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New music: Aaron Smith releases hew EP’ For My Father’ today through Platoon

Much like the offerings unveiled so far, ‘Unconditional’ aims to confront the demons that haunted his adolescence and how, as an adult, he can reflect on those experiences and use his songwriting to truly express the impact that those times have had on him. This new release is more of a love letter to those that he cares about most in his life. Written during an isolated period in his life, he looks to show just how much he cares about those around him and how he has grown to appreciate human connections in his life.

Flatbush Zombies team up with James Blake for new single ‘Afterlife’

Today, Flatbush Zombies release a new song ‘Afterlife’, produced by luminary hitmaker James Blake. Erick the Architect initially connected with James Blake via Twitter after hearing Blake was a fan of their music. They all met in person after a Flatbush Zombies show in Los Angeles in 2018 and started collaborating on music shortly after. ‘Afterlife’ is the first material to be released to the public from those sessions. The video for ‘Afterlife’ was shot in pre-pandemic Paris and was directed by Arnaud Bresson.

Icona Pop are back with new single ‘Feels In My Body’

Speaking about their new feel good-summer jam, Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo reveal, “Feels In My Body is all about hitting your peak, being so full of energy that you want to burst and share it with everyone around you.”

DARLING BOY – Salutes The Rock Greats With New Single “Air Conditioned Gypsy”

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.

NEWS: ‘Yours, Millie McGuire,’ debut album from rising North Carolina singer Millie McGuire

Millie McGuire, a 20-year-old singer from Chapel Hill, N.C., is not famous. Not yet, that is. But behind the scenes, musicians are talking: Mike Mills (R.E.M., Baseball Project), with whom she appeared in Big Star’s Third concerts, says she is his “favorite new voice of the last five years.” Single co-producer Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Adele, Katie Perry, Taylor Swift) insists “Millie’s voice is the real-deal, well-oiled music machine. Damn! — I love listening to her sing.” Peter Holsapple (The dB’s, Hootie & the Blowfish), with whom she dueted for Wild Honey’s 2019 Kinks concert in L.A., joins in: “Millie McGuire is a preternaturally talented singer, with grace and poise beyond her years, and her vocal abilities are remarkable.” And Pat Sansone (Wilco, the Autumn Defense) agrees: “Millie has a rare and textured voice that possesses a combination of strength and vulnerability . . . I’ve been knocked out by her every time I’ve heard her sing, whether on stage or in the studio.”


Featuring massive singles ‘Wanna Show You’ and ‘Weekend Love’ in collaboration with vocalist Reigns, the Birmingham native teams up with the likes of legendary singer songwriter Mica Paris, as well as previous singles ‘Runnin’ and ‘So Real’ vocalist Kelli-Leigh as well as fresh UK singer songwriter Stevie Neale on the album to continue to come with the sweet sounds the producer is so often associated with.

New 1xtra premiered trap banger from Trillary Banks

Relentless street heat from Midlands talent Trillary Banks and Stardom, who link up for the GRM Daily hosted video ‘Sarah Jane’.

“It’s that real street shit they been waiting to hear” – The song was premiered on BBC 1xtra, selected as DJ Target’s highly sought-after ‘Target Embargo’ segment.

OUT TODAY: Anton Barbeau ‘Manbird’

Psychedelic singer-songwriter Anton Barbeau has announced he will be releasing the ‘Manbird’ double LP on September 18 via Gare du Nord (UK) and Beehive Sound (USA). Ahead of this, he presents the ‘Manbird’ single with b-side ‘The Art of Beaking’, along with a video created by Julia VBH.

Hitting the 30+ album mark, it would seem inevitable that this Berlin-based Sacramento-raised artist would release a bird-and-suitcase-themed autobiographical double album focused on his hometown. While reviewers always seem to refer to the holy triumvirate of XTC, Julian Cope and Robyn Hitchcock, ‘Manbird’ doesn’t reveal any obvious influence.


With two major awards in his homeland, a position as the second most played artist on Danish radio in 2019 and millions of streams, Nicklas Sahl is earning the attention that his talents deserve. That rising status today reaches a new peak as his debut album ‘Unsolvable’ is out now. The album was previewed by its title track last week, and features the new release ‘Say It Back’.

Mega makes a remarkable return with her new single ‘Let Me Let You Go’

Two years on from acclaimed debut ‘Chariot’, British soulstress Mega returns with stunning follow-up single ‘Let Me Let You Go’.

Like ‘Chariot’, ‘Let Me Let You Go’ deploys delicate guitar strings and sparse percussion, allowing Mega’s soaring vocals to take centre stage. Exploring themes of trust and vulnerability, the profoundly personal track sees the North London artist take a deep dive into her emotional memory.

Millie Manders & the Shutup’s New Single ‘Bitter’

Bitter is the latest release from Millie Manders and the Shutup, the final track to be released before their debut album Telling Truth, Breaking Ties and which sees no let-up in the ferocity of either the music or the message. Bitter is a track which not only features the soaring choruses and venomous, punk/ska attack which the band have become renowned for, but also lyrics which deal with the abandonment, callousness, cowardice and maltreatment which arises from rape and sexual abuse, as well as the bitterness that arises in the wake of it. It is the truth, honesty and bravery to tackle subjects which society so regularly shirks from addressing which set Millie Manders and the Shutup apart as one of 2020’s most important, talked-about bands.

Sub Focus & Wilkinson release ‘Air I Breathe’…

Two globally renowned artists in their own right with over 7 million single sales & 1 billion combined streams, ‘Air I Breathe’ sees Sub Focus and Wilkinson craft an infectious, rave-evoking big room dance cut. Strung together by the soaring vocals of Kudu Blue’s Clem, who sang on Sub Focus & Dimension’s 2019 smash ‘Desire’, it sees the duo return to the signature drum & bass sound they have become synonymous with in recent years.

ALBERTO RIGONI Puts Music To His Thoughts In ‘Odd Times’

Acclaimed Italian Alberto Rigoni has put his focus on our current crises with his brand new album Odd Times, released worldwide via Sliptrick Records on July 7th. 38 minutes of eclectic progressive rock featuring special guests Marco Minnemann and Alexandra Zerner.

Alberto Rigoni stated; “I started composing the album at the beginning of 2020 …the Corona virus epidemic had already started in that period so I thought …we are living in odd times indeed. From that thought came the idea of composing an album full of odd time signatures.

Air’s vocalist Beth Hirsch Shares New Version Of ‘All I Need (Eliot’s Cosmic Remix)’

The new single follows up on the recently released album’s opening track > and is one of the two tracks she featured on from Air’s multi-platinum album ‘Moon Safari’. The story goes that Beth and Air members Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel all lived in Montmartre; “Nicolas was my neighbour, but I didn’t know him,” says Beth. Hirsch was working on her own EP with Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin at the studio of Étienne Wersinger, cult French producer known for his work with Air, Nouvelle Vague and Camille. One morning Godin was there sitting on the couch “I asked him if he was in music and he replied, ‘Yes, I am. Actually, my partner and I are putting out a record, and we’d like you to be on it’”, she recalls.

NEW SINGLE – Macca Wiles Shares Stunning Rock, Rap Track ‘Honeytrap’, Out Today.

Penned by Macca himself, ‘Honeytrap’ was produced by Matt Schwartz (Yungblud, M.O., Massive Attack, Halsey). The new track sees Wiles looking back at a toxic relationship and an experience where he had been set-up. Wiles’ powerful vocal and gritty, raw rap flow gushes over the electric guitar led production, which intensifies with a heavy bass and catchy 808 beat. On ‘Honeytrap’, Macca says “It’s about betrayal of trust”. The stirring official video follows Wiles as he lays his life on the line for someone that he thought he loved.

SARONDE borrow 50’s Kikuyu acapella for ‘Firewood’ ft. African icon Idd Aziz

Beating Heart Music label founders and dance duo Saronde (Ollie Wood and Chris Pedley) are back from a short break after having ignited airwaves (6 Music Giles Peterson, Cerys Matthews, Tom Ravenscroft) and festival stages (Glastonbury, Boomtown, Elrow) in 2019 with their unique recordings from across Africa featuring contemporary artists alongside vintage field recordings, all fused with a New Forest, UK originated musical twist.

THE SWELL FELLAS: new single “Death Race” available for streaming

Ocean City, Maryland’s prolific psychedelic rock trio and All Them Witches protégés THE SWELL FELLAS release their brand new single “Death Race” on all streaming platforms today. Their latest EP ‘The Great Play of Extension’ and debut album ‘The Big Grand Entrance’ are still available on digital.

Everyone is born. Everyone dies. These are the only things you’re guaranteed. Death Race is about giving up comfort to live your dream. Open ears, open eyes, open doors. Clock’s always ticking…

Country Rocker, Merv Pinny, Releases Fan-Favourite, ‘Little Demons’

It’s been one Hell of a journey for Kiwi Rock sensation Merv Pinny, seeing him transform from rural dairy farmer to viral Rock God…surviving being run over by a truck and a broken spine as a result of a motorbike smash along the way. Ironically, it is to Hell he turns now with the release of Little Demons, a track which has taken on a life of its own, seeing it starting out as part of one of another of Merv’s tracks before fans demanded it get a full release! Now fully recovered and with millions of streams and views of his tracks and videos due to his viral hit, ‘OB Can You Hear the Children Cry’ (13 million views and counting), as well as the recent radio hit, ‘I’, Merv is back with another exhilarating single ‘Little Demons’!

Cory Marks releases debut album ‘WHO I AM’

“What inspired me to be featured was really Cory’s heart, you could really hear that he was speaking from his truth and you could just feel the pain and the purgatory of whatever was happening to him at the time that inspired him to write that song,” says Hale. “And my favourite part of the whole song is this conversation that Cory and I are having. It’s such a realistic look at love and a couple’s journey together. My favourite part is that you can’t really tell no matter how many times you listen to it. Are they breaking up? Are they getting back together? Are they just weathering the storm? I think you should decide.”

Immaculate ‘Real Deal’ by Maths Time Joy Feat. Sinead Harnett & J Warner

London based polymath Maths Time Joy makes stellar inroads into 2020 with the reveal of immaculate new track, ‘Real Deal’. Teaming his signature cutting edge production with the gorgeous dual vocals of Sinead Harnett and J Warner, ‘Real Deal’ serves as a statement of intent from Maths Time Joy as he gets ready to embark on a busy few months.

Viral artist Josie Proto shares gratitude-filled new single “Thank You”

Josie explains of “Thank You”: “The song is incredibly literal; it came from remembering a friend of mine from when I was maybe 6 or 7 and wanting to know if I had same impact on him as he did on me. I wrote the lyrics almost instantly and the melody and chords came secondary for this one; it was really a poem before a song. There were so many stories of small, yet impactful meetings and crossings that I wanted to incorporate, but the ones that I felt were most important were ones that had either left me with a phrase that I have remembered or a sense of guilt. It’s amazing how a very small interaction can make you feel guilty about the most minute things. We kept the production simple, I wanted to maintain the raw and honest message without confusing, overpowering instruments. I hope ‘Thank You’ reminds people to be kind and grateful for the small things.”

David Bowie Something In The Air (Live Paris 99) Album Available For Streaming August 14

Parlophone Records is proud to announce release details for a previously unreleased David Bowie live album DAVID BOWIE SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99), available to stream on August 14. “Drive-In Saturday (Live At The Elysée Montmarte, Paris, October 14, 1999)” audio and video is available to stream or download today.

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) is a 15-track live album, featuring 12 previously unreleased recordings and three tracks used as B-sides for singles from the HOURS… album. The day of the show was a momentous one for Bowie, as that afternoon he was awarded the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest artistic honour that France can bestow.


VILE A SIN Release “WEAR MY SKIN’ Music Video And Single

“VILE A SIN have everything you want from a horror metal band — pulsating riffs overlaid with eerie spookshow harmonies, sneering vocals about blood and darkness, and stomping rhythms perfect for repeated stabbing motions. The resulting music pulls from various traditions like goth, sleaze, and metal, but has that distinctly grindhousian vibe that makes it the perfect soundtrack for the late-night creature feature.” Chris Krovatin – Kerrang! Magazine

Kurtis Mantronix launches new label King Of The Beats

“This is something I’ve wanted to do since my Sleeping Bag Records days, to have control of the A&R and creative direction of my own career,” Kurtis explains. “This dream has not come to fruition because I could never find the right team. Signing a label deal with Last Man Music put all the planets into the right alignment, so to speak”.

Hannah Grace shares video for new single ‘Missing The Show’

Hannah Grace has shared the video for her new single, ‘Missing The Show’, the latest track to be taken from her upcoming debut album Remedy, out on September 4th via Never Fade Records.

Home-made and filmed in her native Wales, the video is a beautifully raw and atmospheric accompaniment to the emotional and heartfelt ballad, which builds from an intimate beginning before opening up into soaring, cinematic crescendos that showcase Hannah’s emotive vocals, set against a lush backdrop of strings and piano.

Behind The Horror Premiere “Storm Rage” Via Metal Injection

With the release of their debut album quickly approaching, Brazilian Metal act Behind The Horror surprise drop a brand new single “Storm Rage” via Metal Injection.
“Storm Rage” is a swift and brutal auditory assault poised to usher in their debut album and display their capabilities as a modern metal force not to be reckoned with!

Brazilian Brothers’ BEHIND THE HORROR Mesh Prog, Thrash, and Death Metal for “Storm Rage”

Rich the Kid and Rompasso collaborate on ‘Angetenar’

Russian DJ and producer Rompasso and Atlanta rapper Rich the Kid have joined forces to unveil a new version of Rompasso’s smash single ‘Angetenar’, out 7th August.

The collaboration sees Rich the Kid lend his confident, high-energy rapping prowess to ‘Angetenar’, bringing a new energy that ideally complements the now-legendary original. A certified smash, ‘Angetenar’ has amassed over 250 million YouTube views, with the track also pioneering a new style of dance music known as ‘cloud house’.


Saint Raymond set the foundations for the second chapter of his story with his latest release ‘Right Way Round’. With Radio 1 airplay from Huw Stephens and a selection of key playlists including Spotify’s Indie Summer, the track is already approaching 1 million streams.

New > Denis Sulta > announces new EP > “This Moment Of Silence”

Glasgow’s young club hero Denis Sulta returns with a new 3 track EP for the Attitude To Life label, following his 2019 extended EP for Ninja Tune. Denis (real name Hector Barbour) is the greatest Scottish star to rise from the Rubadub-Sub Club Glasgow house and techno nexus of the past few years.

Denis Sulta – This Moment of Silence (PRE-ORDER)

THE LOFT CLUB – Debut Album ‘Dreaming The Impossible’ Out Now

UK indie band The Loft Club make their full-length debut with Dreaming The Impossible, released worldwide today by Lightyear Entertainment, through Caroline/UMG, in association with UK label So Let’s Talk. Produced by James Bragg (Jack Steadman, The Skints), it’s an album made for headphones – equal parts indie rock / folk rock with flashes of sixties guitar psychedelia, nineties Brit-pop and alt-country. All woven together with three-part harmonies, wide open chords and sing-along choruses.

SILK ROAD Reveal ‘SONDER’ Video Teaser And Single Details

UK rock band, SILK ROAD, have released a video teaser for “Sonder” and the cover artwork, it’s the third single out on August 21st, 2020. The song is taken from their debut album ‘Grit For The Pretty’, which will be out later this year. Drummer Charles Evans also plays for Jizzy Pearl’s LOVE/HATE.