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Oliver Malcolm Premiers “The Machine”

Consistently bringing his one-man-production skills to create a one of a kind soundscape, rising act Oliver Malcolm is back with his next track, “The Machine.” This new cut is inspired by Oliver’s love for The Clash as well as the gloomy grey atmosphere of his hometown in London, U.K. The track first premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Indie Show with Jack Saunders, who delved deep into the meaning behind the track. Oliver tells the radio host that the lyrics revolt against the social institutions that prioritize material and financial gain above all else, transforming their subjects into simple cogs in “The Machine.” Fast becoming known for his eclectic visual pairings to his songs, Oliver will release a video for the track in a couple of weeks.


Pop-punk quartet Gearheart launches the promotional cycle for the band’s upcoming brand new full-length album (“Lobotomized”, out on 1st September) with the release of “Don’t Call” – the first single off the aforementioned record, which aims to provide an accurate impression and representation of the quality of the content that can be expected in “Lobotomized” as well.

Telemachus drops visuals for I Am Delicious And Cute

Today, South London avant-garde producer Telemachus drops tranquil visuals for ”I Am Delicious And Cute. So I Will Go Buy Again”, taken from his recently released album ‘Boring & Weird Historical Music’ on High Focus Records. Created by Telemachus and Ugly Duck Studios, the video allows you to sit back and take in the peaceful surroundings whilst the lead character sets off on a river voyage.


Formed in 2018, Household Dogs make dark, thoughtful and striking post-punk anchored in gothic, 80’s inspired alternative rock. Since their emergence the band have been gaining more and more interest with their fiercely independent spirit, intense live show and a string of singles that show a band growing ever more comfortable mining deeper musical and lyrical depths.

Miles From Kinshasa delivers new single & video ‘Wearing Smiles’

Produced by Miles, ‘Wearing Smiles’ is an uplifting track that combines Miles’ smooth vocals with contemplative lyrics and warm, blissed-out production. Miles explains: “With this song I really wanted to say exactly how I felt at that time about my own day to day and that I didn’t want to pretend that everything is okay all the time, but with a touch of smart writing too. It’s probably one of the most relatable songs I’ve written thus far.”

Lewis Knaggs brings punchy pop-rock with “Hold On”

Some insights from Lewis on the song/video: “It’s a song about looking back at the past and wondering how your future will be shaped by it. Hoping you take the good things and leave the bad, but either way you’re going to hold on to those first experiences of love and life, good or bad. It’s a lot about acceptance. It felt right to move from underground to above ground in this song… it has a feeling of moving on to it, so the video needed to reflect that.”

will hyde – “meant to be.”

Having firmly announced himself as an artist to watch with his well-received debut single easy for u.,fast rising Australian newcomer will hyde continues his hot streak with stellar sophomore offering meant to be. Laying dreamy vocals over gorgeous production, the track builds to an earworm chorus that will stay with you long after first listen.

0171 continue to subvert pop norms with new single “Photograph”

Hackney, London based duo 0171 today release their new single “Photograph”, the third track to be shared from upcoming EP ‘Change Nothing’. Widely praised for their futuristic, experimental approach to electronic pop, the new single follows the previously released singles “Automatic” and “Follow”.

Chicago Emo-Pop/Emo Rap Artist Safehold Releases New Video “Loose Ends”

Safehold is an upcoming emo-pop/emo-rap artist from Chicago, IL who began experimenting with early releases on Soundcloud in 2017. Safehold’s upcoming album titled “Boyish” effortlessly blends emo and rap into a first-class debut, for fans of: Lil Peep, Iann Doir, & Lil Lotus.

The New Space Finders Release New Indie Pop Single, A Track of Such Immediate Hummability

Superheroes, they say, often take the unlikeliest form and so is the case with The New Space Finders, and their debut single, a track of such immediate hummability, you’d swear it was already a hit. The New Space Finders are Sean and Jenny, the best mates you never realised you had and their track, Superheroes, the track you’ll be getting everyone you know this summer to be listening to. Initially only written to give their two and three year-old children a track to laugh and dance to, it soon became apparent they had an earworm of superhuman powers on their hands – Superheroes is that very song and one which is set to be the post-Covid indie anthem of 2020.

Cheat Codes want to know what “Heaven” means to you in new track with Bastille’s Dan Smith    

Today, Cheat Codes release the official music video for “Heaven”. The feel-good anthem takes the LA trio back to their roots with this high energy, pop-tinged tune. Showcasing Trevor’s uplifting falsetto over bouncy and catchy production, the video highlights how people reprioritize their lives and find their authentic selves in the face of unprecedented disaster (sound familiar?). In it you’ll see queer love, friends reuniting, self expression, and some adorable dog snuggles. Of the video, Cheat Codes relay it’s about “becoming your authentic self in the face of unprecedented disaster. Hoping that the struggles that people are going through now will allow them to reevaluate what’s important in their life… If there’s one good thing that comes out of a situation (like the one we’re going through now), it’s that people are prioritizing what’s important to them and finding their truth.”

Skope News | a blend of Reggae, early Dancehall and Rubadub // Kiko Bun ‘Bad Boy Tenor’

Kiko Bun returns today with ‘Bad Boy Tenor’. The follow-up to ‘My Thing’ A blend of Reggae, early Dancehall and Rubadub, he explains “It’s influenced by the soundsystem culture between the 70s and 80s that I’m inspired by. A time when the wickedest riddim and rhyme would win pull ups from avid crowds and DJs. It’s sort of an introduction of myself to the world. Telling the listener a bit about me “I like to wear all my jewellery at once”. It’s flash, proud, just like old school Jamaican lyrics. A dance/sing along. A reflection of the modern reggae rude boy”.

Michael Logen and Jennifer Hanson Release Debut EP

Artists/songwriters Michael Logen and Jennifer Hanson have collaborated on and just released a new EP titled Here’s To Hoping. One of the EP’s tracks has landed on Rolling Stone Country’s Music Picks of the Week for July 13th.

According to the publication, “In the meditative, dreamy ‘Tides Will Turn,’ the two harmonize beautifully and imagine a point in time when troubles will begin to recede. Recommended listening for anyone feeling anxious about everything right now.”

RS Country Music Picks: Week of July 13th

DK-Zero Enter Into a Nightmare Sci-Fi Realm in Their New Music Video “Replicate”

Replicate is the latest single off DK-Zero’s new album Cyber Sex Inc, which will be released July 31st on Cleopatra Records. Cyber Sex Inc is set in dystopian future where Corporations have done enough human gene testing that they have figured out a way to “breed out” the ability for the average person to enjoy having an orgasm or really feel much of anything at all sexually. The only way people can enjoy sex or “get off” is by purchasing a pill or multiple pills from the company. Cyber Sex Inc was produced by Charles Kallaghan Massabo (Falling In Reverse & Davey Suicide).

Jacqueline Tucci – New single Sweeter Things out NOW

“Sweeter Things” was written at a time when I was feeling frustrated with the state of the world. I wanted to write about it and use my voice through my music, but I felt nervous about possibly stepping on some toes in doing so.


Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records artists MICHELLE today announce the release of “SUNRISE,” a shimmering pop track with an indelible hook. The song marks the first new single from the NYC-based collective since their self-released 2018 debut album HEATWAVE, and their first original release with Canvasback (Transgressive Records in the UK).

A Girl Called Eddy shares video for “Jody” from first album in 15 years, ‘Been Around’

Been Around, is Erin Moran aka A Girl Called Eddy’s first album in over 15 years. The album was released on January 15th. “Girl, where you been?” asks a voice at the very beginning of the title track. All things considered, it’s a fair question. Fourteen years have passed since her self-titled debut, produced by Richard Hawley, became something of a cult favorite with her voice and song-writing talent winning fulsome praise and not-hyperbolic comparisons to Karen Carpenter and Carole King. Been Around, the opening title song, welcomes us back with exquisite arrangements and a return to the revelation that is THAT voice.

Lido Pimienta Shares “Eso Que Tu Haces” (Austra’s Genocracy Remix), Listen Now

Featured on Pimienta’s widely celebrated sophomore album Miss Colombia, “Eso Que Tu Haces” is a roaring declaration of discovery, as Pimienta exhales loudly, “Eso que tu haces / no es amor” (“that thing you do / is not love”). Canadian producer Austra (aka Katie Stelmanis) remixes “Eso Que Tu Haces” by blending pulsing and electronic sounds with Lido Pimienta’s anthemic vocals, reggaeton and cumbia inspired beats.


Today, NEON16 and Interscope Records release Tainy and J. Balvin’s “Agua” music video following last week’s inaugural digital track launch. The video offers a glimpse into the upcoming Paramount Animation/ Nickelodeon film ​THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN with J. Balvin joining the animated characters for an underwater excursion while dancing along to the tropical sonic produced by Latin Grammy-winning producer and global superstar, Tainy.


Critically-acclaimed rising British R&B powerhouse Kara Marni – who was recently spotlighted in “Ones To Watch” features by Vogue and Complex and won “Best Female Act” at the 2020 Urban Music Awards – has today debuted her new single “Young Heart” ft. Russ via Access Records.