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New > Mara TK (Formerly of Electric Wire Hustle) > ‘Met At The River’ ft. Xenia Manasseh > Out Today

Mara TK, a golden voiced, Maori-Scottish world-wandering citizen of Aotearoa, New Zealand announces his debut single ‘Met At The River’, released today on Extra Soul Perception. Stepping out on his own, Mara TK is the former frontman of the acclaimed Kiwi future soul trio Electric Wire Hustle.

OMONOKO release exotic and dreamy new single ‘Weight In Gold’

‘Weight In Gold’ incorporates an addictive bass line, simple but effective electronic sounds, hooky guitar lines and falsetto vocals that deliver a chilled, yet uplifting track. Kind of Alt-J, Maribou State vibes…

New > Nigerian Artist Jujuboy Star Shares New Single > ‘I Dey There’ > Out Today, listen here

Fresh from signing a new deal with Universal Music Group, Aristokrat Records, the Nigerian entertainment company that discovered and developed Burna Boy presents their new superstar signing, 25 year-old Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Jujuboy Star. His new single ‘I Dey There’ is released today, and was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Kel P and mixed by Canadian duo Banx and Ranx. ‘I Dey There’ was written by Jujuboy Star himself, the story of a relationship situation he was in at the time is played out over a sweet mix of Afrobeats and R&B, or as he’s coined it ‘JujuVibe’.

TOURISTS – ‘Another State’ – the debut album, out now via Modern Sky UK

Torquay five-piece TOURISTS combine elements of shoegaze and synth-pop with deeper-rooted post-punk influences, crafting their own identifiable brand of dark, melodic dream-pop.

Their long-awaited Daniel Schlett (The War on Drugs, DIIV) produced debut album, ‘Another State’ – out today via Modern Sky UK, is an album exploring the shadowy recesses of the human mind and existence, across eleven darkly compelling and utterly immersive dream-pop songs, drawing on shoegaze, Krautrock, post-post and synth-pop influences.

Sam Eagle releases new EP ‘Something Out Of Nothing’

Today, 21-year old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam Eagle releases his much-anticipated forthcoming EP, ‘Something Out Of Nothing’. The new EP is his first release since signing to Cooking Vinyl and forms the first half of a two-EP vinyl release due out in early 2021.

Indonesian rap queen Ramengvrl shares debut album Can’t Speak English

Across eleven tracks, including the well-received singles “Vaselina”, “Look at Me Now” and “The Emo Song”, Can’t Speak English is underpinned by Ramengvrl’s raw, honest storytelling and production helmed by heavyweight names like Roark Bailey, Omega, Swede of 808 Mafia and Cassius Jay.

Blxst drops his brand new single ‘Got It All’ feat. Dom Kennedy

After a momentous debut through the release of his critically acclaimed EP, hip-hop artist-to-watch Blxst teams up with fellow LA rapper Dom Kennedy for his latest single, “Got It All.” The record is the first release from the highly anticipated deluxe version of No Love Lost, out 4th December which features several new tracks and notable collaborations.

Cassius remix The Tribe of Good track ‘Siren Song’

Iconic French electronic duo Cassius have remixed ‘Siren Song’, the track from London-based collective The Tribe of Good, out now.

The Cassius remix of ‘Siren Song’ sees the Parisian outfit inject some feel good dance floor energy into the original, adding a chunky bassline and rousing synth stabs while losing none of the feel-good funk that makes the track so special.

BÉE, releases music video for ‘Mr Right’ – 20.11.20

Videographer Cara Kealy spoke about the concept behind the video “BÉE and I went back and forth with ideas before concluding that the key message of the video, had to be that you need to love yourself before loving anyone else and that ‘Mr Right’ will come when you’re busy doing your own thing.


‘Feed the Fire’ is the third single to emerge from times, SG Lewis’ upcoming debut album, following the releases of his huge summer singles ‘Chemicals’ and the Robyn and Channel Tres collaborative smash ‘Impact’. The LP, out 19th February via PMR/EMI Records, finds one of modern pop’s secret weapons stepping out front and centre, as he takes listeners on a voyage through soaring electronic dance and kaleidoscopic future disco, with the help of a few friends along the way.

KUU remix Dua Lipa smash ‘Levitating’ ft. DaBaby

Exciting new dance music outfit KUU have remixed the Dua Lipa hit ‘Levitating’, featuring US rapper DaBaby, out Friday, November 20th via Warner Records / Higher Ground.

Combining tropical synths, a rolling bassline and euphoric piano chords with Dua Lipa’s pitch-perfect vocals, the KUU remix of ‘Levitating’ delivers a hedonistic, punchier reimagining of a global pop smash.

WILLOW & Jahnavi Harrison unveil new collaborative EP ‘R I S E’

Double-platinum recording artist, WILLOW, and British musician Jahnavi Harrison release their brand-new collaboration R I S E today. The six track EP featuring timeless Sanskrit mantras and original lyrics inspired by sacred texts of the bhakti tradition. Listen to R I S E here.

In the search for a deeper connection and inner calm, WILLOW and Jahnavi have combined their musical influences to create a spiritual, meditative and uplifting collection of art. Layering soulful vocals with subtle instrumentation, the songs offer a space to listen to the deepest questions of the heart and embark upon the journey within. Together, WILLOW and Jahnavi have created a truly special body of music; rich, meditative, beautiful and enriching.

CRAZY ARM – Break 7 year gap with ‘Dark Hands, Thunderbolts’

Rigorously road-tested during these interim years, ‘Brave Starts Here’ is a breathless ode to heartbreak, loneliness, ageing and self-determination, occupying that sweet spot between bluegrass and punk rock. It’s also a tribute to their good friends and label-mates, Larry & His Flask.


Talking about the emotion behind his new single, Armaan says, “‘How Many’ is about complex relationships where you’re constantly fighting making up, taking the hits but yet carrying on. It describes the cycle of events that take place during the course of a relationship. One of the hardest decisions is when to call it quits and close a chapter for good. It’s really tough when you love somebody to just give up… even after the 100th time, the truth is, as long we love them, we try one more time. The question is how many times are you willing to try?”


Idol finalist and multi-platinum songstress Linda Varg drops new single ‘Give It A Shot’ today.

The track was written by Linda Varg and Peter Diamant, produced by Peter Diamant and recorded at Sound Society Studios in Gaevle Sweden.

“Give It A Shot is about not giving up when things get rough – explains Varg – I used to be like that, like a lot of us, we give up too easily. In the past few years I completely changed my perspective and feels awesome!”.

Chris Lake & Armand Van Helden Announce The Answer EP, Out 11th December

“It gave us our mantra for making the record: love is the answer,” explains Armand Van Helden.

The English-born, Los Angeles-based Lake grew up making music in his bedroom, emulating artists like Van Helden, one of house music’s most revered figures, whose career spans three decades. Lake has since amassed his own series of chart-topping hits, earned a GRAMMY® nomination and founded the acclaimed independent label Black Book Records.

Keyboard-Player, Violinist and Cinematic Story-Teller Stefan Eleferiu, Releases New Album ‘Quantum Gates’

“Twelve portals open to twelve different worlds awaiting discovery through imagination, fantasy and feelings… Go beyond the Quantum Gates and, with each re-listening, you will perceive new territories of musical expression. Let the evolution and permanent dialogue of the melodic lines – based on symphonic counterpoint – take you through a new multidimensional sound universe.” — STEFAN ELEFTERIU

Swedish alt-americana outfit pen a haunting swansong to lost love

Swedish duo POOLS’ debut record is a collection of affecting, haunting lullabies. The band is the collective vision of multi-instrumentalist Fredrik Forell and singer Arvid Hällagård. Reminiscent of bands like The National and The Tallest Man On Earth, the pair combine Americana, Folk and even Gospel to create something unique.

There are echoes of the pair’s previous life as electro-pop outfit WYRES, with elements of electronic noise and creative production adding twists and turns to the recordings.

New Today // Kid Brunswick – “Bipolar Rhapsody”

Embracing the chaos of this hellscape year, and the chaos of his past, Kid Brunswick delivers a rollercoaster of sound blurring the lines between alternative, hip hop and emo. The latest in a string of new material which has showcased his ability to push sonic boundaries over and over again, “Bipolar Rhapsody” is urgent and unfiltered.

New Music: Scandinavian Collective Twenty Committee’s EP ‘Minutes, Vol. 1’ with lead single ‘Is It Real (Feat. Chloe Rodgers) is out today

Having spent the last year releasing a wave of bright and diverse dream-pop offerings, Scandinavian collective Twenty Committee, led by producer Anders Källmark, now release their highly-anticipated debut EP ‘Minutes, Vol. 1’.

HANNAH’S LITTLE SISTER release debut EP ‘EP.mp3’ via Heist or Hit

Ramshackle Liverpool art-rock quartet Hannah’s Little Sister release debut EP ‘EP.mp3’ today via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Brad Stank).

Skittish rhythms teetering on the precipice, psychotic Jack-in-the-box synths and manic, yelped vocals are the chief ingredients of the psychedelic stew – dished out over 5 chaotic courses.

INTRODUCING: Amber Jay releases futuristic bedroom-pop synth fueled track ‘Pencilled Brims’ – FFO: Marika Hackman, Unloved, girl in red

“Pencilled Brims holds a microscope over an initial moment of intimacy and how that moment almost becomes suspended in our minds, to be witnessed and analysed during and after the interaction has occurred. It highlights how in the action of intimacy there is a vignette-like experience around the event, allowing us to hone-in on specific details to extract their beauty. However, suddenly finding yourself tied within a person so intensely, can mean you lose sight of yourself and the perspective of the situation. The line between love and obsession becomes equally blurred and no matter how much you try and change a person ‘the nature of the beast never leaves its side.” – Amber explains.

Patricia Lalor shares new single ‘This Man Thought He Saved Me’

Patricia Lalor has released her brand new single ‘This Man Thought He Saved Me’, the first taste of her forthcoming EP This is How We Connect, While You Stand So Tall out December 4th.

‘This Man Thought He Saved Me’ is a brooding indie track laced with hypnotic synths, while Patricia’s haunting vocals call out people who don’t act upon doing the right thing. The video finds Patricia emanating from her house in bursts of colour and hazy smoke.

Within Temptation release brand new single ‘The Purge’

Within Temptation’s brand new single ‘The Purge’ is officially out today across all major streaming platforms. It’s a full-throttle rock song, heavy and dramatic with an addictive chorus, and contains elements of the classic Within Temptation sound, whilst pushing forward into new sonic territory.

London pop artist Scott Quinn releases new single “NIGHTMARE”

London singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scott Quinn is today (20/11/20) releasing a new single, “NIGHTMARE”. The first to be lifted from his debut EP ‘BETTER FOR ME’ due for release in 2021 – “Nightmare” follows the release of his 2019 single “Lines”, and arrives off the back of writing for South-Korean superstars BTS and Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson, Australian country-pop legend Keith Urban and fellow Londoner JONES.

Inhibit Releases Latest Single ‘The Quest’ Accompanied with Eye-Popping Music Video

Taking his cue from some of the most influential alt-rock acts of the past three decades, InHibit’s latest single, The Quest, looks to establish him as one of the most challenging new acts to emerge from Europe. Combining ear-twisting melodies, a healthy slug of guitar and a truly visceral video, it’s the perfect introduction to the world for InHibit, whose uncompromising tracks and videos earmark him as one to watch over the coming months.

Mali-Koa shares debut album HUNGER – out today

Recorded during sessions across London, Stockholm and Nashville, Hunger is an enchanting journey documenting experiences of love, loss and self-empowerment through the critically acclaimed songstress’ deeply poetic songwriting and mature pop sound.

“THE RACE” Hit of the moment

Adrian Fyrla, the young man who has been the revelation artist of this new generation of DJs and producers, has played in large and renowned Spanish festivals, on different occasions he has received the support of DJs such as Will Sparks or Steve Aoki. On this occasion he joins in collaboration with Diego Miranda who has been present in Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami, Rock in Rio and in his countless # 1 in Beatport.

Introducing: Kings Elliot & her incredible debut ‘I’m Getting Tired of Me’

Today, London based newcomer Kings Elliot makes her compelling debut with the reveal of stunning opening offering I’m Getting Tired of Me. Arriving at a time when much of the world is in lockdown, this left-of-centre-pop cut showcases an important new talent in full bloom.

A song born of anxiety and self destructive tendencies I’m Getting Tired of Me arrives with an accidental music video featuring footage of Elliot in the midst of an actual panic attack that occurred when she set up a camera ready to film; capturing an aspect of mental health that is often discussed but rarely witnessed.

PROFANITY: German tech death institution premieres new song “Disputed Territory”

German tech death metal institution PROFANITY will release their highly anticipated new album “Fragments of Solace” on December 4th, 2020.

Decibel Magazine is now hosting an exclusive stream of the album’s opening song, “Disputed Territory”. The track features Dave Suzuki (ex-Vital Remains, Churchburn).

Track Premiere: Profanity – ‘Disputed Territory (feat. Dave Suzuki)’

MANDRAKE HANDSHAKE launch ‘Gonkulator’ & announce signing to NICE SWAN RECORDS

Primed for release on November 20th, the hypnotic group mark the latest addition to Nice Swan’s monthly ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series (in partnership with RIP Records), having already discovered and released debut tracks from some of the finest talent in recent years including Blossoms, Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR, Hotel Lux and countless others.

JAMES HUMPHRYS – Unveils new uplifting indie-pop cut ‘Three Weeks’

Now known for his ability to explore vulnerabilities in the most upbeat and uplifting of ways, Bristol songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JAMES HUMPHRYS follows up his acclaimed recent EP, ‘Memory Palace’ with the Zoom call inspired new single, ‘Three Weeks’.

With NME Acclaim, Aussie Indie-Funkers The Bonnie Doons Release 90s Influenced EP

“In this song we talk about physical attraction – how easy it is to fall into the trap of infatuation and that sometimes it’s best not to jump straight into the fun. It can be a kind of shallow pursuit if that’s the only pillar the relationship is founded on.

Angeloumae returns with her new single ‘Control’

Featured on DJ Ace’s BBC Radio show ‘Everything RnB’, Angeloumae returns with her latest offering ‘Control’. It may only be her fifth single, but she’s already shown to be an artist to watch out for, as stated by GUAP and ‘Emerging Artists You Need on Your Radar’ by Capital Xtra.

SORCERESS OF SIN Release ‘Vixen of Virtue’ Lyric Video For New Single

UK melodic power metal band, SORCERESS OF SIN, have released a lyric video for ‘Vixen of Virtue’, the track is taken from their debut album ‘Mirrored Revenge’, out on November 27th, 2020.

Desure Releases New EP Pollen

Today, Los Angeles artist Desure released his new EP Pollen, a preview of his debut LP of the same name. Along with the release, Desure shared a live performance video for the song “Petty Pain”.

Mat Kearney Debuts Breezy New Single “Can’t Look Back”

Multi-platinum songwriter, singer and producer Mat Kearney is back with another incredible new single today as he debuts his breezy track “Can’t Look Back” – available now via your preferred listening service. Written, recorded, and produced by Mat alongside longtime collaborator Robert Marvin (Tove Lo, Kelly Clarkson) entirely in Mat’s home studio in Nashville during quarantine, the track is about looking forward and not dwelling on the past.

Portuguese indie-R&B artist Midnight Ambassador releases new EP ‘Fragile Igloo’

“Fragile Igloo tells the story of my difficult move to London, each song a chapter of this transition. Through romance, mental health, to a soul-crushing job in hospitality to support my dreams, this EP is the glue that’s bound the home I’ve (finally) built in London– my once-fragile igloo.”

Swedish artist lodet shares “Chasing Circles”

Atwood Magazine listed lodet as an Artist To Watch and described the single as “Soulful and balanced, full of verve and vigor … an invigorating burst of musical energy,” while also comparing the track to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Todd Rundgren, and George Michael.

Artist to Watch: Sweden’s lodet Rises & Shines in Effervescent New Single, “Chasing Circles”


Sleighbells have begun to ring at Smash The House as Armin van Buuren, Brennan Heart join label bosses Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for ‘Christmas Time’. In what is the first of a collection of festive singles from the Belgian label that is sure to bring plenty of happiness and joy to many music fans!

Out Today – Assassin vs Sasco EP Ft. Sean Paul, Chronixx & Kranium

Today, Agent Sasco, the lyrical titan strikes again on his outstanding EP, Sasco vs Assassin. It is his fifth release, consisting of five tracks—his most condensed work to date—that pays homage to the Jamaican musician’s past and present namesakes. Assassin stormed onto the dancehall circuit in 2001, and evolved into Agent Sasco through his own personal maturation. The EP is his take on the hybrid sound of afrobeats and dancehall.

Ida Mae Release new EP – “Raining For You”

Today, the Nashville-based, UK-born duo Ida Mae have released their new EP Raining For You via Thirty Tigers. The follow-up to their 2019 debut album Chasing lights, Raining for You is the sound of a group brimming with creative energy, on the cusp of breaking wide. “The EP is just a small taste of what’s to come,” writes Ida Mae. “We hope it provides some escapism for people, wherever they find themselves in this difficult time.”

Skream remixes Route 94 and L Devine single ‘Sad Songs’

Announcing itself with pounding snares, the Skream remix of ‘Sad Songs’ sees the Croydon-born artist inject an extra dose of dancefloor energy, while losing none of the raw emotion of the original. Marking Route 94’s first single release of the new decade, the revered track has had an array of tastemaker support from KISS FM and BBC Radio 1, and has already racked up 800,000 Spotify streams and counting..

WYNONA BLEACH (indie/alt/gazepop) | “Glimmer”

Belfast’s own Wynona Bleach released new single “GLIMMER” on November 6th, the first track from their anticipated debut album Moonsoake.

Under their former moniker, R51, they self-released critically acclaimed EP’s, “Pillow Talk” and “NO CHILL” – and embarked on a 12 date headline Russian tour covering 6500 miles! – before changing their name in 2018, releasing first single “Eyes Burning” under Wynona Bleach. This was followed by the “Sugar” EP in August 2019.

ISAAC DUNBAR RELEASES NEW TRACK “love, or the lack thereof”

Isaac says, “this record is about all of the emotions that make up the concept of love. there are so many things that go into it when in a relationship, whether platonic or romantic: anger, confusion, bliss, and despair.”

Lissie releases her brand new EP ‘Thank You To The Flowers’

Lissie says of ‘Wrecking Ball’, “Thank you to Miley Cyrus and the brilliant writers who created this unbelievable banger of a song! There is so much raw power to tap into. As a vocalist but more so as a soul who’s always seeking, searching, loving and sometimes aching… I have watched myself grow like a flower from the decay that truly creates the best soil. Of late, I really showed up in a relationship that didn’t work out and this song reminds me to cherish & be heartened by my efforts and openness. Vulnerability is strength and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!”

Tafari Anthony – ‘The Way You See Me’ – Seinabo Sey meets Sam Smith // Queer Pop EP

Tafari (pronounced Ta-far-eye) Anthony is a Toronto based artist whose music blends Pop, R&B and Soul. He is an artist who embodies the spirit of the modern musician. Not just a musician, but a creator. Known for his sleek vocal tones, sultry melodies and music which oozes with personality, Tafari leaves listeners in awe – somewhat apt considering his name means “He who inspires awe”.

Kharma releases confrontational Most Dangerous Game EP via Flatspot Records

Today, Chicago’s beloved hardcore up-and-comers, KHARMA, released their new EP Most Dangerous Game via Flatspot Records. Kharma has built their reputation throughout the midwest with pummeling songwriting and lyrics delivered with palpable hatred focusing on systems of oppression within their city and country. In an exclusive interview with The Hard Noise, Jordan Morten (vocals), spoke to the themes on the record, saying, “I’m glad that people are finally paying attention to things like systematic racism and police brutality. Those are issues that as a black man, I’ve always seen and struggled with. My main hope is that people don’t use it as a passing trend. It seems like a lot of people have already forgotten about it, and that’s worrying. For people who really are looking to make a difference, it starts from your own community.”

Album Premiere + Q&A: Kharma – Most Dangerous Game EP

THE DUST BOWL FAERIES Release New Album “The Plague Garden”

The record has received impassioned praise from fans and the press so far, with ReGen Magazine (“Blending elements of goth, rock, cabaret, vaudeville, and folk, the album presents a myriad of themes not only relating to the current global situation, but also addressing social and mythical themes”), Stitched Sound (“The band creates sounds both mystical and ethereal and have drawn comparisons to Gogol Bordello, David Lynch, Dresden Dolls and Dead Can Dance”), and The Bay Report (“Americana by way of pagan cabaret”).