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The track is produced by Joel Little and the video is directed by Tusk Creative. This release follows the critically acclaimed release of Dunbar’s track “love, or the lack thereof” which was called “excellent” by Billboard, had The Interns declaring it “A bounding, boisterous song about yearning with a chorus that bursts with heart”. “intimate moments” as well as “love, or the lack thereof” will both be featured on Dunbar’s 3rd EP, “evil twin” slated for release in February 2021.

Lowertown Release ‘Honeycomb, Bedbug’ EP on Dirty Hit – Listen Now!

Lowertown’s Olivia Osby and Avsha Weinberg first met in math class in high school after discovering their shared love for DIY music, and now they create, record, produce and master all of their tracks from their basement studio. Their music mixes lush instrumentation, samples, synthesizers and homemade ambiance paired with moody vocals and lyrics. They released their debut single “George” in 2018 (recorded when the pair were just 16 years old), and subsequent debut LP Friends in 2019 which garnered millions of organic streams on Spotify. Call 2020 what you will, the year has been epic for Osby and Weinberg who graduated high school, completed another EP and signed with Dirty Hit. Influenced by the likes of Aphex Twin, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, (Sandy) Alex G, and Animal Collective, Lowertown have already begun making waves in the UK, having drawn acclaim from The Guardian who praised their “intricate prettiness and Oliva Osby’s spirited frustration,” and The Observer who recently made “Best Person You Know” a “Hot Track.” BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders has emerged as an early champion with airplay on his Future Artists show. The band also launched their own cooking show Cooking with Lowertown just last week.

French Alternative/Metal Rockers PERSEIDE shared new music video “Siren In The Distance”

A few weeks after te official release of their debut full-length album ‘The Only Thing’, French alternative-metal/rockers from Lyon PERSEIDE keep to be active and pushing some content sharing a new music video for the song “Siren In The Distance” on YouTube.

SHAED Releases Stirring Ballad “Once Upon A Time” w/ Stunning Music Video

SHAED’s Chelsea Lee, and twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst (Lee’s husband) self-produced the stirring ballad in their home-studio and directed the 13-piece FAME’S Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra alongside renowned composer Jherek Bischoff (Brian Eno, Angel Olsen) via Zoom. Carried by Lee’s warm vocals, verses build with plucking and swaying strings before crashing into the song’s wide-open choruses, culminating in a final, soundtrack-worthy, orchestral movement. The track comes from the band’s highly anticipated debut album – due out April 16th, 2021 via Photo Finish Records.

SOUVLAKI, watch the new video for the single “Isolation”

Souvlaki releases a new video for his new single “Isolation”.

After announcing the release of his second EP titled “Continued Survival”, the Italian-born electronica musician and producer unveils another piece of this new work, which was anticipated by the single “7LUNGS” (featuring Slim Gong) at the beginning of November.

“Isolation” features Deborah Grandi on vocals and is presented with a stop motion video directed by Souvlaki himself, along with Carlo Rodella and Nicola Nolli.


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.


Emerging collective 99 Neighbors are capping off a prolific 2020 with the delivery of “GUTS,” an emphatic new song and cutting edge video shot entirely on a VHS camera, which premiered today via Complex. The native Vermont conglomerate of creatives have been dropping heat all year and most recently released their two-song bundle “QWOP” and “Basement.” “GUTS,” produced by in-house producer Somba and featuring rappers Sam Paulino, Swank and HANKNATIVE, arrives as the group embarks on recording their debut album. The body of work will be released in 2021 and fulfill the insatiable appetite 99 Neighbors fans have grown since the group made a splash with their self-released Television project.

Moontype premiere debut single on FADER/”Ferry” called “a gauzy Midwest fantasy”

Laying down roots at Oberlin College before officially becoming a band in Chicago last year, it has not take Moontype long to start turning heads. Despite having no music online, the three piece (composed of singer/bassist Margaret McCarthy, guitarist Ben Cruz and drummer Emerson Hunton) began playing in their adoptive city in 2019 with only a pair of Bandcamp demos to their name and quickly started appearing on bills with buzzing acts like Strange Ranger, Horsejumper of Love and Paear. This led to them capturing the attention of the rising Chicago label Born Yesterday (helmed by Deeper’s Kevin Fairbairn and the increasingly ubiquitous engineer Greg Obis), who have recently garnered an expanding national profile with releases from DIY circuit up and comers Landowner and Cafe Racer. Today, Moontype are announcing their signing to the label with their single “Ferry” which is premiering via The FADER.


Since emerging on TV screens back in 2016 winning The X Factor Australia and going on to grace the global stage at the 2017 Eurovision Song Content where he placed 9th, Isaiah Firebrace has become the most-streamed Indigenous male pop artist in Australian history, an incredible feat for the 21-year-old Yorta Yorta man. After a few years tapping into his true self, Isaiah is back stronger than ever with his new single “You”.

“Lalala” Hitmakers bbno$ & Y2K Reunite for the Hilarious “Wawawa” Music Video

Armed with a knack for snappy wordplay, off-color humor, and infectious melodies, bbno$ is finding immense success on his own terms. Today, bbno$ reconnects with producer/artist Y2K to share “Wawawa,” an infectious earworm and a worthy follow-up to their smash hit “Lalala,” Built around Y2K’s shimmering stabs of reverbed synths, “Wawawa” derives its power from bb’s instantly memorable hook, which contrasts his passion for getting money with nonsense syllables that befit a literal baby. The video takes a literal approach to bb’s “I’m a baby” lyrical hook, portraying the Vancouver native as an overgrown baby as Y2K plays his loving, but distracted mother. Directed with a cinematic sheen by Morgan Freed, the “Wawawa” revels in its absurd imagery, aided by the total commitment of both artists, who throw themselves into their characters with verve and humor.

OUT TODAY: Double Tiger Releases Sophomore Album “The Journey”

After dropping his Easy Star Records debut album Sharp & Ready to critical acclaim, Double Tiger (Jay Spaker) is back with The Journey, which is his most diverse and personal collection to date. The album features an all-star lineup of artists including Slightly Stoopid, The Movement, Ranking Joe, Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Suckarie (New Kingston), and Karim Israel (Arise Roots).

Rising Country Singer/Songwriter JD Reynolds Releases Debut Single, “This Year”

Rising Country singer/songwriter JD Reynolds is making her mark on the times with the release of her debut single, “This Year.” This hard-hitting single uncovers the truth in the uncertainty that 2020 has stood to symbolize. Entering the scene as an anthem for the unprecedented events that have made 2020 such a shock factor across the world, “This Year” describes what exactly pushed Reynolds over the edge; ironically the thing that most rely on to bring them together: Family. This single dares fans to recall moments of hysteria and turn them into hope for the coming year that lies just beyond the horizon. “This Year” was exclusively premiered on CMChatlive.com and is now available to download and stream on all digital platforms.

Reo Cragun Releases ‘Beam Me Up’ EP via BMG/D2 Entertainment

The artist skillfully incorporates elements of R&B, hip-hop, pop, indie and electronic music into this EP, and these songs thrive on Reo’s own heartfelt vulnerability and his ability to embrace and confront a sense of inner conflict, sorrow, and melancholy with confidence. Reaching into that well of universal feelings to reach his fans through a wide variety of styles and genres may be what the buzzy artist does best. It’s uniquely Reo Cragun.

“The only thing I can do is tell my story and hope people can relate to it in some way,” says Reo Cragun. “When fans tell me, ‘It’s like this song was written for me, it really helps me,’ that’s the shit I live for. At the end of the day, I want my listeners to sit in the driver’s seat of this world I create for them. If I can do that, where they can live in that world, that’s when I know I’ve written an amazing song. That’s so powerful.”


The ‘Lento’ remix features Latin-GRAMMY nominated breakout star Rauw Alejandro and was produced by two-time GRAMMY Award winning Tainy. The track embraces Lauren’s Cuban American heritage, incorporating both native languages into one sultry track.

Waxflight Announces New LP, Shares Single “Fall Into Life”

Flowers can brighten a room or signal grief. They can grow unattended or under a watchful eye. They signify love, loss, and celebration.

Waxflight’s new album Flowers is an offering that gives the listener all of this. The lead single “Fall into Life” is a ringing bell to let us all know we are doing the best we can in this time of shelter in place, 6 feet apart, social-distance and uncertainty. These songs grew out of darkness and light and were cultivated across wires and screens rather than studios and rooms. But it is real, nonetheless.

Alia Lene Releases Christmas Miracle EP Today

The EP sees a modern take on Christmas classics like ‘Santa Baby’ and ‘Drummer Boy and the title track is featured in the BET holiday movie ‘Twas The Chaos Before Christmas (Airing December 12th on BET, check local listings). The film premiered last year and is their highest rated Christmas movie ever. The soundtrack also features the song Christmas Morning. Alia Lene says “They not only used Christmas Miracle but also Christmas Morning and I’m extremely ecstatic about it. The movie is hilarious. Terri J. Vaughn did such a great job and I’m just so happy to be a part of such greatness.”

Out now: Taiwanese indie pop duo The Fur. share new album, ‘Serene Reminder’

Taiwanese indie-pop duo, The Fur. (yes, with the period included), share their sophomore album, Serene Reminder, out now. This timely album begs the question: When life loses its brakes and spins out of control; when the world’s running order changes; or even worse: when loved ones fade away. In this endless derailment from daily life, is there a constant, new normal that can alleviate all of this?


Welcome to the new era of vocal quintet Citizen Queen. Today, the group is excited to officially release their first original song “Call Me Queen,” a powerful pop/R&B rallying cry, wrapped firmly in self-empowerment and swagger via RCA Records. Working with some of the hottest writers and producers in the industry, “Call Me Queen” is written by pop maverick Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber), Grammy-Award winning female hit-making duo NOVA WAV (Beyoncé, Ariana Grande) and Shawn Serrano aka Shawn Wasabi. The track was produced by NOVA WAV and co-produced by Shawn Wasabi.

Tigers On Opium Announce New EP on Forbidden Planet Records

Invisible Oranges says “Dark Electric crackles with warmth. Crunchy low-end guitars, vintage drum tone, and faintly lo-fi vocals lend the song’s stoner shuffle a pleasant retro feel that contrasts with the melancholy subject matter.”

Tigers On Opium are a Portland-based stoner rock band formed out of a magical mix of scene veterans jamming and sheer happenstance. From their origins in 2015 ideas germinated for three years as the band crafted the perfect lineup, but since then the band has been hard at it. They have hence produced a stoner rock sound that hints at a love for psychedelics and hip hop, as well as a passion for literature and philosophy. This has given the band a unique aesthetic of great art that stays classy with a nice touch of grit. It sets them a head and shoulder above their peers an gives them a sound to call their own.