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‘Demos Vol.1’ is a reflection of his journey so far – lead track ‘Yes or No’ was originally released in 2019 and picked up across tastemaker blogs such as Hilly Dilly. This buzz paved the way for the young Scottish-Nigerian’s record deal with Black Butter, and the beginning of what has been an impressive year for the 18 year old. Previously unheard tracks ‘Seventeen’ (produced by Courage and Tayo Sound) and ‘Holdin’ On’ (produced by Roy Lenzo and Capi) appear in their earliest incarnation, showcasing Tayo Sound’s natural song writing skill.

GATTÜSO, Asketa & Natan Chaim link up on brand new single ‘Bring That Back’ feat. Nadia Gattas

GATTÜSO, Asketa & Natan Chaim and Nadia Gattas have joined forces on new single ‘Bring That Back’, out 18th December on Ultra.

Marking GATTÜSO’s sixth single release on Ultra in 2020 alone, ‘Bring That Back’ is a sultry anthem that demands your attention as it describes the all-so-relatable feelings experienced during the beginning of a passionate relationship. The single starts powerfully with its instantly infectious hook, gritty percussion, a deep, pulsating bassline, and Gattas’ seductive vocals highlighted by her call to ‘Bring [those feelings] Back.’


A stripped back and haunting edit of ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’, LOWES’ reimagining replaces the electronic element of the original, pairing string melodies and subtle piano keys that bring the emotive vocal performance to the fore.

Fally Ipupa unveils new album Tokooos II

Building a reputation around his ability to transcend genres and rise above African borders, Tokooos II sees Fally Ipupa combine R&B and trap beats with more traditional Congolese sounds like soukous and ndombolo. The sprawling, 16-track release is also characterised by a long list of star-studded collaborations, including on Fally’s feel-good recent single ‘Likolo’, which features French rapper Ninho. Elsewhere there are appearances from Strasbourg singer-songwriter M. Pokora on the spanish guitar-led ‘Juste Une Fois’, French-Congolese artist Naza on the emotion-tinged ‘Oza Yanga’ while Dadju features amidst the acoustic vibes of ‘Un Coup’.

Blxst releases music video for ‘Got It All’ feat Dom Kennedy

Today, hip-hop artist-to-watch Blxst releases the music video for his single “Got It All,” featuring fellow LA rapper Dom Kennedy.

The hit record is off Blxst’s recent deluxe release of No Love Lost via Red Bull Records, which features six new tracks and additional collaborations from Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, and Bino Rideaux.

Complimenting the theme and lyrics of the song, the creative visual taps into the world of fine art, featuring Dom and Blxst as they explore an art gallery and flex their own artistic skills. Admiring the women around them as works of art themselves, the video pays tribute to the female form, showing off the women in their lives who “got it all.”

ENTORX – Release “Death Machine” (one take vocal performance)

Since 2009, ENTORX provide rough, athmospheric and complex Death / Thrash Metal, with a blend of Progressive music. Pushing and playful drums collide with mighty walls of guitars, which are underpinned by driving and highly variable bass compositions. René’s bloodcurdling vocals cap it all, while seamlessly changing to impressive clean vocals.

In 2020, ENTORX plans to increase their range massively. Their previously released EP „Theta Waves” and LP “Broken Ways” are highly praised: a more than solid foundation is already pounded. Also, they are known for their energetic and precise live performances.

One Week To Go: time for Dee Snider & Lzzy Hale “The Magic Of Christmas Day”

DEE SNIDER and HALESTORM’S LZZY HALE have teamed up for their thoroughly rock ‘n roll rendition of the Snider-penned holiday classic “The Magic of Christmas Day.” This version features lots of bells, rowdy riffs, and the two iconic vocalists playing off one another for an unforgettable offering which is sure to find itself on repeat on the Christmas playlists of rockers, rollers, and headbangers everywhere this holiday season, –

Imanbek and Goodboys link up on new single ‘Goodbye’

Globally acclaimed artists Imanbek and Goodboys have joined forces on new single ‘Goodbye’, out now.

World-conquering artists who boast 6.4 billion combined streams and 39.6 million combined monthly listeners, ‘Goodbye’ sees Imanbek and Goodboys craft an infectious dance-pop jam that pairs a deep, chunky bassline with the instantly recognisable vocal hooks of Goodboys. Shot with the exclusive permission of a UK based traveller community, the accompanying official video captures the excitement and suspense of a horse chariot race, an intrinsic part of traveller culture. Directed by Charlie Robins (Rudimental, Beyoncé, Naughty Boy) the exhilarating visuals prove to be a perfect match for the energy of the track itself.


With songs that she has been involved in as a singer or songwriter, Sanna Martinez already has several million streams on Spotify. Among other things, she is a co-composer of songs that have competed in Iceland’s and Poland’s Eurovision Song Contest competitions and she has also been heard in the popular American TV series Love Island. But despite the fact that she also made her stage debut at the age of 5 (!), five years later sang for hundreds of thousands of TV viewers in a popular Swedish song contest and the same year also represented Sweden and came second in the big final of Melodi Grand Prix Nordic, it is actually only now, with the new single Better This Way, that her solo career begins “for real”.

Tomi Agape releases her highly anticipated debut EP Never Gunna Be The Same

Born in North West London, Tomi’s inspiration is a mixture of her parents Nigerian heritage combined with the influence of her icons Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Beyonce. As an underground legend, Tomi became a key figure in both London and Nigeria’s Alté scene, becoming one of the first women to experiment with the genre. Solidifying her status as one of the original trailblazers, she featured on the culturally defining track ‘Rapid Fire’ which reached over 10 million streams.

Quality Control Songstress Layton Greene Returns With Sexy New Single & Cinematic Visual

As one of Quality Control Music’s brightest young stars, singer & songwriter Layton Greene has shared her newest single “Chosen One.” Greene returns with a heartfelt track that puts her powerful voice over classically smooth R&B production accompanying a video that follows her and a love interest on the run as they set all evidence ablaze.

Behemoth’s Nergal Guests On HELL-BORN – “Natas Liah” – (Blackened Death Metal)

Odium Records proudly announces that 12 years after the last album, the cult Polish HELL-BORN returns with a new one. The band was started in 1996 by Behemoth co-founder Baal and Les , also a former Behemoth musician as well as a member of Damnation . There are IX songs on ” Natas Liah ” – old school, black death metal with a bit of melodies typical for the group. There were also some guests during the recording session, including Adam Nergal Darski. The band confirms that it is by far the best album in their career.

Jason Payne releases debut melodic metal single ‘Waking The Damned’

“Waking the Damned represents a chapter in my life that took me to where I’m at today. Inspired by the Camus tale “The Myth of Sisyphus”, this song explores the sensation of feeling restrained, misunderstood, trapped and as if your life was already decided and programmed, right from the moment you were born. It’s about saying “enough”, drop the stone, “lose the chains” and live your life.”

Introducing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s new recording of the classic festive hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

A classical version of one of Britain’s most popular festive songs, Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”, has been recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is set for imminent release.

This perennial favourite has charted no less than 16 times since it was originally released in 1973, when it was written, performed and produced by national music legend Roy Wood.


Having recently released his acclaimed Appalachian soul album ‘Midnight Testaments’, Jerry Castle today shares a brand new track with a fascinating backstory. His new song ‘With The Band’ features the legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys, who is best remembered for his work with The Rolling Stones. The late musician’s work with the band spanned 1969 to 2014, with highlights including the famous sax that features on ‘Brown Sugar’ and numerous world tours. His countless other credits include John Lennon, Marvin Gaye and Eric Clapton.

Award-Winning Composers and World-Class Musicians Bring Three Tributes CD to Life

Immerse yourself in an emotional violin solo, get swept up by stunningly prestissimo strings, and experience the layered splendor of four hands on two pianos. Three Tributes is a music CD (with an accompanying booklet) featuring three breathtaking, original scores that would make a welcome addition to anyone’s collection of chamber orchestra music.

The CD features award-winning composers Kevin Puts, Andrea Clearfield and Gunther Schuller, along with a host of world-class performers. Three Tributes was commissioned by fellow musicians (and brothers) Robert and James Freeman as a way of honoring their family’s musical legacy, which spans three generations. Their parents, Henry and Florence Knope Freeman, were both children of musicians and graduated the Eastman School of Music in Rochester in 1930.

Both Robert and James Freeman studied piano and theory at Cambridge’s Longy School while graduating from Milton Academy, and studied performance during the summers at Tanglewood, Blue Hill and Marlboro. They went on to Harvard, where each graduated with honors, followed by travelling fellowships for study in Europe.


Today, Ruel shares a video for “say it over” feat. Cautious Clay, a standout track from Ruel’s new EP Bright Lights, Red Eyes, out now via RCA Records. “say it over” was described by PAPER as a song that “delivers the soulful sound Ruel has come to be known for.” The minimalist, black and white visuals of the Grey Ghost-directed video compliment a highly emotive visual performance from Ruel with a beautiful cameo from Cautious filmed in NY. Written entirely in Paris, the EP includes previously-released singles “courage,” which arrived with a 60’s mod-themed visualizer, “as long as you care,” and “distance,” another gem from the EP with a visual on the way.

Dr Schwamp and his ensemble extravaganza release musically invigorating album & single!

For the mysterious, peripatetic Dr Schwamp, every performance is a walk-in surgery, at which he and his highly trained acolytes serve up a thrilling “Cure-All Tonic” involving a secret recipe of blues, funk, gypsy, folk and swing all delivered with poetry, precision and power. Dr Schwamp will enthrall you with his combo of gritty vocals, witty lyrics and dizzying facility on violin, blues harp and BAGPIPES! (We kid you not). While his highly skilled team of sonic surgeons perform complicated operations involving finely tuned instruments and fleet-fingered frettings, the album takes you on a sonic journey, uplifting and energetic, and is one to be enjoyed in full.

Nu Deco Ensemble Release Humans Vs Robots – A Daft Punk Orchestral Tribute

“When you listen to the music of Daft Punk, there’s a very baroque classical quality to what they do,” shares Nu Deco Ensemble co-founder and artistic director Sam Hyken. “Part of what I wanted to do with this suite is remove the drum elements, highlighting this classical texture. I also wanted to highlight the two distinct phases of Daft Punk, with a record like ‘Random Access Memories’ which feature more acoustic instruments as well as the earlier work which is more electronic.”

(Skope Magazine) Canadian indie-folk outfit deliver hopeful meditations to the live industry

Taken from their recently released EP ‘Upon the Horizon’, the four members of Villages continue to keep the spirit of their home province, Nova Scotia, in their thoughts, whilst letting their minds escape to their fantasies. Directed by Mel Stone, the new live visuals for ‘Poetry in Motion’ see’s the band gather together; projecting a hopeful message that things will get better through velvety indie-folk. With the ongoing pandemic restrictions, it’s an outlook that we all need to hear from time to time, especially the live industry.

Camelphat release video for Easier

Directed by Tom Haines,the video portrays a series of dancers performing alone in empty London nightclub FOLD. The visual is a tribute to struggling night clubs which are still closed due to the pandemic. CamelPhat have been throwing their support behind nightlife & hospitality industries affected by Covid 19, petitioning for campaigns such as Let Us Dance and recently recording their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix at an empty Printworks.

jxdn Drops “Better Off Dead” – Music Video OUT NOW

Featured at #4 on Billboard’s Top New Rock Artists year-end chart along with making his debut in their annual 21 Under 21 list, jxdn continues to cement his place as rock’s biggest rising star after a whirlwind year that saw him become the first artist signed to Barker’s DTA Records, a worldwide joint venture with Elektra Music Group.


Ahead of a holiday season which will see friends and family divided all over the world due to the Covid pandemic, emerging Canadian artist renforshort has hooked up with rising artist Curtis Waters on a rousing new version of her stellar single, ‘fuck, i luv my friends’.

Test Patterns Unveil Hypnotic Video For “Trendsetter”

Oakland based electronic duo, Test Patterns have unveiled their surreal, hypnotic new video for “Trendsetter.”

The track is a contemporary take on classic Portishead, full of contempt for our current cultural priorities and values. (Be sure to peep the lyrics in the video description to get the full effect!) Featuring icy synths and a super catchy melody, you’ll definitely find yourself lost in Test Patterns’ web.

MAURI DARK Drops Single, Lyric Video “Poison Woman”

“Poison Woman” is a rock-spiced, up-tempo song from the dark, folky debut. 70s drums, bass, Western movie-ish electric guitar and a doomsday piano are the framework for Mauri Dark’s acoustic baritone guitar and deep, low voice. After five albums and hundreds of shows, the frontman for metal duo, Mystons (born Mauri Kosonen, 1978) has stepped into the bare boots of a vulnerable acoustic storyteller. “Poison Woman” is the first song written for his debut.


Today chart-topping phenom and platinum-selling rapper, G Herbo, closes a break-out year with a powerful “Statement” on new song and video, available everywhere.

Over throwback production, G Herbo breathlessly raps like his life depends on it. He doesn’t shy away from darkness, but manages to rise up all the same with an undeniable declaration, “In my city, I’m a God motherfucker.” Clocking in at just over two minutes, he holds nothing back as he spits, “All I’m gonna say is before fame, bitch I been the truth.”

Tyla Yaweh, Gunna + Wiz Khalifa Link For New Song “All The Smoke”

Tyla Yaweh has spent the last two years on a steady rise, and momentum is certainly working in his favor. “All The Smoke” oozes with the realization of this potential. As he kicks off the record and handles hook duties with his well-polished flow and sprightly cadence, Tyla not only sounds very much like he belongs—he sounds comfortable. The result of this dynamic is audible. “All The Smoke” is easily his most anthem-ready release to-date. Look out for the official music video, coming soon.

ENFORCED Unleash “Hemorrhage”; 1st Song Released From ‘Kill Grid’

“The first half is about the death of innocence, or the death of an innocent person, due to the surge of distrust, outrage, and skepticism of a society”, says Knox Colby (vocals). “While people arrogantly and pompously saber rattle over trivial things, real people are getting hurt and caught in the crossfire.” Guitarist Will Wagstaff further explains: “Musically we wanted to write a song that was driving and pummeling and the original vibe to the beginning was ‘Death Camps’ Cro-Mags inspired. This was one of the first songs written and completed for the album,” states ENFORCED about the track.

Worakls & Rusanda Panfili join forces on new single ‘Storm’

Finding the middle ground between the visceral energy of the club and the majestic beauty of the orchestra, ‘Storm’ is a thrilling combination of pulsating kick drums, powerful melodic breakdowns and Rusanda Panfili’s exquisite violin prowess. It follows Sur le front des animaux menacés, WorakIs’ stunning 14-track album that christened the launch of Sonate.

DC The Don Mobs Out With The Homies In New “ØUTLAW” Video

A versatile talent who splits the difference between pop-punk and futuristic trap, DC The Don is proud to be different. Today, he returns with a colorful and energetic new video for “ØUTLAW.” Produced by frequent collaborator, Supah Mario (Drake, Lil Uzi Vert), “ØUTLAW” is a testament to DC’s spectacular ear for production, complete with exciting ad-libs and layered vocals that make the track pop. The song pays tribute to the ØUTLAW collective, a group of young artists, producers, videographers, and other creatives to which DC belongs. The video, directed by 713Bran, finds DC and his fellow outlaw homies kicking back, pouring up, and relishing in their recent successes. “ØUTLAW” is a standout cut from the Deluxe edition of Come As You Are, DC’s debut album

Bonnie Tyler: New single “When The Lights Go Down” and Lyric Video out today

Today sees the release of Bonnie Tyler’s new song “When The Lights Go Down” from the forthcoming brand-new studio album “The Best Is Yet To Come”, out on February 26th, 2021 on earMUSIC. The song is accompanied by a lyric video.

“And when the lights go down / We’ll take the radio out on the back porch / We’ll dance real slow, ’til all this world just disappears”

Morgan Wade Debuts New Song “Don’t Cry,” Produced by Sadler Vaden, Along with Music Video

Morgan Wade grew up keeping her writing and her singing to herself, convinced her voice, which differed from those coming from country radio, wasn’t good enough to share.

“Honestly, I think that was really good for me,” Wade shares. “It made me think, ‘Alright, well, I’m not going to sing for anybody else – I’m singing for myself.’ I think it just takes a while. After spending all those years feeling like I wasn’t good enough, it takes time to rewire your brain––it’s been an incredibly therapeutic. By sharing my journey and stories from my more reckless days, I hope it’s a way for others to get to know me, too.”

The Band’s Classic Third Album, “Stage Fright,” Celebrated With Remixed, Remastered And Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition Releases

One of the few things known about the elusive band was that, along with neighbor and collaborator Bob Dylan, they called the rural artist community of Woodstock, NY home base, years before the sleepy town became a cultural flashpoint and shorthand for the emerging counterculture in the wake of the massive Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, held 40 miles southwest in Bethel, NY. The one band to actually hail from Woodstock, The Band famously played their second-ever show on the final day of the festival in front of nearly half a million people.

Pressa Shares “Blackberry Zap” Video W/ Jackboy

On December 16, after his livestream event on Happin.App, Pressa surprised concertgoers with a sneak peak of the official video for “Blackberry Zap” ft. Jackboy. Today, the video is out on streaming platforms for all fans to enjoy. The song is a departure from the hard, street tracks Pressa is known for, but still feels authentic by meshing both rappers’ melodic rap styles with Jackboy’s southern Florida charm.


Today, Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records releases a new single and music video for “Take It To Trial” off of the forthcoming album Slime Language 2. On the song, label boss Young Thug is joined by fellow YSL Records signees Gunna and Yak Gotti. The three rappers collide on the Wheezy produced beat, lacing the high energy track with their distinct flows. The music video co-directed by Young Thug, shows the rappers dropping off their bars in luxury all while aesthetically embodying their own style. While “Take It To Trial” is the first time all three rappers appear on the same track, fans are no stranger to the trio’s sonic chemistry as displayed on Gunna’s “Wunna Flo” ft. Yak Gotti released earlier this year; cult classics such as Young Thug’s “Dream” and “Slime Shit” ft. Yak Gotti; alongside countless other collaborations across the YSL Records roster.