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Written alongside Anderson.Paak collaborator Pomo during a spontaneous trip to Los Angeles in January and later finished at their studio in Hackney and in insolation during lockdown, ‘no song without you’ sees HONNE strip everything back, pick up their acoustic guitars and channel the psychedelic, infectious, care-free romanticism of the ’60s and bands like The Beach Boys. “It’s ok for things to sound a bit rough”, the duo explain, “rather than going into the studio and compressing guitars over and over. The more character that you leave in it, the more the listener can dive in.”


Rising duo Two Another continue their run of form with stunning new offering My Religion, their fourth of an already prolific year. Having gained new fans in the likes of Complex,Wonderland Magazine, NOTION and more, Two Another have already gained 2.5 million streams this year, and have much more on the way. Purveyors of shimmering R&B, the past couple of years have been tough ones for the duo as they’ve tackled issues surrounding sexuality, mental health and fatherhood head on.

SIMA Releases Pulsating New Single “Runaways”

Hyper-charged guitars roar between an arena-ready beat offset by scorching synths on the rebellious song about staying true to who you are and having faith in what you believe in. “Runaways,” the title track of SIMA’s new independent album to be released later this year, represents individuality, empowerment, transformation and freedom.

Helfró Releases New Music Video for “Musteri Agans”

Icelandic black metal duo HELFRÓ have shared a new music video for the song “Musteri Agans,” taken from the band’s recently released self-titled debut record.

Larkin Poe shove cock-rock out of the way with ‘Self Made Man’

SELF MADE MAN sees the multi-instrumentalist sister duo, comprised of the Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based Rebecca and Megan Lovell, pushing their music and message towards hitherto unexplored terrain, inspired by their epic world travels yet still powerfully rooted in the creative heritage of their beloved American South. Songs like the gothic gospel ‘Holy Ghost Fire’ manifest a key aspect of the southern tradition, presenting a sense of celebration and renewal amid the common struggles of existence, offering a way to move through trying circumstances.

Aime Simone releases ‘Everything’s Changing’ video

Aime Simone has released an intimate video shot during lockdown for his 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.

Oslo based electro-pop artist Sval returns with powerful new single “(I Can’t Be Your) Medicine”

Oslo, Norway based singer Sval today returns with her new single “(I Can’t Be Your) Medicine”. The new single follows the release of swaying electro-pop jam “Jealousy” arriving earlier this year, and her hugely popular 2019 EP ‘Young Alien’.

Lydia Ford – ‘Overrated’ (Single)

‘Overrated’ is Lydia Ford’s latest single release, and sees the Irish alt-pop artist detail a troubled, alcohol-fuelled relationship with lyrics that are bitingly honest but ultimately triumphant. A strong contender for your summer playlist, ‘Overrated’ is a pop track with attitude: “You spill all your secrets on the weekends, taste of liquor, sinking quicker to the deep end. It’s not my job to be your therapist or your experiment.”


Preceding the EP release has been the single and video for title track Bring Me Suffering (released22nd May); brooding, atmospheric and full of emotion, featuring the sorrowful melodies of Meghan Pettitt (ex The Eden House). Every lyric painting a vision of torment, contempt and cathartic release, through the acceptance of what lies ahead. The video; symbolic, gripping, emotive and encapsulating, a vision of Bring Me Suffering from concept through to fruition.

ME AND THE REST Release Music Video For New Single “Paranoia”

Swiss hard rock band, ME AND THE REST, have released their new music video for ‘PARANOIA’, it’s the second single taken from the forthcoming album “We Are Bulletproof” due out beginning of 2021 via RockAvenger.

Kestrels Share New Video and Single “Grey And Blue” feat. Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis

On Dream or Don’t Dream, Halifax’s Kestrels live out a guitar freak’s wildest fantasies. The supercharged shoegaze rockers’ fourth full-length album features spellbinding mixing from John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Alvvays, Kurt Vile, Cyndi Lauper) and mastering engineer Greg Calbi (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Television, Blondie). Together, they constructed a towering devotional to tone with blazing riffs, powerhouse drums, and swooning hooks emerging from an enveloping haze.

Avatar share heavy “God of Sick Dreams” single, new LP out August 7th

Their bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. The forthcoming album is the darkest, most sinister version of the band yet, with deep studies of cruelty, technology, disdain, and deprivation. Hunter Gatherer is now available for pre-order here.

Brother Dege’s “Folk Songs of the American Longhair” Gets Special 10-Year Anniversary Vinyl Release

“Frankly, every track on Brother Dege’s Folk Songs of the American Longhair CD could have been in the movie [Django Unchained]. It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song could be a theme song. It’s like a greatest hits album. But this song ‘Too Old to Die Young’… it’s pretty damn badass. And it’s used in the movie in a pretty damn badass way, I’ve got to say.” – QUENTIN TARANTINO

The Hempolics Share Indie Pop-tinged Single ‘Place Is Here’ feat. Faithless singer Harry Collier

‘Place Is Here’ is a wonderfully textured call to arms for people to seize the day led by resplendent piano hooks and the velvety tones of former Faithless singer Harry Collier. A feel-good summer anthem all the way, demonstrating The Hempolics can execute Indie Pop to match their vaunted Reggae numbers.


The 13 songs on Canyons, were all written by Gone West, and 9 of the 13 tracks on the album were produced or co-produced by Gone West. Additional producers and songwriters include Jamie Kenney, Liz Rose, Jimmy Robbins, Eric Arjes, Nathan Chapman, Alysa Vanderheym, Tom Douglas and Summer Overstreet.

Breakout artist TOM WALKER returns with heartfelt new single “Wait For You”

There’s a sense of urgency in this deeply personal new track that resonates strongly during this current climate. Written by Tom, Joel Pott (George Ezra, London Grammar, Mabel) and Cam Blackwood (George Ezra), produced by Cam Blackwood and mixed by Spike Stent, Tom’s voice has never sounded better.

Mason releases brand new single ‘Nightwalker’

Harnessing a cosmic disco vibe, ‘Nightwalker’ takes the Skatt Brothers’ 1980 dancefloor anthem ‘Walk The Night’, giving the track a fresh reimagining while losing none of the raw energy that makes the original so special.

Mondo Cozmo shares new album, ‘New Medicine’ via Last Gang Records

Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander – shares his upcoming album, NEW MEDICINE, today via Last Gang Records. NEW MEDICINE features album highlights “Come On,” “Black Cadillac,” “Generator,” which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor and his latest single “Upside Down,” which is on current rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.

Carolina Story Announces Sophomore Album ‘Dandelion’ Out September 4

Carolina Story has announced the September 4 release of their sophomore album Dandelion, via Black River Americana. Drawing inspiration from the tenacious and sprightly flower in the title, the husband and wife duo of Ben and Emily Roberts showcase a relentless perseverance as they push their sound forward and deliver their most personal work to date. Along with the announcement, the pair has released “Hold Of Me”, an epic, autobiographical new track about finding strength in one another while weathering life’s biggest storms.

UMI unveils new track “Pretty Girl hi!,”

The song is the third offering from her forthcoming EP Introspection out June 21 (a Sunday release, timed to the moon’s position in Cancer) via Keep Cool/RCA. The Introspection EP will be accompanied by a short film, produced with Issa Rae’s production company Raedio, that offers an intimate look into the deeply personal emotions and experiences that inspired the EP.

“‘Pretty Girl hi!’ is my coming out to the world~ It’s a song about freedom, following my journey of self-acceptance. This song feels like summer, painted in golden hues,” UMI says.

“Now more than ever, music is a form of healing to the world. My hope is that this song can bring light and joy to anyone who needs it.”


Young King Osiris, whose RIAA double-platinum signature hit “Worth It” has amassed over 1 billion global streams and over 100 million combined YouTube views, from his debut album THE GOLDEN CHILD (October 2019), embarks on the path to his next long-player with “Leave Me On Read,” his brand new single and video available today via Def Jam Recordings.

John Prine’s last recorded song “I Remember Everything” out today

The new song and never-before-seen footage debuted following last night’s “Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine.” The tribute, which has raised over $250,000 so far for NAMI, Alive and Make the Road New York, remains available to view through the weekend at YouTube, Facebook and Twitch.

John Prine’s Last Recorded Song, “I Remember Everything,” Out Today

TENGGER’s Nomad is out now on Beyond Beyond is Beyond!

“The Seoul duo taps into devotional music’s focused intensity in trance-inducing pieces that draw on new age, krautrock, and folk.” Pitchfork

“TENGGER’s music is not simply hypnotic — their songs actively sound like hypnosis.” Stereogum

“…it sounds like music designed to induce enlightenment.” The FADER

New Release: Evening Elevator “LET’S GET CONNECTED”

Inspired by an era during which human interaction has been stifled to mostly digital communications, Let’s Get Connected is both timely, and relevant. It features an uplifting Rhodes melody and subdued arpeggiated synths, coupled with lyrics that outline the human desire — and need — for personal connection.

New Music from John Prine – “I Remember Everything”

Bombay Bicycle Club Announce ‘Two Lives” EP with Fundraiser Download

The four track EP is out 24th July, and features three acoustic reworkings of songs from the band’s recently acclaimed “Everything Else Has Gone Wrong” LP, released in January, and a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s Two Lives. The stripped-back versions were mostly recorded at vocalist Jack Steadman’s home studio during lockdown, and took on a real back-to-basics, DIY approach to the recording and production process.

Americana Artist Mike Thomas Releases Third and Final Single Adeline in Preparation for Upcoming Album

This single, written by Thomas, is a heartfelt and sentimental one that boasts Thomas’ raw vocals and storytelling abilities. “Adeline is the last song I wrote before moving away from my hometown of Knoxville, TN, a place I truly loved and still do. I was processing a lot at the time. Everything from pure exuberance to sheer anxiety,” Thomas says of his inspiration for the song. “It’s one of the most personal songs I’ve ever created and certainly the most personal song on the upcoming record.”

Song Premiere: Mike Thomas “Adeline”