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Reuben Koops | ‘Like the Movies’ – NEW SINGLE

After a three year hiatus, Reuben Koops is back with a stunning new single Like the Movies, due for release on December 10. The modest, yet captivating acoustic track is a departure from more recent band-oriented material; back to his singer/songwriter roots.

Speaking of the creative process, Reuben explains, “this song was about relating to some of my earlier songs that were just acoustic guitar and vocals; keeping those elements at the forefront. Songs have to be strong enough that they don’t need too many bells and whistles to be ‘a good song’. I worked with Jack McLaine (Sumner) to engineer the track. We recorded as little as possible and relied on those organic elements. I think we’ve been able to achieve what we wanted whilst still featuring some great musicians on the track to support it”.

KOMATSU: stream new album ‘Rose Of Jericho’ in full!

Netherlands stoner rock frontrunners KOMATSU unveil their dark and highly melodic new album “Rose Of Jericho” is its entirety, ahead of its official release on February 5th through Heavy Psych Sounds.

Premiere: KOMATSU’s ‘Rose Of Jericho’ Advance Album Stream

03 Greedo Recruits Wiz Khalifa for “Substance (We Woke Up)” (Remix)

Blessed with a supernatural sense of melody, the legend of 03 Greedo has only grown larger during his time in prison. Tapping a rap superstar to remix a career highlight, the L.A. living legend shares “Substance (We Woke Up)” ft. Wiz Khalifa. A woozy and romantic rap ballad with a languid Beat Boy instrumental, the softly-sung “Substance” is a showcase for Greedo’s taffy-like vocal runs and instinctual approach to songwriting. The atmospheric beat is a perfect fit for Wiz Khalifa’s sensibility, the rapper’s pure tenor cutting through the haze during his weeded-out, playalistic verse.

David Wrench (mixer/producer Arlo Parks, Caribou, Let’s Eat Grandma, Marika Hackman) announces new record label Studio Bruxo and first signing ZOHARA

Internationally renowned producer and mixer David Wrench has announced the launch of his new record label Studio Bruxo (pronounced broo-shoo).

Widely known for his work with Caribou, Frank Ocean, The xx, Glass Animals, Arlo Parks, Marika Hackman, Erasure and more, Wrench will work in partnership with Pony Music Group to introduce new artists across a wide spectrum of genres.

The first signing to Studio Bruxo is Tel-Aviv based artist ZOHARA – and today she releases new single “Sing A Song”.


Bubbling West Coast rapper by way of Texas, JAHMED, has dropped a new single & video for “Wipe,” the second offering from his ARMANI EP out March 3 via Human Re-Sources. The single arrives alongside an all-orange, Polygon-directed music video, following JAHMED as he raps from a 90’s BMW in the hills of LA. On the bouncy Ben10k and Dane’s Blood-produced track, JAHMED flaunts his newfound success and confidently declares that he’s back from hiatus to claim his spot.

Jahmed Drops New Visual For “Wipe”; Announces Armani EP Date

Where Soul meets Hip-Hop – Dyad with South East Londoner IAMLIVING

Where soul meets hip-hop, this dyad consists of South East London crooner Rian Peters (IAMTHELIVING) and rapper/producer Teon Gibbs who hails from Botswana. Despite their diverse backgrounds, the two now both reside in Vancouver, Canada where they met. Now, they create bifunctional music that is not only electric but is a uniting force. “We decided to join forces to create tracks that would make people want to dance…and bring people together,” Rian says.

William The Conqueror Share New Single “Move On” // New Album Out On 3/5 Via Chrysalis Records

Buzzing Cornwall-based trio William The Conqueror released today their new single “Move On” off their forthcoming third album Maverick Thinker. With ringing, poignant guitar lines, “Move On” urges a step forward into the wide-open future by means of faded Polaroid snapshots of a redolent past, moments frozen in time and etched into memory. Earmilk stated, “‘Move On’ tackles the unforgiving tide of restlessness, of feeling stuck without any way forward, moulding a vague origin story to your own with effortlessly penned lines, and a lulling drum beat.”

William the Conqueror “Move On” from their past, look forward to release of new album, ‘Maverick Thinker’ [Video]

Dan Edmonds releases new single ‘The Morning’ featuring Luka Kuplowsky

Only in his mid-twenties, Dan Edmonds is already a prolific artist. In his teens, he was part of the Americana group Harlan Pepper and has already released two solo albums. Good Fortune Assembly sees him bring together a group of eighteen talented musicians to contribute to the album including Joseph Shabason (Destroyer, DIANA), Luka Kuplowksy, Adrian Underhill, and Sam Weber.

The Lazy Eyes share ‘Where’s My Brain???’; “makings of a psych giant” (NME)

Driving hypnotic drums against countless polymetric dual guitar solos, melted pedalboards, and amps on fire, “Where’s My Brain???” is their most distorted release to date, calling to mind the mesmerizing style of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Kikagaku Moyo, or Post Animal.

MA’s Nico Hustle & J Montez Present A Grim Over The Top Video “Wrist’

Revere MA’s Nico Hustle teams up with Boston’s J Montez for an over the top grim visual Wrist. The video is directed by Nico himself and is shot by Cam Brady with a short film vibe. The inspiration and concept comes from the the slang term Drip. “Today we use the word “Drip” as a reference to being fresh and looking fly but in this song we flipped it saying that the real drip is what we are doing! Our hustle, our talent , and our motives is the real drip. The drip they wanna see is us killing ourselves for this music and journey as an independent artist. That’s where the darkness of the video comes out” says Nico. Be advised this video isn’t for the squeamish and may be offensive to some so please proceed with caution on YouTube.

Saintseneca Share New Single “All You’ve Got Is Everyone”, Listen Now

“I wanted to write a Christmas song, but it didn’t feel right this time,” lead singer and songwriter Zac Little explains. “So I thought about old new years and made a Valentine. I miss everyone, and I figure a song is kind of like a little tent. A place in space and time – you can pack it up and take it with you, get it out when you need it, and I like to imagine being together inside.”

*BREAKING NEWS* Moneybagg Yo has “Time Today” – New Video Out Now

Today, Memphis maven, Moneybagg Yo releases new track and video “Time Today” produced by N-Less Entertainments own TurnMeUpYc via CMG/N-less Entertainment/Interscope Records. In true Bagg fashion, he’s back to address his haters by delivering breaking news – the hitmaker has time today. Bar by bar he unpacks his disposition as bold, brazen, rebel ready to continue putting cynics in their place. In the accompanying video directed by Ben Marc, we see Bagg partake in a press conference to make his message loud and clear “I just looked at my wrist I got time today, f**k it I’m crossing the line today.”

Rachika Nayar Shares Dreamlike Single/Video “Losing Too Is Still Ours” (feat. YATTA) — Debut Album ‘Our Hands Against The Dusk’ Out 3/5 (NNA Tapes)

Today, Brooklyn-based ambient-electronic composer and A/V artist Rachika Nayar shared a hazily-impressionistic music video for her new single “Losing Too Is Still Ours” (which features contributions from poet/vocalist YATTA) from her forthcoming album, Our Hands Against The Dusk, out March 5 on NNA Tapes.

“Losing Too Is Still Ours” extends from rippling guitar figures and keening vocals to methodic, marching strings. The song title stems from a Rainer Maria Rilke poem of great personal import. Fittingly, the song arrives alongside a self-directed dreamlike music video which evokes poetic imagery of interpersonal experiences, isolation, memory, mystery and transformation.

Thrash Metal Giants EVILE Return with Brand New Album!

Since their formation in 2004, British thrash titans EVILE have been turning heads and taking names, delivering four pure thrash offerings blended with an uncompromising death metal assault! Their upcoming fifth studio album, entitled Hell Unleashed, will impact the metal masses on April 30, 2021 via Napalm Records, and is the long-awaited successor to their 2013 release, Skull. Featuring the new exciting line-up formation of the talented Ol Drake on vocals/guitars and new member Adam Smith of RipTide as rhythm guitarist, Hell Unleashed is a raucous and masterful thrash metal attack!

LAPÊCHE (Brooklyn) share “Oliver” single | Announce new LP, Blood in the Water

About the song, the band states: ” “Oliver” is about the pain of losing a wanted pregnancy, & facing that loss. “Half baked, half right, half sick, half light, half closed, half cry, half yours and half mine” turns from a sequence of events into a rallying call as voices join hers, a reminder of who’s around us even in our darkest moments.”

LØLØ Releases “Lonely & Pathetic” Music Video

The song is her first release since signing with APG, and features her signature style of intimate lyrics building over an indulgent hook, continuing to showcase the rising artist’s undeniable talent. Additionally, the song was added to Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday playlist in 12 countries (including US) as well as “Singled Out,” “Pop Sauce,” “It’s a Bop” (cover artist), and Apple’s “New In Pop.”


“One late Friday night I was at the studio trying to write lyrics,” explains Shea, “and there was a massive party happening in the loft next door. That crowd was spilling into the hallway and the sound was carrying into the studio. Normally that would bother me, but I remembered that a friend had told me when he did some sessions with Mike D (Beastie Boys) that he would hang an SM57 out a window in NYC and record street noise to use. Instead of telling them to be quiet I thought why not hang a 57 on the doorknob of the front door to the studio and put them on the track! I recorded and layered a few ‘takes’ of the captured sound, and it ended up creating a feeling of being at a party that we loved.”

ISSA Releases New Video for “Always” featuring Jacquees

Having been seen on tour with Jacquees, on BET’s 106 & Park, in nationally-aired campaigns with Sprite and Adidas, and on MTV’s True Life – ISSA is no stranger to the spotlight. He has worked with multi-platinum GRAMMY award-winning producers such as OG Parker, Swizz Beatz, Zaytoven, Bangladesh, among others. With new music on the horizon in 2021, the Atlanta-native is poised to join the diverse class of new wave MCs this year. Issa is primed to introduce his brand of Hip Hop to the masses.

UK art-rock, Mush (Memphis Industries-signed ffo: Shame, Stereolab) | Share new single “Hazmat Suits” & album out Feb 12

Thematically, Lines Redacted, sets a different tone from Mush’s 2020 debut, 3D Routine (tipped in Rough Trade’s Best Albums of 2020 and at Stereogum, KEXP, BBC 6, Loud & Quiet, Uncut, Q, Paste, DIY, etc) – the first record was very much a product of its environment – in part sculpted by the band’s often chaotic live shows with Girl Band, The Lovely Eggs and Stereolab – looking to weigh in on the very real socialist option that was on the table in the UK at the time, this new one is something of the present-day dystopia, documenting the redacted and confusing environment that we now live in. Dan Hyndman, the main songwriter of the band, has written the album – dubbed a “Manifesto for Misinformation” – it poses as a sarcastic reflection on the world around us using cynicism as a form of coping mechanism with a razor-sharp.

VREID Unveils Trailer For Upcoming Album and Accompanying Movie

Norwegian Sognametal veterans VREID will be releasing their ninth full-length, ‘Wild North West,’ on April 30 via Season of Mist! The conceptual record will also feature a movie companion piece. Throughout eight chapters, the listener will be taken on a journey deep into the mountains, to a dark place where the borders between reality and fantasy fade and where death is only one step behind you: The Wild North West.

Lazy Eyes announce second EP | Share mind-bending video to “Where’s My Brain???”

‘Where’s My Brain???’ is the first taste of The Lazy Eyes’ next chapter, a leap further into the driving rhythms of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the woozy, left turns of Pond and the slow-burn of Black Sabbath. Their most distorted release to date, crisp drums and bass illustrate their hypnotic, polymetric adventures over dual guitar harmonies. Taking their improv impulses further than before, ‘Where’s My Brain???’ is unabashedly unkempt and distilled in its purest form. “We always end the live shows with this one, it’s so fun and loose,” The band share. “Even if our pedalboards have melted and our amps have caught fire, we always trust this song to bring it home,” laughs Itay.

UK-Based Hip-Hop Artist and Label CEO Saint, Drops Debut EP ‘Lucid’ Accompanied with Lyric Videos!

UK-based hip-hop artist and label CEO, Saint has released his debut EP, Lucid, an opportunity for audiences to experience what he has dubbed Revolutionary Rhythm. Combining the chill-step beats of his producer, PsyRo, and his own inspirational and motivational lyrics, Saint is looking to bring a fresh sound to UK hip-hop, focusing still on real issues but using his rhymes and beats to bring about positive change.

Dräger – “The Villain You Need” out today

Today, Brooklyn-based artist and creator, Dräger, has shared his new single “The Villain You Need” and announced his signing to Trash Casual. The synth-driven single dives into a fantasy of being saved and how heroes are plagued with stereotypes of self-righteousness, living in barriers of their own restrictions and principles where sometimes they need to be the villain.


Today, London-based singer/songwriter Lauren Auder shares her sprawling new single “Heathen” via True Panther and Harvest Records. One of 2020’s most compelling breakout stars, Auder has also announced that her highly anticipated third EP 5 Songs for the Dysphoric will arrive on February 12.

Jimmy Edgar shares “NOTICE (ft. 24HRS)” ahead of new album

Jimmy Edgar has shared “NOTICE,” a new single featuring Atlanta rapper 24HRS, from his fast impending new solo album CHEETAH BEND (out on February 26 on Innovative Leisure). Recorded in Atlanta, the cosmic R&B tune pulls hook friendly chants from 24HRS over the silk laden waves of Jimmy’s Detroit-inspired hot beats. One of music’s most versatile producers, Jimmy Edgar is drawing on both his vibrant discography as a producer on the bleeding edge of electronic music (including collaborations with Hudson Mohawk and Machinedrum) as well as his increasing presence in rap circles (including recent productions for Dawn Richards, Vince Staples, OG Maco, and more) to craft a wholly unique sonic space.

Bruno Major’s “The Most Beautiful Thing” featured in Amazon Alexa commercial starring Michael B. Jordan

The track appears on Major’s latest full-length album, To Let A Good Thing Die, is out now via AWAL. The album continues to receive critical acclaim: Billboard proclaims Major is, “more confident in his craft than ever,” while FLAUNT declares, “The brilliance that is Bruno Major…blends inspirations that reach far and wide to make a unique sound that brings us all back home.” Cool Hunting furthers, “To Let A Good Thing Die offers a hint not only of what listeners will find there but also of the spirit and character of the recording artist himself.”

Keeper E. premieres new video for “Leaf In A River” via CBC Music…watch the video and stream the track today

The theme of layers is one that is deeply embedded in Keeper E.’s music. Creating resonant foundations from emotive vocals, energetic synths, sound effects, and gentle yet driving beats, Keeper E. proffers enveloping pieces that combine heartfelt and tender lyrics with playful pop sounds.

Belle Tower Reveals Charming Single “Small”

Ahead of an upcoming EP, Belle has released single “Small”. The lyrics dance around the story of seeking approval from someone who continuously makes you feel small and speaks to the microaggressions experienced as a woman in the music industry.

MENSA DEATHSQUAD Release “Famous” – CYCLIST out Feb 23

“Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have some weird chip on my shoulder about famous people. I won’t pretend to be so urbane and sophisticated that I no longer have any use for people who are both great at what they do and well known for doing it,” prefaces Brandon Phillips, mastermind behind the darkwave electronic Mensa Deathsquad when asked about the basis for his new single “Famous.” His distaste for fame mongers and star worship is palpable… practically visceral. “That said, I loathe, detest and revile celebrity influencer culture so thoroughly that I believe it should be garroted to death at the earliest possible time and pushed into an unmarked grave,” he continued with a smirk, gritting his tightly-clenched teeth.

Body Language Share “Start It Up” Video Via Under The Radar

Today, Body Language shares the official music video for “Start It Up.” Under The Radar premiered the video, praising “with an opening snap and a thumping dance pulse, listeners are instantly transported back to a packed pre-COVID dancefloor on “Start It Up.””

On “Start It Up” video, frontwoman Angelica Bess says: Dreamlike mirage of glamour and shimmering movement.” The video travels through a tribute to the obligatory 90’s music video from the fisheye lens, various glamour looks, to the choreography.


Skindred have revealed a brand new lyric video for ‘It’s A Crime’, a rare cut from the Japanese version of Roots Rock Riot. Thirteen years after its release, Skindred are re-releasing the record, making the track available outside of Japan for the first time. The album will be available on April 23rd –

RED MOON ARCHITECT Releases Brand New Live Performance Video for “Journey”!

Melodic doom heavyweights RED MOON ARCHITECT have shared a brand new, haunting live performance video for the track “Journey”. As much as the band from Kouvola, Finland, would rather love to be on tour but since shows are currently put on hold for obvious reasons, RED MOON ARCHITECT are now inviting their fans on a trip into their very own world full of deep emotions and atmosphere. Watch the official, new live video clip for “Journey”, a heavy yet beautiful melancholic doom anthem, here:

K-Prez “Prezidential Goons” produced by the Snowgoons [Submission]

Coming from New Jersey K-Prez is the new talent on the Snowgoons roster. The upcoming artist teamed up with the Goons to create a banging EP. Even Brooklyn producer Marco Polo submitted an instrumental for K-Prez to round up the sound. Get ready for the “Prezidential Goons”.