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Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes (Irreversible Entanglements) announce album & share new single ‘Pueblo’ (out today)

Telepathic Afro-Caribbean improvisational trumpet-and-percussion duo Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes are longtime friends, collaborators, and tireless hustlers on the creative music scenes of New York City. Today, they announce their new album, Heritage of the Invisible II, out October 23rd on International Anthem, and present its lead single/video, “Pueblo.” It is “a celebration of life, the coming together of the people, el pueblo, a celebration of who we are, where we come from, it’s our pueblo, our people, a feeling of openness, hope, and a future of unity from el pueblo, the people,” says Navarro.

EN-STIGMA – “The Transcendal Force of the Universe”

En-Stigma is a project of the bassist Vonifatios which was created in 2014 and is categorized as Galactic Progressive Metal. The first release was the single “Infernal Shadows” which was uploaded on youtube as a single. The spring of 2018 recordings for the album ”Reforming the Universe” began and were finished in October of 2018. For this work, En-Stigma had the help of George Tzachristas (lead guitars, keys, drum programming, growls), Anastasios Nikolaou (vocals), Anastasios Seremetis (oud), Glory (vocals), Alex Seretis (vocals), Infernal Lord (vocals), Helen Tragoudara (vocals), Constantine Tsapos (guitar solo).

New Bungle EP

Brazilian D&B producer Bungle has dropped new EP ‘Runaway’, out 1st September via the rising Eloisa Records.

The three track EP begins with title track ‘Runaway’ that see’s a rolling and grit fuelled bassline interject superbly with sharp and snappy percussion. Things take a deeper and darker turn with ‘Unleashed’ as technical and expansive atmospherics run rampant throughout the tune as the drums chop and change exquisitely. Seeing things home is an industrial growler, and not one for the faint hearted. The aptly named ‘Articulate’ is Bungle at his best and will no doubt be a choice cut for DJs across the drum & bass spectrum.

FORD. announces sophomore album with “The Color of Nothing” music video

At 20 years of age, Grammy nominated Luc Bradford aka ford. has quickly surfaced as a rising talent in the flourishing lo-fi indie / electronic scene – and today he announces his highly anticipated sophomore album The Color of Nothing by sharing the album’s title track, released via Foreign Family Collective.

DIRTY NICE reveal optimistic synth-pop tune ‘The Deep Down’

Dirty Nice release optimistic synth-pop single ‘The Deep Down’ today, via Chiverin (Cousin Kula, Tamu Massif).

The track melds textured electronics with earthy acoustic guitar in a swelling build and sustain, before an openhearted chorus pre-empts a release of pressure, ushering in a liberating synth hook that takes you skywards. Making a name for themselves with chilled out alt.pop, ‘The Deep Down’ follows previous single ‘Sunshine End Times’ as an eruption of emotion and colour, taking cues from The 1975, Dirty Projectors, NZCA Lines or Passion Pit.

Delta Spirit share new single ‘The Pressure’

Delta Spirit have shared their new single, ‘The Pressure’ the latest track to be taken from their upcoming album What Is There, out on September 11th via New West Records. The track arrives alongside a video directed by Michael Parks Randa.

The track premiered with Paste Magazine, with frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez explaining, “Psychological projection is a defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. We live in an unmanageable world, with unrealistic expectations of ourselves and each other.

The Vaccines keyboardist T Truman releases rollicking piano-stomper “Loretta”

T Truman today (1/9/20) is sharing new single “Loretta”, lifted from his upcoming debut EP ‘Born To Be Right’, out September 25th.

The solo project and alter ego of the Vaccines’ keyboardist Timothy Lanham, he describes T Truman as his very own writing scapegoat. Channelling piano-pop heroes such as Todd Rundgren and Elton John, T Truman neatly bridges the gap between 70’s pop rock and modern indie, uniting irresistible pop songwriting with playfully ostentatious orchestration.

Euphoric Manchester-raised indie-pop // Demons Of Ruby Mae ‘Come Home’

For most, 2020 will be a year filled with uncertainty, delay and setbacks. For Demons Of Ruby Mae, it will be a year marked by resilience and relentlessness. At a time when doing anything seems destined to be delayed, the Manchester based duo have been unstoppable. Having already released 5 singles in as many months, including the anthemic ‘This Is Your Time’ and ‘Live For Today’ they are back with their brand new single ‘Come Home’. A vast and epic soundscape driven by a chorus of uplifting lyrics. In their own words “it’s about remembering your roots no matter the experience, and that you shouldn’t always run from your problems as they will find you eventually”.


One of contemporary Africa’s most multifaceted artists, PATORANKING is an international reggae star whose dancehall anthems (‘Daniella Whine,’ ‘Suh Different’) have resonated from Nigeria to Jamaica. He’s collaborated with Major Lazer, Jidenna, Wizkid, Elephant Man, and has supported Lauryn Hill. He also has gained support from the likes of Pitchfork, Forbes (Nigeria’s 30 under 30) and DUMMY. Furthermore, PATORANKING features on a new version of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ alongside Stephen Marley, Skip Marley and other members of the international music community, with all proceeds going to support Unicef’s Covid-19 relief efforts.

Juanita Stein To Release ‘Snapshot’ October 23rd

Juanita recently released the record’s title track, perfectly encapsulating the themes and the sounds of the entire record. According to Mojo the song ” whoops and devastates about how grief unhinges memories
like the harshest magic”.

Shaggy Palms Gives Electronic Encouragement With Debut Single “Holy Plan”

Shaggy Palms is a brand new Electronic duo from Boston heavily influenced by Hip Hop and Motown that integrates different genres. The group is made up of singer/bassist Dave Vierling and producer Neil Popkin who currently resides in Cali. “There was a healthy alternative rock scene in Boston when I was growing up and I’ve definitely soaked up that sound into my music. East coast grit meets the Cali aesthetic. Not only do I record out there but I’ve been mistaken for being from California multiple times because of my shaggy hair and a laid-back appearance, so the “fun in the sun” vibe fits my personality” says Dave. Sonically the pair’s experimental aesthetic will serve them adequately in the world of Electronica.

Empress Ali – ‘No Drip’

Deep Sea Diver and Sharon Van Etten carry an “Impossible Weight” on new single & video

“For this video I thought, well… if we cant play shows right now then I’m going to take my light box (a prop we bring on tour that I stand on top of when I play guitar solos) and I’m going to bring it into a myriad of untraditional places,” bandleader Jessica Dobson says. “We wanted to create scenes of absolute beauty, of loneliness, of power—of the human spirit being fully alive, even in a time of sadness and uncertainty.”

HADEES MARKET Releases Third Single Off of Upcoming ‘To the Island, from the Lake’

Rosedale, WA based Alternative Rock band HADEES MARKET has released the third single, “Another Way,” off of their upcoming EP, To the Island, From the Lake, “Another Way” features Williamson on vocals and acoustic guitars, with bass, percussion, and sonic textures provided by Don Farwell.

” ‘Another Way’ was the first song I wrote when I began to live alone in a cabin on Olympia’s Pattison Lake in 2013. It marks the beginning of a five-year period of growth and renewal, during which the importance of friends, family, self-assessment, and self-development took the spotlight. I look back now to the recording of this song as a roadside marker.

Alok & Vintage Culture Drop Highly-Anticipated Single ‘Party On My Own’ With FAULHABER

Brazilian superstar acts Alok and Vintage Culture have debuted their highly-anticipated new single ‘Party On My Own’ with FAULHABER. Set for release on Friday, August 28th via CONTROVERSIA, the single is the first collaboration between the two Brazilian artists who will both donate their own royalties from the single to benefit the Fraternidade Sem Fronteiras (Fraternity Without Borders) and the AACD (Associação de Apoio à Criança Deficiente (Support Association for Deficient Children).

LYRIC VIDEO: Anna Krantz unveils sublime visual for ‘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.

Hen Ogledd share video for new single “Crimson Star”

As they continue on their journey to the release of their new album Free Humans on September 25 via Weird World, the cosmic quartet of Hen Ogledd—Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Sally Pilkington and Dawn Bothwell—have shared a brand new single and video, “Crimson Star.” The video, featuring the full band, was directed by Deborah Bower.

Zach Heckendorf Releases “Stronger Than I Once Was” Video

“The ‘Stronger Than I Once Was’ music video was a team effort between myself, animator Andrew Benincasa, and filmmaker Henri Hallé,” Heckendorf says. “What I love most about the video is how the story in Andrew’s animation amplifies the message of the song: that we all have a duty to use our inner light and strength in service of a higher good.”

Agent bla Share “Frustrated” | Out Now via Kanine Records

Swedish death pop 5-piece Agent blå have shared “Frustrated” from their upcoming Atopos EP (out Oct 2 on Kanine Records). The track is an unvarnished exploration of intimacy and discontent that singer Emilie Alatalo describes as being “about built-up frustration manifesting itself through physical and psychological pain. When youʼre feeling like your whole person is about to burst.” This tension is mirrored in the clattering guitars and wash of cymbals that ebb and flow throughout the single, playing in contrast with Alatalo’s disdainful vocal delivery.

Josh Johnson announces debut album ‘Freedom Exercise’ out 10/9

Today, Josh Johnson—the LA via Chicago multi instrumentalist/composer who has toured and recorded with Jeff Parker, Kiefer, Makaya McCraven, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Leon Bridges and Marquis Hill—announced his debut album as a leader, Freedom Exercise, will be out October 9th, 2020 via Northern Spy Records.

Anjimile Shares New Single For ‘In Your Eyes’

Like many of Giver Taker’s tracks, “In Your Eyes” offers one of Anjimile’s epiphanies about their identity. This time, the artist confronts others’ perceptions of himself, defying their categorizations as he bemoans their shallow worldview. What begins with just him and his guitar swells as additional vocalists enter the fray for a call-response in the second verse, all of the elements anchored by a thick bassline.

Psychic Shakes unveil new dark pop single “Had To Stray” | EP out 9/25

Psychic Shakes’ Max McLellan details; “‘Had To Stray is a song about a past relationship. It’s a goodbye essentially. I knew this person when I was much younger, and far more insecure, and emotionally unavailable. It’s an apology for my behaviour, but also an acknowledgment of my own faults and forgiveness of myself.”

EELS share surprise single “Who You Say You Are”

“Who You Say You Are” and “Baby Let’s Make It Real” mark the first new EELS music since their 2018 album The Deconstruction. Their first in four years, the album was released to widespread acclaim and described as “an album to treasure” by MOJO, “a reflection on both the pain and joy of life” by NPR’s Fresh Air, and “a career-straddling greatest hits collection, in which all the ‘hits’ are brand new,” by CLASH. The Los Angeles Times said, “It seems ridiculous to describe the new EELS work as ‘a headphone record,’ because, in the era of earbuds, most are. Yet here we are, lost in the intricate melodies, arrangements and textures swirling through The Deconstruction.”


Tim McGraw’s newest studio album, HERE ON EARTH, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart for the week of September 5, 2020. This marks the 17th time McGraw has topped the Billboard Country Album chart, tying him for second most #1 albums, just behind George Strait. This also marks McGraw’s 18th album to reach #1 worldwide. Simultaneously, his #1 Grammy-winning hit “Humble & Kind” and his #1 single “Highway Don’t Care” were each certified triple platinum, moving his total career RIAA certifications to 75 million.

Bendrix Littleton shares new single “Daylight Curls”

Today, Bendrix Littleton shared his third single, “Daylight Curls,” from his upcoming solo debut, Deep Dark South, releasing September 25 via NNA Tapes. “‘Daylight Curls’ was written when I was visiting family in New England for an indeterminate amount of time,” Bendrix told Atwood Magazine for the track’s premiere. “After a while, it became apparent that I was abusing alcohol because I wasn’t used to feeling so still. The only people I know there are older adults so I spent a lot of time alone driving my mom’s car or reading at a local dive bar. Basically having to come to terms with feeling good with yourself to be able to sit still with yourself.”

Incendiary LA-based noise rock band share new video for “Teal” single; debut EP ‘Paper Tiger’ out now

Today, they share a brand new video for single, “Teal,” a track that is based on songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, Dee Frank’s real life and events that occurred in both his life and his father’s. He explains, “As a young boy my father was in and out of the California penal system which directly affected his mental health and as a result ended up in prison for four years for armed robbery. I was raised visiting my father and sending him letters. The lyrics are partly me talking to my mother about him, partly him talking to his mother about himself and me wondering if the same rebelliousness lives on in me.”