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With its title a metaphorical reference to setting boundaries, “Gucci Frames” looks back on the people we’ve all left behind, the friends whose toxicity dragged us down, the hangers-on who always want to be there for our highs but never feel like staying for our lows. Asiahn says, “Like, no, you weren’t a great friend to me before, so I don’t want you to be a great friend to me now. This is me saying: ‘I’m so sorry, I can’t see you with my Gucci frames on!’”

The Riven releases “Windbreaker” single and music video

The Riven releases a new single and music video Friday, August 28. The single is called “Windbreaker” and is the second and final track from the Swedish retro-rockers’ upcoming 7″ vinyl. The single is released together with a music video, premiered by The Ripple Effect.

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.

Luh Dino – IDGAF feat. 1Playy & Yola Da Great

Junkwolvz (Gre) “Still Going Down” @ Old-school Heavy Metal

Junkwolvz is a band located in Athens, Greece. Their sound occupies the space between metal and hard rock and their purpose is to reawaken the rock ‘n’ roll element in metal music. With main influences such as Motorhead, Megadeth, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Rolling Stones the focus is to merge all these different angles into one coherent musical style.


Nick Wilson’s previous release ‘Enough To Know You’ continued his rich run of form since signing to Never Fade Records, and was boosted by an ambitious and cinematic accompanying video, whilst also being added to key playlists including Spotify’s ‘Most Beautiful Songs In The World’ and Apple’s ‘Breaking Singer Songwriter’. He now once again raises his game as he shares his brand new single ‘Everybody But Me’.


“All For You” – Defecto is Back with Their Second Single!

Defecto picks up steam with their second single release from the upcoming album “Duality”. The new track is best described as the boogie riff from hell. A relentless onslaught of adrenaline, “All for You” comes in like a whirlwind, throws you around a bunch, and then leaves you wondering what the hell just happened. And no, it is not a love song!

House Gospel Choir return with new single ‘Gypsy Woman (Place To Stay)’

A captivating modern rework of the 1991 Crystal Waters classic of the same name, ‘Gypsy Woman (Place To Stay)’ sees House Gospel Choir their trademark flawless gospel vocals while maintaining the infectious house energy that makes the original so special. As if the track needed any further show stopping moments, it also features a euphoric breakdown, crafted to the tune of ‘Pump Up The Jam’ by Technotronic, cementing its status as one of the most exciting dance singles of 2020.


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.

Döda Havet brings you on a trip through time and space on their new prog rock album

Döda Havet are back with a new mesmerizing prog rock album featuring eight intricate and thought out tracks! Their second album “Tid och rum” (Time and space) is officially out today, on the 28th of August, released by Gaphals Records. The focus track, “Atlantis mitt” has already been featured in Classic Rock Prog alongside it’s music video, out now!

After the band’s acclaimed, eponymous debut record and a handful of live gigs they decided to stay away from the stages and instead fully indulged in the creative process with the goal to make a strong sequel. The time has finally come to release that said sequel into the world.


After over two decades, Public Enemy – the iconic group whose message of revolution, social justice, and racial equality is more potent and necessary today than ever – finally reunites with the historic label it helped build into a globally recognized brand: Def Jam Recordings.

Public Enemy Announce Return to Def Jam, New Album Out September 25

The Enigma Experience announce debut album ‘Question Mark’

The Enigma Experience have announced the release of their debut album, Question Mark, which is coming out November 13th via Fuzzorama Records. The album will also be available in a special limited-edition gatefold vinyl boxset.

AJA // ‘Who’s Gonna Love You?’

Rising singer-songwriter AJA (Aja Neinstein) returns with her exceptional sophomore single ‘Who’s Gonna Love You?’ Taking a stand against toxic relationships ‘Who’s Gonna Love You?’ is an empowering showcase of the 16- year old’s flawless vocals. Headstrong and full of attitude, AJA delivers her message with perfect poise.

Fleetburner (feat. Members of Dark Tranquility, ex-In Flames) unveils harrowing new video “Below The Waves”

“Below The Waves” is a deeply personal, pivotal point in the album in which the Fleetburner is faced with harrowing questions towards himself and the surrounding world.

Featuring a cathartic solo by Nils Courbaron (Sirenia, T.A.N.K) and the ever-amazing Agnete M. Kirkevaag as the voice of the ocean, this is the last video before the release of the full album on September 25th 2020.

Lokoy (aka Sløtface bassist Lasse Lokøy) teases upcoming solo album with new alt-pop single “never missed you like i do now”

Get to know the name Lokoy. In one young man, you’ve got it all: bassist, singer, songwriter, producer, polymath and party-starter. Following collaborations with girl in red, Jimi Somewhere, Safario and dePresno, today he releases his new single “never missed you like i do now”.


Gabby Barrett is one of 2020’s biggest breakthrough artists. Having rapidly exceeded a phenomenal 460 million+ career on-demand streams, she has been tipped by Billboard and Forbes as likely nominee for Best New Artist at next year’s Grammy Awards, and has been nominated for New Female Artist of the Year at next month’s ACM Awards. Barrett was also recently named as an Amazon Music Breakthrough Artist, one of just six chosen worldwide and the only representative from country music.

SCORGED Release “Black Crowned Enemy” Music Video For New Single

German extreme metal band, SCORGED, have released a music video for the new single “Black Crowned Enemy”, the track is taken from their self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 25th, 2020 via EL PUERTO RECORDS.

Leo Pol drops new single ‘Priviet’

French DJ and producer Leo Pol has dropped a molten new house track ‘Priviet’, out 28th August ahead of his forthcoming EP on Mella Dee’s Warehouse Music.

Leading the way is the A1 track from the forthcoming EP ‘Priviet’. The raw, high-energy house jam that pairs pounding kick drums with sparse piano samples. A rustic and minimalist example of how the unbroken house formula still continues to reign supreme within dance music, Leo Pol continues to pave the way for uncompromisingly pure and original electronic compositions.

WATCH: Control Future release dreamy end of summer video single “Nos vemos en los sueños”

Control Future, the darkwave-pop muse of Neus Ruiz, (Head honchita at Heatwave Magazine) shines the Spanish rays all over her new video single, “Nos vemos en los sueños” from her forthcoming (and slightly delayed) self-titled debut album.


Originally co-written and produced by Kalpee and The Anmls (The Weeknd, Future, BANKS, Belly, D.R.A.M, French Montana, Meek Mill) as ‘One More Night (Gimme De Ting)’ – global superstar Stefflon Don adds her unique touch to the track that exudes a Caribbean summer.

Dojo Cuts feat. The Faithful Brothers – ‘Take Me Away’ – THE VIDEO

A few months ago, when it got clear that the Corona biz isn’t going away soon, Nathan from the brilliant Aussie outfit Dojo Cuts, sent some playbacks of his in a wide-spread email to fellow soul/funk musicians, for collab consideration. A nice gesture of co-op in difficult times. We liked one in particular, wrote a melody and lyrics, then recorded vox and sax. Then the Japanese funksters of Osaka Monaurail stepped in and recorded some trumpets and strings, and so the whole thing really got this heartwarming global solidarity feel all over it… So here it is: A cross-continental soul tune – in production and subject matter – about the strange times we live in and the basic human need that everyone on this planet feels these days. We hope you like it.

MOUGLETA drops “Lonely Girl” alongside collab with K-pop powerhouse act OH MY GIRL

“Lonely Girl” is sure to continue Mougleta’s streak of carefully produced gems which have racked up well over 20M+ streams and almost 400K monthly listeners on Spotify, while her rising house hit “Dancing in the Dirt” with buzzing dance collective Glockenbach continues to breakthrough into the mainstream across Europe.

Trippie Redd, Juice WRLD, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Gunna join Internet Money on their debut album, B4 The Storm

Los Angeles based artist/producer collective Internet Money releases their highly anticipated debut album B4 The Storm, available now via 10K Projects/Internet Money Records. The album was put together over a two-week period during quarantine at the Internet Money HQ in Los Angeles, and includes features from Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, The Kid Laroi, Kevin Gates, 24KGoldn and more. The project includes the single “Lemonade” featuring Gunna, NAV and Don Toliver; released on August 14 alongside a Cole Bennett-directed music video, “Lemonade” just debuted at #66 on Billboard’s Hot 100, has earned over 30 million streams, and made its way into Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits a week after its release. Also featured on the album is the single “Somebody” featuring Lil Tecca and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie which was released in October 2019 and was certified gold this February.

MARIA JOÃO / OGRE Electric : ‘Say Something’ – new single by Portuguese avant-garde/jazz singer

The forthcoming ‘Open Your Mouth’ is João’s third incursion into the world of electronic music with her OGRE Electric project, its previous releases having seen reviewers consider her as “a singer who is continually evolving,” with “a voice that goes all the way to the limit.” The 64-year old youngster herself states that “to explore, never settle and be on the lookout for new things will always be our motto, so sometimes it might not be so easy to label us. But, who needs labels anyway?”

PONGO features on new blissed-out SYNAPSON slammer ‘Lengueno’

Alex and Paul are the 2 producers behind the duo Synapson, whose first EP Haute Couture was released in 2010. Ten years later, they have been around the world several times to carry their music. More than 100 concerts in a year, including a large part played live, and key dates, from the Printemps de Bourges to Les Vieilles Charrues and the Solidays, to a sold out Zénith de Paris. Their two albums were supported by multiple collaborations (Super 8 & Convergence, platinum certified).

Out now: ‘If You Want Capacity’ by Lydmor

Singer and producer Jenny Rossander, better known as Lydmor, releases her new single “If You Want Capacity”. The track is an upbeat electro-pop song and an expression of Lydmor’s musical development, but also her drive and mental anchor. The single is accompanied by a video-performance from Train, a nightclub in Aarhus, Denmark, without an audience, but with Lydmor as you know her.

Kinkora shares debut single “Set Me Free”

Exciting Australian newcomer Kinkora has today released her debut single Set Me Free, a glittery, RnB inspired pop banger. Accompanying the track is a highly entertaining music video, which sees a flash mob hijack a series of Zoom conversations – and the participants’ surprised reaction are hilarious.

For fans of Kaiit, H.E.R and SZA, Kinkora’s Set Me Free is an upbeat, hooky track with a bouncing soulful melody and rich harmonies. Kinkora’s powerhouse vocals shine amongst production elements of disco, soul, RnB and pop with layers of driving bass and percussion, synths and reverberant guitars.

Rachel Foxx returns with jazz-inflicted new single ‘Progress’

Marking her first release of the decade, East London artist Rachel Foxx returns with infectious new single ‘Progress’, out today.

A smooth, seductive R&B jam with more sombre undertones, ‘Progress’ sees Foxx deliver an irresistible display of vocal prowess amidst a downbeat, jazz-inflicted production. It follows most recent singles ‘Morning’ and ‘Is It Me?’, both released in 2019, with the Hackney-born songstress also drawing praise for a stunning COLORS performance.

Syn Cole remixes Jonas Blue & MAX’s ‘Naked’ single

Burgeoning Estonian producer Syn Cole has unveiled his remix of Jonas Blue & MAX’s summer hit single, ‘Naked’.

Syn Cole’s remix boasts snappy synth hooks and bubbling basslines underpinning MAX’s original vocal. The Estonian’s version of ‘Naked’ follows previous remixes from Nathan Dawe, Armand Van Helden, as well as a club mix from Jonas himself.

The Struts release new track ‘Another Hit Of Showmanship’

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.

Tyson Kelly – “Am I Ever Gonna See You Again”

As the son of renowned songwriter Tom Kelly, known for penning numerous number one hits such as Madonna’s ‘”Like A Virgin”, Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”, Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional” and The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You”, Kelly is no stranger to the world of hit making. In addition to his solo project, Kelly has spent the past ten years touring the world and making a living as a highly sought after John Lennon impersonator, performing in such shows as Broadway’s “Let It Be” and currently the UK’s biggest touring Beatles group, The Bootleg Beatles.

FKA twigs And Hiro Murai Collaborate On “Sad Day” Video

FKA twigs and acclaimed filmmaker Hiro Murai have collaborated to produce a seven-minute fantasy film for “Sad Day,” from FKA twigs’ acclaimed second album MAGDALENE. Co-conceived by the pair and directed by Murai, “Sad Day” is Murai’s first music video since his GRAMMY award-winning video for Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” in 2018, which won in the “Best Video of the Year” category.

Natty Wylah shares new track ‘Cinders’

Below the tree-line through myth, lust and the psyche, Natty Wylah’s new single ‘Cinders’ echoes metropolitan life through a ‘forest that doesn’t sleep’. With Purple Cloud’s orchestral production giving a night-sky crispness, moon-kissed lyrics flicker through scenes of sirens, cicadas and spirits in the cinders. After welcoming you to ‘the spiral’, Wylah talks of ‘prophets mumbling dishonesty’ — this fire-lit forest-world, spoken into existence throughout the song is analogy for the smoke and mirror reality that’s offered to us today. Wading through our modern day illusions, ‘Cinders’ speaks of insanity: the story of navigating pressures and offers those who oppose ‘nothing but this fire and smoke’.

Kaitlyn Velez – “comfortable”

“comfortable” is filled with pounding pop rhythms and soft synth patterns, candidly articulating the end of a long-term, dysfunctional relationship. Currently studying at Berklee College of Music, her love for pop culture is evident in every piece of music she creates.

Contento’s first single, ‘Dale Melón’ is out today

Contento: happy, contented. The two expatriate Colombians who go by the name of Contento like to make people feel happy. Their new single, “Dale Melón”, is guaranteed to get you dancing. Four and a half minutes of what they label “salsapunk”, in this case a delicious blend of cumbia and Nuyorican boogaloo that transports you back to the golden days of Discos Fuentes. As if Pete Rodriguez came to Medellín and found he liked it like that.

The Return of Downside24, the Rapper Who Literally Lost his Voice

Birmingham-based rapper, Downside24 has released his latest track, Been a Minute, to the delight of music fans, garnering a video premiere from LinkUp TV and plaudits from GrmDaily. The track also features Mox and Aktual and sees Downside24 picking up where he left off after a life event almost left him facing the rest of his life unable to speak and even facing a battle for life itself. Combining elements of UK and US hiphop, it sees Downside24 teaming up with Mox for the first time in seven years and creating a sound which is as fresh and cutting-edge as ever.


Things have been taking off for Sweden’s rising star Zikai in recent weeks. In addition to releasing her long-awaited debut EP ‘Make You Mine’ (its seven tracks already accumulating 7.5 million streams), she featured on Mullally’s recent single ‘Fire’ and co-wrote ‘Hush’ for Yellow Claw and Weird Genius. Her ascending status has been underlined with a nomination for Rookie Artist / Band at the Denniz Pop Awards, which recognises Sweden’s most essential new talents. Zikai will be looking to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Tove Lo.


Borrowing her name from a David Bowie song, Silly Boy Blue has a taste for risk and deep-rooted desire to push norms and codes. Created like an invitation to dive into her pop and dark romanticism universe, “Hi, It’s Me Again” blends a captivating voice and ethereal rhythmics, and reveals a personal and intimate writing. Cleverly condensed in a music video, the young singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist Ana Benabdelkarim, visually embodies her deepest musical and cinematic influences. The special guest on most of her songs is always: melancholy.


Today (August 28), RYAN HAMILTON & THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS release ‘Newcastle Charm’; a tribute to the North East and its capital – a place that has become something of a second home for the Texan star.

A glowing appraisal of a city with ‘a cold exterior and a great big heart’ and of course the people who make it, the track will feature on Hamilton’s highly anticipated new album: ‘Nowhere to Go But Everywhere’.


Silvertung have released a music video for “You’re Fine” today. It is the 3rd music video to be released from their (But, At What Cost??!) album released through Thermal Entertainment.

The band have also released a remastered version of the song today available on all DSPs.


With her lilac fur, pink claws and feisty production skills, legendary London producer Jasmin Tadijiky with her brand new project Lil Yahama. Today, her insanely catchy debut single “Love Like a Jungle” provides all the evidence of a true artist with individuality at the centre at the core of who she is. Lil Yamaha is Jasmin reclaiming the teddy bear narrative for herself, don’t let her plushy appearance fool you, she’s bringing hard beats and an even harder flow.

JAS CRW Releases Their Highly-Anticipated EP—“Greetings From”

JAS CRW’s long-awaited EP, “Greetings From” is ready for the next heatwave. A contemporary and personal twist on their Afro-Urban style, the trio have created a journey through the six tracks that fuse reggae, hip hop and RnB into a smooth set of lyrical and rhythmic perfection. The EP tells a story about the roots of all three members of JAS CRW, with influences from Africa, Jamaica and the United Kingdom. These tracks feature collaborations with a range of artists with connections to JAS CRW, such as Jamie Rodigan, Dotman, RTKL & MDR Tilla, MEEK, Naomi Cowan and Ivory. The title, “Greetings From” is dedicated to the multicultural roots of JAS CRW, greeting you with sounds that are layered with much more meaning than your typical summer EP.

YOUNG KNIVES share new single “Swarm”

Young Knives (brothers Henry Dartnall and The House of Lords) are today releasing “Swarm”, the opening track from their forthcoming album Barbarians. Henry says:

‘Swarm is about feeling at one with all humans, and how that is both beautiful and disgusting at the same time; everyone pulling together, but also having to exist with everyone else’s germs and diseases. It’s also a question about freedom. If we are one then what does freedom really mean? Are you free if your every action impacts the whole? Does it matter if you aren’t?’

Young Knives share new single “Swarm”


Led by the impeccably danceable afropop single ‘Abule,’ (which premiered on Beats1 with Ebro as well as having its UK first listen with MistaJam on his BBC 1Xtra show) the eclectic and multifaceted project takes listeners on a journey across the many moods and genres of PATORANKING. From collaborating with Tiwa Savage on ‘Matter’ to the highlife-inspired ‘Odo Bra’ with Ghana’s King Promise and ‘Whine It’ with Kenya’s Sauti Sol – there’s no shortage of pan-African anthems sure to resonate across the continent and the Diaspora.

Dawes share “Still Feel Like A Kid”; new album out Oct 2

LA rockers Dawes have announced today’s premiere of their captivating and reflective new single. “Still Feel Like A Kid” is now available at all DSPs and streaming services. The band will be performing live tonight from a Los Angeles rooftop at 6 PM PT/9PM ET. The show will be hosted by Noon Chorus and will benefit independent music venues. The live performance will remain available through August 30.

“In a certain sense, being a touring musician can be seen as a means to perpetuate childhood…the camaraderie, the guitar faces, the dancing and the singing…and I think I have felt at odds with those implications at times,” says Dawes’ frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “This song is about not only coming to terms with my reality of feeling like a big kid, but also finding a way to be proud of it.”

Saul Announce Debut Album “Rise As Equals”

Iowa-based rock quartet SAUL — brothers Blake Bedsaul [lead vocals] and Zach Bedsaul [lead guitar, backup vocals], William McIlravy [bass, backup vocals], and Myles Clayborne [drums] — have announced their debut album Rise As Equals. The record arrives October 23 via Spinefarm Records.

Daniel Rodriguez Releases Solo Debut Album Sojourn of a Burning Sun

Former Elephant Revival co-founder and guitarist Daniel Rodriguez released today his solo debut album Sojourn of a Burning Sun. The inaugural release via BMG’s newly formed Renew Records, Sojourn of a Burning Sun is the culmination of Daniel’s two-year journey towards healing and catharsis.

Odd Palace present their second single ‘Flammable Idea’

Copenhagen-based prog-rockers ODD PALACE, are back and ready to turn heads with their sophomore album “One Step Closer”. Today they present their second single ‘Flammable Idea’ – a hard-hitting and uncompromising track that will stick to your ears from start to finish: