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New Music From Kali Uchis & Rico Nasty “Aquí Yo Mando” Out Now On EMI/Interscope Records


Recorded during a (pre-Covid-19) writing trip to Port Antonio in Jamaica; “Come Over” is an upbeat and empowering single, inspired by “that unsure feeling when you’re talking to someone and you can’t tell how much they’re into you and you’re chasing them when – really – it can be straight up and no one should be playing games.” Smith states.

New Music Video – Frank Knight & Chuck Lawayne – Knowledge of the Drip feat. Kamaria Sarai – (Slim & Mickens album coming soon on All Elements)

Knowledge of The Drip is the first single off the new Frank Knight collaborative project with producer Chuck LaWayne entitled “Slim & Mickens”. This song features the talented sultry voice of Kamaria Sarai singing smooth melodic tones throughout the chorus of the record. This song represents the introduction to “Slim & Mickens” in supreme fashion, by providing that classic emcee and producer collaboration reminiscent of a Gangstarr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Eric B. Rakim, Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo and etc.


Soulful, propulsive and timely, “1,000,000 X Better” is about reaching out to someone just when they need you the most: a coincidence which mirrors the collaboration between Griff and HONNE in the first place. “Honne DM’d me back in December saying they loved my music,” recalls Griff. “I was already a huge fan, so we got together a couple of weeks later. We ended up writing ‘1,000,000 X Better’ about having that one person in your life that can make you feel better. And like, despite having a bad week, a period of low mental health or whatever we struggle with day to day, there’s always that one person in your life that can make your troubles drop away as soon as you’re around them.”


Atlanta superstars 21 Savage and Metro Boomin have joined forces to release Savage Mode II, the highly-anticipated sequel to their seminal Savage Mode collab project, released in 2016. In the four years that have transpired, despite 21 and Metro’s solo successes, fans never stopped clamoring for the return of Savage Mode. Today, the dynamic duo delivers.


“tiny life” follows her spring 2020 single, “FOCUS,” hailed by V Magazine as “an inspired anthem with a feel-good message.” GIIA features on the new single “Burning” from UK house giants Gorgon City, which was released by Astralwerks last month. Praising the “addictive” track, Dancing Astronaut said, “EVAN GIIA’s soulful notes propel the single forward while a groovy house backdrop gives the single its flair, the bouncing notes twisting and turning as the vocals carry on.”

Megan Thee Stallion releases brand new track and video, “Don’t Stop (feat. Young Thug)”

‘Don’t Stop’ is produced by Buddah Bless, with the video directed by none other than Colin Tilley, the same director behind Megan and Cardi’s iconic ‘WAP’ music video. The video sees Megan and Young Thug in a world where the fantastical and peculiar collides with Megan’s signature Hot Girl style. Living in the land of surreal fairy tales, ‘Don’t Stop’ is the latest anthem from Megan Thee Stallion.

Ella Mai Returns With Her Spellbinding Single “Not Another Love Song”

After announcing her musical return last week via Instagram, Ella Mai draws us back into her world with the highly anticipated release of her latest single “Not Another Love Song.” The captivating tune finds Mai trying to fend off the lovebug, though she realizes her feelings may be too strong to ignore. While staying true to her roots, the maturity in her vocals and delivery are undeniable. The record “is about falling in love but not wanting to admit it, so it’s quite vulnerable,” says Mai.


The song was written by Shawn Mendes, Scott Harris, Thomas Hull, & Nate Mercereau and produced by Mendes, Kid Harpoon, & Mercereau. The album was recorded during a series of recording sessions in Rhinebeck, NY & Big Sur, CA over the past year. The video was directed by Matty Peacock & Written by Shawn Mendes, Matty Peacock, & Connor Brashier.

out today: Harmonize (CY) “Warrior in the Night”

Formed in Nicosia, Cyprus in 2012, HARMONIZE originally started as a thrash metal band until gradually transforming into the Heavy/Power Metal force that they are today, although the band still maintains some thrash and dark elements in their style.

HARMONIZE have so far released two demos and have performed live numerous times (including shows alongside Blaze Bayley, Bonfire, Wotan and others) while working on fine tuning their sound and style.


Nick Wilson’s latest singles ‘Enough To Know You’, ‘Safe’ and ‘Everybody But Me’, have seen the 25-year-old earn a new wave of discovery. Collecting praise from a host of new music champions, the tracks have elevated him to over a million monthly listeners at Spotify.

CD out today: DEAD TREE SEEDS (Fra) “Push the Button” @ Thrash Metal

From the ashes of the Thrash TRIAKANTHOS project, Nico and Alex decided in 2009 to continue the adventure, and completed a line-up by finding Franck on guitar, Tom on bass and Alban “Shamane” on vocals.


Recent singles ‘Money’ and Murder have immediately established OZ as a beguiling alt-pop talent. OZ’s music, like its creator is headstrong, provocative, fierce and never anything less than honest. As OZ builds towards the release of her debut EP ‘Jupiter’, she strives confidently forward by sharing her brand new single ‘Foot Down.’


Opening with a lurching stop-start riff and full of loud-and-quiet dynamics, ‘At My Door’ feels like a modernised hybrid of the ’90s lo-fi indie scene and grunge. The vocals on this track amplifies those contrasts, building from the softly vulnerable verses into a full-throated hook. It’s a cathartic way to express lyrics which focus on a relationship with an uncertain status.

Odd Palace present their third single ‘Breathe’

Copenhagen-based prog-rockers ODD PALACE are back and ready to turn heads with their sophomore album ‘One Step Closer’. Today the quintet presents their third single ‘Breathe’, a track that encapsulates everything the band is about, with hard-hitting and insisting riffs in perfect balance with the floating verses and catchy vocal melodies.

“The lyrical universe of our new single ‘Breathe’ explores the necessity of being present and centered in a world that can be challenging and confusing”, vocalist Gert Børsting explains.

fabric presents Chase & Status RTRN II FABRIC

Chase & Status share their highly anticipated, explosive and gritty new single ‘Engage’. One of four brand new unheard originals singles from Chase & Status that will feature on their upcoming fabric presents Chase & Status RTRN II FABRIC mix, this track features a vocal sample from the Jamaican dancehall artist Shabba Ranks and sonically follows the sound of their critically acclaimed 2019 album RTRN II JUNGLE.

Cocopuffs drop infectious new single ‘Falling For Love’

Dance music outfit Cocopuffs return with new single ‘Falling For Love’, out 2nd October.

A high-energy slice of modern dance pop, ‘Falling For Love’ combines silky vocals with driving synths and a catchy bassline. It follows on from their epic debut single ‘Easy To Love’, released back in April.

Camelphat Announce Album Dark Matter and Share New Track ‘Witching Hour’

Multi-platinum and Ivor-Novello nominated duo Camelphat have today announced their highly anticipated debut album ‘Dark Matter’ out on 30th October via RCA UK. They have also shared a new track ‘Witching Hour’ feat. Will Easton available as an instant grat with all pre-orders of the album. Pre-order HERE.

Ultraísta announce new EP ‘Ordinary Boy – The Remixes’

Ultraísta – vocalist/producer Laura Bettinson (FEMME / lau.ra), multi-instrumentalist/producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) and drummer/producer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M) – have detailed their upcoming EP, ‘Ordinary Boy – The Remixes’. The collection will be out November 6th via Partisan Records and features new remixes from Floating Points, plus FaltyDL, Zero 7, Crate Classics and Leifur James, with the digital version also featuring a bonus remix from The Cinematic Orchestra. Listen to the Floating Points remix now, and feel free to share. Bettinson says of the remix: “It was love at first listen. I don’t know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn’t that outrageous drop. Bouncy banger.”

LISTEN – Trinibagonian Musician Kalpee Releases ‘Feel Good Playlist Vol.1’ EP, Out Today.

Today, Trinbagonian musician Kalpee shares the charming, uplifting Feel Good Playlist Vol. 1 EP, which includes sublime new track ‘Put A Record On’ – available now on FVP Records via Absolute Label Services.

Kalpee’s glorious, five-track body of work Feel Good Playlist Vol.1 EP is inspired by his Caribbean roots, which fuses reggae and calypso into a contemporary R&B, pop sound. Through his music, Kalpee intends to do nothing but make people feel good about themselves and their surroundings, especially by injecting a little bit of that Trinbagonian vibe which is an essential part of who he is. The refreshing EP includes latest sun-soaked single ‘Gimme De Ting’ featuring platinum recording superstar Stefflon Don (which received radio support from BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Target and DJ Ace as well as Capital 1Xtra’s Ras Kwame). The track was co-written and produced by Kalpee and The Anmls (The Weeknd, Future, BANKS, Belly, D.R.A.M, French Montana, Meek Mill).

ELEINE Release New Single “Ava of Death”

ELEINE returns with the second video single from their upcoming album ‘Dancing in Hell’. “Ava Of Death” is the ultimate anthem and fight song. Claim your place in the always growing legion of ELEINE and become Ava Of Death.

ELEINE releases their 3rd full-length studio album, ‘Dancing In Hell’, on November 27th through Black Lodge Records (CD, LP, cassette, box set & digital). For the recording of the new album, ELEINE returned once again to The Panic Room. The album is mixed and mastered by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson.

K-Trap links up with Abra Cadabra for high-energy single ‘New Opp Block’

Hot on the heels of his widely acclaimed Daily Duppy freestyle, K-Trap has unveiled his new single ‘New Opp Block’, featuring fellow London rapper Abra Cadabra, out today.

‘New Opp Block’ sees K-Trap and Abra showcase rapid-fire flow and menacing wordplay amidst a cold, high-energy drill beat. The accompanying official video channels an apocalyptic vibe, with the two rappers spitting bars against a backdrop of bomb shelters and burning streets, a perfect pairing for a track like ‘New Opp Block’. Other cameos in the video include Blade Brown, Youngs Teflon, Bandokay, Mental K and Monkey (67).

Tru Concept remixes Vize Verza debut single ‘Temporary’

UK DJ and producer Tru Concept has remixed ‘Temporary’, the debut single from emerging UK trio Vize Verza, out today.

The Tru Concept remix of ‘Temporary’ sees the Birmingham-born artist up the tempo with his high-energy rework, also adding a euphoric drop into the mix while losing none of the infectious dance-pop energy that makes the original so special.


MODEL MAN today release the Cinthie remix of their latest single ‘Love Surrounds’, taken from the ‘2005 NYE’ EP out now via Mahogany Recordings. The Berlin-based producer and label head says “I decided I wanted to take it all the way back to the heyday of Chicago house with my remix”, and has brought her club-ready touch to the bouncing, piano-led house groove.

I Am The Avalanche announce new album ‘Dive’

Six years after the release of Wolverines (#108 on the Billboard 200), New York punk act I Am The Avalanche is back. The band has announced their highly anticipated new album DIVE, out November 20th via Big Scary Monsters / I Surrender Records. They’re giving fans a first taste today with single Better Days, a wistful song about raising a glass to better times. The song is premiering now on Rock Sound, alongside an exclusive interview with vocalist Vinnie Caruana.

JaJa Kisses unveils wistful new single ‘Sleeping Alone’

West London singer-songwriter JaJa Kisses has dropped her new single ‘Sleeping Alone’, out today.

Inspired by heartbreak, ‘Sleeping Alone’ is a sensual yet melancholic ballad, with JaJa’s delicate vocals set amidst glacial synths and sparse drums. Produced by Joe Kinwu t marks her third single release of the new decade, following on from July’s ‘Don’t U Wanna’ and May’s ‘iUnderstand’.


Today the Swedish band Quantum Leap release their second album Alien Planet produced by the legendary Tomas Skogsberg, reknown for his work with Entombed, Backyard Babies, The Hellacopters and The Nomads a.o. Featuring guest star Tina Gunnarsson, the lead singer of the Swedish metal band Hexed, the explosive mix of Skogsberg’s classic Sunlight Studio sound and Quantum Leap’s big choruses and catchy hooks reaches new heights and creates a unique trademark sound for the band. The album is a further development of the band’s formula of mixing post-punk and garage rock, as presented on their debut album No Reason in 2018 – but the new album hits harder and is even darker and tighter than their internationally acclaimed debut.

Ani DiFranco Releases Powerful, Timely Anthem And Video “Do or Die”

Today, singer/songwriter/feminist/activist/author DIY icon Ani DiFranco releases “Do or Die,” a poignant statement about our society as we head into a landmark election. The lead single from DiFranco stays true to what she started nearly thirty years ago, speaking truth to power. With “Do or Die” DiFranco implores her fellow citizens to vote to maintain democracy during these historically unprecedented times. Vote like our lives depend on it, because they do. DiFranco came out of isolation during Covid to record “Do or Die” with talented musicians Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Brevan Hampden, Matt Douglas and Van Westerland in Durham NC. Later her touring partners Terence Higgins and Todd Sickafoose added finishing touches to the track. DiFranco created the “Do or Die” video in collaboration with Dancing Grounds and New Orleans Dance Collective, local organizations in her residence of New Orleans.

new Jimmy Edgar singles ft. Danny Brown, SOPHIE

Jimmy Edgar, one of electronic music’s most versatile and unique producers, has just shared a futuristic double A-side single for collaborations with hyperkinetic pop producer SOPHIE and fellow Detroiter/hip-hop mainstay Danny Brown. The new singles arrive in the wake of Edgar’s collaboration with Hudson Mohawke earlier this year, making for a sprawling trilogy of genre-bending, boundary-pushing forrays through underground electronica and hip-hop, illustrating the breadth of his vision and talent.

Debut single from Hip-Hop Artist Moshe Reuven takes iTunes chart by storm

The debut single ‘You Are Not Alone’ from up and coming Chassidic hip-hop artist, Moshe Reuven has raced to the top of the iTunes charts in the UK, USA, Canada and South Africa within one week of being released.

Born in South Florida, now living in Morristown, NJ, the artist and entrepreneur brings a fresh new take to the hip-hop scene with a soulful and melodic style coupled with an unmistakable lyrical prowess.

Wordsmith – Black [Audio]

Back in 2013 in his hometown of Baltimore, DMV artist Wordsmith was the victim of an unprovoked attack by an officer, ever since then as a family man he’s been frightened to death every time he sees blue lights in his rear view that it’ll be the last time he sees them, the same sentiment shared by most black people in 2020. As an active member of peaceful protests earlier this year, this offering is as self-explanatory as… Black Lives Matter.


The video opens in a dimly-lit workshop, where Justin is busy crafting some unorthodox masks. Growing frustrated at his inability to create the perfect design, he glances at some framed pictures. They inspire him to race back to some of his favourite memories: spending time with his partner and playing basketball with friends. Yet every single person in those flashbacks is wearing one of his masks.

Fliptrix reveals his fourth and final single ‘Multicolour’ ahead of his new album, ‘Light Work’

Today, Fliptrix reveals his fourth and final single ‘Multicolour’ ahead of his new album, ‘Light Work’, that drops later this month. Produced by DEDW8, ‘Multicolour’ paints a vivid picture as Fliptrix talks about his mind-altering experiences. Opening himself up and illustrating another side to his multifaceted character, Fliptrix expresses his thoughts on what he thinks lurks beneath the surface and asks the listener to “adapt the way we live”. Directed by This and That Media the single is accompanied by kaleidoscopic visuals that take us through his thoughts and match the lyrics with snapshots of Fliptrix in his city, nature and beyond.

Air’s vocalist/co-writer Beth Hirsch Shares New single ‘Life Is Mine 2.0’ from her upcoming Album – L.I.F.E

Following the release of the album’s opening single ‘Allisson Something’, and the recently released All I Need (Elliot’s Cosmic Remix)’ – one of the two tracks she featured on from Air’s multi-platinum album ‘Moon Safari’ – and ‘’Life Is Mine (2.0)’ on 2nd October – the upcoming album surveys 20 years-plus of studio adventure.

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