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LA-based singer-songwriter Jesse Jo Stark is gearing up to release her new single and music video for “Tangerine” on Friday, August 21st. The new single is the first to follow her gorgeous rendition of the John Prine classic “Angel from Montgomery” released in April.

Stealth returns with new single ‘Howlin”

Rising UK singer-songwriter Stealth has shared his brand new single ‘Howlin”, out today via Ultra Records.

Channelling the spirit of the delta blues into something more fresh and modern, ‘Howlin” tackles themes of addiction and love & loss, pairing Stealth’s unrivalled vocals with warm acoustics and backing singer howls.

Joesef Releases new single “I Wonder Why ft. Loyle Carner”

The emotional new track is another incredible indie pop offering which sees the multi-talented Joesef take the reins once again to produce, write and recorded the majority of the sultry track from his Glasgow apartment before sending over to Loyle Carner to add his heartfelt verse.

JPEGMAFIA shares ‘ROUGH 7’ feat. Tommy Genesis alongside video

This recent chain of singles follows a whirlwind year for the ground-breaking Baltimore artist; his unmistakable persona, eccentric production, and invigorating live shows have led to both widespread critical acclaim and support from other artistic visionaries such as Bjork, Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin, James Blake, Danny Brown and Mos Def. In September 2019, JPEG released his highly anticipated new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs on EQT Recordings, the follow up to his 2018’s Veteran.


Anna Straker’s previous track ‘Sweat’ put the multi-faceted artist, vocalist, songwriter and producer back on the radar. Its future-facing electro-tinged alt-pop earned fresh praise from Clash, while also earning Radio 1 airplay from Best New Pop. The accompanying video underlined her potential as an icon-in-the making, with her magnetic charisma complemented by a distinctive image that’s entirely her own.

Kwassa returns with new single ‘Sucker’

“I was in the middle of one of those crappy weeks where things kept going wrong (my car was broken into and then my bike was stolen) when I made sucker. Writing it down in a totally non-figurative way and putting it into a song was the perfect way to joke it off and use it as fuel to make something cool. Everyone is a sucker for something or someone, and this is just a tongue in cheek take on the relationship between my life and my music.”

ME AND THE REST Release Music Video For New Single ‘Until the End of the Rainbow’

ME AND THE REST’s new motto is: “We Are Bulletproof”, and that’s what they are; immune to the quick changes in musical styles of the past 30 years, true to their Hard Rock, characterised by catchy melodies and peppered with great hook lines. They remain standing and celebrating their Hard Rock… expect an exciting year filled with great new music – one new track every month!

‘Water’ is the scintillating electronic indie-pop single from Matilda Eyre and PALMR

The new collaboration between London-based German singer, songwriter and producer Matilda Eyre and Devon-based producer PALMR is a musical personification of finding your freedom. Through the lens of progressive electronica and indie-pop melodies, ‘Water’ is the soundtrack to loss and beginning again.

Adam Rom unveils honest new single ‘Pieces’

British singer-songwriter Adam Rom returns with heart-on-sleeve new single ‘Pieces’, out on Friday 17th July.

‘Pieces’ sees Adam shift away from the more electronic-based sound that has characterised previous releases, instead centring the track around acoustic elements that prove an ideal match for his honest lyricism.


17 year old rising star Alfie Templeman has today shared his brand new EP Happiness In Liquid Form on Chess Club Records. The release of his new single “Obvious Guy” saw the hashtag #selfieforobviousguy trending on Twitter in July and the track itself went on to pick up no less than 20 Spotify New Music Friday adds worldwide. Another of the EP’s many highlights “Things I Thought Were Mine” was already premiered by Australia’s triple j on Wednesday this week.

Fly By Midnight Drop New Single “Lost Without You” Feat. Clara Mae

Indie-Pop sensation Fly By Midnight return with a heartfelt new single ‘Lost Without You’, out now via Snafu Records. Featuring the emotive vocals of Swedish pop artist Clara Mae, ‘Lost Without You’ depicts a relationship that has grown apart, but still longs to be connected.


Hailing from Amsterdam, Dutch-based Surinamese/Native American artist ROSA has been pushing against toxic masculinity and male machismo since he debuted with ‘Phone’ .Emphasizing an androgynous sense of style and showcasing vulnerability in layered lyrics, he’s been making sure his visual presentation encapsulates his grandiose ambitions to stand out and cut through the noise.


The album is presented in two parts, the first 13 tracks are the thoughtful contemplations that make up Brightest Blue(executively produced by Ellie Goulding & Joe Kearns) and the second part, EG.0, consists of huge pop bangers with collaborators including Lauv, Swae Lee and the late JUICE WRLD. Across the two halves Ellie enlisted a number of writers and producers to help create the finished product, including the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr., Starsmith, ILYA, serpentwithfeet, Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift) and Jim Eliot amongst others.

Yannis Philippakis directs and features in Hypercolour visual

A visual manifestation of the track’s theme ‘hypercolour’, the psychedelic video has been directed by Yannis Philippakis along with Kit Monteith, and features Yannis himself. The track has already garnered almost 2 million streams and has received tastemaker support from the likes of Annie Mac (who named the track as her ‘Hottest Record In The World’) as well as Pete Tong, Mista Jam and Nick Grimshaw.

Never afraid to push the envelope, Camelphat’s collaboration with Foals’ frontman Yannis Philippakis has been eagerly anticipated by fans. Needing little introduction, from playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable.


Shot in London just before lockdown, the video for ‘Mojo’ will see AISTÈ fight both a former lover and the organization that pitted them against each other: looking the part as a transfixing incarnation of Killing Eve’s Villanelle, AISTÈ put her years of Muay Thai practice to use, and choreographed all the fight scenes herself. The short film will mix elements of cult sci-fi and psychological thriller and reflect the song’s message of breaking free from any restraints, societal and personal, and begin anew.

Melé remixes Kideko & Armand Van Helden’s single ‘The Fire’

UK DJ and producer Melé has remixed Kideko and Armand Van Helden’s collaborative new single ‘The Fire’, out 17th July.

Melé delivers a stripped-back, percussion-focused rework of ‘The Fire’, shedding the original’s euphoric piano chords and breakdown for a more heads-down affair.

Picard Brothers release new single ‘Its Not Over’

Having firmly cemented their names as international producers, playing pivotal parts in the creation of records by Beyoncé, Diplo, Mark Ronson and Madonna, Picard Brothers today release new single ‘It’s Not Over’. The single follows the release of a flurry of celebrated remixes from the French duo, including the Remix of Flume “The Difference” and the Remix of David Spinelli “The Promise”, released on Boston Bun’s label Circa 99.

Gwyn Love Releases Debut Single “never have to see u again”

As a huge fan of Canadian pop-rockers Marianas Trench, Gwyn reached out to 604 Records President Jonathan Simkin, asking about an interview for a school project. After mentioning she was a musician herself, he asked her to send along a demo. A few months later, he signed her to his label.


San Diego-based band We the Commas return with the video for new single “Custom Made,” following the exclusive premiere with PopMatters. The beachy track – produced by Chris Rosa – features the soothing harmonies from brothers Cam (17), Jordy (19) and Lenny Comma (23) and combines contemporary pop elements with nostalgic R&B melodies and jazz instrumentals. Though “Custom Made” is only their sophomore release, We the Commas deliver a timeless sound that has the ability to touch generations.

Liberty Music Intro // Lexie “Fire”

Having supported The Saturdays in previous projects, Lexie decided to bring her own artistic visions to life last year. In addition to big deals with car brands Seat and Holdens, Lexie has proudly become an ambassador for online safety and cyber bullying – another step in creating a following free of toxicity.


As a skill-serving producer and DJ, MOVADA has co-written and produced for artists such as The Vamps, lending his craft further to remixes for artists including MØ, Martin Solveig, The Him and Kodaline, and now for 2020, he gets set to take the stage in solo form with his debut release ‘Stay’.


“To Be Young” embodies the boundless ups, downs, learnings, dreams and realities that are experienced throughout life as we each try to figure out our paths. In the new youth anthem, Anne-Marie proclaims “We’re all a mess, but I guess this is what it feels like to be young.” Anne-Marie co-wrote the track with Billy Walsh (Post Malone, The Weeknd), Delacey (Halsey, The Chainsmokers, Demi Lovato) and Louis Bell (Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Lorde), with Bell also taking the reins on production. Shot at home during lockdown and featuring a self-penned verse from Doja Cat, the accompanying performance-led video is directed by frequent collaborator Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Halsey) with creative direction provided by Kate Moross (Spice Girls, Sam Smith).

Steve Aoki, Frank Walker and AJ Mitchell Breathe Life Into Summer With New Single “Imagine”

Aoki, Walker and Mitchell seamlessly blend their talents to create “Imagine”, a high-energy track that explores the highs and lows when imagining love. With catchy lyrics and a feel-good melody that combines underlying piano chords with sonic and techno beats, it transports you to your most desired state of love and the emotions felt in that ideal state. The chorus echoes “I want it with you” knowing that each listener can visualize their love and feel their own euphoria at the beat drop. The melody continually grows in strength as the lyrics confirm the power love can have in any situation…”if you imagine.”

Newfoundland folk duo Rube & Rake share pining new single, “Somewhere”…stream it today

“Somewhere,” their third offering this year, oscillates between Rube & Rake songwriter Joshua Sandu’s hometown of Prince George, BC and his adopted home in Newfoundland on the opposite end of the country: “Alberta in the fall to keep me fed / Winter in the east to wet my lips.”

Joe Bonamassa shares “Colour and Shape”

“The reason we went back and remixed it, and re-sang it, and pulled from the original masters was because I never felt like I deserved a guy like Tom Dowd to produce my first album,” Joe explains. “I was an infant as far as being an artist. Tom saw a little pebble in a stream, that could travel down and eventually become this nugget of gold, if you want to call it that, and he had a vision for me that I didn’t see. I appreciate that and I wanted to pay tribute to him as a man who mentored me through that time. I hope you guys enjoy it.”