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Raf Rundell Shares New Track “Monsterpiece”

His first release for Heavenly Recordings, the former 2 Bear, renowned DJ, and all round, man-about-town, said of this first taster from his forthcoming second album:

“Time for new JAMS. Under the light of a silver moon we work on our Monsterpieces. One Blockhead, one Stepkid, a Showboy and a Culpepper. Never knowingly undersoul’d we step unblinkingly into the future. O.M.DAYS.”

A beautifully lithe, effortless and sophisticated South London steeped Balearic treat, it’s no coincidence “Monsterpiece” possesses the idiosyncratic funk feel of peak time Blockheads given Ian Dury’s former guitar slinger Chas Jankel was roped in to provide his distinctive touch.

Walk Off the Earth Drops Stirring “Farther We Go” Visual

“Farther We Go embraces the magical memories and the innocence of childhood, and encompasses the challenges of being a grown up,” shared Walk Off the Earth upon the release of their new single. “Life is indeed full of challenges and setbacks, but the importance of remaining hopeful and positive through moments of great difficulty is what shapes us as human beings. We really wanted to emphasize this especially in the current state of the world. ”

The band continued, “It’s the silver lining that allows us to continue to learn and grow, and it’s what brings us together. We want to celebrate how far we’ve come as humans, and how far we still have to go. Let’s use it as motivation to continue bettering ourselves and those around us. ‘We’re getting smarter, the farther and farther we go.'”

Italian Alt-Metal band FENISIA reveal ‘Manifesto’ video and single

“Manifesto” is the second single from the band’s new full-length album The Spectator which is out worldwide on October 30, 2020 via Eclipse Records. The album was produced by Ray Sperlonga (American Idol) at Rosary Lane Studios, mastered by Collin Davis (Imagica, Deeds of Flesh) at Imperial Mastering, and the cover art was designed by Charles Prabowo at Blackout Brother.

Speed Control Unleash Alt-laced “Inspector Tang”

Hailing from Canada’s North in the Yukon, Speed Control is the rock band that can make you move even at -40 degrees. Brothers Graeme and Jody Peters have been joined by new members Eric Holland (Drums, Vocals) and Greg McLaughlin (lead guitar, vocals). With the added depth and creativity, new material and new energy is on the way.


On the heels of the release of his debut EP Higher Place, which soared to #1 on the iTunes Reggae charts, Skip Marley, releases the official music video for his buzzed about new single “Make Me Feel” featuring fellow Miamian hitmaker Rick Ross and R&B songstress Ari Lennox via Tuff Gong/Island Records. The video shot in Atlanta and directed by Lacey Duke compliments the summery vibe of the record with the trio checking out a neighborhood soccer game. “Make Me Feel” is a feel-good record with a groovy production accompanied with Ross’s effortless flow and Lennox’s sweet and soulful melodies singing the lyrics “let’s make this a good life even through the bad times,” a mantra that resonates loudly.


On the track, which follows the release of “Back For My Ends” feat. Melvoni, airy 808s, glitchy beats and glistening keys underline intriguing interplay between YSN Flow and Osibih. This crossfire echoes into another fluttering hook as these two rising stars captivate on the chorus. Meanwhile, the music video threads together striking scenes of bars spit over an empty pool, cash strewn about everywhere and the raw glow of flames.


Prism Tats Changes Name To Gary V, Shares Psychedelic Video For New Single “Eternal Returns (Deja Vu)”

“It was great being Prism Tats for 6ish years but indescribable to finally be myself, Gary V,” explains Garret Van der Spek. Van der Spek recently decided to adjust his stage name from Prism Tats to one closer to his given name – Gary V.

“Prism Tats was a moniker that served me well but was always going to be a barrier preventing myself and the listener from engaging with my songs in the personal way that I have always strived for,” Van der Spek explained. “My music has always been an entirely solitary creation, just me writing and recording alone at my studio Gary’z Place. However now during the pandemic, losing my day job and having nothing else to do to maintain sanity but make music, it seemed obvious to me that the time had come to say goodbye to Prism Tats and embrace the inevitable.”

HANSON announce livestream concert series; tickets on-sale today

Pop-rock trio HANSON are inviting fans around the world to join them for their first Live-streaming Concert Series, live from their hometown music landmark Cain’s Ballroom. Beginning Oct 9-11th, the series is set to include three shows each month through January, featuring a unique monthly musical theme.

October highlights the 15th anniversary of the band’s live album The Best of HANSON, Live And Electric which includes both well known and rare songs from the band’s discography, ranging their 25 year+ career. For members of the band’s HANSON.net community, the series also offers a limited number of in-person tickets, allowing fans to take in the experience live at Cain’s Ballroom. All guests attending will be seated and adhere to current social distancing guidelines being maintained for public gatherings.

NYC-based grime artists put New York on the map with new single ‘Sun’s 4’

‘Sun’s 4’ is a flag in the ground for grime music in New York City. A collaboration between four NYC-based artists; Producer, Aions illustrates what happens when you put three grime MCs out of New York, on a genre that started in the streets of London. MCs Dutchguts, Gi Major and Lord Of Ciphers showcase their unique styles on the track, forfeiting the hook and seamlessly transitioning into each of their verses. Aions makes sure to round off the tune with some New York flavor in his outro, giving the UK-influenced sound a classic hip-hop feel that stateside fans can relate to.

“Sun’s 4 is a bit of a double entendre. The track represents the energy that the four of us cultivate through our shared love of grime, while also symbolizing the inevitable sunshine after dark days.” – EARTHTONE

YATRA: “Eyes Of Light” Now Playing Exclusively At The Obelisk

YATRA’s heaviest album to date, All Is Lost surges with nine new tracks that bring an enticing new level of quality and cohesiveness to the unit. Heavier and denser, with more vibrant psychedelic poise, All Is Lost devastates with nine new tracks that once again place the band into the upper echelons of the genre. All Is Lost was captured at Tiny Castle in June, engineered, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records, and completed with cover art by Paolo Girardi (Power Trip, Black Breath, Bell Witch).

Review & Track Premiere: Yatra, All is Lost

New Video Alert: Benny The Butcher & BSF Feat. Heem: “Fell in Love With the Streets”

Da Respected Sopranos project is the first offering from the new deal that Benny The Butcher recently inked Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint. A slate of new music will be released for its roster through this year into 2021.


Conceived in the 1980s in Mexico and brought to California through the border inside of his 6-month-pregnant mother, Rudy de Anda is releasing his debut solo record, a love letter to the long historical lineage of rock ’n’ roll music as interpreted through his multicultural lens. “I write my own story, I don’t want to be defined by any scene” De Anda proclaims of his personal journey, and his ability to adapt and flit between cities and cultures is part of why L.A. Record has called his sound “deliberately difficult to classify, familiar but novel at the same time.”

Ras Kass shares “5 Mikes” Video

Being the 1st release from “I’m Not Clearing Shxt” limited edition vinyl, Ras Kass says, “We wanted to come with that rough rugged raw shit!”.

5 Mikes is a triumphant hardcore hiphop anthem in the tradition of “Ante Up” and “Simon Sez”. Produced by Atlanta’s newest Boom Bap phenom B-Ready, Ras conjures up the qualities needed to achieve the highly sought-after 5 Mic status from The Source Magazine in the early ’90s, while at the same time lyricaly personifying 5 actual icons named Michael/Mike.

beabadoobee Releases New Single “Worth It”

Flickering with ambiance created by brazen grunge-era guitar, “Worth It” captures the emotions of letting go of the nostalgic sentiments and mistakes that still haunt us from a previous relationship. The new single is written “simply about teenage infidelity” Bea shares, “and the mistakes one can make when they’re tempted to do things. It’s a bit of a confession song but also an understanding that it’s a part of life.”


“Tantibus II” continues the story of the band’s 2015 song “Tantibus” (a word with Latin roots meaning “nightmare”), in which the protagonist is stuck within a sleep paralysis and looking for a way out. In “Tantibus II,” the protagonist becomes addicted to this feeling and disconnects from reality into her own mind, where she feels safe. The EXIT sign in the video represents a way out of the nightmare, as seen in the original video for “Tantibus” when the protagonist chases it without ever reaching it. The opening shot of “Tantibus II” is an EXIT sign broken into pieces at the feet of the protagonist, who is holding a hammer. This is when she decided to destroy her way out and sink into her nightmare.

Philly Rap Duo Strvnge Gvng takes us down – “Memory Lane”

Philadelphia has a reputation for raising young rappers who can effortlessly translate stories of street life into catchy, melodic rap songs, and Strvnge Gvng are the latest Philly group to grab our attention.

Night Shop Premieres Duet with Waxahatchee “In The Twilight Sun”

Night Shop, the solo project of Justin Sullivan (Flat Worms, Kevin Morby, The Babies), premieres new single “In The Twilight Sun” today. The track is a duet with Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and also features Meg Duffy of Hand Habits on guitar and Jarvis Taveniere of Woods on bass. “‘In The Twilight Sun’ is a song about aging and platonic love, figuring out what to let go of and what you want to bring with you as you move through life,” says Sullivan. “Katie has been a dear friend of mine for a long time, through many different music scenes and eras, and she continues to inspire me with the way she navigates that process of loss and growth. So, I’m really grateful that she wanted to be involved with this song, along with my other deeply talented friends, to make it what it is.”

HORSEWHIP: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Inertia Waits” Video

Saint Petersburg, Florida-based hardcore/crust outfit HORSEWHIP, formed by members of Reversal Of Man, Early Grace, Combatwoundedveteran, Order Of Importance, Sutek Conspiracy, and more, is preparing to release their second album, Laid To Waste. With the LP nearing co-release through Roman Numeral Records and Financial Ruin, a video for the album’s “Inertia Waits” has been issued through an exclusive premiere at Decibel Magazine.

Video Premiere: Horsewhip – ‘Inertia Waits’


The infectious track “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” has over 1 billion combined streams worldwide to date, is now certified 2x Platinum in Ireland, Platinum in UK, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Norway, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy and Gold in US, Finland, Denmark, South Africa, France and Germany. The collaboration also hit the number one spot on Spotify in 11 countries.

HBO to Premiere Film Documentary “Fandango at the Wall”

HBO will premiere the feature music documentary Fandango at the Wall. The film is a joint production between Tiger Turn Productions and Sony Music Latin. Directed by Varda Bar-Kar and Executive produced by Quincy Jones, Andrew Young, and Carlos Santana. The film follows Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning musician Arturo O’Farrill and Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning producer Kabir Sehgal who journey to Veracruz, Mexico to recruit master musicians for a live album recording at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“We’re thrilled to premiere this exceptional and heartwarming film, which explores U.S.-Mexico relations through beautiful Mexican folk music. We believe that the film’s meaningful story and magical music will resonate deeply with our audience. Fandango at the Wall is a must-see addition to our programming,” said Leslie Cohen, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisitions at HBO and HBO Max. The film will premiere on HBO Latino, Friday, September 25 with additional HBO broadcasts scheduled for the subsequent days. It will also be available to stream on HBO Max in the United States.

Swiss alternative/garage indie rockers Overgrass shared new music video “Feel Alive”

A couple of months after the official release of their their brand new album ‘Killing Time’, Swiss alternative-garage indie-rock trio Overgrass just unveiled a new official music video illustrating the song “My Life”, single extracted from the effort and available right now on YouTube.


The video for The Middle is thoughtful and surreal, as objects levitate off the ground in a fantasy, rose-tinted world. It’s abandoned, but peaceful. Working once again with the production company Black Lake who have made clips for OTR, Shallou, Martin Garrix and more, Ukiyo explains how the video for The Middle came about, saying, “‘Ukiyo’ translates literally as ‘floating world’, so this video is a little homage to that. It also continues the themes of the Good Enough music video, comparing human relationships to our relationship with the Earth.”

Drumma Boy “Still Can’t Believe It” ft Derez De’Shon New Single!

HELL-BORN (feat. Nergal) – announce new album “Natas Liah”

Odium Records proudly announces that 12 years after the last album, the cult Polish HELL-BORN returns with a new one. The band was started in 1996 by Behemoth co-founder Baal and Les, also a former Behemoth musician as well as a member of Damnation. There will be IX songs on “Natas Liah” – old school, black death metal with a bit of melodies typical for the group. There were also some guests during the recording session, including Adam Nergal Darski. The band confirms that it is by far the best album in their career.

HELL-BORN – announce new album “Natas Liah”

Wings Of Desire announce euphoric debut single “001”

Sometimes, the most important question for any artist to ask, is “Why?”. Why is this happening. Why are we putting up with it. Why do we fall for it again and again. For London-based duo Wings Of Desire the art in questioning their surroundings in their natural pace – for them, that is the easy part. What they aim to stir with their music is the strength to inspire considered conversation, and light a fire to rouse a socially conscious underground that wills an end to the rigid systems that bind many, and benefit very few. They see new ways to move through life, new thought processes, ways that embrace art and teachings. Their music is a coded manifesto that says “it doesn’t have to be this way.”

Yore (Callum Brown of Ulrika Spacek/Mint Field) debuts new track ‘Bon Mot’ feat. White Flowers, with psychedelic video

Yore is the exciting new release from multi-instrumentalist and producer Callum Brown, who has been a part of the East-London music/art scene for years, previously playing in Mint Field, Josefin Ohrn, Fews, and Ulrika Spacek.

Released today, debut single ‘Bon Mot’ features Katie Drew of White Flowers and comes paired with a psychedelic video that sees a fresh spin on a 90s sound, and was created with Vicious Collective’s Andrew Rayner.

Rising Irish artist Lucy McWilliams delivers soulful new single ‘Runaway’ / watch the video here

Following on from the huge praise she received for her stunning debut single ‘Fair Play’ ft. Malaki, which has since gone onto garner over one million streams online, received national radio play, and found itself in numerous publications including Earmilk, Hot Press, Nialler 9, and District Magazine, emerging Irish singer and songwriter Lucy McWilliams now returns with her eagerly awaited follow-up ‘Runaway’.

NEWS: Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright shed light on troubled times with third collaboration, ‘I Can Still Hear You,’ out October 30.

This past spring, Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche headed down to Nashville to make their third album together.Suzzy had written a batch of songs, informed both by personal loss — her sister, Maggie, and her mother died in 2017 — and her sense of the societal havoc stemming from the 2016 election. Suzzy wrote these close-to-the-heart, close-to-the-bone songs with Lucy always in mind to sing them.

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