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Alt-pop newcomer Stevie Bill releases debut single ‘The Hotel’

With ‘The Hotel’, Stevie Bill celebrates her very first release. At only 20 years old, Stevie releases one of the first songs she wrote in a studio located in an old DDR factory in Germany’s capital Berlin. Accompanied by her soft, intimate vocals and a day-dreamy atmosphere, ‘The Hotel’ tells a story about a passionate summer romance that left her with a bitter taste. The intimate moments were incredible, but then she realizes she ‘should’ve known at the hotel, you were bad for my health’.


Now at 80 million streams at Spotify alone, every new release from Nick Wilson finds more fans falling under his spell. Those who have been won over by big moments such as ‘Miles Apart’ and ‘Headlights’ or the recent single ‘Safe’ will find plenty to admire in his new song ‘Enough To Know You’, which is out now via Never Fade Records.

LISTEN – Sigma Releases ‘High On You’ (FOAMA Remix), Out Now Via 3Beat / Universal

BRIT Award nominated drum and bass duo collaborates with rising DJ and production duo FOAMA on the exhilarating remix of Sigma’s latest single ‘High On You’ featuring John Newman – available now via 3Beat / Universal.

Bournemouth born duo FOAMA (aka Matt Jolliffe and Adam Jaynoy) takes their spin on the summer anthem ‘High On You’ and reproduces the single into a fist-pumping, effervescent dance track. FOAMA have performed at Camp Bestival and Bournemouth 7s festival as well as supported and played alongside Annie Mac, Jax Jones, Rudimental, Sigma and Kideko.

MK links up with Carla Monroe on new single ‘2AM’

Arriving just in time for summer 2020, ‘2AM’ sees the Detroit legend draw on his tried-and-tested formula of feelgood, vocal-led house music, pairing euphoric piano keys with Carla’s unrivalled singing voice. It follows MK’s recent remixes of the HOSH & 1979 smash single ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ and Katy Perry’s latest hit ‘Daisies’.

TOMMY ASHBY releases new EP ‘Everywhere Is Home’

Today, Scottish singer-songwriter, Tommy Ashby, releases his reflective three track EP ‘Everywhere Is Home’ via Wow and Flutter Records (rel.24.07.20). Produced by the artist and double Grammy Award winning producer Sam Okell, ‘Everywhere Is Home’ includes the title track of the same name and previous singles ‘Blood Wolf Moon’ and ‘One Word’.

Foreign Affairs share new single ‘One Minute’

Bristol duo Foreign Affairs have released their brand new single, ‘One Minute’. A concise and powerful confessional anthem, the track blends infectious songwriting with evocative catharsis.

As an intimate biographical statement, the song takes a step away from the duo’s more chorus-based writing to deliver a stark and arresting track which delves into the emotions surrounding life, love and loss.

New music: South African dream pop band Diamond Thug deliver their new single ‘Backpush’ today

Diamond Thug are one of South Africa’s most streamed Independent artists, having received over 10M streams over the last 18 months through their own independent label Kudukudu Records.


The themes on ‘Voyager’ delve deeply into Paul’s love of 1970s science fiction and space travel, merging a cosmic pop sound with hip hop and house influences from a wealth of musical knowledge and experiences. The album sees guest vocals from the likes of Jay Electronica, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Lianne La Havas and Kool Keith as well as appearances from the likes of Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dave Bayley of Glass Animals and The House Gospel Choir.

THE LOTTS – Garage-Punk Outfit Release Debut EP ‘We Are The Lotts’

Produced and mixed by Thighpaulsandra at Monmouth’s Rockfield Studios, the five track EP is available to stream now and pre-order on on 12″ vinyl via Liverpool based label Whispering Pines.

Ages Release Second Single “Illicit State” From Their New Album “Uncrown”

Formed during the harsh Swedish winter of 2011, Ages released their critically acclaimed debut “The Malefic Miasma” in 2015. Biding their time to craft something really unique, the five year long wait is finally over and their sophomore effort “Uncrown” sees the light of day. Composed and created solely in the band’s own studio, “Uncrown” is a meticulously crafted album. With outstanding melodies, atmosphere and every bandmember’s unique performance as well as outstanding artwork from renowned artist Chris Cold, these nine epistles embrace the legacy of the 90’s and bring the Swedish black metal-sound to a whole new level.

Phuture T drops new LP ‘Persuasive Funk’

An eleven-track release, Persuasive Funk kicks off with the title track, a soulful, jazz-inflicted D&B collaboration with Legendary D&B stalwart Jungle Drummer that melds electronic elements with organic instrumentation featuring Live Bass from rising UK star, Tom Mason, capped off by an invigorating vocal from Sofi Mari. This sets the tone for the rest of the LP, with ‘Voyager’, ‘Uisce Beatha Haze’ and ‘Roosje’ all following a similarly funk-laden formula. ‘El Ritmo Mundial’ and ‘Frenzy’ channel the spirit of free jazz into a melange of trumpets and high-energy drum patterns, before ‘Tumbleweed’, ‘3000’ and ‘Lord Apache’ provide a fittingly triumphant finale.

The Waterboys release new song ‘Low Down In The Broom’

The Waterboys follow the recent release of their current upbeat pop single ‘The Soul Singer’ with the gorgeous counterpoint of ‘Low Down In The Broom’. It is accompanied by a mysterious and atmospheric video that reflects its origins as a traditional Scottish folk song, which in the mercurial hands of Mike Scott has been souped up into something more dramatically visceral.

Makaya McCraven shares new single ‘Beat Science’ & ‘Do It Live’ video (out today on International Anthem)

‘Beat Science’ is the second single from the new album ‘Universal Beings E&F Sides’ by Chicago-based drummer/producer Makaya McCraven. Recorded at H010 in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. ‘Beat Science’ is a locked-in hip-hop jazz groove, with McCraven stripped-back drums featuring the talents of Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Dezron Douglas on double bass.

THE LOTTS – Garage-Punk Outfit Release Debut EP ‘We Are The Lotts’

Produced and mixed by Thighpaulsandra at Monmouth’s Rockfield Studios, the five track EP is available to stream now and pre-order on on 12″ vinyl via Liverpool based label Whispering Pines.

The Lotts: We Are The Lotts – EP review


The 3-track EP follows up on the recently released EP title track, the Kane FM and Andrew Weatherall supported ‘EL Mutal (short edit)’, the EP closing track ‘Vola Topi’ and the duo’s previous three EPs, the DJ Mag-supported ‘Bananat’ and ‘Kai’, released on trailblazer Parisian label La Belle Records and debut ‘Regaliu’, released on cult Barcelona imprint Foehn Records. ‘El Mutal’ EP, serves as a preview of the duo’s debut album, and includes the unreleased chromatic number ‘Koko Ura’.

Julian Cross drops emotional new single ‘Molecule’

An emotive electronic cut, ‘Molecule’ pairs delicate vocals with progressive elements, delivering a laidback yet rousing house vibe. The track will feature on Julian’s forthcoming debut album Nebula. Inspired by future cosmic elements from the entire electronic music spectrum, it’s set for release on December 17th. Julian is also launching New Breed Records, a new label that will be the home for his own modern and infectious sounds while also providing a platform for up and coming artists and producers to show their talents.

SONN [25M+ streams] shares dreamy lo-fi vibes on new single “These Days”

Downtempo, brooding, and introspective, “These Days” flows with a perpetual sombre mood created by the hazy, dreampop guitars and pulsing drums; hints of his lo-fi trademark adding a nice touch. T. Evann is undoubtedly a defining element of this single, his vocal arrangements float delicately above the production with a presence that is personable to the very core.

New music: St Lundi releases debut EP ‘Heavy Words’ today including brand new single and title track ‘Heavy Words’ co-written with Rhys Lewis

Led by the EP’s title-track, the new single ‘Heavy Words’ continues the heartfelt theme of this new release. Co-written with Rhys Lewis and opting for a more pulsing production than we have heard before, this newest delight looks to bring a more anthemic and diverse sound to his sweeping direction.

Wugo | New single “Juillet Furieux” is out now!

After his last single “Coachella”, an ode to simple pleasures and casualness, Wugo is still taking us into a summer we have all dreamed of, thanks to his new single “Juillet Furieux.”

Alex Frew Update: new visualizer for debut single ‘Get Out Alive’

Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Frew announced his debut with his first release, “Get Out Alive.” The young crooner makes his presence loud and clear by showcasing his ability to make each listener relate to the emotions depicted on each verse through his crafted lyricism. Feelings on love lost, emotions still being processed and the uncertainty that comes with navigating each desire, backed by soothing and captivating vocals – Alex Frew’s first release begs you to feel.

Alex Frew Introduces First Single, ‘Get Out Alive’

Jermaine Peterson returns with his second single ‘Through The Silence’

Following his beautiful debut earlier this year, Manchester singer-songwriter Jermaine Peterson returns with his second single ‘Through The Silence’, out today.

‘Through The Silence’ sees Jermaine’s impassioned vocals placed alongside a combination of organic instrumentation and electronic production, with trap snares crossing paths with steel drums, jazz trumpets and subtle guitar strings.

Illyus & Barrientos link up with Jinadu on new single ‘The Stranger (In My Head)’

Glasgow duo Illyus & Barrientos have joined forces with multifaceted UK artist Jinadu on new single ‘The Stranger (In My Head)’, out 24th July.

A jackin’ house floorfiller, ‘The Stranger (In My Head)’ pairs Illyus & Barrientos’ penchant for infectious grooves and fresh, funky basslines with Jinadu’s soaring vocal prowess. The track follows Illyus & Barrientos’ recent remix of the Duke Dumont smash ‘Nightcrawler’.


LARRY PINK THE HUMAN have released their brand new single ‘PURPOSE BUILT’. The track premiered with Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and was followed by a play from Jack Saunders on his Radio 1 show who said the song has a, “really nice melancholic touch, but mixed with the pure unconditional love in the lyrics, it just takes the emotion to a whole other level.”

‘PURPOSE BUILT’ is a dreamy indie track about being lost in the moment, which features delicate guitars, hypnotic electronics and an anthemic chorus that rises from the subtle musical touches.

OUT NOW: The Far North Shares Debut Single, ‘This House Is Ours’

Consisting of singer/songwriter/guitarist Lee Wylding and drummer, Andie Packer, THE FAR NORTH shares their first single, ‘This House Is Ours’, out now via Red Lantern Records.

With the fleetingness of the guitar and drums creating a gleeful Americana tone, Lee described the upcoming offering as “a joyous celebration of all the little things in life, an appreciation of the ones you love and remember to live in the moment, eschewing material possessions in favour of making memories with those you hold dear and love.”

Guitar-pop artist and producer Brijs unveils new single ‘Stay Up, Stephanie’ out now

‘Stay Up, Stephanie’ is a succinct 3-minute psych-pop guitar led ‘gangthem’, filled with galloping drums, harpsichord melodies, Morricone mandolin tremolos, choral backing vocals and romping guitars.

Pink Panda & Silverland set out to unite the world with their single ‘People (Get Together)’

Today, UK artists Pink Panda and Silverland link up to create the essential feelgood tonic for the delayed summer start, with their new single ‘People (Get Together)’, out now. This is the first of many much anticipated releases from The Cross Records (home to MEDUZA and James Hype) with their new partner Island Records.

Dan Michaelson releases new album ‘Colourfield’ today – Hear it here

Dan Michaelson releases his new album ‘Colourfield’ today on Village Green Recordings. Drawing inspiration from all corners of his record collection, including John Luther Adams, Spiritualized, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Mogwai and Gavin Bryers, ‘Colourfield’ is Dan Michaelson’s first full-length release as an instrumental artist as well as his debut for the contemporary music label.

THE IRREPRESSIBLES reveal cinematic video for ‘The Most Beautiful Boy’

The Irrepressibles unveil the cinematic video for new single ‘The Most Beautiful Boy (Strong Outside A Man, But Inside A Boy)’ – taken from new album ‘Superheroes’, out today. Directed by Savvas Stavrou, who has won awards for his work with Massive Attack and Florence & The Machine, the video is a touching look at the contrast between the inner child, rediscovered through love, and the adult masculinity that is expected.

TCTS releases new single ‘Better Without You’ ft. Glowie

Once again, the critically acclaimed UK producer, artist, remixer, and DJ activates his signature genre-bending bliss on the track. Magnifying big room energy with pop appeal, propulsive beats and shimmering keys underscore the entrancing vocals courtesy of Glowie. The Icelandic siren’s voice resounds on the hook, delivering a soaring send-off. “Better Without You” might just be the bounciest breakup anthem ever. The animated lyric video brings the track to life with slick sci-fi visuals and energy on par with the song.