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Regain hope and faith with Rev Peter Unger – ‘Selah’
Wacotron Prepares for “Take Off” With an Ethereal, Southside-Produced Banger
Blessed with a natural charisma, Wacotron is winning fans in Texas and beyond with his drawly delivery and polished bars. Contemplating the philosophical implications of his impending success, Wacotron shares “Take Off,” his hard-hitting and ethereal new single. Produced by Southside & Topp, who provide frosty synthesizers and speaker-knocking percussion, “Take Off” is packed with Wacotron’s hard-earned wisdom, gleaned from his years on the grind. Cutting through the icy atmosphere with a steady flow, Wacotron reflects on overcoming his hardship and dwells on the strangeness of blowing up during a pandemic: “It just took a lil minute but I made my momma proud/Really miss my n****s know they watchin’ in the clouds/I just elevated I can’t wait to rock the crowd/Perfected every flow that way they f*ckin’ with the sound.” In the video, directed by The Shooters, Wacotron rocks the freshest winter coat you’ve ever seen as he pontificates in a bank vault in the presence of a pallet of Benjamins.
JACK KAYS RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM ‘MIXED EMOTIONS’
Regarding MIXED EMOTIONS, Jack says, “This album represents the ups-and-downs of the past five years of my life. I know others have gone through what I have, and I want to share my story so they feel more comfortable with theirs. When I was at my lowest point, these songs helped me get through it, and I hope that they can do the same for others.”
On “Freedom Was A Highway,” Allen and Paisley’s vocals pair to reminisce about the nostalgia and simplicity of more carefree, youthful days; the track also features a distinctive Paisley signature guitar solo. The song was co-written by Allen, Ash Bowers & Matt Rogers.
Jon Foreman Shares “Side by Side (feat. Madison Cunningham)” Song & Video Out Today; “Departures” out 2/12
“Why do I pretend to be something that I’m not? What am I running from? What am I hiding? Maybe death can offer some perspective. Yes, friends and enemies: we will all be buried side by side. The deep offenses the past: buried. The anger, the pain: buried. The pride and shame, all of it: buried. Side by side. How can I see today for what it really is? How can I see myself for who I really am? Sometimes I see a beauty that shines through the moment. It’s a light that shines through in spite of me. It’s not a beauty that I can conjure up, rather, it’s a light that shines through without effort. I see it in the sunset; I see it in children; I see it even in the ones who might call me the enemy. And this beauty, this joyful abundance is most evident when I am able to embrace the gift of the moment.” – Jon Foreman
On the first released single “Automatic,” an ethereal yet pop forward track, 5’s voice flutters between driving verses and a hypnotic hook. Track by track 5 tells a story through his production and fine-tuned melodies. Whether it be the guitar-laden call out of “Answer Me” or high fashion ode “So Long,” the project paints a vast swath of topics and emotions. Of the album title 5AM shares “My music usually comes out of whatever is going on in my life at the time,” he explains. “Every day, I keep telling myself, ‘S**t will get hard, but if you hang in there, you’re going to be fine. That’s the mentality I take into the studio. You’re going to be alright. Do what you do. Whether I’m dealing with relationships, my personal life, or other struggles, it will work out.”
FERAL GHOST ‘Say It’s Not Too Late’ Single Out Now
This superbly crafted song captures the moment and sudden realisation that, if you don’t come to your senses, you may lose the one good thing you have in life. Written by lead singer Danny Warwick and produced by the band, this uplifting and hook laden composition grabs you by the throat from the very first bar and doesn’t let go.
The alternative/melodic rock fusion delivers an electrifying arrangement with uplifting instrumentation and atmospheric vocals driven by infectious guitar riffs. The emotion-drenched vocal adorns the instrumental that shines and sparkles at every turn. This is precisely the kind of record that proves there is no doubt FERAL GHOST is a band to keep an eye on.
Mike Williams links up with Jonas Aden on new single ‘I Hope You Know’
Dutch DJ and producer Mike Williams has joined forces with Norwegian artist Jonas Aden on new single ‘I Hope You Know’, out 29th January via Universal Music.
Announcing itself with fluttering guitar chords, ‘I Hope You Know’ is an emotion-drenched electronic dance ballad, combining soaring vocals, subtle piano keys and the most euphoric of drops. It follows ‘Face Up To The Sun’, a similarly collaborative single with Justin Mylo and Sara Sangfelt, released at the tail-end of last year.
Jeremy Garrett brings funky, edgy roots vibe to “Wishing Well”
On “Wishing Well,” Organic Records’ Jeremy Garrett sounds like an artist with his soul on fire. Following the lyric-centered minimalism of “The World Keeps Turning Around,” the new single is another foray into the technological wizardry that ties together his studio work and live appearances, utilizing layered loops of guitar and mandolin to create a funky bed for powerfully emotive vocals and edgy, wailing fiddle. The result is an intense performance that sounds more like an entire band than just one musician.
Lilys announces vinyl reissue of A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns, shares previously unreleased track
Today LILYS continues its ongoing reissue campaign with the announcement of an expanded vinyl and digital reissue of their 1994 mini album, A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns which will be available for pre-order today at 11am EST via the Frontier Records Bandcamp. It will be avail. digitally on Feb. 12. This record has been out of print for 25 years and has been going for up to $275 regularly on Discogs, it’s also an essential piece of the LILYS story since it includes the band’s biggest hit, “Ginger.”
Today the Seattle-based soul-jazz groove-machine Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio released their sophomore studio album I Told You So via Colemine Records. So far the album has been praised by Under the Radar, KEXP, Live For Live Music, Jazziz, Respect Magazine, Jambase, and Glide Magazine, who said “the unrelenting, intoxicating grooves of The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio are everything one would want from an organ trio – a pinch of late ’60s, some elements of more modern funk, and a riveting, magnetic swagger that won’t let go.”
Yuksek & Dombrance remix Polocorp single ‘Gnawa’
French artists Yuksek and Dombrance have remixed Polocorp’s latest single ‘Gnawa’, out 29th January.
First up, Yuksek delivers a driving, high-energy rework of ‘Gnawa’, while maintaining the hypnotic vibe that makes the original so special. Dombrance’s remix is a more blissed-out affair, with the Paris-based artist adding soothing piano chords to make for a more downbeat take on the track.
Over the last few years Norwegian artist Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser – who records under the moniker Tuvaband – has proven herself a master of crafting songs that capture a special atmosphere in her sound, paint a shapeshifting world of burning emotion, and music that spellbinds.
Tuvaband’s debut album Soft Drop (2018) saw her writing songs that were airy, ghostly and effortlessly cinematic, while its follow-up, 2019’s I Entered The Void (which earned a nomination for a Norwegian Grammy) pushed her sound into rougher, heavier atmospheric rock. But what unites all her music is its raw intensity – her songs have fires inside them, and listening is like being pulled into the flame. With her new album Growing Pains & Pleasures (out 5/21/21), she’s set to take her songwriting to new levels and to adventurously push the boundaries of her musical world.
YOUNGER HUNGER NEW SINGLE OUT TODAY
Tony Davia from the band describes “Narcissist” as “Wanting to be in someone’s mind & thoughts so badly that you don’t care if it’s with positive or negative associations”. Co produced with Zach Fogarty who’s credits including Jean Dawson’s acclaimed recent album “Pixel bath”, Roy Blair, Denzel Curry and Girlpool amongst others.
Steven Wilson’s “The Future Bites” out today
Groundbreaking musician/songwriter/producer Steven Wilson has announced today’s eagerly anticipated release of his acclaimed sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES, available everywhere now via TFB.com/Arts & Crafts. THE FUTURE BITES is available on all digital platforms, along with vinyl, CD, and a limited-edition deluxe box set that contains CDs of the album, an instrumental version of the album, bonus material (including six additional songs and several reworked versions of album tracks, among them a 19-minute extended mix of “Personal Shopper”), a cassette of demos, and a Blu-ray featuring videos and Wilson’s own 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos versions of the album (marking THE FUTURE BITES as the first contemporary album to be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos).
GoodLook | “Rich Dance” (EDM Version) | Music Service
EXLA Music presents Cincinnati Ohio native, rapper and recording artist, GoodLook. His latest offering “Rich Dance”is a smash hit taking over the airwaves and social media by storm.
H. Jack Williams Releases Video of an Impassioned Rendition of “What A Wonderful World”
Acclaimed songwriter, composer and artist, H. Jack Williams has recorded and released an impassioned rendition of the well known song, “What A Wonderful World.” The song originally released by Louis Armstrong was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Compelled by the events our world and country has been going through, the timing seemed appropriate to share H. Jack Williams version. The song and video were recorded, produced and directed at Gilded Palace Studio by Adam Box, best known for his work with the country duo Brothers Osborne.
Flawes Team Up with Mali-Koa for “Higher Than Before”
Using their exuberant alt-pop to deliver a message of positivity, Flawes are a liberating experience at a time when it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Factor in inventive visuals for their recent singles “Holding Out For The Win” and “What’s a Boy To Do,” and it’s easy to see why they’re emerging as a band to watch.
LEVARA Announce Debut Album Set For May 14th. “Automatic” Video/Single Out Today
Guitarist Trev Lukather offers, “’Automatic’ is a statement. It is the song that started it all for us as LEVARA. This song set the standard for the album, and really solidified the sound that we would run with throughout the debut album. It elevated us into a whole new universe and we couldn’t be more grateful. It’s everything we are as a band – Anthemic, massive drums, epic fills, loud guitars, soaring solos, huge vocals, unreal high notes, strong melodies and a hook that you can’t get out of your head. This is our main single and this is the true beginning of what’s to come. Can’t wait.”
Seminal Memphis Band Lucero Releases New Rock-Infused Album WHEN YOU FOUND ME Today
Today, celebrated rock/alt-country group Lucero releases their 10th studio album When You Found Me (Liberty and Lament/Thirty Tigers). Lucero reunites with Grammy Award winner Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive-by Truckers), who produced their 2018 acclaimed effort Among The Ghosts. When You Found Me was recorded in the band’s hometown of Memphis, TN at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Studio.
Nashville-based rock trio GOODING have released a brand new video for their song “California Gold”, the 2nd single from their recent album The Most Fire. The video was premiered exclusively by GratefulWeb.com on Thursday.
“‘California Gold’ has been a staple of our live show even before recording The Most Fire,” said Gooding, the band’s front man and namesake. “It started out with a little blues riff through a tiny half-broken Orange amp turned as loud as we could get it. Then, we added some apocalyptic drums…it came together in a few hours top to bottom. What a blast.”
Grammy-Award Winner NASRI Releases First Solo EP ‘Here For You’ – Out Now!
Grammy-winning artist/producer/songwriter Nasri has released his first solo EP, entitled Here For You, on all DSPs today. The EP is co-written and co-produced with Jonas Jeberg (Panic! At The Disco, Selena Gomez, etc) and comes on the heels of multiple Grammy nominations for albums on which Nasri contributed songwriting and production, including releases by Justin Bieber, John Legend, Chloe x Halle., and more. Nasri has also received his own nomination for his work on Skip Marley’s song “Slow Down,” featuring acclaimed artist H.E.R.
GIZMACHI Releases Second Single, “Look What I’ve Become,” from Long-Awaited Sophomore Album
“Look What I’ve Become,” the second single from GIZMACHI’s long-awaited sophomore album, Omega Kaleid, is available today.
In addition to Björn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork, who lends his vocal skills to the entire album, “Look What I’ve Become” also features an appearance by guitarist Larry Mitchell, who has released numerous solo records in addition to working with Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. “Being on a song with one of my guitar heroes is surreal,” says guitarist Jay Hannon. “I was having a hard time coming up with the solo for ‘Look What I’ve Become’ and had an idea to do a guitar dual thing. I reached out to Larry and he said, ‘Let’s take it back to 1990!’”
New Counterpunch 7″ ‘Handbook For The Recently Debriefed’ Out Today
Chicago punks Counterpunch have released their new 7″ “Handbook For The Recently Debriefed” today via Thousand Islands Records (North America) and SBÄM Records (EU).
SPACE CADET Release New Song/Video for “Bad Luck”
Space Cadet happened by accident. Friends of almost 25 years, Dave Walsh and Matt Hock had each been writing and recording eerily similar songs, completely oblivious to each other’s work. What’s all the more surprising is that it wasn’t the punk of The Explosion (Virgin, Jade Tree), the band they formed together with friends in 1998. Instead, the music was indicative of other sounds they’re into – post-punk, new wave, Brit Rock – not to mention their shared obsession with guitar pedals. From their respective homes of Clinton, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, Dave and Matt have created lush soundscapes (“Forever for a While,” “Safe and Sound”), dark synth dirges (“No Accident,” “Lose Control”) and anxious anthems (“Scream for You”).
Cryptosis Releases New Single and Video for “Transcendence”
“In 2149 it is possible to purchase digital thoughts, knowledge and talents from a deceased person. The term “self-investment” has shifted to a whole different kind of perspective. People can now enhance their mind to be more creative and smarter beyond their wildest dreams. This all comes at a price, since the new technology is so addictive that society can’t live without it anymore. Mankind has become the host… of a parasite,” states CRYPTOSIS about “Transcendence”.
Next week, Sensory Records will unveil Cleopatra, the epic Dan Swanö-mastered second album from New Jersey-based symphonic metal quintet, EVERDAWN. With the record nearing release, a new lyric video for the song “Your Majesty Sadness,” which features guest contributions from Therion/Candlemass vocalist Thomas Vikström, is now playing through an exclusive premiere hosted by Prog.
GORGON CITY BEGIN A MAJOR YEAR OF RELEASES TEAMING UP WITH CHICAGO’S DRAMA FOR A SECOND TIME ON “YOU’VE DONE ENOUGH”
Gorgon City’s Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson Scott have firmly established themselves as one of the most revered contemporary dance music duos. They have amassed to date over 10 million singles and 1.5 billion global streams, rewarded for their now distinctly recognisable sound of timeless, often bass driven, house music.
Jeris Johnson releases debut EP “My Sword”
Today, genre blending sensation Jeris Johnson releases his debut EP, My Sword. The bold and burgeoning artist showcases his one of a kind rock-pop sound with six stellar tracks of raw energy, gritty melodies and unapologetic emotions. Jeris is cementing himself as a one-to-watch as he redefines genres, pushes boundaries and creates a whole new sonic wave. Coined ‘future grunge,’ Jeris Johnson is already breaking into unchartered territory with the construction of his own genre.
CHEVELLE RELEASE NEW SONG “PEACH” TODAY | ALBUM DUE MARCH 5
A thick and distorted riff powers “Peach” as the song dips in and out of a chugging groove and hypnotic vocals from singer and guitarist Pete Loeffler. After an explosive, yet entrancing scream, this barrage spirals out into spacey soloing. It only hints at the controlled and catchy aggression of NIRATIAS though.
Nova Miller releases the music video for “Timing”
Today, Nova Miller, is back with a brand new music video for her single “Timing,” – watch here. The glowing, pastel-hued music video for “Timing” is an upbeat and lighthearted visual that embodies the song’s fun energy. In the “Timing” video, Nova dances along to the catchy song and also breaks it down on her guitar. “Timing” is a mid-tempo track that not only features Nova’s signature killer vocals, but the relatable message of not being able to get the timing right in a relationship. This video is a breath of fresh air and there is certainly more to come from this star on the rise!
NIO GARCÍA ESTRENA NUEVO SENCILLO “AM”
El 2021 para el cantante urbano Nio Garcia ha comenzado cargado de mucho trabajo y, además, hoy está estrenando su primer sencillo del año titulado “AM”, lanzado bajo Flow La Movie y distribuido por GLAD Empire.
“AM” es una canción refrescante que trata de resaltar el deseo y la pasión entre un hombre y una mujer quienes disfrutan la vida al máximo sin ningún compromiso. La canción escrita por el propio artista, fue producida por Yama Xound y Goldi y ya está disponible en todas las plataformas digitales. El video de “AM” fue dirigido por Danny Ruan y fue filmado en la ciudad de Miami. Mira el clip a continuación.
Sidibe Releases New Song “Breathwork” Today
“I’ve been practicing holotropic breathwork for years. It has been a transformative experience that has led to so many insights about my place in this universe. When we breathe together with intention, the synchronization creates a powerful bond and awakens our awareness of belonging. The past year has been challenging on so many levels.” Hannah explains, on her new track “Breathwork”. “Practicing breathwork helped me through some dark times and really opened my heart to deep feelings of love and unity. Writing about that outpouring of love seemed natural. “Breathwork” is an expression of my need and desire to relate to other people. That is one of the reasons I love making music – it gives me a way to infiltrate other people’s lives and connect with them. When people listen to the song, I hope they will feel connected to me too.”
FRANCES FOREVER KICKS OFF 2021 WITH “SPACE GIRL (FEAT. CHLOE MORIONDO)”
Frances states that “working with chloe was so fun! our visions of what it should sound like came together really easily, and i’m so excited for everyone to get chloe’s verse stuck in their head.”
Chloe adds, “‘Space Girl’ is such a sweet tune and i’m so lucky to be on it!! frances is like the coolest + has a voice made of honey, so i feel really grateful that i get to be part of this song :’).”
A new cycle begins for the German film composer Jan Weber who returns with the album “Poems of An Extinct Species” of his project ART NOIR after a decade since the album “Silent Green”.
Diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2015, Jan had just begun to lay down the framework for the album, when he was still able to move his fingers. With the loss of voluntary muscle movement slowly progressing, he needed an assistive eye-tracking communication device to complete the recording over the following 5 years. The production, mixing and mastering of the album was later supported by Thomas Navas (Lost in the Void) and Stefan Vesper (Steve Dragon, In Strict Confidence).
Regain hope and faith with Rev Peter Unger – ‘Selah’