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New Video // girl in red – “two queens in a king sized bed”

Today you can watch the brand new, stunning visual to “two queens in a king sized bed” by Norweigan sensation girl in red. The charming Christmas song’s official video follows Marie Ulven on a magical journey atop a bed in the middle of an ocean, exposed to the freezing elements, yet snuggly warm with a person she loves most at Christmas.

VIZE x Alan Walker release new single “Space Melody (Edward Artemyev)” Feat. Leony

A year full of turbulent events lays behind us, as producers and DJs VIZE (“Close Your Eyes”, “Never Let Me Down”) and Alan Walker (“Faded”, “Alone”) release their new song “Space Melody (Edward Artemyev)”. The song is an audible electronic and futuristic journey through space & time with vocals by German singer Leony that features a well-known melody originally created by Russian film composer and Electronic music pioneer and producer Edward Artemyev in 1979 for the movie “Siberiade”.

New Zealand’s Estère shares beat-laden ode to female sexuality ‘Animal Pleasure’. New album ‘Archetypes’ out Jan 22nd via Blue Riot Records

As she gears up for the release of her new album Archetypes, today Estère has shared steamy new single Animal Pleasure. Each track on Estère’s upcoming concept album focuses on a different Jungian archetype. Animal Pleasure focuses on the archetype of sexuality, through a portrayal of lust and desire. Her beat-laden soul-infused delivery of her latest single unleashes her personal Lilith, laying down her up-front agenda for attending a nighttime soirée – a delightful tryst.


Out January 8th, Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted is an album populated by drunk and broken hearted characters. Most of the songs were written following Rosenberg’s own breakup. He reflects, “You’re incredibly vulnerable for a few months. You’re so used to the safety of being with somebody and suddenly you’re out in the world on your own. And you get pissed and probably make some bad decisions. It’s universal. Most everyone goes through it at some stage.”


Out today, a brand new remix of Aluna’s latest single “The Recipe” from Bronx, NY-based producers, remixers and DJ duo The Martinez Brothers. “The Recipe,” originally a collaboration with KAYTRANADA, fusing afrobeat elements in with his trademark percussion and the mesmerizing vocals of Nigerian singer-songwriter Rema, appears on Aluna’s critically acclaimed debut solo album RENAISSANCE, out now via Mad Decent.

Ben Böhmer remixes Worakls and Eivør single ‘Red Dressed’

Berlin DJ and producer Ben Böhmer has remixed the WorakIs and Eivør single ‘Red Dressed’, out 11th December on Hungry Music.

Combining heavy sub-frequencies, bouncing drums, added melodic layers and Eivør’s breathtaking vocals, the Ben Böhmer remix of ‘Red Dressed’ sees the original composition transformed into an exquisite, club-ready dance track. The remix was premiered during Böhmer’s live set in Cappadocia, Turkey for Cercle, a performance which has amassed more than 3 million views on YouTube.

BÉE, releases cover of iconic Christmas Song ‘Let It Snow’

On December 11th, 2020. Dutch singer songwriter BÉE, (pronounced Bae) shares her dreams of a white Christmas via her stunning cover of Dean Martin’s iconic Christmas song ‘Let It Snow’. Released via Goldun Egg Records the reimagined festive cracker was co-produced by Jake Gosling and Hans Kooreneef.


The highly touted, astonishingly prolific Buffalo New York label Griselda Records has announced their debut feature film CONFLICTED for January 15th, available as a Pay Per View. Directed by AK Reed, the film is an urban tale depicting Benny the Butcher as a Buffalo gangster who struggles to do right after being released from prison. Faced with the dilemmas of his fresh start, Hunter (Benny The Butcher) declared never to go back to the game that had cost him his freedom. In the process of getting back on track, he falls in love but is soon confronted with the demons of his past, leaving him CONFLICTED. Written and starring Deuce King, the movie’s cast also includes Westside Gunn, Michael Rapaport, J Holiday, among others.

Scottish alt-pop trio Liimo share cover of the classic Alexander O’Neal single ‘If You Were Here Tonight’, out now on B-Unique Records

Given the band’s appreciation for the 80s pop sound, their cover of ‘If You Were Here Tonight’ lends perfectly to their distinct synth-pop direction. Filled with sweeping production and textured atmosphere, this new offering follows up their newest full-length with rich and ambient effect. Adding their own unique flair for adventurous compositions to this most-loved ballad, gives their return a truly warm and captivating aesthetic.

Chris Lake & Armand Van Helden Drop 4-Track EP, The Answer

Today, the legendary producers shared the official video for the lead single/title track, “The Answer” ft. Arthur Baker and Victor Simonelli. Director Adrian Villagomez perfectly captures the song’s ethos of inclusion and love. The action unfolds in an unexpected setting: a desert battlefield. Amid the dunes, troops watch incredulously as an enemy soldier advances toward them, strips off his protective gear and begins dancing with abandon. Peace lies in the balance as the troops and their leader contemplate a response to the unique challenge to their territory. View the video HERE.

RIKA 360 with Damir Kedžo “By My Side”

This year Damir Kedžo was supposed to represent his country Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest final in Rotterdam, Netherlands. But, since the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Croatian singer’s first international break this is year is the new single By My Side – written, recorded and produced by the Swedish team RIKA 360.

Cameron Hayes releases debut EP ‘Medicine’

After the release of two successful singles, British singer/songwriter and producer Cameron Hayes is back with the launch of her highly anticipated debut EP ‘Medicine’.

Featuring the two previous singles, ‘Drown’ and ‘Superego’, the EP is completed by a third powerful and emotive song, serving also as the title track of the release – ‘Medicine’.

SC. Undercover – “Sex Me Like U Want 2”

Walsall, UK born artist SC.Undercover started creating music as a way of escapism from the darker periods of his early life. The mysterious crossover artist blends influences of indie, dark pop and R&B, offering something distinctly unique and relatable in today’s industry.

Wheel announce new album ‘Resident Human’

Discussing the deep and poignant meaning behind the track, guitarist and vocalist James Lascelles divulges, “The song is directly about the rhetoric surrounding the events that followed the murder of George Floyd (not the murder itself). It’s about the lack of empathy and logic, the conflation and the false equivalence that has repeatedly been used to minimise the murder (and others like it) and any attempt at changing social policies in a way that might prevent such things happening again.

KNOMAD SPOCK Releases Video For Debut Single ‘Papillon’

Cardiff-based songwriter Knomad Spock (aka Samatar “Sam” Elmi) has revealed a brand new cinematic video for his sumptuous debut single ‘Papillon’ which is out now.

Directed by Euan Baker, the slick video compiles a collection of slow-moving shots around London, as high-colour city scales and beautiful cinematography are juxtaposed against the organic and earthy folkiness of the track.

Matt Cameron and Taylor Hawkins Form ‘Nighttime Boogie Association’

With the pandemic and quarantine lockdowns bringing most live music and touring to a screeching halt, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins used the downtime to explore new music and create a new project. The two multi-talented songwriter/drummers have unveiled their collaboration, Nighttime Boogie Association, by releasing two songs that they wrote, recorded, and produced: “Long In The Tooth” and “The Path We’re On.” The songs will be released as a deluxe single on Friday, December 11, 2020 through their own label Keep It Trippy Records.

Punctual unveil remixes for latest single ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’

UK duo Punctual have unveiled three remixes for latest single ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’, which are out now.

A rework of the R&B classic of the same name, ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ has surpassed 5 million streams since its release. London producer Beau reworks the track with a classic UKG feel, adding a slick summer vibe to the original. UK producer TCTS who’s regarded for singles such as ‘Do It Like Me (Icy Feet)’ and ‘Games (feat. KStewart)’, steps in with a floorfilling house rework. With releases on Hot Creations and Sola Records, Mason Maynard lastly provides a rolling and darker edit, reimagining the original in a brand new light.

DIRTY FREUD – The new EP: “Love In The Backwater” – out today via Modern Sky UK

Following the transfixing videos for “Intentions”, “Blood Bayou”, and “Moments”, Freud today adds the final piece of the puzzle with a suitably surreal video for the EP’s title track. Directed by musical co-collaborator Ruby Tingle, you can watch the official video for “Love In The Backwater” here:

Rosie Carney releases rendition of The Bends & shares video for “High & Dry”

Today, Rosie Carney releases her ambitious quarantine project covering Radiohead’s album The Bends in its entirety. The album comes out on Color Study (Lav, Charlie Adams, Haux) and follows i dreamed i was the night EP (Feb 2020) and her debut album Bare (2019).

Carney also reveals the visual for “High & Dry”, the song she was most worried about doing justice. “It’s such an anthem”, she explains. “I wanted to try and maintain the power that the original holds whilst remaining true to myself in the process”.


“‘r u ok’ is a song that I never thought I’d write,” says McRae. “It has a very sassy and feisty tone, which made it a challenge to dive into that perspective – as I think I’m quite the opposite. I love that in this song there is a lot of emotional meaning behind the lyrics, with very trappy, bright and contrasting production at the same time.”

Latin Metal Legends ILL NIÑO Return with New Single and Fresh New Lineup

“I’m very stoked to introduce ‘Máscara’ as a great addition to the ILL NIÑO legacy, and a highlight of my vocal career,” Leal says. “I’m honored to have collaborated with our very good friend and one of my favorite vocalists in the game, AJ Channer, of Fire From The Gods. As someone who’s grown up as a fan of ILL NIÑO, and as a musician inspired by the band, I take pride and honor in crafting the vocals for the next generation. It’s something fans new and old will appreciate, and I look forward to throwing some chingasos in the pit with our Niño Familia in 2021!


“I think there’s a reason that this track is still culturally relevant several decades after its release,” says Alex Frew of the cover. “There is simply something special about the slow burning track leading up to that magical drum fill. It’s just a masterclass in all aspects.”

HIGH DESERT QUEEN: new single “The Mountain vs The Quake” on Doomed & Stoned

As hypnotic as the open roads that circle the Badlands and as imposing a presence on the desert landscape as you’re likely to find outside of Joshua Tree, HIGH DESERT QUEEN are an American rock band on the rise. Take a trip with their new single “The Mountain vs The Quake”, taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Bury The Queen’ due out March 5th, 2021.

Formed in Austin, Texas in 2019 to an eclectic backdrop of influences and styles, as avid adopters of alt-rock progenitors Kyuss and Alice In Chains, the band’s sole aim was to make the kind of music they could file away on their record shelves, alongside the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Elder, Tom Waits and The Allman Brothers.

Alternative-folk artist, EVVAN, releases new single and announces debut EP

EVVAN, the alternative-folk singer-songwriter formerly known as Evan Petruzzi, has released the new single, “Hurricane,” the first from her debut EP, Home, which will be released next year. The Long Island, NY, native is known for her distinctive voice and singular sound, replete with textured melodies and layered harmonies inspired by a mix of Fleetwood Mac, Foy Vance, and Brandi Carlile.

Olisae | “Again” | DJ Service

Olisae teams up with producer Shaan Mehta for a second track from his forthcoming EP. “AGAIN” rides out over a made for the club beat that is instantly danceable and sits comfortably in both dancehall and Afrobeats genres. The song is a smart play on Olisae’s own tag where he reminds listeners of his relationship with his woman and the intensity behind their bedroom play.

SKINNY LISTER – Release brand new track: ‘Shout It Out’ via Xtra Mile Recordings

Promising a positive burst of energy before 2020 is out – SKINNY LISTER – will release a brand new single on 11th December 2020.

Like “We Will Rock You” if it were written by The Pogues, “Shout It Out” is a big, anthemic, universal and uplifting new song from the folk/punk sextet.

A celebration of the communal and fighting spirit humanity can channel when together, Skinny Lister’s Dan Heptinstall says of the track:

“Shout it Out is about being optimistic in the face of adversity. It’s a release – a reminder to let go of that unhealthy habit to keep things bottled up inside. A kind of primal scream therapy where we can let go of anxieties, stresses, anger, frustration etc..”

Essex Born singer Mercy Cartel reveals visuals for new single, Falling

Today, Essex born, London based singer Mercy Cartel drops visuals for her new single ‘Falling’ via Polarface Music. Inspired by a socially distanced romance that blossomed during the lockdown earlier this year, ‘Falling’ was born amidst pain and grief. With elements of R&B, Pop & Electronica tinged throughout, the song is filled with her warm vocals, percussion-driven synths and a dreamy melody.

New Music Video – Daryl Mosley Fans Put The Sugar In The Tea

Daryl Mosley’s fans – like his neighbors back home – were quick to lend a hand and a personal photo to help Daryl put together his latest music video, “In A Country Town.” Music lovers from locations across the U.S. to far flung Sydney, Australia and Chatel, France submitted pics to Daryl’s Facebook page, and he chose 60-plus to include in this compelling video. Some viewers might recognize award-winning singer/songwriter Irene Kelley in one image: she is shown in her hometown of LaTrobe, PA with a statue of the “ultimate neighbor,” Mr. Rogers.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Daryl Mosley “In A Country Town”

Leslie Odom, Jr. Debuts Music Video for “Little Drummer Boy”

Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, author and actor Leslie Odom, Jr. today debuts the vibrant music video for “Little Drummer Boy,” from his new holiday album, The Christmas Album, released in November via S-Curve Records/BMG. Leslie’s version of this Christmas classic is performed with the Mzansi Youth Choir from South Africa, who offer a beautiful, youthful sound, providing a unique blend of energy, spirit, and devotion to South African music, which matches the colorful visuals and energetic choreography.

MISSIO Drops Video for “Cry Baby (feat. Paul Wall)”

This music video is particularly special for us because it features Houston legend & the people’s champ himself, Paul Wall. Truly a dream of ours to be in a music video w/ one of our early Influences.

We tend to prefer a little mystery & this is our first real performance video so we’re eager to see how the fans enjoy it compared to some of our more artistic leaning visuals. – MISSIO

Dusk (Costa Rica) “The Hermit” @ Industrial black metal

Industrial black metal project Dusk (Costa Rica) to release their new album ‘The Hermit’ on January 1st, 2021!

An INDUSTRIAL BLACK METAL project formed as an official band in 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

DUSK is known to incorporate Atmospheric Black Metal into Industrial, full of relenting uncaring pounding blast beats and inhuman growling vocals mixed with modern rhythms such as Darkstep and other electronic influences. The band shared stage with Samael in Costa Rica during their 2019 Latin American Tour.


The “TANGERINE LOVE” video follows the release of their album Whatever, Man and track “FRIENDSHIP” which features personal messages from fellow Dirty Hit signees Matt Healy of The 1975, beabadoobee, and more. An album intended to push listeners deeper down the Kansas City outfit’s pop culture influenced path, Whatever, Man incorporates each member’s wide-ranging influences into one body of work and is fueled by the sounds of artists from Toro Y Moi, N*E*R*D*, Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer, to Outkast, Odd Future, and A Tribe Called Quest. Furthering the course that BLACKSTARKIDS created with their debut album, Let’s Play Sports, which embraced ’80s pastiche and its follow up, SURF, which leaned into ’90s grunge, the genre-crossing stoner-pop album, Whatever, Man, is a personal call to arms of nostalgia for their upbringing in the 2000s.

Remarkable 10 Year Old Antonia Grace Releases New Pop EP ‘London Grace

With celebrity fans like Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan and radio play across the world, Antonia Grace has now released her first EP, entitled “London Grace”, five tracks of perfect pop which not only show her versatility as a performer but also her remarkable vocals – all the more incredible as she is only ten-years old! Antonia is an actress and singer who has drawn in an audience of all ages from around the world, enraptured by both her personality and her singing. Her singles My Little Ten and Tick Tock and Bonbons have seen Antonia’s music receiving radio play, magazine features and online coverage around the world but the Anglo-French star is now releasing the most comprehensive look at her musical world yet which, as you’ll see from the cover, she is hoping for royal approval of!

SILVERA release video “Everything We Are” feat. Kobra Paige

“Everything We Are” is the latest single and video from SILVERA’s debut album, “Edge Of The World”. More than one of the most heartfelt songs of the whole record, it’s a very special duet with Kobra And The Lotus’ Kobra Paige. The band comments: “”Everything we are” did turn out as a duet and we got lucky enough to get Kobra Paige from Kobra And The Lotus to feature on the track. It has been a pleasure to work with Kobra; she truly is an amazing artist and singer and we think that her vocal performances did take the track to a whole new level”.

Rising Country Artist Golden West Release New Single “The Fall”

The new single release debuted on Apple Country Hot Tracks and New In Nashville Spotify Editorial.

“This song can mean a lot of things depending on what you’re going through. For us though, it’s that feeling of getting in over your head and not realizing it until it’s too late. Whether that’s a relationship, your mental health, or something else in life that’s consumed you. We hope listeners like the song and can connect with it. To us that’s the most important thing. We want to have that emotional connection with our fans,” the duo explains.

Dreamy Emo // CLOVES – “Gone” (Charli XCX & Christine & The Queens Rework)

A huge fan of both Charli XCX and Christine & The Queens, London-based Australian CLOVES pays homage to these creative masterminds pairing by putting her own spin on this much-loved track.


Ascendant pop star Ghita has gone from strength-to-strength over the course of recent releases such as ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Real Lies’ (featuring CKay). Full of empowering attitude, her irresistible blend of inventive alt-pop and bass-heavy R&B draws on an international array of influences to create something with global appeal. It’s a distinctive style that’s been praised by the likes of Clash, High Snobiety, Idolator, Notion, PAPER and Wonderland while quickly accumulating over 4 million streams.

Raven Drops Video For “Not So Easy”

The British/American metal trio Raven releases a new single and video for the song “Not So Easy”. The song is taken from the new studio album “Metal City”.

John Gallagher: “We actually shot this back in April 2019 in Los Angeles while we were doing some studio lunacy at Mike Heller’s place… just a regular day at the office….lunatic style!”

Victoria Monét drops ‘A Jaguar Christmas: The Orchestral Arrangements’

In the good spirit of the holiday, Victoria Monét released ‘A Jaguar Christmas’ and wraps a proverbial bow on an exceptional year for her artistry. The nine-track orchestral arrangements of her hit project Jaguar, which was released in August of 2020 was arranged by Pirahnahead.

Victoria Monét Releases ‘A Jaguar Christmas: The Orchestral Arrangements’

SAXON proudly display their “Inspirations”

Set for release on March 19th 2021, via Silver Lining Music, Inspirations gets things rolling with the release of Saxon’s crunching take on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’. Biff Byford comments: “Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked the Beatles, but the Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

New Music: London’s Authentic Voice of Soul Kianja Embraces Honesty in Powerful New EP (Support: Rinse FM // Radio 1)

London-based songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Kianja returns in December with some of her most powerful & affecting compositions, in the form of new EP ‘In A Different Light’. A collection of deeply personal tracks, influenced by elements of soul, jazz, gospel and pop – that explores the young artists personal development, her challenges and vulnerabilities through the vehicle of incredibly powerful songwriting.


The single features a lyric sample from The Streets’ ‘Weak Become Heroes’ which has Mike Skinner’s blessing. The track embodies EYK’s signature style with synth layered beats and a continuous flow of pensive lyrics, creating an ethereal and moody track.