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GRiZ + JAUZ release new single “No Doubt” on Deadbeats Records

Today, multi-instrumentalist producer GRiZ and BITE THIS bossman JAUZ have released their heavy-hitting collaboration, “No Doubt”. The track is part of GRiZ’s Bangers[6].Zip EP, which is out today on Zeds Dead’s DeadBeats Records. “No Doubt” is a full body banger that harnesses their combined sound design prowess to create dubstep’s next anthem.

Jake Isaac returns with heartfelt single ‘Good’ featuring Tertia May

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jake Isaac returns with new single ‘Good’, a collaboration with fellow British artist Tertia May, out today.

A warm ballad with a heartfelt message at its core, ‘Good’ sees Jake and Tertia trade smoothly delivered verses amidst delicate guitar plucks and sparse piano chords. It follows stunning April EP Things I’ll Tell You Tomorrow, while more recently Jake linked up with Joshua Luke Smith, Bianca Rose and Guvna B on single ‘Brother’ and performed on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show.


Today, Birdy reveals her latest single ‘If This Is it Now’ taken from the new EP ‘Piano Sketches’ which will be released on 6th November through Atlantic Records. ‘If This Is it Now” is another stunning track from Birdy, detailing the raw heartache and grief of love recently lost, the stark reality of learning how to untangle from a life previously shared, whilst saying goodbye with grace. The track once again demonstrates the maturity, honesty and clarity of Birdy’s beautiful vocals and songwriting.

“Look at Me Now”, the new video from Indonesian rap queen Ramengvrl

Her second release via prolific US label EMPIRE, “Look at Me Now” is inspired by her real experiences of ditching her stable life in a 9-5 corporate job and working her way up to becoming an award-winning, boundary breaking artist in Asia.


It’s a talent that’s organically earning him a grassroots following: initially at home in Newcastle, where he sold-out The Clunybefore officially releasing any music, and more recently with a huge socially distanced outdoor show as guest to Two Door Cinema Club. Andrew Cushin now adds to his rising profile by sharing his new single ‘Where’s My Family Gone’.

BASSICALLY drops addictively hypnotic new track ‘Isan Molam’

Birthed from life in isolation in a self-made simple seaside studio during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Raz Olsher a.k.a. Bassically, developed his new album.

Mega delivers emboldening third single ‘New Light’

Opening with the most delicate of piano chords, ‘New Light’ is an empowering ballad, underpinned by Mega’s breathtaking vocals and exploring themes of self-esteem, self-love and growing as a human being. It follows heartfelt second single ‘Let Me Let You Go’, a track that came after acclaimed debut ‘Chariot’. ‘Let Me Let You Go’ was also recently featured on Jack Saunders’ ‘Future Artists’ show on BBC Radio 1.


Their first full-length since 2015, Music Is The Weapon will feature recently released tracks including “Oh My Gawd” with Mr Eazi featuring Nicki Minaj and K4mo, “Lay Your Head On Me” featuring Marcus Mumford—which recently reached #1 on AAA and Dance radio charts in the US and went top 10 at Alternative radio—Latin Grammy-nominated “Rave de Favela” with Anitta, MC Lan and BEAM, “Que Calor” featuring J Balvin and El Alfa—which was performed by Balvin at the 2020 Super Bowl alongside Jennifer Lopez and topped charts worldwide—”Trigger” with Khalid, and “Can’t Take It From Me” featuring Skip Marley. The official tracklisting featuring additional collaborations is forthcoming.

Major Lazer – QueLoQue (feat. Paloma Mami)

UK songwriter Lissy Taylor releases riveting indie-rock EP, Wildflowers [Oct. 16th]

Following a commanding introductory single ‘Mayday’ and liberating title-track ‘Wildflowers’, the British singer-songwriter Lissy Taylor shares her personally driven Wildflowers EP.

Once again, Lissy’s guitar led smokey style dominates her story-telling as we join this instinctive creative on a journey of self-discovery. Her continuously dark-yet-dreamy atmosphere mirrors the connection between the past, present and future, to which Lissy Taylor looks to with new-found hope.

‘Run Away’ IS OUT NOW!

The wait is finally over. Ian Storm dropped his new track ‘Run Away’ today! Ian Storm made this track together with Ron van den Beuken and Menno Reyntjes. ‘Run Away’ is an amazing cover of the hit from the 80’s, ‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronski Beat.

Jude Woodhead drops new double-single ‘Choi Suns’ / ‘Traces’

South London producer Jude Woodhead has unveiled a new double single ‘Choi Suns’ / ‘Traces’, out on Friday 16th October.

Two meticulously crafted electronic tracks, expertly combining digital production with rich instrumentation and angelic vocal snippets, the record opens with the melodic beauty of ‘Choi Suns’. ‘Traces’ is a more poignant affair, underpinned by glistening production and orchestral energy. The record marks his third release of the new decade following singles ‘Bodies Of Water’ and ‘Keep The Lights Inside The House’.

Madison Olds’ Releases Dazzling New Single “Bad Thing”

Like the famous saying “Go big or go home”, Kamloops, BC-based pop singer-songwriter Madison Olds says her iridescent new track “Bad Thing” examines how if she’s already gonna do something bad it “might as well be good.” She explains, “It’s a flirtatious tale of a girl who fights herself from falling for someone who may or may not be trouble, even though their attraction to one another have her going crazy.” Though the song is as simple as the hook, “If I’m gonna do a bad thing, I’m gonna do you,” it’s left up to the listener to decide if she follows through.

Whethan unveils debut album ‘Fantasy’

“Fantasy is getting on a spaceship and teleporting anywhere your dreams can imagine,” Whethan shared. “I wanted to make a project that was full of energy and artists that I’m inspired by. There was an underlying theme of alternative meets psychedelic dance music and I wanted to be able to blast every song at my shows or have it feel like you’re at a show when listening at home or in the car. I got to work with some of my favorite artists like RL Grime, Grouplove, The Wombats, bülow, and many more. I grew a lot while working on the album over the span of the last 3 years and you can hear it through the different styles and feelings on each track.”

LISTEN: Elrow’s Toni Varga & Sola Co-Owner C.O.Z Join on ‘Your Touch’ EP

Elrow staple Toni Varga heads across the pond to California, where he and Sola co-owner C.O.Z have collaborated on a two-piece EP dubbed ‘Your Touch’—out today on Desert Hearts Records. The record marks both artists’ label debut.

Varga and C.O.Z channel Chicago’s heyday in “Your Touch,” adorning their record’s namesake track with classic vocal samples and rave stabs for a timeless appeal. A groove-heavy bassline and an intense buildup bring the club friendly track to the modern age. “Get Down” is a more futuristic piece, defined by its driving, acid-based hook and drum patterns. It closes the EP on a high energy level fit for peak time play.

GARAGEDAYS Release Music Video For New Single ‘Back In Line’

Austrian metal band, GARAGEDAYS, have released a music video for their first single ‘Back In Line’, the track is taken from their fourth album ‘Something Black’, which will be out on November 13, 2020 via El Puerto Records. The album was co-produced, mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond).


Having been hailed as one of the most unique and exciting Australian artists to debut in recent years, Starley has quickly become a favourite of various fashion houses, whilst gracing the pages RUSSH, Grazia, The Daily Telegraph, and recently being featured by Rolling Stone Australia with a sensational performance for In My Room. No stranger to major TV appearances, previously performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, The Project, and more, Starley has returned with her most thrilling performance to date. Airing last night, Starley performed ‘Better With U’ as part of a date night for The Bachelorette Australia atop Sydney’s world famous Harbour Bridge, with the jaw-dropping location featuring incredible views of the city beyond.

CHILDREN OF THE STATE – Release new single & video ‘Hot Money’

As premiered by CLASH Magazine, CHILDREN OF THE STATE today share the Ian Skelly (The Coral) produced new single, ‘Hot Money’, the first to be taken from their forthcoming EP, ‘Tragic Carpet and the Magical Wasp Gang from Notre Dame’.

‘Hot Money’ is “a sleazy observation of greed and hyper-capitalism with a German bridge which describes cash as the science of the entire world”, which sees Children of the State at their heaviest.

Live Techno Act KOMFORTRAUSCHEN Shares ​Expander​ EP

Live techno act ​KOMFORTRAUSCHEN have announced the release of their new EP ​Expander ​which was released on 16th of October 2020. ​The band is well known on the Berlin circuit and have played the iconic ​Kantine am Berghain​, opened for ​MEUTE ​on their European Tour, as well as a slew of performances at festivals across Europe and the US such as the legendary ​Seebühne Closing at the Fusion Festival 2019​, ​MS Dockville​, ​Reeperbahn Festival​, ​Eurosonic Noorderslag and ​SXSW​. The single was mastered by ​Lad Agabekov of ​Caduceus Studios (whose previous associations include the likes of ​Octave One, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Oliver Deutschmann​) and mixed by ​Kassian Troyer ​(who has worked with ​Pan American, Fennesz​ and ​Jan Jelinek​). Their previous single ​‘Mechatronik’ ​received support from the likes of​ ​EARMILK​ and​ Electronic Groove​.


Today, Pop-music-agitator Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) releases project ‘My Agenda’ alongside title track featuring Village People and Pussy Riot. “My Agenda” finds Dorian bringing together two of the world’s most informative cultural icons — Village People and Pussy Riot — for a thrashing three-minute cut that cleverly fuses together EDM, metal and pop in the way that only Dorian can. The track arrives alongside an accompanying lyric video and follows the previously released singles “Edgelord” featuring Rebecca Black, “Gentleman” / “M’Lady,” and “Sorry Bro (I Love You).”

Out Now: Rock Artist Brocarde Unveils The Spookiest, Scariest Halloween Video With ‘Twisted’

Written by Brocarde herself, ‘Twisted’ in the artist own words is “an anthem to diminish all boxes and preconceived notions and a rally cry to tear up the rule book, a refusal to be limited by others’ imaginations. It’s an anthem for all those who feel judged and misrepresented.” In its composition, ‘Twisted’ is the most simplistic song from the trained opera vocalist upcoming album, while the self-directed visual it’s a twisted circus of horrors in which the artist brings her imagination to life from set dressing and costume design to editing.


Following the acclaimed release of her six-track debut Lightswitch visual EP in July, the genre-defying artist adds to a bold and diverse repertoire, with “WOW (Look At Me)” forming the next piece in her plan to take on the world stage as an energetic and rule-ducking voice to watch.

The Jacques release new single ‘Holy Mamacita’

A delicate and dreamy love song with a twist, ‘Holy Mamacita’ paints a vivid pop-inspired picture of what it’s like to let somebody down. Hypnotic synths and laid-back guitars gently wash over one another in absolute tranquillity, adorned with singer Finn O’Brien’s tender and contemplative vocals as they trigger gentle, emotive ripples in the waves.

‘Holy Mamacita’ is featured on The Jacques upcoming debut album The Four Five Three; a record of remarkable songs hewn from a range of tragically ragged, sweet and tender adolescent experiences you can’t quite believe have been crammed into such a slight number of collective years.

LISTEN: Robot Love’s 2nd Indietronica EP on DIRTYBIRD, ‘Glass Table’

Today, Claude VonStroke favorite Robot Love has released his sophomore EP on DIRTYBIRD, ‘Glass Table.’ The project boasts the unique indietronica sonics that attracted the label owner to the burgeoning talent in the first place, and follows up his ‘Wallflower’ EP and single on its 2020 ‘Couchout Compilation.’

Modular synths comprise the sum of ‘Glass Table’s’ parts per Robot Love’s usual modus operandi, each piece of gear carefully arranged into emotive slices of experimental electronica. “Tangle” centers around its distorted vocal clips, which are surrounded by fluttering harmonic patches and a soft low-end. Meanwhile, the textural “Slumberjack” serves up euphoria by way of lush windchimes and playful sound effects.

Nightly Release Debut Album ‘night, love you.’

Drawing inspiration from artists like Coldplay and The Killers to Tears for Fears and Miguel, Nightly is a band that never shies away from writing songs that are deeply confessional and relatable, the tracks on this album being no different. “We just try to write about things that are real to us,” explains Nightly’s frontman Jonathan Capeci. “It means so much to know that could somehow help other people with whatever they’re going through in their own lives.”

Love Legend & Alex Gaudino release ‘Open Your Eyes’

Italian dance music favourites Love Legend and Alex Gaudino have linked up on new collaborative single ‘Open Your Eyes’.

Centred around a vocal sample from the Tears for Fears classic ‘Sowing The Seeds Of Love’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ is an infectious, piano-driven house cut that possesses all the right attributes for infiltrating charts and dancefloors alike. The duo decided to spend some time in the studio together in 2019 and, after Love Legend was inspired from hearing the 1989 original on his car radio, produced the track together in just one day.


Alternative/rap rock formation A Broken Silence enters the next stage of the promotional process of the group’s upcoming “Unplugged” album by releasing an exclusive acoustic version of one of the main singles off the said release – “Hope”! Being passionately delivered, yet beautifully paced, this rendition represents the sense of balance in regards to catchiness, drive and mood, with a twist of sincerity and rawness, which is being showcased continuously throughout A Broken Silence’ catalogue as well. “Hope” is simple, catchy, yet very moving, and is a moment of true motivation that is created through adrenalizing vocal lines, honest lyrics, lounge-like, mellow guitars and aura that is filled with a perfect blend of intensity and candor, ultimately instigating a wide spectrum of emotion in the listener.

Melody Gardot releases C’est Magnifique

Melody Gardot has today released new track C’est Magnifique ft Antonio Zambujo – the beautiful lyric video visualiser is now live! All the shots have been taken by Melody herself whilst shooting her forthcoming official music video for C’est Magnifique in Portugal.


Having gained support from the likes of COLORS, Wonderland, Clash Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, NOTION and more, Danish newcomer Goss today reveals his debut album Group Therapy.

Alt Bloom Releases New Single “Getting to Getting”

Today, LA-based Alt-R&B artist Alt Bloom releases his new single “Getting to Getting” via BigMTN Records. Inspired by the excitement of a new relationship, “Getting to Getting” was self-written, recorded and produced by Ethan Thompson (aka Alt Bloom) during quarantine.

“I always try to clear my mind before I write a song and when I do usually some moment or moments in my life come out,” explains Ethan. “‘Getting to Getting’ is about the excitement you get when you go out to meet a person you’re digging on and you see that they’re digging back. In that moment the night turns into an over the top heart beat ride and this song is in the middle of that journey.”