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Dynamomin Presents His Video For ‘Broken’

Listen and Watch – ‘Poetic Justice’ – new single from Joel Culpepper

‘Poetic Justice’ is the new release from south-east London’s rising contemporary soul and funk purveyor Joel Culpepper produced by Tom Misch, taken from his forthcoming debut album ‘Sgt Culpepper’. The accompanying video is directed by London based interdisciplinary artist and poet JulianKnxx.


“I wrote this song shortly after the Parkland shooting in 2018 as a means of processing the emotional weight of the situation,” Layla explains. “It was not meant to be a political song, but is instead meant to raise questions about our communities and our collective response to traumatic events. Though the song came from a specific historical event, I think it continues to be relevant and relatable – especially in our current political climate. This was one of the first tracks I sent to my producer, Jim, and it’s what started us off on the journey of making this record.”

Prismatics release new EP, Endlessly

Missouri-based new wave revivalists Prismatics released their long-awaited EP Endlessly this morning, the follow-up to 2018’s New Emotion.

The EP follows single ‘Outside Looking’, an all-too-relevant post-punk anthem about craving escapism in isolation, and “Every Smiling Thing,” the latter of which was praised as “effortless dream pop” by The Big Takeover.


Lil Eazzyy rang in the new year with his debut live virtual performance at Cyberwurld, where Playboy Carti headlined. The “Feeling Different” official video premiered last month on the No More Heroes official YouTube, the hit single from Underrated. The Chicago rapper also released a companion visual to “Kick Da Door” as an early Christmas present to his fans. His debut project, Underrated, available to stream and download at all streaming services HERE.


Grammy nominated rapper Bobby Sessions delivers another take in his struggle against the social justice issues of systematic racism afflicting African-Americans, with “Made A Way (Remix)” featuring Lecrae, fellow Texas MC from Houston, which arrives at all platforms today via Def Jam Record­ings.

ATB & Topic & A7S join forces on brand new single ‘Your Love (9pm)’

A modern reimagining of ATB’s platinum-selling 1998 classic ‘9pm (Till I Come)’, ‘Your Love (9pm)’ is the first-ever official remake with the trance producer’s involvement. Working together in the studio in Germany, ATB and Topic combined both of their music styles flawlessly to create the track, along with A7S, who finalized the lyrics via video call.

“Over the past 20 years I’ve received so many requests for collaborations, remakes and cover versions of my song ‘9pm (Till I Come)’ but I passed on them all because I was never really satisfied with the sound of the approach nor the final,” explains ATB. “Then I listened to Topic’s “Breaking Me” together with Rudi (management) and we immediately had the feeling that these two sound worlds could fuse together perfectly.”

Møme and Ricky Ducati’s robot selves connect in space in “I Know” music video

After their pop singles “Got It Made”, “They Said” and “Moves”, established French producer Møme (Jérémy Souillart) and prolific L.A. based Canadian Ricky Ducati (Midnight to Monaco) release powerful and symbolic hit “I Know”, seeking true connections. Official video stars previous “Got It Made” video characters blooming into 3D modelings of Ricky and Jeremy trying to connect from different worlds – a nod to the digital nature of their remote collaboration from L.A. to Paris. Debut album “Flashback FM” available for preorder will drop on February 12th.

Myd and Mac DeMarco’s “Moving Men” Remixed by Metronomy

Myd, the irreverent French producer and Ed Banger rising star, collaborated with Mac DeMarco last year on a delightfully whimsical song “Moving Men”, the second single released from his upcoming album. Having released various remixes of the record at the end of last year – including reworks from Bob Sinclair, Panteros 666, Gaspard Augé (of Justice) and Victor le Masne – the full remix package is out today, highlighted by a brand new remix from Metronomy.

The Notwist share Juana Molina collaboration “Al Sur”

On Vertigo Days, the first album in seven years for The Notwist out January 29th release on Morr Music, one of Germany’s most iconic independent groups are alive to the possibilities of the moment. Their music has long been open-minded and exploratory, but from its engrossing structure, through its combination of melancholy pop, clangorous electronics, hypnotic Krautrock and drift-work ballads, to its international musical guests, Vertigo Days is both a new step for The Notwist, and a reminder of just how singular they’ve always been. Most importantly, the core trio of Markus and Micha Acher and Cico Beck are reaching out: as Markus reflects, “we wanted to question the concept of a band by adding other voices and ideas, other languages, and also question or blur the idea of national identity.”

Chase Wright Starts 2021 On A High Note With New Track “Why Should We”

Chase Wright quickly emerged at the end of 2020 as “one to watch” in Music City’s songwriter/artist community, building buzz and a grassroots following thanks in part to performance covers of Tate McRae’s “You Broke Me First” and Justin Bieber’s “Lonely” as well as vulnerable, original recordings on TikTok. His recent performance of “Wish You’d Miss Me,” which Country Now called “the quintessential heartbreak ballad,” jumped to over half a million views the night before the song’s official release. Since, Wright has amassed over seven million in streams organically, without boosts from playlisting. On its heels, Wright drops his first new music of 2021, “Why Should We,” available today (music video set to premiere Tuesday, Jan. 19, on Country Now).

Patriarchy Shares “Die” Geneva Jacuzzi Remix Video Via Post Punk

Today, Patriarchy shares “I Don’t Want To Die” (Geneva Jacuzzi Remix), the second single off the upcoming Reverse Circumcision REMIX LP, out January 29th on Dero Arcade. POST PUNK premiered the track, praising the collaboration with Geneva Jacuzzi as “a perfect fit for the rebirth of her track.” Featured remixers on the project include Nitzer Ebb, ADULT, Light Asylum, Front Line Assembly + more.

NYC Metal Newcomers LOSS BECOMES Featuring Esteemed Chef Brian Tsao Deliver “Promises” on Sophomore Single

New York City metal newcomers LOSS BECOMES, featuring esteemed Chef Brian Tsao on guitar, are back with a vengeance, delivering “Promises,” their second single from the band’s upcoming debut full-length.

Exclusive Premiere: Loss Becomes, “Promises” (Tiger Flowers, Chef Brian Tsao, Wings Denied)

millennium parade’s Japanese folklore inspired project out February 10th via Sony Music Japan

Japanese music and creative collective millennium parade are pioneering a new age of collaboration and creation. Organizer Daiki Tsuneta (producer, songwriter, and frontman of J-Pop band King Gnu) assembled a team of musicians, film directors, visual effects artists, designers, and illustrators to bring this unique, multimedia concept to life. Since their 2019 inception, millennium parade have racked up millions of streams across their diverse singles and incredible accompanying self-produced animated music videos, resulting in a dedicated legion of fans. The group’s single “Fly with me” was selected as the official theme song for the ‘Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045’ reboot series on Netflix. The song was also later remixed by celebrated DJ/producer Steve Aoki and brought the group international acclaim. The hype also led to high profile collaborations with DIOR, adidas, Coach, and Cartier, and praise from media including Billboard, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Earmilk and more.


Singer/songwriter Forest Blakk has shared a stripped back acoustic version of new single “If You Love Her” – available now via Atlantic Records. The track, which arrived in September alongside a moving James Fitzgerald-directed video, has become a runaway success with over 25 million total global streams and boasting over 2 million streams domestically this week alone, marking the 7th consecutive week of over 1 million streams. “If You Love Her” has also earned Blakk his official US chart debut, climbing seven spots this week to #41 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.

Squale, The Man Behind Drake Ft Giggs ‘KMT’ Drops ‘Kazaam’

Squale aka Chef Pasquale is a multi-platinum producer and artist, he has worked with various artists such as Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Drake, Young Thug, Giggs and more.

X Ambassadors Announce New Project ‘(Eg)’

X Ambassadors have announced a new project called (Eg), a multi-part series featuring collaborations with an eclectic mix of emerging artists. Today, the multi-platinum-selling rock band share the first single and video from (Eg) — “ultraviolet.tragedies” by X Ambassadors with Terrell Hines, a euphoric yet explosive track that perfectly captures the project’s boundary-breaking sensibilities. “ultraviolet.tragedies” by X Ambassadors with Terrell Hines is available now at all digital retailers via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.

$NOT & iann dior connect for New Music Video for”Like Me”  

With hundreds of millions of streams under his belt in 2020 alone, $NOT spent last year moving ever closer towards Hip-Hop’s upper echelon. Building momentum and racing toward the spotlight, $NOT is back with “Like Me” a fresh new visual from Beautiful Havoc. Produced by Greg Sekeres & Woodpecker, “Like Me” sits on a low-key beat, as all the right words to exemplify his carefree lifestyle as he tries to mind his “Q’s and P’s.” Directed by Omar Jones, the video finds $NOT and guest artist iann dior taking their E30-model Beamers out to the desert for a death-defying race. With beautiful female companions riding shotgun, these speed racers tear it up on the track like they’re tearing up the rap game, proving that there’s nobody out there like these two rising Gen Z stars. “Like Me” follows $NOT’s December-released video for Beautiful Havoc highlight “Watch Out.”

Axel Flóvent Shares Debut Album ‘You Stay by the Sea’

Speaking to American Songwriter, Axel says, “[‘Still Awake’] is the high after the low. It’s about the motivation that picks me up after a few dark days. It’s a very toxic thinking pattern because this high takes me into a more active state than the anxiety does, and I can work in this state of mind, but I can’t easily come back from it. I can’t sleep because my OCD kicks in. I need to finish everything before the day is gone because tomorrow might be dark again; I have to use the opportunity while I feel good to do everything that usually paralyzes me. It’s essentially about how everything is great now and wishing every day was like this until the low returns, and I can’t fall asleep again.”


Not quite alternative rock and not quite hip hop, the just under two-minute track finds a struggling Jack questioning what is going on his brain, the burden on his shoulders and his feelings of being stuck and yet, for all of the arresting lyrics, there is still an element of hope.

Says Jack of “MY HEAD,” “I wrote this song when I was 17, but it never felt right releasing it until now. I think this song is a perfect summary of my upcoming album.”

Folk Singer-Songwriter Sadie Gustafson-Zook Releases ‘Vol. 1’

Boston-based, Indiana-raised Sadie Gustafson-Zook investigates closeness, uncertainties, and deep relationships within her music. Out today, her new EP, Vol. 1, is no exception.

Vol. 1 chronicles Sadie’s transition to living in a city; falling in love with a woman for the first time in “Lean In More,” dealing with catcalls as a young woman in “Birdsong,” self-realization through Tinder dates with “Two,” learning about public transport and the humanity that exists in the commute in “Alewife,” and a reckoning with judgment from folks back home on “Everyone,” which appears on The Bluegrass Situation’s Class of 2020 playlist.


Following the critically acclaimed release of “Turn Me On” (feat. Vula) which has garnered over 300 million streams, seminal London-based DJ and producer Riton returns in 2021. This time he teams up with Ivor Novello Award winner and multi-platinum songwriter John Reid, frontman of Scottish house music project Nightcrawlers for the eagerly anticipated new single “Friday”. It’s a welcomed uplifting club-ready banger bringing much needed feel-good vibes to the New Year featuring internet stars Mufasa and Hypeman. “Friday” is out now via Ministry Of Sound Recordings/RCA Records and available on all streaming platforms.

LISTEN: Chart-Topping Swedish duo JUBËL Welcome Single ‘Weekend Vibe’

Swedish electronic duo JUBËL return today with the release of their latest single ‘Weekend Vibe,’ a toe-tapping, pop-forward groove guaranteed to catapult listeners back into the summer mentality as they brace for the winter ahead. As their first record of 2021, the track follows an enormous year for the pair, who’s 2018 remake of the 1970’s classic ‘Dancing in the Moonlight ft. NEIMY’ found renewed worldwide success. Their emotive acoustic rendition of the chart-topping track closed out the year, with the original achieving multiple platinum and gold certifications across Europe, a combined total of 220M+ streams, and an official remix from dance giant Tiësto.

Maxïmo Park Share New Track “All Of Me”

“All Of Me” is the follow-up to the album’s powerhouse lead single “Baby, Sleep”, which spent 4 weeks on the BBC 6 Music A-List, and the recent giddy, urgent standalone track “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing”. “All Of Me” comes to exemplify the approach that Grammy-winning producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) instilled into the recording process. Making use of the quiet and the space, it unfolds into an expansive offering to match their most widescreen outings.


Fresh off the back of their recent single “Charlie”, multifaceted sibling duo Everyone You Know (EYK) have released their first track of 2021 “When The Sun Comes Up” via Sony Music UK/RCA Records.

Fusing elements of early 90s indie-dance and hip hop into the production, “When The Sun Comes Up” serves as an atmospheric and nostalgic anthem, topped by Rhys’ infectious vocals. In true lockdown spirit, the track is accompanied by a DIY self-directed official video which features EYK and their sister dancing around their kitchen.

SAGA: New Single ‘Wind Him Up’ and Lyric Video Released Today!

Today, Canadian prog-rock-band SAGA release the second single from their upcoming album “Symmetry”, which is out on March 12th, 2021, on earMUSIC.

First released in 1981 on their album “Worlds Apart”, “Wind Him Up” quickly developed to be one of the most successful SAGA songs of all time and became what can be called an all time favourite among their audience worldwide.

JP Saxe & Maren Morris “Line By Line”

Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts’ New Album ‘Alive ‘n Free’ Out Today

Alive ‘n Free accurately captures McConathy’s infectious energy while smack-dab in the band’s element – on the road, enduring the hardships that often come with life as a touring band, and the result is magnetic. Glide Magazine’s Jim Hynes says, “Drunken Hearts adeptly blend country, mountain music, and psychedelia… And, surely McConathy has one of the most memorable voices in roots music.” American Songwriter’s Dallas Jackson echoed this sentiment, “[They] carry a mountain spirit into its music and mix it with a 90s rock blend, that is eerily reminiscent of Pearl Jam — due in large part to the vocals of Andrew McConathy.”

Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts Release New Live Album ‘Alive ‘N Free’: Exclusive Premiere

Texas Rapper Wacotron’s “Toothpaste” (Prod. by Southside) Releases on DSPs

Hailing from deep in the heart of Texas, rapper Wacotron’s natural ability to ride a beat has the game’s tastemakers buzzing. Ready to put in the work it takes to rise to the next level, Wacotron releases “Toothpaste” to all DSPs. First unveiled last week on YouTube and SoundCloud, the Southside & CuBeatz-produced “Toothpaste” gets its power from the Waco native’s nimble drawl, which weaves between 8-bit synths and echoing guitars. The charismatic rapper chronicles his emergence from the bottom (“under the basement,” as Wacotron says), detailing the decisions he had to make to survive and calling out those who doubted and deceived him: “I had to cut some people out, they was too fake/Shoulda had four eyes, they was two-faced/They were tryna slow me down, but it’s too late/I used to rob, but I found me a new way.”


Soaring to well over 100 million streams and nearly 2 million TikTok videos featuring her single “Drugs”, Arista Recording artist UPSAHL has teamed up with multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter-producer blackbear for an intoxicating remix of the fan-favorite viral hit.

Rebuffing the surface-level dialogue often overheard at a party, UPSAHL’s presence throughout “Drugs” offers a counterpoint to the niceties of hallway conversation. Exhibited by wry admissions such as blackbear’s “I just came to show up late and leave like I forgot ‘em”, “Drugs” feat. blackbear is a feel-good repudiation of clout-chasing culture and an embracement of genuine connections.

Tom The Mail Man Releases “Forever”

From a small town an hour outside of Atlanta, Tom the Mail Man is a genre-defying artist and businessman with an incredible gift for songwriting and brand building. He dedicated the last seven years of his life to his craft, turning down a high-level college track career and spending countless hours in the blue-walled bedroom he lived in at his parents’ house writing songs.

Little Bird Explores Online Dating in 2021 with Single, “SWIPE”

The Charleston, South Carolina-based band is gearing up to release the first EP, ALPHA, of a three-part series on February 12th. “SWIPE” and the corresponding lyric video is the latest from the group released in anticipation of the ultimate culmination of the EP series, Proxima LP, due out later this year. The smooth, airy track is “reminiscent of Tom Misch and Crumb,” writes IMPOSE, and explores the guard one puts up when dating in the digital age, not wanting to be your authentic self too soon.

Premiere: Little Bird – “SWIPE”

New Music From X Ambassadors & Terrell Hines “ultraviolet.tragedies”

Also featuring up-and-coming artists Jensen McRae and Earl St. Clair, (Eg) was conceived as an outlet for X Ambassadors’ more free-flowing and left-of-center impulses. The project is a natural progression for the hyper-creative and highly collaborative band, whose output includes producing and writing for global superstars like Rihanna and working extensively with Lizzo on her massively successful 2019 album Cuz I Love You (including co-writing and producing tracks like “Jerome,” winner of Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards).


It all started as a garage band using GarageBand. Since their teenage years, Bryce Savage and Cameron Wales have made music with the intent of providing the feeling once felt when they first heard their favorite artists. It’s a passion which has translated into 2B streams under their collective group name of NEFFEX.

With Bryce on vocals and Cam on guitar and turntables, the two began releasing one song a week—on Wednesdays at 9am to be exact. By the 20th week, NEFFEX realized they were onto something when they were able to make this their full-time career. The year was 2017, and the two were monetizing on this movement, hitting all streaming platforms aggressively.

Dynamomin Presents His Video For ‘Broken’