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Anna of the North releases Believe EP
Consisting of celestial home made reworks of “Dream Girl” and “Lovers,” breathtaking new song “Someone Special,” and an ethereal cover of Cher’s “Believe,” the EP is rooted in heartfelt retrospection and nostalgia. Opening with a cover of Bendik Baksaas band’s “Lover Ghost,” Anna gets sentimental and candid about an old flame over a delicate synth; on the balladic reworks, “Dream Girl” and “Lover,” Anna bears a similar longing for her ex loves. The title track is a cover of Cher’s “Believe,” which Anna used to play at the end of every show on tour and dance on stage, effectively closing each set with a dance party. With the inability to tour due to the pandemic, this cover serves as a tribute to that moment. The final track, “Someone Special,” was written as borders were being shut down and Anna was forced to leave the US after touring stateside for a month. Inspired by the uncertainty and the unknowns, Anna assumes an optimistic perspective on the situation: “In the big picture we might feel insignificant, but you are always special to someone.”
A collaboration track ‘COLD’ between Japanese indie band The fin. and artist & producer Nariyaki Obukuro and remixed by a Florida-based rising trackmaker Quavius is released on October 23.
On the occasion of its limited physical release on 7inch vinyl on RECORD STORE DAY (October 24, 2020), Nariyaki Obukuro asked Quavius, an artist he discovered and selected in his own Spotify playlist, to remix the track.
Amy Montgomery releases stunning new single ‘Anywhere’
Amy Montgomery has shared her new single, ‘Anywhere’, the latest track to be taken from her forthcoming debut EP, Intangible, out on November 20th.
Uplifting, radiant and full of character, ‘Anywhere’ is an inspiring and liberating gem that emphasises the importance of believing in yourself. Serene, playful melodies waltz with one another through a hazy and dream-like setting, every instrument gracefully brushing past one another as they all orbit around Amy’s powerful and passionate vocals.
Sad Alex & gnash Get Petty In “i’m glad that you found someone” Music Video
Today, Sad Alex and gnash own their inner pettiness with the release of the music video for their collaborative single, “i’m glad that you found someone.”
Following the release of the track earlier this month – which was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Indie Pop playlists, in addition to Refinery29’s Music To Know – the visual component takes the song’s vindictive nature to new heights as Sad Alex puts her ex on blast to the city of Los Angeles.
Sons Of Butcher’s Ricky Butcher Announces The Silliest Album Of The Year “Fuck: The Album”
Ricky Butcher of Sons of Butcher fame is stepping out on his own to release the crassest album of the year. With the help of his bandmates Doug Borski (bass), Sausage Ralph (drums), and Colin Van Hamsteak (lead guitar), the self-proclaimed “Rock God” Ricky Butcher leads the listener through a nineteen-minute listening experience filled with silly, cathartic, and self-aware fuck songs.
LOST FREQUENCIES REMIXES JOACHIM PASTOR FEAT. EKE’S ‘BE SOMEONE’ – OUT NOW!
After a monumental year that has seen Lost Frequencies busier than ever, from playing atop of the Royal Palace Brussels, at the invitation of the Belgian Monarchy to celebrate the opening of the historical locations virtual tour, over to releasing his applauded ‘Cup Of Beats’ EP and remixing the likes of Ellie Goulding and Major Lazer; he’s now back and adding his Midas Touch to Joachim Pastor feat. EKE’s ‘Be Someone’ with an extended, elevated remix.
The record is preceded by a string of recent singles: “Animal,” which has racked up more than 18 million plays across platforms, “Michelle,” which has been enjoying a viral moment across TikTok and Spotify throughout the fall, “July,” which Nylon praised as “Echoey indie rock about a decaying summer romance” and most recently “Sedona.”
Rising Nashville Hip Hop Talent, VONEX, Releases New Single “Major League”
Emerging creative force, VONEX, also known as The Dopest Nobody, is clear about his position in the music industry and the rules for his career. Self-awareness is a foundational requirement for success. Either you define who you are or someone else will do it for you. This revelation is on full display in his new single, “Major League”, which is available on streaming outlets everywhere.
UK Duo Homecamp (Feat. Adam Binder of Dearist) Releases “Two Doves” New Single and Powerful Music Video
Homecamp is the side project of UK musician Adam Binder, frontman of indie/emo band Dearist (Spartan Records), and his friend, bassist Will Jones. The duo’s debut mini-album “Did We Return As Something Else” was mastered by Bob Cooper (Cult Dreams, Citizen, Self Defense Family) and will be released on November 13th via Wiretap Records.
STORMZY UNVEILS MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘RAINFALL’ FT. TIANA MAJOR9- VISUAL MADE INSIDE WATCH DOGS®: LEGION VIDEO GAME
The video has been created entirely inside Watch Dogs: Legion, a brand-new video game set in a near-future London which is set for release on October 29th. In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the game features an exclusive mission titled ‘Fall on My Enemies’ which sees Stormzy enlisting the help of the resistance group, DedSec to protect the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.
KRANE’s space-age synths and swaying future bass beats combine with B. Lewis’ smooth R&B vocals to generate a world-class soundscape on “Only One.” The new song follows KRANE’s Boombox Cartel collaboration “All Again,” and is the latest single to drop in anticipation of his forthcoming sophomore LP.
Violent Vickie “Under the Gun” Video Out Today!
Los Angeles-based Dark Synth-Riot artist Violent Vickie is ready to release the Music Video for “Under The Gun” on October 23.
The video was directed and edited by Nick Pagonakis of Underboss Films and shot in a parking lot in Long Beach, CA by Jennifer Miller. The song is a seductively cold reaction to the pressure to conform and produce in a capitalist society.
Austin Texas by way of Los Angeles Baby FuzZ has released his ethereal and psychedelic new single “Acid Night.” Baby FuzZ is the audiovisual glam rock and “normcore” brainchild of producer and songwriter Sterling Fox. After producing Lan Del Rey’s “Video Games,” Fox was on his way to becoming one of the most in-demand and successful pop songwriters in the business having written chart-topping hits for artists such as Gym Class Heroes, Madonna, Max Martin, Elle King, Avicii, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears and more.
“Best of Black Sabbath” – ELEPHANT TREE premiere ‘Paranoid’
ELEPHANT TREE comment: “Sabbath have obviously been on all of our radars throughout our lives”, writes drummer Sam Hart. “We don’t think it’s possible to not hear them these days, and it has become a bit cliche to say that they are an influence. Even so, they quite blatantly are an influence both directly and indirectly. Many bands are indebted to their style and influence on so many genres. That just goes to show how important they were as a band. More so for us it shows how you can really bring a group of people together with a range of musical backgrounds and create something new and exciting. Pete even goes as far as shaving all his facial hair off every once in a while to perform as Ozzy in a tribute band, though he hasn’t quite taken to walking a box on a lead yet. He’s more of a cat person. It was actually a while back that we came up with the cover, after being asked to play a tribute night in Brighton. We debated whether we could do justice to ‘Paranoid’, what with it arguably being the most recognisable Sabbath track, but after listening on repeat a few times (and with the help of more than a few beers) we started to form this idea of a really slowed down doomy version. Pete naturally took on vocal duties and after a few runs (and cutting some choruses) we arrived at the version on record. Recording it was done in typical fashion, with half a brewery’s worth of beer and a lot of sweat, at Buffalo Studios where JB really brought out some cool ideas for extra effects and recording techniques while keeping it true to the raw sound of the original.”
“The song is about a loved one suffering from addiction and the overall feeling of helplessness. When you come from an obnoxiously loud rock and roll background, sometimes the most experimental thing you can do is to actually strip away the guitar solos and try to create something a little softer,” says Tabori.
Josh Barry releases soulful new single ‘All Add Up’
A soul-drenched ballad, ‘All Add Up’ sees Josh’s vocal talent take centre stage amidst sparse drums and emotive guitars, referencing sounds synonymous with the soul greats such as Otis Reading and guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix.
Josh broke onto the scene in 2017 after winning the Glastonbury ‘Emerging Talent’ competition, later going on to play no fewer than seven shows across the festival. Captivating audiences with his soulful tones and charisma, Josh went on to support Rag N Bone Man later that year throughout his UK tour. He has had similar success as a dance music vocalist, collaborating with the likes of SG Lewis, Sonny Fodera and Friction. Touring as the lead singer for Gorgon City’s live shows since 2014, Josh has frequented internationally-renowned festivals and stages such as Coachella, SXSW, Red Rocks and Glastonbury.
Tori Handsley shares new single “Rivers Of Mind”
Tori’s reputation as a musician in a variety of environments has never been greater, an indelible figure in the UK jazz firmament, artist, producer and curator Tori Handsley’s raw style and innovative approach as a harpist has seen her work and perform with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Binker Golding, Nikki Yeoh, Jake Long, Pat Thomas, and Nigel Kennedy. She also featured heavily on multi award-winning jazz duo Binker & Moses’ critically acclaimed albums ‘Journey to the Mountain of Forever’ and ‘Alive in the East’, alongside Yussef Dayes, Evan Parker, Sarathy Korwar and Byron Wallen.
WAR ORPHAN DEBUTS UNRELEASED RAUCOUS PUNK “ANTHEM”
On the heels of their politically-charged debut EP, thrash/hardcore band WAR ORPHAN, featuring guitarist Richie Cipriano (ex-SICK OF IT ALL, REACH), drummer Dante Renzi (REACH) and vocalist David Bason (BARFBAG), has released released a brand new single titled “Anthem” with Stay Gold Records. The track was first revealed at MetalInjection.net and can now be streamed below.
Ovtlier has grown into a roaring rock band of stadium ambitions. Led by the enigmatic frontman Joey Arena, Ovlier has already captured the hearts of more than 60K daily followers online, more than 2.1 million views of fan-curated content on YouTube, over half a million streams Spotify, appearing in Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, Loudwire, ABC News and has been selling out shows around the Northeast. Drawing influences from Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn, Periphery and others, Ovtlier brings the rock and metal edge to a new height of intensity.
Today, chart-topping Swedish dance duo JUBËL partner up with international dance music icon Tiësto on an official remix of “Dancing in the Moonlight ft. NEIMY.” The remix follows multiple platinum and gold certifications on the original mix of “Dancing in the Moonlight” across Europe (including triple-platinum in Sweden), breaking a combined total of 220M+ streams, assembling a rapidly growing TikTok video-count that currently caps 40K, and peaking at #11 in the UK charts after ten consecutive weeks of growth.
Introducing M.A.G.S. | Garage rock artist shares new single “Smile” | Featured on Afropunk
M.A.G.S. is Buffalo-bred, Los Angeles-based artist, Elliott Davis. His style is ever shifting between genres ─ from funky garage to minty alt-pop ─ and you never know exactly what to expect. Songs like “Mvp” and “Hi Tops” zig-zag from visceral, gnarly heavy metal to lo-fi folk-rock, respectively; his musicianship is a marvel to witness, each entry building on the last with refreshing acrobatics.
Marshmello and Imanbek Release “Too Much” Featuring Usher
Co-written by Marshmello and Imanbek and starring Usher, “Too Much” is a high energy track about being there for the one you love: “Whatever you ask of me you don’t have to worry, there’s no such thing, that’s too much.”
Papa Rosko Drops New Video ‘1984’ from his newly released self-titled album
Ready for broadcast… Made It Bigger from Canadian soul / RnB artist Senior
Fredo Bang, the Baton Rouge rapper with over 154 million streams in the U.S. (over 165 million globally), premieres video today for “Lately” featuring Seven7Hardaway (shot on location on the nighttime Las Vegas strip), the latest track from his brand new mixtape, In The Name Of Gee. Released September 25th via Def Jam Recordings, the mixtape debuted at #93 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Fredo’s biggest first week to date.
Lo-fi Alt/Pop Band Weston Estate Release “Saturday Nights” With Official Music Video
The best things in life usually take shape by accident; and Weston Estate is no exception. Comprised of five best friends, the lo-fi alt/pop band came together in 2017, after a run-of-the-mill Playstation game morphed into an unforgettable freestyle.
Richie Spice and Bella Blair for Strictly The Best. Vol. 61!
One of the most anticipated compilation releases from VP Records is Strictly The Best. It’s hard to believe that in 2020 we are releasing Vol. 61 – but here we are!
The latest edition to the long running compilation series includes new singles and music videos to support the November 20th launch.
The video roll-out began with the Richie Spice track “Murderer (featuring Dre Island)” and the official music video for “Gimme A Light” from up and coming singer Bella Blair. Today we are sharing the music of both artists in the hopes that you add both releases to your radio selection!
ATLANTIC RECORDS NEWCOMER, BENNETT, UNVEILS LATEST VISUAL “ALONE”
Atlantic Records’ newest pop/soul sensation, BENNETT, introduces her new visual, “Alone.” The visual also arrives alongside the Dolby Atmos release of her debut EP THINGS I NEVER SAID which is now available via Tidal and Amazon.
St. Louis’ Discrepancies just released their brand new album “The Rise.” This record is jam-packed with hit after hit, appealing to a very broad audience with a little something for everyone. Leading up to this release, the band had dropped 5 singles (‘Control’, ‘Undertow’, ‘Light Up the Dark’, ‘Blame Me’, & ‘Crawling Back’) that were all massively successful, each one building on the hype from the last, building anticipation for this release.
Genre-blending pop rock band Babygirl have released their brand-new single “EASY.” PRESS HERE to listen and PRESS HERE to watch the video, directed by Dylan Mitro, which likens unrequited love to being tossed around in a demolition derby and manages to rhyme “existential dread” with “breakfast in bed” against a backdrop of soft synths and guitar echoes.