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Hamilton Leithauser and Lucy Dacus Team Up for Duet of “Isabella”

“Indie rock’s consummate renaissance man” (Under the Radar), Hamilton Leithauser, has joined forces with fellow indie-rocker Lucy Dacus for a vibey, mellow version of Leithauser’s “Isabella” out now on Glassnote Records.


Today, renowned singer/songwriter ​Sevyn Streeter ​treats fans to her new sultry single ​”Kissez” feat. Davido​ via​ TStreetz Corp/Groundwērk/eOne. ​The Afrobeat-propelled track, produced by ​BongoByTheWay ​(Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign), finds Sevyn and Davido pouring out their intimate feelings.

Death Valley Girls’ exultant, new album, Under the Spell of Joy, is out now on Suicide Squeeze Records!

While studies have been conducted aiming to understand the science behind music, our inexplicable ability to tap into the emotions of another human being by way of arrangements of sonic frequencies still seems a bit like magic. LA’s Death Valley Girls have always sought to wield that magic like ancient mystics, creating psychic bonds with willing ears through the medium of their fiery rock n’ roll. On the surface, previous albums like Glow in the Dark and Darkness Rains were rowdy mash-ups of early American punk, sun-baked psych rock, and proto-metal fire-and-brimstone guitar worship, yet there was always an undercurrent of some kind of strange, celebratory communal ritual in their music. With their latest album Under the Spell of Joy, the band dives even deeper into that magical cosmic energy.


Opening folk-rock track, “Entitled & Exploitative,” kicks back at the Trump Administration’s abject racism, and its reliance on misinformation, manipulation, gaslighting and scapegoating to marginalize and oppress. The blues/funk “Black Sheep” explores the long-term effects of injustice on a group of people. “Half Crow Jim” paints the picture of life in a small town during slavery, illustrating the ways community and institutions were intertwined and complicit in maintaining a system beyond moral justification. Closing track “Flutterer” was written by Morris’ friend, Colorado songwriter Jamie Smith (DangHead), and given a raw emotive life by Morris. “It’s about bringing a child into the world when you’re an outsider to mainstream society…maybe even a conscientious objector of sorts. It’s about the struggle one faces to find authenticity and meaning in life, and then the challenges involved in holding onto it. Yet that individual struggle is what leads to positive change in a culture.”

Joachim Cooder’s Over That Road I’m Bound out Today

On his Nonesuch Records debut, Over That Road I’m Bound, out today—October 2, 2020—songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder uses the plain-spoken songs country-music progenitor and banjo player Uncle Dave Macon recorded as a jumping off point, playing with the lyrics and reworking melodies for his chosen instrument: an electric mbira (a variation on an African thumb piano). Cooder culled songs from Macon’s vast catalog and recorded them with his band and special guests: Ry Cooder (banjo, guitar, bass, backing vocals), Rayna Gellert (fiddle), Juliette Commagere (backing vocals), Sam Gendel (bass), Glenn Patscha (piano and pump organ), Amir Yaghmai (yali tambur), Dan Gellert (banjo and fiddle), and Vieux Farka Touré (guitar). A video for the album track “Heartaching Blues” is also available today, along with previously released videos for “Come Along Buddy” and “Over That Road I’m Bound to Go.” The complete album track list is below.


Today, Kito and ZHU’s ultimate summer club record “Follow (with Jeremih)” receives a lively new remix courtesy of Dillon Francis. The genre-hopping producer/DJ leans into the song’s blissful vibes, mixing the original’s piano hits and percussion with his own dancefloor-ready groove.

Country Artist Sarah Darling Puts Her Spin On “California Gurls,” Set For Release Oct. 2

While 2020 has brought countless challenges for many, singer-songwriter Sarah Darling shows no signs of slowing down with the release of new music. The Iowa native has released a unique cover of the 2010 Katy Perry hit, “California Gurls,” available here. Her distinctive spin on the song, produced by Cheyenne Medders, is the latest installment of Darling’s Campfire Sessions, a series of stripped-down covers that embody the idea of sitting around a campfire with a guitar and close friends.


Multi-platinum, Grammy and Ivor-Novello nominated duo CamelPhat have announced that their highly anticipated debut album Dark Matter will be released on October 30 via Columbia Records. The 21-track LP is available digitally for pre-order HERE, with the physical version scheduled to release on November 27. In tandem with the album announcement, CamelPhat have shared new track “Witching Hour” feat. Will Easton.


The original track was written by Charlotte alongside Andrew Watt, Jason Evigan and Ali Tamposi and produced by Watt and Evigan. The beautiful and creative video, was shot in entirely in quarantine and directed by Charlotte’s longtime collaborator Tyler Shields. Upon its release, “Slow Motion,” was met with instant acclaim with V Magazine raving, “Lawrence is taking her sound to higher grounds” and E! stating, “The rising star grapples with heartbreak on this stirring mid-tempo built around a beat that totally slaps.”

Sa-Roc Releases Powerful New Album: The Sharecropper’s Daughter

Today, Atlanta-based emcee Sa-Roc drops her long-awaited Rhymesayers Entertainment debut album, The Sharecropper’s Daughter. Produced by Sol Messiah, the fifteen track effort displays Sa-Roc’s crafty wordplay and razor-sharp delivery, as she brings poignant, socially conscious and uplifting messages to the forefront. The Sharecropper’s Daughter is peppered with a powerful cast of guest features, including Black Thought, Saul Williams, Styles P, Ledisi, and Chronixx, as well as one guest producer, Evidence, who made the beat for “Deliverance.”


Today Billboard-charting, acclaimed rapper Dougie F releases his highly anticipated new project Without A Smile via STRAGG Records. Providing six string-of-smashes with production from Marzi, WondaGurl, & Mike Zombie, the project chronicles the heartfelt, transformative experiences Dougie endured and has overcome amid harsh realities growing up as a child. Moreover, the project magnifies his mentality behind the rise out of the 108 projects. Without Out Smile arrives today as part one of an installment.

Groove Armada release their long-awaited album ‘Edge Of The Horizon’

After a ten year hiatus since their last album release, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have finally released the next Groove Armada LP. The eleven-track ‘Edge Of The Horizon’ is out today via BMG.

Blending a melting pot of styles, ‘Edge of the Horizon’ encapsulates the diverse myriad of sonic influences that have informed the Groove Armada sound past, present, and future. The album shows how Groove Armada’s flair for merging electro elements with the infectious energy of a live band remains as strong as ever. Tom and Andy cut loose, invoking influences which include LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, Caribou, and Tame Impala.


“Surprisingly, I wrote ‘I Miss The Days’ about 2 years ago and I never imagined it would be what it is now,” says GALXARA. “When I heard that Party Pupils wanted to work on this song with me I was so excited because they have a future-funk style of production and it’s just such an interesting flavor. Eventually, we also got the really dope artist/producer Vantage involved to really solidify the production (he killed it), and that’s when I realized how important this song is to me. This song feels like it truly illustrates the emotions a lot of people, including myself, have been feeling during these unprecedented times. I Miss The Days is about reminiscing & reliving our past memories on what life was like when we could all be close to each other and hug, kiss, dance and have fun without the fear of something bad happening. You get to step outside of reality and experience the fantasy in this song & I’m so excited for people to hear what we’ve all created together!”

Laura David shows you around her daydreams

With a catalogue that lives mostly on Instagram and just one song to her name on Spotify, Laura David is back with her new song ‘Waste My Time’, which she wrote during the lockdown. ‘Waste My Time’ makes you dive into the world of being in a new relationship and daydreaming about all the future moments you could share together. ‘I just got into a new relationship but since I wasn’t allowed to see my girlfriend, all I could do was think about the time we would spend together when it was all over.’ The DIY video of ‘Waste My Time’ is a portrait of moments Laura shares together with her girlfriend, which contains a lot of dim sum and genuine young love you don’t wanna miss out on.

Giolì & Assia Return w/ New Single “Hands On Me”

Techno-Pop superstars Giolì & Assia return with their brand-new single “Hands On Me,” available today via Ultra

“Hands On Me” is an emotionally empowering anthem that exudes the duo’s much loved unique sound and signature instrumentation, placing them in a league of their own. On the track, Giolì & Assia effortlessly unleash their slick and catchy verses over their worldly production.


After two socially distanced shows with The Libertines last month, Scotland’s The Snuts have revealed their infectious new single, “Always”. The track comes after last week’s surprise drop of the bluesy “That’s All It Is”, which will feature on this year’s coveted FIFA Soundtrack.

Recorded at The Firepit in London with Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, M83), The Snuts strike a new sound with “Always”. Taking a darker route than previous releases, the track sees the West Lothian quartet continue to push their musical boundaries, hone their craftsmanship, and illustrate their limitless ambition. Lead singer Jack Cochrane said, “Lyrically, the song depicts the message of falling in love with someone who in turn allows you to love yourself; quite arguably, one of the most difficult things to try and do these days.”

Emily Hackett Releases “Can’t Help Myself”

Today, Nashville-based singer songwriter Emily Hackett releases “Can’t Help Myself,” the latest track from her upcoming project. Keeping aligned with the EP’s theme of love and the different forms it can take, “Can’t Help Myself” tells the tale of the internal struggle with the ego in learning how to love yourself.


First announced on Twitter early this week as a thank you to his feverishly loyal fan base, A N N I V E R S A R Y reflects on the time between Tiller’s emergence five years ago to where he is now and how he has staked his claim as one of the young greats responsible for the resurgence of R&B all while creating his own “trapsoul” genre.


Columbia Records Grammy Award winning recording artist and songwriter Jozzy proudly shares her new EP Soul Therapy: APT 215. The EP was written and recorded at home during COVID, with Jozzy exploring themes of self-care, uplifting the soul and exploring music as a way to overcome the darkest of times.

Elohim Releases New Single, ‘Good Day, Bad Day’

Today, Los Angeles-based artist, producer and songwriter Elohim released her latest single, “Good Day Bad Day.” Written and produced entirely by the burgeoning star, the bouncy, effervescent bassline drives her honest and deeply introspective lyrics. “My anxiety hits differently cause I know that I’m insane,” she sings before leading into the track’s infectiously optimistic chorus, “Today’s a good day. Tomorrow’s a new day. If today’s a bad day, tomorrow’s a new day. We got to celebrate when we get a good day. If today’s a bad day, tomorrow’s a new day.”

Dylan Fraser Releases “I Do These Things For Me”

Scottish newcomer Dylan Fraser has announced details of his debut EP ‘The Storm,’ set for release on October 23rd via Atlantic Records.

The alt-pop artist has also dropped a new track “I Do These Things For Me” in conjunction with today’s announcement. The song finds Dylan dismantling online behaviors in search for authenticity –

Zacarias Shares Moody Single “Why Did You?”

Calgary neo-soul singer-songwriter and producer Zacarias is releasing a new track for “Why Did You?” a moody ballad about trying to put the pieces of a broken relationship back together.

Unafraid to show his vulnerability on his sleeves, Zacarias’ downtrodden refrains and the track’s meditative pace work like the slow, circling thoughts of heartbreak.

PREMIERE – Zacarias releases new single, “Why Did You?”


Directed by Meji Alabi and featuring a poem by George The Poet, the video represents the struggle of disadvantaged black youth in the UK, the blurred lines between street life and real life, the fragility between life and death, and how knife crime and murder are often reported like a mere statistic in the media, which has longstanding effects on a community.

K$upreme Flexes With Future in Ultra-Melodic “It’s Whatever” Single

A versatile rapper who can adapt to any style, K$upreme has the respect of many of the rap game’s titanic figures. Joining forces with Future for a melodic anthem, K$upreme shares “It’s Whatever.” Riding a luxurious trap instrumental, complete with space-age synths and ringing piano chords, K$upreme and Future sneer at suckers who can’t afford to buy their baes the latest designer threads: “I put the Chanel sh*ts on your face/Look at the stairs while you riding in the Wraith/Put them diamonds on your neck, now you know you bae,” sings K$upreme in a lilting melody. The song is powered by Future’s hook, which rumbles like a thunderstorm above the syncopated kick drums as Pluto brags about his bands.

Phoenix Rockers This Modern Release New Single “Next Time Around”

Of the new single, vocalist Marcus Reardon says, “The lyrics are designed to be more sad and reflective, while the instrumental is there to uplift you and make you move- it’s a style of writing that we’ve worked a long time to nail down. The goal was to create something anthemic, but beautiful.”

Drummer Sean Whiteman adds, “The instrumental was inspired by a Cemetery Sun song, “Piece of Shit.” We’ve been listening to a lot of their music in the studio lately.”

Introducing Church of Roswell; debut single “The Witcher” out today

Of the song, Doyle shares, “The concept for ‘The Witcher’ came from one of those late-night conspiracy theory conversations that Candi and I like to have, that make our producers roll their eyes,” while Carpenter adds, “Our goal is to bring people together on a psychedelic quest through space and time. Is that too much to ask?”

Produced by Peter Shurkin and Alden Witt and mixed by Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile), “The Witcher” was written by Carpenter, Doyle and Witt and recorded at The Carriage Works in Nashville. In addition to Carpenter (vocals) and Doyle (vocals, acoustic guitar), the song features Peter Levin (piano) as well as members of Jason Isbell’s acclaimed band, The 400 Unit: Derry deBorja (Hammond B3 organ), Chad Gamble (drums, percussion), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Sadler Vaden (electric guitar).

Lauren Davidson Releases Two-Sided Breakup Song “Going Nowhere”

Singer-songwriter Lauren Davidson proves there are two sides to every breakup with a new single release, Going Nowhere. You can listen to the release on all digital platforms by clicking here.

“Going Nowhere is a breakup song about just that, a relationship out of nowhere going nowhere and ending. I’ve been on both sides of this story – the expected and the unexpected and it sucks no matter how you slice it,” explains Lauren in an exclusive premiere with Country Sway. “It was important for me to share that because I think so many people have experienced this as well so for me its just my way of sharing that experience and pain.”