammy awards along the way.

2x Grammy Winning Artist + Producer Scribz Riley Releases “Impress Me” Ft. Headie One

Key Glock Chronicles His History of Flexing with ‘Son Of A Gun’ Mixtape

Hip-Hop’s foremost purveyor of blunt-force punchlines, Key Glock never stops grinding. Coming through with his second heavy-hitting project in four months, the Paper Route EMPIRE signee shares Son Of A Gun, his new mixtape. Stacking flex after flex with wit and panache, Son Of A Gun finds Key Glock in rare form, methodically laying out his case for rap supremacy over the tape’s 15 tracks. Son Of A Gun showcases Glock’s crackling chemistry with PRE producer Bandplay, who delivers sparsely absorbing soundscapes for the Memphis native to annihilate.

Bassist Derrick Hodge Announces New Album ‘Color of Noize’ out June 26

With his third record, 2-time GRAMMY winner Derrick Hodge unleashes his freest work yet. Color of Noize — due out June 26 on Blue Note Records — is the band, the concept, and the album, and if that name evokes more questions than answers for you, then you’re reading it right. The title is perfectly wide-open and inquisitive for a composer, bandleader, and bassist (etc.) with Hodge’s history. The album’s lead single “Not Right Now” is available today to stream or download.


Bermuda born, Scotland raised- London based newcomer Bassette makes her entrance into 2020 in illuminating fashion with stunning new offering, The Fall. A collaboration with SPR , The Fall showcases Bassette’s gorgeous vocals over intricately spaced production to create a stellar offering from an artist who has picked up widespread acclaim from the likes of PAPER, The Independent, I-D Complex and far more. A purveyor of woozy soul, Bassette has drawn comparisons to the likes of NAO and Kehlani over her early releases and is set for a big year.

Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers’ Vodou Alé is out now on Bongo Joe Records!

In September 2016 Haitian vodou band Chouk Bwa (WOMEX 2015) meets the Brussels based duo The Ångströmers. This new project combines a new dub sensitivity and Haitian rhythm science and spirituality.

Modular synths and other vintage electronic instruments bring another dimension to Chouk Bwa’s music, although obviously it is always the band’s groove and fluent tempo that leads the energy of the ensemble: no laptops, no drum machines. There are certain freedoms that cannot be coerced. Even more, the electronic instruments are wired directly to the drums that feed them with impacts and caresses. All the Vodou families are there with their many rhythms and songs. Radical Vodou roots for urban audiences.

Ben Hobbs makes a spine-tingling return with new soulful slow jam ‘How We Care’

Having already received recognition from the likes of Billboard, CLASH, The Line of Best Fit and BBC Introducing London, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ben Hobbs returns to the music scene with new track ‘How We Care.’


Bristol-based duo Jadu Heart have announced their second album, Hyper Romance, is slated for release on September 25th. In conjunction with the announcement, they’ve shared a new single and video for “Walk The Line,” which offers insight into the album’s interplay between calm and chaos. Blissfully paced, “Walk the Line” explores the calmer side of the equation, with a pared-back beat and bassline providing a perfect canvas for the duo’s airy vocals as the guitar-driven song explores the anxieties that coincide with coming of age.

Soccer96 share new single ‘Children Will Dance’

Today, Soccer96 have shared their new single ‘Children Will Dance’. The single follows on from the announcement of their much anticipated return with their previous single ‘I Was Gonna Fight Fascism’, which was described by the Quietus as “an absolutely intergalactic kosmische instrumental underpinned by jaw-dropping drums.”


Award-winning Broadway actress and singer-songwriter, Sophia Anne Caruso premiered her debut single “Toys” today via V Magazine. The single marks Sophia’s first release off of her upcoming EP. Sophia has teamed up with artist and producer, Nick Littlemore, from notable electronic-pop duo Empire the Sun for this project.

Jordan Davis’ Self-titled EP Out Now; Single, “Almost Maybes,” Follows 3rd Consecutive #1

“We closed Home State with ‘Leaving New Orleans’ and it was one I almost didn’t record…I got too caught up in the lyrics and worried if you were not from New Orleans you wouldn’t be into the song. But at shows across the country people would sing the chorus back to us. The location didn’t matter to them, it was the meaning behind the lyrics that struck a chord. I wanted to lean into that and create more songs like it for this project.”

Jordan Davis Rips Pages From The Book Of John Prine

Mexican-American Songstress Alaina Castillo Releases ‘mensajes de voz’ EP

Houston-raised, Los Angeles-based Mexican-American bilingual songstress Alaina Castillo releases her debut Spanish EP mensajes de voz today. The body of work is the Spanish counterpart to her critically acclaimed EP the voicenotes released this past April. The 4-track EP includes the well-received single “no vuelvas a mirar atrás” which was covered by major Latin publications such as Telemundo, Univision, Billboard Latin, Remezcla, and Rolling Stone Colombia, amongst many others. Like the English EP, mensajes de voz was created alongside her closest collaborator RØMANS (Lewis Capaldi, Ella Mai, Demi Lovato, Khalid).

Rod Wave Releases “And I Still” Single & Accompanying Video

Old habits die hard. For rapper-singer Rod Wave (Alamo/Geffen Records), those old habits include working the block and potentially transforming your girl into his for the night. On his latest single “And I Still,” he celebrates making it out of the mud with his posse, who is also featured in the video, over the uplifting production from TNT and Tre Gilliam fit for Carnegie Hall. In the same breath of taking in his success, which has ultimately afforded him the chance to sign off on a private jet, he can’t help but reminisce over tougher times. And don’t think Rod Wave isn’t privy to strangers name-dropping him in a text to earn some fake clout. But whatever you do, just don’t interrupt this moment of triumph.

Funk Royalty Maceo Parker Releases New Single, “Hard Times”

Funk legend Maceo Parker has just released “Hard Times,” the next single from his first studio album in eight years, ‘Soul Food – Cooking with Maceo,’ out June 26th. “I have always loved and all the saxophonists who played with Ray Charles,” said Maceo, “and it was such a pleasure to record this track written by David “Fathead” Newman – to whom I presented a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1997.”


Nashville-based singer/songwriter Natalie Schlabs has released “See What I See,” the second single from her forthcoming album Don’t Look Too Close, due out October 16th, just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month. “If your life feels like an endless struggle right now…Natalie Schlabs has a message of hope for you. Her latest single, ‘See What I See,’ reassures people in various difficult situations that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even if they can’t see it at the moment,” said Audiofemme of the song, written to lend encouragement to those who are struggling. “I think we can all offer our eyes to someone when they’re having a hard time, imagining they will be OK again,” Schlabs told Audiofemme.

Brigid Dawson (Oh Sees) & The Mothers Network Share Debut LP Via KEXP, Out Now On Castle Face Records

The debut LP from Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network – “Ballet of Apes” is out now via Castle Face Records. The album was shared exclusively with KEXP. KEXP praised the record, “Slowed down to a near-glacial pace, Ballet of Apes unfolds at a smolderingly measured clip. Like watching honey leisurely drip out of the bottle and onto a piece of toast, a syrupy heaviness envelopes the record.”