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Apollo Brown & Che’ Noir “Freedom” (New Single)

“‘Freedom’ was a song I wrote at the end of 2019. It was before the George Floyd murder and before all the protesting and looting started happening in the US. It’s a song that I feel like my people needed at the time, not even realizing months later that I would be witnessing the biggest revolution of my lifetime. “The art of war, it’s a meaning behind the message, you don’t need a gun or sword if you treat ya mind as the weapon” is my favorite line in the song. My people have to stay 10 steps ahead mentally in order to fight this battle with the institutional and systemic racism we fight on the daily. Our anger and frustration right now is justified.” -Che Noir


“El Jonson” J. Álvarez le regala al publico “Como Tu No Hay” un tema producido por Genio X Eliot El Mago D Oz X Came Beats. La canción habla de querer quedarse con una mujer para siempre, porque como ella no hay, ninguna lo ha hecho sentir así, lo tiene enamorado, y no quiere jugar con sus sentimientos. “Los Jonson” ya tiene mas de 10 temas en la calle, con lanzamientos los viernes, por eso decimos que este es un regalo para el publico, porque es una canción extra para la colección.

Mr Ben & The Bens Share New Track “Danny”

Of the track bandleader Ben Hall says: “Danny is a song I wrote over a super-frenetic new-wave guitar line. The syllables ‘Danny’ came out of the ether during the writing process and I liked how the name sat in the song so decided to write a tune that would sit in the great lineage of name-led pop songs. The song deals with what I think is a totally underwritten topic of unrequited friendship. I decided to keep the age and identity of Danny totally ambiguous and rather lean on locations in the song to move the narrative forward. We added some bombastic Bruce Springsteen style baritone guitar in the studio which really makes the song pop!’”.


Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have released their new single Real Love Song, which was premiered exclusively as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on Radio 1 and follows their recent single Is Everybody Going Crazy?.


Puerto Rico-born, Texas raised singer and rapper iann dior has released the music video for his single “Pretty Girls,” out now via 10K Projects. Off of his recent 9-track EP I’m Gone, the infectious summer hit “Pretty Girls” was recently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and has already been played over 3M times on the streaming service since its release less than two weeks ago.

VOGUE Features SHAED as One of “8 New LGBTQ+ Musicians to Listen to Now”

It’s been a historic June, with the Supreme Court finally ruling that individuals cannot be discriminated against by employers for their gender identity or sexual orientation and voting to uphold DACA, while the Black Lives Matter movement further proves that millions of voices will not go unheard in the fight for equality. We’re grateful to have VOGUE feature SHAED in this incredible list of LGBTQ+ artists to check out during Pride Month.

David Starfire & Arula Release Mystical & Otherworldly Single “Keepsake”

“Drawing from our unique musical backgrounds we felt inspired to create a track that is both fun and evocative as well as haunting and prayerful, an anthem to the earth that we feel celebrates the dualities of both the masculine and feminine archetypes. “Keepsake” is a call to action to be better stewards of the earth as well as a celebration to remember our capacity to create change.” -David Starfire & Arula


18-year-old rapper YXNG K.A shares the emotionally charged video for his new single “Imagine That.” Showcasing his powerful skills and lightning-speed flow, “Imagine That” appears on the North Philadelphia native’s recently released debut EP Baby Reaper.

In My Elements: A New Retreat Concept July 10-12, North East PA

Elements recently announced their In My Elements retreat happening July 10th – July 12th and the line up makes up one that both techno and house fans will love. In My Elements will take place in the forest of Northeastern PA, creating a moment to relax, release and remember that with music, art & love we can come together and heal. It’s time to gather again and revive with the sounds of Element’s Air and Water Stages. This is a special opportunity to see acts like Maceo Plex, Doc Martin, and DJ Tennis in such an intimate setting.


The Chamber Group announces its latest work with #BlackLivesMatter. The Black owned PR firm is now representing Kailee Scales, Managing Director of The Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLM), Black Lives Matter Network Action Fund and Black Lives Matter Global Network, Inc.

country pop starlet Karen McDawn drops second single + album

Countrysinger Karen McDawn drops her second single and releases a highly emotional music video for After The Rain a strong song about parting, leaving and being left behind and conquering the grief

Stream/Share “I Find,” the Debut Single by Alcoves

Alcoves, the latest project from Canadian singer/songwriter Garrett Olson, establishes its lo-fi brand of rousing melodies, lush guitar, and warbly synths that leaves audiences in a daze of nostalgia. Olson’s conversational lyrics and urgent post-punk energy capture a raw and tangible sense of vulnerability uniquely packaged in warm falsettos and dynamic composition.

LESSER GLOW: Metal Injection Unveils “Versterven” Video From Atmospheric Doom/Sludge Metal Unit

Atmospheric doom/sludge metal practitioners, LESSER GLOW, are pleased to unveil their haunting new video for “Versterven.” Now playing at Metal Injection, the tune comes off the band’s Nullity full-length released in April via Pelagic Records.

LESSER GLOW Will Haunt You With Their Eternal Grooves In “Versterven”

Coronavirus and 4th of July: 78% of Americans Will Spend Less Money This Year – WalletHub Survey

Over 78 percent of Americans will spend less money this 4th of July compared to last year as the country slowly reopens in the wake of COVID-19, according to WalletHub’s nationally representative Coronavirus and 4th of July Survey, released today.

NYC-based psych rockers, Lovechild, will donate proceeds from new single, “Hats Off”

The New York City-based psych-rock trio, Lovechild, will donate the proceeds of their rock n’ roll anthem, “Hats Off,” to the New York Civil Liberties Union to join the fight against racial injustice and inequality.

The band recognizes their platform and aims to use it to create positive, meaningful change. “To create a better America,” frontman Leo Lovechild says, “we need to amplify, empower, and listen to Black voices, and donate to organizations that fight for equality.”

SEMANTICS return with anthemic new track ‘BLUELIGHT’

“Bluelight discusses the effect sensationalist and oversaturated media has on the young mind. We’ve put it into a metaphor, where the consumer is practically talking to the article as if the media was personified. This opens an opportunity for the listener to apply their own experiences to the narrative while maintaining a clear point; journalism and politics have regressed into an opinionated, subjective form, skewing and manipulating our outlook in a toxic, contagious fashion,” explains vocalist, Callum Robinson.

Semantics are desensitised, but determined on ‘Bluelight’

Alondra Galopa presents her “Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

El confinamiento ha trastocado los planes de todos y cada uno de nosotros. Afectando a los menos afortunados con problemas de salud o haciendo estragos en el ámbito económico y, por supuesto también, se han cambiado los roles y formas de trabajo.


With its vicious drop and visceral beats, “Trust Nobody” reveals DJ Snake’s incredible ability to combine mind-bending sound design with wildly catchy hooks. The track expands on the untamed originality he recently brought to his gold-certified sophomore effort Carte Blanche, a 2019 release that hit #1 on Billboard’s US Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Among the album’s massive hits are “Taki Taki” ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B, a triple-platinum smash that’s surpassed a billion streams on Spotify and emerged as the #56 most-viewed YouTube video of all-time. The album also includes the gold-certified summer anthem “Loco Contigo” with J Balvin & Tyga (one of Spotify’s most streamed songs of 2019).

NEWS: Chris Stamey & the Fellow Travelers’ ‘A Brand New Shade off Blue

Chris Stamey’s collaboration with the Fellow Travelers, A Brand-New Shade of Blue, was inspired by the intimate small-combo sound of the late ’50s and early ’60s — a time when the “cool jazz” compositions of such luminaries as John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk lived alongside the expanding pop vocabulary of Burt Bacharach and Jimmy Webb.

“These are songs for late nights and rainy days,” Chris explains. “I wrote most of it in the dark of winter, in whispers, in the ‘wee small hours of the morning,’ that magic time ‘when the whole wide world is fast asleep.’ And these great singers and musicians kept that mood alive throughout the sessions that followed.”