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ALFONSO CORACE: Italian prog metal veteran premieres new album “Fo’s Room”

The project was conceived as a vehicle for realizing ideas that exist in a separate space from his other/previous bands. Recorded in Rome, “Fo’s Room” is a look at searching for strength and inspiration in an enervating world.

The music isn’t wedded to genre and explores atmospheric metal, rock and electronic music flavours which owe as much to Paradise Lost and Ghost as to Air and Daft Punk. The arrangements are direct but take time to weave in progressive elements and dynamic atmosphere.

ALFONSO CORACE – Italian prog metal veteran premieres new album “Fo’s Room”

Faith Mussa x SONDR collaborate on Afro dance banger ‘Waiting’

Sometimes collaborations just work so beautifully. Here is a perfect example. Take Malawian one man band Faith Mussa, who is a bona fide African superstar able to do it all, with two of dance and pop music’s biggest rising producers known as SONDR, and the combination is the purest perfect dance hit we’ve all been ‘Waiting’ for.


Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike welcome Kimberly Loaiza and Azteck to their Smash The House imprint, as the trio combine for the ultra-feisty ‘Do It’. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been extremely productive during their recent months of no touring, utilising their time wisely with new projects such as launching the huge new media agency Smash Universe, utilising their networks and interests to establish the agency which covers music, gaming and lifestyle. They’ve also been busy in the studio, treating fans to a selection of impressive new cuts including, most recently, their high-profile team up with man-of-the-moment Regard on the Destiny’s Child iconic reboot ‘Say My Name’.


Munich outfit Konsequence dive into the depths of insomnia on new single ‘OH, LOOK AT THE TIME’

Munich-based brothers Tom and Mike Zitzelsberger have made music together for most of their adult life. Their familial bond allows them to be completely candid with each other – able to express their creative ideas without fear of judgement or rebuke.

FORTRESS UNDER SIEGE Release ‘Seventh Son’ Single And Lyric Video

Greek Power-Prog Metal band, FORTRESS UNDER SIEGE, have released a new single and lyric video for the song ‘SEVENTH SON’. The track is taken from the new album ‘Atlantis’, which will be released on 9th October 2020 in physical and digital format via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records under exclusive licence from Metal Mad Music.


LEISURE unveil seductive new single ‘Lonely Nights’

Auckland-based five-piece LEISURE have unveiled their brand new single ‘Lonely Nights’, out now

Centred around funk-laden guitars and vocals, ‘Lonely Nights’ channels the kind of smooth, lounge music vibe that the group have made their own over the past few years. It’s accompanied by a slick, psychedelic video, showing animated versions of each member enjoying the most relaxed of boat journeys down the River Seine in Paris, that perfectly captures the blissed-out vibe of the track.

INGRINA: post-metal sextet to release new album “Siste Lys” on Medication Time Records!

French up-and-coming post-metal sextet INGRINA announce the release of their sophomore album “Siste Lys” this November 27th on Medication Time Records, available now to preorder on vinyl and digital.

INGRINA is the name of a remembrance. A sensation of vital ecstasy that this civilization strives to make the living forget. It is also the name of an escape. The one rushing towards less hostile underworlds in which time itself is overtaken. Ingrina is the swaying experience of an unfinished yet longed-for desertion.

George Gretton Shares his Innovative & Incredible Debut EP ‘Floods’

Speaking on the release, EP Gretton explained “I produced these tracks over the last year, and each one of them sort of touches on my feelings towards a different person in my life. It feels kind of unfiltered and honest, which is quite scary to share!

For example, I wrote “Walk” while weighing up the different ways to try to help a friend who was going through a lot, knowing you don’t always have the answers. I was walking really late, the concept built up around this walk I was on. I made the beat that night, and used a recording of my walk at the start and end of the song. I’ve always wanted to make a song that was perfect for a late-night walk home with headphones, where all you can hear is your steps and a few cars in the distance. “Walk” was my attempt at that. I basically just hope some people can immerse themselves in it as much as I have.”


Australian artist Tones And I has shared an official remix by blackbear of her single, “Ur So F**kInG cOoL,” which is available today on all streaming platforms. The official remix features an added verse from multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer blackbear – who also helmed the track’s new arrangement – and is joined by an animated lyric video streaming now on Tones And I’s YouTube channel.

NUCLEAR Reveal New Single ‘Facing Towards You’

Chilean metal outfit NUCLEAR have released their new single “Facing Towards You”, the from their upcoming album “Murder Of Crows”.

After five years of silence, the band returns with a new album which will be released through Black Lodge Records/Sound Pollution on November 13th, 2020.

The band stated about the new single: “It was very difficult choosing the first single, but we think ‘Facing Towards You’ represents pretty much the spirit of the new album. It is simple, fast and brutal, just a little glimpse of what’s to come”.

Sam Eagle shares video for new single ‘Like This’

Following the recent announcement of his forthcoming EP ‘Something Out Of Nothing’, today, 21-year old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam Eagle has shared a video for his new single ‘Like This’. The single follows the recent release of the first track from the EP entitled ‘Funkenheim’, which was released last month earning plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X, CLASH, Mahogany, Berlin in Stereo and more.

Julian Cross returns with feelgood new single ‘Step Into My Shoes’

Julian Cross has unveiled his new single ‘Step Into My Shoes’, out now on the Dutch DJ and producer’s freshly launched New Breed Records.

An infectious, bass-led house jam, ‘Step Into My Shoes’ combines a rousing bassline with seductive female vocals and euphoric piano chords. It follows the progressive vibes of July’s ‘Molecule’, a single that has since amassed more than 135,000 streams combined, and August’s ‘Asteroids’, which was added to Spotify playlist ‘Friday Cratediggers’ curated by Austin Kramer. All three tracks are set to feature on Julian’s forthcoming debut album Nebula, out 17th December.


Today sees the release of Avalon Emerson’s DJ-Kicks celebrating the 25th anniversary of the prestigious series by !K7 Records. Avalon’s mix has been met with critical acclaim across the board, garnering brilliant reviews as well as the cover of the latest issue of Crack magazine who named her as “one of the underground’s most electrifying producers and DJs.”

$pacely and Dani Draco Release Music Video For “Paradise”

Labadi Music duo of $pacely and Dani Draco finally outdoor long-awaited “Paradise” visuals, directed by JTC & Foze.

$pacely, Labadi Music’s frontline act, earlier this year served up “Paradise” – a collaborative effort with label mate Dani Draco.

Produced by high-in-demand Nigerian producer Telz, “Paradise” opens with $pacely delivering his trademark baritone rap flows over a mellow, yet infectious production. Sonics get even better when Dani Draco joins in, flowing in his distinct dulcet voice.

The JTC & Foze directed music video truly does bring the song to life! Set in a lush green tropical landscape highlighted by palm trees and bikini-clad dimes in pools; and featuring cut-away scenes of a kick-back with the gang, the visual representation of “Paradise” accurately captures the alluring vacation vibes the melodic trap joint emits.

BARLEY PASSABLE – Return with sleek electronica of: ‘Whether or Not’ – Listen

Fusing the taut post-disco strut of Parcels, the meta-Funk of Chromeo and the French-Touch panache of Cassius, “Whether or Not” is a hyper stylised and deeply danceable new cut that finds the duo unafraid to take risks….

Chance, fate, luck – call it what you like. Roll the dice and ultimately sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. “Whether or Not” is inspired by the impulses and temptations that erode our rational inhibitions and compel us to gamble. Whether the odds are on or stakes are high, it’s in our human nature to take risks, calculated, foolhardy or sometimes even dangerous. “Whether or Not” comments on the chaos of that instinct built into our very fibre; one that can drive us to put everything on the line for a leap into the unknown.

New: Mali-Koa – “Revolution”

Sydney-born, now UK-based songstress Mali-Koa returns with her glorious new single “Revolution”, the latest to be lifted from her upcoming debut album.

Co-produced by Grammy Award winning producer Maestro ‘The Baker’ (Rihanna, J Hus) and arranged by Onree Gill (Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, John Mayor, will.i.am), the smooth gospel-tinged track gorgeously utilises rich, bright pianos across a graceful, foot-stomping beat. The final chorus’ powerful key change particularly showcases Mali’s warm and stirring vocals, which soar as she is joined by the soulful Ella Q and sing choir (Prince, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Charlie Wilson) across echoing hand-claps for a truly euphoric and spiritual sonic experience.

Patricia Lalor announces new EP ‘Covers EP1’

Patricia Lalor has announced the release of her new EP Covers EP1 out October 2nd. To mark the announcement she has released the lead single and cover of The Marias’ ‘I Don’t Know You’.

Patricia treated fans to a live version of the cover earlier this year on her YouTube channel, which has gone on to clock up over 670K views.

The Covers EP1 finds the 14 year-old Wexford singer putting her dreamy indie touch to some of her favourite songs and biggest musical influences covering Radiohead’s ‘Present Tense’, ‘Change’ from Alex G and Mac DeMarco’s ‘My Kind Of Woman’. The latter has also previously been released live on Patricia’s YouTube channel, and has had over 1.1 million views since last year.

EVILDEAD Releases New Single and Lyric Video For “The Descending”

US Thrash Metal legends EVILDEAD released their first single and lyric video for the song “The Descending” today. The song is taken from their new studio album “United $tate$ Of Anarchy”.

ALBUM NEWS: Damian Lazarus Releases ‘Flourish’ on Higher Ground/Crosstown Rebels

The ends of days are ones with which Damian Lazarus is familiar, but, much like his biblical namesake, he too, has come back from the brink and risen to fight on, his career is interwoven with themes of survival and re-birth. Fittingly then, his fourth album does not wallow in our current dark times, but charts a path of hope. Flourish, offers a glimpse of a new world worth living in and surviving for.

James Hype links up with HARLEE on new single ‘Afraid’

The UKs favourite DJ booth jumping, crowd pumping dance artist James Hype has collaborated with fast rising effervescent singer-songwriter HARLEE on the new single ‘Afraid’, out now via The Cross Records/ Island Records.

BE NO RAIN shines on colourful new synth-pop single “Call Back”

London-based artist Be No Rain today releases new single “Call Back”, lifted from the artist’s debut album Strawberry Backstory, also released today 18th September, via One Two Many Records.

“Call Back” arrives today alongside a stunning neon-hued animated video, and perhaps gives the most succinct glimpse into Be No Rain’s explorative take on alternative pop.

Lex Amor drops introspective new project Government Tropicana

Released entirely independently, Government Tropicana is deeply personal and informed by Lex’s cultural memory, with the rapper, producer, engineer, sound designer and DJ attempting to trace the evolution of her hometown and her role within it. Combining sparse broken beats, hushed backing vocals and Lex’s lush, downbeat flow, the nine-track project sees her at her bold, confident best. This combination is most prevalent on ‘Mazza’, a track released as a single earlier this year, with a potent blend of humour and social commentary on full display through Lex’s slick wordplay.


Winona Oak has shared a remix of her latest single “With Myself” by Belgian artist/producer Taska Black. The remix underscores the defiance and resilience of the Swedish artist’s original with lush atmospherics and trap rhythms that bring out a seductive yet foreboding noir quality in the song.

Obsidian Cane Presses The ‘Reset’ Button On Latest EP

Giving old skool UK Garage a new lease of life, Producer/artist OBSIDIAN CANE’s latest three-track EP, ‘Reset’ came along by complete chance…

The tracks on the EP were originally separate projects for three artists – Bryonii, I Am Born and Stacey Pierre. The plan to release the summer bangers came to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic struck the UK back in March.


Pendulum – one of the most iconic electronic acts of all time have finally released their first brand new music since the UK #1 selling album ‘Immersion’! The double A side includes the massive halftime track ‘Nothing For Free’, featuring classic vocals from front man Rob Swire that delivers the powerful rock infused electronic music that Pendulum do best and the mighty DnB anthem ‘Driver’.