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Singapore Kane & DJ Premier “Dreams & Visions”

From being the offspring of under-privileged Jamaican immigrants, to living in an environment surrounded by parasites and having constant restrictions/blockages thrown in his path, none of these impediments has stifled Boston [MA] lyricist Singapore Kane from pursuing his “Dreams & Visions,” produced by one of the best to ever do it… DJ Premier.

The Four Owls reveal mesmerising visuals for new single, “Be Free”

Today, The Four Owls reveal their new single and video “Be Free”, taken from their new critically acclaimed album ‘Nocturnal Instinct’. Accompanied by mesmerising visuals, “Be Free” is an ode to living life unconfined and without constraints.

Lonely The Brave tease further new material in “Distant Light”

As you may know, some of us are NHS key workers and as a result we know health and well-being is so incredibly important. Recent global events have shed a light & awareness of how we can all do our bit to ensure we’re acting with caution but also positively.

Escapism through music, film, art and literature is a huge thing for us, and we hope for you guys too. With that in mind, we wanted to share “Distant Light”, a song we finished off during this isolation period. We hope some of you can borrow from it.

Wars release new single ‘Murmurs’

Vocalist Rob Vicars explains, “‘Murmurs’ is really about feeling drowned out by the noise in your head; the fight to not feel swept away by a storm of self-defeating thoughts. It’s a strange time to be releasing new music, with the world trying to juggle a pandemic while also standing up to one of the greatest injustices in history,
something that seems so insurmountably woven into our societal structures.

Tiña announce debut LP ‘Positive Mental Health Music’

Today, enigmatic South London band Tiña have announced details of their much-anticipated debut album ‘Positive Mental Health Music’. Following their two standalone critically acclaimed singles ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘Dip’, their new album will be the first ever LP to be released on tastemaker label Speedy Wunderground (Squid, Black Midi, Black Country, New Road + more).

THE GHOST OF HELAGS – Berlin duo release ‘Chemistry’ Video

Matching the nocturnal noir and ominous intensity of their surreal latest synth-pop venture, the Berlin-based duo have now released new visuals to complement it.

New > Myd returns > “Together We Stand” video > watch here > on Ed Banger/Because

Myd has proven to be one of the beloved characters in dance music over the past half decade, winning over fans with his wonderfully weird aesthetic and studio prowess. Having racked up millions of streams as a member of Club Cheval on Bromance Records and now as a solo act on Ed Banger, Myd is gearing up to release his debut album this fall.

Azekel releases EP ‘Azekel Unreleased’ alongside virtual exhibition ‘ALL1’

Progressive R&B artist Azekel releases his quarantine EP ‘Azekel Unreleased’, a darker and more experimental direction, via his independent label Thunderlightning Records, alongside immersive virtual exhibition ‘ALL1’, featuring multidisciplinary artists Louisiane Trotobas and Diana Ganea.

The Pineapple Thief announce new album ‘Versions Of The Truth’

“The lyrics really speak for themselves,” explains frontman Bruce Soord. “It’s a very simple sentiment, but actually one that was quite difficult to sing when it came to it. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album and the emotions that fed into the track were still very raw at the time. I’d like to think writing songs like this would prove to be cathartic, but in reality those demons just don’t go away and it’s really a case of learning to live with them.”

Brandon Phillips and the Condition release “Contrition,” first in Summer Singles 2020 series

Brandon Phillips and the Condition includes members of The Gadjits, The Architects, and Radar State, and are supported by a huge rotating cast of Kansas City musical royalty wreck shop as a bubblegum-soul hit-factory. Trash talk aside, Brandon Phillips and The Condition do what they do with understated flex.

Track Premiere: Brandon Phillips and the Condition – ‘Contrition’


After the overwhelming response to Lucas Watt’s first release of 2020, back at the start of April and having recently toured with JP Cooper, supported the likes of Larkins, Shed Seven and Giant Rooks, Leeds indie-pop artist quickly returns with new summer anthem ‘Kind of Funny’, releasing 19th June.

Greyboy Allstars Announce ‘Como De Allstars’ / First Single & Title Track Out Now

“What ties all of our record together is that we always come back to the basic premise established from the beginning. The musical food that sets the table for the ‘West Coast Boogaloo’ record sets the table for ‘Como De Allstars,’ as well,” explains Elgin Park. “For better or worse we are the same band with the same objective: funky soul-jazz boogaloo that’s danceable, while simultaneously setting the stage for inspired improvisation.”

Sara Bareilles Releases Theme Song ‘Little Voice’

Grammy® Award-winner and Tony® and Emmy® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, and author Sara Bareilles releases “Little Voice.” Released via Loud Robot – an independent music label out of J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot – and RCA Records UK, the track stands out as the official theme song from the forthcoming Apple original series, Little Voice, debuting globally Friday July 10, 2020, on Apple TV+. Not only did she write and record new songs for the Official Soundtrack, but she also serves as an executive producer alongside J.J. Abrams and Jessie Nelson.

John Brazell – “Peaches,”

“My lyrics I’m learning more about being human and treating others the way I want to be treated, hit me more than ever within our current fragile moment in history. My new song, “Peaches,” celebrates the golden rule and the moments in which life is pretty great, whether that be enjoying a tasty dessert or catching a sunset on the ocean.”

FIRE FROM THE GODS “Break The Cycle” for social justice.

Fire From The Gods’ AJ Channer could not sit on the sidelines for one more day. When the world erupted in protest of the killing of George Floyd, he set out right away for Minneapolis. No better time than now to enact the philosophy supported by the lyrics of the songs on his band’s album, AMERICAN SUN, which was recorded in early 2019, well before this call to action heard worldwide. A song fully representative of that line of thinking is their single “Break The Cycle”, which revealed its stunning visual counterpart today.

‘Orange Paint’, by UK alternative rock band Paper Fishes

Recorded by the acclaimed producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Editors) at Livingston Studios in London, Orange Paint is available since 12th June 2020 on digital stores.

The single reflects the eclectic style of the album (set for release on 17th July), as it combines the twangy guitars of Americana and 70s rock rhythms, with dreamlike, reverb-soaked backing vocals and Wurlitzer organ reminiscent of psychedelic pop/rock and early 90s David Lynch.

Hackney pop-rule-breakers 0171 release new single “Follow”, announce new EP ‘Change Nothing’

Hackney, London based duo 0171 have today (18/6/20) announced the release of their second EP ‘Change Nothing’, out August 14th. They’re also today sharing new single “Follow”. Widely praised for their futuristic, experimental approach to electronic pop, the new single follows the previously released “Automatic”.

China’s Round Eye Announce New LP Produced by Mike Watt

They’ve won the “Best Local Band” title from Shanghai’s City Weekend magazine two years in a row. They’ve released several acclaimed music videos: “Suntan” starring famed Chinese actress Wang Lin (Xue Yi), best known for her role in the Chinese soap opera Romance in the Rain and appearances in Academy Award winning Ang Lee films such as Lust / Caution, the politically and critically charged nightmare “Billy” and “Sifter” which was entirely filmed in Pyongyang North Korea making it the very first punk video ever filmed in the DPRK.

CORN ON MACABRE: Discographic Violence Collection From Defunct Horror Grind/Hardcore Act To Benefit National Alliance On Mental Illness

Bandcamp is using this Friday, June 19th, as a day of charity and donating their cut to the NAACP. In a similar spirit, Pax Aeternum is going to formally reissue the discography from defunct Washington, DC-based horror grindcore/horror outfit, CORN ON MACABRE. The band’s collected works, Discographic Violence, will be re-unveiled with all proceeds going to the National Alliance On Mental Illness.


The LA/Tempe bred progressive death-metal project DESSIDERIUM, helmed by Alex Haddad (ARKAIK, NULLINGROOTS), has debuted a new single titled, “Cosmic Limbs,” from the forthcoming record, Shadow Burn, that will be released next Friday, June 25th. The song premiered yesterday at InvisibleOranges.com and can be streamed at YouTube below.

Luwten Reveals Slightly Different Versions of Herself in “Control” Video

“There’s nothing I lose when I’m losing you”, Tessa Douwstra, aka Luwten, asserts during the climax of ‘Control.’ It’s one of the many signature zingers she is known for. The singles mark a step towards a new chapter for Luwten. A chapter in which she studies perfectionism and who you portray yourself to be when around others.

Introducing: Flõstate debut hazy single “Time”

Brand new duo Flõstate release debut single “Time” via Lekker Collective.

A sedated downtempo R&B offering, “Time” is the first of many for the Canadian act, who create music building out from intimate jam sessions, producing songs which “happen in the moments that we’re not looking”.

The Fiery Furnaces share first new music in ten years

“This is the first new music from The Fiery Furnaces in ten years,” the band says. “The songs were recorded in New York City and a few hours north of New York City on February 3 and February 10 – 12, 2020. ‘Down at the So and So on Somewhere’ is a regretful song about having regrets. Now it seems even more sad than we thought it was back then: ‘Will you meet me,’ etc. Matthew was happy to use a Soviet drum machine. Eleanor was happy to play real drums. ‘The Fortune Teller’s Revenge’ is another sad song. We cut out the lines from the first and third verse: ‘with me; just kidding’ and ‘leave everything to me.’ Matthew likes hearing Eleanor sing ‘I’m sorry to say I’ve never made a mistake.’ Eleanor likes that you can’t quite tell who’s singing what, when.”

Ukrainian Folk Metal Group MIDGARD Join Sliptrick Records

“From the cold northern lands, from the far darker worlds, from the altars of long-forgotten gods, they brought their bloody flags. They know the paths that lead to dangerous predators who are plagued by constant hunger. To the places of ancient and unbridled magic. To the distant lands of elves and dwarves. To the horrors of darkness that fears even death. They came only to those who dare to look in the eyes of their luck.” – Midgard


JonoJosh – “HALF”

“I wrote “Half” reflecting on my identity as a mixed-race person. A few years ago I was asked to play Gilbert Blythe in the Charlottetown Festival’s production of Anne of Green Gables. It was one of the biggest honours of my life.”

CONSTELLATIA Stream Album ‘The Language of Limbs’ in Full

South African post metal band CONSTELLATIA is celebrating the re-release of their acclaimed debut album ‘The Language of Limbs!’ The record can be streamed in full via Distorted Sound Magazine –

PREMEIRE: The Language of Limbs – Constellatia