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MAKENA Drops Emotional New Single ‘Habitual’
Matching intense, melodic instrumentation with powerful cleans, Makena is always honest and open about sharing their vulnerable side in their music and lyrics. ‘Habitual’ is a very personal track–about vocalist Dom Cuzzo’s first-hand experience going through the tumultuous push-and-pull relationship that is substance abuse and drug addiction.
Subhi is India’s rising indie star making intimate pop
Today we are excited to share the new video and single from Subhi. “Wake Me Up” is a gorgeous, blossoming pop song that sees her shedding the Hindi Folk sound that’s brought her critical acclaim. Here, she embraces minimal electronics that burst into a widescreen wash for the songs grand conclusion on a track about the feelings we all confronted during the beginning of the pandemic – worry, uncertainty, and resolve to make it through the coming hardship.
Invisible Horizon Post White Devils – the honest creation of the freaks – Lyric Video
Italian metal band, INVISIBLE HORIZON, have released a lyric video for ‘White Devils’ (the honest creation of the freaks) from their debut album ‘Deafcon : One’, which will be released on November 27th via Horus Music. The YouTube video can be viewed here:
TAI VERDES AND KIANA LEDE TEAM UP FOR “STUCK IN THE MIDDLE PT. II” OUT TODAY!
Rising Los Angeles-born alt-R&B artist Tai Verdes joins forces with R&B singer-songwriter, Kiana Ledé for “Stuck In The Middle PT II” along with an animated and charming lyric video. This alternate version arriving today follows the original “Stuck In The Middle,” which has amassed over 35 million streams across platforms and 2.2 million video creations on TikTok to date, which have been viewed half a billion times.
Nigerian born rapper goes in heavy with new video ‘Young Stunna’
Nigerian born, Sheffield based rapper Hype-O’s new visuals for his track ‘Young Stunna’ presents a promising vision from a talented MC you need to be aware in 2021.
In the video you’ll see him driving through his area with his boys whilst delivering authentic and motivating lyrics, capturing the high energy in the track.
“I need it all and nothing less/I do this for my people, for the fam I do my best”
Raj Mahal releases frenetic RAW DAWG EP; “the energy is addictive” (DJ Booth)
Says Raj Mahal about the release of the new project, “Raw Dawg was a self care mechanism that helped get me out of a dark place this year. It made me remember who I am and what I’m about to do and I don’t plan on forgetting that ever again.”
Following on from lead single “GLIMPSE,” and “GET ME FROM,” which garnered attention from HipHopDX, Listen Mag, Acclaim, Elevator, and more, the RAW DAWG EP showcases the breadth of Raj’s experimental style.
Neska Rose shares title track from forthcoming EP of captivating folk pop
Today we’re excited to introduce you to Neska Rose. The young singer-songwriter was born in Tel Aviv, and moved to Los Angeles with her family at the age of ten. In the span of a few years she’s honed her voice and songwriting talent into a formidable force. Accompanied by her twin sister Libi, who sings harmony and plays piano, Neska’s coming of age songs combine smokey melodies with energetic acoustic guitars.
On her latest single, the title track “The Repel Of A Young Girl”, Rose imagines learning from her past mistakes so much, that a future version of herself wouldn’t even recognize the person she once was. It’s sentiment you wouldn’t expect to hear from someone who’s spent so few years on earth, and speaks to the level of maturity Rose is bringing to these songs.
The Mostly Dead (DC) + The Donalds (Richmond) Team Up For Split 7″ EP ‘Two Handsome’ Out November 27
Two stalwarts of the DIY punk/hardcore scene, DC’s The Mostly Dead and RVA’s The Donalds are teaming up for a new spilt EP titled ‘Two Handsome’ set for release digitally on November 27, with limited edition color vinyl to follow in December.
For some, punk rock is a full-time job; for DC’s The Mostly Dead, it’s one of many. Graphic Designers, Editors, IT guys—the members of The Mostly Dead handle those obligations and more during business hours. Then, they head to the practice space for their other job: punk rock. All the members of TMD are doing double-duty, much like their van, which hauls them around on tour when it’s not being used for the daily commute. The demands of day to day life aren’t something to work around for The Mostly Dead–they’re just part of who they are.
Grammy winner, multiple Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping artist and, international reggae legend, Buju Banton released “Not An Easy Road” remix off his 25th-anniversary edition of “‘Til Shiloh”, out December 18th, 2020 via Island Records/UMe. The collector’s edition includes the original recordings of the critically acclaimed album, plus three new bonus tracks mixed by Buju Banton, exclusively. “Not An Easy Road”, “Wanna Be Loved” are remixes from the 1995 debut, and “Come Inna The Dance” is a new track that he initially recorded but didn’t make the original album. With surprises in store, Buju kicks off his interactive digital experience, giving fans an exploration of instruments and their sounds tracing them back to Africa.
BIG SEAN DROPS “WOLVES” MUSIC VIDEO FEAT. POST MALONE
‘In the world of Detroit 2, there’s always an answer. It’s a place where every pain can be fixed, any heart can be mended, and all obstacles are surmountable.” – Rolling Stone
“…Big Sean is now a seasoned, surefooted veteran, and his confidence in his craft elevates the work.” – Billboard
“Shimmering, textured and often explosive, Detroit 2 finds the rapper born Sean Anderson in a confident creative space.” – Detroit Free Press
Ben Labat Releases Heartfelt New Single, “Rocket Heart,”
The Louisiana-based songwriter has led an eventful existence, recorded with Greg Ladanyi, sang a duet with Jackson Browne, and the new series of singles reflects the influence of the journey.
In fact, Ben is a huge Jackson Browne fan, and often uses conversational questions about Browne’s music catalogue to gauge an individual’s musical prowess. In the second verse of “Rocket Heart,” there is a cheeky reference to Jackson Browne’s 1976 album The Pretender: “We got lost on the way back, Cutting through Chinatown with your sister’s twin mattress. You and your Rocket Heart, Say you ain’t never heard The Pretender?”
Of the winding path that led to his latest collection of compelling new Americana material, a series of three songs, Ben says that it’s been “an interesting road full of heartfelt greetings, cold goodbyes, successes, failures, falling and getting up. But I truly believe the ringing in the ears is worth a song in the heart.”
Yes Nice Release New Album ‘Eternal Flame’ + “Few Words To Say” Music Video
Their new album, Eternal Flame, is a collection of ten songs that put together elements of 80s synth, funk, jazz, folk and rock into a sonic assemblage. By experimenting with sounds from different genres and using recording techniques, they challenged their songwriting process to emphasize rhythm, bass and improvisation.
Standout Indie singer/songwriter Carrington MacDUFFiE electrifies the Christmas scene with the release of her unique rendition of “Run Rudolph Run.” Putting an exhilarating spin on the timeless classic originally recorded by Chuck Berry, MacDUFFiE sounds off the season with an EDM rock flare. As a sign of the times, MacDUFFiE’s rare interpretation reflects the building energy of 2020 as all are gathering momentum for needed cheer. Like lightning in a bottle, this release shoots spirits high and illuminates the night just in time for holiday festivities. “Run Rudolph Run” is available to download and stream on all digital platforms with the music video that will be available on December 4.
Today West London duo Babeheaven share their debut album ‘Home For Now’ today. You can listen here. Pitchfork on the album: “On their debut album, the UK duo nudges classic British bedroom indie toward a fuller, richer sound, while singer Nancy Andersen discovers the potential of her understated voice.”
Texas-based singer-songwriter John Baumann has had an eventful year. He released his full-length album Country Shade in June, and also joined The Panhandlers with fellow Texans Josh Abbott, William Clark Green and Cleto Cordero. Never one to slow down, he’s wrapping up the year with the release of A/B Sessions: Vol. 1, out today. The double single features songs “Texas Dead” and “Tokyo Smile.”
Though the two tracks don’t fit together thematically and are only sonically connected by their string arrangements, it was an intentional choice for Baumann who wanted to harken back to the days of 45s.
Co-written by Kane Kennedy and Torian Brewer, ‘The Betweeners’ sees The Bonnie Doons embrace more pop sounds and progressions in their songwriting and arranging. Where they were influenced earlier in their career by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley and Gorillaz, The Bonnie Doons have cast their net wider with new material incorporating more hip-hop and alt-rock sounds. Leading the EP, ‘The Betweeners’ kicks off a musical journey focused on the intricacies of relationships.
Black Trans artist, Heather Hills, releases electro-pop/rap single and video
Electro-pop/rap artist, Heather Hills, has released the new single and video, “Get Dun,” on the Trans Trenderz label. If you’re looking for trauma porn, “Get Dun” is not the song for you. “I got a cute beat and I just wanted to make the girls dance!” Hills says. “I wanted to show JOY, because that’s not the narrative people look for from us.” Sonically inspired by Azealia Banks, all of the writers and producers of the song are Black Trans people.
Following up on her Smashing Pumpkins video “Wyttch,” director / musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl presents “DNA” from her NYC-based glam rock trio UNI. Alt Press premiered the video and lauded it as “another manifestation of the bizarre.. the video reminds us of a creepy elective surgery clinic this side of Marilyn Manson’s ‘Mechanical Animals’ phase.”
DC-based singer/songwriter Jordan Rabinowitz has released his debut solo EP A Couple Songs, an intimate five song collection about the intersections of love and loneliness. Prism Reviews say “Each song is a world unto itself…It’s like listening to something by Dawes, or Hamilton Leithauser, or Devandra Banhart. Real songwriting.”
“After years of playing bass to support other artists, it took a lot to step up and take full creative ownership of this project,” says Jordan. “I had to relearn how to be a musician, to find my own voice. Finding that courage didn’t come easily, it came hand in hand with self doubt and fear but I pushed through it and A Couple Songs was born on the other end.”
Gammer & Henry Fong Join Forces on “The Feeling”
Gammer and Henry Fong come together on their versatile single “The Feeling,” premiered this morning via YourEDM. Bright staccato piano and spirited vocals set-up the track, before it drops into a thunderous four-on-the-floor electro-hardstyle stomper.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Henry ever since I first heard his ‘Mi Gente’ remix,” said Gammer. “Working with him has been amazing. I’d been trying to finish this track for ages and immediately when he got on and added his magic of distinctive old school pianos and fast paced house drums I knew it was right. ‘The Feeling’ is exactly that for me, a song to smile with.”
Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has announced new EP, Covers EP, due out December 11, 2020. A collection of his favorite covers, the EP will include his critically acclaimed version of Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed” as well as his newly released take on Roberta Flack’s beloved classic “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” (written by Ewan MacColl) which is available everywhere now.
For Skope: Teamworx & DØBER’s dark progressive house “Complete Me” ft. Melissa De Kleine (out now on Protocol)
Teamworx & DØBER’s brand new, dark progressive house single “Complete Me” ft. Melissa De Kleine, just has been released on Nicky Romero’s label. The new track combines DØBER’s signature deep style with Teamworx’s hard-hitting sound, which work perfectly with Melissa’s voice.
Vancouver Musicians Matt Storm + Ivan Hartle Release Collab Single MORE TO FIND
Vancouver musicians Matt Storm and Ivan Hartle are excited to announce the release of their new collaborative single ‘More To Find’ out today on all digital platforms. Watch video here.
The story behind ‘More To Find’ is a serendipitous one because Matt and Ivan didn’t set out to create a collab track. In fact, it kind of happened by accident.
Hear Sara Noelle cover Oasis’ “Let There Be Love,” covers ep “Four Songs” is out today
Sara Noelle is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and creator of the print literary journal Lyrics as Poetry.
Her covers EP, Four Songs (out today!), revisits a few timely classics for this moment of tumult, including a reimagined version of John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” as well as songs by Oasis, Judee Sill and The Youngbloods. Recorded remotely during quarantine, the project was produced by Dan Duszynski, who also worked with Sara on her full-length album Cover the Blue.