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HDBeenDope Releases Nostalgic New Video For “FIN”

“The FIN video is a special one because it relates to my music the most,” HD explains to Flaunt.com, who premiered the new video yesterday. “Being the music I make is so personal I find myself listening to it and remembering the exact situation that I was in that made me write those words. This video is a series of moments over the last year and as each of them came up I remembered exactly where I was and what was going on.”

ICYMI- Test Patterns Unveil Surreal 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.

Leslie Mendelson Shares “Happy New Year” Video Performance

“Back in October I was taking requests for a live stream I was about to play at City Winery and someone asked for my song ‘Happy New Year,'” explains Leslie. “I was thinking that it was a little early to play a holiday song, but seeing as how badly everyone wants this year to be over with, I decided to include it and it felt really right singing it that night.”

Nathaniel Rateliff and Elle King debut latest Marigold Single “Xmas to Forget”

Of the track, Rateliff remarks, “Elle and I had been talking about working on a couple of tunes and doing a version of one of the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Christmas songs. But as we were working on it we decided it would be fun to write our own. Joseph (of the Night Sweats) said we should write a Christmas to forget in reference to how hard this year has been for everyone so we ran with the idea.”

Steve Aoki & Aloe Blacc Unite on Uplifting Collaboration “My Way”

2x-Grammy-nominated producer/DJ and artist Steve Aoki unites with platinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer and activist Aloe Blacc on the motivational anthem to close out 2020, “My Way.” The new work is the first official collaboration between Aoki and Blacc. It arrives as the world reflects on the past and prepares to enter a new year.

Blacc’s uplifting lyrics speak to maintaining optimism and faith through trying times: “I can make it through this / You can throw the world in my face / But the fear gives me life / And I swear ’til I die I’m gonna do it my way.” The message is accentuated by Aoki’s upbeat synth melodies and dynamic backbeat, blending seamlessly with Blacc’s soulful touch.

Space Kamp Releases “Sunrays No Shade”

The psychedelic, Hip Hop and Reggae genre-bending duo Space Kamp is excited to announce their new single “Sunrays No Shade” due out December 18th! The new single is the first release since their critically acclaimed and fan favorite album Electric Lemonade.

DEAD EXALTATION: Indian prog/tech death metal band shares new track via Everything Is Noise

“Coerced Sewer Ingest” is the first single from Despondent, the upcoming album by Indian technical/progressive death metal band Dead Exaltation. The album features the absolute finest of South Asian extreme metal musicianship and songwriting, as is exemplified in the debut single.

Dead Exaltation Dishes Out Brutality With New Single “Coerced Sewer Ingest”

ICYMI- “Over It (and It’s Christmas Eve)”- The Holiday Video From Fantasy Non Fiction’s Rose Cangelosi

Here’s what Rose Cangelosi had to say about “Over It (and It’s Christmas Eve)”:

“This song is my ‘River.’ I wrote it last year around the time I was having some issues with my partner and the holiday spirit was haunting me. I haven’t been super into Christmas for a while, I’m in a place where I really appreciate chosen family potlucks more than sudo-religious capitalistic traditions. My favorite verse is the one about inviting your demons to tea. Its based off of a story my favorite spiritual teacher, Tara Brach, shared. When the meddling demon god Mara shows his face, Buddha invites him for tea instead of being afraid. In my reflection, my demons accept the invitation and then taunt me for not feeding them- sounds about right!”

Japanese-Chinese male dance collective WARPs UP announce new song ‘Cloud 9’

Following the release of ‘Hali Gali’ in November, WARPs UP collaborated on ‘Cloud 9’ with producer/songwriter team Tony Esterly and Paige Blue, whose past hits include ‘Satisfied’ by Sia and several tracks for BTS. Since WARPs UP’s aim is to redefine dance and its place within performance and entertainment, the studio session for ‘Cloud 9’ saw the collaborators creating the song while considering the choreography in tandem. The result is a fresh and exciting song with a natural groove and lyrics in Japanese, English and Chinese.

DIRA MORTIS: No Clean Singing Streams Ancient Breath Of Forgotten Misanthropy Album

On Ancient Breath Of Forgotten Misanthropy, DIRA MORTIS brings forth seven massive tracks of classic death metal tracks influenced by the likes of Incantation, Immolation, and Autopsy. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Roslyn Studios with producer Krzysztof Godycki (Kult Mogi³, Morda Stigmata, Stillborn, Ulcer), and completed with cover art and layout by Bart³omiej Kurzok and photos by Marcin Studzinski. The album’s intro and outro were produced by £ukasz “Zenial” Sza³ankiewicz with Elene Aladashvili on vocals, and the track “Twilight Of Divine Purgatory” features a guest solo by Uappa Terror.

For Skope: Marc Benjamin & Tishmal’s deep house-influenced vocal single “Blinded By Your Light” on Protocol [out now]

Marc Benjamin & Tishmal’s newest release – “Blinded By Your Light,” a melodic, deep house-influenced progressive track that just dropped on Nicky Romero’s Protocol, right before the holidays.

Fayn – “No Risk No Reward” (Music Video)

This hard hitting record describes ghetto luxury meets beautiful struggle. Its impressive depiction of the aftermath of an unexpected situation. It’s a journey on a road unpaved breaking away from fear by over coming and conquering self doubt. A hustlers prelude if you must. Taking chances no matter the odds. No risk no reward.

Artist: PLO – Track: Some Things

PLO is an artist with roots in Switzerland and a strong connection to London.

The genre of PLO’s music could be described as a mix between Hip-Hop/ Rap and RnB. PLO listens to a wide area of different genres and artists like Kendrick Lamar, Brent Faiyaz, Wizkid and many more. He’s steady trying to discover different sounds and integrate them in his own music.

PLO released his first song Into You in September 2020. It’s a love song dedicated to a special girl in his life.Artist based in Switzerland and London.

Artist: Matthias Springer – Track: Broken System

Matthias Springer (aka Aksutique / aka MFS) is involved in the electronic music scene since the late 1990’s, always very versatile in choosing the sound he likes and plays. He feels comfotable in a lot of very different genres, from experimental electronica, to deep house and dub techno, always with the influence of acid and Detroit elements.

SPIRIT IN THE ROOM: Full Live Set Now Streaming

Los Angeles-based eclectic rock unit and recent Housecore Records signees SPIRIT IN THE ROOM are currently streaming a full live performance, portions of which initially debuted as part of En Minor’s livestream earlier this month. The twenty-two-minute set was filmed at The Brite Room, an extension of Music Freqs music store in Camarillo, California (formerly Rock City Studios) and serves as a precursor to the band’s as-yet-untitled EP, set for release in 2021.

Blakkamoore – Releases ‘Change’ video

Additionally, the song “Change” saw its U.S. debut on Rootfire. Art directed by co-producer, guitarist Andrew Moon Bain and edited and filmed by Birhan Tonge, the music video features choreographer and dancer KYx Kajiiko along with a dance crew from Kampala, Uganda. It beautifully captures footage from Ethiopia, and Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica to name a few, with Kajiiko and crew taking center stage.

‘Cease and Desist’ – Indie rockers respond to Trump’s unauthorized song use

In response to President Trump unauthorized use of their song, “Beast,” Aja Volkman-Reynolds and Dan Epand of the band TWO, formerly of Nico Vega, have issued a statement and dropped a Spotify playlist highlighting bands that have had their music used without permission by the 45th President of the United States.

The “Cease and Desist” playlist contains tracks from bands as varied as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elton John, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Queen, Rhianna, REM and many more.

French metalcore/rock newcomers DIZORDER streamed brand new album ‘SKY//LIGHT’

As announced during the last weeks with the singles “Lili//Moon” and “Soul//Less”, French metal(core) newcomers Dizorder finally released their debut full-length album called ‘SKY//LIGHT’, available right now on CD & Digital through all platforms.

In addition to the official release-news, the band also shared the whole effort for free streaming on Bandcamp.

RAGE IN MY EYES Release Video For ′′Winter Dream” Performed At The Roadie Crew Online Festival!

On December 11th, Brazilian heavy metallers RAGE IN MY EYES performed at the 9th edition of Roadie Crew online festival. The video for the song ′′Winter Dream” in quarantine version is now available on the band’s Youtube Channel, watch it here: