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Galantis Join Forces With Football Legend Pele

The original version recorded to mark the football legend’s 80th birthday was released in October. It quickly became a staple on radio worldwide, getting playlisted on BBC Radio 2 and Capital FM. Elsewhere garnering significant traction in the regions of France, Columbia, Italy, Mexico and Brazil.

Pele and Rodrigo y Gabriela have now enlisted Swedish superstars Galantis for an exciting remix breathing new life into the already-effervescent track. Coming off the heels of their recent singles, ‘Only A Fool’ with Pink Sweat$ and Ship Wrek, ‘The Lake’ featuring Wrabel and ‘I Fly’ which was included on the official soundtrack for blockbuster movie ‘SCOOB!’

Pop heartthrobs Alexander 23 and Jeremy Zucker Team Up On “Nothing’s the Same”

Alexander 23 and Jeremy Zucker unveil their vulnerable track, “Nothing’s the Same” today on Interscope Records. On the collaboration the duo reveals the despair behind facing the inevitable, growing up and even sometimes, apart. Together they sing in harmony to create a choir of raw emotion, crooning, “nothings the same as it was before…” Whether it be a friendship or relationship the two remind us of the stages you may through along the journey of moving on.

KANIVA: The South London lyrical genius

Kicking off his career in 2013 by selling out his first headline show and opening up for French Montana, Kaniva went on to tour with Big Narstie in 2014, selling out his second headline show and closing the year by opening up for Snoop Dogg at Musicalize. Shortly after this performance, Kaniva became homeless and struggled with releasing music throughout 2015, going on to release an EP in 2016 baring all.


“You’ll be fine” is a positive anthem, a quiet and bright mantra, built on layers and layers of guitars that add an electro and shoegazing allure to the song.

Taken from “A Sudden Nowhere”, the upcoming new studio effort of this rambling today’s troubadour, the song bring a different twist on production and songwriting, mixing influnces of The War On Drugs and Timber Timbre to his classic singer songwriting repertoire.

James Burt unveils retro sad banger ‘Something Inside Me’

James Burt has been writing songs all his life. This winter marks a steady ascent from passionate fan to musician and songwriter to music college student to reaching the precipice of a huge career in pop.

Eugene Deluxe provides a breath of fresh air with new track ‘Planetarium Chilling’

Newcomer on the scene is Brisbane-based vocalist and producer Eugene Deluxe, who’s been steadily putting out candied synthetic pop whilst finishing high school, influenced by a handful of different sounds from synth pop, ambient music to alt/cloud rap. Maintaining his esoteric cocktail of dreamy arpeggiations and chords mixed with wholesome lyricism and his standout vocal delivery, this song explores the innocent pleasures and memories he’s shared with special friends over high school. Keeping the lyrics simple and fun, he hopes to branch out from conventional thematics which are often repeated in our present age and offer a breath of fresh air.

Watch: Elle Yaya shares new video for ‘Medicate’

Speaking on the video, Elle shared: “I felt sexy, confident, cool, unstoppable – it was unapologetic denial. Cracks would appear but I’d choose to ignore them. I thought it was glamorous. I wanted the video to represent how i thought I looked – it feels very uch like flashbacks in parts. However the juxtaposition at the end shows the truth – how I must have looked on the outside.”

Video: Eye Traveler – Caprice Classic Music

Caprice Classic Music is the first single off the recently released instrumental album Joyous Sounds & Other Spells (Nov 19th).

In the video, Eye Traveler pays homage to the sounds that shaped and molded him. It is a combination of west coast hip hop and funk, with a sprinkling of jazz.

Pressa Releases ‘Gardner Express’ EP Feat. Sheff G, Flipp Dinero, Jackboy, & More

Today, Sony Music Canada’s Pressa releases his major label debut EP, Gardner Express. The title of the seven-track project is a play on words referencing Pressa’s last name (Gardner) and the Gardiner Expressway, a major highway running through the downtown core of his hometown, Toronto. In the same vein as the Gardiner Expressway, Pressa’s music acts as a lifeline and main artery in the city, and no matter where Pressa resides he will always represent the streets of Toronto.

Dueling Experts (Recognize Ali & Verbal Kent) – New Album!

Sometimes, savagery is the most effective form of communication. For that, there are the Dueling Experts, the dark ninjas behind one of 2020’s most filthy, cohesive, and authentic hip-hop records. A masterclass of verbal carnage and bell-ringing beats that reminds you that if ain’t raw, it’s worthless.

You may know Verbal Kent, the battle-scarred Chicago sensei, who has proven his mettle time and time again on wax — both in his solo albums and in Ugly Heroes. But you’ve never heard him as serrated as he sounds alongside the Ghanian MC, Recognize Ali. Spitting pyroclastic flows over a treasure trove of lo-fi beats excavated from the legendary and mysterious producer, Lord Beatjitzu, the two craftsmen attack with meticulous rhyme schemes and hardbody vocals to spark melees. The beats are so adamantine that they could crush diamonds. Meanwhile, Kent and Ali exhibit a chemistry reminiscent of all-time greats like Billy Danze and Lil Fame of M.O.P., Raekwon and Ghostface, and Rock (Sean Price) and Ruck of the Boot Camp Click.

NO RETURN release new live video “Don’t Judge Me”

After three decades of career, it’s time for NO RETURN to show their live prowess on the record. Thus, we bring you, “Live XXX”, which is much more than a “simple” live record. With a chronological setlist, which traces the career of the French band from the debut album “Psychological Torment” (released back in 1990) to the latest “The Curse Within”, “Live XXX” was recorded in La Manufacture, in the French city of St. Quentin, in December 2019.

“”Live XXX” is the first live album in the history of the band. People have been asking us for it for a long time and we are very happy to finally be able to release it”, guitar player Alain Clément comments. “We are very excited by the release of this live concert because it really shows the energy and aggressiveness of No Return on stage”.

M. Ward Releases New Album ‘Think of Spring’ Today, Listen Now

Called ‘spare and haunting’ by Portland Monthly and “raw and nostalgic, personal and unpolished, romantic and real,” by the Portland Tribune, the album features classic songs “You’ve Changed” – originally written in the ‘40s by Carl Fischer – and “All The Way”, famously sung by both Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Additionally, “For All We Know” is a wistful yet beautiful track, saying: “we come and go like a ripple on a stream / tomorrow may never come for all we know.”

She’s Got Spies shares video for infectious Russian synth pop single ‘Harasho’

She’s Got Spies releases her new single ‘Harasho’ on the 11th of December, its the third release to be lifted from her new album ‘Isle of Dogs’ which came out at the end of October. With a DIY pop sensibility this infectious synth song is the first She’s Got Spies song written completly in Russian, ‘Harasho’ is a winter love song inspired by Laura’s three years spent living in Moscow.

Judah & the Lion Surprise Fans with ‘Pep Talks Live’ LP

Nashville’s genre-bending trio Judah & the Lion have dropped their live album, Pep Talks Live, today via Cletus the Van/Caroline! The set of 13 tracks showcasing the band’s incredible high-energy shows is pulled from the Pep Talks Worldwide Tour, which took the band to 32 states and 9 countries on their biggest headlining tour ever in 2019.


When talking about the inspiration about the project Fetty states, “I’m developing a sound and figuring out how to put all these melodies together with words and make the best records I can for each different style of production you hear on the project … this was more challenging because I’m trying to showcase my different talents from singing and rapping and then ultimately both in the Fetty Wap style… but without draining or over doing it … so when you hear that ‘yeah baby’ drop you know the vibes!”

New Music from FXXXXY “Do You Trust Me?” Out Now On Rule #1/Interscope Records

Today, FXXXXY releases his posthumous debut album Do You Trust Me? via Rule #1 and Interscope Records. The nine-track collection is an excellent showcase for the late Dallas superstar. Headlined by his previous singles “The Worst,” “Paranoia / #1 Stunna,” “Need You” and “Follow Me,” the rising hyphenate nimbly flaunts his indelible skill-set and wizardry on the production side. With features from Gunna and Lil Durk, FXXXXY’s debut project is a mesmerizing experience for his day-one fans.

Yayoyanoh premieres new Pariah EP

UK-based vocalist and rapper Yayoyanoh debuts his new Pariah EP today. Pariah is the second EP from Yayoyanoh, following his 2018 EP0001 released on Bala Club. The EP is executive produced by Woesum (Yung Lean, Bladee) with additional production from Gud, Dinamarca, and Severin Glance.

Elle Yaya – new video for ‘Medicate’

Speaking on the video, Elle shared: “I felt sexy, confident, cool, unstoppable – it was unapologetic denial. Cracks would appear but I’d choose to ignore them. I thought it was glamorous. I wanted the video to represent how i thought I looked – it feels very much like flashbacks in parts. However the juxtaposition at the end shows the truth – how I must have looked on the outside.”

Emergency Tiara Shares Joyful “Mr. Claus”, The Perfect Seasonal Pick-Me-Up!

2020 has been a tough one for most of us, and as the days get short and the temperature drops Emergency Tiara is here to pick up our spirits and get us holiday ready! Mr. Claus, out TODAY is a perfect joyful seasonal bop, sure to be an instant classic. Listen to “Mr. Claus” at all your favorite DSP’s NOW.

Tim McGraw Releases “It Wasn’t His Child”

Originally written and performed by Skip Ewing, McGraw’s version was arranged and co-produced by his longtime band leader Danny Hemingson along with Steve Gibson and Byron Gallimore. “It Wasn’t His Child” has been a favorite song of McGraw’s for years.

“It’s been a crazy year and we’ve worked hard to put out music, knowing how much it can mean and provide solace in difficult times,” McGraw says of the release. “This is our final chance to thank everyone for sticking with us this year and more importantly, provide some Christmas spirit to you this holiday season.”

Taleban Dooda Croons About A Tainted Love On “Problematic”

Taleban Dooda’s mixture of entrancing melodies with raw lyricism has him buzzing in the Sunshine State and beyond. Peeling back the curtains on a tumultuous relationship, Dooda is back with a new heater, “Problematic.” Produced by worthakilo, “Problematic” is an emotional cut that provides Dooda with yet another opportunity to show off his melodic prowess and let his vocals soar. The song profiles Dooda’s inability to chase love while trying to cope with a traumatic past. “I tried to get her love, but is was problematic / I even told her what it was, but she still act dramatic / If I put on my mask and gloves, then I’m bout to let em have it / Cause when I lost one of my thugs, it filled my heart with sadness.” “Problematic” is the latest in a successful run of singles for the East-Tampa native, as he moves into the new year with an impressive track record under his belt.

THE GHOST OF HELAGS – Unveil euphoric new dream-pop cut: ‘Mary’

Today, Sweden-born, Berlin-based duo THE GHOST OF HELAGS unveil their latest cut of euphoric dream-pop, ‘Mary.

Written in the sad undertone of a claustrophobic night in the city of Berlin in the midst of another lockdown, ‘Mary’ details the craziness which exists in the head and mind. It’s here we find The Ghost of Helags stripped to the bare bones, pushing forwards with a subtle electronic soundscape driven heavily by a propulsive, techno-esque beat.

Foxy Shazam release highly-anticipated new full-length, Burn

Over the course of 2020, Foxy Shazam delighted fans with several new singles, marking a triumphant return from their six-year hiatus. As the year comes to a close, the band is elated to share their most ambitious full-length to date, Burn, out today. On this record, Foxy Shazam eviscerates traditional genre lines. The band is as charismatic as ever with their blend of outlandish rock n’ roll, honing in on a ’70s inspired sound touching on the best pop and rock music from the decade, while still giving it a modern take. It’s a testament to where the band came from while aggressively pushing their sound forward.

Watch The Pretty Reckless’ Powerful Performance of New Single “25”

THE PRETTY RECKLESS have shared a powerful performance of their new single “25.” The footage originally aired last month during an exclusive interview with Good Day New York.

Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) – ‘L.I.S.T.E.N.’ LP

Andy Cooper is back with his third solo LP ‘L.I.S.T.E.N.’ (Lyrical Innovation Supplying The Ear’s Need), bringing his usual musical and vocal explosions to an expectant audience. Ten tracks overflow with Andy’s special brand of high-agility rhyming over flavour-packed production, offering heads a wild ride through Cooper’s hip-hop amusement park.

Delectable Pop Duo JUICYPEAR Drop Remix EP

As we give a not-so-fond farewell to 2020, why not reflect on some of the things that made this year…shall we say…less sour?

Undoubtedly, one of those things is the sweet goodness of indie-pop duo JUICYPEAR.

Comprised of Jacob and Jasmine Mayeda, JUICYPEAR has been dishing out delectable ditties since the August release of their highly acclaimed debut single, “Golden Sky,” which Wolf in a Suit called “a catchy and playful musical gem.”