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Sadie states, “While working on my EP, I decided to produce my first cover from my favorite band, Nirvana, because Kurt has always helped me with depression in the past. This song is one of the first ever learned to play on guitar, and I wanted to create a cover version that would be harder, spookier, and more psychedelic. Experimenting with new sound and MIDI effects in Logic and combining my guitars with creepy interweaving synths and eerie percussion I formed my own take on Something in the Way, performed and recorded at my home studio in LA. My cousin Zak Belica (Director of Audio at Epic Games) mixed and mastered the track, and in the process breathed new life into it. The vocals jump out of the mix and hit you in face at just the right moments. The song only borders on hard rock and contains some haunting elements such as wolves howling alongside the backing vocals, but also has a dreamy, feverish and even uplifting vibe from the combination of reverb laden drums and the emotional vocal performance.”
DYLYN Shares “Find Myself”; Watch Horror-Inspired Video Here
“After working with Ryan, I thought, ‘This is it. This is finally the stuff I’ve been wanting to write. The 18-year-old me has returned.’ I hadn’t felt that excited in a long time.” Adding, “everyone says just be yourself. It’s the hardest thing to do. A lot of artists are natural pleasers. I struggled with that for a long time: making sure everyone in the room was okay and happy at the cost of my art and my truth. This is the first time where it’s more about the art and less about what other people think, going back to what I enjoyed doing about this in the first place. That’s why I couldn’t sleep after those sessions with Ryan.”
KIALLA NEW MUSIC VIDEO “Kenshi” OUT NOW
The duo’s third visual release this year, “Kenshi” departs from “Sanity Check” and “Kotton Kandy”, by incorporating an array of video game-themed visual elements throughout the one-take music video. Mortal Kombat, which inspired the single, features a blind swordsman named Kenshi with psychokinetic powers who shares the name of the track.
Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rapper Duckwrth announces the release of his label debut album SuperGood coming out on August 21. To coincide with the announcement, he releases his new track “Quick” featuring Republic Records labelmate KIAN today.
Watch The Nursery’s “Radium Girls” Music Video
“Radium Girls” is a cautionary tale inspired by the documentary Radium City. The single tells the story of women who died due to poisoning from their work. Lead songwriter, Alex Pulec says of the track: it was important to me that the song was uplifting and entertaining even though it highlights the horrific human tendencies we have. I realize those are two opposing feelings, but that juxtaposition is the signature in most of our music.
Helvetia releases new LP ‘This Devastating Map’ today on Joyful Noise Recordings!
Helvetia was formed in Seattle in 2005 by Jason Albertini. Since the band’s inception, he’s employed a rotating cast of band members and collaborators, which now includes Steve Gere and Samantha Stidham. Albertini is 1/3 of the group Duster, who spent 2019 releasing a new album and playing shows for the first time in 20 years. Naturally, Helvetia share a lot of the same sensibilities, pushing Dusterʼs boundary-bending ideals even further out with a mix of odd pop and eccentric oddities.
Austin Texas by way of Los Angeles artist and provocateur Baby FuzZ has released his newest single, the fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek pop-punk track ”We’re All Gonna Die!!” from his upcoming sophomore concept album Welcome To The Future, due out this fall.
Aline Mayne new single “Beat of Life”
The song was written by Aline Mayne and produced by Brian DeNeeve, guitarist for The Wanted and Autumn to Ashes. The music video was shot during a live performance in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
NICKLAS SAHL RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM ‘UNSOLVABLE’
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’.
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.
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.
The new single follows up on the recently released albums 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 Vagues 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Joséphine gives us her latest single “BabyGirl”
“I took a trip to Israel late last year with a vision to connect with my roots and make art there. I was wandering around Jaffa (South Tel Aviv) one evening and happened across this Hotel – Inta Gay Hotel (yes it is a gay hotel!). I walked in and saw they were doing a live model sketching – this handsome man perched upon a gorgeous deep burgundy chaise lounge, string lights draped around him as guests drew him. Immediately I knew – this was BabyGirl. The entire hotel had this beautiful vintage Art Deco aesthetic that made me feel like I was coming home. The owners Kobi & Ziv are great friends to this day – they saw the vision and had a lot of faith in me. I’m proud to say that with no plan, no money and no connections I was able to fulfill this dream to create art in a place I love, with strangers who became family, showcasing Israeli creatives & highlighting their work.”
Eyedress’ deeply personal LP, Let’s Skip To The Wedding, is out today
Eyedress is the alias of Filipino artist Idris Vicuña, formerly lead guitarist of psychedelic indie/noise-pop band Bee Eyes. Born in 1990 in the city of Makati, Philippines. Vicuña relocated to the US with his family at the age of 6. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to San Clemente, California at the age of 13, where he started playing bass in a Crass-influenced crust-punk band.
Icona Pop Release New Single ‘Feels In My Body’ Today
Global chart-topping duo Icona Pop are back following their 2020 smash collaborations with heavyweights Steve Aoki and Hayden James, this time with another banger called “Feels In My Body,” which is out now via RECORD COMPANY TEN/ULTRA Music. The song also comes paired with a music video, shot by director Gustav Stegfors and acclaimed Director of Photography, Crille Forsberg (David Bowie, Adele, ZAYN).
Rucci and Haiti Babii Unite for an Alpha Dog Anthem *grrr*
With a ferocious flow and a penchant for overcoming adversity, Inglewood’s Rucci is one of the freshest rising rappers on the West Coast. Coming through with his latest disrespectful banger, Rucci shares “Check Me Out,” a demonstration of his smack-talking prowess. Breathlessly growling in a fast-paced flow, Rucci methodically lays out why he’s “the hottest thing smokin'”: “I be floatin’, can’t lose focus/I’m the sh*t and I know it.” The song benefits from a wild-eyed guest verse from Stockton, CA rapper Haiti Babii, who brings an extra dose of energy.
Acclaimed Indie/Avant-Garde/Dance Artist Torii Wolf
Featuring Rumori Style and Design by Israel Valencia, Wolf states “‘Wash Away’ is a song that I wrote while sheltering in place. Like ‘Summon,’ I sent this record over to Rumori(brilliant composer/cellist). Rumori’s breathtaking parts gave this record everything it needed. ‘Wash Away’ explores the experience of becoming pure, being forgiven, washed away of all sins: the understanding that we are all one. The track is paired with a music video that emulates yin and yang energy, the polarity, duality, the symbiotic relationship between the dark and the light, ebb and flow of life , and dropping into all elements.” The video was directed by Kayko Tamaki DP Kylie Hazzard Memento Mori Productions.
Identical Homes (aka Daniel McKenzie of Built for the Sea, The Rum Diary and Shuteye Unison) crafts his music from the ethers of time, and time likely spent building cabins, trout fishing and wandering in the greater wilds of Northern California’s Humboldt County. Envision the dusty sounds of Boards of Canada and catchiness of Tycho mixed with samples from some obscure movie and a half working CB radio from a decaying Rum Diary tour van and you’ll have a pretty good idea of where Identical Homes is coming from. Collaborators include some very talented friends and musicians whose contributions allow the songs to travel through genres, but always return to a familiar ambience. Give this music patience and in return you will find a soundtrack for daydreaming.
JESSIE REYEZ SHARES NEW VIDEO “BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US”
Colombian by way of Toronto Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and Polaris Prize nominee, Jessie Reyez returns with her poignant new video for title track “Before Love Came To Kill Us”, one of the standouts from her critically acclaimed debut album, available now across all DSP’s via FMLY/ ISLAND. The video directed by Claire Edmondson features Reyez paying homage to her home-town as the city serves as the backdrop in the video. “Before Love Came To Kill Us” anchors and enmeshes the concepts of love and longing, hope, second chance, and life and death found throughout Reyez’s debut album.
VICTORIA MONÉT RELEASES NEW PROJECT JAGUAR
Monét explains the name of her newest project, “When creating my music, “Jaguar” was the first song I did for this project. It laid the foundation for my 70s inspired psychedelic feel. I loved experimenting with soulful, nostalgic live instrumentation and the juxtaposition of my soft and lyrically experimental vocals. I created my own jungle through sound. Like the Jaguar, I feel that I as an artist have been around for a long time, but just camouflaged until it was the right time to pounce. I’ve trained behind the leaves in the dark, I’ve been through the mud and paid my dues many ways. I’ve rediscovered myself through honesty and freedom. Everything comes to the light when it’s supposed to, and this is my music’s arrival. Although it has been a long time coming, this is just the beginning. Enjoy JAGUAR!”
SIMA Releases Acoustic Version of Single “Runaways”
“I decided to create an acoustic, stripped-down version of ‘Runaways’ because I wanted to truly focus on the inspiring and empowering lyrics and allow the message of the song to penetrate people’s hearts,” shares SIMA. “I knew that ‘Runaways’ is a great song and can stand on its own with only piano and vocals. I want listeners to hear and feel me, my heart and my soul, without any distractions. ‘Runaways’ is a powerful song that you can’t miss or ignore, and I think with this raw version, it leaves you without any doubts. I hope with this version you will feel inspired, empowered, elevated, and also connected to something bigger, something that you can reflect on, relate to and draw strength from.”
‘madhouse’ EP From South London’s MATT MALTESE Out Now
The madhouse EP follows Matt Maltese’s sophomore album Krystal, released in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim. A similarly home-brewed affair to his previous outing, Maltese took on most of the production duties on madhouse – with additional contributions coming from Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Whitney, Father John Misty), who produced Maltese’s 2018 debut record Bad Contestant, and Ben Baptie (Rex Orange County).
REYNA’s “Lonely Girl” Single + Video OUT NOW
Speaking on the inspiration for “Lonely Girl,” REYNA has shared that it is a song about the isolating and paralyzing feeling of social anxiety, a feeling that comes with “wanting to speak, participate in the fun, and enjoy yourself, but you’re unable to shake the feeling off (something many of us can relate to).” The single is a part of REYNA’s widely-anticipated forthcoming debut EP. They have been praised by publications like MTV, Pitchfork, Billboard Pride, NPR, Beats1, i-D, NYLON, and V Magazine, as well as by the indie pop group Tegan and Sara. It’s safe to say that REYNA has a bright future ahead.
KJ BALLA’S POSTHUMOUS DEBUT ALBUM ‘RESURRECTION’ SET FOR RELEASE AUGUST 21ST
Today, From Nothing Records and Polo Grounds Music, in partnership with RCA Records, announces the posthumous release of Brooklyn rapper KJ Balla’s debut album, Resurrection. To coincide with the announcement, the first single and accompanying visual “Racin” ft. Lil Tjay is available everywhere now.
Riot Ten Goes Back to his House Roots on “BLKMRKT Vol. 1”
Riot Ten debuts Volume 1 of his highly-anticipated BLKMRKT project, which sees the producer step away from ground-thumping dubstep in favor of sublime house sounds. Including feel-good single “Wanna Go” alongside Charly Jordan and collaborations with Michael Sparks and YDG, the 7-track EP shines a light on Riot Ten’s versatility within house music, including bass house, deep house, and electro house influences. Looking to the music he grew up on for inspiration, the Texas-based artist is taking things back to his roots on his latest work.
Loud Forest – “Somebody Who Loves Me”
Bernard and Rachel Chadwick are the husband-and-wife duo that create pop/rock music imbued with love and artisanship. Theirs is an enviable creative relationship built around making more of themselves and the world through collaboration. The band started while Bernard was earning his MFA at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. It was a way for rock to fuse into art and art to fuse into rock. This became the exact intention of their music going forward. The band’s incorporation of pop sensibilities, ethereal vocals, insightful lyrics and rock undertones give them a sound that is unique, fun and sure to keep you grooving.
Sha Elemental (EXP The Expendables) Overcomes Personal Struggles With New Single “Ultimate Warrior”
Sha-Elemental of EXP The Expendables from gritty Haverhill MA is a pure uncompromising Hip Hop artist. After grinding it out in the New England music scene and dropping numerous group and solo projects, he rebounds with a new single Ultimate Warrior determined to stay motivated under all conditions. Sha raps from a more honest perspective addressing personal experiences including issues that led him to being homeless sleeping on coaches. The track is produced by The Beat Nerd from Columbus OH who chef’d up the instrumental specifically for Sha. “I wanted to tackle some more personal things and once I heard that sample “Ultimate Warrior” popped in my head as a theme/metaphor for my personal struggles that I wanted to cover. I think the verses and video pretty much speak for themselves and I think people are gonna fux with this one… EXP Bitches!!!” says Sha. Be on the lookout for a video coming soon. “Ultimate Warrior” is available now on your preferred digital streaming platform.
X LOVERS RELEASE NEW TRACK AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR “LOVE” TODAY
“Our new song LOVE means everything to us. Jake and I were talking and thinking “what does falling in love sound like?” And we tried creating that – the best, most infectious feeling on the planet so subsequently we are obsessed with this song! We started this song and then completely forgot about it. A few months later we happened to listen to it again and were like “we have to finish this!!!” Then we spent a lot of time perfecting it to exactly how we envisioned it in our heads and to how you hear it today!” – London (X Lovers)
Tessa released new music last summer to much acclaim, but something wasn’t right- the songs didn’t feel like her so she took a beat and went back to work. She’s finally ready to share records that truly feel like her. After some introspection, and a lot of exploring, she set up a studio in her living room and wrote until music finally felt like home again. “I went through a period of time where I definitely took on the tortured artist persona. It was hard. A lot of sessions ended with me feeling lost and hopeless, or in a daze from smoking too much weed trying to find the ‘muse’. And then something clicked. I picked up a guitar, I opened Logic on my laptop. The process became fun again.”
NEW YORK-BASED COLLECTIVE MICHELLE RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “SUNRISE”
The song is currently featured on a number of tastemaker playlists across streaming platforms – including Spotify’s POLLEN and Lorem and Apple Music’s INDIY and ALT-R&B. “SUNRISE” has also received support from Sirius XM and BBC Radio 1, with Annie Mac exclaiming: “Everything they do is written so well. The songs are so hooky!”
Raedio and Atlantic recording artist TeaMarrr is over the bullshit in her latest single “Colors” with an assist from Wale. An important addition to social conversations revolving around the racial tensions happening in today’s society, TeaMarrr remains true to herself and gets really really raw with “Colors”. Complex gave fans an exclusive first listen on Thursday, musing on how “effortlessly switching between hip-hop, pop, and R&B on the passionate track, the two make for a compelling pair.”