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TWIN GOD: Echoes And Dust Streams Deaths Debut From New York/New Jersey Noise Rock/Sludge Trio

The influence of heavy innovators like Big Business, Black Cobra, and Botch infiltrate TWIN GOD’s sludge metal/noise rock hybrid approach. Torres’ drumming and Charreun’s bass were recorded by Charreun at his home studio, Radon Waves. Elkins’ guitars were tracked with original drummer Mike Tarlazzi at his studio, Chromium Homes. The vocals were self-recorded by Elkins, parallel parked in Brooklyn in his mom’s Honda CRV on a laptop during the height of NYC’s coronavirus shutdown. Elkins mixed the tracks at home, which were then mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves.

Bryan Elkins from Twin God (+ Exclusive Album Stream)

Rising artist khai dreams debuts “Sunkissed” video

“‘Sunkissed’ is a song about reflecting on your time with someone, and reminiscing on all of the moments and shared experience that brought your relationship to its current place,” khai says.

The “Sunkisssed” video, directed by Daniel Iglesias Jr. (Wallows, AJ Mitchell) and produced by Stray Dog Films, follows khai and their love interest through a sunny day of swimming, ukulele playing, aimless driving and other leisurely activities. Book-ended by brief scenes of khai awakening from a dream, the video captures the warmth of the song by blurring the line between dreams and reality.


Having gained widescale plaudits already this year, Melbourne born rising indie pop artist will hyde makes it 4 for 4 with the reveal of his most vulnerable offering yet, dark until september. Showcasing a new side to the fast emerging newcomer, dark until september sees will hyde lay his dreamy vocals over a more sombre arrangement, further fuelling excitement around the release of his debut EP, with u in mind, dropping next month via Pack Records.

NITESOIL Announce Debut EP ‘Abusement Park’

Nitesoil is a new, bi-coastal death metal project, which consists of Frank Godla (Metal Injection, Meek Is Murder, Enabler) and Nick Emde (Contracult Collective, White Widows Pact). The duo came together during the summer of 2019 and began working on the material that would become their debut EP, Abusement Park. Every track on the upcoming record features a different guest vocalist; each of whom were handpicked and engineered by the band themselves. Abusement Park was mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio.

Exclusive Track Premiere: Nitesoil’s “Burn Me Down,” Featuring Aaron Heinold (Hivesmasher)

Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Release ‘Heartbreak’ on Bonobo’s New OUTLIER Label

Heartbreak sees Simon Green, aka Bonobo, team up with fellow producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to deliver a dancefloor-driven 12″ that builds on some of the foundations of electronic music, tracing a line from 1980’s NYC through to the warehouse parties of today. Lead single “Heartbreak,” out today with a UK rave inspired visual by Director Tom Andrew, is a breakbeat-driven ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970’s & 80’s. Sampling Christine Wiltshire’s iconic vocal line “I can’t take the heartbreak” from the ’83 disco anthem “Weekend” by Class Action.

Starwolf shares new single “Make You Mine” via American Songwriter

Starwolf’s Tim Moore shared some thoughts on the upcoming EP & working with Jason Kingsland: “For this EP, Astro Lobo, we were forced to work with Jason remotely due to Covid. We were nervous to work on the record remotely at first, but it ended up being a super positive experience for us, sending production ideas back and forth with Jason. It also led to Jason recruiting his friend Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Black Crowes, Empire of the Sun) to play bass on our song “Bad Feeling” while in quarantine. Jason also recruited another one of our past collaborators, Zach Pyles, to co-produce some of the EP. We were heavily influenced by retro funk bands from the 70’s and 80’s (Kleeer, Pasteur Lappe) that didn’t get the recognition they deserved.”

Starwolf Premiere “Make You Mine,” A Groovy Glimpse of Their New EP

Circa Waves Share Video For “Lemonade” Feat. Alfie Templeman || Out Now On Prolifica Inc. / [PIAS]

Captured in ’60s style rooms with color matching aesthetics, the indie cult figure band and rising indie pop star Alfie Templeman come together to provide a vivid visual accompaniment to a song about escapism and optimism. Directed by Bousher & Gee, their mad genius comes alive as goo seeps out of walls and TV sets in their seemingly normal house.

Demons Of Ruby Mae release brand new video for ‘Come Home’

For most, 2020 will be a year filled with uncertainty, delay and setbacks. For Demons Of Ruby Mae, it will be a year marked by resilience and relentlessness. At a time when doing anything seems destined to be delayed, the Manchester based duo have been unstoppable. Having already released 5 singles in as many months, including the anthemic ‘This Is Your Time’ and ‘Live For Today’ they are back with their brand new single ‘Come Home’. A vast and epic soundscape driven by a chorus of uplifting lyrics. In their own words “it’s about remembering your roots no matter the experience, and that you shouldn’t always run from your problems as they will find you eventually”.

TEE GRIZZLEY + BIG SEAN Join Forces For “Trenches” Music Video  

While “Trenches” serves as the first collaboration between the two rappers, Tee also appeared on Sean’s “Friday Night Cypher” alongside a slew of Detroit’s finest. The long awaited collaboration doesn’t disappoint as Tee’s rugged lyricism compliments Sean’s slippery lyrical delivery.

VIOLENT LIFE VIOLENT DEATH: North Carolina Metallic Hardcore Act To Release The Color Of Bone Through Innerstrength Records

Innerstrength Record confirms the impending release of The Color Of Bone, the devastating new EP from Charlotte, North Carolina-based metallic hardcore outfit, VIOLENT LIFE VIOLENT DEATH. Set to see release on October 30th, the label posts preorders and other details on the record this week, and a lyric video for the first single, “Roseblade,” makes its debut through a premiere at BrooklynVegan.

Brooklyn artist Seul – “Loser”

Seul is a Brooklyn, New York based artist, which was created as a result of the 2020 pandemic and the enforced confinement in New York City. Seul, meaning “alone” in French, is an example of the creativity which can flourish, even in the darkest of times. The songwriter shares, “I was very alone and all the people I usually collaborate with or depend on where not available. So I got this inspiration to do it alone. Fortunately this has been an emotional but musically rich time for me. I’m very fortunate that I can play a lot of instruments.”

03 Greedo & Chief Keef Have Been Balling Since Birth, Share “Bands In Da Basement” Video

Kindred spirits and cult figures who push the artistic limits of street music, 03 Greedo and Chief Keef have been balling since birth. In “Bands In Da Basement,” their new music video, the two rappers are represented by pint-sized avatars: two effortlessly fly children that share Keef and Greedo’s hairstyles, favorite colors, and appetite for the almighty dollar. Directed by All Da Smoke, “Bands In Da Basement” mashes up adorable clips of the two rap babies counting cash and shooting dice with archival footage of Greedo performing before the 2018 commencement of his prison sentence. “Bands In Da Basement” is a standout track from Load It Up Vol. 01, Greedo’s new album.

wifisfuneral Can’t Escape His Sins in “All In” Video

wifisfuneral specializes in thoughtful and reflective rumination of his inner turmoil, digging deep into his psyche to interrogate his state of mind. The Palm Beach County native picks up a fateful phone call in “All In,” his latest music video. Produced by Cian P & Jimmy Duval, “All In” combines the cerebral lyricism of his earlier work with the auto-tuned melodics that makes his new album PAIN? unique in his discography. Directed by Chris Moreno, the “All In” video takes inspiration from wifi’s line “I hear my sins calling,” as the 23-year-old rapper takes a call at an isolated payphone and opens up his heart to the unidentified person at the other end of the line and attempts to escape the shadows of his past misdeeds.


In the music video, he turns up alongside the most special guest star of all—his six-year-old son Zeke. The colorful clip translates the buoyant beat and energetic vibes into an upbeat and undeniable mood. It shows another side of Shy Glizzy never-seen-before.


South Florida artist POORSTACY releases the music video for “Darkest Night,” out now via 10K Projects. Featured on the Bill & Ted Face the Music: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack alongside iconic rock acts like Mastodon and Weezer, “Darkest Night” tells the story of all-consuming lust over heavy drums and whirring synths. In the black-and-white music video, directed by ___, the young artist is shown wandering the streets alone late at night, searching aimlessly.


Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Li Heat is the latest viral rap phenomenon poised to take over the industry’s new wave. Heat originally gained notoriety for his track “007”, an instant viral success and his biggest single to date. The rambunctious, trap-flavored, warm tune has now amassed more than two million views since uploaded to YouTube on May 27. The song’s simple, yet catchy setup has made fans out of everyone, including Young Thug and Gucci Mane (who he’s since collaborated with).

GRIDFAILURE: Scream Blast Repeat Hosts Stream Of Epicenter MMXX: Quarantine Instrumentals; EP To See Independent Release Friday

As New York solo outfit GRIDFAILURE prepares to release Epicenter MMXX: Quarantine Instrumentals this Friday, exploratory music outlet Scream Blast Repeat is now hosting the entire EP early.

Epicenter MMXX: Quarantine Instrumentals is a new EP created in home quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, which continues to spiral out of control as the record sees release. The seven new vocal-free movements were performed, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE experimenter David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Lost Dog Street Band, Thetan), and completed with cover photography by Lisa Haas and Brenner with manipulation and design by Brenner.

Gridfailure – Epicenter MMXX: Quarantine Instrumentals ***SBR PREMIERE***

Dancehall Star Spice Loves Her “Inches!”

Dancehall Queen Spice is a certified star. Her music has streamed more than 270 Million times on YouTube, she has performed to sold-out stadiums and venues around the world, and she is a leading character on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta.

Spice’s song “Inches” has social media in a frenzy, and radio wanting the track right now. Taken from the Reggae Gold 2020 Compilation, this song is officially available and streaming right now!

Shattered Hope (Gre) “Vespers” @ death doom metal

The Greek masters of atmospheric doom death metal are now back with a new, third full-length album aiming to surprise and conquer listeners once again. As usual, the musicians add new colors to their palette to demonstrate feelings opening up from a new angle. The shrouding with coldness Shattered Hope’s novel work is a deep philosophical dialogue with eternity, expressed through deep texts hiding references to the classics, as well as through powerful crushing music performed with impeccable skill and sincerity.


People all over the world are falling under the spell of Master KG’s infectious breakthrough single ‘Jerusalema’. Originally released in his home country of South Africa, ‘Jerusalema’ has taken on a life of its own, its irresistible feelgood vibe being discovered the world over. The song’s international discovery has been powered by the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge, which has seen over 6 million videos uploaded to TikTok and Instagram featuring people sharing their take on the song’s joyous dance. Cristiano Ronaldo’s video has now accumulated over 20 million views.

TV Priest announce new single and video, “Slideshow”

London’s TV Priest arrived, wet behind the ears, in the Spring of 2020 with a widescreen debut single, “House Of York”, immediately picking up international press attention and seeing support from BBC 6 Music, including multiple plays from Steve Lamacq and the mercurial Dan Carey on his Recommends show.

New music: Butterfly Ali (aka Titus Makin) delivers fun and funk-filled new single ‘5 Minutes’ out today

Having already made a name for himself as a renowned actor after appearing in recurring roles for hit TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, The Rookie and Glee, vocalist and songwriter Titus Makin aka Butterfly Ali has also been making a huge impression on the music scene of late with his previously shared singles ‘Rose’ and ‘Righteous’, not to mention that the single after next will be produced by Sam Barsh (Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Anderson .Paak, Aloe Blacc).

Dagny releases video for new single “It’s Only A Heartbreak”

Norway based pop superstar Dagny has just released the Bjørg & Doris-directed video for new single “It’s Only A Heartbreak”. Wanting to move on from the breakdown of a relationship and put her past behind her, she calls on the help of some friends to help her dance her troubles away.

“It’s Only A Heartbreak” is lifted from Dagny’s upcoming debut album Strangers / Lovers, out October 2nd via Little Daggers Records. Showcasing her growth as an artist and her focused creative vision as a purveyor of joyous electro-pop, the album – divided into distinct halves tracks the journey of a relationship. The first half documenting the blossoming early stages of a new love, and the second – examining the fall out of that relationship.

The Waterboys announce ‘(You’ve Got To) Kiss A Frog Or Two’

The Waterboys have released their brand new single ‘(You’ve Got To) Kiss A Frog Or Two’, from their rave-reviewed new album Good Luck, Seeker on Cooking Vinyl.

The new video features Mike Scott and band members in humorous, psychedelic mode, and shows the whimsical side of Scott’s imagination; he directed the video himself. The starring role goes to backing vocalist Zeenie Summmers, a Nigerian singer based in Dublin who has been with The Waterboys for three years.

ford. – “In My Eyes” (feat. VERZACHE)

Featuring vocals from close friend VERZACHE, “In My Eyes” is another sonically expansive track from the Grammy-nominated electronic music prodigy and comes with an illustrated music video capturing the song’s nostalgic, lo-fi vibes perfectly.

Boy Made Flower has released new track & video ‘Ted Mosby’

Boy Made Flower aka Henrik Lund is a lo-fi pop artist from Oslo who channels everything from the lyrical flow of Mac Miller and Jaden to the sombre vocal melodies of Eden and boy pablo.

New > HHY & The Kampala Unit > announce ‘Lithium Blast’ LP > out 22nd October on Nyege Nyege Tapes > Watch Here

Incendiary debut album on Nyege Nyege Tapes by HHY & The Kampala Unit. Initiated by musician and artist Jonathan Saldanha (HHY & The Macumbas) during his Nyege Nyege residency, HHY & The Kampala Unit is a futuristic exploration of a fresh, yet submerse territory in music mixing up dub, techno, traditional drumming and elements of trance over ghostly and unnerving cinematic passages. A collaborative venture featuring visionary Saldanha on electronics and production, fierce trumpet player and ghetto activist Florence Lugemwa joined by percussionist Omutaba on hybrid drums plus the special appearance of the Kampala Prison Brass Band.

Grand Opus – The Season [Album]

On the surface 2020 might feel like ‘end times’ to most people but what seems like random chaos is giving birth to purposeful order, nature is always shifting to create balance and like the seasons everything is in motion. “The Season” is the 3rd studio album by westcoast duo Grand Opus, Fresno MC Joc Scholar and Oakland producer, Centric. Expect to see the lead video-single + retail release on October 9th, 2020.

Boston Ranks in the Top 15 Best Coffee Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With National Coffee Day around the corner and 62 percent of Americans drinking coffee daily, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best Coffee Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos, along with its list of top coffee deals and discounts offered by retailers during the holiday.

To determine the best local coffee scenes in America, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 12 key indicators of a strong coffee culture. The data set ranges from coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita to the average price per pack of coffee.

Teenage Dads release new track ‘Thank You for the Honey, Honey’

Mornington Peninsula outfit, Teenage Dads, return with their new track ‘Thank You for the Honey, Honey’. Continuing with their trademark indie-pop sound, their new track delves into the fears of not feeling fulfilled in life, premiered via triple j’s Home & Hosed.

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