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In order to say “Thanks” to first responders and others on the frontlines fighting COVID-19 and injustice, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum modern hip-hop icon decided to give back. He teamed up with Karisma Hotels & Resorts and will give away 10 all-expenses-paid vacations at Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun to individuals who spent the last six months bettering our world either in the face of the Global Pandemic or by standing up for equality.


Today, Motown Records released “Lucky,” a new track from Tiana Major9. A warm, soulful celebration of winning at love, “Lucky” is from her forthcoming EP. SPIN premiered the song, which Tiana wrote with Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman (J. Cole, H.E.R., Anderson .Paak), who also produced, and PRGRSHN (WSTRN, Stormzy, Wizkid).


“I’m using this platform to generate money to fund the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. I truly believe the best way to promote the advancement and protection of Black people in America is to educate ourselves in every way possible and arm ourselves with education and the information needed to resist and eradicate our oppressors from positions of power. If you feel the same way or simply want to help our cause, please donate whatever you can and take this video as a gift from me to you. Thank You! Your friend KYLE :)”

Skyzoo – Milestones (A Story Dedicated to Fatherhood)

“The idea for this project came from me noticing the landscape of how fathers are represented in hip hop. Outside of Will Smith’s classic “Just the Two Of Us” and a handful of others, the majority of the records in hip hop that speak on fatherhood have a negative connotation. I wanted to change that narrative, as it’s not the only one that exists. Myself being a father, there are a ton of others like me who are engulfed in hip hop and are also 24 hour a day dads, whose kids mean the world to them. I wanted to showcase that. I started this project in August of 2019 as one song, and it grew into an entire project within a week, and I’ve been sitting on this idea since the summer/fall, waiting for Father’s Day weekend to come around.

Mereba Releases Acoustic Version of “Heatwave” Feat. 6LACK

Rising songstress, Mereba (Interscope Records), has just released the acoustic version of her powerful song “Heatwave” ft. 6LACK. The song tackles police violence against people of color, proving all-too-familiar amid the current social justice climate. Not one to shy away from the issue, Mereba’s lyrics are raw and direct, “See, they see sin in your skin, boy,” while 6LACK takes a more personal approach with his emotionally-charged verse. The original version appeared on Mereba’s debut album The Jungle is the Only Way Out, and its accompanying 2019 visual remains a fan favorite. “Heatwave (Acoustic)” was produced by Mereba, with co-production by frequent collaborators Sam Hoffman and Chris James.

Blinkie releases double-single ‘What You Want/What You Do’

Announcing itself with a driving kick drum, ‘What You Want’ is a rousing vocal house track with an unmistakably Balearic feel, building in intensity across its four minutes. On a similar tip, ‘What You Do’ is powered by a deep and pumping bassline, drawing inspiration from the 303-driven world of Chicago acid house.

LAPSUS DEI Release Official Video ‘Falling Apart’ From The Album ‘Sea Of Deep Reflections’

Hot on the heels of their brand new album Sea Of Deep Reflections (released via Sliptrick Records on June 16th), Chilean metal group Lapsus Dei have released their first official video from the aforementioned disc. The band released this statement; “Falling Apart is the first song of the album Sea Of Deep Reflections. The video is a metaphor, in which the wholeness of the sea shows the integrity of life’s pride. It represents the becoming that comes and goes indiscriminately from human to human, and only at the end is where with contumacy you can look behind the path that has been wondered.”

Bklava debuts on Ministry of Sound with new single ‘Thinkin’ Of You’

‘Thinkin’ Of You’ sees Bklava further develop her trademark 2-step sound, delivering a scintillating groover that’s steeped in emotion and underpinned by her own soaring vocals. Her debut on the legendary Ministry of Sound imprint, the infectious track is testament to her navigation to the fore of the UK dance music world.


“It’s so amazing to see the world learning, growing and most importantly helping one another. We cannot let go of this feeling or this moment. We should use this positive mentality as the everlasting force driving humankind as a whole to greatness not just for the future of yourself but for the future of everyone around you” says Amber.

TOMMY ASHBY releases new single ‘Blood Wolf Moon’

Today, Scottish singer-songwriter Tommy Ashby, releases his reflective new single ‘Blood Wolf Moon’ via Wow and Flutter Records. Co-produced by the artist and double Grammy Award winning producer Sam Okell, ‘Blood Wolf Moon’ follows ‘One Word’ and is the second single to be released from Tommy’s fourth EP ‘Everywhere Is Home’ scheduled for release Summer 2020.

Sizzling new Synapson feat. Flavia Coelho single ‘Illuminar’ out today!

Alex and Paul are the 2 producers behind the duo Synapson, whose first EP Haute Couture was released in 2010. Ten years later, they have been around the world several times to carry their music. More than 100 concerts in a year, including a large part played live, and key dates, from the Printemps de Bourges to Les Vieilles Charrues and the Solidays, to a sold out Zénith de Paris. Their two albums were supported by multiple collaborations (Super 8 & Convergence, platinum certified).

Jamie Mathias releases brand new single ‘Better Man’

Regarding the single Jamie says, “‘Better Man’ is a very personal song about my own experience growing up as a child around abuse and addiction. It reflects my very strong feelings about not wanting to go down the same path as my father and make the same mistakes. Ultimately I want to be a “Better Man” and when I decide to become a father, I want to provide the best possible life for my future children.”


The Glasgow-based New Zealander has spent recent months writing on acoustic guitar. It’s an approach which adds a subtle lo-fi element to the song’s dynamic burst of new wave and groove-orientated indie.

NEWS: Nils Lofgren, Graham Parker, Richard Barone, Elliott Murphy and more featured on ‘Willie Nile Uncovered

Paradiddle Records announces the release of Willie Nile Uncovered (Celebrating 40 Years of Music) on August 21, 2020. This two-CD collection features 26 songs from the New York rocker’s entire recording history performed by an array of both veteran and emerging artists, each putting their unique stamp on his songs.

The set celebrates the brilliant songwriting of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s unsung heroes, an artist whose diehard fan base has included Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven.

Nils Lofgren’s cover of “All God’s Children” kicks off Willie Nile Tribute

[Music Video] Tom Walker – 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.


“I wrote this song at a really difficult time in my life, and it’s almost like I wrote the song that I needed to hear,” said E^ST. “This song is about realising that just because life feels impossible, that doesn’t mean that it is impossible, and that as long as you’re trying something, there’s always hope.”


The new cut follows on the recently released ‘Headspace’- the EP’s title track and Maddox Jones’ first release as a solo artist – which received praise from likes of American Songwriter and Complete Music Update, among others. “It’s a bit of a cathartic party anthem,” says Jones while asking “Can we have house parties yet Boris Johnson?”. “If you’re feeling nostalgic for a night out, or maybe even if lockdown has made you take a look at old habits that perhaps weren’t serving you, this is your new anthem”, adds Jones.

Ayron Jones releases debut single ‘Take Me Away’

Rock singer-guitarist Ayron Jones has shared his explosive debut single ‘Take Me Away’ today via his new label home Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. The single is influenced by the weight of his past and the struggles that shaped Jones’ art, and equally inspired by diverse musical influences to create a style uniquely his own.

PABST share video for new single “Legal Tender” | New album Deuce Ex Machina released today

Berlin’s Pabst today release their brand-new album Deuce Ex Machina, a record packing a punch of emotionally charged, fuzzed out punk. Through the course of recent singles “Ibuprofen”, “Skyline”, “Hell”, “My Apocalypse” – and today’s new video for “Legal Tender” – they’ve dropped loser ballads and post-grunge hymns in ode to a world contemplating its own fate, gripped by gentrification, drugs, and a mental health crisis.

Wankelmut returns with new single ‘Can’t Force Love’

‘Can’t Force Love’ sees Wankelmut draw on his trademark vocal house sound, with feelgood piano chords and four-to-the-floor beats paired with soaring vocals. It follows March smash ‘Give & Take’, a collaborative single with Swedish singer-songwriter SVEA that has so far amassed 2.5 million Spotify streams.

New > Listen to ‘Space Flex’ from Filter Dread’s forthcoming new album, ‘Trickster’ > Out July 3 on CYTE RECS

Inspired by “tricksters, conspirators and hackers that work within the shadows”, ‘Trickster’ is the work of one of UK electronic music’s most complex and vividly unique minds. Trailblazing records for labels including Ramp, Visionist’s Codes imprint, Unknown To The Unknown and Corrupt Data have traced Filter Dread’s career to this point, while more recent work saw him release 2019’s ‘Ice Rave’ EP with Sneaker Social Club and contribute a track to Circadian Rhythms’ multi-artist ‘Partisan’ project in December last year.

NEW SINGLE – British Rising Artist, Ava Lily Releases Alt-R&B Track ‘Blameless’, Out Now.

‘Blameless’ introduces an authentic sound from the emerging artist who is set to release more music this year. Co-written with long-time friend and collaborator Gareth Esson – ‘Blameless’ is a sultry single that’s led by Ava Lily’s distinctive, honeyed vocal and is accompanied by a dreamy, lo-fi production. Bristol born Ava Lily’s life significantly changed when she signed to Naughty Boy’s label and moved to London. Following on from the release of her debut single ‘Painkillers’ (2016) – which received praise from CLASH, Wonderland and Nation Of Billions – Ava parted ways with the label and is now setting on a new direction as an independent artist. A deft songwriter her writing credits includes ZAYN’s track ‘Common’ from his latest album.

Broken Bones Matilda – Entitled “Everafter”

Broken Bones Matilda create an enigmatic hybrid of sound, influenced by 70s rock to the early 90s surge of raw, post grunge bands they grew up with. Hailing from Bath and now based in London, the duo have been described as Nick Cave meets Fleetwood Mac, oozing raspy lead vocals and soaring harmonies over well-crafted songs.

Paul Woolford and Diplo link up on new single ‘Looking For Me’ featuring Kareen Lomax

A bright, colourful dancefloor jam with serious crossover appeal, ‘Looking For Me’ pairs piano-led, hands-in-the-air house energy with sensual, contemplative vocals from Kareen Lomax. Woolford hinted at the link-up back in January, when he posted a photo of Diplo on his Instagram account with the caption, “Me and my mate Wes [Diplo’s real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz] have been making a monster record and you’ll all be hearing it soon…”

Don Diablo returns with heart-on-sleeve new single ‘Thousand Faces’

The single is out on Friday 19th June, with the official music video to follow on 21st June. The video was directed and produced by Don Diablo dropping on Father’s Day. It includes exclusive footage he filmed at the age of 13 with his first home video camera. Featuring Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, ‘Thousand Faces’ finds the sweet spot between modern dance music and acoustic genius, it’s a track destined to touch the hearts of music lovers worldwide.

Guerrilla Ghost Release Brand New Single

“Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man” is the first single from the band’s sophomore effort, We Get What We Deserve. The single is slated for release on all major streaming platforms on 6/19/20, while the album will see a digital and limited CD release on 7/31.

OOBERFUSE – Release Father’s Day track: ‘Father’ – out today

‘Father’ is a poetic, atmospheric and emotional new release from the duo of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson. A lush sombre soundscape with ambient distant echoing pads and a soft acoustic guitar melody occasionally accompanied by spacious light stringy synths is the perfect backdrop for the emotive lyrics.

OUT TODAY for Skope: TIFFY’s breezy new lo-fi pop-punk single “Something For Nothing”

“Something For Nothing” is the B-side to TIFFY’s new two-song Double Feature 7″ single (out today through Dollhouse Lightning!), which includes the dreamy A-side, “Don’t Wanna Talk.” In an effort to give back to her community and those seeking justice and change across the US and beyond, TIFFY is donating 100% of all digital sales, merch and 7″ sales through the end of June to The Loveland Foundation (an organization that provides mental health resources to communities of color, and especially for black womxn).

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