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Kemetstry brings that dark boom-bap heat in new video reintroducing his distinctive underground flavour to hip hop

With his distinct and unmistakable Yorkshire accent, Kemetstry (formerly known as Spida Lee) is taking the next step in his long running journey with the release of bold new single ‘No Respect No Manners’ as premiered on UndergroundHipHopBlog.

“I changed the name of the track to ‘No Respect No manners’ as I wanted a gritty sounding name to go with it. If you ever chill with me and we’re bussing jokes and banter, my catchphrase is “you got no f**king manners or respect!”

NEW SINGLE – Rising L.A. Artist Tai Verdes Releases ‘BAD BAD News’, Out Now.

Written by Tai Verdes – the moving, bedroom pop ballad ‘BAD BAD News’ unwraps a vulnerable layer to the singer-songwriter, who wrote this as a way to overcome a toxic relationship. Accompanied by a dreamy guitar-plucked production, Tai’s raw vocal resonates through the relatable lyrics. On the track, Tai explains: “‘BAD BAD News’ is about giving into that feeling of wanting someone that might not be the best for you.” He adds: “Maybe you have a history, or maybe it’s just the wrong time. But this song is for everyone who realises that being single isn’t as fun once you’ve gotten used to what a relationship can be – even if it’s not exactly good for you.”

Jonas Blue & AWA Kick Off 2021 with House Banger ‘Something Stupid’

Loaded with dancefloor energy, Jonas has hit the ground running in what’s going to be an exciting 12 months. Bursting with euphoria from the off, AWA arms the track with huge melodies that explode into an electric chorus, channeling the iconic synth sample of Robin S’ 90s hit ‘Show Me Love’. The track is worthy of any club or festival stage and boy, do we need that right now!

Departure Lounge are joined by legendary R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck

From Athens, Georgia to Australia in one bound, the sound of legendary R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck’s twelve strings jangle their inimitable way through the latest single from Departure Lounge, reunited Bella Union-alumni ‘critics choice’ band, now signed to reputed UK indie Violette Records, who announced their first album for two decades at the end of 2020. The band’s singer and songwriter Tim Keegan sought out his friend of thirty years after noticing a distinct ‘Rickenbacker-shaped hole’ in the track during their brief, yet fruitful album sessions.

Kate Ozz releases anticipated Venus Rising EP

Soulfooled’s upcoming release ‘Venus Rising’ hails all the way from Miami. Russian producer Kate Ozz has submerged herself in the sunny club circuit of Florida’s most buzzing town, where her fine musical skillset did not go unnoticed by some established players like Solomun and Black Coffee. Kate produced a solid melodic house record with three originals and an Ivory remix.


Jack Swoon drops hypnotic debut single ‘Somebody’

Exciting new talent Jack Swoon has unveiled his debut single ‘Somebody’, out today via Three Six Zero Recordings.

Combining seductive vocals, blissed-out piano chords and the most infectious of basslines, ‘Somebody’ is a sophisticated, hypnotic house jam that leaves a lasting impression.

Black Country, New Road release debut album “For the first time” via Ninja Tune | Socially distanced tour dates re-sheduled for June 2021

It is easy to forget that just over 3 months ago Black Country, New Road had only released two singles to-date. Those early breakthrough tracks “Athens, France” and “Sunglasses, saw the band make an impressive impact on fans and critics alike. Declared “the best band in the world” by The Quietus, with glowing reviews from The New York Times to The Guardian, a cover feature for Loud & Quiet, a live BBC 6 Music session, selling out shows across the country (including 1700 tickets in London), being invited to festivals around the world including Primavera and Glastonbury, and finding themselves on French TV sandwiched between Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien.

ELECTRIC BOYS release new video and single “Super God”

Singer/guitarist Conny Bloom comments about the song: “Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s Super God! Here’s some wah-wah/conga groove to take you higher!”.

AFGAN – “say i’m sorry” [17M+ on all socials]

On “say i’m sorry” the Indonesian powerhouse delivers a slow-burning, synth-led number marked by his signature vocal harmonies and sensual rhythms. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tha Aristocrats (Chris Brown / EXO / BoA), the track contains intricate noughties R&B influences with contemporary twists throughout.

SECRET RULE Release ‘Mother Earth’ Music Video

The song is an alchemy of metal and groove guided by the powerful voice of the singer Angela Di Vincenzo. The vocalist Angela Di Vincenzo says: “‘Mother Earth’ wants to be a scream going out directly from the center of the Earth, from its heart towards humans. The band refers to the track as “A punch in the stomach!” It’s time to open our eyes and our ears!! Our planet is screaming!

Andy says: “For this music video, we were looking for images able to awaken the human conscience about our behaviors towards the planet and its inhabitants. We found all this in the short movie “Manhunt” directed by Cardin Phua who allowed us to use some parts of it. So we mixed these images with the band in action and other shots about environmental disaster.”

Gothic Metal Group Malacoda Release ‘Crawling Chaos’ Single!

Malacoda releases “Crawling Chaos”, the first single from their upcoming EP via Metal Devastation Radio. In addition, Malacoda announces the upcoming release of their video for “Crawling Chaos” and also releases a teaser clip. Members Lucas Di Mascio and Wes MacDonald will join Zach on the Zach Moonshine show for a live interview at 10 pm est Friday, February 5th.

Hushed alt-folk single ‘Postcards’ from Francis feat. Jolé [out today]

One such artist seeking to reconcile himself with the peace and adventure that only a trip to the Scottish Highlands can give you is Francis. This London-based songwriter sought out that wanderlust tranquility through a collaborative project which will see a series of singles featuring different artists arrive throughout the year. First, we begin with the aptly titled ‘Postcards’ featuring the dulcet tones of fellow British songwriter Jolé. The multi-layered alt-folk song evokes the nostalgic wish to stay connected with the ones you love, but also not ready yet to depart from your current location.

New Release from Cardi B “Up” On Warner Music South Africa

GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, Atlantic recording artist Cardi B has announced today’s release of her eagerly awaited new single. “Up,” produced by DJ SwanQo & Young Dza, is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE following its exclusive iHeartRadio premiere earlier today; an official companion video – directed by Tanu Munio – is streaming now following its premiere via YouTube.

Johnny O’Neil World Premiere of the Music Video for Snake in the Grass

“We had a blast shooting the video in a unique location – a venue in Wisconsin known as ‘The Wet BarN.’ It was a bit cold at first shooting in the winter, but after doing a few takes under the lights we warmed right up! The energy of the band you see in the video is also quite evident on the other tracks on the album. After only being released ten days ago, we have already received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans both old and new, as well as Internet stations from across the US, UK, Germany, and Spain!” – Johnny O’Neil

CHARLIE CLARK – “Don’t Have A Cow, Man!” – out Today || Watch Video Now

A multi-talented songwriter, musician, promoter and more who first rose to prominence as a founding member of acclaimed Glasgow indie-pop foursome Astrid, Clark has been a pro-active presence in the underground music scene for over two decades. From his role in Scottish supergroup The Reindeer Section to his own projects Broken Arrow and MJ12, Clark has earned a cult status amongst public and peers alike, becoming a go-to guest musician to the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Snow Patrol in the process.

FERAL GHOST Release ‘Say It’s Not Too Late’ Music Video

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.

JUSTICE MUST AND WILL BE DONE! World reggae from Jamaica, Kenya, Sweden & beyond!

From the small independent record label Ngong Road & Beyond – named after the road that links the city Nairobi to Ngong town in Kenya, comes a brand new single presenting world reggae with a message from the international project Babylon North: Justice Must And Will Be Done!

Graham Costello shares new single “Eudaimonia”

Today, Glasgow-based drummer and composer Graham Costello returns with the announcement of a new album with his ensemble STRATA. Alongside the announcement, Graham has shared the first single to be taken from the album entitled “Eudaimonia”. The new album “Second Lives” is due out 7th May via London analogue specialists Gearbox Records.

Jude Gwynaire Presents New Single ‘Uzone – 25′ (White Light Mix)’

The high-energy, high-octane sound of Jude Gwynaire’s “Uzone-25 (White Light Mix)” With this singular sound he captures the energy of live electronic music in such a joyous fashion. Beats come hard and heavy over the course of this piece for it absolutely bursts at the seams. Layers filter in giving the track a futuristic form of psychedelic spirits, as the wide array of color shifts ever so carefully. Volume is a given for this is a physical sound, one that stuns with its churning, dense mix.

Jauz remixes Laidback Luke & Steve Angello’s ‘Show Me Love’ feat. Robin S

US DJ and producer Jauz has remixed the Steve Angello and Laidback Luke classic ‘Show Me Love’ featuring Robin S, out today via Mixmash Records.

Combining rousing breakbeats, euphoric piano chords and the most infectious of breakdowns, Jauz’s remix of ‘Show Me Love’ ramps up the rave energy while staying true to the majestic beauty of the original. Released back in 2008, ‘Show Me Love’ was an instant-classic that topped the UK Dance chart and has since amassed 69 million Spotify streams. Jauz’s remix comes as part of a wider package that also features Vintage Culture, Dubdogz and Wh0.

DANNY McGUIRE: Releases new single in collaboration w/ the Dutch Embassy: ‘A Scottish Meditation on Feeling Better’

Released in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in the UK as part of an innovative cultural exchange, this release sees the artist creating a space for listeners to pause, reflect and heal amidst the current chaos of the world. The track is paired with a new single by NL counterpart, Monokino: “Bend or Break” (released 29th January).

SINOPTIK Release Music Video for New Single “Apple Tree”

Speaking on the themes addressed in their new single, the band shares:

“Sparks of goodness from childhood often become the main triggers for our inner transformations – that is the main message behind Apple Tree. Most people forget about the dreams they had in childhood and adolescence. As a result, these people grow up and turn into callous and narrow-minded adults. In their lives, there is no place for magic and love, and life ultimately becomes an endless rat race in a maze of cruel reality.”

Ayron Jones reveals hard-hitting new single ‘Mercy’

Rising rock singer & guitarist Ayron Jones releases a powerful anthem today with ‘Mercy’ via Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. The gritty, genre-blending artist wrote the track alongside Marty Frederickson and Scott Stevens with the haunting lyrics, “Got me on my knees / too much smoke, can’t breathe,” which he means quite literally. It was late in 2020 when he co-penned the song and by that point, during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, the whole world appeared to be on fire.


Lilac & Blue starts from a chromatic imagery between cold neon lights, a dark-wave suggestion, and the refined colorism of the Mediterranean sunset, fading into a dreamy atmosphere animated by a sinking ethereal voice.

Lilac & Blue it’s a preview of Novelty’s first EP ‘All lost, nothing lost’ that will be released via TelaVivi Records.


The two-time Grammy Award winners and current nominees Dan + Shay share their brand new single ‘Glad You Exist’. Following their fifth consecutive and eighth #1 country single ‘I Should Probably Go To Bed’, the duo’s new song comes with a message of hope and gratitude to their fans. The song was written by the duo, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, alongside Ryan Lewis, Tayla Parx and Jordan Reynolds.

Dan + Shay Tribute the Bond of Friendship in ‘Glad You Exist’

R&B riser Yas VW brings nostalgic vibes for “Be the One”

With “Be the One” serving as Yas VW’s follow-up to November’s “Off the Ground” – a collab with R&B star Jacob Latimore – the 21-year-old has already started making her impact on the UK R&B scene in a short space of time. With over 200K streams on Spotify alone to her name, Yas has also garnered key tastemaker support across Spotify’s editorial playlists plus BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and KISSFM.

Redlight drops new single ‘Crystal Rain’

Dance music titan Redlight kicks off 2021 with new single ‘Crystal Rain , out 5th February on his newly launched Dream Vision Future label.

An introspective 2-stepper fused with whispered vocal mutations, shimmering synths and precise drumwork, ‘Crystal Rain’ see’s Redlight further explore his new found sonic lane. Using these iconic UK rave tools as his palette, Redlight paints with depth and emotion as he channels a wistful elegance throughout the second track to drop on his new Dream Vision Future imprint.

PARTNER – GOOD PLACE TO HIDE – (February 05 – 2021)

Partner are back with a new video for their RUSH-inspired single “Good Place To Hide (At The Time).” It is the final single, from Partner’s Never Give Up (You’ve Changed Records) the follow up to their break out debut album, In Search of Lost Time. There is a content warning, however, the video does include mimes/clowns. It also features Partner doing choreographed synchronized dance moves, under the direction of Karissa Laroque.

Tyler Cantrell – “Deflate” – SINGLE – (ELECTRONIC / AMBIENT-ROCK) – Machine Man Records

Tyler Cantrell is a solo artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with musical styles ranging from acoustic rock to progressive rock-metal to electronic ambient-rock.

WOLFCLUB return with nostalgia-tinged new single ‘Just Drive’

Following on from the acclaimed ‘A Sea Of Stars’, British synth-wave duo WOLFCLUB continue their hot streak with new single ‘Just Drive’, out 5th February.

A sweeping, cinematic melange of lucid textures, driving analogue bass riffs, crunchy guitars and melodic vocals, ‘Just Drive’ harnesses a retro-futurist vibe that’s simultaneously modern and nostalgic. It follows last month’s ‘A Sea Of Stars’, which reached #6 in the iTunes UK Dance Music Singles chart, with both tracks set to feature on WOLFCLUB’s forthcoming debut album Just Drive (Part 1), via label New Retro Wave on March 5th and available for pre-order now.

Asbury Park indie rockers Dentist release Hot New Single & Video

Dentist’s first single of 2021 premiered yesterday at Flood Magazine. The song imagines a woman scorned when her love interest disappears suddenly. The protagonist, left in the dust with questions and feelings of defeat, begins to lash out with anger. With the help of characters from past music videos, director Sean Bell reimagines a saga of revenge in the video for “Don’t Let Me Catch You.” Rather than letting a small act of disrespect slide, the lead and her team of hench-women decide to take things to the extreme.

Portland’s Soft Kill releases “Sky” EP, video

“Much like a dealer will place themselves on the fringes of social graces, Soft Kill operates outside of the industry laws with no care for opinions of genre cops. They run their business like rappers, tour with hardcore bands, and sound like a rock bottom Morrissey. If you are unfamiliar or curious about the seedy underbelly of post-punk, [Soft Kill] is your gateway drug.” – Clint Gee, Outburn Online

YATABE drops official music video for new single ‘Pretty Truth’

YATABE shares the official video for her latest single ‘Pretty Truth’, out today.

The engrossing visual for ‘Pretty Truth’ is a perfect match for the slick, seductive club vibes of the track itself. Featuring an alluring performance from YATABE, the cleverly cut video gives viewers an insight into the Japanese/English artist’s world.

“‘Pretty Truth’ is an empowering song to identify your true self and regaining the self love and respect that you lost in toxic relationships, learning from your past relationships and thriving to become stronger,” YATABE previously explained. “It’s a celebration of the most authentic you and embracing your new path in life.”

Bubba Janko roams a love-struck valentines daydream with ‘Looking Sexy’

An auditory daydream, ‘Looking Sexy’ sees Bubba Janko exploring his deep adoration for his new Valentine’s day lover. The enigmatic British artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter takes you on a soulful journey through his mind and rose-tinted emotions. The music is hypnotically slick and smooth; with woozy guitar weaving through layers of jazzy keyboards, and a big disco-tinged groove bouncing beneath it all. Surreal with a vivid visual style, Bubba Janko aims to create a lucid and enchanting world for the listener to jump into and get lost. ‘Looking Sexy’ is the first single from his upcoming EP, ‘Shy Luv’.

Dirty Snowman Society Reveal “Say Nothing”

Stopping by before the weekend with the latest single from Dirty Snowman Society for your music radar titled “Say Nothing”. The quartet, however, furthers the continuum with modern touches of grunge and alt-rock, and a rural bravado informed by a vigorous high-altitude lifestyle in an environment where it snows 350 inches a year.


Like Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. or Ray Charles’ America, the new record by Dante Thomas, Still In Love With America, is a reminder–set to song–of how wonderful it is to live here – U.S.A!

A pop-country mashup, written by Thomas while living and touring abroad in Europe, Still In Love With America is presented by Andy Hilfiger. Longtime friends, Thomas and Hilfiger will donate a portion of proceeds from the record to veteran groups, and families in need. A virtual concert is in the works, along with merchandise giveaways and other virtual fan events.

RACK & GRIDFAILURE: Seventy-Three-Minute Extreme Collaborative Movement The Sun Exploded Out Today Via Bandcamp

Soloist Jon Paris delivers the first RACK output in over a decade on The Sun Exploded, with unreleased material from a decade or more ago and newly recorded sounds meshed into a spiraling vortex of madness with longtime ally David Brenner’s bountiful GRIDFAILURE project. Elements born of a varied spectrum of extreme sounds here coalesce into an oppressive and dynamic experience, as spiraling swells of blackened scourge, postindustrial beatings, lo-fi free-jams, scathing noise, and indecipherable vocal transmissions intertwine into a vacuum of sheer auditory cruelty. Ambient textures of clanging low-end emanations pour forth from a moss-coated underworld into the scorched earth reality of our current environment.

Chet Faker Debuts Brand New Single “Get High”

Preceded by the pensive track “Low”, “Get High” marks the second Chet Faker single since Nick Murphy revived the acclaimed project in late 2020. “Sometimes you just need a break,” says Murphy about “Get High.” “I find myself wanting to escape just for a little while and the song sort of showed up on its own.”


Renowned composer and director John Carpenter has just released his first album of non-soundtrack music in nearly five years, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death, on Sacred Bones. John famously called the first Lost Themes album “a soundtrack for the movies in your mind.” On Alive After Death those movies are even more vivid, with song titles among his most evocative as well. “Weeping Ghost” thrillingly conjures its title figure in a wash of synthesizer, making the listener’s neck hairs stand on end as the aural specter stalks the halls of a dilapidated mansion. The pulsing “The Dead Walk” makes the zombie apocalypse feel like a rave. The gloomy, atmospheric closing track “Carpathian Darkness” casts shadow on the album with its strikingly effective minimal piano and splashes of twinkling synth.

Keep Shelly In Athens shares new single feat. LA’s Georgia Hurd, launching new series of collaborative singles

Today Greek dreampop artist Keep Shelly In Athens launches a new era for the project, which will feature primary member / producer RPR collaborating with different guest vocalists from around the world. The first single in this new series is “You” featuring LA-based vocalist Georgia Hurd. RPR discovered her music via Instagram and they quickly decided to start recording together, remotely. The track stays true to the KSIA aesthetic with a bit more upbeat electro-pop vibe, with Hurd’s vocals perfectly complimenting RPR’s production.

CNCO Release Highly Anticipated New Album ‘Deja Vu’

CNCO kicked off their new album era with the reimagination of “Tan Enamorados.” The track, which is the group’s take of the song made widely popular in the 80’s by Ricardo Montaner, dropped alongside the Carlos Perez directed visual, which payed homage to a major pop culture moment of 1988, the same year the song came out, with references to New Kids On The Block’s, “(You’ve Got It) The Right Stuff” video. Upon release, the song and video shot up the YouTube Trends charts all over Latin America and receive praise from media including Rolling Stone, Billboard, People and V Magazine, among others. The single went #1 in Guatemala, Dominican Republic (pop)and Chile, Top 10 in Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama and El Savador and Top 20 in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru.

Wyclef Jean Releases Amazon Original Cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”

Today GRAMMY award-winning artist, producer, actor, and activist Wyclef Jean released an Amazon Original cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” “I chose ‘Is This Love’ because love is timeless and we must always remember love conquers hate,” Wyclef says of the song, which is being released in honor of what would have been Bob Marley’s 76th birthday on February 6th. The track is available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

QWEHLO RELEASES (321) 430-0707 EP

Rising hip-hop talents Nessly, Swoosh God, 27 Delly, YOR, Flee Ghost, YSL Yas, Odalys, and Palmtree V have teamed up under the tutelage of NYC culture, fashion, and industry stalwart Qwehlo for a new project out today, (321) 430-0707 EP. The 15-track compilation was curated to unite the stylings of these rising ATL and NYC artists via a body of work that seamlessly competes with some of the best crew projects in recent history, while also incorporating features from Lancey Fouxx, Mad Maxwell, and more. Qwehlo’s curatorial vision for (321) 430-0707 represents a new era of hip-hop coalescing under the umbrella of the internet and social media, nodding to the sounds of the current pop mainstream and worldwide hip-hop culture.

Hanalei “Screen Echoes” Out Now!

“Screen Echoes”, the debut single from the upcoming Hanalei album Black Snow, is now available on all of your preferred streaming platforms. BrooklynVegan described the song as “a cool dose of breezy indie rock that Weakerthans fans will probably dig.” The brainchild of Brian Moss (The Ghost, Great Apes, Olehole, Wunder Years), Hanalei has been a vehicle used to explore indie and folk-tinged soundscapes through a punk lens. The project has the flexibility to shift from full-blown band to a stripped-down solo endeavor, and each release tends to showcase a different manifestation. As of late, Brian’s been committed to self-recording with a fairly minimalistic setup. It’s been over 10 years since the release of One Big Night – the last proper Hanalei full length. Since then, Moss has trickled out various singles including split releases with Fifteen, Sundowner (Chris McCaughan of The Lawrence Arms), and Aspiga. Black Snow is due out on March 12th via A-F Records.


Adrian Fyrla & Basstian excel on their debut collaboration on Revealed Radar with the fiery ‘Break It Down’. Fans of the Revealed Recordings sublabel will be familiar with Basstian, who has released previous anthems on the label such as Kevin Brand collab ‘Bomboclap’, while Adrian Fyrla has been turning heads himself with his epic club-focused sound. Revealed Radar once again stakes their claim as one of the most reliable names in unearthing burgeoning talent, as ‘Break It Down’ is a heater guaranteed to get people moving.


In a gorgeous visual accompaniment to the song, Hayden Everett connected with Ben Weiland (“Under An Arctic Sky,” “UNNUR,” “The Cradle of Storms”) to shoot a beautiful video in the Cascade Mountains.

The Blue Stones announce Hidden Gems, share new single “Spirit”

Today, alternative-rock duo The Blue Stones announced their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Hidden Gems, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) on March 19th. On Hidden Gems, the band worked with famed producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process. These developments are clear on the band’s thundering new single “Spirit,” which made its debut on YouTube earlier today.