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Flare Voyant: ‘Elusive Times’ EP is released on 7 November 2020; watch first video

‘Elusive Times’ from Flare Voyant is released on 7 November 2020. The collection is a 4-track statement of Rock and Roll extravaganza that aligns their Jazz Fusion and Prog aspirations closer to their Hard Rock and Funk swagger, whilst contemplating a variety of themes from noise complaints to theology. This ambitious EP captures how far the band have come together: ‘Elusive Times’ encapsulates their progress after their five years nurturing London’s retro-rock scene.

The Damned To Release New “The Rockfield Files” EP

In 1980 and 1981, The Damned went to Rockfield for a series of sessions that eventually became The Black Album, The Friday 13th EP, and Strawberries. Their time there produced some of The Damned’s greatest musical moments and memorable stories of horses, cows, vampires, rifles, and Lemmy.

THE CLOCKWORKS – ‘Can I Speak to A Manager’ – Out Today (Creation 23)

Surfing on a wave of essential guitar bands coming out of Ireland right now – the band deliver an incisive and incensed cut of agitated alt-rock on this latest outing.

Written in 2018 while the band were still living in their hometown of Galway, The Clockworks’ James McGregor found himself taking refuge from the drudgery of his 9-5 in a number of café’s and pubs during his lunch break. Infuriated by the plastic world around him and nauseous with the monotony of a rat-run routine, his paranoid thoughts and pent-up rage spilled into a song that dares to point out the failings of an ailing society.

Dava Reveals Gorgeous New Track ” Right Time”

Rising newcomer Dava reveals her stunning new single Right Time, a beautifully woozy R&B jam showcasing sugar sweet vocals over a bed of rolling beats to create a stellar offering from an artist who has quickly been earmarked as one to watch this year. Speaking on Right Time, Dava says, This song is likely going to be received as being very different from my first single ASOS, but that is exactly what I want people to expect from me. I strongly believe in making music that resonates with how I feel at the time, without the limitations of continuity or genre. I wrote this song for someone special. Someone that made me feel like it was the right time for love.

East London’s Careless releases UKG influenced track ‘Hocus Pocus’

East London based artist Careless is teaming up with DJ, producer and friend L LULO on new two track EP ‘Hocus Pocus’, out 20th August, dropping the titular single and visual on August 13th.

Making music from the age of 14, Careless’ career began in Hackney based collective SOstreet, collaborating with the likes of UK grime artist Durrty Goodz who provided opportunities to perform on platforms such as BBC Asian Network and Kiss 100’s Logan Sama Grime Show.

TV COMA – Share Break-Up Song For The Millennial Generation: ‘Congratulations’

You can hold-fire on the cake and party poppers for now though. In a year where finding cause for celebration has been a challenge at the best of times, the ‘Congratulations’ on offer in TV Coma’s new single are rather aptly on the sardonic side.

The Tribe of Good drop eponymous debut album

London-based collective The Tribe of Good have unveiled their eponymous debut album, out on Friday 14th August.

With no fewer than eight of the twelve tracks already released as singles, The Tribe Of Good is an accurate representation of the crew’s sonic output since forming less than three years ago. They kick things off with 2018 single ‘Turning It Up For The Sunshine’, a sunkissed disco track that’s just as feelgood as the title suggests. That sets the tone for the rest of the LP, with tracks like ’25 Miles From Vegas’, ‘Broken Toys’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Loving You Baby’, ‘Raise Your Head’, ‘Siren Song’ and ‘The Believers’ continuing to channel the golden era of disco for the remainder.

KSHMR links up with Steffy De Cicco and MKLA on new single ‘Kids’

Californian DJ and producer KSHMR has joined forces with legendary producer Stefy De Cicco and Toronto-born vocalist MKLA on new single ‘Kids’, out 14th August.

A modern-day, dancefloor-focused reimagining of the 2008 MGMT track of the same name, ‘Kids’ pairs a high-energy bassline with the smooth, sultry vocals of MKLA. Grammy-nominated and platinum-certified in both the US and UK, the original was hailed by critics as one of the top songs of the decade.

lindsay ell’s sophomore album “heart theory” out now

The album has already garnered critical acclaim, with American Songwriter hailing it a “masterpiece of an album” and Rolling Stone calling it Ell’s “most empowering album to date.”

DIE KREATUR Releases Lyric Video For “Gott Verdammt” From Chart-Breaking Album “Panoptikum”

As one of this year’s most exciting collaborations, DIE KREATUR exceeded all expectations with their chart breaking debut album Panoptikum, presenting a smashing and intense adventure for the listener.

Dero Goi and Chris Harms are now releasing another hit, “Gott Verdammt” (engl. “God damned”), along with a lyric video. With organ parts and heavy riffs, the song oscillates between power and powerlessness, while still keeping the mood uplifted the entire time. “Gott Verdammt” allows both artists to evolve and show their particular strengths, but is nevertheless a paradigm for how their voices blend perfectly together.

Oscar Jerome releases debut album ‘Breathe Deep’ (Joe Armon-Jones, Kamasi Washington, Kokoroko)

Talking about his debut, out in the world today, Oscar says: “‘Breathe Deep’ is a pretty broad presentation of who I am musically and my journey to get to this point. On a personal level, it’s a reflection of the effort put in during that path of self-bettering, both emotionally and in life more broadly. It’s about preparing oneself for failure and growing from that. Taking a moment to step back and see where things are going and where one has been.” On top of that, Oscar explains, it also addresses “the resilience of people, which is reflected in the more political moments on the album. The world is a messed up place but people still find ways of preparing themselves for it.”

Holly Humberstone Releases Debut EP Falling Asleep At The Wheel

Today, rising singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone has released her highly-anticipated debut EP Falling Asleep at the Wheel via Platoon. Tipped globally as one of 2020’s biggest breakthrough artists, the 20-year-old has proven herself a transcendent talent this year with her acclaimed trio of debut singles “Deep End”, “Falling Asleep At The Wheel” and “Overkill”, which have amassed well over 20 million streams to date.


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, Charlie Puth, has teamed up with multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, blackbear, for a new song, “Hard On Yourself,” which seamlessly fuses funk, pop, and R&B sensibilities.The track is instantly captivating and proves why the hitmakers are two of the most highly sought-after artists in the industry today. Puth has joined forces with many high-profile acts including John Legend, Katy Perry, James Taylor, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, and recently, Sir Elton John, while blackbear has worked with music staples such as Justin Bieber, G-Eazy, Marshmello, Linkin Park, Pharrell Williams, and Mike Posner, among others.


When you are an actress, a scriptwriter, a children’s author and a jazz singer, not to mention a mother, a friend, a lover and plenty else besides, how do you describe yourself? As Ada Morghe, Alexandra Helmig has the answer. Don’t put her in a box. This is the inspiration of Ada Morghe’s current journey – a jazzy, soulful, deeply personal and suitably titled second album, Box out today.

UNSEEN FAITH present their second single ‘Hardwired’

Aarhus-based UNSEEN FAITH delivers a crushing fusion between deathcore and metalcore at the highest standard. Armed with heavy guitar riffs, lots and lots of energy and neck-wrecking breakdowns, they are getting ready to release their sophomore LP ‘Evoke’. With more than 1 million streams on their debut release ‘Dystopia’, the quintet has been making waves all around the world. Today they’re releasing their second single ‘Hardwired’ – watch the accompanying lyric video above (click the picture):

SEETHER Releases New Track “Beg” With Music Video Premiering At Heavy Consequence

Currently leading a number of Billboard’s Hard Rock charts, SEETHER offers another strong preview from its upcoming new album today with the release of the heavy new track “Beg.”

The adrenaline-fueled new rave-up is accompanied by another bold animated music video from noted Turkish director Mertcan Mertbilek (Santana, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Elvis Costello) that premieres today via Heavy Consequence –

OUT NOW: Dike Okoh Soothes Over Times of Uncertainty With Single, ‘Bossa Nights’

Inspired by the times we’re currently living through, multi-instrumentalist DIKE OKOH offers some light at the end of the tunnel through forthcoming single, ‘Bossa Nights’, out now.

Written and produced by Okoh himself, ‘Bossa Nights’ explores times of uncertainty through a story of hope. The heartfelt jazz piece, infused with soulful R&B, boasts a tranquil arrangement of live acoustic guitar, live-bass, percussion, live drums, vocal synths, saxophone and trumpet, glazed over with Okoh’s soothing croons. To give ‘Bossa Nights’ its own strong and unique identity, Okoh has worked some of the industry’s most seasoned musicians*.

Listen: BT’s new album “The Lost Art Of Longing”

“The Lost Art of Longing” is BT at his finest and finds a spot next to classic material including all-time greats ‘Ima,’ ‘ESCM’, and ‘Movement In Still Life.’ The album features 14 tracks that traverse the world of electronic dance music, from the cinematic ambiance of “Game Theory,” the progressive ‘Wildfire,’ ‘Walk Into The Water,’ ‘1AM in Paris’ and ‘Windows,’ the breakbeat wallop of ‘The Light Is Always On’ and ‘The War,’ the electro/synth inspired ‘Weltanschauung,’ the brooding trance of ‘No Warning Lights’ with Emma Hewitt, to the electronic lullaby “Save Me.’

JT Daly’s New Band MAD WAVE To Release Debut EP

Today, Mad Wave (formerly The Voodoo Children) released “Mad Wave,” the fourth song to be taken from their forthcoming debut EP Instant Nostalgia – Side A out on September 18 via Blood Bathe Records. Mad Wave revolves around the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and visual artist JT Daly, who fronted the Nashville-based band Paper Route and more recently co-produced K.Flay’s album Every Where Is Some Where, including the hit single “Blood in the Cut” (for which Daly received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Engineered Album).

New Pagans share ‘Yellow Room’ supporting mothers in music

Belfast band New Pagans are back with brand new music following the success of their latest EP Glacial Erratic, and have shared the powerful new track ‘Yellow Room’.

The band use their creative influence to challenge past and present issues surrounding relationships, equality, history, and gender, all wrapped up in their alternative, post-punk, indie rock style. With ‘Yellow Room’ the band tackle another important topic surrounding the issue of motherhood within the music industry and the lack of support for women with perinatal mental health needs, particularly in Northern Ireland.

Alaina Castillo Continues Her Rise With New Anti-Social Party Anthem “Tonight”

Following the release of her critically acclaimed English & Spanish EP’s the voicenotes/mensajes de voz, Alaina Castillo’s star continues to rise with her new single “Tonight,” which showcases her phenomenal talent transitioning from introvert singer-songwriter to pop star in the making. This track sets the scene for what’s in store and shows the breadth and ambition of her artistry. Alaina wrote the track as an anti-social party anthem, re-emphasizing her own anti-social lifestyle and encouraging her listeners to embrace their solitude, especially in these uncertain times.


Today, Grammy® Award-winner and Tony® and Emmy® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, and author Sara Bareilles releases Little Voice (Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack) Demos exclusively on Apple Music today. Released via Loud Robot – an independent music label out of J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot – and Epic Records, it includes three demo versions of songs she composed for the new Apple original series, Little Voice—available globally on Apple TV+ now.

Justin Wells Shares New Single “Walls Fall Down”

Kentucky-based singer/songwriter Justin Wells released today his new single “Walls Fall Down” off his forthcoming album The United State. Directed and edited by Casey Pierce, the accompanying video features footage of Wells performing in front of eight different venues in six different states in support of the Save Our Stages Act.


Originally a lilting summer anthem, ‘Sad Girl Summer’ has already been streamed over 3 million times globally since its release last month, and now fans get to enjoy a completely new version of the song, courtesy of critically acclaimed writer and producer, Cavetown, who has recently lent his talents to fellow up-and-comers, including mxmtoon on her debut album ‘The Masquerade,’ Chloe Moriondo, MyKey and Tessa Violet.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown To Release “Pressure”

For Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, the best way to engage with a world tipped into turmoil was to create new music. It’s easier said than done in socially distanced times. But for these Nashville-based musicians, the challenge was there to be grasped.

The group will release its new full length Pressure on October 16 via Snakefarm Records worldwide.

Vusi Mahlasela – “Shebeen Queen” Live Album Out Today on ATO Records

South Africa’s Vusi Mahlasela releases his jubilant new live album Shebeen Queen, a collection of 10 traditional folk songs from his home township of Mamelodi, today on ATO Records. Mahlasela, one of his country’s most revered singer-songwriters, named the record after his late grandmother Ida, who earned the nickname “Shebeen Queen” after her shebeen (speakeasy) became known for its festive impromptu musical gatherings.


The Flaming Lips release another new song and video for “Will You Return / When You Come Down” from their highly anticipated new album AMERICAN HEAD set for release on September 11th via Warner Records. Once again, the video was filmed during quarantine in their home state of Oklahoma and directed by Wayne Coyne and George Salisbury for delo creative.


“Fantasy Chapel” is about how devotion to our work’s practices and rituals can create a place, a form, a structure. The lyrics are largely inspired by American artist Kiki Smith’s body of work. Her exploration of themes of the natural world, feminism, religion, folklore, the human body, historical and fictional female characters, as well as the evocation of transformative spaces, are all elements of the pastoral but dark setting of the narrative of this soundtrack.


El cantante J. Álvarez lanza hoy al mercado el remix del tema “Sentimientos Escondidos”, canción que ha disfrutado de un éxito increíble con la version original. En este remix producido por Montana The Producer, participan Farina, Rauw Alejandro, Andy Rivera X Lyanno.


Post-genre art and music visionary Poppy has just released an expanded edition of her boundlessly ambitious recent album I Disagree. Dubbed I Disagree (more), the deluxe version of the album adds four new songs and is out now via Sumerian Records. The album’s variegated nature embodies “alternative” in the truest sense of the word, bleeding the boundaries between pop, progressive, electronic, and metal, underpinned by unpredictable time signature shifts and indelible earworm vocal hooks.

Kito & Zhu Release ‘Follow’ with Jeremih

Kito & ZHU have teamed up to create the ultimate summer club record – “Follow” with Jeremih, released today by Polydor. Kito and ZHU pay a tribute to house music, letting the song unfold gently, with Jeremih’s infectious melodies over anthemic chords and a beat that forces you to get up and move. The result is an exhilarating, unabashedly hopeful declaration of devotion. Download / stream “Follow” HERE. The stylized feet seen on the single’s cover spring to life in the charming animated lyric video and take viewers on a journey, climbing over the words and growing in number.

twst shares Hudson Mohawke remix of ‘Are You Listening?’

Of the collaboration, twst says: “hudmo has been a massive inspiration for me and having him remix are you listening and hearing it through his ears and having his energy and production on a twst track is mad exciting n I’m so stoked for it 2 finally be out”

Francis Aud Releases New FONKY Pop Single “Take Me Home”

NYC native, Francis Aud has released his new funk-pop single, “Take Me Home.” Aud delivers a unique fusion of groovy funk and electronic elements combined with melancholic tone and lyrics. “Take Me Home” is now available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers Announce New Album American Reckoning 10/2

Today, Charlottesville singer/songwriter Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers have announced a new album American Reckoning, available October 2. The title track was originally released via YouTube in June and is now available on all streaming services today. The song has two parts: the first asking how much more Trump damage the country can take; the second part mourning Trump’s assaults on the racial progress America had made from the Civil Rights Movement up to Obama.

Evangeline Gentle’s new single “So It Goes” out today

“This is a love song for my final teen years,” says Gentle of “So It Goes.” “It’s a memory of how ‘bold and burning’ teen experiences of life are, and how easily songs can transport us back through time to those days.”

Granville Automatic Recount Trail Of Tears In New Single “Monsters In The Stars”

Today, Nashville duo Granville Automatic release a new single “Monsters In The Stars” from their forthcoming project Tiny Televisions. The record, out on September 11, 2020, is a companion-piece to their first book, Hidden History of Music Row, available August 31, 2020 from The History Press with a foreword by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.

Folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim share “Tumblelane”

Earlier this summer, 90s indie cult favorite Billy Pilgrim announced some exciting news. Though the duo, composed of Andrew Hyra and Kristian Bush (Sugarland, Dark Water), thought their final recordings had been lost in a studio fire two decades ago, Bush found a remaining copy at his home during quarantine.


Kaash Paige, the 19-year old Dallas sensation whose RIAA gold hit “Love Songs” has clocked over 860 million global streams, and over 15 million TikTok videos, celebrates a new career milestone with the release of her eagerly anticipated debut album, TEENAGE FEVER, available today via Def Jam Recordings.

Japanese Rapper AWICH Signs to Universal Music Group, Releases Video & Single “Bad Bad”

Japanese rapper Awich is gearing up for her major label debut EP “Partition” (August 21, Universal Music Group) with the release of second single & video for “Bad Bad,” out TODAY. The record focuses on the uncertainty of new love, from the strength of taking on the world with someone new by your side, to the strange feeling of weakness around wanting someone to stay. “Bad Bad” showcases a slower vibey side of the rapper, a true multifaceted artist. First single “Shook Shook” made waves last month, garnering Awich a deluge of excitement from fans, and well deserved notice stateside. She was invited to participate in FADER’s Digital Fort in July to speak on the Black Lives Matter movement in Japan, and we’re incredibly excited to announce that she’s been chosen as Consequence of Sound’s Artist of the Month for August!

Japanese Rapper Awich Shares the Origins of New Single “Bad Bad”: Stream