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It takes one spin of ‘Haiti’ to discover why it has captured the imagination of so many people. The topline, courtesy of Haitian vocalist Coralie Hérard, is irresistible: a gleaming mix of beauty, exuberance and sensual soul. It’s elevated by Welshy’s production, which skillfully highlights house music’s brightest and boldest traits in pop-orientated package with international appeal.

Music: South-African Songwriter Julia Church Navigates Feelings on Upbeat Pop Gem

South-African songwriter-producer Julia Church continues her incredible artistic journey with the simply breathtaking pop gem ‘Don’t Really Care What We Call It’. The prolific and multi-talented artist showcases her undeniable ability to create unique pop compositions with an instantly memorable and uniquely catchy pop gem. With two EP’s under her belt (2019’s ‘Take What You Want, Do As You Please’ and 2020’s ‘To Have, Not Just To Hold’) Julia continues to forge her way into the limelight. She’s picked up support this year from New Music Friday UK, Clash, Girls Are Awesome and Earmilk on recent singles, as well as selling out her first headline show in London, followed by a slew of live performances at Bush Hall, Electric Brixton, Oslo and Printworks.

Lucifer Star Machine release Tarantino-inspired music video

Lucifer Star Machine release a new music video for “El Camino Real”. The track is featured on the Hamburg based band’s latest album “The Devil’s Breath”, released in April 2020 on The Sign Records. The action-packed video features Koefte DeVille from the band Mad Sin and is a homage to Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs with a nod to Smokey and the bandit.

Wake up to life in colour with new Anna Krantz single ‘Blessed Are The Free’

‘Blessed Are The Free’ is the second song in Krantz’s “New moon new tune” series of releases. Co-written with Jessica Sharman (co-writer of Ward Thomas’s #1 song, Cartwheels) “Blessed Are The free” is an uplifting and relatable offering and follows “We Could Be High” which recently featured on RTE Radio 1’s recommends playlist.

Sleepwalkrs & MNEK release ‘More Than Words’

A four-to-the-floor groover, ‘More Than Words’ displays Sleepwalkrs crossover production prowess alongside MNEK’s superb vocal ability. It follows on from Sleepwalkrs recent hit with Hugel ‘Magnify’ ft. LPW and breakthrough single ‘Outta My Head’. Now collaborating with MNEK, whose global success stories include ‘Head & Heart’, the recent chart-topping collab with Joel Corry, ‘More Than Words’ is certain to further establish Sleepwalkrs as a leader in dance music production.

REGENT – Share New Slow Burning Rock’n’Roll of ‘Today’

Following on from the BBC Introducing / Radio X supported “Dirty Little Sinner”, their latest release finds the Southampton band stripping away the raucous rock’n’roll of its predecessor to unveil something altogether more slow-burning and stately.

A song ultimately about heartache and loss, Rooke’s impassioned vocal is complimented by the majestic guitar work of Regent axeman in residence: Chris Woolf. Wrought from raw emotion and with tenderness ringing through every note, ‘Today’ brings to mind the soul-baring touchstones of Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell or Richard Ashcroft.

Greta Van Fleet return with joyous new single ‘My Way, Soon’

Today, Greta Van Fleet release their first new song in more than a year, ‘My Way, Soon’, via Lava/Republic Records. The song is a liberating and jubilant track that celebrates and reflects the band’s personal transformation over the past three years. Also released is the track’s companion music video, which was shot, edited, and directed by the band.

Little Torment drops his third and final single ‘Big Energy’ ahead of his mixtape next month

Today, Little Torment drops his third and final single ‘Big Energy’ ahead of his mixtape next month. ‘Big Energy’ is the perfect reflection of Torment as an artist displaying both sides of his complex personality. One on side we see him expressing his concerns with life, the industry and on the flip we see him spitting about his achievements and appreciation for all those close to him.

Joesef Releases new EP “Does It Make You Feel Good”

Using self-taught skills, Joesef remains wilfully DIY, producing all his own music in his flat in Glasgow’s working class East End and in the space of three years has gone from working in a pub in his hometown of Glasgow to releasing a plethora of heartfelt music that has gained him dedicated fanbase from across the UK and Europe.


The track sees Sharna put her own spin on Klashnekoff’s iconic ‘Murda’ beat, produced by Harry Love. In typical Sharna Bass style she uses delicate and personal lyrics ‘Set myself on fire to keep you warm, tried making skies brighter, you bring in a storm’ to navigate us through life after the break down of a demanding relationship resulting in the murder of her past self, ‘I don’t even know me, Oh where is the old me’.

PREP drop new single ‘Carrie’ ahead of their forthcoming debut album

“This was one of the last bits of recording we did for the album – the lockdown strings from North Macedonia. We were video linked up to the conductor, looking from behind his visor out over this enormous, beautiful 1970s radio studio with 16 string players spread over the area of a football field. The song is pretending to be a lot happier than it is. It makes me think of someone sitting down a bit drunk at a pub piano, trying to turn all the shit they’re going through into a hazy singalong.” – Tom Havelock

Cherryade talk OnlyFans & COVID on double single ‘Only Fan’ / ‘Sick!’

Written and recorded during COVID lockdown, London DIY duo Cherryade have released their new double single ‘Only Fan’ / ‘Sick!’, part of their upcoming self-produced mixtape set for release later this year. Working remotely with mix engineer Alan Emptage (RAYE, àB), the project explores an array of emotions and themes faced during isolation, ranging from mental health and sex, to politics and social media.

Josie Proto’s new single “Puddles”

Making her mark as one of the most promising British newcomers to emerge in 2020, Josie’s debut EP Pub Songs: Volume 1 hit the top spot on the iTunes Pop Chart this summer. Drawing comparisons to early Kate Nash, Josie has also achieved over 6M+ TikTok plays and 500K+ Spotify streams alone for her music.

Sub Focus & Wilkinson release debut album

Dance music icons Sub Focus and Wilkinson have today dropped their long awaited debut collaborative album Portals.

An eleven-track release, Portals includes no fewer than three smash singles, with the breakbeat epic ‘Just Hold On’, club hit ‘Illuminate’ and last month’s ‘Air I Breathe’ all featuring. The three tracks have already racked up more than 32 million collective global streams and counting, with all three being playlisted at both BBC Radio 1 and Kiss Dance.

Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff Share ‘You and Me (ft. J.Lamotta)’ Single

Otis Junior is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist based in Louisville, KY and originally from North Carolina. While most of his youth was spent in various performing arts, it wasn’t until later that art became a viable career path. After a few months spent flirting with the local open mic scene in 2015, Otis met the founding members of his band, The Jesse Lees, and one of his biggest collaborators, Dr. Dundiff. The duo have released multiple albums through Berlin-based record label Jakarta Records, earning them international notoriety. Through much time spent immersing himself in the world of music, and collaborating with artists around the world and around the corner, Otis has solidified his profound passions for music and art.

Rapper/producer duo Verbz & Mr Slipz drop their new single The Feeling

Staying true to the classic Boom Bap sound, it’s refreshing and rare for an artist to come along and not just jump on a wave but prove how much is still to be explored. ‘The Feeling’ transports you back and Verbz & Mr Slipz demonstrate skills akin to some of Hip-Hop’s most highly regarded artists. Both masters of their craft, Verbz exudes the prowess of a young Nas and Mr Slipz channels Pete Rock, whilst they breathe a new lease of life into the genre, bringing you that timeless feel. Accompanied by picturesque visuals produced by Parallel Media, the dynamic duo take to the high seas, as they ponder life with their reflective bars – “You can spend your whole life searching for the answers you know’.

News > Givēon > Shares New Video ‘Stuck On You’ > watch here

It continues what has quickly become a tradition of unforgettable cinematic visuals. Directed by Alexander Black, the clip opens with a shot GIVĒON singing alone as he stares out at the ocean. Bringing the lyrics to life, “Stuck On You” depicts the ups and downs of a Southern California-set romance, intercutting vignettes of high speed cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, moments of intense intimacy, and sweeping sunset vistas. Breathtaking and bold, it illuminates his powerful presence with no shortage of emotion and charisma on-screen. “I’m so excited to finally have a visual to match the Sonics of this song. I wanted it to feel more like a film and less like a music video” says GIVĒON.

Bea Miller “wisdom teeth” New Song & Video Out Now;

Bea Miller has released her new song “wisdom teeth” today, her first new music of the year. On the lush new song, Miller meditates on the lost innocence of her childhood as she recalls a time when she was four years old, staring at herself in the mirror in her tutu during her dance recital. Over the bouncy synths, she sings, “I used to be so happy/No matter what happened to me/But when they pulled my teeth out /Lost the wisest part.”

Andrea Bocelli Releases First Single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ From New Album Believe

Today, world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli releases the first single from his new album, Believe – a stirring rendition of the beloved anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. It is the opening song from his forthcoming record, which is released via Sugar/Decca Records on November 13th and celebrates the power of music to soothe the soul.

Lykke Li Releases Swedish Song “Bron” – Prod. by Ludwig Goransson

LA-based, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Lykke Li independently releases her first ever song in Swedish titled “BRON” co-written & produced by Ludwig Göransson (Childish Gambino, Black Panther score) and Little Jinder.

Famba & Jake Tarry drop‘Know You Best’ feat. Alex Hosking

Amsterdam Dance Event is one of the world’s largest gatherings of international talent in dance music. It is no surprise then that such an event would spawn a collaboration between an award-winning Canadian producer, a rising English producer living in Amsterdam, and an Australian vocalist and songwriter whose current single has been a fixture on the OCC UK Singles charts over the past four months.

Marie Naffah releases stunning new single ‘California’

Marie Naffah has released her brand new single ‘California’, a taste of her forthcoming debut EP out later this year.

‘California’ is an ode to escapism, captured in Marie’s intoxicating soulful vocals with a backing of jazz-influenced keys, percussion and guitars. With a sonic air of melancholy, the track emulates an uplifting optimism in its contrasting down-tempo beats.

Moshi Moshi’s Mera Bhai releases debut EP ‘Futureproofing’

London based DJ/Producer Mera Bhai is set to release debut EP ‘Futureproofing’ via Moshi Moshi Records (Hot Chip, Lykke Li, Anna Meredith) on October 9th.

Born in London, with roots in India, alongside time spent growing up in Italy, Albania, Saudia Arabia, Dubai and Nigeria, Mera Bhai’s worldly influence seeps into his unique take on dance music. Known as a founding member of tropical-psychedelia band Flamingods, the multi-instrumentalist has worked closely with Moshi Moshi Records, Soundway Records and Total Refreshment Centre.

Misty Coast’s sci-fi psych-pop explores otherworldly escapism

The video tells a sort of four-dimensional sci-fi story that takes place in a common apartment. We see three women interacting in the same spaces without crossing each other’s path. Are they all different personalities of the same human being?

Out Now – Taphia Mi ‘Can’t Even Talk’

“Can’t even talk was written as a desperate wake up call to a close friend of mine whom I felt slowly faded away from everyone that cared about her, losing herself to the blurry weekends. A reflection of the inner battle when you see someone you love spiral outta control but you’re not sure about either you should step in our step out. Inside you got so much to say, but it’s like you can’t even talk” – Taphia Mi on her new single ‘Can’t even talk’


Welshy (real name Ross Walsh) has emerged as Ireland’s hottest young producer, independently achieving over 41 million streams and earning recognition from superstar names BTS, Kygo and The Chainsmokers. Now signed to Insanity Records, Welshy shares his new track ‘Haiti’. It’s the official version of his bootleg track, which went viral and exceeded a million streams.

lindsay ell drops sonny and cher inspired “wAnt me back” music video

The video takes fans back in time with a dramatic storyline that showcases a glamorous Ell as she harnesses her self-confidence, inspiring fans to step into their own confidence and bringing the song’s relatable lyrics to life in a whole new way. CMT praised that “with self-confidence and a dose of Hollywood glamour, Lindsay Ell steps into the spotlight on her own terms.”


Berchie describes the single as “a coming of age story about a homeless man, who through the restorative and redemptive power of Christ, is able to turn his life around for the better.”

kennedi Officially Announces Debut EP ‘Self’

Rising singer-songwriter kennedi has officially announced that her debut EP self will arrive on October 30th via Platoon. Today, she also shared “liquor love,” her latest single from the autobiographical five-song release. It’s a track that’s ethereal, yet cuttingly vulnerable, much like the rest of the songs featured on the EP including the previously released tracks “apology” and “better.” See below for complete track-listing information.

Mike Williams teams up with Justin Mylo for new single ‘Face Up To The Sun (feat. Sara Sangfelt)’

Dutch DJ and producer Mike Williams returns with the new collab single with Justin Mylo, ‘Face Up To The Sun (feat. Sara Sangfelt)’, out now via Universal Music.

A collab hit filled with infectious qualities, ‘Face Up To The Sun’ re-imagines summertime on the dancefloor, heated with Williams and Mylo’s signature sounds. It comes as Williams’ fourth release on Universal this year, following the July release of ‘Fallin In’.


After a wave of buzz and mystique, Eddie Benjamin formally introduced himself with his debut single “Fuck My Friends” earlier this year. In addition to racking up several million streams and counting on his first-ever release, Idolator claimed, “Eddie Benjamin makes a great first impression” before assuring that he’s “certainly One To Watch in 2020.” Additionally, he sat down with Sia for an extensive conversation for Interview Magazine where she referred to him as a “genius.” Rotating between an arsenal of instruments with punchy proficiency and singing with spotlight-grabbing swagger, Eddie Benjamin brings kaleidoscopic color to popular music.

Stevie Nicks Releases New Single ‘Show Them The Way’

Stevie Nicks released her first new music in six years with ‘Show Them The Way’ available today on all formats from BMG. ‘Show Them The Way’ was written by Stevie Nicks and Greg Kurstin, produced and mixed by Kurstin. Nicks released a personal statement about the history of the song, listed below with full credits. All of Nicks’ proceeds from the record will go to MusiCares.

Tchami & Gunna link up on new single ‘Praise’

A club-ready house groover, ‘Praise’ pairs the most infectious of basslines with Gunna’s slick vocoder vocals – a no frills combination destined to tear up any dancefloor. It marks the French artist’s sixth single release of the new decade, following recent release ‘Faith’ and the double-single releases of ‘Born Again’ / ‘Buenos Aires’ and ‘Proud’ / ‘Ghosts’ in May and February respectively. All six tracks will feature on his debut LP Year Zero, which has been tipped loosely and mysteriously by Tchami himself to come out “soon”…