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Out today on UPRISING! Records: Lotan “Nihil sacrum” EP

Lotan (Leviathan) – The seven-headed dragon and the origin of chaos who began a war against the cosmic order and gods. Lotan is a melodic black metal band from Denmark. Formed by Phillip Kaaber (Vanir) and Martin Rubini (Vanir), and joined by live members; Lasse Guldbæk (Abscission, Vanir), Christian haystack (Fall of Pantheon, Ethereal Kingdoms) and Jon Smith (Ethereal Kingdoms).

Lotan starts today to unleash the first wave of EP´s due to release in 2021, from which “Nihil sacrum” is the first in line. Lotan’s lyrical universe is inspired by a mix between satanic spiritualism and existentialism. The music is melodic, heavy, and aggressive.

Kapuchon & Sven Fields say ‘Ey’

Following last year’s relaunch of Afrojack’s tech house alter ego Kapuchon, the famed DJ/producer now continues this journey with a much awaited new single.

Teaming up with fellow Dutch artist Sven Fields, the resulting ‘Ey’ is a sweet excursion of tech infused grooves, warm basslines and moody vocal snippets. It’s another exciting look into the artist’s ongoing development as a producer, released on the specially created imprint Kapuchon Records. To debut the record Sven will broadcast a live set on Kapuchon Records socials Saturday 16th at 10pm CET – don’t miss it.

Blackout Problems release new album ‘DARK’

Blackout Problems have released their brand new album DARK today (Jan 15th) via Sony Music/Music For Nations.

The inspired album reflects the German rock band’s response to some of the alarming headlines of recent years, including the resurgence of right-wing forces and the worldwide triumph of populism.


London based newcomer Issey Cross today reveals her debut offering WHO, a vibrant left-pop offering which cements the 20-year-old as a sure-fire one to watch this year. Opening with a defiant ‘ who the fuck is this bitch’, WHO sees Issey Cross enter 2021 in rare style, teaming up with producer Ebeneezer (Mahalia, Steff London) to deliver a memorable opening salvo. Showcasing her stunning vocals over spacey beats, the track arrives with strikingly sparse video creative directed by Frederick Paginton.

Serpent Lord (GR) New Single “The Gospel Of Judas” & Lyric Video!

One year after their latest release, the Greek heavy metallers Serpent Lord (GR) released a new single, entitled “The Gospel of Judas”. The song is an introduction to a new chapter for the band, which will come with their upcoming album.

As the band states: “The Gospel of Judas” is inspired by the Apocrypha Gospel of Judas, which was found and given to publicity for the first time in 2006. Serpent Lord (GR) presents a different approach on Judas’ character, not as a traitor but as Christ’s favorite student. Judas executes the Divine Plan, in order to lead Christ to his resurrection. However, Judas hangs himself because he felt guilty, which shows, according to the band, that the he was manipulated by God and that’s why he is remembered as a traitor and not as a savior, as he should be.

HELL-BORN Feat. Nergal Release The 2nd Single From The New Album

Hell-Born and Odium Records present the 2 nd single “Blakk Metal” from the new album “Natas Liah” , which is announced for 26th of January. Adam “Nergal” Darski took a part in this track as a backing vocalist. “Blakk Metal” is a tribute song to the old black / death metal scene. The clip can be viewed under the following link:

KICKIN VALENTINA release “War” video

Today, one week ahead of the release of their new album, American hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA release the new video and single “War”. Bringing forth the most anthemic side of the band, “War” is an infectious-chorus, catchy-riffing song that sums up pretty well what the album upcoming “The Revenge Of Rock” is about.

Vocalist “D.K. Revelle comments: “The message behind “War” is… mouths start wars… and the outcome ain’t pretty”. A strangely actual lyric content, almost like a prophecy.”

James Chatburn Shares Visuals for ‘Why You Gotta Lie’ Single

A career spanning 5 years and 2 continents has led Berlin-based Australian born, singer, songwriter and producer James Chatburn to the completion of his two part debut LP titled ‘Faible Teil 1’ and ‘Faible Teil 2’ – with Part 1 out now. Today, James Chatburn shares visuals for the lead single ‘Why You Gotta Lie’.


‘IRL’ demands your attention with the kind of euphoric, escapist alt-pop energy that offers an antidote to the January gloom. As vocalist Natti Shiner explains, it was inspired by her friends who have discovered that lockdown has made app-based dating more uncertain than ever. “Dating in today’s world means a lot of screen time. How are you supposed to know if you have chemistry until you meet them in real life? Are you putting too much time into something virtual that might turn out to be nothing in reality?”


Marlon and Ralph, known as Bassjackers, trigger their inner rave spirit for ‘Show Me Your Love’, the duo’s first release of 2021 on Smash The House records!

Featuring a male topline that instantly captivates the listener, the instrumental arrangement on ‘Show Me Your Love’ is packed with a peaking melodic scale that oozes party anthem. Whilst many of the world’s clubs and festivals remain on hold, the party continues to live long online and at social distance events, and one thing is for certain, this track is going to be a prominent feature at any digital or crowd filled show!


Following the release of his acclaimed new album Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted, which was sitting comfortably at number 2 in the UK Official Charts midweek earlier this week, Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) now shares “Sword from the Stone (Gingerbread Mix),” a special single version of the album’s opening track produced by Ed Sheeran and Joe Rubel and mixed by Spike Stent.

Kings Elliot returns with beautiful second single ‘Dancing Alone’

Today the rising talent of KINGS ELLIOT returns with her touching new single ‘DANCING ALONE’ – a heartfelt pop-noir ballad about navigating a relationship through the choppy waters of mental health issues.

Having racked up over a million streams from all over the world on debut single ‘I’m Getting Tired Of Me’, the Swiss-born London-based newcomer has already captured the hearts of scores of new listeners with her devastatingly human and heart-on-sleeve approach to music. Early support from Billboard, CLASH, Wonderland, The Line Of Best Fit and inclusions on heavy-hitting Spotify and Apple playlists earmarked Kings Elliot as one to watch in 2021, something that is further cemented by mesmeric new single Dancing Alone.

TSHA remixes KUU hit ‘We’ll Always Have This Dance’

Exciting young artist TSHA, who was named BBC Introducing ‘Dance Star of 2020’, has remixed KUU’s latest club smash ‘We’ll Always Have This Dance’, out 15th January.

Pitched up and fizzing with raw energy, TSHA’s remix of ‘We’ll Always Have This Dance’ accentuates the dancefloor vibe while losing none of the understated beauty of the original with its subtle underlying acid line that permeates a more low-fi club harded beat. Already racking up more than 1 million Spotify streams since its November release, the lauded original was followed by KUU’s bouncy and energetic remix of the Dua Lipa and DaBaby global smash ‘Levitating’

THE SAD SONG CO. – Releases new single: ‘My Saccharine’

The Sad Song Company AKA Nigel Powell is pleased to reveal: ‘My Saccharine’.

Extracted from his new solo album: ‘Saudade’ (set for release on 22 January 2021), the track offers the latest foretaste of his much anticipated studio release.

A nugget of joyful chamber-pop on the surface, “My Saccharine”‘s uplifting strings, glacé falsetto and sweeping chorus, sugar-coat a bittersweet song of unrequited love. As Powell says of the track:

“I had the sole word ‘saccharine’ written in my lyrics notebook, and that immediately sparked off thoughts of my last relationship, and the happiness it brought me, but how undermining it is to keep thinking about it. Or possibly it’s about being addicted to sherbet lemons. You decide.”

Skope video submission: Troyman, “Ferrari”. Rhythm & Flow standout goes for broke

Bay Area rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor Troyman presents the music video for “Ferrari”, his new single produced by T Kap. His performances as a top finalist on Netflix’ first ever hip hop series competition Rhythm + Flow sent his Tay Keith-produced song “Streetlights” viral.


Multi-talented band Why Don’t We have released their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album, The Good Times and The Bad Ones – available now via Atlantic Records. Self-penned and co-produced by the group – with additional production and programming from the likes of Travis Barker (“Slow Down,” “Lotus Inn,” “Look At Me”), Skrillex (“For You”) & Timbaland (“Stay”) – the 10-track collection marks a new chapter kickstarted through a combination of deft musicality and bold experimentation. The album arrives alongside a moving performance video of standout track “Grey,” a vulnerable and emotional ballad showcasing a new side of the band –

Mike Fulkerson – Demon King Malefic (Industrial Metal)

Michael Fulkerson brings Hard Rock and Metal to the masses with his albums Demon King Malefic and Demon King Malfaeus. Pulsating through the speakers while awakening the most thrilling part of one’s senses. Many of his songs have a very theatrical and cinematic feel to them, sounding a bit dark as an added twist. Imagine an epic battle playing out with “Set up by the police,” and “Don’t Blame Her.”

Josh Groban Announces “Harmony Deluxe” Out February 26th

Global superstar Josh Groban announces Harmony Deluxe, out February 26th, 2021 via Reprise Records. The brand new deluxe edition is an expansion of his ninth studio album, Harmony, which was released late 2020. The record features six additional renditions of timeless classics, including “Nature Boy” (written by eden ahbez and performed by Nat King Cole), a GRAMMY Hall of Fame recipient; “April Come She Will” (written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel); and a special guest performance from acclaimed German artist Helene Fischer performing with Groban on “I’ll Stand By You” (written by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg and performed by The Pretenders).

Josh Groban Announces “Harmony Deluxe” Out February 26th

Chapel Drops Vibrant New Single & Music Video w/ “Pillow Talk”

After a few weeks deep into quarantine, we found ourselves overthinking everything more than we have before. Feeling locked in with our thoughts, we wrote this song in hopes it would relieve some of that tension within ourselves. – Kortney Grinwis


Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Lenny Tavárez, premiers his new single “La Neta”. A track packed with hard-hitting rhythms, R&B vocals and sensual and inspiring lyrics, produced by renowned producer Dímelo Flow.

“La Neta” is the fourth single of his long-awaited and upcoming album “KRACK”. The catchy song written by Lenny Tavárez, Justin Quiles, Sech and Dímelo Flow, is available now across all digital music platforms.

RY-GUY releases ‘Take A Look Inside’ – first collaboration with Chrysalis Records

RY-GUY is an artist who traversed his bass playing origins into a multi-instrumentalist songwriter. 2020 saw him mixed and mastered by the highly acclaimed Robin Millar and the trilogy release is the start of a new collaboration between ‘TRNSFRMTN’ and RY-GUY. ‘TRNSFRMTN’ is a new mentoring initiative from the team at Chrysalis Records and comes as the label marks five decades since it was first formed.

Ready for broadcast… High Life (Rendition) from Spanish pop sensation Wendy Halo

Wendy Halo is thrilled to work with multi-platinum producer Gary Noble on her next single, “High Life (Rendition)”. This next single is the first song in collaboration with Gary Noble and Carl Young.

The rendition of “High Life” was produced by Carlisle Young, Grammy-winning producer who has worked with Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, and movie soundtracks like Bad Boys 2, Nutty Professor 2, and The Fast And Furious.

INCARCERATION: Brazilian/German death metallers to release new EP “Empiricism”

The band will soon be releasing their much anticipated new EP, “Empiricism” worldwide on April 16th, 2021 on vinyl, CD, and cassette.

With 21 minutes, the record presents four brand new tracks and officially introduces the two new guitarists Pedro Capaça (Violator) and Alex Obscured (Speedwhore, Obscured by Evil).

The cover illustration was signed by Rodrigo Salvatierra, and each song has its own illustration by Jenglot Hitam. It is the band’s most creative and audacious – yet raw – production to date. The rawness achieved breaks with modern standards, so the material is recommended especially to underground extreme ’80’s demo-tape’ worshippers.

Witness the cosmos ablaze on INCARCERATION “Psychic Totality”

Soleil Bleu | New single “Alma Page” out now!

Late in the night, trough smoky clouds, Arthur Jacquin (musician, actor) and Lou Lesage (singer actress) met each other. Love at first sight, the first burst of a Sun in the horizon. From this love and complicity was born a musical projet. Each song is cinematographic, and they tell stories of monsters, of Milky Way, of Norma Jean Baker, of two felines turning around, of a little woman… on a pop, astral, electric, driving or hovering sound. They mix their voices, they are a duo, they are SOLEIL BLEU… After 3 video clips, they release their first Ep « Félins pour l’Autre » early 2021.