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Lil Xxel releases new high-energy track MNU
Alexander Perez, better known as Lil Xxel (Zell) is the Tik Tok superstar taking the R&B world by storm with his fun and unique genre-blending sound. Newly signed to 300 Entertainment, Lil Xxel releases a brand new single “MNU” alongside a lyric video (Watch HERE). “MNU”‘s bouncy and textured beat is simply addictive and Xxel’s personality shines through in the song’s endearing lyrics. Along with the track, MNU comes with a vibrant lyric video that puts Xxel’s words on display. The “MNU” lyric video is a colorful photo montage, using Polaroids to tell Xxel’s story perfectly and makes certain fans will know the words by heart in no time. “MNU” is high-energy, danceable track that will undoubtably get listeners on their feet.
Molly Tuttle shares FKA twigs video
Award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Molly Tuttle has unveiled her stunning cover of FKA twigs’ “Mirrored Heart” with a profoundly intimate companion video available today to celebrate the release of her just-released covers record, …but i’d rather be with you (Compass Records).
KILLER WHALE ENCOURAGES GRATITUDE IN GROOVY NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “DROP OUT”
Today, New Orleans-based band Killer Whale releases “Drop Out,” the groovy third single and its gloriously lo-fi video from their forthcoming album Tastes Like Yesterday, co-produced by Grayson Converse of Spooky Mansion, out September 18th via Devil In The Woods. “Drop Out,” which Backseat Mafia called “a beautiful slice of hazy R&B/pop, with these ethereal vocals floating over gluey synths and this sprawling bassline. It has this melody that drifts into your ears, breaks your heart and kisses it better all at once.” “’Drop Out’ is about realizing you may need a breath, a pause, or just something new, and dropping out of whatever that is,” says Killer Whale frontman Thomas Johnson.
‘FLYING V’ DOCUMENTARY TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS STYLES OF ELECTRIC GUITAR
September 11, 2020 will see the release of the new DVD, ‘Flying V.’ Issued as part of the popular ‘Inside Metal’ series, ‘Flying V’ was directed by Peter Hansen and produced by Hansen and Michael Denner, and features in-depth interviews with countless renowned metal guitarists who have helped make this make/model one of the most instantly identifiable instruments in all of rock.
DISCLOSURE’S NEW ALBUM, ‘ENERGY,’ IS OUT TODAY
Today, GRAMMY®-nominated duo Disclosure released their new album, ENERGY (Capitol Records) – the follow-up to 2015’s Caracal, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and topped the U.K. Official Albums chart
Multiple Grammy®-winning artist ST. VINCENT has partnered with international rock star/composer YOSHIKI to craft a fresh version of her song “New York”, set for release August 28 through Loma Vista and Concord in association with Universal Music.
The new version of ST. VINCENT’s bittersweet signature tune originally released on her international Top 10 album MASSEDUCTION, features YOSHIKI’s classical-inspired arrangements that infuse the song’s timeless melodies with unpredictable new textures.
The Struts Premiere New Single “Another Hit Of Showmanship” with Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes
Sparked from a Britpop-leaning riff dreamed up by Struts guitarist Adam Slack, “Another Hit of Showmanship” features a particularly poignant vocal performance from singer Luke Spiller, who perfectly captures the tension between giving in to temptation and rising above. After laying down the initial version of the track, Spiller reached out to Hammond, who’d previously invited the band to open for him on a series of solo shows in 2018.
Glassnote Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Mexico-native Silvana Estrada. In celebration, Silvana has also released, “Para Siempre,” a stunning Spanish language reworking of Glassnote artist CHVRCHES’ hit “Forever” out now.
Galimatias Releases New Album ‘Renaissance Boy’
Of the inspiration behind “GPS ft Bas,” Galimatias shares that: “I’ve always been very much into sampling. There’s a certain kind of magic that can arise when you sample something and start messing with pitch. You open the door for magic to enter, because things happen that you couldn’t think your way into, they arise out of experimentation. When I started this track, I recorded the rhodes and vocals a couple semitones higher, because my end goal was to pitch it down. The timbre of the vocal changes, and gives it an entirely different feeling. I was lucky that Bas and Xavier were both down to do their own takes on it, because they both killed it and took it to another level.”
Drawing on the distinctive sound and fresh musical ideas that recently earned its namesake her third consecutive International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year nomination, The Gina Furtado Project shows a more playful side of Furtado’s musical personality on “Alley Cat,” the group’s latest single for Mountain Home Music Company.
Today, multi-platinum rapper, Nasty C, also known as the “coolest kid in Africa,” drops his long-awaited album, ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER via Def Jam Recordings. The album follows the long-brewing buzz on Nasty C’s major mainstream crossover with fans around the globe anticipating its release. ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER is available on all digital platforms now.
standards share their debut full-length, Fruit Island
Led by the exuberant melodies of cross-tapping guitarist Marcos Mena, the LA duo standards make meticulous instrumental math-rock whose effervescent riffs teem with sunny enthusiasm. On the band’s debut full-length, Fruit Island, standards deftly retool math-rock’s unforgiving, challenging tendencies into a style that is both danceable and compositionally profound. Drummer Forrest Rice’s boisterous chops complement Mena’s unpredictable melodies, grounding the unusual self-dueling riffs and balancing the bright compositions with tasteful fills and immaculate syncopations.
Throwing himself into his new artistic direction, wifisfuneral is ready to turn heads with his emotional songwriting. Turning a new leaf in his career, wifisfuneral shares PAIN?, his engaging new album. Giving his tight flows a tuneful lift, PAIN? is a dramatic change in direction from wifi’s previous albums, fully-integrating auto-tune assisted melodies into his cerebral songs. The album veers from romantic devotionals, to X-rated sex jams, to expressions of loneliness, as wifi’s voice expresses the deeply-felt emotion reflected in his lyrics.
The highly-anticipated third studio album further solidifies Tiwa’s position as one of the leading artists in the forefront pushing Afrobeats to a global audience. The 13-track album rhythmically entices one to dance and explores the many facets of femininity. It speaks to the strong, modern woman that can be felt in Africa and globally.
Named after a strong woman – Tiwa’s Mother – Celia is a mixed bag of emotions, but is always honest while showcasing Savage’s extraordinary vocal talent and prowess as a writer on all the tracks. The album features Academy and multi-GRAMMY Award-winning pop phenomenon Sam Smith on her classy sultry track “Temptation” along with her other singles the female empowering “Koroba” and the hypnotizing “Dangerous Love.”
The Allman Betts Band release stunning sophomore album ‘Bless Your Heart’
The band recorded at Muscle Shoals Sounds Studio on two-inch tape, just as they did with their debut, Down To The River. The band enlisted veteran producer Matt-Ross Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley) who also produced Down To The River. Bless Your Heart shows the band stretching their musical legs. Making it quite apparent that they have gelled into a tour de force. The musical themes in their latest effort hit on everything from serious and deeply personal themes, to light-hearted music that will make you want to boogie.
SEBASTIAN MIKAEL RETURNS WITH “EXIT”
“Exit” marks Mikael’s eagerly awaited first new release since his ambitious two-EP project, I C U U C ME PART I and I C U U C ME PART II. The latter EP proved a sensation upon its release last year, fueled by such singles as “Acid Part II,” “Rain (Feat. $ean Wire),” and the fan favorite, “Time,” which now boasts over 4M streams via the companion visual alone.
Granville Automatic Share Title Track From New Record ‘Tiny Televisions’
Today, Granville Automatic release the title track for their upcoming record Tiny Televisions. Out on September 11, Tiny Televisions is the companion-piece to the duo’s first book, Hidden History of Music Row, available August 31 from The History Press with a foreword by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.
Andrew Farriss Set To Release Five-Track EP ‘Love Makes The World’ On October 2, 2020
While COVID-19 might have stalled the creative works of many, acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Farriss has used the down-time to record his soon to be released 5-song EP Love Makes The World slated for release on October 2, 2020.
Love Makes The World is perfect for the times as its main musical focus is on human relationships and the world around us, drilling into what is really important – the relationships between people and how we interact. Something that has been highlighted as the world takes a step back and reevaluates life during these COVID times. While the EP was planned for release after Andrew’s debut album, he had already been working on it over the past decade and felt that all the songs came together effortlessly to create its own body of work.
The latest cut from Lewis Knaggs is a moving, guitar driven indie-ballad that brings imaginative song writing with a vulnerable vocal performance. Lewis explores the whirlwind of emotions associated with the loss of a loved one, beautifully interwoven with the track’s narrative.
With a series of successful singles and videos this year, Beatrice has unveiled her new single “Upside Down,” on August 28th, alongside her new album release of the same name, Upside Down. The highly anticipated release shows the stunning and diverse range of the artist, which puts her ahead of the rest.
Jamaican reggae superstar TARRUS RILEY today shares his long-awaited album Healing, out now on all DSPs via Jukeboxx Productions/Zojak Worldwide.
Produced by noted studio wizard Shane Brown and legendary sax man Dean Fraser along with Riley himself, Healing finds “Singy Singy” — as fans know the charismatic singer behind hits like “She’s Royal” and “Powerful” (with Major Lazer) — collaborating with a who’s who of today’s top dancehall acts. Jamaican stars Shenseea, Konshens, Dexta Daps, Teejay and Rvssian head up the list of featured guests on this timely and urgent soundtrack to these turbulent times.
Nashville Duo Anne Malin Share “Child” Single
Some of you may remember Anne Malin’s last record, the atmospheric and intense Fog Area (2018), which I had the honor of working. Since then, the duo has relocated to Nashville from South Bend (they’re originally from NC and Kentucky) and, while struggling like the rest of us with the onslaught that has been 2020 (unemployment, pandemic, sickness) has crafted the sublime Waiting Song, a record about what it means for everything to stop, which I’m sharing with you today. This is not a wallowing, though. In their words, they sing “towards a garden they wish to inhabit.”
SK8 RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “HOW IT BE”
Omaha, NE born singer SK8 is back with an energetic, feel-good anthem titled “How It Be,” released today via his own Alignment Records and Art@War/Atlantic Records. Backed by a flute-like synth and an infectious beat, SK8’s penchant for earworm hooks is clear as he raps about feeling on top of the world. –
Records. At only 18-years-old the rising artist is making waves gaining over 20 streams all on his own. He’s featured on “Familiar” and “Let You Down” off Internet Money’s debut album B4 The Storm.
TheHxliday co-produced, mixed, and wrote “Save Me.” The raw dark-pop record is a deep cry for help fueled by visceral emotion. He belts “And I don’t wanna lose my life. And you’re the one that keeps me tame.” COMPLEX praised “Save Me” calling it “A beautiful new record from TheHxliday, in which the young artist calls for help to escape the torment of his own thoughts.”
JAZMINE SULLIVAN MAKES LONG AWAITED RETURN WITH EMOTIONAL NEW SINGLE – “LOST ONE”
Twelve-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan makes her long awaited return with the emotional new single “Lost One.” Written by Jazmine and produced by Dave Watson, Jr., the smoldering ballad explores the remorse one experiences after a failed relationship. Released via RCA Records, the song is available at digital service providers –
Aluna Releases New Album ‘Renaissance’ Today
Today marks the release of RENAISSANCE, the highly anticipated debut solo album from Aluna, available worldwide today via Mad Decent. RENAISSANCE, which Aluna co-produced alongside executive producer Lido, features contributions from Princess Nokia, Jada Kingdom, SG Lewis, KAYTRANADA, Scott Storch, GRADES, Mr. Carmack and Rema, and represents the culmination of her journey of “a black girl in an all-white British suburb back in the day” to launching a rule-breaking revolution where rigid boundaries dissolve between culture, race, gender, and genre.