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For the first time, Tom Morello’s remarkable life as a guitarist, songwriter, singer and political activist is captured in Whatever It Takes. This hardback photo memoir will be released in bookstores on October 13th 2020.


Moyann is lighting the torch with yet another hit collaboration “Gangster Love” featuring reggae and dancehall deejay Jahvillani. Riding the success of her anthemic single “Mad Out” empowering women to boss up, “Gangster Love” visuals serve Bonnie and Clyde, black love goals -“boss up” together. Both singles are offerings off Moyann’s upcoming project due out later this year.

“Gangster Love” produced by xx boasts smooth beats with bold boo-loving lyrics: “Mi love you right thru babes you ah my boo/ First place pon di chart an ah neva Itunes/ So don’t style me, cause me nah style you”


The title of 070 Shake’s debut album is Modus Vivendi — a Latin phrase used to reference a way of life in which two opposing parties can coexist peacefully. Art has always been Shake’s way of life, whether writing poetry as an outlet for depression or crafting playful rhymes about her teammates on bus rides to high school basketball games. “It was an escape for me with all of the frustrations and voices that were going on in my head. I’ve always felt that I had to do something with these words.”

‘Lucid’ By alilmoney (music video)

“My mission on earth is to wake people up and bring everyone together to a higher consciousness and vibration through my music and art. I’m an up and coming new age artist with an old soul” – ali.l.money


Ontario Band Drop Top Alibi Release “Eyes For You”

Drop Top Alibi continues to place their signature blend of ’70s and ’90s guitar work to their latest single release “Eyes For You”. Working with The Label Group and releasing their latest via INgrooves, Drop Top Alibi steadily delivers a solid sound in the world of rock. The “Eyes For You” video opens with a glass of beer in front of the band playing in a bar – straight away you are sonically taken to the ’70s guitar sound found in “Eyes For You”. As the single continues, the undeniable ’90s grunge motion succinctly blends in with the solid vocals, grinding guitars, and rhythmical beats. Drop Top Alibi’s sound supplies a convergence of rock into today’s modern music stream.

PNK FME reveals all in debut EP ‘I’ve Never Been Me’

Premiered on Acid Stag and triple J Unearthed TOPS, Adelaide producer and singer-songwriter, PNK FME releases his highly anticipated debut EP, I’ve Never Been Me. Composed of five tracks, the EP exposes the confronting demons and scuffed souls of an individual undergoing immense personal growth. Partaking in this exhibition is Gold Coast’s DVNA, who delivers a heart-stirring performance on ‘I Know But You Don’t’.

PNK FME – ‘I’ve Never Been Me’ [EP Premiere]

Brandon Phillips and the Condition get tender with piano ballad “Veronica”

Brandon Phillips and the Condition released the third and final song in their Summer Singles 2020 Series, “Veronica” today. The singles are available via Gran Calavera now. Brandon Phillips and the Condition includes members of The Gadjits, The Architects, and Radar State, and are supported by a huge rotating cast of Kansas City musical royalty wreck shop as a bubblegum-soul hit-factory. Trash talk aside, Brandon Phillips and The Condition do what they do with understated flex.


Revered hit songwriter Starrah, has dropped her debut artist single “How It Goes” (produced by June Nawakii) which introduces her as a recording artist and expands her repertoire beyond the songwriting chair.

Herman Suede Releases Third Single of The Year Titled “One By One”

Teen Ghanaian singer-songwriter, Herman Suede outdoors his third single of the year titled “One By One”.

Still only 17, Herman Suede broke out with his debut single titled “Be Mine” released some three years ago.

Last year however was arguably his best year yet as he successfully outdoored his debut 6-track EP “Hi I’m Herman” to raving reviews; headlined his first concert dubbed “After Prep”; and was featured on African rap superstar Sarkodie’s “Womba” taken off his critically acclaimed “Black Love” album.

ICYMI: IDLES share video for new single “Model Village”

Today, IDLES have shared “Model Village,” the latest single from their forthcoming LP ‘Ultra Mono’ (out Sept 25 via Partisan). “Model Village” decries the often-dangerous small-town fishbowl mentality, while its jet-powered instrumentation leans heavily into the band’s love of hip-hop (Kenny Beats provided additional programming on the album). The song is accompanied by an animated music video directed by Michel Gondry (Daft Punk, Radiohead, The White Stripes) and Olivier Gondry, created in collaboration with WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform. Listen/watch below:

Crawford Mack’s new visuals for ‘Depends On Where You Stand’ sparks a blossoming Hollywoodesque Romance      

Crawford Mack is not your average new artist. His fellow Glaswegians would argue that he is not particularly new for starters, given his regular live performances across the city. With his debut solo album set to drop in the fall, the singer-songwriter releases a new music video for the soothing ‘Depends On Where You Stand’.

Swedish electronic duo Kite leave escapism behind on new Blanck Mass collaboration ‘Bowie 95’  

Swedish synth act Kite are releasing new track Bowie ’95. It’s an ode to being lost, and the existential dread that comes from having to engage with the ‘real world’. Made up of singer Nicklas Stenemo and keyboard player Christian Berg, the band tell us “The lyrics addresses both the feeling of guilt of not being more part of making the real world much better, but also the acceptance that music and escapism have an important role to play in people’s lives.”

(Skope) Crawford Mack sparks a blossoming romance in new Hollywoodesque video

Glaswegian singer-songwriter Crawford Mack releases accompanying soul-stirring visuals to his latest single ‘Depends on Where You Stand.’ Directed by Bryan Novelo, the new music video weaves through a string led melody of guitars and strings around the tale of two former lovers attempting to make sense of their feelings. The apprehensive pair play out a gracious dancing sequence; evoking a determined spirit of commitment and a resilient romance.

British composer Dan Michaelson shares latest single from new album ‘Colourfield’

Opening with deep tonal rumbles flooded with cavernous French Horn, ‘Colourfield III’ is the last track to be taken from Dan Michaelson’s acclaimed new album. At just over 3 minutes, it is by far the most compact of his tracks, condensing many of the album’s core ideals into one simple message. Featuring a full orchestral compliment, heavy swells of piano envelop strings in waves of bass before they reemerge in one of Colourfield’s most optimistic and uplifting moments.


‘London’s Burning’ is the latest track from Havelock after ‘Help Me Grow’ ‘, released last month, and his debut EP TRY B4U BUY, out earlier this year. The single explores the crippling financial struggle that Havelock faces as an aspiring full-time artist in London. Using vivid imagery to describe the city as an ‘old machine’, Havelock likens his insignificant existence to a ‘cog that’s turning’ and a ‘pipe that’s bursting’. The feel of the track is reminiscent of industrial dub and reggae styles, and he describes his struggles playfully in verse 2 with a charismatic rap to really bring the story to life and to show his versatility as an artist. This song was brought into existence as a result of Havelock’s disdain of working dead-end jobs that he took no interest in.

Chart-topping trio The Buckleys announce debut album ‘Daydream’

Australian rising stars The Buckleys have announced the release of their Daydream album for September 25th via Snakefarm Records in the UK. This 12-track debut features the Australian Country Radio Number 1 hit and title-track, ‘Daydream’. Watch the video here.

Noya Rao ‘Pina’

Showcasing their distinctive synth drenched style, ‘Pina’ sees the quartet tackle the notion of a fleeting romance in what is a dreamy slice of electronic soul. Having been on the alternative Leeds music scene for a few years, Noya Rao have become respected purveyors of soulful, delicate soundscapes with a steady flow of exceptional releases and radio support from the likes of BBC R1, BBC R6 & Worldwide FM. Speaking on new release ‘Pina’ Noya Rao said: “The song is a story of casual intimacy – the voice plays through the events of a night of two people meeting and invents a narrative for the life of the lover they have just spent the night with.”

Teenanger Share New Single ‘Trillium Song’

The band shared the LP’s first single ‘Touching Glass’ in July earning support at BBC 6 Music, Best Fit, So Young, Paste Magazine, Beats1, Earmilk and more – the label, Telephone Explosion has also gained some more awareness in recent weeks with success in the Polaris Prize having had a couple of artists land the longlist with one making the shortlist. Good Time, mastered by renowned Toronto musician, Sandro Perri comes on the heels of the band’s 2017 self-titled record that found touring spots with METZ, Dilly Dally, Ty Segall, Dish Pit and more with the band pushing into the US and mainland Europe for shows.

Gothgaze trio Spunsugar Conjure new Twilight Shoegaze Album

Following on from the release of their breakthrough debut EP ŒMouth Full Of You¹ last year, a collection that cemented them as one of the finest emerging shoegaze outfits of the moment as well as garnering support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music, Swedish trio Spunsugar now return to announce their highly-anticipated debut album ŒDrive-Through Chapel¹, out on the 2nd October via Adrian Recordings.

Jono Dorr Releases Inspiring EP, The Unexamined Life Part 1

Songwriter and producer Jono Dorr has just released his new EP The Unexamined Life Part 1. The thought-provoking collection of songs examines Dorr’s own experiences with trust, freedom, and purpose. The Unexamined Life Part 1 is now available on streaming platforms worldwide.

Bully shares new single “Prism” via The Fader

On the heels of her most recent single, “Hours and Hours”, Alicia Bognanno shares “Prism,” a new pre-release single from SUGAREGG, which premiered today via The FADER. Bognanno says “‘Prism’ is about the process of letting go and realizing which aspects continue to resonate as time passes.” Highlighting the song’s lyric “Can’t feel your pain like before now it’s just vaguely a shadow waiting outside the door but it just keeps coming up” (see The FADER premiere August 12th)

THE UNGUIDED Announces New Album, “Father Shadow,” Out On October 9

With their new full-length, these Nordic heavyweights prove that they can’t be pigeonholed. Eleven quick-tempered, high-voltage pieces indicate that THE UNGUIDED have liberated themselves from the shadows of the past but are still aware of their manifold roots. The intoxicating mixture of clean hooklines and classifying screams lead up to a unique symbiosis of pure harshness. “Crown Prince Syndrome” is the first offering off Father Shadow and showcases the unmistakable supremacy of the Swedish four piece.

new Maverick Sabre video “Signs”

Maverick Sabre has shared his latest video “Signs” from his recently released 4-track EP You Know How It Feels. The beautiful short film is directed by the award-winning Fenn O’Meally and continues Maverick’s reign of delivering provocative and thought provoking videos to accompany the sensitive issues his music touches on. It serves as the second installment in a concept piece of cinematic visuals to articulate his new body of work.


“This song is one of the bedroom jams of the album. We both grew big fans of The-Dream and wanted to make something with that delivery and attitude he always brought. A lot of us got those on-again/off-again type of relationships that always seem to come full circle. My ex told me that she was with a new dude and happy. I’m just like ok, we’ll see lol.”

Brother May Returns With ‘Love is in Demand’

The EP is produced by Rudi Zygadlo, and is a mesmerising, electrifying and distinctive release that reflects on love in every aspect, from love of music, friendship, and falling out of love, something which is certainly topical in such a time of uncertainty in the world. May often weaves a lopsided, leftfeld approach to innovative and experimental rap, which has often been highlighted further by working with the likes of Mica Levi, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Kwes, Kate Tempest and and Mount Kimbie, and ‘Love is in Demand’ is another example of his fascinating execution of this.

Brighton’s resident dream-pop experts NATURE TV share EP lead single ‘Hometown’

Brighton’s resident dream-pop experts Nature TV share melancholic EP lead single ‘Hometown’, set for release August 12th via cult indie label Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Honey Moon).

Comprising of 50% music college grads and 50% camping shop employees, the quartet may have stopped short of pioneering the ‘hikewave’ genre, but firmly turn their attention towards the wilderness in forthcoming EP ‘Lady Luck’; composing evergreen songs exposed to the elements.

Oscar Jerome shares ‘Timeless’ duet w/ Lianne La Havas

This Friday (August 14th) South London-based artist Oscar Jerome will release his long-awaited debut album, ‘Breathe Deep’, and in anticipation he is today sharing ‘Timeless’, a duet with Lianne La Havas which also includes instrumentation by friends in Ezra Collective, Sons of Kemet and Oscar’s other band, Kokoroko. ‘Timeless’ is the latest track to be lifted from ‘Breathe Deep’, released via Caroline International, and arrives off the back of 6Music-playlisted ‘Sun for Someone’ (ft Joe Armon-Jones), ‘Your Saint’ (ft Brother Portrait), ‘Give Back What U Stole From Me’ and, most recently, ‘Joy Is You’.

TOKiMONSTA shares new AC Slater Remix off upcoming ‘Get Me Some Remixed’ EP

Gearing up for the release of her upcoming Oasis Nocturno Remixed album this Fall, Grammy-nominated producer TOKiMONSTA returns today with the “Get Me Some” ft. Drew Love & Dumbfounded (AC Slater Remix). The track is the first offering from the second remix pack titled Get Me Some Remixed EP, slated for release next month. It’s a rework by Los Angeles based DJ and producer, AC Slater. Slater reinvents the soulful and smooth track into a lively house production where he’s infused heavy baselines, a well-executed break, and has combined an infectious 2 step garage element.

Elijah Wolf Releases New Sam Cohen-Produced Single “Like This, Anymore” Ft. Nels Cline (Wilco)

Today, the Brooklyn-based artist Elijah Wolf released a new song “Like This, Anymore” via Trash Casual Records. The track was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Andrew Combs, Rhett Miller) and features Wilco’s Nels Cline on lap steel guitar and longtime Angel Olsen drummer Josh Jaeger.

Old 97’s Share New Single “Bottle Rocket Baby”

Today Old 97’s share new single “Bottle Rocket Baby,” the final preview of their new album Twelfth before its release next week. Twelfth is a look back on the band’s nearly three decade history, and “Bottle Rocket Baby” reflects the years of hard living they survived, with Rhett Miller singing, “Unemployed downtown workin’ on a buzz / All my high-class friends are hidin’ out from the fuzz / I got a resumé of what never was / The good time rolls it always does.” Listen to “Bottle Rocket Baby” HERE.

Afel Bocoum’s new track/video “Penda Djiga” premieres via FLOOD Magazine

“I promised this song to my friend’s daughter, Penda,” explains Afel. “In the song, I explain that I was in Koulikoro, out in one of the regions of Mali, and I was determined to go to Penda’s engagement party. But on the way there, I was stopped by some police and had an altercation with them, to the extent that they started to attack me physically. Despite everything, I was able to continue as far as Kabala, and see her at the airport just before she left for Michigan in the U.S.A.”

Afel Bocoum Tells the Undeniable Truth with “Penda Djiga”


Borrowing its title from a lyric in The Who classic ‘Going Mobile’, ‘Air Conditioned Gypsy’ has all the vim and vigour of that Who’s Next cut, while archly weaving-in Smiths-y interloping guitars and an Oasis-like bravado. The creation and homage of a true music aficionado, Darling BOY proudly wears his influences on his sleeve here and fashions them into something fresh, exciting and entirely his own.

Nadia Vaeh Drops Electrifying BellaBeats Remix for “NAKED”

Nadia Vaeh’s dynamic and energizing remix for the inspirational and moving single is in collaboration with producer BellaBeats (Drew Dugan). “The lyrics for ‘Naked’ were inspired by the start of my journey as an artist. I was terribly taken advantage of and almost gave up,” explains Vaeh. “It was through the process of writing this song that I was able to manifest not only strength but new opportunities to really become a better artist and a better me. Words are like spells, and as I say in the bridge, I am already living my dream.”

Trance Wax (Ejeca alias) releases new Anjunabeats single ‘Lifeline’

One of Belfast’s finest musical exports, DJ and producer Garry McCartney has become a prominent figure in the melodic techno world.

Releases on Sasha’s Last Night on Earth, Shall Not Fade, Tusk Wax, Aus and BPitch Control has made him a mainstay of the U.K. house and techno scene, with a recent BBC Radio 1 Hottest Record nod for ‘Ekstac’ from Annie Mac.

Necklace premieres new song “Main Street” on +1 Records

Necklace is Niklas Grool, a songwriter, producer and singer from the small town of Skjern, Denmark. Grool’s artistry beams with eccentricity—his often self-altered wardrobe includes used vintage pieces and found objects, while his songwriting and productions are a synergetic practice of intention, married with the desire to wear life’s dark layers with humor and positivity.

Vocalist Sandra Marlow to release “The Heart Always Remembers” this Fall

Possessing a rare versatility in timbre and range, vocalist Sandra Marlowe brings warmth, finesse, and yet, excitement and strength in her renditions of ballads to blues, bebop to Broadway belt. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20 years, she has performed with pianists, jazz trios, ensembles, bands, theaters, and is an accomplished singer/musician with an expansive vocal repertoire. Her skills as a songstress and entertainer, from sharp wit to aching authenticity, make for a memorable and timeless experience for audiences.

numün (mems SUSS, Gamelan Dharma Swara) Releases “first steps” Single (new music/ambient/deep listening)

Here are quotes from Bob Holmes and Christopher Romero about it: Quote from Bob Holmes: There are two things that I really like about this song. The first is that it reminds me of a child’s pop-up book, in that in starts off very flat, and then in the middle you turn a page and a beautiful 3D landscape pops up right in front of your eyes, seemingly out of nowhere. Second, the song has this beautiful coda with the fretless banjo that reminds me of the end of Buffalo Springfield’s “Bluebird” and like that song, a completely psychedelic song turns into a peaceful interlude when you least expect it.

Solo debut single from Tikyra (from Grammy nominated band Southern Avenue) “No More Fear” out 8/14

Tikyra, drummer and backing vocalist from 2020 Grammy nominee Southern Avenue, is releasing her debut single via Purple Kactus Records (Symphonic Distribution) on August 14, 2020. Written after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the protests against racism that consumed the country afterwards, “No More Fear” is Tikyra’s first solo effort and speaks her truth in volumes through raw funk and soul.

Tikyra Jackson Puts Southern Avenue on Pause, Debuts Solo Effort, “No More Fear”

Conner Jones’ New Video For “Cold Beer” Exclusively Premieres On The Heartland Network’s Country Music Today

Solo country artist Conner Jones’ new video for his upcoming 3rd single “Cold Beer” will exclusively have its world premiere today at 2:00pm & 5:30pm ET/PT on The Heartland Network’s Country Music Today. The all new Josh Sikkema directed video was shot on location at Carlyle Lake just outside of his hometown of Pocahontas, Illinois. The celebratory, yet easy-going styled video finds the 24 year-old aspiring country singer glorifying the simple life with friends – and, of course – plenty of cold beer to boot.

New > Ego Ella May > Reveals ‘Tonight I’m Drowning’ Video

Following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Honey For Wounds’ and an impressive live debut on COLORS (watch her perform ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Girls Don’t Always Sing About Boys’), today Ego Ego May shares the beautiful video for ‘Tonight I’m Drowning’, directed by Daniel Aremu and featuring dancer Shanika Wallace amongst the blue hues.

Hayes Carll Reimagines Songs From His Acclaimed Career on ALONE TOGETHER SESSIONS – Out September 4th

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Hayes Carll has announced the September 4th release of Alone Together Sessions (Dualtone), a collection of 10 reimagined works from his celebrated, award-winning career plus a duet with singer/songwriter and wife, Allison Moorer, on the country classic “That’s The Way Love Goes.”

Ron Gallo Shares Jazzy “EASTER ISLAND” Video Via EARMILK

“EASTER ISLAND” is about wanting to be anywhere but where you are, but also deep down knowing that everything I’m looking for is already here. I think we all live with that feeling to some level – that IT is always somewhere else, always some person to become or place to get to, but it’s not, it’s all just us. It’s kinda taken on a whole new meaning now with not being able to really go anywhere – I’ve been romanticizing everywhere but have no choice but to find it inside.

Described As Kate Bush Meets Billie Eilish, Young Indie-Pop Singer Tizane Releases Debut Single ‘He Took It All Back’

The track has been supported across the BBC network which has seen interviews on BBC Radio Sussex along with BBC Radio Kent naming it their ‘Track Of The Week’ (week commencing 10th Aug)

Described as Kate Bush meets Billie Eilish, the young Indie-Pop singer with her ethereal voice has caught the attention of George Kimpton the former head of Rough Trade, who is stated saying “I’ve worked with many signature artists from ‘PJ Harvey’ to ‘The Smiths’ but I’ve rarely known such a truly mesmerizing talent as Tizane”.

Nario Da Don “Bottom Baby” Official Music Video

Connie Boy Records presents Tallahassee, FL. based rapper and recording artist Nario Da Don. “Bottom Baby” a hard hitting ode to the streets produced by Syndrome for Connie Boy Records. Any self respecting southerner knows how sweet the come up is when you come from the “Bottom”, Nario Da Don drops off another feature track from the stellar mixtape “The Kid From Ebony Gardens hosted by Living Legend, Bigga Rankin. “Bottom Baby” Directed By Charlie Sky and Hollow is available on all streaming platforms.