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New Single ‘Planters Paradise’ Out Now

Newcomers LOWLIFE Share Debut Single “WASTELAND”

Comprised of Liam Haygarth, Nathan Mortimer, Harry Todd and Jordan Cardy (aka RAT BOY), Essex newcomers LOWLIFE have released their debut single “Wasteland.”

“Wasteland” represents the culmination of their extensive influences and DIY ethos. It’s an explosive blend of larger-than-life pop hooks, West Coast hip-hop, booming dub and Middle-Eastern flavored melodies. Lyrically, it’s a post-apocalyptic road trip that simmers with charismatic rhymes and punky disillusionment.

No stopping soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside

Riding a hot streak of six consecutive Billboard Top 10 singles, soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside will drop her new EP, “Five Up Top,” on Friday on the Randis Music label. Cowriting four new songs for the disc with her producers, influential soul-jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson (Celine Dion, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore), the latter of whom handles drums and keyboards on the EP, Whiteside vowed to drop her fifth album this year and refused to be stopped by the novel coronavirus.

sobhhï Drops New Alt-R&B Project “PLEASURES”

sobhhï has had a remarkable rise in the ever-saturated R&B space, graduating from obscurity to the verge of stardom in just a couple years. Today marks the 3 year anniversary of his debut project: BLACK I – a project that introduced him to the world as an artist. Since then, sobhhï has firmly established himself as the top R&B artist based in Dubai and one of the top contemporary artists generally across the Middle East.

Vikram Gandhi’s Tekashi69 Doc about controversial rapper & rat now on Hulu

Part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie, 69: THE SAGA OF DANNY HERNANDEZ unpacks the life of polarizing rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi69. One of the most controversial figures in contemporary pop culture, 69 repeatedly broke the internet with his sensationalist music videos and social media beefs before infamously testifying against Brooklyn gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in a landmark trial. Director Vikram Gandhi (KUMARÉ, BARRY) gets up close and personal with the neighborhood locals who knew 69 when he was still just Danny Hernandez—before the hard-core persona and the face tattoos—to chronicle his meteoric rise and fall from fame and probe the harsh extremes of addiction to fame in the digital era.

khai dreams debuts new song and video “Good Advice”

“I’ve always loved animation and I thought Joe’s style in animation and design was so unique,” khai says. “I love the textures in his art, and how he plays with proportions and perspective to make everything even more surreal and crazy feeling. The colors are so vivid too, it makes everything really fun to just look at!”


Today, Canada adds another glistening R&B talent to their growing ranks in the shape of newcomer RUSSELL!, who wows with Scarlett’s Weekend. The track sees RUSSELL! lay gorgeous vocals over a sparse guitar line, serving notice that he plans to be next off of a conveyor belt that has already given us The Weeknd, DVSN, Majid Jordan and plenty more.

Deidre & the Dark returns w/ new single “Can’t Believe You’re Mine”

Deidre & the Dark is a cinematic, technicolor world of music conceived by Brooklyn-based songwriter, vocalist & instrumentalist Deidre Muro (founder and former frontwoman of Savoir Adore). With her distinctive voice, she seamlessly blends her love for 60s pop with cinematic arrangements and touches psychedelic and electronic production, resulting in songs that feel like modern classics.

The latest single “Can’t Believe You’re Mine” has just made its first appearance on a limited vinyl release for Record Store Day (10/24/20). It is an exclusive track on the vinyl soundtrack for Record Safari, an upcoming documentary that follows record collector/addict Alex Rodriguez across America as he discovers and curates vinyl for Coachella’s on-site record store, buying records and swapping stories with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable enthusiasts along the way.

New Release from Tierra Whack “feel good / Peppers and Onions” On Interscope

After teaming up with conceptual artist Alex Da Corte for her playful record “Dora,” Tierra Whack doubles the serving size for her fans this week with “feel good” and “Peppers and Onions.” Whack’s superior dexterity on the mic takes precedence, as she expresses her moody nature on the former while yearning for peace and freedom on the latter.

Perfect // girl in red Drops an Adorable Christmas Song

Today Norweigan sensation girl in red could melt the coldest of hearts in the lead-up to Christmas 2020, with the launch of her magical new single “two queens in a king sized bed” which gives all the hope you need for a bit of warmth and cheer in the colder months ahead in an already tough year fueled with feelings we have for people we love.

Key Glock Returns With A Whole Lotta Everything in “All Of That” Video

The rising star of a burgeoning Memphis rap scene, Key Glock is known for his thudding flows and boastful wordplay. Proving that he was born to shine, Key Glock shares “All Of That,” his new music video. Rocking a cadence that resembles a street nursery rhyme (“N***a that ain’t this/And n**** this ain’t that/I’m a dog ass n****, I ain’t never chased a cat”) atop swelling synth strings, Glock methodically establishes that he has everything he’s dreamed of since he “jumped up off the porch,” including the respect of his city. In the video, Glock shuffles between the club and the studio–wherever he goes, he has diamonds on his wrist. “All Of That” is Glock’s first new song since the release of Son Of A Gun, Glock’s mixtape, which debuted at #37 on the Billboard 200 in May.


Today, two-time GRAMMY Award-Winning producer – Hit-Boy – teams up with Big Sean and Fivio Foreign to drop the triumphant single “Salute” via Snafu Records. Fans will also hear the track being played during the NBA Draft kicking off tonight on ESPN. The three artists also star in the track’s music video- directed by Child and featuring a ‘Tropic Thunder’ themed scene.

LISTEN: Anjunadeep’s Enamour Releases ‘Reality Is Poison’ on Desert Hearts Black

Desert Hearts Black first welcomed Enamour into its fold with two shimmering tracks on the label’s debut ‘Gateways’ compilation. Now, the Anjunadeep and Lane 8 wunderkind returns once more with his first full EP. ‘Reality Is Poison.’ Label friends and Southern California icons Dance Spirit have also been tapped for remix duties

Chicago Music Industry Veterans Launch New Independent Event Production Company Auris Presents

Amidst an unprecedented landscape, Chicago-based music industry professionals have come together to launch a new independent event production company, Auris Presents. The company aims to elevate the music scene with innovative, experiential and curated events at unique locations. Led by veteran venue and nightlife owner/operator Nick Karounos (RADIUS / Concord Music Hall / PRYSM / The Mid / Spring Awakening Music Festival), alongside veteran event producer and partner Stuart Hackley (Loud Crowd), Managing Partners John Curley (Paradigm Presents) and Joe Quade (BAM Creates).

New Music: TRZTN (Paul Banks, Karen O, etc)

It’s off his otherworldly album also featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, Jonathan Bree, Surfbort’s Dani Miller and more — Royal Dagger Ballet is out Jan 22. He’s collaborated with Karen O before on Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, Rise of The Tomb Raider video game, and brands like Nike, Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, etc. He also of course fronted industrial no-wave band Flux Information Sciences on Michael Gira of Swans’ Young God Records (featured in acclaimed documentary Kill Your Idols).

Flowers – Erik 7″ (Slumberland Records) *out on 12/4*

“Erik” is their contribution to Slumberland’s SLR30 Singles Series and their first single since 2017. Written about their wayward pet hamster, it’s a lovely tune that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Belly or Breeders record, a prime piece of the grungy, fuzzy pop that Flowers are so expert at creating. On the flip, “Candour” is deeper and slower, recalling early SLR groups like Black Tambourine and Henry’s Dress, a connection that makes their participation in our singles series all the more appropriate.

TVD SLR30 Premieres: Flowers, “Erik” and Neutrals, “Personal Computing”


Dearly loved Australian singer songwriter, Bob Evans has today announced his new single Born Yesterday, a gorgeous, nostalgia-soaked rambler of a track, out today, Novermber 19. Born Yesterday is also accompanied by a beautiful, glowing video clip which serves as an ode to touring during a year where it was impossible. Bob Evans, the ARIA-winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has graced the Australian music scene for more than two decades and has written some of the country’s most beloved songs and Born Yesterday will not disappoint his loyal audience.

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Hip Hop Artist Ricky Hil Drops New Single + Video ‘BREAK MY HEART’

Break My Heart is a reflection of Ricky Hil’s unique style featuring dark poetic lyrics paired with hypnotically charged beats and soul-baring sound – an undeniable level of artistry that steadily operates throughout the entire track.

Sir & Lydia release empowering new single ‘Modesty’

Musically, the two capture the accessible, fun sounds of indie rock while combining the rich tapestries of progressive rock, blues and jazz influences. In their new single ‘Modesty’, through emphasis on their instrumental prowess and lush vocal harmonies, the duo create an engaging build up that leads into a grandiose chorus. Throughout the song, Sir & Lydia display uplifting melodies and lyrics, that paired with driving guitars and drums, set up a heartfelt anthem.

Wings Of Desire (ex-INHEAVEN) share new single ‘Be Here Now’

Following two breakout singles, 001 and Runnin, the transcendental Wings Of Desire share new track Be Here Now.

Drawing inspiration from visual arts and 20th century counterculture, the ex-INHEAVEN two-piece confront themes of ignorance and identity to create shape-shifting soundscapes that cut deep. Flitting between the woozy and euphoric, to the propulsive and emotional, Be Here Now is a mirror to the all-or-nothing intensity of modern life.

FRAUDS Sign To Alcopop! Records

Croydon post-hardcore power duo FRAUDS are delighted to announce that they have signed to Alcopop! Records, with their second album Long Spoons scheduled for release in Summer 2021.

To celebrate the news, the pair are pleased to release the first taste of the record in the form of new single ‘Copenhagen’—a reaction to the absurd spread of misinformation which has led to a resurgence of public racism and fear around the world.

Cristóvam has just released his new single and video for “Setting Sun”

Cristóvam is a singer/songwriter from Portugal. Born amongst the deep blue of the Atlantic and the lush green of the beautiful Azores islands, Cristóvam’s music shines with a warmth that you won’t find anywhere else. Growing up, Cristóvam was surrounded by music everywhere he’d turn – his grandfather was a true radio pioneer who started the second oldest radio of the Atlantic and left behind a massive record collection, which Cristóvam would regularly lose himself in.