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Piqued Jacks preview new album with the galloping new single ‘Golden Mine’

Following on from the success of their recently released single ‘Every Day Special’ in recent months, Italian outfit Piqued Jacks have now returned to continue the support for their upcoming new album ‘Synchronizer’ with the galloping new offering ‘Golden Mine’, out on the 27th November via INRI.

French producer Polocorp drops debut single, ‘Gnawa’

Disco Halal is proud to welcome Paul Armnad-Delille, aka Polocorp, to its roster. Paul needs little introduction, as Polo he is one half of seminal French duo Polo and Pan.

During a magical ride through Morocco, Polocorp was enchanted by the local Gnawa sound. After a short search he encountered a few super talented musicians, creating ‘The Atlas Collective’ of Simo Baala, Abdallah Roudani, Monclif Boubul and Andrey Zouzari. Together they inspired Polocorp to create the sounds that helped shape this mystical collection, and feature on the title track.

FIREPROVEN And The Voice of Finland’s Sanna Solanterä Join Forces – ‘The Addict’ Single Out Now, Teaser Available!

Finnish progressive metallers FIREPROVEN – after almost three years since their debut album ‘Future Diary’ – are releasing today their new single ‘The Addict’, with the band’s new vocalist, Sanna Solanterä, who is known for example from this year’s The Voice of Finland singing competition. ‘The Addict’ single is available now on all major digital platforms.

New Music: U.S Artist Armstrong Explores Jazz & Soul on Authentic Old-School Hip-Hop Anthem (Fans of J Cole/ Gangstarr)

Born in Cameroon but raised in Houston, Texas – Hip Hop artist Armstrong has a unique ability for crafting soulful, affecting Hip Hop projects. The latest outing ‘For You’, shows an artist flexing his musical and lyrical muscles on a groove-rich piece of old-school Hip Hop. A production laced in jazzy, vintage piano chords and clean guitar licks – It’s a track that show’s Armstrong’s authenticity in the scene, paying homage to his friend Toyyib, who passed away.

Praise from New Noise Killing Kenny Releases Emotional New Single ‘Soul Find a Way’ Accompanied with Stunning New Music Video

Killing Kenny has emerged as one of the most exciting Scottish acts of recent years, working with legendary producer, John McLaughlin, to produce a collection of songs which will resonate with listeners of all ages, bringing his experience and influences to tracks and sparking them to life with both ferociously catchy melodies and profound lyrics. His new single is the power-ballad Soul Find a Way, a track which will melt the hearts of listeners as it tells the tale of a father’s loss of a child and the aftermath he must negotiate. At a time when families have gone through so much around the world, it is a snapshot of an artist whose music has the power to go beyond genre and generation and create timeless tracks with real heart and meaning.

House Gospel Choir drop new single ‘Keep On Movin’

House Gospel Choir return with the most uplifting and original new single ‘Keep On Movin’, out 4th December on Island.

An original track produced by ​Mike Delinquent​, ​’Keep On Movin’ channels uplifting old skool 90s UKG skank-inspiring energy through its combination of the most infectious of basslines and the choir’s iconic, soulful gospel vocals. “We wrote this song two years ago and the message now more than ever is so important. If we can encourage just one person to lift their head high, keep the faith and trust that everything is going to be okay, we’ll be happy. As the lyrics say ‘no matter what you’re going through, things are working for your good, we’re gonna be alright.” Natalie Maddix, Founder & Creative Director, enthuses.

L.A. Edwards Releases New EP ‘Blessings From Home, Vol. 1’ feat. Heartbreakers Ron Blair and Steve Ferrone

Today, Nashville-based quartet L.A. Edwards released their new EP Blessings From Home, Vol. 1 via Universal/Bitchin’ Music Group. A collection of rollicking rhythms, robust riffing, and passionately plainspoken lyrics, Blessings From Home, Vol. 1 shares the band’s own life stories through personal experiences, memories, and moments.

Petrol Girls Release “I Believe Them (Solidarity Not Silence)” Exclusively via Bandcamp

The visceral track has been released on a pay what you want basis to raise funds for Solidarity Not Silence legal fees:


Three-time Grammy-winning musician Robert Glasper has teamed up with 2021 Best New Artist Grammy-nominee Kaytranada to deliver a remix of the 2021 Grammy-nominated single, “Better Than I Imagined”. The original version of the new track, a preview of Glasper’s highly anticipated upcoming album Black Radio 3, features Grammy-winning R&B chanteuse H.E.R. and the 11-times Grammy-nominated artist Meshell Ndegeocello, and was recently Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Song.

Bad Sauna’s debut album out today!

Check out the debut album from Helsinki’s finest new indie rock band out worldwide today on digital and on vinyl in Scandinavia. Band is featured today on the cover of Spotify’s editioral playlist “Suomirock tänään” and the album is “Album of the Week” in Radio Helsinki.

Disciples drop acoustic video for ‘I Got You’

Platinum-selling UK dance music dons Disciples have unveiled the acoustic video for their latest single ‘I Got You’, out 4th December.

The acoustic video for ‘I Got You’ sees Disciples vocalist Duvall perform an emotion-tinged live performance of the track in the company of a pianist in an atmospheric warehouse setting.

“We don’t often do acoustic versions of our songs, but the lyrics in ‘I Got You’ felt like they needed to be heard again!” Disciples enthuse. “We hope people can relate, especially during this time!”

IDLES – Share new video for ‘Kill Them With Kindness’

Today, IDLES have shared a new animated video for album highlight “Kill Them With Kindness”. The video, which was directed and designed by James Carbutt and animated by Pip Williamson, is taken from the band’s critically-acclaimed UK number one album “Ultra Mono”, which was released in September via Partisan Records.

Speaking about the video, the director says, “The dingy pub setting in the film is based on the Working Men’s Clubs of my hometown (Barnsley). It was nice to imagine IDLES bursting in and spreading a message of love. During our research we discovered that no two Wetherspoons carpets are the same, they are all unique like snowflakes, so yeah making this film was a wild ride.”

GRAMMY-nominated duo Black Violin release “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” video

Today, the classical-meets-hip-hop duo Black Violin released their video for “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” taken from their debut holiday album Give Thanks. Produced by Phil Beaudreau, the album was released on November 20, 2020. “Give Thanks employs playful storytelling, whimsical strings, and hard-hitting rhythms to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season: Giving back to others and being wholeheartedly thankful,” Black Violin says of the full-length.

Alice In Chains receive Museum Of Pop Culture’s Founders Award

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) this week presented Seattle rock icons Alice In Chains with its 14th Annual Founders Award, an honour given to artists who have made outstanding contributions to popular music.

The museum, along with Amazon Music, has also announced the release of MoPOP Founders Award Honouring Alice In Chains: A Benefit for the Museum of Pop Culture, a brand-new Amazon Originals compilation. Available for streaming only on Amazon Music, the compilation features highlights from the event’s performances, including Mastodon’s cover of ‘Again’, City and Colour’s take on ‘Rain When I Die’, two covers of ‘Would?’ by KORN and Metallica, a rendition of ‘Man In the Box’ by Dave Navarro, Taylor Hawkins, Corey Taylor, and Chris Chaney, and more. The compilation also features performances of ‘Your Decision’ and ‘No Excuses’ by Alice In Chains.


Deafheaven has capped an incredible ten year run with the release of 10 Years Gone, available today via Sargent House. The album, which serendipitously acts as a career retrospect, was initially conceived as the setlist for a since-canceled world tour meant to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their first EP demo, released June 1st of 2010. With Covid taking touring away for the conceivable future, the band decided to record the set live at Atomic Garden studios. With songs that span their discography, including the first song they ever wrote, 10 Years Gone is an excellent look into a band that has continuously challenged the scope of what rock and metal can be.

Troyman, “YKTV”

“I was inspired to make YKTV after being on a trip in Miami and wanting to manifest the lifestyle that I was experiencing for a brief moment,” Troyman says. “I wanted to express the energy I felt while hitting the nightlife, yachting and dialoguing with some wealthy associates. It let me know that I can have whatever I want in life with hard work and dedication.”

Dennis Ellsworth (PEI) reimagines the status quo, with “Becuz of U”

“These strange days are troubling for those of us who make our living writing and recording music,” said Ellsworth (he/him). “With COVID-19, live music revenue has vanished, and with a broken royalty system for streaming, artists are taking a real hit. We’re not coming together and sharing experiences like we used to. Whatever rules we were following before are up for reimagining.”

HIGH COMMAND: Everlasting Torment EP From Massachusetts Crossover Outfit Out Today On Southern Lord

Worcester, Massachusetts crossover combatants HIGH COMMAND today issue a new two-track EP, Everlasting Torment, on digital formats via Southern Lord.

Everlasting Torment was engineered/produced by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (Daughters, The Body, Lingua Ignota) in September and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Integrity, Black Breath). Seth Manchester and Bill Shaner also play synth with additional guitar from Matt Marcel.

Shorty World – Do It For Me

Super Charged Ent rapper and recording artist Shorty World comes with another smash hit for the ladies. Flexing his singing talents, Shorty World shows his range and diversity as an artist by mixing the classic, energetic New Orleans bounce sound with smooth melodies as he professes his love to his one and only. Stay Tuned and follow Shorty World on his social media platforms for updates and giveaways.

“Quicksand” Hitmaker Morray Returns with the Woozy Banger “Low Key”

Rising rapper Morray makes waves with his expressive vocals, twisting melodies, and raw lyricism. Coming through with another follow-up to his runaway hit “Quicksand,” the North Carolina native flexes his muscles with “Low Key.” Running roughshod atop gentle guitars and booming 808s courtesy of producer Dil, “Low Key” shows off Morray’s expert command of the pocket, as he coarsens his church-trained voice to give a stern warning to the opposition: “I’m driving the boat, I stay afloat/When I turn up I be doin the most/Watch how you scheme, gon’ get turned to a ghost/Surrounded by lions and demons, the bros.” In the video, a Von Dutch-adorned Morray posts up with his crew and in a remote cabin and demonstrates why he’s not one to be trifled with. Premiered by Complex, “Low Key” is Morray’s third release, following “Quicksand” and the ragged, soulful “Switched Up.”


The rising hyperpop futurist recruits fellow sonic insurgents XIX to provide glitchcore with its own national anthem. Over a rush of digital distortion and skittering shock and awe, a deluge of warbly vocals comes in jittery waves jammed between razor sharp rhymes and the cacophonously catchy chorus. The track unites two of the genre’s most explosive voices to unapologetically profess, “I LOVE GLITCHCORE.”

Night Beats “That’s All You Got” Feat. BRMC’s Robert Levon Been out Now via Fuzz Club

The Texas-born outfit Night Beats is sharing a new single “That’s All You Got Feat. Robert Levon Been” today. The single is a collaboration between Night Beats founding member Danny Lee Blackwell and Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and is Night Beats’ first release since signing to London-based label Fuzz Club who just entered a new label services and distribution partnership with Cooking Vinyl in September. A slice of soulful, psychedelic R&B, the “That’s All You Got” 7″ is out today and includes the B-side “Never Look Back,” which also features BRMC’s Levon Been.


“Demi’s been a friend for a long time and we’re really excited that she was down to lend her absolutely incredible voice to this song as we reimagine it and continue to celebrate all the ways it’s connecting with fans around the world,” shared All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth.


24kGoldn is currently at work on his debut album, El Dorado, due for release next year.

Gemini Syndrome Releases New Track “Reintegration” Today

The band states, “‘Reintegration’ perfectly encapsulates the theme of the third and final chapter of our trilogy of albums. It’s a fearless and transparent introduction to the idea of traversing death and being reborn; ultimately reintegrating with our True Self, and being raised into the next degree of consciousness.”

After A 19 Year Hiatus, Shapeshifting Indie-Experimentalists, Deeparture Lounge, Are Back

Critically-lauded indie-experimentalists of the millennium era, Departure Lounge, hinted at a permanent reformation with two, rare London live shows in Autumn 2019 and now, with a series of digital reissues behind them, the transatlantic four-piece announce a new album, their first in two decades, with the single, “Mercury In Retrograde”. Seeing light on Violette Records on Friday, December 4th, the single sets both feet firmly in the future, whilst echoing the past as a well-aired live favorite.