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This track follows Odunsi’s latest project EVERYTHING YOU HEARD IS TRUE which The FADER called “superb.” Odunsi is currently working on new music and excited to release his upcoming project next year.

Odunsi (The Engine) says, “”Fuji 5000″ is a tribute to traditional Nigerian sound & traditional Fuji sound and just me putting my own twist to it. It’s basically a narration of where my mind has been since last year up until now and an introduction to my new experimental sound and style of delivery.”


Brooklyn transplant (by way of the White Mountains of Arizona) Charles Ellsworth will be releasing his latest studio album Honeysuckle Summer on March 5th 2021. Just as the pandemic was taking seed around the country earlier this year, the singer-songwriter managed to recruit several musicians from the Brooklyn music scene – including Jared Schapker (Grandpa Jack) and Blake Suben (Dirty Bird) — to help him record this album with producer Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader) at his Headroom Studio in Philadelphia.

davey releases new single “I Fall ft. Aalok Bala,” self-titled debut EP out now

With a dedication to impulsivity and creative recklessness, davey is a reflection of everything David was consuming during that time. An amorphous project that encompasses subterranean techno (“N.I.4.N.I,” “SOIL FOR THE ORCHIDS”), industrial hip hop (“NOT ME ft. Sol”), deconstructed glitch pop (“CONTROL 2002,” “LIFE OF PIG”), cathartic, soul-infused house (“I FALL feat. Aalok Bala”) and more. Feeling burnt out from years of touring and multiple transcontinental moves, the project began taking shape when Ansari returned to the studio, loosely playing around with beats as he learned how to have fun with music again.


SAN DIEGO’s Blind Owl Records is continuing to innovate the art of rock n’ roll with the release of“Saturday Night Sage,” the lead single from the forthcoming EP Sounds from the Shadow Factory, due out February 19th, and available for pre-order via on Bandcamp and the Blind Owl Records website. The EP was inspired by the book of poetry and narrative prose Saturday Night Sage by Noah Lekas, released last year on Record Store Day. The book of poetry and narrative prose has garnered comparisons to Dylan, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Nick Cave and Bukowski that came highly recommended by Punk Noir Magazine who called it called, “A brutal and brilliant poetry collection crowded with losers and loners, laments and lullabies, and booze and blood-stained torch songs for the twilight hours.”

Nonconnah announces new album, shares track featuring Owen Pallett

Nonconnah — Zachary and Denny Wilkerson Corsa — share their most ambitious sonic tapestries yet, spun across four extended tracks of swirling guitars and haunted static frequencies, and joined by special guests Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, Arcade Fire) and synthwave juggernaut Jenn Taiga.

Brave The Cold (Megadeth / Napalm Death) Debut New Video ‘Apparatus’

BRAVE THE COLD, the Death-Grind duo featuring Napalm Death guitarist Mitch Harris and Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren, have released the cinematic video “Apparatus,” from the bands critically acclaimed debut album Scarcity. Limited-edition colored vinyl of Scarcity will be available December 11th, and the digital version is available now on all digital platforms.

Chilly Gonzales teams up with UK producer Toddla T for new festive mixtape, out today.

Platinum selling UK producer Toddla T puts his very own spin on Chilly Gonzales’ classical album A Very Chilly Christmas. With a little help from friends Nadia Rose, Serocee, Coco and Deli OneFourz, Toddla T and Chilly Gonzales surprise us with a very festive mixtape, The Coldest Crimbo.

A world-renowned pianist who has collaborated with Drake, Daft Punk, Feist and Jarvis Cocker, Chilly Gonzales is a long standing collaborator with Toddla T, co-writing on Toddla’s latest album Foreign Light.

Too Close To Touch Release ‘I’m Hard To Love But So Are You Vol. 4’ EP

Lexington, KY three-piece Too Close To Touch have dropped the fourth volume of their EP series I’m Hard To Love But So Are You. “As we close out what has surely been one of the most difficult years for all of us, we’re both humbled and happy to bring you a new batch of songs from Too Close,” says vocalist Keaton Pierce. “I would say that this group is definitely the most diverse, and hits a pretty broad range on the spectrum of what we’ve released in the past. It feels fitting though, as this year has delivered such a wide array of emotions to everyone- Happiness, anger, sadness, hopefulness, and at times, hopelessness. As always, thank you for listening. It means the world to us, and hopefully you as well.”

Björk collaborates with Hamrahlíð Choir on album Come and be Joyful – out today

Björk herself was a member of the choir as a teenager, and as a result has been a long-time collaborator. As such a fan of the choir’s work and completely unique sound, Björk featured them on both the Utopia album and had all 52 choristers accompany her around the world to perform at every live show during the Cornucopia tour.

MOLTEN: Bay Area Metal Thrash/Death Metal Quintet To Release Dystopian Syndrome Debut Album In January

Formed in the Bay Area underground, the heavy quintet MOLTEN incorporates thrash, death, doom, and black metal to bring a straightforward assault to the listener’s ears. After releasing their eponymous EP in 2019, the band went straight to work on their first full-length record, Dystopian Syndrome, choosing to work with Grammy Award winning producer Greg Wilkinson.


Directed by Brown’s longtime creative partner Jake Miosge, the short film takes the viewers through a visual journey of burlesque and mafia-ran establishments in Old Hollywood during the 1940’s. Narrated by Lillo Brancato Jr, who starred in A Bronx Tale with Robert De Niro, the video shows that Chris continues to stretch his creative muscles with acting and storytelling being at the forefront of his videos.

Leprous Releases New Single and Video “Castaway Angels”

“This year we’ve all had to readjust our lives, do new things. Missed out on things we were supposed to do, and find new things to do. One day in the beginning of the corona outbreak in Norway I came to TorO’s house with a song we were supposed to work on together. The problem was that I was already finished with the sketch we were supposed to be working on (which was later on thrown away as it wasn’t that good after all), so we just sat down to try to make something new. Him with the acoustic guitar, and me with my voice. During a quite short time, we came up with the main structure of what was later to become “Castaway Angels”. Very basic, very pure and no technology to distract us. Just the melody and the guitar. So once we got in the amazing Ocean Sound Recording near Aalesund, Norway we continued that approach with the full band. We recorded the song together in the studio (when we were not busy sitting in the Jacuzzi being in awe by the view) in one take, after jamming together for one evening. It’s so typical to get obsessed with details, perfectionism and layers. But here we just wanted to play together. Do something pure and simple. I’m very pleased with the result, and can’t wait for everyone to hear how we’ve been spending time together when we were supposed to be on tour,” states LEPROUS singer Einar Solberg.


The track, built around gospel guitar chords and NJOMZA’s ascendant vocals, is a warm, soul-inflected reminder to hold your loved ones close. She sounds lost and lonely at first, but as the song unfolds, it builds to a kindhearted climax, repeating insistently, “If you love someone let them know.”

Davido Releases Video for “Jowo” – Featured on Critically Acclaimed-Album “A Better Time”

Multiple award-winning Nigerian superstar DAVIDO today releases the visual to the standout track “Jowo” taken from his critically acclaimed third studio album A BETTER TIME released through Davido Worldwide/Sony Music U.K./RCA Records. “Jowo” (meaning “please” in Yoruba) is a mid-tempo sultry Afro-pop record produced by Napji and Magic Boi.

Chart-Topping Alt/Pop/Rockers Iglu & Hartly Return After More Than A Decade Away With Breezy New Single “Cooler” Out Today

Originally formed in the foothills of Colorado by college friends Jarvis Anderson (lead vocals, production), Sam Martin (vocals, keyboards), and Simon Katz (guitar), the band moved to Los Angeles after dropping out of school. Luis Rosiles flew from Jarvis’ hometown of Chicago to join the band as their drummer, and LA local Michael Bucher joined as bassist.

The band paid its dues in the glitter and grime of seedy Hollywood nightclubs before being adopted by Hermosa Beach, a Los Angeles sea-side community with a strong punk rock heritage, which identified with their synth-heavy, sweaty and wildly packed shows.


“We wrote ‘Christmas Without You’ this summer, over Zoom meetings, in the heart of quarantine – a time when the distance from our loved ones was weighing heavy on us, and we wanted to focus on the moments that make holidays special, the small moments that warm the heart and matter the most,” Sweetlove says. “As time passed, and it became even more clear that this year we will all be facing very different holidays, often even further away than ever from those we cherish the most, we realized that this was really a love song to the memories we’ve made through the years, memories that we can always carry with us.”

Jesse Roper Shares New Single “Brightside”

It took me the better part of a year to get the lyrics feeling good. There’s a fine line between cheesy and meaningful. I’m sure there’ll still be some folks out there who find it cheesy but that’s ok. Sometimes you have to let the message send itself. I feel lucky to live the life I live. – Jesse Roper

Bella Thorne New Release SFB

Bella Thorne is an American actress, model, singer and director born in Pembroke Pines, Florida on October 8th, 1997. Along with being a NY Times Best Selling autor of “Life of a Wannabe”, a business mogul, Bella continues to star in major motion pictures such as “Infamous” and the “Babysitter” series.


Continuing an explosive global comeback of epic proportions, six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, genre-bending pioneers Black Eyed Peas turn up the heat again by teaming up with Colombian singer-songwriter and multiple GRAMMY® and LATIN GRAMMY® winner Shakira to unveil the official music video for their latest single “GIRL LIKE ME” [with Shakira].

The Black Eyed Peas And Shakira Team Up For New Video ‘Girl Like Me’


A smooth and downtempo affair with a deep bassline, the “Fun Fact” instrumental allows Elhae to blur genre lines so seamlessly that they cease to exist. In control during the verses, Elhae is overrun by passion on the charged hook: “I can’t control this feeling, baby / I need some sexual healing, baby.” Rick Ross follows with a verse that balances the highs of new romance with emotional maturity: “On the beach in Bahamas / If we speak, let’s be honest.”

“Elhae is such an incredibly dope artist,” says Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam. “We are thrilled to have him at Motown. It’s his time.”

NYC alt. r&b artist/dancer An Only Child shares slow burning debut LP

an only child on “Prepare The Body”:

“‘Prepare The Body’ represents so much to me. I used this album as a form of healing after not speaking due to vocal surgery. It’s a score of my twenties that examines my romantic desires, anxieties surrounding my expression, and destructive tendencies. A lot of my inspiration comes from being alone. I think of each track as a part of me, part of my body even. The first few songs feel like my face or external body, what one gets when they first meet me. The middle of the record feels like my internal organs and the connective tissue. The last few songs feel like my spirit or soul. As you get deeper into the album, the deeper you get into who I am.”

GODTHRYMM: UK Doom Trio Featuring Former Members Of My Dying Bride, Anathema, And More Releases “The Vastness Silent”

UK doom metal trio GODTHRYMM — vocalist/guitarist Hamish Glencross (ex-My Dying Bride, Vallenfyre, Solstice), drummer Shaun “Winter” Taylor-Steels (ex-My Dying Bride, Anathema), and bassist Bob Crolla — today unleashes brand new single, “The Vastness Silent,” via Bandcamp.

The track was initially intended to appear on the band’s Reflections LP, released earlier this year via Profound Lore, but was not completed in time to make the cut. The band eventually re-entered the studio with Mark Mynett (My Dying Bride) to finish the song in addition to completing an alternate version of “We Are The Dead (And Dreaming)” with cello.

EDM prodigy Black Summer unveils debut LP YeH

An ecstatic sprint of energetic dubstep, future bass, and future garage, YeH chronicles the evolution of Black Summer’s sound throughout his career and his most diverse project yet. Toms not only wanted to express his varying influences (including Flume, Getter, JPEGMAFIA, Skrillex among others), but to also capture the rapidly changing emotions felt as a teenager finding himself. Instead of utilising features like previous releases, Toms played all the instruments (with the exception of his little brother Riley’s guitar work on “Buer”) and even lent his own vocals to a few tracks. YeH oscillates between hard hitting, high energy bangers and more chilled out slow burners. Highlights include “Blender”, an epic track inspired by the sprawling cityscapes of Los Angeles, “In The Cold”, a soothing and soulful track reminiscent of early Galimatias, and “For Chris”, a touching jazz tribute to an old family friend suffering from early onset dementia.

Empyrean Fire – Deliverance – (Symphonic Black Metal)

The concept behind “Deliverance” was ruminated upon for years by front woman, Tricia Myers, after reading Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and “Paradise Regained.”

Deliverance is a sinister take on Milton’s work, reshaping it with harrowing twists and malevolent revelations, each chapter a battle in the dragon’s ascent to gain command over Hell on Earth. Will you bow down in battle, sunken before the spear?