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Xavier Toscano Gets You Off Your Feet With “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) vs Vogue”
Piqued Jacks announce new album with Elephant
Following on from the enormous success of their recently released singles ‘Every Day Special’ and ‘Golden Mine’ in recent months, the former of which gathered airplay on BBC Radio Wales, Kerrang Radio, Soho Radio and Amazing Radio UK, as well as being added to the ‘Just Discovered’ section of MTV New Generation Italy, Italian outfit Piqued Jacks have now returned to continue the support for their upcoming new album ‘Synchronizer’ with the soaring new offering ‘Elephant’, out on the 20th January via INRI.
Toronto-based MONOWHALES exploded onto the scene back in 2017, and have spent the last three years firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting new bands on the Canadian musical landscape. Their single, “RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down),” propelled MONOWHALES into the mainstream, hitting #2 on the Mediabase Canada Alternative Rock Chart and making history as the only independent, self-managed band to achieve such a feat.
ROCKSTAR FRAME DROPS HYPNOTIZED FOOLS
Hard rock quartet, Rockstar Frame, release new single and video Hypnotized Fools out of new album Stand Up…Jump ‘N’ Fly out on February 12th via Volcano Records/Musicarchy.
The new album delivers pure ’80s hard rock tunes, like it was born directly on the Sunset Strip. Rock is not dead and Italian Rockstar Frame are here to remind us.
Jeris Johnson has garnered a devout cult following on TikTok for his genre-transforming reworks of popular songs. As he picked up traction on the platform following the success of ‘damn!,’ which reached #19 on the Shazam charts and was included on Spotify’s US Viral Chart, Jeris covered Papa Roach’s ‘Last Resort’ and caught the eyes and ears of the critically acclaimed group themselves. Proving the power of TikTok, Jacoby and Jeris became fast friends, forging a brotherhood that sees Jacoby knighting Jeris in his quest to break into uncharted territory and create a whole new sonic wave.
Out Now: Morcheeba announce new album, share first single & video
Today (Jan 27th), Morcheeba share Sounds Of Blue, the first single from their upcoming studio album Blackest Blue due May 14th 2021.
Pioneers of the British music scene, Blackest Blue will be the band’s 10th studio album in a discography that spans three decades. 2020 saw Morcheeba unable to tour or perform live, which gave Skye Edwards & Ross Godfrey time to write songs and really get to hone them, as Godfrey puts it. There werent so many pressures so we could really take our time getting the songs right, adds Edwards.
Aussie punks Skegss share epic new single ‘Valhalla’ with video, plus announce new album
Rising Australian punks Skegss – Ben Reed (vocals, guitar), Toby Cregan (bass), and Jonny Lani (drums) – today announce their new album Rehearsal, produced by Catherine Marks (Manchester Orchestra, PJ Harvey, The Killers), which will be released on 26th March via Loma Vista Recordings.
Whispering Sons share new single “Surface”
Today, Belgian five-piece Whispering Sons return with their new single “Surface”. The track is available on all digital platforms and will be released as a limited 7″ (including an exclusive B-side entitled “Blank”), available in March 2021.
After delighting us with a wave of bright and glittering singles in the latter half of 2020, which included ‘Summer Of 99’, ‘Rendezvous’ and most recently ‘Fool Alone’, Swedish dream-pop outfit ViVii now look to kick off the new year with the release of ‘One Day’.
The Fernweh are BACK! ‘The Wounds Of Love’ is out now…
Renowned for the majesty of their 2018 self-titled, debut album, expansive, literary-psych sonic buccaneers, The Fernweh return with their pulsing comeback single, The Wounds Of Love on Winterlude Records. In an age of anger, claustrophobia and desire, the band dispenses with the sound of acid-spiked afternoon teas to travel lightspeed to the plugged-in, bombastic 80’s and live in a retro-modernist world of synth-classicism, Tron and hip-hop wordplay.
Klee MaGoR “Dat Work” ft. Project Pat (Three 6 Mafia)
Toronto based rapper and producer Klee MaGoR kicks off 2021 with a hot new single titled “Dat Work” featuring legendary Memphis, Tennessee veteran emcee Project Pat of the Three 6 Mafia fame. The new song produced by Klee MaGoR and released off his own label imprint Landmine Entertainment, is available for streams and downloads at all digital retailers worldwide.
R&B Newcomer goodboy noah Drops “tie down”
On the inspiration behind his new single, “tie down,” goodboy noah shares, “‘tie down’ is about finding someone that you think could be the one, not just a partner, but a partner in crime. I challenged myself to write a love song without using the word ‘love,’ and this is what came out. I brought the demo to Micah Gordon to produce it, and when he played the strings for the outro on his Nord keyboard I started freaking out because it was exactly how I thought the song was supposed to feel.”
Dayton, Ohio’s All Hallowed are a bass/vox/drums dance punk powerhouse comprised of Ricky and Lacey Terrell that emerges from a backdrop of industrial decline and urban decay during a staggeringly weird and hopelessly dangerous period in history. The group is set to debut their artsy, dance floor siren song debut single, “Kill,” on January 31, 2021.
Ayoni debuts new song “The Patriots”
Ayoni explains, “‘The Patriots’ is my national anthem and gospel. This song has kept me up many nights and it has healed me and given me my power back. I felt my ancestors in the room the profound night I wrote this song, and they have guided me since.”
“The only America I’ve known is very bloody, very white, and very blue,” she furthers. “To sing a song that has been written many times over generations, has been humbling and heartbreaking, but I proudly take my place amongst my musical ancestors in protest.”
XIXA Celebrates Chicano Culture in Video for New Song “Eclipse” – Out Today!
Acclaimed six-piece XIXA have released their brand new single “Eclipse,” pulled from their forthcoming album Genesis, today – listen now via your preferred listening service. Set for release on February 19th, 2021 via Jullian Records, Genesis marks the Arizona band’s sophomore full-length LP and is available for pre-order or pre-save now.
Bandleader Brian Lopez notes of “Eclipse:” “…the chorus is intentionally written in a chicha-inspired major key, to give a sense of lightness and hope: ‘…Eclipsed by the wounds on my brother, eclipsed by the love we must find.’ A far departure, lyrically, from some of the darker themes that populate our music…But a fitting song and message for the time.” His counterpart in leading the band Gabriel Sullivan adds: “‘Eclipse’ explores what XIXA is about: dark and haunting landscapes as well as the uplifting and catchy melodies of Chicha music.”
JENNY LEWIS & SERENGETI: “VROOM VROOM” NEW TRACK AND VIDEO OUT TODAY VIA LOVES WAY
Jenny Lewis and Serengeti have unveiled a second collaborative track, “Vroom Vroom”—available now via Jenny’s label Loves Way.
Switching lanes from the dreamy and downtempo French New Wave-groove of the duo’s first offering, “Unblu,” “Vroom Vroom” is a 90s style glitch pop song about thinning your social group and clearing your mind in unclear times.
Beep beep on over to see the accompanying visual odyssey, directed by Jenny:
Jane Inc (member of U.S. Girls ffo: Sorry, Melody’s Echo Chamber) | Shares new single, “Steel”
Tipped so far by The Line of Best Fit, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan and Earmilk, unlike Carlyn’s previous musical output, this is solely her project, written and produced by herself. She worked with a few extra hands on the record – members of U.S. Girls, Aquakultre and Scott Hardware contributed, as well as esteemed Toronto producer, Steve Chahley (Badge Èpoque Ensemble, Kathryn Williams) – but the fact that this is solely down to her is pretty representative of how deeply personal this record is to Bezic, emerging as an unraveling of her views on mental health and the role which social media/the internet can play in damaging it.
Aluna is back with a brand new 10-track collection of remixes, RENAISSANCE (Remixes) featuring club-ready re-workings of tracks from her debut solo album, Renaissance, out now via Mad Decent. Spanning multiple genres of dance and electronic music, the collection features exciting collaborations with a diverse array of predominantly POC and female producers, including Lady Bee, Austin Millz, TSHA, Bella Boo & UNIIQU3 to name a few.
Hurricane On Saturn – Killing Field – (Metalcore)
Hurricane On Saturn is a new project launched at the end of 2019 by experienced Italian musicians coming from various genres called Dakm, Maydx, Antares, Rastaban and Menkib.
The proposal out of any classification is based on a unique use of electronics combined with rock, rap, post-hardcore and crossover influences. The band immediately enters the Alpha Omega Management rooster for live promotion but unfortunately the global situation of covid-19 has blocked the plans to perform live in 2020, allowing at the same time to shift the focus on the publication of the first album “KILLING FIELD” mixed by Evan Rodaniche (Cage9, Powerman 5000) out on 13th November 2020 on all digital stores together with the official video from the title track on the band’s YouTube channel. At the moment Hurricane On Saturn is working on new singles to be released in the next few months.
American singer-songwriter LEDFOOT aka ‘Tim Scott McConnell’ has announced the release of his new single ‘Take away the hurt’, out on February 5th, 2021 via TBC Records. The track is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Black Valley’.
London based trio Benin City today release their new single “Freaking You Out”. The new single follows their Moshi Moshi-released album “Last Night” in 2018, and two standalone singles in 2020 “Mess Like Me” and “Get Your Own”.
Benin City believe that dance is a form of protest, and “Freaking You Out” delivers that mantra with inarguable clarity. Consisting of Joshua Idehen, Tom Leaper and Shanaz Dorsett, the trio make rousing dance-tinged electronic pop music, born from the highs and lows of London nightlife – where they initially met.
The Rumjacks – new single ‘Hestia’ out now
It’s a huge track, and the title track of their upcoming fifth album, which is out on March 12th. Steeped in layers of symbolism, it’s about a girl who shoots down a personified wolf in an act of defence, wrapped up in their irresistibly infectious and driving brand of Celtic punk.
MAJOR LAZER DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “QUELOQUE” FEATURING PALOMA MAMI
Major Lazer debuts the music video for “QueLoQue” featuring Paloma Mami today—watch it here. The track is from Major Lazer’s new album and their first since 2015, Music Is The Weapon, out now to critical acclaim and featuring collaborations with Nicki Minaj, J Balvin, Anitta, Khalid and many more.
The Reds, Pinks & Purples announces Slumberland LP & shares first single/video
From the many musical lives of artist Glenn Donaldson emerges The Reds, Pinks & Purples, a project that sifts out the purest elements of pop music and in the process chronicles the point of view of an assiduous San Francisco-based songwriter. The Reds, Pinks & Purples’ third album, called Uncommon Weather, is both an elusive portrait of San Francisco––during one of its fluctuations as an untenable place for musicians and artists––and also a self-portrait, however inverted, of a songwriter who has dispatched another treasured collection of timeless sounding DIY-pop songs.
“A Hallmark Card To Everyone Who Lived Through 2020”- Check Out Warren Dunes’ Latest
“We named the album ‘Get Well Soon’ because we wanted this record to be like a Hallmark card to everyone who lived through 2020.”
Seattle based ‘post-modern beach music family band,’ Warren Dunes has shared their newest single, “Tether” off their upcoming album, ‘Get Well Soon,’ out on March 19th 2021. Both haunting and just the right sort of weird, “Tether” works as a meditative chant about, as the band says, “the deep fear and confusion anyone sitting in a hospital bed might experience when they are in their last moments.”
His brand new single, “Jim and Pam,” is named after The Office’s dynamic duo – a show that Drucker may become ostracized from society for admitting he’s never watched an episode of. Having originally written the lyric “we can drive ’round these streets like we’re Bonnie and Clyde,” Drucker made a simple swap with the modern day version – Jim and Pam.
STÄLKER Releases Official Music Video for Blistering Single “Sentenced To Death”
New Zealand speed metal powerhouse STÄLKER returns with a sweat-inducing visual from their 2019 tour across Europe – a nostalgic collection of intense live footage from a pre-pandemic time! Along with the blistering single “Sentenced To Death” cut from their 2020 Napalm Records release Black Majik Terror, STÄLKER gives us a taste of what we’re in for as soon as live shows are up and running again!
Today, singer/songwriter Mason Lively has announced his upcoming self-titled album which will be released on March 19, 2021. Lively has also shared the album’s heartbroken second single “Love Ain’t Done A Damn Thing,” which premiered yesterday on The Boot.
Love has and will always be at the center of everything Mikey Lion does. Before the global success of Desert Hearts, the gigs and the cult like community, there was a young kid with a dream, a ragtag crew of House and Techno fans, and a raging fire within. Since those early Mojave nights in 2012 Mikey Lion has risen as one of the most formative participants in the West Coast Festival scene, all the way radiating a contagious sense of warmth to those willing to catch a vibe. His debut album continues his path of transparency and positivity. For The Love, out April 28 on Desert Hearts Records, encapsulates a journey of questioning and connectivity, the highs and lows of pursuing your passion, and a portrait of an artist searching for something more.
JAKE HOOT RELEASES DUET WITH KELLY CLARKSON AS PART OF DEBUT EP ‘LOVE OUT OF TIME’
Kicking off 2021 with a bang, rising Country singer/songwriter Jake Hoot releases his highly anticipated debut EP, Love Out Of Time. The five-track project features a duet, “I Would’ve Loved You,” with Grammy Award Winning artist Kelly Clarkson. Produced by hit songwriter/producer Danny Myrick (Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Maddie & Tae), Hoot’s debut project features four original songs as well as a recently released cover of “La Bamba.” Hoot collaborated with an all-star lineup of musicians and songwriters for Love Out Of Time including Dean Sams (Lonestar), Myrick, Jenne Fleenor (CMA Award-winning musician), Dave Pahanish (Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), Jamie Floyd (Ingrid Andress, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Monroe) and more. Proving to be the next breakout artist, Love Out Of Time is currently No. 3 on the iTunes All-Genre Albums Chart and No. 2 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart.
Xavier Toscano Gets You Off Your Feet With “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) vs Vogue”