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Maya Maya – ‘Cutting Teeth’ EP

Maya Maya was formed in 2017 when I met our guitarist, Tony Millar, and then, in 2019, our bassist, Scott Anstruther, joined the band.

“Cutting Teeth” as an expression means to gain experience of something by doing it and that is exactly what we have done with this EP. The EP consists of 4 songs: “Both Names”, “Lifeguard”, “Driving Range” and “Fever Pitch”.

New > Duval Timothy > shares “Groundnut” video > ft. Twin Shadow

Duval Timothy, Ibiye Camp, and Twin Shadow return, for the single and video Groundnut ft. Twin Shadow. Photographed on location in Freetown, Sierra Leone, we meet the Sesay family who through interviews, and field recordings, illustrate the journey of the peanut.

In Duval’s own words: The video explores a single plant that produces a legume, which is so important to a huge community as delicious and nutritious food, an important economic product, and something celebrated in the wider culture.

Duval Timothy explores the the cultural and culinary wonders of the groundnut in new video

A. Swayze & the Ghosts share new single “Nothing Left To Do”

Ivy League Records (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Teskey Brothers, Hatchie) recently announced the release of A. Swayze & the Ghosts’ debut album, Paid Salvation. At a time when some young bands seem more concerned with social media followers than having something to say, Paid Salvation is a refreshingly real breath of fresh air, one that restores faith in the incendiary, uplifting and subversive power of punk rock.

On The Corner share Edrikz Puzzle’s hypnotic jazz single

Edrikz Puzzle are a new UK Jazz trio pushing jazz beyond earthly constraints and into plateaus of imagined Herbie landscapes. Led by in-demand percussionist Nathan ‘Tugg’ Curran alongside double bassist Tom Mason and Martin Slatery on bass clarinet & alto saxophone.

Juanita Stein releases new single from upcoming album ‘Snapshot’

Juanita Stein has released a new song, ‘The Mavericks’, from her upcoming third album, ‘Snapshot’, which is set for release via Nude Records on 2nd October in all formats.

‘The Mavericks’ follows the recent release of the LP’s title track, which picked up early support from the likes of Mojo, Clash and 6 Music for Brighton-based, Australian songwriter, who first became known for her work as singer and guitarist in Howling Bells. The song carries on the theme that runs throughout the album, which was recorded following the sudden loss of Stein’s father in 2019.

Electronic duo Dear Humans release their emotionally-charged new single

Electronic duo Dear Humans release their latest single, Blinded: an emotionally-charged, melancholic anthem that blends the rich, soulful vocals of Alex Who? with the slick, deep beats of producer Corey Epstein to incredible effect.

Landing this August, Blinded is a meticulously crafted and deeply affecting record. Sitting somewhere between deep house and neo-soul, it conveys an extraordinary depth of feeling and crackles with a restrained intensity: both haunting and invigorating in equal measure.

Glasgow’s CARLA J EASTON teams up with HONEYBLOOD on anthemic single ‘WEIRDO’

‘WEIRDO’, a defiant pop album written over the course of a year spent sofa-surfing by Scottish artist Carla J Easton (TeenCanteen), is set to be released on August 28th on Olive Grove Records.

Following on from the critically acclaimed ‘Impossible Stuff’, which was shortlisted for Scottish Album of The Year 2019, Easton set to work writing and recording ‘WEIRDO’ with the help of Scott Paterson (Sons and Daughters) in CHVRCHES old basement studio in Glasgow. The pair met and became friends whilst playing in the live band for The Vaselines 2019 tour and began writing together after playing at The Boaty Weekender by Belle and Sebastian – a festival on a cruise ship around the Mediterranean.

Rising Pop Star Kelsey Coleman Says “Thank You” for UK Support in Touching Video Tribute

The debut single by Kelsey Coleman, Nobody, proved to be a huge success around the world, nowhere more-so than in the UK and it is to everyone there who has supported her that she dedicates a genuinely heart-felt rendition of one of Warren Zevon’s most beautiful songs, Keep Me in Your Heart. Kelsey explains the choice of the song and the sentiment behind her message:

“In the world today with what’s occurring and with all the conflict and anger, Keep Me in Your Heart is a message about peace and love, which I think we all need more of. I wanted to spread positivity and light to people and hopefully give people something to smile about. This is also a thank you to all the fans and supporters of my music and career so far. Thank you so much everyone and I hope you enjoy my cover!”

Tempesst release soaring new indie-psych single “High On My Own”

London via Australia folk/psych rockers Tempesst today (19/8/20) release the third single from their upcoming debut album Must Be A Dream, out September 30th via Pony Recordings. New single “High On My Own” follows the previously released singles “On The Run” and “Mushroom Cloud”.

Alt Soul Genius Ang Low Releases Stunning New Video to “Memories”

Ang Low, one of the leading lights of alternative electronic soul, has released the video to his latest track, Memories, a stunningly choreographed work of art which demonstrates the feverishly brilliant imagination of this renegade artist.

“Memories is about losing yourself, bringing yourself back to reality with memories. The things that we try to accomplish in life, the lives we lead, who we say we are is only just a memory in the end. Life sets us on fire and we have nothing but a great memory to keep us going.

MrKill: Australian Melodic Death Metal Band Release Visualizer for Oblivion

Australian Melodic Death Metal band MrKill is releasing another visualizer from their debut EP The Day of Reckoning for the song Oblivion. The Day of Reckoning has been received well by the media. Here are some statements:

New Music: The Uneven – “No More Violations” (Sludge / Stoner Metal)

The Uneven will release their second single, “No More Violations” on all streaming platforms, august 14, 2020. The single will be supported with another self-directed and produced music video by the band’s bassist,

RIKA 360 with Julia Ekelöf “Heat”

On July 31 RIKA 360 released its second single “Heat”, featuring the Swedish singer and songwriter Julia Ekelöf. It is a song with a mix of West Coast style over a laid back chill tune. Together with Julia’s hot voice, it creates real HEAT.

O’Mega Red, “Master”

“Being a master means to ‘acquire complete knowledge or skill in an accomplishment, technique, or art,” O’Mega says about his new single. “I’ve been in the game for a while and went through trials and tribulations. I studied the game and mastered my craft and now it’s time to come back in the forefront to push my agenda.” “Master” is out now on O’Mega’s award-winning independent record label Stay Grindin Music.

VARG Releases Second Single and Official Video “Auf Die Götter” (engl. To The Gods)

Today, the wolves of VARG release their second pagan metal single “Auf die Götter” (engl. To The Gods), cut from the upcoming full-length, Zeichen, to be released on September 18 via Napalm Records. Along with an artful conceptualized official music video, the track relates to the Viking era and the tradition of worshipping miscellaneous gods, but also to the band’s past.

Tomorrow Is National Radio Day: 67% of Americans Listen to The Radio Every Day

On August 20, we’ll be coming to you on all frequencies for National Radio Day. Radio was once one of the most incredible technologies on Earth – used by militaries and governments alike for navigation, news distribution, and more. It made news and music more accessible and brought us closer as a nation and a planet.

Though today we also rely on the internet and television, radio is far from dead. National Today, the world’s #1 authority on holidays, surveyed 1,000 people about their radio consuming habits.

National Radio Day 2020 – August 20

wifisfuneral & Smoove’L Share Drill-Inspired Anthem “Ocean”

Unwilling to compromise his artistic vision to fit in any pre-determined box, wifisfuneral is on a mission to show the world his versatility. Applying his nimble melodies to a hard-charging drill beat, wifi shares “Ocean,” his latest single. Produced by Andy & Callari, “Ocean” reverberates with the syncopated percussion and wobbling bass of UK and Brooklyn drill, as wifi effortlessly floats above the fray with his flow-switching, auto-tuned patter. The song features an appearance from Brooklyn native Smoove’L, who feels perfectly at home during his brief, but memorable verse. Seeing an official release after wifi shared a live performance video last week, “Ocean” is the latest release from PAIN?, wifi’s upcoming album.

Christafari releases dramatic visuals for “So Will I” (100 Billion X) Hillsong Cover [Feat. Avion Blackman]

As trailblazers, Christafari is continually pioneering the genre of Gospel reggae in the U.S. and throughout the world. With their latest releases and music video “So Will I” the musicianaries wanted “to showcase the glory of creation. From painted skies to snowy mountains, giraffes to jellyfish, deserts to waterfalls, and caves to volcanoes, all of this beauty is projected on the canvas of God’s most magnificent creation – mankind. Let’s face it, Jesus didn’t die for the dolphins or desert camels. He died for us. And so we have chosen to live for Him.”

Japanese electro pop artist Funny Fractures releases debut EP

‘I made the song with, in my mind, the images I had after watching the episode “San Junipero” of the Netflix’ dystopia Black Mirror. Musically, I’ve also been inspired by the psych-pop of Caribou, and Odesza’s electro-pop. “Longing” is a love song that depicts the painful feelings which can arise from the complexity of telling the difference between real and fake. It has this message that, no matter real or fake, the beauty of something like a sea landscape won’t change.’ Koji Shibano

On “Longing”, the third track on Funny Factures’s debut EP “Fake City”, production and lyrics are handled by Yuto Uchino, frontman and self-producer of the indie band The fin. That might explain why “Longing” is much more on the pop side than other works from Funny Factures, with a single-tone synth melody that sticks so easily in your head.

Maxwell Stern Unveils New Single Featuring Laura Stevenson From Upcoming LP on Lauren Records

Lauren Records is unveiling a new single from Maxwell Stern’s debut solo album, Impossible Sum today. The track features Laura Stevenson and is titled “Left In The Living Room.”

It’s a song about past and present partnerships, and what it means to show gratitude to someone. Some days it’s effortless and other days you get so bogged down by the day-to-day that you forget to be thankful. As evidenced by the Weakerthans-influenced twang of “Left In The Living Room”, Impossible Sum really is different than anything Max has done before. It’s a departure from his emo and pop-punk roots; a collection of songs that exist outside of genre, as if he were contributing to the Great American Songbook.

Wyatt Durrette (Zac Brown Band, Luke Combs) and Mel Washington share “Love Wins.”

The current political, social, COVID-oriented, climate is one of the most vocal, conflicted times this generation has ever experienced. Social distancing and self isolation have created new barriers in communication. What the world needs most right now is conversation; an honest dialogue that ignites positive change. Today, songwriters Wyatt Durrette and Mel Washington give listeners precisely that with “Love Wins.”

10 Years Debut Music Video For “The Shift”

10 Years and Mascot Records have presented the official music video for “The Shift” from their forthcoming new studio album Violent Allies (out September 18). The song has already been streamed over a million times on Spotify, and 2.2 million collective plays across all platforms. Additionally, the track is Top 25 at rock radio. To view the official music video –