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Anjunadeep presents: Reflections Vol. 2 (ambient, chillout and downtempo music) – out now

Anjunadeep, the A&R hotbed that ignited the careers of label legends Lane 8, Yotto and Dusky, now present the second instalment of their new ‘Reflections’ compilation series. Following the inaugural volume in October, ‘Reflections Vol.2’ is a collection of downtempo and electronica from label favourites Jody Wisternoff, Kidnap, Croquet Club, Martin Roth and Luttrell, along with rising talents Luigi Sambuy, Lycoriscoris, Tryst and Dotmaka.

Gearbox Records to release Don Cherry rarity ‘Cherry Jam’ on 26th

Next month, London analogue specialists Gearbox Records will unearth yet another lost gem having just announced the release of rare material from the legendary trumpeter and cornet-player, Don Cherry.

Tata Mami | “Drinking”

Illest records present Pop’s newest superstar, TaTa MaMi. The Phoenix, AZ rapper and recording artist drops off her latest offering, “Drinking,” featured on the fan-favorite “Baby Making Season” Album (Available on ALL Retail Platforms). This mesmerizing track produced by Mike Blayz has quickly become the most added playlist track in TaTa MaMi’s arsenal, and for a good reason. The video will do more than keep you glued; it’ll leave you intoxicated!

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra Share “There Is No Upside” With Animated Video

Today, James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra (JY & TSHO) are pleased to share a new song and video “There Is No Upside”, taken from forthcoming album The Wide, Wide River, to be released next Friday, January 22.

“There Is No Upside” was the first song JY & TSHO recorded together in Sweden. James had arrived at the studio that morning, and after some brief introductions, they began to record. Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much, but instead encouraged a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere: “I wanted the players to be themselves. It was important we captured these early attempts at the song, when the wildness and energy of exploration were still present.”


Soul-searching on his bus while waiting out a positive COVID-19 quarantine, Hubbard was inspired to write “Undivided.” Sequestered, the Double Diamond-certified selling artist considered the values he was raised with and the divisiveness everywhere he turned. But rather than maintain a somber tone, he focused on the positive with a feel-good message of hope and optimism. As he recruited McGraw for a song about coming together, that’s exactly what they did.

Tim McGraw And Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Are ‘Undivided’

French post-rock/ambient one-man-band Pictures On Silence premiered new music video for the single “The So-Called Life”

A few weeks after sharing a first audio excerpt (“Cut Off From The World”) from its upcoming EP, Post-rock/ambient one-man-band from the Frenchman Fred Bressan (ex-PigBearMan), PICTURES ON SILENCE just unveiled a brand new track with the official music video of the single “The So-Called Life” available right now on YouTube.

Teenage Wrist share new track ‘Yellowbelly’. New album out 12th February.

According to vocalist and guitarist Marshall Gallagher, “Yellowbelly’ represents the core of Earth Is A Black Hole. “It came out early in the writing process and really informed the rest of the record,”. “It’s partly about death, or the inevitability of it being a motivator for reveling in life. It’s about not letting fear, doubt or ego stop you from making connections, because the opportunity could end at any moment. I’ve personally spent a lot of time being pessimistic and isolated and whatnot, but I decided I’d rather test the limits of my love and free will. That’s going to be a lifelong endeavour I think, and will take some time to learn but it’s better than dying, knowing I didn’t try as hard as I could.”

Charles Dollé – Funambule

Charles often creates his music while walking in the street. He imagines melodies that he whispers on his phone, before transposing them in his living room which serves as his studio. Like a chemist distilling the molecules of a potion by balancing and filtering them carefully, Charles Dollé sees himself as a child playing the mad scientist in a white coat. His music is a matter of balance, of mixing genres, between lightness and melancholy, intimacy and modesty, like a straight line drawn between two poles.

Nick Waterhouse announces new album “Promenade Blue”

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic work The Great Gatsby came to represent the Roaring Twenties, an era of decadence and spiritual vacuousness, using the color green to represent longing and hope for the future. A century later but once again in the ’20s, Nick Waterhouse takes the color blue as his hue of choice as he takes a spiritual look to the past on new album Promenade Blue due out April 9 on Innovative Leisure.

KNOMAD SPOCK Reveals Haunting New Single ‘Egypt’

Following its first radio play from Lauren Laverne on the BBC 6music breakfast show, Knomad Spock is delighted to announce the release of his sumptuous new single ‘Egypt’ which is out now, giving the second taste of his sublime and ambitious forthcoming debut album scheduled for release in 2021.

B-side ‘Papillon’ was released late last year and caused a last minute shake up of Adam Walton’s Best of 2020 list over at BBC Wales, with both tracks now available together on all good DSPs.

Hudu Akil’s Zac Crye set to release “All The Same” Solo EP

“This ain’t no obsession, this is possession of my soul.” A blatant warning from the track “Possession,” off of Zac Crye’s debut, 2013 ep, “Three Finger Lid”.

Now Zac is back, dropping his sophomore release on April 16th, “All The Same” – a five track stoner rock EP with psychedelic elements to accent. Solely composed and recorded by Zac, this recording is a full demonstration of his musical fortitude and songwriting prowess that takes you deep within the realm of Zac Crye! The album will be released on Bandcamp April 9th and all other platforms on April 16th.


LA-based fast rising duo Emotional Oranges continue to make strides to the release of their upcoming project JUICEBOX with the reveal of stellar new single Bonafide. Featuring rising soul sensation Chiiild, the track is a woozy, gorgeous offering showcasing the Avant Garden labelmates in rare style. Speaking on the track, EO state:

“We were listening to a lot of Sade and The xx at the time. I wanted to make something that felt like it could score that iconic Black Swan mirror scene. Once we got locked in, Max from slenderbodies helped bring the idea to life in a couple hours. Getting the Chiiild vocals on the hook was the cherry on top – we’ve been looking for the right song to do together since tour.”

The Neighbourhood Watch Unveil Epic New Single “Focus Up”

Whether it was learning to play their instruments while writing their first album Community Protected, or stumbling through the production of their second record Goodbye Childhood, Toronto’s The Neighbourhood Watch loves to grow alongside their music.

DRAGONY Presents New Single & Glorious Official Video for “Legends Never Die”

Austrian symphonic power metal heroes DRAGONY are about to release their epic new full-length, Viribus Unitis, this Friday, January 15 via Napalm Records, and today, unveil their third single, “Legends Never Die”. Prepare for “the most Austrian metal album of all time”(Stormbringer.at), as we return to the days when the country was ruled by emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, empress Sisi. But forget everything you’ve heard and read so far! According to DRAGONY and their upcoming opus Viribus Unitis, history took a completely different turn.

ALIEN TANGO covers The Beatles in his oddball-psych style

London transplant from Spain, Alien Tango, releases new single ‘Getting Better’ – a cover of The Beatles’ track from their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s coming out via Ground Control (who brought us Hinds, The Parrots, Melenas, Baywaves).

It’s accompanied by a typically out-there video, which sees Alien Tango impose his wiry rock-star moves amidst the public, on a bridge high above the Thames.

Ian Janes (NS) talks self-sabotage on soulful new single, “Shouldn’t Be Calling You”

“I wrote ‘Shouldn’t Be Calling You’ on this trashy little guitar that has since fallen apart,” said Ian Janes (he/him). “I guess it just happened to be close by when the idea came to me. It never fails to fascinate me how often we self-sabotage; romantically or otherwise. This song has some fun examining how, sometimes, we just can’t help ourselves.”

“I shouldn’t be calling / No better than crawling / Back across the line that we drew,” sings Janes on the hook, his voice buoyed by swirling keys and intricate layers of percussion, infusing soul and R&B with a pop sensibility.