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The record label Melodic Passion releases the 3rd single and video “Kingdom of Heaven” from the new metal sensation The Waymaker -a new band consisting of Christian Liljegren (Narnia, Audiovision, ex. Divinefire), Jani Stefanovic (Solution 45, Zhakiah, ex. Divinefire) and Katja Stefanovic.

Today, Melodic Passion proudly presents the 3rd single and video by The Waymaker – a new melodic metal trio from Finland and Sweden, consisting of long-time band mates Christian Liljegren (Narnia, Audiovision) & Jani Stefanovic (Solution 45, Zhakiah, Miseration) – both from Divinefire, and Jani’s wife – Katja Stefanovic (solo artist, ex. Random Eyes).

Rex – Post punk cult horror homage filmed in Amsterdam forest      

Known for post punk, new wave and Spanish rhythms, the Amsterdam-based band Rex explore topics on the darker side of life. In a chaotic whirlwind of lost love, loneliness and companionship, the band release horror homage visuals to ‘Dm’.

New Promo: Orlando Furioso HC – Mar​-​A​-​Lago Über Alles (Hard Core / Punk)

“All new for 2020. From 25 year scene veteran Malicious Nick comes Orlando Furioso HC . Anthemic metallic hardcore straight out of one of the original epicenters of the scene, Washington DC.

ME AND THE REST Release Music Video For New Single “CLOCKMASTER”

ME AND THE REST’s new motto is: “We Are Bulletproof”, and that’s what they are; immune to the quick changes in musical styles of the past 30 years, true to their Hard Rock, characterised by catchy melodies and peppered with great hook lines. They remain standing and celebrating their Hard Rock… expect an exciting year filled with great new music – one new track every month!

Out Now: Loveparade Legend Westbam/ML releases “Sky Is The Limit”

German producer and DJ, Westbam/ML, is releasing his long-awaited forthcoming single. The track called “Sky Is The Limit” features The Beloved’s John Marsh, mostly known for their track “Sweet Harmony”.

The forthcoming track is an epic masterpiece and is the first release of the German DJ’s upcoming album. The album “Famous Last Songs Vol.1” is due to be released on 22. January 2021 and features artists in the likes of Yello’s Dieter Meier, Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler, 2raumwohnung’s Inga Humpe, Alphaville’s Marian Gold, and many more. The TV premiere is scheduled at the German TV channel, ZDF, at “Klassik im Club”.

Julian Cross returns with enchanting new single ‘Asteroids’

Dutch DJ and producer Julian Cross has unveiled new single ‘Asteroids’, out now.

A spellbinding release, ‘Asteroids’ captures an ethereal-like vocal performance complimented by enchanting house grooves. The track is the second single to arrive on Julian’s forthcoming debut album Nebula, following the release of his single ‘Asteroids’.

JACK HENDERSON – Unveils ‘Nobody Gets Hurt’

Shooting sharp lyrical observations through a haze of gossamer synthesizers and lilting acoustics, ‘Nobody Gets Hurt’ is at once hymnal and haunting.

Mulling over notions of fate and destiny, success and failure, the universe and our place in it; Henderson delves deep into the human psyche with probing philosophical purpose. Like an intimate session with a shrink for the first time, Henderson’s thoughts impact with frank, incisive and ultimately constructive honesty.


The EP follows on the release of previous singles including high tempo Back & Forth, London In Stereo and Indie London-approved ‘Pressure Off’ and deep house R&B-tinged single ‘We Need It’ While Last year’s single ‘Move With Us’ – taken from EP 1, which saw support from the likes of Clash Magazine and DMC World, with Clash comparing its “experimental take on melody and structure” to the work of Jon Hopkins and James Holden.

MIKE CLERK (ex-The Lost Generation) – Returns with “Thoughts of Fools” – Listen now

His first single “Thoughts of Fools” is taken from a forthcoming planned album ‘The Space Between My Ears’, which sees Mike back on the scene after stepping away from frontman duties with previous outfit The Lost Generation.

Amy Montgomery announces debut EP ‘Intangible’

Amy Montgomery has announced the release of her debut EP Intangible, which will be available November 20th via 7Hz Music (ADA). The title track is the first single to be released from the upcoming EP and comes with a Bjork-inspired video that echoes the track’s themes of life and death while exploring the duality of the individual and what is shown outwardly to the wider world.


Fresh from gaining acclaim from the likes of Notion, IDOLATOR, CLASH, American Songwriter and more on the back of stellar singles miss u now and FLOWERS and Am I Happening, LA based polymath Troi Irons today reveals new track Thorns, a sumptuous indie offering PAPER described as a “journey to define her own femininity and embrace vulnerability in her music and her words”.

Alok & KSHMR Collaborate on New Single ‘Let Me Go’ with MKLA

Alok and KSHMR have revealed an intoxicating new single together ‘Let Me Go’ with MKLA. Out on Alok’s label CONTROVERSIA on Friday, August 21st, ‘Let Me Go’ kicks-off a set of high-profile collaborations that will be released on the label this year.

Arlissa “The House We Live In” New Song Out Now

Los Angeles-based, London-bred singer-songwriter Arlissa has released her new song, “The House We Live In” today. Arlissa, along with producer Blake Mills and songwriter Taura Stinson, originally wrote the song for the critically acclaimed movie ‘The Hate U Give.’ They were inspired to write the beautifully powerful yet somber song as a direct response to police brutality and systemic racism that plagues America as illustrated in the film and which is still prevalent in our world today. Listen to “The House We Live In”.

ANNA KRANTZ releases resplendent new single ‘We Could Be High’

‘We Could Be High’ was written on a Zoom call during the recent global lockdown. Anna Krantz, like many writers, had her reservations about collaborating over the internet for the first time, yet when all other options become suddenly stripped away, creatives get creative.

Broken Hands release new album ‘Split In Two’

Broken Hands have released their new album Split In Two, which is out now via SO Recordings. You can buy the album here.

The band have also released the captivating live video of album track ‘Mess’, which was recently filmed as part of an exclusive full album performance for fans.

Vato Gonzalez and Yizzy join forces on new single ‘Two Two Riddim’

Dutch producer Vato Gonzalez has linked up with grime artist Yizzy on new single ‘Two Two Riddim’, out 21st August.

A certified party starter, ‘Two Two Riddim’ pairs Vato’s high-energy, bass-heavy production with Yizzy’s seamless, quick-witted flow – a skank-inducing combination certain to set things off.

Pilar Victoria Arrives With New Single ‘Space Song’

Pilar Victoria is far from your average 14-year-old. Today, she’s shared her brand new single ‘Space Song,’ the ethereal first taste from her forthcoming debut EP out this year via Platoon.

‘Space Song’ – which is laden with all the gorgeous story-telling magic that her already madly loyal fans have come to expect from Pilar – is an other-worldly trip through the captivating mind of one of the most intriguing and genuinely exciting new artists in the world right now. Alongside the track, Pilar has also debuted a mesmerizing animated video filled with celestial imagery that brings the song perfectly to life.

Brad Stank shares video for “She Was A Tease” ft King Krule Sax

Brad Stank today shares the video for his most recent single “She Was A Tease”, the final track to preview his debut album Kinky Om which came out on the 5th June via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Guest Singer).

Internet Money Recruits Future & Swae Lee for “Thrusting” from B4 The Storm

Los Angeles based artist/producer collective Internet Money have released their latest single “Thrusting” (ft. Future and Swae Lee) ahead of their debut album, B4 The Storm, out August 28 via 10K Projects/Internet Money Records. With a dancehall beat and reverbed piano, “Thrusting” shows off Swae Lee’s smooth choruses and Future’s characteristic flow.

Internet Money feat. Swae Lee & Future – Thrusting

Skope / Whitehorse’s Cryptozoologists announce Pond Life, share surreal stop-motion video single, “White Silk”

Realized at Whitehorse’s Old Crow Recordings with Patrick Hamilton (Soda Pony, the Sweeties), Pond Life comprises eleven songs of teetering hope, political angst, and labyrinthine quests for grace and self-acceptance. Ahead of its September 4 release, Cryptozoologists share video single, “White Silk.”

DIRTY FREUD – Signs to Modern Sky UK for new EP

A boundary-pushing, genre-clashing marvel, the track offers a first glimpse of an upcoming 4 track EP: ‘Love In The Backwater’, set for release this Winter.

Finding touchpoints in the realms of Trip-Hop, Rave, Bassline, Dub-Step and beyond, Dirty Freud fuses their myriad sounds to conjure compositions at once noirish in nostalgic reference and dystopian in futuristic vision.

Dirty Freud – Signs to Modern Sky UK for new EP || Releases: “Intentions” ft. Szou

The Brummies deliver “the perfect escape from these weird times” with a dark disco “After Midnight”

The Brummies, Nashville-based rock trio, who earlier this summer graced us with the upbeat single “Sunshine,” are rounding out the season with a new dose of escapism with the 70s tinged “After Midnight.”

THEM Announce New Album “Return To Hemmersmoor” – First Single “Free” Streaming Now

Thrash metal meets horror/fantasy story, part III: their latest album Return To Hemmersmoor sees German-American act Them present the third part of a trilogy that was launched back in 2016 on Sweet Hollow and continued in 2018 with Manor Of The Se7en Gables. Return To Hemmersmoor takes up where the thematic thread of its two predecessors left off and brings the story to a gripping finale, documenting at the same time the band’s unmistakable musical evolvement. “Possibly the new material is a little tougher and more uncompromising,” guitarist Markus Ullrich compares the three recordings. “Being directly involved, we’re too close to really be able to judge. Fact is: the album definitely sounds more mature, which certainly has to do with the songwriting as well as with our general approach. From the start, Them have worked in a very focussed manner according to a definite plan. For that kind of targeted strategy you really need the right line-up consisting of accomplished musicians that are one hundred per cent behind the concept. Them totally fulfils all those conditions.”

Daze of June release new single feat. Courtney LaPlante

DAZE OF JUNE’s first single ‘Black-Eyed’ has already reached over 150 K streams since its release, being added to New Core, New Metal Tracks, New Blood and many other playlists along the way. Now the band is set to release their biggest single to date featuring the charismatic and talented Courtney LaPlante from Canadian metalcore band SPIRITBOX. ‘Hypnos’ is a dark and beautiful monster of a track combining the impressive clean vocals and screams of LaPlante and Ganzhorn.


TIM MCGRAW has released his highly anticipated first solo album in five years, HERE ON EARTH today via Big Machine Records. Delivering one of 2020’s most-anticipated albums, the GRAMMY® Award-winner embraces our ever-changing “new normal” reminding us that we are here on earth to take care of each other.

Boston musician Munk Duane shares song written after battling Covid-19

Boston based Recording Artist, Producer and Film Composer Munk Duane has a style deeply rooted in late 60s and early 70s Soul and Pop, with unapologetic nods to legends such as Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Prince and Stevie Wonder, crafting a sonic atmosphere that is traditional in inception and modern in execution. Harkening spirits of the past and filtering them through a 21st-century aesthetic places Munk Duane in an Alternative R&B bent alongside latter-day Soul interpreters like Leon Bridges, Childish Gambino, Anderson. Paak and Vulfpeck.

Listen to Munk Duane’s commentary on the state of affairs with new single “Dangerous”


Today, Indiana-born, Chicago-based musician Glded ( Ben Harper) reveals gorgeous fever dream Waiting Up, a stunningly beautiful genre-free offering showcasing the delicacy of Harper’s production and the worn intimacy of his vocals. The first track to be revealed from upcoming EP Moraine,Waiting Up serves as a statement piece from an artist who creates in a wholly unique way.

Jason Nix Releases New Single “Made For Me” From Debut EP ‘Money On You’

As The Boot notes, Nix drew inspiration for the “upbeat, blues-influenced track” from his mawmaw and pawpaw, Audra and Homer. “I have [Pawpaw’s] hair. To this day, every time I see [Mawmaw], she’ll pat me on the head and say, ‘Lord, your hair is just like Homer’s,’ and go off on a 15-minute tangent about how she used to make all the girls jealous when they were together or how he could just ‘play the fire out of a guitar,'” Nix shares. “There’s always a story about how Homer loved to dance, and I learn something new every time I see her.”

Boy Pablo shares new song “rest up” and B-Side “people”

While his career took off in 2017 with the viral, outsider-pop anthem “Everytime”, Boy Pablo’s Nicolas Muńoz has since found himself more connected to his art than ever. While Boy Pablo initially started out as a project just for fun, Muńoz, now 21, has since honed a cohesive, creative vision, becoming a fully-fledged force to be reckoned with in the indie-pop space.


“I shed a lot of heaviness in the last year, friendships and relationships that didn’t serve me any longer,” Wafia shares. “I grieved a lot and some days I still do but anything difficult comes with an opportunity for something better. This EP is about that.”

Old 97’s New Album “Twelfth” Out Today on ATO Records

Old 97’s release their new album Twelfth today on ATO Records. Twelfth is a recounting and a celebration of the beloved outfit’s 27 years as a band with all of its original members – frontman Rhett Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples. Miller’s childhood hero, the legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, appears on the album’s cover as a nod to the band’s own journey to achieving their dreams through decades of hard work and hard living. “It’s been a really sweet, beautiful ride, and I’m pretty lucky,” Miller told NPR’s Here & Now in a recent interview. “Not many bands stay together for 27 years, and I’m not exactly sure how we did it. But knock wood, thank goodness we have.”

London Duo 88/89 Release Electrifying New Single “Hit Me”

The British duo, comprised of Jack and Michael, delivers a nostalgic and psychedelic single capturing the high points of being in love. “Melodically, this one just fell into place quite easily. It started with some ‘la la la’s’ in the chorus, and the lyrics followed on from there,” explain the duo. “Like most of our writing, once we get the theme of the song, everything kind of fits into place.” “Hit Me” was recorded and produced by 88/89, mixed by Tim Rowkins (Maribou State, Mura Masa, Rina Sawayama) and mastered by Kevin Tuffy at Alchemy Mastering. “‘Hit Me’ is about that moment in a relationship when you’re like ‘uh ooooooooo this is the real deal’ and the moments that take your breath away. It’s one of our favourite songs because it represents a time where we realized what kind of music we wanted to make.” Vocally, the track is evocative of bands like The Temper Trap, while the soundscape of synths and guitars are resonant with 80s neo-psychedelia and modern synth-pop bands like MGMT. “We wanted to make something with a slightly unorthodox rhythm, an Andrew Weatherall, Screamadelica style beat. Then we thought it would be fun to pair that with some shoegazy, My Bloody Valentine-esque guitar,” Jack and Michael explain. The dreamy synths, obscured vocals, and distorted guitar bring a unique and ethereal sound to the indie-pop track.

Nightly Releases New Single, Announces Debut Album

Today, Nashville-based band Nightly announce their highly anticipated debut album – night, love you – due to release October 16th via BMG Recordings. Comprised of 14 tracks mostly written in quarantine, the album features previously released favorites “the movies” and “not like you,” as well as breakup anthem “you should probably just hang up.”

Gipsy Swing meets Hip Hop in Gionathan’s new single

The Corro e Basta project reaches its fifth and final stage in a very original way.

The journey of Gionathan’s new single has begun on May 22nd, has continued with tri-weekly releases and now ends with the Gipsy / Swing version.
In this song indie rap meets the manouche jazz sound born almost a century ago and brought to success by the guitarist Django Reinhardt.

The result is an unprecedented combo with an unexpected freshness.

OUT NOW: Jakob Leventhal’s New Single “Greenwich Village Ghosts” ft. Sarah Jarosz   ​   

Jakob Leventhal makes music for uncontrollably obsessive people. Writing out of New York, Jakob released his first single, “This Love is Sarcastic,” to praise from ANR Factory for its “cynical brands of love.” Soon after, Jakob’s first full-length album “Oh, So Bittersweet” embodied the songwriter’s experiences with depression, relationships, and growing up in New York. Elton John praised the album as “one of the most beautiful records [he’s] heard in a long time,” and Bill Flanagan called it “beautiful music with a lyr
ical edge.” In between planning world domination and smoking a lot, Jakob is working on his next full-length album, which he plans to release in late 2020.

CARRiNGTON MacDUFFiE’s New Single “The Kiss I Didn’t Get Last Night” Available Now

Rising Indie singer / songwriter CARRiNGTON MacDUFFiE continues to pour enchanting energy into crafting out-of-this-world singles, and piquing curiosity among humankind with the release of her latest single, “The Kiss I Didn’t Get Last Night.” This haunting single opens with a satisfyingly sexy beat and mirrors the intellectual and spiritual being that is CARRiNGTON MacDUFFiE. The lyric that follows sends fans into a mystic realm; the poetic sensibility running free and longing for affection in an abyss of desire. “The Kiss I Didn’t Get Last Night” is available on all streaming services with an exclusive music video premiered by Los Angeles Blade and Washington Blade Magazine.

CARRiNGTON MacDUFFiE’s New Single “The Kiss I Didn’t Get Last Night” Available Now