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After a celebratory start to the year with the birth of her first child, “Woman” is a song that focuses on the theme of female empowerment, strength, and unapologetically loving yourself, the track states: “if God is a woman on Sunday ima worship us,” and effortlessly follows with “take my mirror out the bag and fill it with confidence”. Produced by Loxe (aka Rowan Perkins), who co-produced four tracks on Saturn, “Woman” was mixed by Manon Grandjean – the female engineer behind Dave’s Mercury winning album Psychodrama and Stormzy’s Heavy is the Head.

Mechanical kraut, layered alt-rock record from The Holy via Playground Music

Nominated for a Grammy, Finland’s The Holy will release their second album ‘Mono Freedom’ via Playground Music this Spring. It’s an mechanical kraut, layered alt-rock record with elements of electronic and prog.

New single The Rocket Song ‘The Rocket Song’ tells the story of human arrogance which results in their extinction. Frontman Eetu Iivari says: “The last people living on earth decide to build a space rocket and try to go through black holes to new galaxies. But they fail, like we humans tend to do. We often think we’re unbeatable.”

“Rudimental” by Mei: New Music Video OUT NOW!

Since its release, “Rudimental” has been praised by Before The Data, Highlark Mag, and Fashionably Early as “another extension of his brilliant… sound he’s been developing since 2018,” and Ones To Watch shared an interview with Mei on the single. “Rudimental” was also featured on two Apple Music Indie playlists: Indie Pop and New in: Indie.

KRAFTWERK’s Wolfgang Flür collaborates with U96 on “Transhuman”

There are few genres in which German artists play such a central pioneering role as they do in electronic music, be it techno, electropop, trance or rave. At the frontline for many years were Kraftwerk and U96, two absolute trailblazers of this musical direction. While Kraftwerk wrote international music history mainly in the 1970s with cult albums such as Autobahn (1974), Radio-Aktivität (1975), Trans Europa Express (1977) and Die MenschMaschine (1978), U96 had a profound influence on the global pop music, rave and techno scene of the 1990s with hits such as “Das Boot”, “Love Sees No Colour”, “Night In Motion” and “Heaven”. Transhuman, scheduled for release on Radikal Records/UNLTD Recordings on September 4, 2020, will feature a spectacular collaboration between U96 (Ingo Hauss and Hayo Lewerentz) and Wolfgang Flür, Kraftwerk’s drummer in the years between 1972 and 1987 and therefore involved in the most seminal albums by the group from Düsseldorf.

Odario Drops Sizzling New Single “Hot Hot Heat”

Odario is a storyteller, a hip-hop junkie and a lover of many musical soundscapes. He is embedded in the beat and submerged in the bass. His solo project expresses all of these qualities; tackling the many sides of “beat poetry.”

On his latest single, “Hot Hot Heat,” Odario ventures into the infectious world of classic dance music with the help of vocalist Kamilah Apong (of disco soundcrew Tush) and producer/composer Todor Kobakov. “Hot Hot Heat” blends house music, hip-hop, beat poetry and jazz into one massive ball of fire & uptempo groove.

Tallbird Share New Single “Growing Up,” Debut LP ‘Lost Pet Poster Template’ Out 9/25

On Friday, Brooklyn-based, indie pop outfit Tallbird shared “Growing Up,” the second single from their upcoming, debut album, Lost Pet Poster Template, due out September 25th. In true Tallbird fashion, “Growing Up” is a colorful track, bursting with life and energy. Written about adjusting to the end of a friendship, the chorus is a wild, fast collage of manipulated vocal samples assembled into the phrase “growing up without you.”

Tallbird Debut New Single “Growing Up”

Ellie Goulding Announces Special Guests For “The Brightest Blue Experience”

Today Ellie has announced that during the livestream, close friends and recent collaborators Diplo and blackbear will drop into the show to give fans a very special addition to the performance. The showcase will see Ellie perform tracks from her new album for the first time as well as some fan favorites all of which will be accompanied by a special ensemble of live musicians. Ellie comments, “How incredible to hear this album come to life with some of London’s most talented players – it sounds exactly how I imagined – like a new world.”

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Posted by Ellie Goulding on Friday, August 14, 2020

Singer-Songwriter Max Parker Unveils Dreamy New Single

“Right Back Where We Started,” the first single Max is sharing from the forthcoming EP, is upbeat yet sentimental, and imbued with a feeling of nostalgia as if you’re going back in time to a happier place.

Artist: Priya Panda – Track: Freaky Girl

The raw, tender pain of an unforeseen breakup. The intense joy of your first and best high. Priya Panda’s music evokes both, lingering like a bittersweet memory that won’t stay buried. Somber, saccharine melodies pour out effortlessly in her debut, delivered with the intimacy and vulnerability of a close confidante.

Young Dolph Earns Highest Chart Debut with ‘Rich Slave’

PAPER Magazine praised the album in an interview with Young Dolph last week, “Rich Slave is the kind of adventurous LP that you make when you have full artistic autonomy. Dolph says that half of it was recorded prior to the pandemic, and then the lockdown ‘forced him to be more creative’ with the rest. ‘I had fun with all aspects of it, trying to give people a real reason to check it out,’ he says.” For more on Dolph speaking on the album, police brutality, and the plight of being a Black man in America, check out the full interview here.

lindsay ell’s sophomore album “heart theory” debuts inside top 10 globally

In a show of its resonance with listeners worldwide, chart topping musician, vocalist and songwriter Lindsay Ell’s highly-anticipated sophomore album heart theory debuted inside the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top 5 on the UK Country Album Chart. The 12-track concept album that explores the seven stages of grief is available everywhere now.

Success for the heart theory’s current single “wAnt me back” skyrocketed more than 275% across all streaming platforms, with a 5,710%, 220%, 107% and 26% increase on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music respectively.

Artist: Terrence Rashad – Track: Scandalous

The young artist has been involved with music from a very young age. At just six years old he would sing old songs with his grandmother, his family realizing early on the gift he had for singing. He played multiple instruments throughout his school years, eventually going on to attend the Detroit School of Performing Arts. During his studies he learnt how to produce, record and sing— soon finding his own unique voice as an artist. His style is an innovative blend of classic R&B and modern hip-hop. A dazzlingly unique sound that results in songs that are timeless and surpass generational boundaries.

Maserati Skrill “Already” New Single

Rapper Daja Marie to Follow “Closet Freakk” Video

Altanta-based independent hip hop artist Daja Marie today announced her self-titled DAJA MARIE debut EP is set to release this Fall on October 2nd. Daja recently dropped her single and music video, “Closet Freakk,” which is available now for streaming and download on all major digital platforms. The record, produced by multi-platinum super producer Caviar The Secret Specialist, is a perfectly-timed rap-anthem of liberation curated for boss women around the globe who answer to no one about their sexual business behind closed doors.

Sada Baby takes on a whole new vibe with his latest release, “Whole Lotta Choppas.”

Detroit-native Sada Baby delivers the explosive new single and action-packed visual for, Whole Lotta Choppas from the highly-anticipated debut album due out before the end of the year.

The ice-cold Detroit style production has only ameliorated the urgency in Sada Baby’s tone,. On his new single, he takes a new route single. The rapper came through with his latest offering, “Whole Lotta Choppas” this week which finds him tackling a different sound than usual. The heavy dance influence demands high-energy from Sada Baby. His charisma on high, Sada Baby flexes braggadocious bars with his wordplay and charismatic delivery.

Bronx-bred rapper Austin Sour releases his new single and video, “95 Mike”

Bronx-bred rapper Austin Sour releases his new single and video, “95 Mike”. Austin first began to receive recognition following the release of his well received EP, The Moonchild, in 2016, and most recently his critically acclaimed Ghetto Casino EP which dropped last year. Get ready for new music from Austin coming soon.

KEL$Z LUCHIE Releases official music video for “GG”

Born and raised in the Bronx, the 25 year-old Dominican & Columbian rapper is set to release his first single “GG” on eOne. Influenced by artists like Cam’ron and Pharrell, Kel$Z’s unique New York sound was cemented with the release countless singles and freestyles, plus his 2017 album Real Fake and 2018’s 456. He credits his sound to with to the influences all around him. “Being outside every day is mainly where I get my inspiration from. I have much more to talk about in my music.”

Singer Songwriter MICHAEL COLTON’ Shares Poignant New Single “Leave the Light On”

Singer/songwriter Michael Colton is set to release a new single, the moving ballad “Leave The Light On.” The song illustrates the lifelong connection between a father and son that begins with the early rituals of childhood. Colton’s clear, resonant vocals and emotive lyricism convey both the everyday interactions between the blues rock troubadour and his young son while at the same time, taking the singer back to his youth and the wisdom his parents imparted on him. Colton has garnered significant accolades for his impeccable storytelling as well as his effortless mastery of the guitar. Produced by noted film and television composer/producer Brett Boyett, “Leave The Light On” features Colton on vocals and guitar as well as a group of talented studio musicians to round out the production. The song will be available digitally August 14 and an EP will be released in the fall.

SCARDUST Reveal “STRANGERS” Album Details And Post Teaser Video, Out In October

Israeli progressive wizards SCARDUST follow up their critically acclaimed debut masterpiece “Sands of Time” with “Strangers”, an intriguing concept album recorded against all odds in the first half of 2020. Mixed by Yonatan Kossov (Orphaned Land, Amorphis) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), the album – which is now available for pre-order on CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl here: https://smarturl.com/scardust2020 – will be released October 30th, 2020 via M-Theory Audio. A 60-second YouTube teaser video can be viewed here:


Montana based hard rock quartet Standed By Choice are set for release of their third studio album ‘Lost By Design’ on August 28th 2020. The band have released a snippet of the upcoming album via their brand new video ‘Stone Alone’ out today!

The album boasts heavy riffs, soaring vocals and crushing grooves. It’s a wonderful mix of country-style rock, hard rock and in parts, has a metal infusion.

New music: Indie-psych duo Hi Frisco team up with Charlotte Spiral on new single ‘Headspin’

Following up the release of their explosive initial singles ‘Gold’, ‘Snowfall’ and ‘The War’ over the last year, which have since gone onto receive airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio London, named as Jack Saunders’ New Wave, and found praise from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Fault Magazine, The Most Radicalist, Atwood Magazine and Record of the Day, indie-psych heroes Hi Frisco have now returned to unveil their latest vibrant offering ‘Headspin’ ft. Charlotte Spiral, lifted from their forthcoming debut album ‘Goodbye, Blue Monday’.

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