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New York City native singer/songwriter & 2020 artist to watch Leyla Blue releases a new song and music video “Company” following up the release of her stunning debut EP Songs For Boys That Didn’t Text Me Back, that features her first pair of soul-drenched singles, “Silence” and “What A Shame.” Sonically, Leyla is described as the offspring of Lorde and Destiny’s Child and her music plays on the juxtaposition of both artists. “Company” is a deeply personal delivery from Leyla that speaks on a girl battling her own demons. The music video, which was shot on an iPhone during quarantine with edits by Leyla, is a dark and shadowy aesthetic showing Leyla having an intimate conversation with her own reflection and performance vignettes throughout the visual. “Company” is the first release of new music to come from Leyla this year.


Today, France’s YELLE reveal the sweltering video for their song “J’Veux Un Chien” (“I Want A Dog”), the third single with a double-entendre. Wanting a supportive partner (a dog) who respects one’s mind but also fulfills the dirtiest desires (not a dog!). The song is deep, dark and erotic. But yes, playful enough for your little cousin to sing. Brilliant. The music video, directed by Giant, is sophisticated yet simple, precise and powerful like the song.

NYC-Based Rock Band The Inoculated Canaries Release “Hypocrite” On September 9th (Single & Video Link Below)

New York City-based band The Inoculated Canaries will release their new single “Hypocrite” (accompanied by a music video) on September 9th. “Hypocrite” was produced by Matt Squire (producer of Panic! at the Disco, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Demi Lovato and more) and was mastered by Howie Weinberg (15X Grammy Award-Winning mastering engineer with 32 Grammy nominations and over 200 Gold and Platinum records.) The politically charged song stays clear of pointing a finger at any specific figure, but the lyrics describe the “lying eyes” of politicians who are unambiguously responsive to what is going on in the world right now. With the upcoming election very much on the band’s mind, they decided to time the release of the track to the fall campaign season.

Bringing their Classic sound: Hillybilly Vegas is back with “Hell To Pay”

Sharing the stage with Blake Shelton, Alabama, Travis Tritt, A Thousand Horses, Lee Brice, Granger Smith, Hell Yeah, Insane Clown Posse (yep, them too) and dozens more. The band has played NASCAR events and music festivals all over North America.

Opus Vitae shares Stephen Hawking inspired indie ballad “End of the Road,” Announces album ‘Gramercy’ out 9/25

Los Angeles based indie artist Opus Vitae shares his new single “End of the Road,” a heavy, winding song that calls for some necessary action in a world of destruction. The legendary Tower Records debuted the track this week with an in-depth interview about quarantine, Los Angeles, and Opus Vitae’s creative process. Today we announce that his full-length album Gramercy will be available on September 25. The album is an autobiographical product he intends to be a fluid narrative in which each song seeks to capture the emotion or feeling of a moment in time.

According to Banah Winn, aka Opus Vitae, “End of the Road” is “a wakeup call that seems more relevant than ever. Originally, after reading an article that talked about Stephen Hawking saying we need to get our shit together as humans or we’re going to destroy the planet and end our species I wrote End Of The Road. It’s essentially a plea for all of us to do just that.”


Les Longs Adieux (Federica Lee: voice and synthesizers, Frank Marrelli: guitars and synthesizers) are a Rome based duo. Born during the 2020 quarantine, they propose a gothic reinterpretation of retrowave elements combined with a Mediterranean feel.

Lyrics echoing with folklore, superstition and evocative images frame a sound fabric that draws on the Cure of the Faith era, as well as on Diaframma, Litfiba and electro pop from the 80s. One eye on the suffering of living and one on the pleasure of dancing. The band likes to call it Mediterranean Goth.

CONCRETE: Decibel Magazine Debuts “Starving Serpent” Video

Writes Decibel, “It has been an extremely solid few years for extreme metal-influenced hardcore, with bands like Jesus Piece, Fuming Mouth, Like Rats, and Genocide Pact delivering a slew of rowdy, mosh-oriented albums… CONCRETE occupies a similar sonic territory, infusing a heavy metallic hardcore sound with traces elements of death metal.”

Video Premiere: Concrete – ‘Starving Serpent’

Porter Robinson shares “Mirror” video

In the video, Robinson uses Live2D face-tracking technology to map his own facial movements onto the hand drawn avatar, capturing his own live expressions and performance of the song. The hand drawn avatar is available as an AR filter today—try it here and watch Robinson’s demo here—following the last filter for “Something Comforting,” which racked up more than 1 million impressions.


Fyah Roiall continues to shake things up – literally – with a new video for the high-energy song “Soda,” from his debut album, UNDERRATED, which was released earlier this summer via Easy Star Records. The video was shot by Jamaica-based video auteur 300K, director of other hit videos from Koffee, Aidonia, Govona, and more.

“With ‘Soda,’ I wanted to create a visual that was as lively and hit as hard as the track,” explains 300K. “When people go out with their friends, cameras are always out to document and preserve the moment, so it was important to recreate that moment here. I wanted to invite Fyah’s fans to see what chilling with him was like, and I believe we were able to channel that vibe.”

Emerging UK Rapper Outlaw The Artist Releases First Single “DRiP”

“DRiP” is a song about looks and vibes, initially simple before evolving into a complex web of lyrical aptitude, lush sounds, and warm skies. Outlaw says he didn’t think too hard when creating it and just let it flow out of him. Through its verses (the first one is a homage to Freak Nasty’s “Da Dip”), Outlaw says that he wants listeners to feel themselves when they listen to it. “Believe in your hype, your sauce, your drip,” he says.

Song of the Day: Falcon Outlaw releases “The Extendo” single & video ahead of West Detention debut


18-year-old Pennsylvania-based singer, rapper and 2020 High School Graduate, Kierra Luv, releases the music video for her track “Bands on the Way”, out now on 10K Projects. Released on her debut mixtape Take It Or Leave It this summer, the young rapper spits with confidence on “Bands on the Way.” With ambitions to both dominate the rap game and become a mogul, Kierra Luv proves with “Bands on the Way” that she is a fresh face ready to become a household name.


Following a massive summer for the Texas-based duo, Surfaces releases a music video to accompany their latest single “Sail Away,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. Drawing on the tropes of Wes Anderson films, the lighthearted video for “Sail Away” shows Forrest and Colin in a submarine far below the sea, tracking their daily routine.

London Grammar “Baby It’s You” Visual Out Now

Premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last month, “Baby It’s You” marks the return of London Grammar and arrives as the first piece of music the band have released since their 2017 UK #1 selling album ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing.’ The new single embodies a newly embellished confidence at the forefront of London Grammar, cushioned by the familiarity of their sound, but enriched by a colourful new clarity of purpose. Upon release, Consequence of Sound heralded, “Between Reid’s soaring presence, the snappy percussion, and the song’s feel-good message, “Baby It’s You” seems like the ideal anthem to blast throughout an arena,” Stereogum described it as a “sweeping cinematic scope with an insistently pulsing beat,” and MTV declared, “London Grammar’s dreamy new track “Baby It’s You” is as euphoric as it is nostalgic.” Digitally, “Baby It’s You” has amassed over 2 million streams and was featured on over 40 New Music Friday playlists on Spotify across the globe.

K Camp Shares Video For “What’s On Your Mind ft. Jacquees” Today

Earlier this year Atlanta-native, K Camp shared the final installment of his highly praised album series, K.I.S.S. 5. Today the hitmaker is back to share his video for “What’s On Your Mind ft. Jacquees,” a tranquil ballad about making their wrongs right between the two of them and their respective partners. The video directed by Marcelo Pancote, features both artists singing on various serene-like sets that perfectly match the energy of the track.

K Camp Shares Visual For “What’s On Your Mind ft. Jacquees” Today

Mat Zo’s newest single ‘Colours feat. Olan’ – Stream Now!

Following the release of previous album singles ‘The Next Chapter’, ‘Love Songs’ and ‘Problems’ (check out an incredible live studio session here), ‘Colours’ is another look at one of our most anticipated album releases of the year. A quintessential Mat Zo creation, the track sees Mat team up once again with Atlanta-based musician Luzana Flores, who records as Olan.

Alex Gruenburg (of Best Behavior) Introduces New Project, Papi Shiitake, with Debut Single “Enjoy The View”

Alex Gruenburg, a.k.a Young Tuxx, and his writing partner, Ryan Sieloff, introduced their brand new project, Papi Shiitake, this morning with the release of their debut single “Enjoy The View” – a hazy piece of surf rock perfect to soundtrack your end of summer adventures. It carries a mood enhancing vibe anchored by an earworm of a chorus and a melody that begs to be hummed along to. The video stars Young Tuxx and his muppet companion, Lil Tuxx, as they set off on a mission to find a way to pay their rent and avoid being evicted.

Jay Z “Strictly For The Streets” produced by DJ Absolut


Brye Collaborative New Version of Viral Hit “LEMONS” ft. Cavetown

Brye’s original version of the song has been a runaway hit, amassing nearly 20MM streams globally and airplay at SiriusXM Alt Nation, KCRW + many more. Fans on Tik Tok have consistently created 300 thousand videos & counting.

“Indie-Pop Breakout” – Grammy.com

“The song’s carnival-like, pop-synth creeps beneath a haunting vocal performance as Brye channels the artistic prowess of Lorde and Billie Eilish.” – American Songwriter

Daily Discovery: Brye Calls Attention To Bad Relationships on “Lemons”


Max has enlisted the help of fans for an official music video that makes the most of our socially-distanced time apart. Perfectly timed transitions and playful videos submitted by listeners make up the quarantine-edition visual. “Sayonara” was written about the uncertain times we’re facing during a global pandemic.


Mysterious Rock/Metal band SUPREME UNBEING, led by vocalist/prophet Zac Red, have released their third “message”, “Solutions”, available now on all digital outlets. After observing the world for many years, Zac Red has set out on a quest with fellow prophets D. Vine, Unknown and Al Mytee, to shed light over our present existence through the medium of heavy riffs, shredding solos, and philosophically intriguing lyrics addressing issues in modern-day life.

The anonymous group’s only physical representation came in the form of the animated visual for “You’ll Never Make It”, created by renowned visual artist Balázs Grof, which premiered in July via REVOLVER Magazine.

Legaxy (feat. Tory Lanez) “Rotation” New Single!

Legaxy was born Marquis Clergè on March 11th, 1990 in Panama City, Florida. Legaxy’s family relocated to Brooklyn, New York when he was only two years old. Maturing in the Hip Hop Mecca just two decades after the genre’s emergence, and during its transformation into a culture derived from violence and crime and pain and struggle, Legaxy was so easily influenced because the music related directly to his circumstances. And, Hip Hop was an actual part of Legaxy’s Legacy, with his two uncles Sen and Tony being local artists in Brooklyn , New York. Hip Hop flowed from his uncle down to him.


Last month, Bella Ferraro excitingly re-introduced herself to the world with her bold and daring new single ‘Her. With pulsating synths, echoing vocals and trap inspired beats bringing you into this new sonical world, she immediately captivated listeners with her recognisable tone.

Today, the Australian raised, and now UK based, singer-songwriter has unveiled the stunning accompanying music video to ‘Her’ which transports you into the eye of a storm. Building a contrast between vibrant and moody palettes, this dreamy music video centres around her silhouette with different skyline projections. With the sunrises and sunsets building into an epic storm, the song climaxes with a huge rainstorm that sees Ferraro dancing euphorically at the epicentre.

ELANA STONE returns with electronic pop anthem PERMANENT LIMBO

Musical powerhouse, Elana Stone, explores the complexities of relationships in the digital age with her new single ‘Permanent Limbo’, premiered via Music Feeds.

Sonically akin to Daft Punk and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, this songstress has her own unique imprint on the pop-electronica genre with her new single ‘Permanent Limbo’. Written in 2019, the single was produced alongside Josh Pyke and Luke Moseley (Butternut Sweetheart) and mixed in Los Angeles by Tony Buchen (Montaigne, The Preachers etc); the track was originally inspired by a long-distance relationship that broke down while touring with her band All Our Exes Live In Texas.

Elana Stone releases comeback single ‘Permanent Limbo’


Seventeen-year old Zach Sobiech captured the hearts of people everywhere when his original song “Clouds” debuted and instantly became a viral sensation in 2012. In the new Disney+ original movie “Clouds,” premiering on Friday, October 16, the world will be inspired once again by Zach’s musical legacy and his story about the resilience of the human spirit. Directed by Justin Baldoni, the movie is based on the book “Clouds: A Memoir” by Zach’s mother, Laura Sobiech.

NOCTURN Offer Up Their Official Video For ‘La Belle’

French melodic death metal group Nocturn have released their first official video taken from their brand new album Like A Seed Of Dust which is out now worldwide via Sliptrick Records. The track is called La Belle and the video tells the tale of some classic corporate madness. It was created by the ELEBEL team.

JAMES HUMPHRYS – Celebrates two months of ‘Memory Palace’ with new video for ‘All The Same’

Speaking about the video, James said; “The directors Em Turner, Ruben Neviazsky and I wanted a video that was playful and fun but that also tapped into the strange current circumstances we find ourselves in. The idea of a flirtatious, social distanced dance with a stranger (Jacinda Vuorinen) from across the street. I’ve always loved music videos that incorporate dance as it’s an natural, organic response when we hear music and we were greatly influenced by the band Jungle and their one take choreographed music videos. A big concern during the filming was that I might give off Troy Bolton Golf Course vibes (If you know, you know). Thankfully we avoided high school musical remakes and untied shoelaces (though we won’t mention the lamp post incident).”

Heralded NZ Producer Estère shares new single ‘Calculated Risk’

“Calculated Risk” is the first single from Estère’s upcoming and awaited release, Archetypes, due out later this year.

Calculated Risk explores the vulnerability of love and breaking free of constraints to reach the sweet reward of a previously unknown and unattainable freedom.

Calculated Risk resonates – at some point, we all weigh a decision where the outcomes are uncertain. We talk about being held down; held back; told we can’t do this because of the dangers; can’t do that because of the risks; that we could lose our security if we embrace the unknown. We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt this way: Do I follow my head or my heart?

Introducing For Those I Love | Watch video to “I Have A Love” now

“I Have A Love” is the vital introduction to For Those I Love, brainchild of 29 year-old producer, visual artist and multi-instrumentalist David Balfe. The track is a window into the project, entrenched and birthed as it was from the city that made it. Leftfield, skittering electronica meets poetic, honest lyricism informed by a restless childhood and young adulthood.

New Music: FERGUS releases ‘Enough for You’ via Goldun Egg Records – 10.09.20

London based singer-songwriter FERGUS, shares ‘Enough for You’ on September 10th, 2020. ‘Enough for You’ delivers the untold first chapter of the artist’s deeply personal story that has held listeners captivated throughout 2020. The new track directly informs and sheds a new light on previous singles ‘Concave’, ‘All You’re Not’, and ‘Young Tonight’.

NEW VIDEO – Herizen Shares Gripping Visual For New Single ‘Range Rover,’ Out Now.

Rising artist Herizen shares the gripping official video for her tenacious new single ‘Range Rover’ – available to watch now via Sony Music Germany. Herizen also reveals that her highly anticipated Demon EP will be out this October.

The Cuban-Jamaican musician’s stunningly shot, riveting official video for ‘Range Rover’ was co-directed by Herizen with Nikk Popp (Post Malone, Amine, ILoveMakonnen), who also produced the visual. On the video, Herizen says: “I wrote this song when I was coming out of the dark and into the light, and killing (getting rid of) what no longer served me and finally allowing myself to enjoy that “chip on my shoulder” no matter how much it hurt me to do so. That’s what this music video represents, it means a lot to me and and was such a blast to create! So happy I get to share it with all you little creatures and hope you enjoy!”

Scottish alt-pop band Liimo share new video for latest single ‘Miracle’

Following on from the release of their highly praised debut album ‘Volume 1’ on August 21st through B-Unique Records, Edinburgh-based trio Liimo (meaning a little more) now return with the official video for their latest single ‘Miracle’.

Filled with soaring production and their own carefree approach to songwriting, ‘Miracle’ has proven itself to be a fan favourite since the unveiling of their first full-length. Now accompanied by a slick and glossy new video, we see the trio embracing the post-lockdown life as they link together for a fun and uplifting clip that still maintains the song’s more sombre message.

Finland’s Progressive Metal band Joviac launch music video For “Misplaced”

Band says: “Misplaced is an intensely personal song for me. I wrote the lyrics when I was in a dark place in my life. I was dealing with the aftermath of a breakup and since music is a form of therapy for me, those emotions leaked into this song. I was dealing with a lot of guilt even though I was the one responsible for ending the relationship. So I painted this picture in my head of myself as some kind of villain, but ultimately it just came down to the fact that emotionally I wasn’t in the right place at the right time in my life.

Elohim unveils ‘I’m Lost’ remixes

Today, Los Angeles artist, producer and songwriter Elohim unveils a brand new Remix EP for her new single “I’m Lost”. The 4-track collection features remixes by Australian producer, edapollo, UK-based production duo Eli & Fur, UK house & techno duo PAX and Canadian musician and producer, Jacques Greene.

Novatines release music video for explosive new single ‘Honey’

Produced by both the band themselves and Andy Scott (Sweet) at Real World Studios, Honey is about ” seeing through fads, trends and short lived ‘next big things’ with no real substance. We live in such a throw away culture where we are told what we should like or dislike 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Honey is about taking yourself off of the conveyor belt and seeing things as they are”, explains lyricist Jamie Beale.

José Feliciano Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of “Feliz Navidad”

Written by Helen Murphy CEO of José’s label Anthem Records/Anthem Entertainment, “José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad, 50th Anniversary,” sees the beloved singer/guitarist as a musical superhero who travels the world on Christmas Eve in a flying red convertible, playing his guitar and singing “Feliz Navidad” for people of all ages. The pages come to life with bright colors and characters that span diverse nationalities, capturing the universal spirit of Christmas. The book features illustrations by Brandon Wei, design by Celia Fuller and is published by International Media Services, Inc. Available both in English and Spanish (translations by Madeline Luksha, edited by Maire Nina Luis), the book is available in multiple formats including e-book and paperback, with hard cover and large paperback to follow on October 28. All of the configurations will be released widely on December 5, 2020.