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Phoria share new single ‘Fairytail’ from forthcoming post-classical album

Known for icy shades of electronica and boundary-pushing experimentation with sound, Phoria’s debut Volition was a masterclass in the art of intimate song writing, executed with incredible precision. The five-piece group have now returned with a surprising change of pace; new single ‘Fairytail’ is an abstract contemporary classical piece, out today. It’s the second official single to be released from their freshly announced second album Caught a Black Rabbit, out November 13th on Akira Records.

Lost Kings – ‘Hurt’ ft Deathbyromy

“Hurt” sees the guys returning to one of the hallmarks of their earliest releases, an up-tempo dance heavy beat. The production mixed with DeathbyRomy’s powerful rich vocals provide the perfect end of summer jam for anyone’s playlist. The accompanying music was directed by Kyle Cogan was shot in one take and features dancer Maisy Dunne performing stunning choreography.

‘Hurt’ is the first track to be released from the duo’s forthcoming EP It’s Not You. The guys will release additional tracks in the coming months which will culminate with the EP.

Bristol based band Home Counties release debut EP ‘Redevelopment’

Bristol based 5 piece Home Counties today (4/9/20) release their new single “That’s Where The Money’s Gone”, lifted from the band’s debut EP ‘Redevelopment’, also released today via Alcopop! Records.

The ‘Redevelopment’ EP features the previously released ‘wonk-pop doozy’ “Dad Bod” and the band’s acclaimed debut single (and EP title track) “Redevelopment”. Firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting new bands in the UK, Home Counties’ angular guitar work and furious percussion unite to create melodically rigid, socially-charged anthems that are both lyrically tongue-in-cheek and scathingly satirical.

Bristol based Home Counties release new single ‘Dad Bod’ + announce signing to Alcopop! Records

New EP: Club Paradise – ‘Something More Personal’

The special project hears the buzzing band reimagining their original indie-rock sound to take it to exciting new heights; ranging from 80’s synthwave vibes for “Closer” and the sonically healing, ambient remix of “Teenagers” to the vastly cinematic sounds of “Brother” and a stripped back version of “Kirby Keger”. Although the band has completely transformed their work into sonically different pieces, their signature vivid storytelling still lies at the heart of each song.

Starley Unveils ‘Let Me In’, Announces Debut Album ‘One of One’

Australian singer-songwriter Starley has released the new single from her debut album One of One, with the lead track ‘Let Me In’. The single and forthcoming LP are a new direction for the talented artist, working heavily with the independent label Central Station Records to create a stripped back concept to be released Friday 25 September.

‘Let Me In’ is a raw love song exploring second chances after a break up, that sees Starley singing to the one who broke up with her, crooning for the person to “let me in”. Starley shares, “Although I’m flawed and didn’t do everything right, I realise what luck I had, and I’m hoping for another shot at it”.

TOM JOSHUA – Shares new single & video ‘Undergrowth’

Today, TOM JOSHUA unveils his new single ‘Undergrowth’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP of the same name, due for release on 9 October.

Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Billie Marten, British Sea Power) and recorded at London’s Voltaire Studio, the rousing upbeat single is rooted in the surroundings of Tom’s hometown, inspired by surreal dream-sequence and conceived while out walking his dog.

Family Folk Duo Alright Alright Release “Trans Am” Ahead Of New Full-Length Album Crucible On October 23rd

Husband and wife Seth and China Kent are well on their way to adding new life and complexity to the concept of the “family band.” The Kents, better known as Colorado-based duo Alright Alright, have been hard at work creating orchestral-folk for the open-minded and poetry for the broken-hearted with their new album, Crucible. Full of contrast—between Seth and China’s vocal stylings, organic and synthesized instrumental tones, and the very real ups and downs that come with day to day life—Crucible tests the limits of genre and experiments with boundaries, something that Ben Wysocki (The Fray) leaned into and expanded upon in his role of producer.

Alright Alright Announces New Album and Drops First Single “Trans Am”


Anna Straker’s recent single ‘London Knows’ heralded an exciting new era for the rising London artist. With a fresh sound, unguarded emotions and a new deal with Never Fade Records, the song earned Anna airplay from BBC Introducing and Jo Whiley at Radio 2.

New > Commodo announces new EP ‘Stakeout’ via Black Acre > Listen to the title-track now

Commodo is back with ‘Stakeout’ — a standout three-track follow-up to recent EP, ‘Loan Shark’.

Out October 23, ‘Stakeout’ picks up where ‘Loan Shark’ left off, tapping back into the conceptual, crime-ridden Wild West first imagined across tracks like ‘Contraband’ and ‘Hot Pursuit’; “If anyone is working on a 22nd century film noir at the moment, this would make the perfect soundtrack” wrote Bandcamp back in June.

Verbz & Mr Slipz drop 2202 FM on High Focus Records

Today, rapper/producer duo Verbz & Mr Slipz announce their forthcoming album ‘Radio Waves’ alongside new single ‘2202 FM’. Dropping in November on the esteemed Hip-Hop label High Focus Records, ‘Radio Waves’ sits perfectly between present-day greatness and unrivalled nostalgia.

Frizzo delivers remix for Snakehips & Jess Glynne’s single ‘Lie For You’ feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Davido

German DJ and producer Frizzo has remixed Snakehips and Jess Glynne’s collaborative single ‘Lie For You’, featuring Davido and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, out today via Columbia Records.

The Frizzo remix of ‘Lie For You’ sees the Dusseldorf-born artist inject some Afro-swing into a track that has already taken the world by storm. It follows a recent remix from Canadian DJ and producer Rene LaVice, with the original racking up 6.8 million streams across all DSPs.

LISTEN: Alex Kennon Goes Minimal in ‘Gentle Water’ [Desert Hearts]

Desert Hearts welcomes another strong talent into its fold with Alex Kennon’s ‘Fandango.’ Wyatt Marshall also features, remixing the EP’s closer.

Alex Kennon showcases the breadth of his talents in ‘Gentle Water,’ taking a more minimalist approach to the record than his preceding single on Relief. “Gentle Water” leads the way, with its smooth bassline and subtle, yet intricate synth and effects coming together in a hypnotic embrace. “Fandango” adapts a similar flow in its low end, but raises tensity with pronounced vocal samples and a distinctive progression driving the track forward from beneath.


Today, Tekashi 6ix9ine releases his second studio album titled TattleTales. With nine new tracks and four previously released record-breaking singles – “GOOBA”, “TROLLZ”, “YAYA”, and “PUNANI” – rapper 6ix9ine debuts new music with tracks featuring Akon, Nicki Minaj, SMILEZ, Leftside, and Lil AK (DJ Akademiks).


Brother Firetribe Release New Single “Chariot of Fire”

“It always pays off to stick to your guns. ‘Chariot Of Fire’ is a song that fought its way to become a Brother Firetribe song”, singer Pekka Heino says. “We knew we had a chorus, but the rest was fluffy at its best. Jimmy (Westerlund, the producer) stepped up and put the meat around what we thought was great. The vibe of the song demanded a story about the desire to break the old patterns: it’s about ‘you-and-me-against-the-world’, about the change for the better, an ‘all in the name of love’ kinda thing. And that’s what we first scribbled on pieces of paper when started working on the lyrics. Ok, the title came from the movie, but Vangelis played no part in this one! Sadly”, Heino laughs.

Out Now: Electronic duo AKKAN unveil ‘ANIMA’ feat. Nicola Cruz-collaborator Huaira

Just a reminded that Barcelona electronic production duo AKKAN new single ‘ANIMA’ feat. Nicola Cruz-collaborator Huaira is out now. Taken from their upcoming debut full length album due for release via cult Barcelona imprint Foehn Records on 30th October. The duo are one of the most intriguing acts to come out of the current global electronic music scene that has been redefining dance music with the use of folkloristic grooves and organic sounds.

NONSUCH PARK (sa) – the new album from Scott Helman – out today!

The first installment of Scott Helman’s Nonsuch Park album series is available today (LISTEN NOW). Nonsuch Park (sa) is the follow-up to Scott’s 2017 debut album Hôtel de Ville and 2018 EP Hang Ups.

Scott named the album after a park down the street from where his late grandfather Alan lived in Sutton, UK.

“It was here where we would walk and cackle at awful jokes, lean in for the stories, make peace with our busy lives and draw meaning from the lessons we had learned since our last visit,” says Scott. “If my past works have been displays of discovery, this work is a declaration – a declaration of love, meaning, questions and truth, and it is all dedicated to you, Papa. Thank you for helping me piece together the fragments of my life and giving me the space to do it.”


21-year-old Finnish singer-songwriter ILON emerged as a hotly-tipped newcomer before she even released her first single. Armed with an original voice and amazing songwriting skills, ILON has drawn a great deal of attention on the international music field: Grammy awarded FINNEAS (Billie Eilish, Halsey) fell in love with ILON’s original voice and had her record a song he wrote (unreleased to date). ILON has also performed live on Instagram with rising UK pop star JC Stewart.

ESCHES Shares Ethereal New Single ‘Levitate Us’

US / German vocalist and songwriter ESCHES shares the intimate new single ‘Levitate Us’ with an accompanying lyric video on 4th September. The single is taken from his forthcoming EP release.

ESCHES creates lush indie-soul that merges with his abstract, somewhat surreal lyrics. Having grown up between South Florida and West Germany, his music is influenced by a variety of musicians and styles, drawing from voices such as D’Angelo, Caetano Veloso and Joni Mitchell, but also non-musical artists like Alberto Giacometti and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Ora Violet ‘Delicious’, 4.09.2020 (Wonderland Magazine, EARMILK, Clash)

Ora Violet explain: “‘Delicious’ is a rock and roll statement about refusing to be put in a box. We have been inspired by Serge Gainsborough, Henry Miller and Chuck Palahainuk. The song tells the story of a man, in love with a woman, that was born a man. Lyrics are intentionally written to be sung from either side of the relationship. Sometimes normality, no matter how peaceful it may appear, needs to be disturbed. We don’t always need to wear a label, that when scanned, will shunt us forward to the applicable box. If you want a label, just start with ‘Delicious’. ”

WizTheMc releases music video for recent single Lied

Today, South African/German singer, songwriter, and rapper WizTheMc releases a music video for “Lied,” out now via 10K Projects/ Homemade Projects. The new single, released on August 14, landed coveted spots on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Lorem playlists and was heralded by Ones to Watch as a “charismatic, catchy and summery” track that proved a strong follow up to his breakout hit “For A Minute” (7M+ Spotify streams). In the music video for “Lied,” WizTheMc shows the deterioration of a once-perfect relationship. A perfect visual match for his lyrics, “Lied” shows the young artist trying to move on in the wake of a devastating loss.

Vize Verza unveil debut single ‘Temporary’

Emerging UK trio Vize Verza shares their debut single ‘Temporary’, out today via Ultra Records.

Composed of Ben Duncombe, Chelcee Grimes and Ollie Green, Vize Verza’s maiden release is an irresistible slice of dance-pop, combining Chelcee and Ollie’s silken vocals with euphoric piano breakdowns to create something with broad appeal.

FØNX – ‘Angle’

Caffe Nero have just playlisted the song in over 1000 of their stores globally and it’s been made BBC Introducing Track of the Day (Sussex/Surrey) today on release day!

­­­­Wankelmut & Jack Wins link up on new single ‘Drama’

Multi-platinum DJ and producer Wankelmut continues his prolific start to 2020 with new single ‘Drama’, a collaboration with Dutch artist Jack Wins, out now.

Announcing itself with sensual vocals and orchestral horns, ‘Drama’ channels the kind of emotion-tinged crossover dance vibe that Wankelmuthas made his own over the past few years. It marks the German artist’s fifth single release of the new decade, following on from ‘Can’t Force Love’, ‘OnlyYou’ featuring Paper Idol, ‘Give& Take’ featuring SVEA and ‘Ayahuasca’.

Star.One & Trillary Banks remixed by Friend Within

Sibling DJ and producer duo Star.One and Trillary Banks see their new single ‘This Way’ get a slick, bass-driven remix from Friend Within.

With a decorated discography on labels such as Rinse, Dirtybird, Method and DFTD, Friend Within was the ideal fit to inject his trademark flair on the Soul II Soul & 702 inspired cut from Star.One and Trillary. Stripping things back, and letting an enhanced bassline take the driving seat, this upfront re-work will no doubt be the soundtrack to plenty of parties yet to come in 2020.

DEFECTO video “All For You”