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Director Gianennio Salucci Takes Us For a Wild Ride on Riotron’s “Dark Highway”

Fresh off his his work on Zella Day’s “Only A Dream”, and Baker Grace’s “Bottle Of Wine”, director Gianennio Salucci returns with a wild and weird new music video for the Riotron retrowave cut, ‘Dark Highway’. Salucci teamed up with mega-producer Jennifer Goodridge (who’s worked with Melanie Martinez, George Ezra and Poppy) to turn ‘Dark Highway’ into a cinematically lush short film that has elements of horror, sci-fi, and even some hand-drawn animation sequences.

“Riotron and I wanted to explore the nature of being unable to escape your darker self,” Gianennio said in describing the video. Riotron artist Jeff Fettes added, “Dark Highway is a metaphor for all the bad decisions we make. You’re going too fast, you’re out of control but you don’t stop. And then suddenly you can’t stop.”

LISTEN: DIRTYBIRD Welcomes SHADED with ‘Holla Atcha Boy’

DIRTYBIRD has welcomed a local underground icon into its flock: SHADED, whose inaugural EP ‘Holla Atcha Boy’ arrives today. The double-sided release is his second of the year, following his acclaimed Hot Creations single ‘Mad Stacks.’


Modern day rockstar, POORSTACY, releases his new single “Nothing Left” featuring Blink 182’s Travis Barker, out now via 10K Projects. “Nothing Left” arrives on the heels of his latest single “Love Spells,” and his appearance on the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack. With an energetic and irresistible beat, “Nothing Left” asserts POORSTACY as a rising force in the genre. “Nothing Left” is POORSTACY’s second single with Travis Barker and will certainly not be the last. The pair plans to release a full project together in 2021.

New Music From Smoove L “Period.” Out Now On Run Music/Interscope Records


Following the epic trailer that took the internet by storm on Monday, Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Nas X has made his highly awaited return with his new single “HOLIDAY”. The song was co-produced by Take A Daytrip and Tay Keith, and marks Lil Nas X’s first offering from his forthcoming debut album. Nas has also premiered the song’s cinematic and over-the-top official music video today, which he co-directed with acclaimed director and creative Gibson Hazard. Set on Christmas Eve of the year 2220, the video follows Nas through his futuristic North Pole workshop where he takes on the role of four different characters. Buckle up and watch Lil Nas X ride across the US in his high-tech sleigh with robo-reindeer in tow. The video made its broadcast premiere today on MTV Live, MTVU and on the Viacom Times Square billboard.

Powfu Releases New Song “when the hospital was my home”

Speaking on the song, Powfu explains: “The movie inspired me to write a song from the perspective of someone living in a hospital. When I played it for my dad, he broke down and started crying when he heard the lyrics: ‘i dont wanna let go when we hug, one thing worse than dying is losing who you love’. I knew at that point that this was something special.”

Queer Pop Artist Pat Reilly Releases Debut EP ‘Prince of the Night’

Written and recorded during the pandemic, the ‘Prince of the Night’ EP is a time capsule of Reilly’s emotional landscape throughout this period of social isolation. Over the course of the 5-tracks, he examines the various relationships in his life — with himself, with others, and with his environment. The resulting record is a darker pop-electronica sound than the atmospheric R&B tracks Reilly has previously released, which can be attributed to the turbulent self-work he’s undertaken as an artist and human. “I’m taking my personal journey and smashing it against a darker side of me,” he says. “I’ve lived in a much more colorful place in the past because I had enough distraction to keep me there. ‘Prince of the Night’ is a release from all the pain I’ve been holding onto, that I wasn’t even conscious of prior, because I could distract myself with work, people, strangers, and my ambition.”

LISTEN: Maxi Degrassi Debuts Lush EP on All Day I Dream

Today, Maxi Degrassi joins the All Day I Dream family with an ethereal EP, ‘The Love Goes First.’ The Argentinian talent’s inaugural entry unfolds across four tracks, setting the tone with a cerebral title opener which traverses a soundscape marked with creeping basslines, lush percussion, and buzzy synths.

Daze of June release their third single ‘Son’

“The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory on ‘Son’. It’s about our guitarists father who committed suicide a couple of years ago. He didn’t know him very well and so it’s a reflection on how their relationship was not what it was supposed to be and the sadness of realizing that it’s too late to make amends. Also it speaks to the feeling that you’ve inherited your father’s dark mind and way of acting, and the fear that you will eventually become like him, making the same mistakes and ending up in the same dark spot”, vocalist Benjamin Julian Ganzhorn explains.


Australian artist Tones And I has returned with a brand-new single “Fly Away,” which is available now on all streaming platforms. The track, which is accompanied by a cinematic official music video live now on Tones And I’s YouTube channel, marks a new chapter in the global phenom’s already historic career and serves as a preview to her widely anticipated full-length debut. It was previewed earlier this week as the intro & outro to Apple’s Event.


Rosenberg explains, “This song tells the tale of an older lady, drinking alone in a bar and thinking back to a time when she was youthful and beautiful and had her whole life ahead of her . I think its a subject that I keep on returning to in my songs – The fleeting nature of youth and the inevitable passing of time. Suzanne had it all in front of her and wasted it and now sits longing for something that can never happen again.”

Visionary producer Estère shares new single “Mad About Your Sea”

Imagine self-destructive romance as a confrontingly sparse mixture of cinematic piano and haunting vocals, and you’ll hear Estère’s new single, “Mad About Your Sea.” Sexy and sensuous, heart-wrenching and tender, evocative of summer love in foreign lands, it can be heard worldwide on 13 November through all streaming services.

This song pushes new production boundaries for Estère whilst exploring the archetype of dependency and desire. Estère says ‘this song is about being addicted to someone who is no good for you – and wanting to save that person, despite the hurt that they have caused you.’

Wisdom Releases “Enough” Music Video

Wisdom flexes his soulful vocals over a scintillating ID Cabasa production on afro-pop number “Enough”.

Following the successful hit single “Stay” featuring Marvy which peaked at number one on Apple Music Nigeria and World charts, Wisdom outdoors all-new visuals to “Enough”.

Taken off his well-received 2019 album “Not Just a Man”, “Enough” is a mid-tempo afro-pop number which sees Wisdom flex his soulful vocals over a scintillating ID Cabasa production, as he showers words of endearment on his love interest.

Lonely The Brave release new single “Bright Eyes”

They continue their forward momentum with the release of a further new song today – the incendiary “Bright Eyes”. An undoubted album highlight and the fourth track to now be released by the band this year, it’s propelled by heavy, dueling riffs from guitarists Mark Trotter and Ross Smithwick, and a passionate performance from Jack Bennett who delivers an insistent hook and whose voice breaks between sung and scream throughout.

TV PEOPLE – Dublin indie-punks unveil brooding new single ‘String’

Joining forces with Dan Doherty at Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes) and Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios (Radiohead, Blur, LCD Soundsystem) the Dublin outfit are taking on 2020 with force; building a name for themselves as the latest in a wave of talent bursting out of Dublin.

On ‘String’, the four-piece’s attention to detail shines bright; maintaining the brooding, punk-tinged undertones and slowed guitar lines which have earnt early comparisons to the likes of Interpol and Editors.

Afrojack relaunches Kapuchon alias with brand new single ‘10 Years Later’

Afrojack has relaunched his Kapuchon alias to release his brand new single ’10 Years Later’, out now on the newly formed Kapuchon Records.

’10 Years Later’ is a pulsating tech track, displaying van de Wall’s ability to craft fresh and exciting house and techno productions. An exploration of a genre the Dutchman is truly passionate about, ’10 Years Later’ proves van de Wall’s remarkable versatility as a producer.

Diamond Pistols & Rich Brian link up on new single ‘Time Machine’

LA-based producer Diamond Pistols has joined forces with Rich Brian on brand new single ‘Time Machine’.

An endearing combination of complex, post-trap production, witty lyricism and Brian’s smooth, confident vocals, ‘Time Machine’ is a captivating modern hip-hop track with serious crossover potential.

Soulful & Stunning ‘Fall Back’ Maths Time Joy feat. Matt Woods

Today, artist and producer Maths Time Joy unveils his intoxicating latest track, ‘Fall Back’. The fresh-cut features the unmistakable vocals of Matt Woods, treating the listener to 3.47mins of blissful escapism.

ZDot enlists Suspect and Stealth for “Demons”

Legendary UK producer ZDot (Stormzy, Kano, Charli XCX) teams up with Birmingham soul artist Stealth and UK cult rap star Suspect to release “Demons” – an emotive heater that acts as the first taste of the producer’s highly-anticipated new project.

GARAGEDAYS Release ‘Something Black’ Lyric Video, New Album Out Today

Austrian metal band, GARAGEDAYS, have released a lyric video for their third single ‘Something Black’, it’s the title track taken from their fourth album, out today November 13, 2020 via El Puerto Records.

BÉE, releases seductive new single ‘Mr Right’ – 13.11.20

‘Mr Right’ is the perfect antidote to the crazy times we are living through and is bursting with shiny optimism. A pulsating synth evolves with bass kicks and dreamy harmonies that sparkle with personality, as BÉE’S smoky pitch perfect vocal, brings to life aspirational fantasies about meeting her perfect match and reveling in small perfect moments.

Sorcha Richardson shares new single ‘The Starlight Lounge’ alongside official video

Today sees the return of acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson, who emerges with new single ‘The Starlight Lounge’ and its accompanying video. The track follows 2019’s brilliant debut LP First Prize Bravery, and continues a burgeoning creative relationship with James Vincent McMorrow, who co-produced the single.

Having quietly cultivated a cult fanbase over several years, ‘The Starlight Lounge’ continues Sorcha’s work of crafting evocative vignettes that mark moments in time, finding the poetry in introspection and exuding both passion and tender beauty in equal measure.

Tori Handsley shares new single “Polar Retreat”

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.

BASSICALLY says ‘You Got It’ with new ambient trip-hoppy jam

The next single to be lifted from BASSICALLY’s new album ‘Audio Diaries’ is ‘You Got It’ which moves more into an ambient territory than the previous singles with droning pads, subtle atmospherics, progressing trip-hop style beats and jazzy moments.


The Courage (Ray BLK, Lava La Rue) produced single exposes Tayo’s vulnerability as he attempts to navigate through life after heartbreak. Speaking on ‘Gone’, Tayo explains “Gone is probably one of my favourite tracks I’ve written so far. It’s a straight up sad boi heartbreak song. Courage produced this one and we both knew that it was a vibe from the moment we recorded that opening guitar”

Pablo Bravas returns with new single ‘Finally Me’

London producer Pablo Bravas has unveiled new single ‘Finally Me’, his fifth release of 2020, out now.

Combining punchy kick drums, euphoric piano chords and slick, feelgood vocals, ‘Finally Me’ is an infectious dance cut that possesses a serious dose of crossover appeal. It marks the latest in a long list of lauded singles from Pablo Bravas, a project that only launched last year. His biggest success to date came with May’s ‘King’, featuring German artist Nina Chuba, a track that has racked up 7.5 million Spotify streams and counting. His full back catalogue has amassed more than 10 million global streams.


MishCatt – alter ego of Michelle González – is the alluring and sultry voice from Costa Rica (now based in Los Angeles) who grew up singing, playing guitar and piano, while using her father’s recording studio as a sanctuary for expression and sonic exploration. Born with synesthesia – a perceptual condition of mixed senses – MishCatt credits her condition for her unique take on music allowing her to see colors and geometrical shapes in each track she writes.

Brickboydior Jets to NYC to Fulfill His Dreams in a New Video

Brickboydior rhymes with a heightened intensity, stringing together flows as he strains his raspy voice. Marveling at how far he’s come in such a short time, Brick shows out in “Dreams & Nightmares,” his new video. Going in for an unbroken verse over a dramatic piano-led instrumental from producer Callari (Polo G, Lil Tracy), Brick comments on his seemingly unstoppable rise, daring the opps to stop his shine. In the video, Brick shows scenes from a recent trip to New York, as he mobs in the streets and rides around town in a Rolls Royce. “Dreams & Nightmares” is an inspirational follow-up to his hard-hitting “Talk My Sh*t,” a collaboration with TOKYO’S REVENGE, which has over 250k combined streams on YouTube and Spotify.

5 Billion in Diamonds (Butch Vig/TSOOL) Share “Weight of the World” Video

5 Billion in Diamonds, the legendary producer trio of Butch Vig, Andy Jenks and DJ James Grillo, share the official music video for “Weight of the World” with FLOOD. In addition, FLOOD caught up with Vig to chat more about the upcoming 5 Billion In Diamonds’ release, give a preview of the upcoming Garbage album, and reminisce about the thirty-year anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind — read the full interiew here.

In Conversation: Butch Vig Discusses His Career From Nirvana to 5 Billion in Diamonds

BrokenRail Release Official Music Video for “DEMON IN DISGUISE”

Birmingham, AL based , Hard Rock / Metal band BrokenRail has released the official music music video for their new single, “DEMON IN DISGUISE. “Directed by Alan Collins, “DEMON IN DISGUISE” off of the band’s newly released album with Cleopatra Records, BEAUTIFUL CHAOS, which was produced, mixed, engineered, and recorded by Joseph McQueen at Sparrow Sound in Los Angeles, CA.

Indii G. Shares New Track/Video “Story’s End”

“This is probably my favorite thing I’ve created in a very long time. The idea of the song was to highlight a certain story that I’ve personally lived multiple times in my life and likely many of my listeners, as well. With the story being boy meets girl, boy and girl get together, boy and girl fall apart, my lyrics attempt to depict all the emotions along the way,” explains the Louisiana native. “The concept of the video came to be while my guitarist, Marquis François, and I were working on the song and just bouncing visual ideas back and forth. Director, Aaron Marsh took the idea and executed it even better than it originally looked in my head. The whole shoot, in general, was just a whole lot of fun and I’m super proud to call this my first ever music video.”


Aluna returns today with her official music video for latest single “The Recipe,” her collaboration with KAYTRANADA and Rema, from her critically acclaimed debut solo album RENAISSANCE, out now via Mad Decent.

Mamalarky Share “Drug Store Model”

In September, Mamalarky announced their debut full length with the single “Schism Trek,” a buoyant first cut from an album of “indie rock that summons an easy and pure joy” (NYLON), that Uproxx claimed “is definitely not a record to sleep on as the leaves turn and the fall sets in” in a feature timed to the album’s announce. The band, who have recently re-located to Atlanta after stints in Austin and LA, have been the subject of a rare mid-pandemic buzz ahead of the release of their album on their new label Fire Talk (Dehd, Pure X, Corey Flood), earning early praise from outlets like NPR, VICE, Billboard, Bandcamp, The Grey Estates, Pond Magazine, Refinery29, Alt Citizen, and The Line of Best Fit. Today Mamalarky are sharing the final single from the LP ahead of its Friday release, a track called “Drug Store Model,” which is out in conjunction with a Consequence of Sound feature.

Mamalarky Share the Origins of New Single “Drug Store Model”: Stream

Woodlock Announces Album Details; Listen To Latest Single “Settle Down”

The alt-folk trio of Woodlock – brothers Zech Walters (guitar/vocals), Eze Walters (guitar/vocals), and Bowen Purcell (drums) – will release their full-length album The Future Of An End on February 26, 2021, via Nettwerk Records. As part of the announcement, the band shares the new single “Settle Down.”

Ready for broadcast… Hero from Australian hip hop artist Crackan

Josh Crackan better known as Crackan is a 25 year old rapper/producer and entrepreneur from Adelaide, south Australia. While living in London at age 11 a friend showed him Lil Wayne, Birdman, Purple City Byrd gang and Dipset, he had already grown a love for music through acts like U2, RHCP, and Dire Straits, but this was his introduction to the world of Hip Hop which became a life long passion and retreat from an abusive family life.

FARER: Dutch doom/noise trio premiere new album “Monad” at Invisible Oranges

FARER create an imposing discord of severe, caustic bass textures, harrowing vocals and winding drums. The band, featuring members of Ortega, was originally founded as MENHIR in 2013, but chose FARER as their new moniker mid 2019, after spending two and a half years of writing and recording their debut record “Monad”. By taking time to further explore the possibilities of being a band with two bass players and the absence of a guitar, the record exhibits the bands evolution into a new entity thoroughly. Meaning, carefully crafted, drawn-out, oppressive and compelling songs.