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With her EP sixsix, Cassette Spence offers us a collection of six tracks associating voice memos, guitars, synthesizers, drum machines and percussion. The songs narrate the artist’s experiences and nostalgia, particularly recounted in the song Solstice. This one stands out for its darker tone, influenced by the winter unhappiness the artist went through when she wrote it.
~OUT TODAY~ || emotionally charged folk-pop – Lewin ‘Follow You’
Lewin is the fresh musical leaf that has been turned by songwriter and musician Jara Holdert. Slightly more experimental than her earlier singles, Lewin lets her electric guitar take a lead role, guiding us through an odd meter groove that could be a metaphor for the stumbling down, and back upwards, and the almost-looking-back of myth. In another hint at the old greeks, a growing chorus of voices takes on more and more importance as the song progresses. Where it starts with a lone vocal, at the end the main voice is almost overtaken by the chorus of those who are also unsure, almost pleading, for their love to follow them.
Wasting no time in following up their recent smash collaborations ‘Clap Your Hands’ with W&W and Fedde Le Grand and ‘Raver Dome’ as 3 Are Legend alongside Steve Aoki, Justin Prime & Sandro Silva, the latest team up sees the Belgian brothers unite with psytrance heavyweights Vini Vici for ‘Get In Trouble (So What)’. The coming together of these musical juggernauts is as heavy as you’d expecting, combining both duos extensive knowledge in music production and ear for a hit to great effect, utilising a standout sample that elevates the track skywards.
Swedish synth act Kite are made up of singer Nicklas Stenemo and keyboard player Christian Berg. The pair combine an adventurous nature with pop sensibilities, throbbing beats and an early nineties aesthetic.
Their lean approach to songwriting – a methodology of ‘cut the fat’ results in tight, focussed songs that never outstay their welcome. Produced together with Blanck Mass (Benjamin John Power), new single ‘Teenage Bliss’ has shades of New Order, Chairlift and Superorganism. It conjures up mental images of half-remembered nights out, sweat soaked gigs with friends and the naivety of first experiences.
Cory Marks shares new track ‘Drive’
Cory Marks mixes country music with the hard-hitting stomp of rock & roll to create songs with wide appeal to fans of both genres. His album, WHO I AM is full of autobiographical storytelling and guitar-driven anthems, including hit single ‘Outlaws & Outsiders’ (featuring Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch, Travis Tritt and Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe) and other fan-friendly tracks including ‘Blame It On The Double’, ‘Devil’s Grin’, ‘Better Off’ and the latest single ‘Drive’.
Global Icon José Feliciano Shares New Music Video & Reimagined Version Of “I’m America (Feat. David Bratton & The Virginia Union University Choir)”
José says, “’I’m America’ portrays something I feel in my life…a song about love and country.” Long-time producer Rick Jarrard almost “fell on the floor” when he first heard the song and knew it would be an ideal match for the blind Puerto Rican kid who grew up in New York and, against all odds, became an international star. “This is his story,” Jarrard says, “and so many immigrants.” Although recorded over a year ago in Nashville, José acknowledges the song has taken on new meaning as of late and comments, “I’m hopeful ‘I’m America’ can send a message of peace and unity to people everywhere during these turbulent times. The gift of music can be universal and healing when we most need it.”
TEN FOOT WIZARD: powerful new single “Broken Man” available!
“Broken Man” is really special to TEN FOOT WIZARD, and the song also happens to be very topical in the light of the current #BlackLivesMatter protests. Frontman Gary Harkin explains: “The song is about being pushed to the edge, being taken to breaking point, and finally snapping. Similar to the protagonists in ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Falling Down’. Everyone has their limit, and when you find it, it can be scary. We live in a time in which a lot of people are marginalised, and the frustration and anger are palpable. “Broken Man” speaks of the mental and emotional deterioration of someone who’s been pushed too far, and that desperate state where a person can be capable of doing just about anything.”
Aime Simone has released his brand new single ‘Everything’s Changing’. The track is the latest to be taken from his forthcoming debut album Say Yes, Say No out on July 31st.
‘Everything’s Changing’ is an airy electronic acoustic-laced track, which opens the forthcoming album. The song is about acceptance of mortality. It is about facing the fear of death, the unknown, and accepting the finite nature of a lifetime.
Having honed his skills over the past two decades as an in-demand beatmaker amongst the Belgian and French modern funk and hip hop scenes, today John Parm shares his new single ‘Feel The Groove’ which premiered exclusively on Red Bull Elektropedia. The Brussels based producer follows up his self-titled debut EP released on Heartbeat Records, and a collaborative 7″ on the Canadian imprint Outrun Records. ‘Feel The Groove’ blends broken beat influences with John Parm’s signature modern-funk sound. On the remix, Antwerp based trio KRANKk flip the track with a dark UKG twist.
80s Pop Icon LIMAHL releases new single/video “Still In Love”
Feeling the creative urge to get back out into the music world with new material, 80s pop icon LIMAHL returns triumphantly with “STILL IN LOVE,” his first foray into the mainstream in over eight years. Premiering via American Songwriter, the video for the heart-wrenching ballad follows Limahl’s predilection for love songs such as his worldwide smash “Neverending Story”, “Only For Love”, and even his flirtatious breakthrough debut “Too Shy” with Kajagoogoo. This time, however, American Songwriter notes that his song “is a soulful and sultry pop ode to the darker side of love, that recurrent backfire of amore, and finding oneself after being crushed by it.”
Legendary drummer, composer, arranger and producer Poogie Bell was moved by a rough cut of the tune and offered to provide the drum track. He had invited artists to submit songs to his online “Lockdown Recording Series” and the ones he liked best he would bless with his his jazz-infused drumming. “Nitro”, Bell said was “a trip” and his contribution provided the slow fuse that makes “Nitro” sizzle. Bell, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylviania, has worked extensively with bassist Marcus Miller and as a sideman for other artists such as Erykah Badu, Victor Bailey, David Bowie, Stanley Clarke, Randy Crawford, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Stanley Turrentine, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams and Victor Wooten.
Country Rock Songwriter Bryan Fox & Nappy Roots Release Collaborative New Summer Tune “That’s About Me”
Country rock songwriter Bryan Fox makes a celebratory return with fellow Kentucky natives Buffalo Stille and Ron Clutch from the Grammy-nominated, Southern alternative hip hop group Nappy Roots, releasing a new collaborative song called “That’s About Me.” Produced by studio veteran Malcolm Springer (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Boz Skaggs), and recorded at Nashville’s House of Blues studios, the new rollicking summer song is the third collaboration between the trio, and likely their best yet. The song gives its listener a reason to celebrate the return of summer, while paying homage to the popular song themes and instrumentation you get by mixing a little bit of country rock, with a little bit of hip hop.
“When I wrote ‘Humans’ last year, the lyrics were intended to be a metaphor comparing an apocalypse to emotional isolationism,” said Britz. “In 2020, that metaphor seems to resonate even stronger as we trudge through the age of social distancing and inherent loneliness. Humans are social creatures. You can’t lift someone up without touching them, both literally and figuratively.”
LEYO Y HELEN OCHOA, DOS GRANDES REPRESENTANTES DE LA CULTURA MEXICANA
LEYO, una de las voces mas melodiosas y versátiles de la industria musical de hoy en día, se une a Helen Ochoa, una digna representante del género regional mexicano, resultando en una poderosa interpretación vocal que fusiona distintos géneros musicales en tres minutos de canción.
I have been experiencing strange feelings during this period of isolation, time seeming to warp as the days turn to night in the blink of an eye. My new song, “In A Spell,” is inspired by this experience of being unable to recall what I have done on a given day.
The Side Deal & Goldie Records To Release Visualizer Of “I Can See Clearly Now”
The Side Deal and Goldie Records will release a visualizer inspired by Johnny Nash’s seminal hit “I Can See Clearly Now” on June 5. The lyric video will be presented the morning of June 5 via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and all other global platforms. In the midst of a global pandemic, Goldie Records and the band are releasing this song to remind everyone to be strong and positive for better days to come while under a health crisis and pandemic encircling around COVID-19.
Brantley Gilbert Releases New Single “Hard Days”
“‘Hard Days’ is about finding and acknowledging hope in the midst of turmoil and taking the good with the bad,” shares Gilbert. “I look back on some of the harder times in my life and think about where things are now, and I’m thankful for the bad that led to the good.
All Them Witches Return With “Nothing as the Ideal” September 4th
All Them Witches will return with Nothing as the Ideal on September 4th, 2020 via New West Records. The 8-song set was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in the legendary Studio Two (home to landmark recordings by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and more). It was produced by the band and Mikey Allred (producer of their 2015 New West debut Dying Surfer Meets His Maker).
Zoon Shares “Bleached Wavves” Video Via Post Punk
Hamilton, ON based, Zoon today reveals the title-track and video from his pristinely created ‘moccasin-gaze’ debut LP, Bleached Wavves, coming out on June 19, 2020 via Paper Bag Records. Within the song Zoon takes us on a journey, re-connecting to the sounds in nature and the time in his teens that brings him calm and serenity. In the Ojibway language, Zoongide’ewin means “bravery, courage, the Bear Spirit.” Daniel Monkman adopted this name and the shortened version, Zoon as his musical name-sake as he has spent the better part of his 28 years channeling his bravery and unbreakable spirit to overcome every single life obstacle in his path from racism to abuse and addiction.
MUSHROOMHEAD Releases Cinematic Post-Apocalyptic Music Video for New Track “The Heresy”
Top-charting heavy rock/metal machine MUSHROOMHEAD recently made their prodigious return with the announcement of their upcoming full-length oeuvre, A Wonderful Life – the eighth release of their benchmark career – scheduled for release on June 19, 2020 via Napalm Records.
The Icelandic pianist wrote his debut record Absent Minded at just 14-years-old and piqued interest for his deft appreciation for ambience and space, creativity and a musical story-telling ability far beyond his years. Masterful compositions ebb and flow seamlessly and depict epics from pure imagination, as Ólafs small town isolation means he draws his inspiration from the smallest things; a poster of a French cyclist, his mother gardening or the harbor down the road.
Half Moon Run have released “All At Once” out now on Glassnote Records. Last month the band released their single “Grow into Love” after a great response to a video they recorded while isolated. They decided to continue sharing new music with fans with the latest Joe Chiccarelli produced track.
The Bobby Lees’ new record Skin Suit was produced by underground punk legend Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion and will be released on Alive Naturalsound Records on July 17th.
Pop Smoke Associate Rah Swish Announces WOO Forever EP
With a deep voice and a brash demeanor, Rah Swish carries the flame for Canarsie hip-hop. Honoring the memory of his close friend Pop Smoke even as he builds his own legacy, Rah Swish announces WOO Forever, his upcoming EP. Though it reflects the dark realities of street life, Rah Swish’s brand of drill gets a lift from the emcee’s crackling energy, as he fills every space with wild ad-libs (“WOO”) and toe-tags each beat with merciless precision. Over the EP’s eight tracks, including the remix to promiscuous local hit “Treeshin’,” Rah Swish proves that he’s ready and able to keep the WOO alive. WOO Forever EP arrives this Summer via WOO Entertainment/EMPIRE.
Big B and Felon Club release Forget You feat. Everlast
“I’ve been blessed to do some incredible features throughout my career and Everlast is one of them. I’ve been a fan of his for so many years and then to be able to do another song with him for this Felons Club record was awesome,” commented Big B.
Miramar Drive Release New Single “Caves”
About the single, the band states:
“On February 16th, 2019 only 2 weeks before we released our first album as a band “Curtains”, we lost someone that was like a family member to all of us. He was the father of two very close friends of ours, and basically a second father to us. This song was written in August 2019, so by that point I had some time to reflect on his passing. I typically don’t write songs directed at 1 person specifically but in this instance, it felt like the only way to write. It’s a letter to him talking about the how him being gone doesn’t feel real, how he enjoyed and encouraged our music, how he was always in motion and working hard, and lastly that I hope he’s found peace… wherever he may be.”