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Razteria/Renay “BOMS” (electronic pop, indie)

BOMS (blood of my soul) represents the beautiful vulnerability we each feel when we love unconditionally. It came as a stream of consciousness three years ago, and developed into this orchestra of intense sound. Razteria is so grateful for the collaboration for the video (EA Films and Alex Zajicek), the single’s cover art with Baidi Kamagate (model and photographer) as well as the musicians that helped bring it to life. Kora by Yacouba Diarra, cuatro by Jackelyn Rago, live drums by Jayme Arredondo, all other instruments/vocals/mix by myself, and mastered by Trakworx.

out today: CRYOSPHERE (DK) “Constellations” @ Melodic alternative metal

Danish melodic, alternative metal group Cryosphere have a new EP arriving entitled Constellations. The songs on the EP have been made by throughout several changes in line-up (or constellations) and that is why the title is so.

Following a turbulent personal time, Cryosphere has managed to channel all of their feelings into raw new material, for which they took time off during the winter and early spring to complete. The finished product raises the stakes in the bands evolution invoking the bands traditional symphonic metal and hardcore but placed in their own musical playground with room for sheer emotion.


Last month pop-music-agitator Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) released their new single and accompanying video for “Sorry Bro (I Love You).” Soon after Dorian Electra made the stems for the song available publicly which resulted in over 65 remixes that are now available on their SoundCloud HERE. Today Dorian Electra will release 8 official remixes from the communal project via an EP called “Sorry Bro (I Love You) Remixes”, followed by a release-party this Friday, June 26th at 4:00pm PST with Subculture Party with all proceeds from both the EP and party going to The Okra Project (flyer below with full details for Friday).

Dublin’s THUMPER share second single of 2020, ‘Topher Grace’ (out this Friday)

The track is the band’s second single of 2020. Inspired by everything from “songwriters like Courtney Barnett and James Murphy, to Mark E. Smith and Nick Cave, with the latter especially influencing the bridge between lyrical sentiment and true performance”, the track sees the band follow in the footsteps of fellow Dubliners Fontaines D.C. and The Murder Capital.

Glints captures the angst and zeitgeist of the last couple of months in ’28 Days’ mixtape

After releasing his debut album ‘Choirboy’ and a massive sold-out AB show early March, Covid-19 stopped Glints’ campaign in its tracks. The show-circuit came to a halt and a summer full of gigs all over Belgium and France vanished. An all too recognizable story for anyone in the music industry today.

NEEDTOBREATHE release live ‘Survival’ (feat. Drew & Eillie Holcomb) video

South Carolina rock band NEEDTOBREATHE have shared an intimate, stripped-back performance of ‘Survival’ (feat. Drew & Ellie Holcomb), the latest track off their forthcoming album, Out of Body. Watch the band perform the song alongside the Holcombs and Colony House guitarist Scott Mills, live from co-producer Cason Cooley’s studio here.

Land Of Talk share video for new single “Footnotes”

Land of Talk today shared the video for “Footnotes,” the new single from the Montreal-based band’s album Indistinct Conversations, due out July 31st via Saddle Creek. Of the chiming track, where the cheery, propulsive wall of guitar fuzz belies the song’s anguished lyrics, singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell says: “The music itself is the very sound of people connecting – lush and layered with swirling synths and dreamy guitar noise, driving drums – I envision us all sweatily, joyfully performing together on stage. Lyrically though this song has revealed itself to be about loneliness.

MOHIT explore what lies beyond human experience with new single ‘Infinite Decay’

London experimental art-rock outfit MOHIT are set to release their forthcoming debut album ‘Preface’, produced by Marta Salogni (Björk, Liars, The Orielles, Alex Cameron etc) on 24th July, and today share brand new single Infinite Decay.

A. Swayze & the Ghosts announce debut album & share anthemic new single and video for “Cancer”

Ivy League Records (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Teskey Brothers, Hatchie) are thrilled to announce that Tasmania’s A. Swayze & the Ghosts will release their debut album, Paid Salvation, on Friday 18 September. At a time when some young bands seem more concerned with social media followers than having something to say, Paid Salvation is a refreshingly real breath of fresh air, one that restores your faith in the incendiary, uplifting and subversive power of punk rock.

Lyric video for The Skinner Brothers new single ‘Away Days’, an ode to missing your real passion.

London based four piece The Skinner Brothers released their latest single ‘Away Days’, on 12th June across all digital formats via Blaggers Records with digital distribution by Horus Music.

Linda Pagnini – ‘Hand In Mine’. Survival. Reflection. Recovery.

Survival. Reflection. Recovery. Hand In Mine is a hymn from the strongest best part of Linda Pagnini, giving orders to pick herself up.

The centrepiece of this song is the soul. The guts given vocal that cracks with the weight of heart and emotion, but this isn’t romance… Its closer. Hand In Mine is about self-preservation, a reminder to live and to love.

SKOPE | How GRID App is saving the future of social gatherings and events

Much loved open-air garden Kiesgrube hosted their first safe and socially distanced gathering Stay Wild Moonchild in Duisburg, Germany thanks to a hook up with the brand new, game-changing app GRID. It proved a huge success, and followed up last Sunday June 21st with Boris Werner, Wouter S and Tapesh playing. The likes of Pan-Pot, William Djoko, Detroit Swindle, Tom Trago, Lazare Hoche, Anotr, Franky Ricardo and more all set to appear throughout summer.

Erich Mrak ‘Girls’

Toronto-based artist Erich Mrak is back with a new single ‘Girls’ on June 23rd. Praised for being the ‘melodic Post Malone’ by numerous influential blogs, Erich continues to push the limits of both the alternative pop and hip hop genres. Fusing elements from a variety of styles, he never loses his own unique expression and delivers his sound with infectious rhythm and relatable lines.

Second Arrows “Galactic” Music Video

Later this week, Second Arrows will be releasing their self-titled debut via Hellminded Records. The metal-core outfit features some prominent faces in the genre including current and former members of Deadguy, Every Time I Die, Nora, and Ensign. The band teamed up with Brooklyn-based photographer, George Douglas Peterson, to create a music video that captures the chaotic mix of hardcore and metal for their song “Galactic.”

Ellie Bleach shares cult-inspired infomercial for ‘He Bought Me Nikes’

Ellie Bleach releases the visuals for baroque pop cut ‘He Bought Me Nikes’, the fourth single from the London based singer-songwriter with a uniquely cynical take on so-called ‘easy listening’ 70s pop.

Jojo Pellegrino “FloJo” (VIDEO)

Plants and Animals Announce New Album ‘The Jungle’ out October 23 via Secret City Records

Montreal indie rock trio Plants and Animals announce The Jungle, their fifth studio album set to be released October 23rd via Secret City Records. Their shortest album yet and certainly their boldest, The Jungle is eight acts in a world full of noise. The album is self-produced and was recorded at Mixart, their studio in Montreal. Today they share their lead single and video “House on Fire,” an upbeat and energetic anthem that seemed to be aligning perfectly with the surreal summer the world will experience this year. “House on Fire” came from Warren’s haunting feeling that a friend who was taking too many sleeping pills might forget to turn his stove off.

Bella White To Release Debut Album Just Like Leaving On September 25th

With a piercing, honest voice and a penchant for telling gorgeous, heartbreaking stories, Bella White is gearing up to show the world just how well a Canadian does “high and lonesome” on her debut album, Just Like Leaving, out everywhere on September 25th. Born in Calgary, Alberta, to a family with deep roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, 20-year old White is no newcomer to bluegrass or American roots music, having been raised by the sounds of Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys and Doc Watson from before she could walk. At 18 years of age, White took her childhood bluegrass education to Boston’s ever-burgeoning acoustic and roots music scene and began crafting her coming-of-age debut; a nine-song collection exploring the angst of a modern teenager with timeless and universally relatable language.

London based T Truman releases debut single “Holiday”

T Truman is the new solo project and alter ego of the Vaccines’ keyboardist Timothy Lanham. Today he is sharing his debut single “Holiday”.

Attempting to escape complete accountability for his lyricism, Lanham created T Truman as his very own writing scapegoat. Channeling 70’s piano-pop artists such as Todd Rundgren and Elton John, T Truman emerged as the man behind the music. Truman admits, “If I were to take the lyrics completely seriously, I don’t think I’d like me.”

The Cradle Shares New Single “End of The Day” feat. Lily Konigsberg (of Palberta)

The Cradle–the solo project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paco Cathcart (Big Neck Police, Eyes of Love, Shimmer)–today shared his second single “End of the Day” from his upcoming album, Laughing In My Sleep, releasing August 21st, 2020 via NNA Tapes.

A staple in The Cradle’s acoustic live sets over the past couple years, “End of the Day” is a song that bucks easy categorization: a repetitious lullaby, a series of images at greater or lesser distance, an ode-poem to Brooklyn and the daily splendid and heartbreaking minutia of city life, a first-person account of events of questionable significance, a dream that goes both in towards nostalgia and out towards adventure.

Johnnie Mikel Releases “Nothing To Lose” Off Of Debut Album

Purgatory is the follow up to Mikel’s 2018’s electronic, soulful dance pop debut EP Night of Your Life. Poparazzi said, “the EP’s electronic/pop production wonderfully captures the message of living life to the fullest and enjoying every minute of it through music. Mikel’s lyrics are cleverly inspired by the pop artists he clearly adores, and his lyrical delivery is equally on point.” Of the EP’s track “Friday Night” Popdust said, “Glitter synths vibrating through an R&B-splashed arrangement, mingling with brassy horns and a dive-bar groove.”

Sub Pop signs Flock of Dimes for the world, and releases Like So Much Desire, her label debut today via all DSPs

Sub Pop has signed Flock of Dimes, the solo outlet for songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jenn Wasner, to release her music throughout the world. We are also announcing today the release of Like So Much Desire, her excellent five-song effort and label debut (and first new Flock of Dimes material since 2016’s If You See Me, Say Yes), which is available now through all DSPs.