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Teen singer-songwriter Minxey developed a strong passion for music in 2015 after attending a One Direction concert in her birth country, South Africa.
Discovered online at the age of sixteen by uploading acapella and indie pop mashups, Minxey relocated to London to follow her dream and joined other artists busking in Piccadilly Circus. With influences like Lennon Stella, Dua Lipa, Halsey and Tove Lo, Minxey was inspired to write her debut single “Painkiller” with three-time Grammy nominated songwriter in Nashville a year later.
BENNY BENASSI & JEREMIH TEAM UP FOR ‘LOVELIFE’
House legend, Benny Benassi and R&B singer, Jeremih are rounding off summer with the ultimate uplifting track, LOVELIFE – out on Ultra Music now.
For what’s already been a busy year filled with stellar collaborations including CeCe Rogers, Burak Yeter and BB Team, Benny Benassi’s ability to lend his hand to a multitude of genres continues to position him as an esteemed producer. From his debut track Satisfaction receiving a #1 across the world and his Grammy awards for Public Enemy’s Bring The Noise and Skrillex’s remix of Cinema, Benny’s accolades are endless for an array of audiences.
In the current climate of intolerance for opinions any different than your own, where presidential debates look more like an SNL skit, dictators divide & conquer, while we keep “unfollowing” and “cancelling” those we disagree with, it’s important to get our communication on point and remember that the power belongs to us! “The truth is born of arguments” says a famous Russian proverb, yet it seems our arguments only lead to aggression and sometimes just pure hate. All because we fail to understand there’s no one side to the truth. Regardless of which political party you support, or what you believe in, our support for each other is what truly matters.
THE CLOCKWORKS – ‘Enough Is Never Enough’ – Single out Now on Creation 23
The latest and last in a series for Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label sees the Galway four-piece take aim at the injustices and prejudices rife in our society with an assault of straight-up punk rock.
Complex and character driven in its narrative, the song follows the lives of separate but interconnected individuals in society: from a bigoted Café owner to beleagured kitchen porters, dreaming buskers to down-and-out beggars. Pulling together the fragments of our fractured society, “Enough Is Never Enough” creates a vivid collage that depicts its failings in one painstaking picture.
The new track follows the Conducta R&B/2-step remix of her single ‘Closer’ which came about after Conducta hailed the track as one of his favourites of the year. On ‘For Me’, Yiigaa’s ethereal voice glides across the confident upbeat production, creating a vibrant and catchy melody to bring people together. Speaking on the track, Yiigaa said “‘For Me’ is “a declaration of love – it is about overcoming darkness and finding light and acceptance.”
Up and coming Belgian artist Henri PFR has struck an exciting collab with Canadian youngster Famba for the lively pop tune ‘No One Knows’. Featuring the warm vocals of Chiara Castelli, it’s turned into a tempting piece of dance music, incorporating sultry grooves with a tasty chorus ready to heat up every playlist this autumn season.
As both these artists have been leaving their mark on the global dance scene with an impressive series of vocally driven dance tracks, this collab represents a new momentum for them. ‘No One Knows’ kicks off with the gentle vocals of Swiss influencer/singer Chiara Castelli, sliding into a sweet singalong chorus before a sweet electro house groove gets things moving.
RUSSELL DICKERSON LANDS #1 WITH “LOVE YOU LIKE I USED TO”
Today, Triple Tigers Records’ multi-platinum recording artist Russell Dickerson, celebrates his fourth consecutive no. 1 single “Love You Like I Used To.” The song, which was released on February 11, 2020, was the first track released off his forthcoming sophomore studio album, “Southern Symphony,” available worldwide on December 4. The up-tempo smash single has amassed over 96 million worldwide streams to date and has been a mainstay on country music radio and playlists since its release.
Yung Stakks | “Take My Soul”
AS EVERYTHING UNFOLDS Announce Debut Studio Album ‘Within Each Lies The Other’
British melodic post-hardcore 6-piece As Everything Unfolds have announced their debut album, titled “Within Each Lies The Other”, for 26th March 2021 via Long Branch Records. “This album represents the very best and worst of ourselves, our anger, sadness, vengeance and happiness,” says singer Charlie Rolfe. “We can’t always be the best versions of ourselves and sometimes you need to travel through the hard parts for the happiness to exist in the end. Life is a road of regrets and accomplishments, you need to embrace every aspect of it for creating the person you are now.”
Stefanie is the writer behind the band’s bittersweet songs, spinning a sound that’s part country twang, part hymnal….these elements come further into fruition on “Spirit Moves,” which shows a progressive side of the artist. On the track Stefanie holds onto her roots while steering her music into a bold new direction.
WASUREMONO release dreamy indie-pop cut ‘Big Big Smiles’
Wasuremono 忘れ物 (Japanese noun. Meaning: lost article; something forgotten) are a quartet driven by multi-instrumentalist William Southward – a vessel through which he channels his love to write, record and meticulously arrange atmospheric pop songs in his shed studio in Bradford-On-Avon, UK.
INGRINA: watch new video “Jailers”
Hot on the heels of their recent single “Now”, French post-metal thunderstorm INGRINA share a haunting live video for “Jailers”, the 10-minute opening track of their upcoming sophomore album “Siste Lys” (out November 27th on Medication Time Records and Â Tant Rêver Du Roi).
Grade 2 Share New Track “Only Ones I Trust”
UK punk band Grade 2 have just released “Only Ones I Trust,” an outtake from the band’s 2019 album Graveyard Island. Co-written and produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, the band hopes this feel good track with stomping choruses will “unify those who have seen struggles this year, because together in this game we are damned and we are all the same. We aim to have you singing your heart out, for now just in your living room but hopefully at a show soon!”
KELVYN BOY, GHANA’S AFROBEAT PRINCE RELEASES DEBUT PROJECT ALBUM ‘BLACKSTAR’
Fast-rising, Ghanaian, afrobeats artist/songwriter, VGMA ‘Unsung Artiste Of The Year’ award winner, Kelvyn Boy today releases his highly anticipated debut album Blackstar via Blakk Arm Entertainment. The album makes its official premiere following the release of various singles met with global acclaim and attention. Black Star is now available at all DSPs and streaming services.
Yachtclub101 Drops Uplifting Single “Nothing They Say”
“Equal parts Midnite Vultures-era Beck and the 80’s pop supersonics of Twin Shadow, his latest single, “Nothing They Say”, is a vivid and necessary burst of musical support at a time when we need it the most. His voice floats high above us, an omnipresent narrator that reminds us to listen to that sound in our hearts and to disregard anything and anyone that tells us we can’t achieve all that we dream. The accompanying video is a stage for Ava LaShay, Nia Politan, Rosie Petals, and Audrey Elle, a group of drag performers whose middle fingers are in a constant stare of uprightness toward anyone who has the audacity to question their tenacity and relevance.” – Beats Per Minute
“Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell deliver a stunning narrative about love and support through a difficult decision,” says Leslie Fram, CMT’s SVP, Music & Talent.
“This song is about making tough decisions and not having to go it alone,” Shires says of the track. “To me, ‘The Problem’ is a song about supporting someone you love through a difficult time,” Isbell explains, “It’s about helping without exerting your own will. I support a woman’s right to choose, and I know these choices are never easy.”
Norwegian experimental-rock, Sturle Dagsland
Briefly speaking, Heggen’s work with Sturle draws on Norse folk tales, surrealist art and magical environments using a mixture of animation and digital cut-out to tell the story of the Nattslugaren (the Night Eater) and Sturle’s mission to retrieve a magical key whilst battling trolls and dark spirits. Sturle and his brother Sjur put the record together over the last couple of years, using over 40 different and unique instruments to create the sound – more details on these in the press release below, but they include Zimbabwean finger harps, Armenian duduks and Norwegian billy goat horns.
Austin Ward’s “See You Again” Chronicles New Love In Quarantine
LA-via-Mississippi’s Austin Ward today released a new video for “See You Again,” a potent and romantic track off his debut EP Side A, which chronicles new love in quarantine. “I met my girlfriend, who is also a songwriter, in a Facetime writing session during quarantine,” says Ward of the song’s origins. “She was living with her pregnant sister at the time, so we were strictly separated for over a month. As a way to make our nightly calls more interesting, we started suggesting tasks for each other to do during the day that we would then share/talk about in the evening. She challenged me to write a song using this very strange single string instrument I had in my studio. This song was born in a single day from that challenge.”
Thomas Stajcer unveils hilarious video for “Who Will Listen To Country Music When Trucks Drive Themselves?”
Following the vivid narrative laid out in the song’s lyrics, the video – directed by Jeff Miller – follows Stajcer as he continually confronts the realities of an era rife with artificial intelligence and vehicular automation. Coming face to face with a robotic big rig and a digital barkeep, the award-winning country artist finds himself smack dab in the middle of a changing world.
Real Numbers share their “Brighter Then” video & announce new EP via FLOOD
Regarding the origin of the lead single, Eli stated: “It all started at our old rehearsal space, the basement of the now defunct DIY venue Coming Soon,” he shares. “It was late 2016 and we had finished recording Wordless Wonder and were having these very sporadic, unfocused practices, so I just started playing this riff over and over. The jam didn’t really go anywhere, but I knew this riff was special and deserved attention. Over the course of the following year I came up with an intro/outro and a vocal melody, culminating as a barely passable live version at a basement show in December 2017. After I finished the lyrics, Ian recorded a demo version of it in 2018 that sounded great, but also exposed some weak spots—like the key we’d been playing it in. We even made a couple changes to the bass and synth arrangements while recording this, the final version—and I tell ya, I think it’s perfect.”
R&B Chanteuse Ria Marie Takes Us Back in Time on “90’s Baby”
Atop a warm soundscape of live soulful R&B instrumentation, Nashville-based R&B artist Ria Marie invites listeners back to a golden era for millennials on her new single “90’s Baby,” which was just released this past Friday, November 6.
Jake Miller Teams Up with MILES on “JUMPIN”
Singer, songwriter, and record producer Jake Miller has teamed up with rapper MILES for his latest earworm. The hitmaker has released “JUMPIN” available now on all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard.
VYB Releases New Single And Music Video “Deja Vu”
Pop rock band VYB (pronounced vibe) have released their new single and music video “Deja Vu,” available on all digital platforms now. A personal track to lead vocalist Tom, “Deja Vu” is a track about finding yourself in a familiar, yet uncomfortable, romantic encounter. Rooted in sleek pop, alternative, and punk influences, the independent band VYB blends electronic dance elements into their sound, the trio “feel we’ve entered our sonic stride with our next collection of music”.
[Video] Chuck Brown – “Nothing Left” prod. by Screwaholic
“Nothing Left” encapsulates the coming of age of a child who would eventually grow into the MC, Chuck Brown. Born in the 80’s and raised in the 90’s, as the hook repeats, isn’t just a statement of age or experience, but more an attitude of non-conformity and anti-establishment. The Screwaholic laced track serves as the lead single and video off the Cali rhyme slayer Chuck Brown’s new project “80’s Baby” out now on all digital platforms!
Christian Rapper D-Rock Reflects On His Younger Days With New Video “Back In Time”
D-Rock is an American Christian Hip Hop artist from Boston Massachusetts. He began singing in church as a child while growing up watching his older cousin rap about the gospel. Since 2017 he has released solo and collaborative projects and has been featured on the top Christian website Rapzilla. D-Rock passionately uses emceeing as an outlet for the trials and tribulations he goes through in life.
DOE BOY X SOUTHSIDE RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “STIMULUS CHECK” TODAY!
Chonna Cristelle shares new music video “Do It Again”
Little indie-soul artist Chonna Cristelle’s new music video for “Do It Again” comes at a perfect time. It’s not news to anyone that quarantine is leaving us a little stir crazy. Relentless news cycles surrounding a global pandemic pandemic can leave us with little hope for what lies ahead. Days are starting to blur into each other as we’re restricted to wander the fields of our minds while stuck in confinement.
ORIANTHI’S NEW ALBUM “O” OUT NOW ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
Platinum-selling recording artist and world class guitarist, Orianthi has released her new studio album “O” on November 6, 2020 via Frontiers Music Srl. This is Orianthi’s first new studio album in seven years and her first new music as a solo artist in six years.