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LISTEN to Dre Island’s Debut Album Today

Dre Island is one of Jamaica’s most powerful messengers. The multi-faceted artist – who sings, songwrites, produces and plays piano – releases his debut album Now I Rise today (May 29) through a joint-venture partnership with DubShot Records and Kingston Hills Entertainment. The 13-track release will feature the hit single “We Pray” feat Popcaan, “My City” and the recently released “Be Okay” feat Jesse Royal, as well as 9 previously unreleased songs. Other collaborations on the album include “Days of Stone” feat Chronixx and “Run to Me” feat Alandon. Earlier this month, he unveiled the video (directed by Fernando Hevetia) for the last song on the album “Still Remain.” The next single is “Never Run Dry,” and a new visual will drop next month for Winta James produced track.

Paper Idol Shares “Ready For Love” Via Northern Transmissions New EP Out June 12th 2020 Via Lowly

Paper Idol has shared the latest single off of upcoming EP Money For Flowers, “Ready For Love.” The track was premiered with Northern Transmissions. “Ready For Love” weaves in and out of classic French Disco and modern dance production while lyrically exploring the difficulty in setting boundaries in relationships. The theme is especially pertinent in a time when couples are spending more time in close-quarters than they may want.

Paper Idol Premieres “Ready For Love”


Atlantic recording artist PJ has announced today’s release of her eagerly awaited new EP. Waiting For Paris is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The EP includes the breakout single “Counterfeit,” which is available for streaming now.

Diplo’s highly anticipated country album Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil out now

Featuring additional new collaborations with Zac Brown & Danielle Bradbery, Noah Cyrus, Orville Peck and more, the album also includes double Platinum-certified single “Heartless” with Morgan Wallen (and its alternate version with Julia Michaels, which is climbing Pop Radio charts), “Lonely” with Jonas Brothers, “Do Si Do” with Blanco Brown and “So Long” with Cam.

Larkin Poe share new single ‘Back Down South’

GRAMMY® Award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe have shared their new single, ‘Back Down South’. The track also features fellow Nashville rocker Tyler Bryant and is the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album, SELF MADE MAN.

Harvey Causon – ‘Extended Present’ – Out Today

Following on from ‘Half Hour Verve’, ‘Fourth Wall’ and ‘Blind Eye’, ‘Extended Present’ is taken from Harvey’s forthcoming EP and showcases his ability to shape and mould warm electronic influences with piano based melodies. Having been on the alternative Bristol music scene for a few years, singer/ songwriter / producer Harvey has become a sought-after singer and multi-instrumentalist with a steady flow of exceptional releases including ‘London Stock’ (supported in Annie Mac’s ‘New Name’ slot on Radio 1) and ‘Worn You’, plus last year’s ‘Artifice’.

The Blossom Shares Debut ‘Bleeding Buttercup’ EP

Across the EP’s six tracks, The Blossom, aka Lily Lizotte, not only distills the sounds of bedroom pop but also lives inside it, using the genre to explore the emotional and mental terrain of that private micro-world where, unbeknownst to the outside world, so much transpires. Blending together dreamy shoegaze, guitar-driven indie, skittering, contemporary hip-hop-influenced pop production, and Lila’s multilayered approach to vocals, The Blossom’s music is characterized by a simmering restraint and a sense of quiet but passionate intimacy that belies the fact that nestled inside every line hides a potential hook.

Thee MVPs release debut album ‘Science Fiction’

Today, Leeds’ Thee MVPs have shared their new single ‘You Ain’t It’. The track is the third and final single to be taken from their much anticipated debut LP ‘Science Fiction’, which is out today via Eeasy Records.


Pop duo/band X Lovers announces their second EP, Mad World, will be released this fall via Visionary Records/RCA Records. Over the course of the next few months, various tracks from the EP will be released with the final track culminating on EP release day.

Hear Tomemitsu’s new ‘I’ll Be Alright’ EP on Friends of Friends – new left-of-center bedroom pop from LA

Out of a bonus bedroom in Echo Park, Martin Tomemitsu crafts dreamy, lofi tunes that run from sleepy and hazy to distorted and shoegazy. Tomemitsu’s early singles “runaway” and “in dreams” have been featured on episodes of the HBO series High Maintenance and the latter has more than five million spins on Spotify. Singles from his debut album Modes have been featured on popular Spotify playlists Boho+Chill and the 2018 cover, “I Shatter” (The Magnetic Fields), was featured on the Lofi-Indie Playlist. Tomemitsu has released multiple sold-out runs of cassettes, a sold-out 12” single with house remix courtesy of Hamburg trio RSS Disco, and was even remixed in one of House legend Solomon’s annual holiday mixes.

South London’s MATT MALTESE Shares New Song; Announces EP

Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of 23-year-old south London artist Matt Maltese. Today, he shares his new single “queen bee” and announced details of his upcoming EP, madhouse – due for release on August 7th.

madhouse follows Matt Maltese’s sophomore album Krystal, released in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim. A similarly home-brewed affair to his previous outing, Maltese takes on most of the production duties – with additional contributions coming from Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Whitney, Father John Misty), who produced Maltese’s 2018 debut record Bad Contestant, and Ben Baptie (Rex Orange County).

Identical Homes, the instrumental project of Daniel McKenzie

Daniel says about the track: “This song ends with a field recording from my neighborhood, Deer Park, on the first night of quarantine when everyone decided to start howling at 8pm. It also features my good friend from Portland, Cory Grey, who leads a psychedelic jazz band call Old Unconscious, one of my favorites.”


Introducing his “Happy Trap” sound, the track samples the Aqua classic “Barbie Girl” between a skittering beat and airy bounce. Unghetto Mathieu goes in hard lyrically, ripping through bars with wild wordplay and clever quips. It all culminates on an unshakable hook.

Lenny Kravitz Debuts “Ride” – Music Video Directed by Mark Seliger

“We shot this video months ago in France before we could have imagined what life would be like today. After listening to the song with Mark we had a vision of expressing the song through portraying the characters of the writer and the spirit” – says Lenny Kravitz.

NEW MUSIC: Jah Sun Drops New Album “Magic & Madness”

Six Degrees Records and More Love Productions announce the release of Magic & Madness out today, from West Coast artist Jah Sun. This is Jah Sun’s 7th full length album and singles from the release are already in heavy rotation on all major streaming and digital platforms.

The Lows ‘This is The Lows’

The Lows’ unique blend of supersonic groove rock fuses modern production with traditional hard rock values and a true dedication for writing memorable hooks over heavy grooves. Singer/songwriter Angelo Coppola brought together his dream team of musicians with legendary Detroit bassist Wolf, the heavy hitting drum rhythms of Duane Hewins, and the dual guitar attack of Nick Behnan and Brandon McNall. With the band complete, The Lows began forging a refreshing new rebirth of rock music from Detroit.

The Lows performed sold out shows with Candlebox, Pop Evil, and Sponge, as well as numerous headlining spots. The song “Road Trippin’,” from The Lows EP, was licensed for the soundtrack of the NASCAR Heat 3 video game.

Soulful Reggae Recording Artist Christopher Ellis Release of “Flame Against the Wind” Produced Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley

Still reveling in the success of his “Still Go A Dance” single that celebrated the love of music and culture, soulful crooner Christopher Ellis once again teamed up with multi-Grammy producer Damian Marley this time on a touching lover’s rock ballad titled “Flame Against The Wind”.

“This one is very personal and deep” expressed Christopher who chose to let the meaningful lyrics of the song speak for itself. “How can the two of us still be in love.. and manage to maintain.. When Sometimes it flicker and dim.. Thru thicker and thin..Our love will never go out..”


After catching the attention of critics with her first EP Self Aware Bitch, Anna Sofia has released her brand-new song “Either Way” today. The track will be the first single off of her upcoming Broken Perfection EP out July 17th.

Jon Batiste and Cory Wong release new album; Meditations out today

Jon Batiste and Cory Wong announced today’s release of Meditations. The collaboration is the result of three nights of raw improvisation in the studio and features performances from Nate Smith and Sam Yahel. Meditation relies on instinct alone. It is a cathartic, spontaneous record derived from the immediate musical and spiritual bond between Wong and Batiste with the intent to heal through music.


“Take Me Away” is the final part of a series of 3 music videos taken from his debut EP with a nod to A Clockwork Orange. It’s a dose of old-fashioned sonic ultra-violence. Watch the previous 2 videos below:


“‘Limbo’ is about transitioning from one phase of life to another,” says Justice. “When I wrote it, I was coming to terms with turning 20. It sounds kind of dumb, but at the time my identity revolved around who I was as a teenager. Letting go of the way you identified for so long can be scary because it comes with uncertainty and anxiety. This song was my way of dealing with that.”


Directed by SpikeZee and Foreign Skooly, the video was shot by Jucee herself during lockdown and plays on the title of the song with dancing fruit and video game-inspired transitions. The track originally appeared on the INSECURE: MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES, SEASON 4 soundtrack, released by Raedio – the new label founded by EMMY® Award-nominated and two-time Golden Globe® Award-nominated writer, producer, and actress Issa Rae – Atlantic Records, and HBO.

Neon Dreams Share Timely New Single “Sick of Feeling Useless”

Halifax alt-pop duo Neon Dreams has released their new single “Sick of Feeling Useless,” available to stream on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and all DSPs worldwide. Neon Dreams has already seen a busy 2020, with the release of the single “Turn Back Now” which was championed by Billboard.

Performer THERESA Delivers Pure Pop Feels With New Single

Theresa, who has spent years working in the music industry behind the scenes, is now emerging as a buzzworthy artist. And, rightfully so.

The pop songstress is releasing “Kiss Kiss,” her third single this year. Co-written with Mike Cash and Jesse Blum, “Kiss Kiss” is a pure pop song that celebrates all the excitement that comes with having a crush.

Berlin singer-songwriter Finn Ronsdorf announces debut ‘Odes’ EP

Berlin – a city celebrated for it’s hyper-liberated queer culture and sexual hedonism – is the backdrop of 21-year-old Finn Ronsdorf. Raised in a small village in the Black Forest of Germany, he discovered early on that there must be more than a dictated path through life and that it can be found only within oneself. Looking for more than the casual encounters that define so many in the city, Finn’s songs question the concept of a love based on jealousy and possession. Why do we flee from loneliness? Why do we look for somebody to fill our emptiness? Why is there a constant need for achievement? Each song takes the listener on a journey – teetering between playful parody and heartbreaking anguish.

Sevenn Takes Listeners for a Workout on “Bodi Bodi”

Sevenn works a thumping low end under a memorable synth lead and an infectious vocal refrain on his electro house banger “Bodi Bodi.” The single follows his Dim Mak debut “Uber,” a pumping ride-share-inspired release that has seen support in recent DJ sets by Sofi Tukker, David Guetta, Afrojack, and Showtek.

Surf Mesa “ily (i love you baby)” feat. Emilee (Topic Remix) Out Today

Today, Astralwerks released “ily (i love you baby) [feat. Emilee] (Topic Remix). Topic amps up Surf Mesa’s dreamy breakout hit – which has racked up more than 200 combined global streams thus far – and deepens the pitch of Emilee’s glistening vocals, unveiling an exuberant, dancefloor-ready track.

Waltzer’s “Eugene” track, video created by Wayne White out today via Side Hustle Records

Rising Chicago indie outfit Waltzer is excited to release its latest single “Eugene” today via Side Hustle Records, alongside its accompanying video, created by legendary artist Wayne White (Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” video).


With a fresh flow, smooth style, and unbreakable spirit, Prince Taee presents an irresistible, inventive, and intoxicating strain of hip-hop all his own. Endorsed by YBN Nahmir, he could walk off the set from a classic nineties video or turn up in your Instagram feed and exude the same timeless charisma. However, he went through it all on his journey, watching friends die, losing family members, and working two-to-three jobs while going to school in order to make it.

CULTUS BLACK Releases Live In-Studio Music Video for Single ”Witch Hunt”

Cult-like metal band, Cultus Black is set to release their latest track, “Witch Hunt” today in the form of a live in-studio music video. Blackplate productions wanted to capture the raw intensity of Cultus Black and they felt this was the best way to do it. This is not a well-polished, plastic, auto-tuned sort of production. This thing is raw, intense and most of all… its real. Cult leader “L” was quoted as saying “This track is for anyone who has ever felt persecuted, anyone who has ever felt like a victim, anyone who was ever made to feel stupid or less than. This song is here to show the world that we don’t give a fuck.”

French alternative-rockers Stereotypical Working Class are back to business // New single “Testify”

6 years after their last studio album and while they released in the meantime a ‘Warm Session EP’ in 2016, French alternative-rockers STEREOTYPICAL WORKING CLASS are back this year to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a brand new EP coming out later this year.

Brix documents broken heart in quarantine with new music video

Brix’s new video for “Call me naive, but I guess I thought if the world was ending, you would call”. Following a breakup and her contraction of COVID-19, Brix documented herself with her iPhone each day to tell the story of what a broken heart in quarantine looks like.

Watch Under The Reefs Orchestra’s video for “Hana”

Some band names capture the sound they emit almost perfectly and Under the Reefs Orchestra is one such band. “The underlying poetic idea is that by drowning, being at the bottom, losing everything, we discover a new and hidden world,” says Clement Nourry. “Like walking at the bottom of the ocean.”

Sarah Barrios Releases New Track “Mourn The Living” Today With Music Video

“Whether you break up with someone or fall out with a friend, I think it’s natural to mourn the loss of someone’s presence in your life,” Sarah explains. “But there comes a point where you have to accept that, people move on and continue living and growing, and therefore you should too.”

Sports returns from a two year break with new single “Tell You Something”

Today the band Sports returns from a two year break with “Tell You Something,” their first new material since their 2018 album Everyone’s Invited. With more than a year spent writing and recording the single, the result is an experimental and innovative track that effortlessly blurs the lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelic rock.


Today, Ella Eyre releases Dreams feat. Yxng Bane on Island Records, the second in a series of tracks being shared as a special gift to fans over the coming weeks. Written in Jamaica with Banx & Ranx, Shakka and Nat Dunn during a recent writing trip to the Island, Dreams features the vocals of friend and long-term collaborator Yxng Bane, who first collaborated with Ella on her hit Answerphone in 2018; a single which has now garnered an impressive 100 million plus streams and has been certified platinum in the UK.

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