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Dan Croll shares new video for ‘So Dark’, shot in an Uber in L.A. (pre-lockdown)

Recorded exclusively in the backseat of an Uber and captured by visual collaborators Wild Honey Pie, the singer and songwriter croons his way through this humble and emotive rendition of his newest offering, as he takes a ride around his new home of Los Angeles, the inspiration behind his forthcoming full-length.

Regard and RAYE deliver ‘Garden Acoustic’ version of smash single ‘Secrets’

The stunning acoustic version replaces the electronic elements with delicate piano chords, allowing RAYE’s captivating vocals to take centre stage. The track comes with an engrossing official video that sees RAYE singing and playing the piano live in her garden. A certified smash, the original has amassed 35 million streams combined since its April release, and has been playlisted across Capital FM, Radio 1, Kiss FM and currently sits at #12 in the Official UK Charts.

Shaefri releases brand new single ‘Say You’ll Be There’

Shaefri has released her brand new single ‘Say You’ll Be There’, the latest song to be taken from her forthcoming EP Girl out July 1st via her new deal with Warner Music’s W Songs.


‘Oh My Word’ marks the first new music from Havelock following his debut EP ​TRY B4U BUY, released earlier this year. Co-written with super collaborator Oscar Scheller (Mabel, SHYGIRL, Rina Sawayama), the single is short and punchy, Havelock’s signature wit taking the form and evoking a melting pot of 90s soundscapes – drum-n-bass, punky guitar and sparse backing vocals.


The young pop singer-songwriter JC Stewart shares the official video to his current single ‘I Need You To Hate Me’.Reiterating the darker themes that he explores in the song, its opening shot of a car blazing out of control sets the mysterious tone that follows. JC and Emilia Jones (best known as Kinsey from the Netflix smash ‘Locke & Key’) are then shown as a couple somehow together but separated, seemingly lost within a derelict building.

Ashe Collaborates With Niall Horan On New Version Of Her Breakthrough Track “Moral Of The Story”

Ashe comments, “Niall’s voice on ‘Moral of the Story’ feels so natural and organic. He’s absurdly talented. It feels like he was in the room the day we wrote it, as if he had been there all along and I just didn’t know it. This is the most personal song I’ve ever written/released and I needed to know Niall was going to treat it with the same vulnerability and care. He absolutely exceeded those expectations.”


Of the playlist, the multi-talented visionary, A&R legend, esteemed executive, established producer, soundtrack curator, GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, and DJ commented, “Being a father is hard, but being a black father is complicated. We are navigating a totally different reality and the music that we “true that” to reflects that. The music is of love, struggle, appreciation, acceptance, fear, faith, and purpose. So, my Father’s Day Playlist hits a little different. Dads press play and enjoy your day. #BeGreat Kings. ”

Nicolas Michaux (BBC 6 Music) – Shares new single ‘Nos Retrouvailles’

There’s a warm glow to this new track from Michaux which finds the artist, who has previously shared stages with Tony Allen and Damon Albarn, drawing on pastoral imagery, fusing this with ideas of romance. The visual accompaniment looks to reflect these ideas further capturing Michaux in a Belgian industrial park, piecing together the points where romance, nature and the stories of previous generations meet. There’s a sound not too dissimilar to the likes of Michael Nau, Bill Calahan and Andy Shauf wrapped within.

Winnie Raeder shares video for ‘A Quiet Way’

Danish artist Winnie Raeder is today sharing a video for her new single ‘A Quiet Way’. Now complete with visuals as poignant as the track itself, it follows the well-received ‘Baby’ and tour-dates around the UK and Europe, including a packed-out night at The Lexington for BBC Introducing in March (after sold-out headliners at St Pancras Church and The Courtyard Theatre) and support dates with Charlie Cunningham, Tamino and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Winnie describes the video as an “observation of life and love” and the directors – Christy Tattershall and Adam Scarborough of Paint Studios – reflect that their “main objective throughout was to create an all-seeing, cyclical study of life, love and loss; a reversed timeline of existence, illustrated by unified memories”.

Ego Ella May Shares ‘Give A Little’ Video > Announces Debut Album ‘Honey For Wounds’ > Out 26th June

‘Honey For Wounds’ is the debut album by fast-rising singer-songwriter and musician Ego Ella May, released 26th June on UpperRoom Records. Today, she shares the visual for ‘Give A Little’, the Eun and Melo-Zed produced third single, directed by Natalie Wilson – watch the video here.

The Dirty Nil Drop Brand New Single “Done With Drugs”

It used to be that The Dirty Nil’s advantage over all other rock ‘n’ roll bands was that they had punchier riffs, sharper hooks, and snazzier collared shirts. No strangers to success, the JUNO Award-winning group have gained accolades, international recognition, and shared stages with the likes of The Who, Foo Fighters, Billy Talent, and Alexisonfire since the release of 2018 Juno Award-nominated crusher Master Volume.


Mobile, Alabama’s own rising rapstar NoCap has unveiled another groundbreaking single in 2020, “Count A Million (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert).” The rhythmic release features a lyrical guest verse from the acclaimed Philadelphia, PA superstar Lil Uzi Vert. The hard-hitting lyrics are accentuated by a timeless beat; listen now via all digital retailers and streaming platforms HERE.

London via Australia psych-rockers Tempesst announce debut album ‘Must Be A Dream’

London-based indie-rock quintet Tempesst have today announced their debut album Must Be A Dream will be released September 30th, via Pony Recordings. Along with the album announcement, the band are also releasing the album’s first single “On The Run”, out today alongside a candid studio video directed by the band’s very own Andy Banjanin.

Maggie Miles shares new single “Hilary Duff” and luminous EP ‘Swing Your Concerns’

Maggie Miles, the alternative artist based out of Nashville, TN shares her new EP, Swing Your Concerns along with a brand new single, “Hilary Duff” today.

“I believe that as humans we see the option of distracting ourselves from our current reality as a better route than to truly work on bettering who we are. Why feel and work through what’s wrong when you can be numb instead. With the combination of expectations and eyeballs tracking your every move, that’s what ‘Hilary Duff’ is about,” shares Maggie on “Hilary Duff.”

MAX APOLLO presents new video for ‘Pressure’

Zürich, Switzerland based solo artist MAX APOLLO recently released his new single ‘Pressure’ and it’s a huge one! Reminiscent of bands like Queen and Muse thanks to its versatile arrangements and big sound, ‘Pressure’ certainly paves the path for this exciting new artist. Today, MAX APOLLO released a quirky new video for the song filmed in 9:16 format.

No Joy shares new single & lyric video for “Nothing Will Hurt” from forthcoming Joyful Noise LP

Today Montreal’s No Joy shares the second single, “Nothing Will Hurt”, from their forthcoming album. Motherhood out on August 21 st via Joyful Noise / Hand Drawn Dracula. Melding detuned arpeggios, Berlin school synths, slapped bass, and seemingly infinite vocal facets, “Nothing Will Hurt” is available now on all music services.

Malian Activist Rock Band Songhoy Blues Release Video For Optimistic New Song “Worry”

Acclaimed Malian rock band Songhoy Blues release their timely new song “Worry” worldwide today. The celebrated group felt a deep need to share the inspiring song of optimism, hope, strength and vigilance, during these troubled and uncertain times. “Worry” marks the first time Songhoy Blues has recorded an original song in English, so the significance of their universal message could be spread far and wide (See full lyrics below). “The harshness of life still weighs on our societies and sinks many young people into a dead end,” says the band in a unified statement. “‘Worry’ is a positive energy that Songhoy Blues want to be a ray of hope for humanity. ‘Worry’ is about not stopping fighting because at the very end you will find the light.” The new video was filmed in the capital of Bamako, by Malian director Fansé Sanogo.

All We Are Announce New Album ‘Providence’, Out August 14 + Share New Single “Not Your Man”

Today, All We Are—the Liverpool-based trio comprised of Ireland’s Richard O’Flynn (drums), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar)—are pleased to announce their third album, Providence, set for release on August 14, 2020 via Double Six.

Their most euphoric and propulsive work to date, Providence is an album celebrating love, loss, sex, friendship and dance, underpinned by a warmth that runs through everything All We Are do. It follows the band’s 2015 self-titled debut of sublime late-night grooves, and 2017’s Sunny Hills, their psychedelia, krautrock, and post-punk-informed tour-de-force. On Providence, the band shapeshift once again.


Commenting on the track, the band’s Jonathan Pool says, “”TWKR might be my personal favorite song on this record- it’s a ballad and dirgey as fuck. I wrote most of the lyrics last year when my foreign friends were slowly getting their visas revoked or lost in an endless sea of bureaucratic red tape, and quietly being kicked out of the country. I was trying to view what’s happening in our world right now through the long lens of history, and realizing it doesn’t look good for most of us. Enjoy!”

“With All Due Respect,” Dennis DeYoung Releases Thought Provoking Music Video

“In 1979 I wrote the following lyric in a Styx song called ‘Borrowed Time’: “I’m so confused by the things I read, I need the truth but the truth is I don’t know who to believe. The left says yes and the right say no, I’m in between and the more I learn the less that I know. We’re living High, Living fine, Living high on borrowed time.”

Allegra Krieger Announces New Album ‘The Joys of Forgetting’ Out 8/7

On the track, Krieger explains: “Welcome is about opening your life up to someone and letting defenses down. Learning to live with & love them through good & bad.” It’s Krieger at her most vulnerable, offering her mind, body, and heart completely to her partner—his for the sculpting, or dismantling. Despite beginning as an almost sing-songy nursery rhyme, “Welcome” averts expectations and reveals the depth of Krieger’s songwriting skills.