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[new music] 2U4U return with ‘Oh My God!’
After a two-year hiatus, hip-hop trio 2U4U have returned with their new single “Oh My God!”, OUT NOW.
A refreshingly modern UK hip-hop interpretation with clear US influences, “Oh My God!” pays homage to elemental hip-hop whilst staying true to universal musicality. The song interpolates A Tribe Called Quest’s classic featuring Busta Rhymes whilst producing a fresh, hard-hitting and lyrically modern cut. Producer ATMA draws on his long-standing musical influences, blending sonically superb synths with vocal chops and crisp drums. His production perfectly complements MC My Rugema’s lyrical performance, which forgoes his usual autobiographical style for a more essential hip-hop flow, with clever wordplay, memorable one-liners and a rugged vocal intensity.
New Music // C’est Karma – “Pool Party”
Not all protests have to be loud ones, and on ‘Pool Party’ – the newest offering from Luxembourg’s C’est Karma – the 18-year-old singer-songwriter delivers a track that’s both subtle yet strong in its approach.
Scottish Rapper Ransom FA Returns With Table
Alongside dropping ‘Table’, Ransom is due to be on your screens very soon presenting The Rap Trip’ alongside Scunthorpe based rapper F.O.S on BBC3, where the duo will be travelling the UK discovering the burgeoning rap communities across Great Britain.
The Vaccines’ keyboardist T Truman releases new single and EP “Born To Be Right”
T Truman today (7/10/20) releases his debut EP ‘Born To Be Right’, along with a groovy video for EP title track “Born To Be Right”.
Co-directed by T Truman and frequent aesthetic collaborator Timothy Heinrich, the video for “Born To Be Right” places Truman in the most apt of settings. Mirrored walls, check. Chequerboard floor, yes sir. Entourage of dancers, naturally. This is T Truman in his natural habitat.
Speaking on the new single, T Truman added: “I’m just having a joke about being a know it all and wondering why no one likes my company.”
SERENA ISIOMA DROPS STUNNING NEW SINGLE “KING”
A well-traveled 20-year-old Chicago based musician, Serena Isioma is a first-generation Nigerian-American who seamlessly combines hip-hop, indie, and modern lo-fi pop in her unique sound. After releasing her first songs in 2019, Isioma swiftly kicked off 2020 with her career-altering single Sensitive. Isioma’s debut EP Sensitive received widespread acclaim and showcased her unplaceable sound and rambunctious energy. With new EP The Leo Sun Sets set for later this year, dive in on Serena Isioma here- there’s much more to come.
abrahamblue shares third single “Deserve”
Abrahamblue today reveals new single “Deserve”, the third from his upcoming debut EP Tracks I Made Last Summer due 23rd of October.
Written as he watched a friend’s deteriorating relationship, the song follows his first official singles “Hoops” and “Can’t Keep Up” released over the summer.
Thorobred Boo – “Viral”
Thorobred Hustlaz Muzic’s very own Thorobred Boo; born in Memphis, TN; but established in Atlanta isn’t about to let his haters go “Viral.” Thorobred Boo addresses those who want to talk down on his name or start conflict, knowing full well that these haters only want to gain attention by being associated with the rising star.
Emi Wes channels serious soul on new single ‘Five Miles’
Following on from the release of her highly-praised debut single ‘Issues’ from earlier this year, emerging singer and songwriter Emi Wes has now returned with her bold and bouncing new offering ‘Five Miles’.
With a voice that balances the fragility of Amy Winehouse against the sheer power of Aretha Franklin, Emi Wes has spent the last couple of years working with Danish songwriters and experimenting with different genres to perfect her musical craft.
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ANNOUNCES NEW SCULPTOR ALBUM “UNTOLD SECRETS” DUE DECEMBER 4, 2020
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to introduce Brazil’s Sculptor, a melodic death metal band who joins the label’s rapidly expanding metal roster. While hailing from South America, the band’s sound is more akin to a different part of the globe, specifically the early years of the revered Göthenburg sound emanating from Sweden and popularized by bands like Dark Tranquility, Soilwork, In Flames, and the like. The band’s label debut, “Untold Secrets” is out December 4, 2020.
STURGILL SIMPSON RELEASES “MAKE ART NOT FRIENDS” VIDEO
Grammy Award-winning artist Sturgill Simpson today released the prophetic video for Make Art Not Friends from his Netflix anime film SOUND & FURY that accompanied his critically acclaimed album of the same name last year. It was previously only available on Netflix as part of the anime film which consists of 10 unique anime segments set in sequence to each song on the album. Fans will now have the rare opportunity to access Make Art Not Friends as a stand-alone video on YouTube –
HANNAH’S LITTLE SISTER release ‘Gum’ via HEIST OR HIT | debut EP out Nov 20th
Ramshackle Liverpool quartet Hannah’s Little Sister announce debut EP ‘EP.mp3’, out November 20th via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Brad Stank), and share chaotic anti-capitalist call-to-arms ‘Gum’ today.
Hear Anna McClellan’s “Raisin”
“I have long romanticized the idea of jumping off a cliff, and categorized it as the perfect metaphor for letting go. If I could only take that leap of faith, I’d awaken. I’d been wanting to capture the idea in song for awhile and thought it would be a much longer/more epic endeavor. And I’m sure there is still much more to say about it. In Raisin though, upon jumping, the subject appears to float and become weightless. Never actually landing at all.” – Anna McClellan
Rucci Leans Back with Shordie Shordie in “Me & My Drugz, Pt. 2” Video
Coming out of Inglewood with a chip on his shoulder, Rucci is on a mission to show the world his versatile songwriting. Transforming a New Jack Swing slow jam into an ode to his favorite pastime, Rucci shares “Me & My Drugz, Pt. 2,” his new video.The sequel to a 2019 cut from his acclaimed album Tako’s Son, the Steelz-produced “Me & My Drugz, Pt. 2” transforms Soul For Real’s 1994 smash “Candy Rain” from a drippy love song to a smooth and slinky anthem for the sippers. In the video, directed by Sebastian Maldonado, Rucci and guest artist Shordie Shordie post up in an undisclosed location, sipping dirty soda and crushing up any pill they can find. Produced by Steelz , “Me & My Drugz, Pt. 2” is a highlight from Midget, Rucci’s brand new album, which dropped last week.
Out Today: Above & Beyond ‘Diving Out Of Love’ feat vocals from Jono Grant
Debuted in Prague last October, ‘Diving Out Of Love’ is the final single to be released in full from Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 350 celebrations.
Following ‘Reverie’, ‘I Saw Good’, ‘Jam’ and the Club Mix of ‘Bittersweet & Blue’, ‘Diving Out Of Love’ is the final piece of the puzzle, with Jono Grant from Above & Beyond on vocals once again. He last sang on 2018’s ‘Is It Love?’, from the band’s Billboard #3 album ‘Common Ground’.
Jono Dorr’s New Single “Deep End” Channels Raw Emotion
Jono Dorr allows listeners to look into a darker time in his life and encourages the need to receive help when struggling in “Deep End.” The somber vocals in the song were inspired by the grief felt at the end of a relationship. “It’s about feeling like you need help. Real help from real friends when you’ve gone to the edge of your mind,” says Dorr. He creates the song’s raw energy through various sounds and other production skills he has obtained through his previous practice. “I wanted the production to feel like you’re having a nightmare at sea,” Dorr explains. “Deep End” reveals his diversity in sound; it draws from the folk genre, which is not usually incorporated in his other music. The stripped-down production creates an eeriness and urgency that is bolstered by Dorr’s fervent, yet graceful vocals. This unadulterated approach to production and lyrical content makes his music stand out amongst his singer-songwriter contemporaries.
Vincent Tesoro Captures Intense Emotions With New Single “Dead End Streets”
Alternative Hip Hop artist Vincent Tesoro returns to his Pop Punk roots again with a new single Dead End Streets. The track captures intense emotions based on heavy life experiences and is an excerpt from a much longer narrative within his upcoming album. “The content within the story not only sets an atmosphere of the situation but the constant suffering and damages that come with it. Especially anyone dealing with trust issues that has burnt bridges with the people they love. This is when the entire world feels like your enemy and we reach a “dead end street” says Vincent. Fantom produced the beat with assistance from SV the engineer at Loud House Audio playing bass and Matt Scurfield on drums. “The song was a statement from me into the punk scene while continuing to deliver content discussing faith, mental health, and addiction.” says Vincent. Check it out now on your preferred digital streaming provider.
The Struts Premiere New Song “I Hate How Much I Want You” with Phil Collen and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
Today, The Struts share their scorching new single “I Hate How Much I Want You,” an explosive collaboration with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Joe Elliott. The stadium-sized anthem is the latest single from The Struts’ third album Strange Days, due out via Interscope Records on October 16. “I Hate How Much I Want You” is available now at all digital retailers.
BRYCE VINE LINKS UP WITH CHEAT CODES FOR POST-PARTY ANTHEM “STAY”
Bryce Vine says, “Me and my friends wrote ‘Stay’ almost a year ago when the world was still normal. It’s about all those good times you don’t want to say goodbye to, but you appreciate them when they’re gone. It’s about the hopefulness that those times will come back, which I think we can all relate to right now. I’ve known Cheat Codes since before they were even Cheat Codes, and they just have such great energy that I really wanted to bring them a song that matched that energy, so we could feel like we were all back in those good times. I think it turned into the perfect collaboration.”
PRATEEK KUHAD ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO ELEKTRA RECORDS
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad has announced his signing to Elektra Records. The news is heralded by the re-release of Kuhad’s 2018 breakthrough EP cold / mess, which is available now on all streaming platforms and is accompanied by a powerful visual for the EP’s title track.
Eamon McGrath – Stream “Sparkle & Bleed,” my new single
The song I am sharing with you today was written at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, in what will be remembered as an incredibly surreal and dreamlike spring in the city of Toronto.
There was a really distinct, yet indescribable, texture that seemed to be thick in the air, and that’s exactly what I wanted to try and translate through “Sparkle & Bleed.”
No one knew what to make of it at all, we were just floating and lost.
Porches Shares New Single “I Miss That”
Porches, the one-man-band project of New York-based musician Aaron Maine, is back with new single “I Miss That” and a lyric video shot by Dev Hynes. On top of a galloping pop tune carried along by bright, taut snare hits and warbling synths, Maine laments in his signature honey-coated raspy vocals, “I couldn’t believe what I had / So I threw it away I was bad / Just thinking I liked that, I liked that, I liked that / I miss that, I miss that, now I miss that.”
Wild Pink Announce New Album A Billion Little Lights
Today, Wild Pink are announcing their new album A Billion Little Lights, alongside their new single and video for “The Shining But Tropical”, starring newly-minted Emmy-winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek). The follow up to 2018’s breakthrough Yolk In The Fur, which earned an 8.1 from Pitchfork, and garnered high praise from outlets like Stereogum, FADER, NPR, Paste and Uproxx, the album is the band’s first record with Toronto-based label Royal Mountain Records, and will be released on February 19th, 2021.
CORTEZ: stream rifftastic new track “Faulty Authors”!
Boston riff rock purveyors CORTEZ take no prisoner with their brand new single taken from their hot metal’n’roll album ‘Sell The Future’, coming out October 23rd on Ripple Music and Salt Of The Earth Records. Unleash the power of “Faulty Authors” exclusively via Riff Relevant!
“As a whole, the music of Cortez gathers the peak phrasing from the essential promises that several heavy music genres offer, and fuses them in such hauntingly distinctive ways that you can’t simply coin it as catchy melodies or memorable riffs. The compositions of each individual song are their own passionate union of ruthlessly shattering rhythms and crossfire guitar work that enhance rather than compete, with the vocals draped across the top of it all to sway with almost heartbreaking emotional range.” enthuse Riff Relevant.
Exclusive Premiere: CORTEZ Streams “Faulty Authors” Single From ‘Sell The Future’ [Album Review]
Girlhood Share New Single ‘It Might Take a Woman’
This new single finds the pair switching the pace again from the slow-burning groove of Queendom finding a sound the brings with it arresting rhythms and 90s house feel; thematically it looks to celebrate and embrace femaleness and what it means to singer in the group, Tessa Cavanna. To recap quickly, the band drew praise for previous material from the likes of Loud & Quiet, The yourselves at Best Fit, Wonderland, Complex, Clash and more for their Neo-soul, R&B and electronic sound – the pair, made up of Christian Pinchbeck and Tessa Cavanna, racked up quite the gig list with dates opening for Poliça and performing festival sets at Iceland Airwaves, Visions and Latitude.
LOST KINGS RELEASE THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “OOPS (I’M SORRY)” FT. TY DOLLA $IGN & GASHI
“Ty and Gashi were two artists that we’ve wanted to work with for a long time,” says Lost Kings. “We’re huge fans of their work. Literally everything Ty puts out is fire. To do something with him had been on our list for a long time. And we just love Gashi and the energy he brings to everything he does. We couldn’t have asked for a better pairing on “Oops”.
Diablo Readies For War with Lil Xan and Lil Wop in a New Single
Before he was an in-demand figure in the worlds of hip-hop and electronic music, producer Diablo was a major architect of the blown-out sound of his native Florida rap scene. Treating his fans to a heavy-hitting slice of high-octane trap music, Diablo connects with Lil Xan and Lil Wop for “Before The War,” his new single. Layering thumping 808s below an ethereal keyboard melody, Diablo offers a canvas for the two rappers to talk their proudly ignorant sh*t. Lil Xan cuts against the grain of the beat with his disrespectful hook, while Lil Wop croaks out a torrent of boastful bars: “The loud that I smoke, this sh*t make you deaf/My b*tch white as snow, I feel like Hugh Hef.”
Toronto-based urban pop band 3409 effortlessly moves between dance, hip-hop, and world music to create a blend of rhythm and blues wrapped in youthful enthusiasm. Using laid back atmospheric production, their songs are centered on the contrast between Dante’s swagger-laden storytelling and Ro’s vulnerable delivery. Together the four-piece create anthemic memoirs for those pursuing self-discovery and happiness, despite the trials life may throw their way.
El Dusty Drops New Single “Vampire” Ft. I-Octane & Clips x Ahoy Out Today
El Dusty, DJ, Producer and Soundsystem extraordinaire hits us up with his latest production masterpiece featuring Jamaica’s own reggae dancehall superstar I-Octane and Miami based co-producer Clips x Ahoy. The new song “Vampire” is due out October 2nd with Americano Label!
Teaming up with El Dusty for the new single, I-Octane brings his socially conscious lyricism and positivity, inspired by Rastafarian teachings and personal experiences. First coming onto the scene in early 2000’s, I-Octane saw critical acclaim by garnering NPR’s Top 5 Dancehall Tracks in 2011 with his cannabis anthem “Puff it” and the chart topping “No Love Inna Dem.”
Elohim Releases Official Video For New Single, ‘Good Day, Bad Day’
Following the release of her brand new single, “Good Day Bad Day,” Los Angeles-based artist, producer and songwriter Elohim returns today, unveiling the official Phillip Vernon-directed music video. Hailed by Billboard as “effervescent and well-executed,” and praised by V Magazine who gushed, “the song embodies the multiplicity of genres Elohim crosses over in her music, from electronic to alternative indie and pop, all accompanied by lyrics that brim with optimism.”
HAERTS RETURN WITH “FOR THE SKY”
Critically acclaimed duo HAERTS, consisting of Nini Fabi and Benny Gebert, have returned to add a new chapter to their lifelong creative and romantic partnership with the release of their new single “For the Sky” feat. Ed Droste –
SAMMI DOLL Releases Visually Haunting Official Music Video for “AN OM IE;” “AN OM IE” Premiered with Alternative Press!
LA based, Dark Pop Rock artist SAMMI DOLL (IAMX, Kat Von D.) has released the official music video for her debut single, “AN OM IE.” Originally premiered with Alternative Press, “AN OM IE” is an amalgamation of pounding dance beats and industrial keyboard hooks that showcase Sammi’s vocal range and frontwoman persona.
Directed by Ron Underwood, the “AN OM IE” music video features a series of haunting vignettes taking the viewer through a window of bold and artistic imagery, tipping the hat to nostalgic, 90’s color themes.
new Bun B track prod by BoatHouse
Chicago producer and Closed Sessions artist BoatHouse just dropped a new track ft. hip hop legend Bun B. The track is Boat’s first collab since his 2020 LP Our Latest Compilation, which featured rising stars Curtis Roach, Kemba, Kipp Stone, Mother Nature, and indie luminaries like Open Mike Eagle.
Video: Comethazine – “Derek Jeter”
Comethazine specializes in lightning-quick trap bangers that succinctly and evocatively express his dripping disdain for haters, snitches, and lames. Asserting his supremacy in a blistering 96 seconds, Comethazine shares “Derek Jeter,” his new single. Bragging about a high-rolling playboy lifestyle that evokes the titular Yankees shortstop’s, Comethazine keeps up the same rhyme scheme for the whole song, snarling atop thumping kick drums and brass fanfares: “Single life for me cause I chose to be a cheater/Dolo when I slide, I pull up just me and my heater.” The JMP-directed music video is a day in the life of Comethazine’s playboy escapades. From the bedroom to the spelling bee to the MLB, Comethazine’s look is never complete without a blunt in hand. “Derek Jeter” is the latest in a line of Comethazine singles, including the fiercely soulful “We Gone Win” (1.3 million YouTube views) and the haunting, noirish “Air Max” (2.1 million views).
Termanology “It’s My Time” (VIDEO) (prod. by Amadeus)