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On the album, Nasty C shared; “It’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to hear the feedback from my fans. I offered them something a little different with this album. I have some great features from artists that I respect. Check it out. I don’t think you will be disappointed.”

OUT TODAY: Chicago’s Half Gringa Returns with Sophomore LP ‘Force To Reckon’

Half Gringa — aka Chicago-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Isabel “Izzy” Olive — has returned with her already critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Force To Reckon, today, which can be purchased now digitally and on vinyl at Bandcamp and streamed at Spotify and Apple Music.


Ashton Travis is from the best city in the world. He knows he’s biased, but the charming poet-turned-singer from Houston, TX is more than sentimental about his hometown—he has the facts to make his case. “Houston has a strong style and culture, from music, to food, style, the cars we drive, and some of the most beautiful black people in the world; We’re champions in sports, and we put out legendary music acts from DJ Screw to Beyonce to Ashton Travis,” he boasts.

Rudimental, Anne-Marie & Tion Wayne Join Forces For New Single “Come Over” – out now!

Rudimental are back with new single “Come Over” ft. Anne-Marie and Tion Wayne – a fresh, infectious summer bumper that forms their first new music since the release of “Easy On Me” ft. The Martinez Brothers back in March.

Teaming up with Anne-Marie – for the first time since 2018’s “Let Me Live” (w/ Major Lazer) – and breakout star Tion Wayne, “Come Over” forms a natural extension of the music Rudimental have been putting out over the last 12 months.

The Foes of Fern Unveil New Album “Carpe Diem” Out Today!

Telegraph Hill Record’s Foes of Fern are a band of non-stop fun and gritty gracefulness; a troupe of eclectic musicians from New Jersey setting the record straight, left, right, and upside down.

Marrying drums, bass, guitar, tuba, ukulele, sax, trumpet, trombone and other wandering minstrels, the Foes carve out a segment in the music industry like a voluminous, awesome boulder. Their music is hypnotic and gang-busting in every sense, initiating you as part of the tribe upon first down-beat. A wall of sound thriving through each new moment on stage, feeling like the spontaneity of Hendrix while maintaining the rehearsed specialties in parts and orchestration reminiscent of the Beatles.


The song features some of their most personal lyrics and will be featured on the group’s debut EP, Encino, which is set for release on September 18th.

“Once a cheater always a cheater, especially when you see it with your own two eyes,” says Stu Da Boi of the track. “‘Promises’ was a super difficult song to write but doing so got me through a real rough time and we were able to turn a negative into a positive. I hope you all can enjoy it, despite the heartbreak required to make it.”


Platinum crossover electronic artist and producer/DJ ILLENIUM has released “Nightlight”, his first track via his recent partnership with 12Tone Music, led by industry veterans Doug Morris and Steve Bartels. Speaking on “Nightlight” ILLENIUM states, “I’m so excited to finally start putting out new music again. I hope you find escape in ‘Nightlight’. The song really helped me lose myself in the music when I was making it”.

Big Havi and Lil Keed Unite for “Vibez’N” from 9/4 Personal Problems 2 Project

Big Havi combines an addictive melodic rhyming style with heavy lyrics about his internal struggles. Digging ever deeper into his psyche, Havi announces Personal Problems 2. The sequel to Havi’s early 2020 project Personal Problems, PP2 finds Big Havi refining his approach, spinning fast-talking rhymes and candied melodies into indelible hooks. The project reveals a more confident and brash young artist, one who’s still haunted by his traumatic past but motivated by the drive to provide for his family. Featuring appearances from Lil Keed, OMB Peezy, Slimelife Shawty, Seddy Hendrix, and D’Rick, Personal Problems 2 arrives on September 4th via Commission Records.

Today (8.28) Protoje Drops Fifh Album & First for RCA Records

During this time of reflection when the majority of the world is at a stand still, Jamaican musical pioneer Protoje ignites all senses on his most layered project to date. Today August 28th, 2020, he returns with In Search Of Lost Time, his fifth studio album and first for RCA Records in a partnership with his label and artist management company In.Digg.Nation Collective facilitated through Six Course.

The conscious artist, dubbed a leader of the “reggae revival” movement, colors outside the lines for a cinematic, ethereal, multi-genre LP. Protoje executive produced the entire album and co-produced five out of the ten tracks. Hip hop and reggae have always heavily influenced his sound, but he raises the bar by merging these two worlds with a variety of key players on both sides.


Atlantic Records is proud to announce today’s release of the all-star children’s music benefit compilation, AT HOME WITH THE KIDS. 100% of Atlantic Records’ net proceeds from AT HOME WITH THE KIDS will benefit Save the Children, an organization helping better the lives of children across the globe by providing them with a healthy start, an opportunity to learn and protection from harm. AT HOME WITH THE KIDS is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

BUNT. Releases New Single “Nights Like That” Featuring Georgia Ku

Today, German duo BUNT. release their brand-new single “Nights Like That” featuring English singer-songwriter Georgia Ku. The track will be included on the pair’s upcoming EP due out later this year and is available now at all digital retail providers via Interscope Records.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Release Thought-Provoking ‘The Emergency EP’

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have released their thought-provoking new ‘The Emergency EP’. The songs touch on sensitive and ‘hot-button’ topics – and the band is sending out a clarion call of awareness for everyone to wake up and pay attention to what’s going on in the world around them.

For example, the lead track and video from the EP, “Is This The Real World?” is a warning to make sure people are asking questions about what they see and read online – to make sure the info is correct and from a trusted source.

New England’s XL The Beast Unleashes With New Video Single “Apocalypse”

XL The Beast (The Kreators) returns to his essence with a new video single Apocalypse. Directed by Rose Glen, the visuals showcase XL’s true ability spitting hard bars over production split up between German Producer Shuko and Boston/LA beatmaker Teddy Roxpin at The Bridge Sound and Stage. “When you lock down a MC for 5 months and finally let him out, this is what you get” says XL. Check it out now on youtube and your preferred digital streaming platform.


Driven by an uptempo reggae beat, the song features the sweeping trombone of Skatalites veteran Vin Gordon as well as guitar from Garba Touré (Songhoy Blues) and kora from Madou Diabaté (brother of Toumani). Rising out this care-free joyful sound come lyrics that attempt to temper the dream of a European El Dorado, a land where the hope and desire of a million African youth can supposedly be fulfilled.

St Louis Rapper RETRO CHAMP Debuts Music Video for “Confidence”

Retro Champ is a St. Louis-based rapper. His debut EP ‘Backlash’ premiered in 2019 and led to the release of new EP ‘F.Y.I.’ which is out now. The EP’s lead track ‘Lawd Have Mercy’ has gained momentum, garnering over 33K spins to date.

With a brand new video for the song “Confidence” debuting this week, Retro looks to build on the success of his previous single.


Today, Utrecht dance duo Tinlicker make their Astralwerks debut with the soaring, hopeful “Paradise,” produced with fellow Dutch DJ Helsloot and featuring melancholic R&B vocalist Saro. The single is the first taste of the Paradise EP, due September 11, and the latest output from the celebrated career of Micha Heyboer and Jordi van Achthoven, who’ve dedicated themselves to a sound that’s fantastical, meditative, and floating. They make bangers, sure, but their aims are higher than that — they make party tracks for a club in the clouds.


“We’re excited to release Out of Body into the world in a such a crazy time like this. In truth, it seems like this record was given to us exactly when we needed it and we are just thankful to be a part. The album is arranged to take you on a journey of healing and wonderment. Sometimes it takes a complete change of perspective to see the beauty around us, and this album is the music for your spaceship,” the band shared.

Out Today: Ashley Riley (Americana) “Close to Me” single

Decatur, IL-based Americana singer-songwriter Ashley Riley releases her latest single, “Close to Me,” today (August 28, 2020). “Close to Me” won the Midwest Music Expo Listening Panel in May 2020, and after many requests from fans that she release it, Riley decided it was high time to officially put the song out into the universe.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Ashley Riley Connects with Infectious and Rootsy Americana Tune “Close To Me”

Brent Cobb debuts new song “Shut Up And Sing”

Conceived of by Cobb, the video features archival footage that highlights the importance various songs have played throughout history: from Bruce Springsteen to Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton to Marvin Gaye. Of the track, which was written with his wife, Layne, Cobb comments, “Anything I have to say about the song will hopefully speak for itself. So, I’ll just shut up and sing…”

Inimitable Indie Folk Duo The Sea The Sea Releases Highly Anticipated Album

Having released four highly acclaimed singles this year, indie-folk duo The Sea The Sea is now primed to release what many of us have been waiting for – beautiful-from-top-to-bottom full album, Stumbling Home.

Stumbling Home, which was co-produced with Grammy and Tony award winner, Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Hadestown), officially drops on August 28 via AntiFragile Music.

Dizzy Fae debuts new song “I’m Good” with animated visual

“There are many similar stories in the world, but no one has lived or is living exactly how you are,” explains Fae. “I made this song to highlight the strength in knowing some things you go through will never be okay, but you are going to be okay. Healing is a process that starts within, making sure your mind, body and spirit can thrive admist the madness.”

Dizzy Fae Debuts “I’m Good”