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Portland’s King Yosef releases “The Dull Blade” single/video

King Yosef is the project of musician, singer & producer Tayves Yosef Pelletier from Portland, OR. Having started the King Yosef project in his teens, releases under the moniker are “more extreme and closer to the bleeding edge than most of today’s internet-grown hip-hop. Though he’s produced songs for Billboard Hot 100-charting rap artist like the late XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God, Yosef animates the lo-fi blown-out brood-scuzz of Soundcloud rap with the vein-popping screams of hardcore and the mechanical noise of industrial” (from a recent profile piece in REVOLVER Magazine).

Wailing Souls “Shark Attack” Remake

The “Shark Attack” re-make of the Wailing Souls 1992 chart topper is set to release tomorrow, Friday July 31st ahead of the forthcoming Wailing Souls album Back A Yard. Produced in Jamaica by Alborosie with Roots Radics Flabba Holt, ‘Shark Attack’ marks a welcome return to the Greensleeves label for the Wailing Souls. The video has premiered today on Reggaeville.


Sam Smith and Burna Boy join forces on Smith’s new track “My Oasis,” out now via Capitol Records. “My Oasis” marks the start of a new chapter for Smith who has to date sold over 25 million adjusted albums worldwide. Born from a mutual respect for one another, Smith and Burna Boy made this cross-continent collaboration happen over the last few months and the result is a brilliant song of love lost and longing, intertwining their distinctive vocals.


Staten Island native rapper/ singer Abby Jasmine releases the video for “Stay With Me” today. Directed by Annie Bercy, the dreamy video is an intimate look at the raw emotions behind desperately clinging to a relationship nearing its end.

B & The Hive share pulsing new single “Heart Beat”

“Heat Beat” speaks to vulnerability while also being a source of strength. The rhythm of the song represents the beating of a heart to propel the listener on a journey. Moody pop mantras and hook-laden melodies drive a conscious undercurrent of nature which deeply move the listener and leave them wanting more.

TRACK PREMIERE: B & the Hive – Heart Beat


Skip Marley, whose history-making global hit “Slow Down” with Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R. reached #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart this spring, releases his eagerly anticipated new single “Make Me Feel” featuring fellow Miamian hitmaker Rick Ross and R&B songstress Ari Lennox via Tuff Gong/Island Records. The new single launched with a first play from DJ Target on BBC 1XTRA this afternoon. “Make Me Feel” and “Slow Down” are among the cornerstones of Skip’s long-awaited debut EP scheduled for release in August and found Skip collaborating with Nasri Atweh (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Halsey) and once again with Rykeyz who also produced “Slow Down.

Benedict premieres new single “Warzone,” video out tomorrow

Earlier today, Australian artist Benedict announced her new single, “Warzone”, out officially tomorrow with an advance premiere on XSNoise.

“Layered with eerie sirens and a crisp pulsating melody, upcoming track ‘Warzone’ sees Benedict project a nostalgic 80s/90s pop influence through her sound,” XSNoise’s Mark Millar writes in their premiere of the track. “Her gracious vocals robustly explode with such ease.”

TRACK PREMIERE: Benedict – Warzone

Drunken Masters and Serious Klein release “Everyday Thursday” visuals

Created during the COVID-19 lockdowns, director Valentin Hansen elaborates on the process: “we had to find a solution for producing a fresh and authentic video clip that matches with the song. While creating the cover artwork we found this multiple clip function that combines a modern slick graphic look. For the music video, we took this circling action and used it throughout the clip. It’s the visual translation of “Everyday Thursday” – a repetitive clockwise motion that elevates a simple performance by Serious Klein. – Valentin Hansen

ZYCLOPS: Decibel Magazine Debuts “Ghost” Video

Texas-based post-metal/sludge troupe ZYCLOPS is pleased to debut their new video for “Ghost.” Now playing at Decibel Magazine, the unsettling track appears on the band’s debut EP Inheritance Of Ash.

Video Premiere: ZYCLOPS – “Ghost”

JURACÁN: BTRtoday debuts Portland-based Dominican indie/ambient/post-rock artist’s new album

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Pierre Carbuccia’s brainchild Juracán will release the sophomore album, Jarineo, this Friday (July 31st) via Anima Recordings. This ambient/indie-folk album represents the adjustment, change, awareness, and growth that Pierre has experienced over the years as an individual, as a musician, and as a newcomer after moving to Portland from Santo Domingo.

Exclusively Stream Juracán’s Entire New Album ‘Jarineo’

wifisfuneral Performs His New Song “End Of Story” in His Home Studio

Pivoting away from the cerebral rhymes on which he made his name, wifisfuneral has thrown himself into a new melodic artistic direction. Showing off his vocal chops, wifi shares a new live performance video of “End Of Story,” his recent single. A melancholic and percussive trap ballad, “End Of Story” is a devotional song about a turbulent relationship that wifi is willing to risk anything to save: “My friends said I should leave you lonely/They don’t really see what you do for me/I’m gon’ ride ’til the end of the story.” In the video, directed by MojiWilson, wifi performs the song in a secluded studio, his eyes closed as he relates his lyrics. The video offers a inside perspective into wifi’s process, and emphasizes the musicality of his new songs. “End Of Story” follows last week’s release of “Lost In Time,” a lo-fi pop banger with an appearance from Coi Leray.

Artist: Jeremiah James – Track: Made to Last – Render Ed

Jeremiah James is a 26-year old, solo-acoustic-act currently based in Orange County, CA. James grew up in Colorado Springs where he picked up his first guitar at the age of 14. He dabbled with learning popular songs, but never saw the path to make it his own craft until he moved out to California in 2018. This was where he found a local mentor who revealed the path he’d need to take to become a true artist. Now he’s found his feet as a singer/songwriter who’s discovered purpose and love in the music he makes as well as the joy it creates.


Sean Hassard’s New Single “Summer Rose”

Sean Hassard, is the kind of artist that can make you rediscover and embrace the power of really good pop…capitalizing on the genre’s catchy hooks and melodies to spread his message to a broad audience.

Growing up a cosmopolitan, the Canadian got to experience a myriad of culture, living in countries across the globe ranging from Spain and Cyprus to Chile and the Dominican Republic. With Montréal as his new home base, he’s used the city’s vibrant art scene to fuel his passion for music and develop his songwriting voice, deriving lyrics from the lessons he’s learned in life and sharing those lessons in the form of relatable experiences and observations about the human condition.

GEIST & THE SACRED ENSEMBLE: New Noise Magazine Premieres Waning Hymns Full-Length

New Noise Magazine is currently streaming Waning Hymns, the new full-length from hypnotic doom folk collective GEIST & THE SACRED ENSEMBLE. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official release via Scry Recordings.

Album Premiere: Geist & The Sacred Ensemble – Waning Hymns

BAD GYAL releases steamy music video for Aprendiendo el Sexo

Bad Gyal has just released Aprendiendo el Sexo (Interscope / Aftercluv), a new single produced by El Guincho along with rawsanchez and Fakeguido. The music video was directed by MANSON – who directed before (Candela and Zorra)- and was produced yet again by CANADA. Aprendiendo el Sexo is an addictive summer hit, blushing with Bad Gyal’s immaculate signature: a stroke of freshness, unbeatable melodies, and memorable punchlines.

Artist: 386 Private – Track: Skylark

Stories for every emotion, a gift and curse to have lived on the edges, feeling each of it to the marrow.

After a dream in November 2019, Ayse is writing and using the mic as a platform to tell her 20 life lived experiences, passing it on to whom listens. 6 tracks released, another 5 in the queue and 10 in the oven.

Billie Eilish Releases ‘my future’

“we wrote this at the very beginning of quarantine. it’s a song that’s really really personal and special to me. when we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at – hopeful, excited and a craaaazy amount of self reflection and self growth. but recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now. i hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves.” Said Billie in an email to her fans today.

Young Music DYMG “Letter To A Boss” New Single!


Recorded and produced by Joel Myles at Hunting Ground Studios in Brisbane, and mastered by Mat Bartlem (Matt Corby, Jarred James, Boo Seeka), Bratt’s new track is a banging rock tune about not fitting in when you’re an outcast that we’ve been smashing non-stop! The video is a heap of fun too, and sees a spaceman wandering the streets, playing the role of the outcast who is trying to find his way home but finds love instead.

Taylor and the Apes Reveal New Single + Video for “Logan Country”

Taylor and the Apes are a Rock n Roll band based in NYC who have gained a loyal following and reputation for their superb songwriting and dynamic, raw, exciting live shows. Led by singer/guitarist Taylor Anspaugh, the Apes have toured the East Coast and Canada multiple times, and released their debut album, American Livin, in 2018. While the Apes are all born and raised in Brooklyn, Taylor hails from Indiana.


Calgary-born singer/songwriter Turbo releases his third single, with its title inspired by the Netflix quarantine hit Tiger King, “Bo Exotic” today via 10K Projects/ Homemade Projects/ Internet Money Records. His latest single blends a country twang with heavy bass and a fun EDM beat, similarly seen in past single “Racing After Me.” The new track follows the release of singles “Racing After Me” and “Heart Stop,” both of which were highlighted on Spotify’s New Music Friday (US).


Today, Bryce Vine announces the release of his upcoming Problems EP with a striking new single, “Life Goes On,” out now on Sire Records. Written in the days after NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s untimely passing earlier this year, “Life Goes On” is Bryce’s attempt to put the pieces back together after realizing how truly unpredictable (and often unforgiving) the universe can be.


About the song, Amy said, “As a woman, I’m often referred to as Difficult. Difficult for advocating for myself. Difficult for wearing my ambition on my sleeve. Difficult for prioritizing my dreams. Every woman I know has had this term weaponized against her. I wrote ‘Difficult’ after I realized this word which I used to take as an insult, is actually something I own. I’m proud to be Difficult and want to reclaim the word.”

FROM ASHES TO NEW releases “Scars That I’m Hiding” feat Anders Fridén of IN FLAMES

FROM ASHES TO NEW is proud to debut a new version of “Scars That I’m Hiding” that was created for the soundtrack for the Better Noise Films release, THE RETALIATORS (out on-demand in late October 2020). With guest vocals from Anders Fridén of IN FLAMES, this version of “Scars That I’m Hiding” is the newest focus track from THE RETALIATORS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A version without Fridén’s vocals will be included on the band’s upcoming release entitled PANIC, due out 8/28/2020

New Music From Alexander 23 “Caught in the Middle” Out Now On Interscope Records

New Music From Brokeasf “Off The Map” Out Now On Cinematic Music Group/Geffen Records


In speaking about “Scared of the World,” Sarcastic Sounds says: “This is a song I wrote late one night after working hard on a different idea all day. I was feeling exhausted, and sorta discouraged about making music. I felt like I had the weight of the world on me, not wanting to disappoint myself or the people around me. I imagine it’s something that a lot of people go through, so I just tried to put those feelings into a song.”


“Say It Again” is a deeply honest account of the ups and downs of modern teenage life and is a mantra of solidarity and female friendship. “When I wrote ‘Say It Again,’ a lot of my girlfriends were going through mental health issues, and I felt so helpless. So this song is basically my helpless self-trying to reassure a friend who’s going through a really difficult time,” explained GRIFF.

ALBUM RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: Hit-boy & Dom Kennedy Release “Courtesy of Half-a-Mill”

The west coast underground is coming out to play! Multi-Grammy Award winning mega producer, Hit-Boy and the famous underground L.A. rapper, Dom Kennedy will be releasing a timeless album on Friday, July 31st. For the leading single “City on Lock” features legendary rapper, Nas – which will release Friday along with the album.

Hit-Boy is known for his prodigious hits with Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, Kanye, Drake, Beyonce and more. In January, he added another Grammy Award to his collection for Best Rap Performance for the assisted Nipsey Hussle and Roddy Rich track, “Racks In the Middle”. With all eyes watching him, he’s dropping timeless music, along with announcing his biggest hit of all time, his son.


On the South Carolina natives’ new single, ISLANDER’s Mikey Carvajal wonders aloud about the meaning of the word ‘Freedom’ – everyone has a different definition, you see. Carvajal’s brother Chris (keyboards) and longtime friend Erik Pederson (guitar) – aka the other members of the band – have their own ways of thinking about the topic. Even the guest vocalist on “Freedom,” activist and frontman AJ Channer of the band FIRE FROM THE GODS, has his own definition, as he has stated via recent releases with his own band. In Carvajal’s eyes, the track was meant to cause others to think about what freedom is, and what to do with the freedoms that you’re given.

7 Days In Alaska – ‘Warzone’

The Norwegian modern rock trio, 7 Days in Alaska, is back with the new heart-pumping single WARZONE, from their up coming album.

With “Warzone” we`re talking about one of the most dangerous and oldest things humans do, fight. It`s a song about war. It`s a song about rage. It`s a song about rising up and striking back.

Swedish Indie-pop sensation Two Year Vacation

Two Year Vacation is the band that originates from its own contrast. The quintet founded in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, a seaport known for its rain, headwind and grayness, makes rhythmic radio-friendly indie pop with musical influences ranging from ABBA to Fatboy Slim through early Daft Punk, MGMT, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Peter Björn & John. Two Year Vacation is about driving out all stale sense of the mundane.

Start your ENDLESS SUMMER with new signing, TEMPT

With award nominations, platinum certifications and critical acclaim to their credits, 11 brilliant artists have come together to heat up the summer of 2020 with the August 14th release of ENDLESS SUMMER with BETTER NOISE MUSIC. The first focus track off the compilation is “Hot Summer Dreams” from newly-signed rockers, TEMPT.


Australia’s rising alt-pop talent E^ST has inspired comparisons with the likes of Robyn, Tove Lo and MØ, while her lyrics investigate the ups, downs and uncertainties that come with being a young adult and finding your place in the world. Her life-affirming blend of feelgood sounds with self-analytical themes is enticingly refreshing, as evidenced throughout her debut album ‘I’M DOING IT’, which is out now.

Defecto Presents New Video For “Rise”

Today Defecto releases their first single “Rise” from their upcoming album “Duality today!

These four guys are living the ultimate grown-up boomer life, with cliche boring jobs and no style whatsoever, you would think. But, instead of going to work, they meet up in a secret hideout, to pick up their awesome cars, play rock & roll, and be epic rockstars all day.


Having started the year by being named in The Independent’s list of 15 bands you should listen to in 2020, Junodream today share their first release of the year with the new single ‘easy life’.

‘easy life’ represents a confident step forward in the band’s evolution. The quintet is drawing on a wider palette of sounds, with post-rock and modern prog blending into their expansive mix of shoegaze and psychedelia. The result is intricately detailed and dynamically tense, offering a precarious balance between escalating menace and dreamy atmospherics.


16-year-old British maverick, SNARL makes his debut on the incredible introductory single ‘Ibiza’, which is out now globally [July 31, 2020].

SNARL is undoubtedly dance music’s next great prodigy and his age means he hasn’t set foot in a club yet – but that doesn’t matter. His music belongs there. “E22veryone who played in Ibiza had a certain sound. They kept to it, kept putting out different ideas within that similar sort of feeling – which is the feeling I want to convey in my tracks,” he says. Hence… behemothic debut single ‘Ibiza’ was born.

New music: Swedish genre bending duo Slide release their brand new EP ‘Things I Tell Myself’

After the success of their breakthrough debut EP ‘Into Happiness’ last year, Swedish genre-bending duo Slide now return with their highly anticipated follow-up ‘Things I Tell Myself’ through If Music Could Talk.

Alf Hale releases his latest wonderfully understated album ‘Seven’

After a long break from touring the world in various bands, Alf Hale restarted his musical journey in April 2017 with debut solo EP ‘Misanthrope’. After two subsequent albums, the singer-songwriter has returned yet again with his mighty third studio album ‘Seven’ due for release July 31st.

Much like Hale’s previous releases, Seven channels the dark underbelly of Southern American Country, Folk and Blues infused with his unmistakable English charm.