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Hot Breath release “What You’re Looking for, I’ve Already Found”

Hot Breath release “What You’re Looking for, I’ve Already Found” Friday, February 12 – the third single leading up to the Swedish garage rock band’s upcoming debut album “Rubbery Lips”. The single is released with a lyric video, premiered by The Obelisk.

Hot Breath is back and will release their debut studio album “Rubbery Lips” during the spring of 2021. With a foundation built on dirty riffing, memorable hooks, and a no-nonsense attitude, the new album contains 10 tracks of energetic and catchy garage rock ‘n’ roll. With their minds firmly set on releasing nothing but killers, Hot Breath has pushed themselves into perfecting the sound that they presented on their 2019 self-titled EP. The result is a straight-shooting album, guaranteed to twist your hips.

Ulf Nilsson release new single You’re The One

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Ulf Nilsson release his new single You’re The One which was written to his beloved wife and fellow musician Linda Varg.

“This is the complete and ultimate declaration of love. I wrote it the way I felt it, head over heals in love, leaving nothing unsaid. If you’re lucky enough to love someone and to have someone love you back you know what I’m talking about.

Kenny Leckremo-version of ‘Rise’

When original singer and founding member Kenny Leckremo recently reunited with the band, fans got eager to hear how the group’s current sound would merge with the voice of the initial front man.

As a reaction to fans waiting for shows and new releases with the original front man, the band presented a video with Kenny singing the song ‘Rise’ from the latest album. The performance was widely praised and delighted fans demanded the version of the song to be released on their favorite streaming services.

The Drippers release “Stuck With You” single

The Drippers release the single “Stuck With You” on The Sign Records February 12. The single is the first in a series of digital singles from the Swedish garage rock band, and follows The Drippers’ praised debut album “Action Rock” from 2019. The track “Stuck With You” was originally included on the split 12″ vinyl “Demolition Derby vol. 2.”, released in 2020 on Retro Vox Records. Now, the single have been remastered, and is for the first time available on all streaming platforms via The Sign Records.


Lollollo Fest, an unspecific reason for hanging out besides Garda Lake shores.

In between local bands’ gigs, the idea of a band is born: a combo that could channel all the teenage distress of being close to forty, through punk rock and rock and roll.

All that and Jeff Burke as the absolute role model.

Long story short: a trio of friends hangs out mostly to drink beer and mold in a rehearsal room.
Less than a year later, they uncork 40 songs and hire a Stooges-addicted bass player.
Still, they cannot manage their absolutely groundless enthusiasm, which they let loose in one soon to be released 5 songs EP: “Numbers One To No One”.


Today sees rising star Rachel Chinouriri team up with renowned DJ/producer Joe Goddard (Hot Chip, The 2 Bears) for an incredible remix of her latest single ‘Darker Place’ [out now on Atlas Artists Recordings/Parlophone].

The hypnotic new remix from Joe Goddard takes Rachel’s original to a new dimension as the spiralling synths, dispersed hand claps and thumping bass build to an intense crescendo whilst Rachel’s beautiful vocals are laid elegantly on top.

TheHxliday Drops off “Batgirl” Video In Time for Valentine’s Day

TheHxliday, the 19-year-old rising hybrid alt-pop-rapper and singer-songwriter, releases the dreary Gen Z love themed video for “Batgirl.” Released just in time for Valentine’s Day via Motown Records, the video was directed by Steve Matiasek and Alexander Tsakis Lepkowski. It finds TheHxliday channeling his suave Bruce Wayne persona, donning a black leather jacket and romancing his Batgirl in his somber bat cave.

Video: Beanz – “Trending Topic”

With an authoritative voice that leaps out of speakers, rising rapper Beanz has bars for days. Allowing herself to introduce herself, Beanz shares “Trending Topic,” her new single. Blessed with a horn section that speaks to Beanz’ Latina heritage, “Trending Topic” is a boisterous banger, offering the perfect canvas for Beanz to talk her smack. Rapping with an audible sneer, Beanz spends the duration of “Trending Topic” backing up her bonafides and taking swipes at those who try to fake it to make it: “These b*tches week, no stamina/I stunt seven days a week, no calendar/I be trill, you know I keeps it thorough/I got the whole world shouting “who’s that girl?”


Today, KEM premiered the sensual video for his new hit single, “Live Out Your Love.” Directed by Gerald Plaid Isaac, the uplifting short follows a couple living out their love in ultra-romantic fashion. Promising a big surprise, the man lovingly escorts his leading lady, blindfolded, through an opulent entryway. In a ballroom decorated with lush floral arrangements, she discovers a gift with special meaning. The two lovers, serenaded by KEM, dance to “Live Out Your Love.”


Today, the 19-year-old rising hybrid alt-pop-rapper and singer-songwriter, TheHxliday releases the dreary Gen Z love themed video for “Batgirl,” just in time for Valentine’s day via Motown Records. Watch it here. The video was directed by Steve Matiasek and Alexander Tsakis Lepkowski. It finds TheHxliday channeling his suave Bruce Wayne persona. He dons a black leather jacket swooning his batgirl in his somber bat cave.

Out Now Ben Barbic “Soul”

Rebel Sound Records is proud to announce the release of Ben Barbic’s latest single ‘Soul,’ is out now everywhere music is played. ‘Soul’ is a song for our times. Crafted while under the haze of battling coronavirus, Ben Barbic collaborated with his long time friend and musician Dino Campanella (Dredg) to co-produce the tune. Dredg is the drummer of the band Crosses, Chino Moreno of the Deftones’ solo project (usually seen as †††).

Sam Grow’s “This Town,” Single and Autobiographical Video, Released Today

“This Town” is a song for anybody that has ever broken up and had to live that down in their town,” said Grow who wrote the autobiographical offering with Keesy Timmer and Wil Nance. “As the saying goes, ‘when everybody knows everybody’s business, towns like to talk after you break up.’ I hope people will be able to relate to this true story.”

Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) Shares “Gary Floyd Revisited” Video

Today, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) shares “Gary Floyd Revisited,” the final single off his upcoming solo return LP Born Stupid, out today on Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise. After nearly 30 years on hiatus, Leary is back with a new second solo LP Born Stupid, out now.

Paul Leary issued his debut solo album The History Of Dogs in 1991. And now, thirty years later he’s releasing the follow up Born Stupid. Thirty years may seem like an oddly excessive length of time between albums, but that’s apropos, as nearly all the highlights of Leary’s legendary career have been odd and excessive.

EMPTY STREETS Ushers in New Age of Darkwave with “Age of Regret,” Available Today

“Often the hand that grants us our dreams also forever darkens our door,” says Thompson. “This is a song about how painful it is to make peace with a world that’s fed you beautiful poison since day one. You want to conquer the world, defeat your demons… but at what cost? This is the cost…this is the Age That I Regret.”

Indie Electronic Artist MISHEGAS Shares New Single About The Downfalls Of Love; Listen Now 

Today, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mexico-born and New York City-based artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Emilio Quezada Ibañez, aka Mishegas, pulls the candy coating off of real life ‘sweethearts’ in his emotionally stirring instrumental new single, “Feel It All.”

He elaborates, “I tried to give the song a dreamy feel at the start that then intensifies in the chorus and throughout the song.” While many look to Valentine’s Day as a time to celebrate love, others can’t help but relate with the feeling of love wearing down. Mishegas adds, “this song is about how quickly feelings of love and wistful affection can turn to anger, resentment, or just pure frustration.”

LPB Poody Continues His Winning Streak With The Catchy New Single “Batman”

After teasing fans relentlessly on social media, emerging rap star LPB Poody has dropped “Batman,” a playful yet solid single that showcases his lyrical bravado. The Florida MC boasts about his city while promising more heat for his dedicated fans.

NANGA PARBAT Release New Single/Official Video ‘Blood, Death and Silence’

“An Angel is lost in a cold and murky marsh, ahead only a desolate waste with stormy weather. She is still struggling for answers but the maddening voices brought by the silent winds instill the fear of death inside her”

The second single taken from the upcoming full-length entitled Downfall and Torment by Nanga Parbat is a crushing track that after the first evil clean arpeggios of the beginning, explodes in a series of powerful death metal riffs and complex breakdowns. The chorus is majestic and epic with technical guitar lines, all filled with an epic orchestra quartet which leads to the deepest parts of the frozen caves of the killer mountain.

Cockney grime mic man BRUZA drops new monster track ‘Pick It Up’

Unapologetically cockney, Bruza is here to shake things up for 2021!!

Teaming up with Top Don Grime Producer Silencer, Bruza jumps straight back into the ring with new release “Pick It Up”.

Holding no punches, Bruza puts the world to rights and tells his story using cheeky, punchy lyrics that are sure to get you skanking and shouting; “Have some of that”.

“Pick It up” is catchy, clever and heavy all at the same time. This track is pure madness from start to finish, leaving you punch drunk and ready for more.


“Within Me” unites two very different Italian artists whose combined talents have created something even greater than the sum of their parts. Dardust collides the worlds of minimalist piano composition and ambient electronica, a mix that simultaneously echoes Max Richter, Philip Glass and Aphex Twin. Meanwhile, no introduction is needed for Grammy award-winner Benny Benassi, the electro house pioneer who regularly packs festivals and amasses millions of streams all over the world.

Classic Water Faces Reality On New Single ‘Heart To Move’

Time to face reality. Indie band Classic Water play with this concept on new single Heart To Move, the last single before their debut album Concrete Pleasures hits the digital shelves on March 12th. The video consists of footage of the band recording the song in a Swedish farmhouse-studio and shows the camaraderie, frustration and joy inherent in the recording process.


Aston Merrygold’s time with JLS proved to be one of UK pop’s biggest success stories this century, as they achieved five UK #1 smashes, a further five Top 10 singles and five hit albums. And he’s remained in the spotlight ever since the group went on hiatus, building a social media following of over a million people. His high profile projects include competing on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, starring in the West End production of ‘Rip It Up’ and judging the talent show ‘Got To Dance’.

Jonas Hibiki and Buffalo Kill team on new single “Lost In The Down” – OUT TODAY

Following on from the brilliant “Someone Toulouse” and “Big Blue”, Bergen’s boy wonder Jonas Hibiki is back with another slo-mo psych-pop tune, “Lost In The Down”. It’s out today on GEMS.

Unafraid of addressing uncomfortable topics – he sings candidly of depression on “Big Blue” – Jonas Hibiki this time takes on the limits of our mental and physical spaces on “Lost In The Down”. Accompanied by fellow Bergen band Buffalo Kill, Hibiki’s falsetto croon sounds sad and cracked over languid, watery guitar lines, shimmering synths and the simplest of beats. He sings: “wind blowing from the window / smell the open air / a reflection in the mirror / looking worse for wear”, aware of the world outside his bedroom but feeling utterly trapped.

Ivan & The Parazol break loose from expectations with single Mást Vártam

Today Budapestian bad IVAN & THE PARAZOL present the new single of their upcoming album Budai Pop. “Mást vártam” means “expecting something else,” which is exactly what this song is about.


Aby Coulibaly followed her visionary debut ‘Taurus’ with her second track ‘Maybe’, and in the process boosted her buzzworthy reputation with praise from Complex, Gal-dem and Wonderland. Her playlist support continues to gain traction, with highlights to date including R&B UK, dazed and Boho + Chill at Spotify plus Chilled R&B at Apple Music.


British rap sensation Headie One has released ‘Edna (Deluxe)’, the deluxe edition of his No.1 debut album ‘Edna’. To mark the occasion, the British rap sensation has joined forces with Afro-fusion superstar Burna Boy for its lead single ‘Siberia’.

Produced by The Elements and AOD (Pa Salieu, Aitch, Dutchavelli, Yxng Bane, Mahalia), the melodic and guitar-laden track is a stripped back affair with sturdy 808 drum patterns. Lyrically reflecting on Headie’s personal metamorphosis as he comes to terms with the new expectations fame has brought to his life.

Planet Giza drop exciting new EP ‘Don’t Throw Rocks At The Moon’

Montreal alternative hip-hop trio Planet Giza continue their hot streak with new EP Don’t Throw Rocks At The Moon, out now.

Expertly marrying classic hip-hop sensibilities with fresh energy and a zest for life, Don’t Throw Rocks At The Moon was co-produced by frequent collaborator JMF. Opening with the slick, funk-drenched ‘Icarus’, the track is an ode to the pitfalls of a fast-paced lifestyle. Next up is the group’s recent bass-heavy single ‘When The Moving Stops’. Underpinned by the soaring vocals of Planet Giza’s own Tony Stone, the track has enjoyed support from Jack Saunders, DJ Target and Jamz Supernova of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra respectively, as well as support from Apple Music and Kiss Fresh.

AMARA ctk100 – You Don’t Wanna (Pop / Electronic / Glitch)

AMARA ctk100 returns with her new single “You Don’t Wanna” an observation about not playing with toxic people and the games they play, released on February 12th with a Music Video ( premiered by Coeval Magazine February 15th) directed by Ashley Rommelrath and a cover shot by Reece Owen.

The track was created in collaboration with S.G Cackle and debuted on her live set on the ” Hannah Diamond-Reflections Forever” show on Club Quarantine.

Norwegian songwriter briis releases debut album 52Hz – OUT TODAY

Lars Husby is not your usual sort of multi-instrumentalist. As a teenager he learned guitar, followed by a host of other instruments just well enough to ensure he could write songs on them. Less a studio head, more of a storyteller. The Norwegian has applied this to his work as briis, creating sounds that cover a lot of bases – from electronic pop, to dance, to ambient instrumentals…even intimate songs that touch on folk music. He’s releasing his debut album 52Hz today, via Bergen-based GEMS.


JVCK comes back with ‘No Drama’ and his perfect take on an old school feeling and showcasing his deft ability to mix US influences seen through a UK lens. something he’s so good at channeling and skewing to a modern vibe. After releasing the standalone single ‘Favours’ at the end of 2020, ‘No Drama’ is a cut from his upcoming EP ‘Joyride’ due out March 12th; with the video being taken from a longer-form film shot and directed by UK director Fenn O’Meally (Jorja Smith, Wu-Tang, Stormzy), which soundtracks the entire EP and both stylistically and sonically lifts JVCK above and beyond his contemporaries. On the track JVCK says;


18-year-old Nigerian-Scottish songwriter TAYO SOUND today releases his brand new track ‘Runaway’, the lead track from the accompanying ‘Runaway EP’. Listen now and watch the visualizer for the single, available via Black Butter/Arista Records.

CABAL Release Single “Innocent Blood” feat. Jason Evans of Ingested

CABAL, one of the most brutal and promising heavy acts hailing from Copenhagen, DE, have just released their single “Innocent Blood” featuring Jason Evans of Ingested. The track sees the band revisit their ‘Purge’ EP for a re-worked version of the record’s opening track.

“To celebrate the five year anniversary of our Purge EP we decided to re-record the first song from that EP, ‘Innocent Blood’, which was also the first song we ever put out and the song that made people take notice of our existence”, comments the band. “And since this is a celebration, we thought that it would be fitting to invite our good friend Jason Evans from Ingested to celebrate with us.”

Josh Barry drops emotion-tinged new single ‘Adam In The Evening’

“I’m beyond excited to finally be underway with releasing this first EP,” Josh comments. “It’s been such an enjoyable process that’s taken much longer than I imagined, but has been worth every up and down. After years of writing and building a body of work, I wanted the first of three EP’s to display my (heart) Art & Soul with honesty and a sense of vulnerability, before showing my sonic evolution in the EP’s that follow.”

Kaz Money “Bu Zelda“ produced by Mjeezy

After taking a long hiatus from releasing solo music, Swedish based rapper Kaz Money returns with Dubai based producer Mjeezy to drop their new single “Bu Zelda” a track designed to set off the next 24 months of planned releases.

Influenced by his Arabic roots and his daughter (Zelda), Kaz emphatically now refers to himself as Bu Zelda which translates from Arabic to mean Zelda’s father, a traditional way to refer to a father in the Middle East. The aggressive track displays Kaz’s impactful delivery over a simple but hard hitting Mjeezy beat. “We needed to set it off the right way and remind people we’re still here,” says Kaz.

World’s First Cinema deliver their highly-anticipated debut EP ‘Rituals’ on February 12th through B-Unique Records

World’s First Cinema’s origins begin back in 2019, when Fil Thorpe, a founding member of Neck Deep, the multi-award winning rock outfit that also cracked the #2 spot on the US album charts, chose to leave his formative outfit in pursuit of a career in production. Having now relocated to Los Angeles he met John Sinclair, alternatively known as Saint Claire, who had previously collaborated with Macklemore on his 2017 single ‘Excavate’. Between them, they have enough knowledge of the commercial music world to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, but now they are together, they have their heart set on something far more outlandish.

Watch: Natty Wylah unveils new single BRUCE

North-London rap artist Natty Wylah has announced a new mixtape named ‘BRUCE’ which is set for release on 5th March via Gecky Records. Ahead of the tape he’s shared the title track, produced by Srigala.

‘BRUCE’ follows a string of thought-provoking releases from Natty as he continues to impress with his inspired storytelling ability that regularly confronts social issues such as identity and ambition. Finding influence from genres like jazz, grime and post-punk, Natty’s also drawn to the surreal, with his unique sound gaining the attention of Gilles Peterson, Jamz Supernova, Toddla T, Don Letts and 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. He’s also been spotlighted as one of Amazing Radio’s ‘Tips for 2021’.

AERIAL EAST – New LP ‘Try Harder’ out today via Partisan Records | Watch ‘The Things We Build’

Over 12 tracks, East’s elegant desert folk finds peace within a universal feeling of groundlessness, creating beautiful odes to those of us who feel like our edges are rough and perhaps we don’t always quite fit in. The release is accompanied by a music video for ‘Try Harder’ highlight “The Things We Build,” which was shot in NYC and directed by artist/photographer Brianna Capozzi, who worked with East to create the visual language for all of ‘Try Harder’.

Wars release brand new single ‘A Hell Behind My Eyes’

Wars have released a brand new track ‘A Hell Behind My Eyes’, the first instalment of ‘Chapter Three’ from their upcoming album A Hundred Shivers.

A tempestuous voyage through moody verses, elating choruses and some of the band’s most thunderous riffs to date, ‘A Hell Behind My Eyes’ sees wars boldly stand face to face with their demons. Thematically anchored in daily struggles with self esteem and positivity, the track is an apt and relatable anthem for these unprecedented times that we’re living in.

Dare Above Nemo shares debut EP ‘Mimic’

Dare Above Nemo has shared his debut EP, Mimic. An infectious and darkly psychedelic introduction to his unique brand of Nightmare Pop, the EP is an enticing blend of warped, eerie soundscapes and hook-led songwriting.

“The Mimic EP is infused with nocturnal influence”, explains Dare Above Nemo. “The night is the most productive time for me to create, so all of the songs were written and recorded then, and the ambience of that is woven in to the atmosphere of its nightmare pop tones.

TSUNARI Drops Brand New Visuals [50K views in 5 hours]

Not afraid to break out the mould, Tsunari builds on her fast-growing success with a song that incorporates energetic trap snares with synth led samples. Speaking on the release, she said: “The song is about living a colourful life. To live a colourful life, means to have a life full of ups and downs, to have experienced struggle and achievement, to have learned from your failures and grown from them. A colourful life means you have lived life to the fullest, which is what we all aspire to achieve”.