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Casscade and Raj Forever team up with visual director Lukey for new video ‘Crazy Scenes’

North West LDN rapper and creative Casscade has just dropped these striking new visuals on GRM Daily’s YouTube, teaming up with director Lukey who has delivered some crazy scenes to match the track. ‘Crazy Scenes’ which dropped late 2020 sees Casscade collab with the hotly tipped artist/producer Raj Forever and prolific American producer Saint Cardona (whose credits include; Young M.A, Octavian, Fivio Foreign and Mariah Angelica).

Waltzer announces debut album on Side Hustle Records, shares video

The album announcement follows a very active 2020 for Waltzer — no small feat for a year that saw many acts grounded before takeoff. Waltzer released singles like “I Don’t Wanna Die,” “Destroyer” (which was covered to great effect by Puddles Pity Party), and “Eugene,” which was accompanied by a video by Wayne White (Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” video), but they didn’t stop there.

Cheat Codes Teams Up With Rapper And Tik Tok Phenom Lil Xxel for New Single No Chill  

Following a steady stream of 2020 releases from the multi-platinum genre blending music trio Cheat Codes, today they have released “No Chill” ft. rising rapper and TikTok sensation Lil XXEL (2.5M followers). Their newest track of similar brilliance, “No Chill” is the fifth single off of Hellraisers Pt. 1, the first part of the group’s upcoming three-part debut album. Embodying their upbeat, contemporary pop flow, the track is layered with a touch of trap and a guitar riff that plays perfectly into the catchy vocals from rising hip-hop artist Lil XXEL. Reminding listeners of the chase for excitement, Cheat Codes says of their newest single “This song is about a relationship that is just too much to handle, high maintenance if you will…the kind of relationship that makes you question if it’s worth it or not.” The track is a must listen for electro-pop fans who love a high beat production with fun vocals, and the accompanying music video has Cheat Codes, Lil XXEL and those watching in for quite a surprise ending.

JOSHUA RADIN Shares “Better Life” From Upcoming Full Length Album     

The accompanying music video was directed by Jeremiah Verdecias and features moving footage and facts about migrants seeking asylum in America. Radin says, “I wrote ‘Better Life’ while imagining what it might feel like to come to America, seeking refuge from another place – a place that may have been dangerous or even lethal had that someone stayed and not been brave nor desperate enough to set out on a long, arduous journey for freedom and new way of living with hope filled hearts. Remember, we all descend from immigrants at some point in our family’s history. Every time I see footage of children in cages, I remind myself of this.

The Neverlutionaries Release “Stumble” via American Songwriter

“Around the time I created it, I just got out of a really bad relationship, but I missed her terribly. It was one of things where people get used to chaos yet find themselves yearning for it and even worse – getting used to it. Like a bad habit, I wondered if I could ever trust anyone like that again and this song was a testament to that,” explains Christopher Harold Wells, brainchild of Nashville-based psychedelic alternative rock band The Neverlutionaries to American Songwriter who premiered the track “Stumble” today, January 6, 2021. The follow-up to “Ariana” which was released last month, “Stumble” is the second single from The Neverlutionaries debut self-titled LP set for release February 12, 2021 via Polychromatic Records.

The Neverlutionaries Talk Force Behind Debut LP and New Single “Stumble”

Kerri Chandler remixes Bonobo/TEED ‘Heartbreak’ OUT NOW

“First thing is I love Bonobo’s work, so I was excited to have been asked to remix ‘Heartbreak’ for Si & Orlando. We spoke on the phone about the direction that I wanted and felt I should go, and they just trusted me with what I felt as long as I put my swinging beats and vibe to it. We were all in sync with what they were looking for and what I do and I think we’re all happy with the result, I hope you like it too!” – Kerri Chandler


THE SONIC OVERLORDS are the latest carriers of the heavy metal/hard rock flag to come out of the country of Sweden, and M-Theory Audio is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the band to its roster. The group will unleash their debut album later this year, but the first taste of their combination of melodic rock majesty and thunderous doom can be experienced today with their debut single, “In My Darkest Room.”

Dog Trainer Debut New Single/Video “Dumb Paranoia” via Under the Radar, New LP ‘Scrolling to feel better… part one’ out 3/26

Scrolling to feel better… part one, which was created entirely within the confines of the COVID-19 pandemic, saw the duo create together in an unprecedented way. With Broman working from his NYC apartment and del Calvo working from the basement laundry room of an Airbnb his parents had rented in Vermont, they sent beats back and forth before eventually quarantining together for three months to finish it. On the resulting album, Dog Trainer leap beyond their lo-fi origins to their most honest writing and refined self-production to date.

STONEGAZER: new video “Bring Down The Rain” available!

Tampere-based stoner rock quintet STONEGAZER share their brand new video for “Bring Down The Rain” today. The song is taken from their latest album ‘The End Of Our World’, issued in the spring of 2020 through Kozmik Artifactz. Watch the video now exclusively on Doomed & Stoned website!

About “Bring Down The Rain”, the band comments: “The song was inspired by the self-destructive and tribal nature of man and contemplates the nihilistic view to accelerate our slow suicide. The footage in the background comes together with the lyrics to portray both the acts of war, the deceit wrought around them and the consequences.” The video was directed, edited and shot by Tuomas Kulju.

Ron Gallo Shares MF DOOM “Gazillion Ear” Remix

To date, I don’t think an artists death has hit me as much as MF DOOM and I did not expect that until it happened. That feels like the DOOM way – he’s like a shadow lurking genius, a humble kung fu master – grounded, calm but could kill you in ten seconds, in this case left the body on halloween of the most fucked up year in memory and no one found out until New Years eve. This remix I did just kind of fell into place as a tribute, I had made the music track a few weeks ago and then realized his vocal from “Gazillion Ear” fit perfectly on top. I love the way it turned out. It feels like a whole new world than the original, like the sound of ascending and just wanted to share it. For me, MF DOOM is a taste thermometer. If you know, you know, if you like, I trust you. Not to say I don’t trust anyone that doesn’t (I probably don’t), but I definitely trust someone that does. Since a kid I’ve been obsessed with words and wordplay, no rules, free form, no grammar, sensical nonsense – no one to me has embodied this better. The first time I heard MF DOOM, it was “The Mask and The Mouse” record and it was instant, it felt like what I was always looking for, if there was a perfect music. It was hilarious, it was surreal, it was jazz, it was social commentary, it was sound collage, it was English language sonic visual art, it was insane colorful lyricism I could relate to as someone that falls asleep to common word choices, rhyme schemes, imagery. It was like finally physically walking into the universe I had in my head. I’m pretty sure “Crosshairs” has been on every playlist I’ve made for another person in the last 15 years.

Carpool Tunnel Announces Debut Full-Length ‘Bloom’ – Due Out 2/26/21

With a swirling combination of ’60s and ’70s-era classic rock and blues with the sunny sounds of SoCal-soaked surf rock, Carpool Tunnel have announced their debut full-length album Bloom. Due out February 26, 2021 via Pure Noise Records, Bloom puts the quartet’s sandbar psychedelic sound on full display creating something that’s both nostalgic and fresh.

In addition to today’s announcement, the band released a new single and accompanying music video titled “Flora,” a bouncy, vaguely nostalgic-sounding track with a sunny video to match.

The Power Pop We Need + The Millennial Anxiety We have!

New Orleans based power pop trio, Kelly Duplex has shared their second single, “Shreveport” off their upcoming s/t album- out February 12th via Strange Daisy.
Recalling classic 90s guitar pop from the likes of Weezer and The Rentals, “Shreveport” is a refreshing, emotional take on the power pop archetype.

The Untold Story of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreaking Health Struggles

Elvis Presley should be turning 86 years old on January 8, but instead, the world lost him on August 16, 1977, when he was just 42 years old. Following his untimely death, news reports painted him as bloated and unconscious on his bathroom floor, leaving devastated fans with a graphic, tarnished final image of their shiny idol from Tupelo. Toxicology reports confirmed that he was overloaded with prescription medications — just another cliché, a rock star who popped one too many pills.

Historian and author Sally Hoedel, however, doesn’t see Elvis as a cautionary tale of self-destruction. Instead, she sees a man who struggled, every day, to survive.

In her compelling, thought-provoking new release, Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Hoedel offers factual and scientific data, plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis, to dive deep into his struggles with multiple chronic health conditions.

Guided By Voices Inc. Announce New Band Cub Scout Bowling Pins via Rollingstone

Cub Scout Bowling Pins is a new secret identity of indie rock super-heroes GUIDED BY VOICES, turning up the craziness knob by 10%. Rollingstone announced the new band and premiered the first single: “Heaven Beats Iowa,” an insanely catchy power-pop song, distinctly different from GBV with a farfisa organ chug, by jingo!

Guided By Voices Inc. Announce ‘Mysterious’ New Band, Cub Scout Bowling Pins

Artist: Briana Dinsdale – Track: Ball and Chain

Ball and Chain is Briana Dinsdale’s debut single. The song is targeted at modern country music listeners, particularly teenagers and young adults, in trying to get a message out that you have to let go of things in life (whether it is a person or a habit) in order to move on. This song is to inspire young people to keep going for their dreams and to help them know to not let others influence how they do what they love.


Nigerian Artist/Producer IceBeatChillz (Ice) releases his new single “Bad and Naughty” featuring Wizkid’s protégé Terri. This new single follows the success of Ice’s 2020 debut single “Area” featuring Jamaican dance hall legend Beenie Man. According to The Hype Magazine, “AREA” has all the necessary ingredients to become Afro-Dancehall’s most powerful anthem of 2020.”

IceBeatChillz defines the new genre-bending sound of today. A multifaceted musician Ice is also a self-taught instrumentalist who layers up an Afro base with the sounds of different cultures. Ice’s new single “Bad and Naughty” is a perfect example of this cultural and sonic mixing incorporating a multitude of different elements to create his uniquely Afro based sound.

UK Soul Singer Celeste Shares New Single, “Love Is Back;”

Celeste shares her new single “Love Is Back” available now via Interscope Records. “Love Is Back” caps off a triumphant year for Celeste. It began with the double win of BBC Sound Of 2020 and the BRITS Rising Star award and ended with the British-Jamaican singer and songwriter readying the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Not Your Muse.