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Central California Latin Ska Reggae Vets MENTO BURU Releasing New EP “East Bakersfield Christmas” on November 25

Mento Buru is a 7-piece band from Bakersfield, CA that combines an energetic blend of Latin alternative, Jamaican SKA and reggae sounds. Veterans of ska music’s hyperactive nineties third wave, the group has released music on the Moon Ska and Steady Beat record labels establishing their reputation as a genre-defying musical act around the globe.


POWER UP marks the band’s 6th #1 album in Australia where the band is the only Australian group in history to have had a #1 album across 5 decades: Back In Black (80’s), Ballbreaker Live (90’s), Black Ice (00’s), Rock Or Bust (10’s), POWER UP (20’s). The album also holds Germany’s biggest first week of 2020 and the biggest first week for an international act in 4 years, as well as being the UK’s fastest selling album of 2020 and the biggest first week of the year.

Singer-Songwriter Stephanie Ryann Debuts “I Should” Music Video

“The inspiration for the video was personal. The song is about going against the “norm” to forge your own path in life. My production team and I took a more literal approach, sharing my personal experience with going against the grain; packing up and leaving home to go follow my dreams of becoming a country artist in the big city.” explains Stephanie.

The song was written by Stephanie Ryann, Scott Kurt, and Ronny Criss. The song was produced by Brent Rader in Nashville, TN. The officially music video was directed and edited by Dutch Lion Productions (Alex Winter) and produced by Liane Winter.

Bladee + Mechatok album due December 10, new single out today

Good Luck, the joint album from Swedish artist Bladee and Berlin producer Mechatok, is due out December 10 on YEAR0001.

Today, they unveil the second single and video for “God,” which follows in the footsteps of first single “Drama,” released in September to widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.

Good Luck is an eight track project written amidst a sense of ‘impending doom’ last winter, pairing meditative atmospheres with effervescent club arrangements, ​offering a captivating experience of pop as a spiritual form.

Strung Like a Horse’s Certifiable Rebellion in New Single “Crazy Like Me”

RÊVE MUSIC’s Signing NIIVA Recognized as Writer Behind Hit K-Pop Track ‘Black Mamba’

RÊVE MUSIC is thrilled to announce that their Canadian signing NIIVA (published by VLVT Tree / Warner Chappell), co-wrote the debut single ‘Black Mamba’ for brand-new K-pop girl group Aespa. The track was released last week and rocketed to success becoming the fastest K-Pop debut music video to reach 10 million views on YouTube (in 9 hours), the track also garnered 50 million views in less than a week and over 5 million streams on Spotify. The single has reached #1 in 10 countries on the iTunes All Genres Charts as well as #1 in 16 countries in Pop Genre and #1 in 28 countries in the K-Pop Charts according to SoundCharts.

Hollywood Undead and Danny Wimmer Presents Announce “The Hollywood Undead House Party” Global Pay-Per-View Event December 18

LA party legends Hollywood Undead have announced the Hollywood Undead House Party – a wild, no holds barred, virtual global party event on December 18, featuring classic Undead hits and new never-before-seen favorites from their forthcoming album “New Empire Vol. 2”, and maybe even some very special party-crashing guests. The event, produced in partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents, is now on sale with a variety of party-themed packages ranging from standard tickets to merch and party packs, as well as a limited amount of virtual meet & greet packages.

New Video // C’est Karma – Industrial Salt

Alt-pop sorcerer C’est Karma deals with sacrifice and struggle on new single “Industrial Salt”. It’s the latest track to be lifted from her forthcoming EP Farbfilm that is released this Friday. Ahead of its release, you can watch the official video for Industrial Salt.

Watch: Joel Culpepper Shares Double Video For ‘Revenge / W.A.R’

‘Return/W.A.R’ is the explosive double video from south-east London’s rising contemporary soul and funk purveyor Joel Culpepper, produced by Endpictures, a collaborative project between Director Leo Horsfield and Cinematographer Joshua Fry.

Out Now – Melin Melyn make wonky pop-rock FFO Home Counties / Squid

Starting off with a psychedelic country twang that that draws comparisons to compatriots Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, the song quickly descends into a frantic audio barrage of explosive guitars, turbulent sax and wild vocals that wouldn’t be amiss from a Squid or Home Counties track.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the tales of the Rebecca Riots,” says lead singer Gruff, whilst discussing the tracks’ lyrical meaning. “It was when local Welsh farmers in the 1800s took to smashing up the toll gates put up by rich landowners, whilst being dressed in women’s clothes screaming the name Rebecca. That incredulity and rage still exists today, rising day by day due to the rich feeding off the poor…perhaps I should get my skirt….”

HONEY LUNG return with new shoegaze track ‘Room’

Following the success of recent EP ‘Post Modern Motorcade Music’, alt-indie shoegazers Honey Lung offer a sweetener for 2020 with three new singles, starting with lo fi slowcore track ‘Room’. Released on Big Scary Monsters, it’s set to raise the band’s profile another notch after they kicked off the year with a sold-out show at London venue The Grace and New York’s New Colossus Festival.

Record Thieves Debut LP ‘Wasting Time’ Out Today

By most accounts, this has been a pretty lousy year. Civil unrest, political uncertainty and a pandemic make for some depressing times. However, there have been a few random highlights sprinkled into the shit stew that is 2020. One of them is certainly the reemergence of Denver, Colorado punks Record Thieves (feat. members of Authority Zero, Allout Helter and Boldtype), who have been disturbingly quiet since 2017.

Adam Krum Shows Quarantine Life with Family-Inspired Music Video “Invincible”

“I think what I sing about and the videos I do can relate to my listeners and people going through raising kids, the up and downs and how much your life has changed and what everything means to you.” explains Adam.

With accolades such as accumulating over one million views on his first music video, 300 thousand views on his music video for his single “Go Time,” selling out a show at The Hard Rock Café in Seattle, opening for the Seattle Seahawks, and headlining the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Krum is paving the way to an excellent and successful country music career.

LOTAN release new lyric video for “Wolfpack”

Melodic black metal due LOTAN release today a new lyric video for the song “Wolfpack”. The video has premiered via heavily trafficked US radio Metal Devastation Radio and it’s streaming at the official UPRISING! YouTube channel here.

single: MYKA 9 & BLU, “JOY & PAIN”

Founded by DJ A-OK, A-OK All Day is an independent hip-hop record label based on the Hawaiian island of Kauai which is “dedicated to a pure Hip Hop sound created with integrity and devotion. Soulful soundscapes and noteworthy lyrics lay the foundation to ignite that profound human experience only stirred by music that stands the test of time. Everything is Everything.”

MSC JAY drops visual for “Work My Move”

South Carolina artist MSC Jay returns with a new single and video that’s already gone viral. “Work My Move” has taken over social media, as fans of the song have created dances and videos to the catchy tune.

Gotts Street Park featuring Pip Millett ‘Changes My Way’

Having been releasing music for just over 3 years, Gotts Street Park have produced for an eye-catching list of collaborators, including, Brits Critic’s Choice Winner Celeste, Yellow Days, Kali Uchis and Rejjie Snow, as well as releasing their own debut EP ‘Volume One’. Inspired by the DIY ethos of soul music, early hip-hop and the throwback era of songs being created and recorded from scratch in legendary studios, Gotts Street Park perform and record everything live in studio from their current old mill studio in Leeds and previously in their home-built studio in a shared house in Armley, a tough corner of west Leeds.

Alt-pop newcomer Berry Galazka shares ‘Man Can’t Hang’

Once a shy and retiring kindergartener, Berry switched her plans for becoming an artist and started her career in music at the age of 17. Brought up in a Polish home, with her mother raising her on reggae and polka, she very quickly developed her own unique sound.

KARIMA FRANCIS – Releases moving “Carlessness Causes Fire” Single

Written earlier in 2020 and recorded remotely between Karima’s base in London and producer Tim Carr’s studio in LA, “Carelessness Causes Fire” is released digitally everywhere on 24 November.

Forming a songwriting pearl from the gritty realities she experienced during her formative years as an artist, “Carelessness Causes Fire” is both a cautionary tale to the brave and cripplingly candid reflection on the darker side of a life in the music industry.

‘Return/W.A.R’ from south-east London’s rising contemporary soul and funk purveyor, Joel Culpepper

This is a two-part film and the concept is a Jackie Brown meets Matrix stylised visual from Joel Culpepper’s viewpoint. The song is a metaphor to a pressing force that is broaching all our lives and open to interpretation. Whether it’s BLM, Brexit or Covid, we all feel a looming weight and finding our voices in how to express how we feel about it.

MONOWHALES – BL/FF (Fake Friends) is OUT NOW

Sexy and playful: that’s the mood of our new single, “BL/FF (Fake Friends),” available everywhere today.

“BL/FF (Fake Friends)” gases you up for a hook-up. Makes you drip confidence, ooze slickness and provokes you to be promiscuous. Memories flood into your head about that damn person that’s hard to get over because the sexual tension is just too fun to avoid.

Josh Tavares Shares New Single “Tightrope”

Toronto-based alt-pop artist Josh Tavares has been a music lover from an early age. Josh began experimenting with original music when he was 10 and took every opportunity he could to perform. Writing music is by far his favourite part of the creative process and almost always starts with a title and works his way through the verses and chorus from there.

Michigan’s Substance810 Fights Off Dark Thoughts on New Video “Midnight Oil”

Michigan boom bap lyricist Substance810 returns with his latest video Midnight Oil directed by Tre Rooh. The visuals highlight the daily grind of balancing a full-time job, supporting children, being independent in the rap game, and at the same time being haunted by dark thoughts. “My worst fear is not failing, it is not having the courage to try at all” says Substance. The song is featured on his Definition Of LP featuring Daniel Son, Jay Royale, Jamil Honesty, Rome Streetz, Rudy Williams, DJ Grazzhoppa, and Drip Matthews. The project is entirely produced by himself with the exception of one track by Know It. “The album is a transparent look into my life and emotions that pays homage to my first 2006 release under a different name” says Substance. Check out the video now on youtube as well as your preferred digital streaming provider.

Gary Barlow Releases Official Music Video For ‘Incredible.’

Ahead of his ‘Music Played By Humans’ album release on Friday, November 27, one of Britain’s most beloved performers and songwriters, Gary Barlow shares the official music video for ‘Incredible.’

Shot in London at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and directed by Michael Baldwin, the video serves as the perfect accompaniment to this upbeat, feel good song arriving just in time for the holidays.

Cyborg-funk, Lee Paradise (ex-Hooded Fang, Phèdre) | Shares new single

The Fink was written and recorded between Berlin and Dan Lee’s – the real name behind Lee Paradise – home of Tkaronto/Toronto. There’s quite a process to his sound which includes drummer, Jonathan Pappo’s (Hooded Fang) nimble rhythms and dance/electronic producer, Michael Butler’s Yamaha CS-5. Musically, I think Lee’s doing something pretty cool here, attempting to channel the style and hard-hitting sound quality of hip-hop – Mobb Deep, Curren$y and Action Bronson are all key touchpoints to the new record – stacking layers of eerie vocal and ominous synths and fusing these with the renowned, monstrous bass lines of Lee Paradise and disco-funk elements, inspired by Walter Whisenhunt.

Hardcore band War Criminal share “Unforgiving” ft. Josh Compton of Forced Under

Today, New England hardcore band War Criminal share their new single and music video “Unforgiving.” The single accompanies the announcement of the band’s sophomore EP, God Failed Me, set for release on December 16th. “Unforgiving,” which features guest vocals from Josh Compton of Forced Under, hits heavy from the start with menacing guitar lines before jumping into vocalist Ryan Hill’s gruff approach as he sings about betrayal by a friend. The performance-style music video was directed by Eduardo Ruiz and shot at Philadelphia’s abandoned Graffiti Pier, giving an added grimey undertone to the track. You can watch the video for “Unforgiving” here now.

Skope video submission: Sach & K.D.T. Produced It, “Hey Love”

K.D.T. describes “Hey Love” as “something that Sach was inspired by and asked if I could make a beat from it. As a producer, I try to help the artists I work with to follow their creative flow, and then the ping pong of collaboration takes over. I think the best work usually comes out of that freedom to explore our ideas and this single ended up being a favorite on the EP.” Breakfast At Earl’s will be released this winter on Veronique Records.

Alaina Castillo Releases New Christmas Song “Wishlist”

Critically acclaimed bilingual artist on the rise Alaina Castillo releases her provocative Christmas record “Wishlist,” ahead of the holidays. “Wishlist” showcases a confident tongue in cheek Alaina and encourages listeners have some (real) fun over the holidays. In the virtual visual she teams up with influencers from across the globe. Alongside herself, the video stars Japanese Anime artist Kizuna AI, Influential Australian artist Wengie, Audrey Ochoa of Mexico and Destiny Caldwell from Canada.

BRADFORD – Premiere “Down-Faced Doll” Video – Watch || New album in 2021

Blending sinister imagery with pulse-quickening chase sequences, the official visuals for “Down-Faced Doll” further heighten the pitch-black themes explored by their latest single.

Utilising footage of awe-inspiring scenery shot by the band’s Ewan Butler while he was travelling through the vast mountain ranges of Europe, the video aptly evokes the foreboding feelings and knife-edge tension that lurks behind the lyrics of “Down Faced Doll”.

INGRINA: experience new album ‘Siste Lys’ in full via Cvlt Nation!

Cvlt Nation premiere the universe-shifting new album from French post-metallers INGRINA. “Siste Lys” is out this November 27th on Medication Time Records and  Tant Rêver Du Roi.

“No quiet reflection or gentle progressions here: only immediate, overwhelming frenzy.” Invisible Oranges

“If you had to check out one Post Rock record this year, this should be it!” Cvlt Nation

Experience the Universe Shifting Post Rock of Ingrina’s “Siste Lys”