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BURNS drops nostalgic new EP ‘Loving Touch’

UK-born, LA-based electronic talent BURNS debuts on newly relaunched label FFRR with new EP ‘Loving Touch’, out now.

A two-track release, ‘Loving Touch’ sees BURNS capture the essence of the UK hardcore sound across two vocal-laced, piano-driven dance cuts. Opening proceedings is the emotion-tinged title track, before ‘Can’t Let Go’ pairs pitched-up vocals and nostalgic piano rolls to masterful effect. The EP marks the first release for BURNS in 2021 and see’s the British producer further explore his sonic identity, having had total creative freedom during the pandemic lockdown.

JESSICA WILDE drops new double A-side ‘Wasted’ / ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’

With it being a particularly wild 2020 in more ways than one, singer Jessica Wilde slides into 2021 in spectacular fashion with Double A side ‘Wasted’ / ‘F*ck U I’m Sober Now’!

Not only are the singles’ titles self-explanatory but Wilde has opened a gateway into her past by returning full circle to her South London roots, combining her sharp-witted lyricism through Spoken Word/Rap alongside her more familiar style husky, punky soul vocals.

LISTEN: Damian Lazarus joins Marbs & Evan Casey for Desert Hearts Black EP

Today, Desert Hearts Black owners Marbs & Evan Casey explore the realm of vocal psychedelia with the double-sided ‘Birds On A Wire’—featuring vocalist Katie Kilbride. Damian Lazarus provides a cerebral remix as well, marking his grand debut on the label.

Built for the sunrise, “Birds On A Wire” is a slow burner equipped with mind-bending analog effects atop a rhythmic foundation. Its breakdown gives way to Kilbride’s mesmeric vocals, which speak of the dialog between humans and nature at morning twilight. Damian Lazarus maintains the aura of the original, adding to its psychedelic effects with vocal distortion, drum riffs, and a topline that emulates classic progressive rock.


The video for ‘We’re Good’ sees Dua Lipa serenading the guests in an exquisite looking restaurant on a ship from the turn of the 20th Century. In the same restaurant a lobster’s fate takes a very unexpected turn too….. The beautiful and surreal video is directed by Vania Hetmann & Gal Muggla.

ABBIE OZARD releases ‘let’s play pretend’ EP via LAB Records

Manchester based Abbie Ozard releases escapist, 90s-tinged new EP ‘let’s play pretend’ via LAB Records today, lead by pensive, introspective new single ‘breakdowns’.

Father Before Me Release “Until Lambs Become Lions” Video

Father Before Me releases their brand new video for “Until Lambs Become Lions” via Insane Blog.

The song and EP are both self-released by independent artist Father Before Me. Songs were mixed and mastered by genre veterans Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Carousel Kings). The music video was shot by Tom Flynn.

LA outfit MILLY share EP lead single ‘Denial’ | out Feb 12th via DANGERBIRD RECORDS (Grandaddy, Swervedriver)

Los Angeles outfit Milly share sentimental new effort ‘Denial’, set for release February 12th via Dangerbird Records (Grandaddy, Swervedriver).

Forming the lead single from the group’s ‘Wish Goes On’ EP out April 9th, ‘Denial’ is a bittersweet reflection on loss, solitude and times gone by, opening with a melancholic guitar chord sequence, before the song’s nostalgia is underpinned by an unwavering rhythmic foundation and grinding bass.

Julian Skiboat – “Flowers”

Starting out writing music at the age of 18, Julian was a drummer for local pop-punk bands in his hometown. Now the young enchanter has found his own sound. Following the release of his debut EP nice to meet u, which has garnered over one million streams to date, Julian is now unveiling his next slew of singles. Transitioning from his usual “sad boy” romance songs, to tracks about self-growth, the upcoming releases are all inspired by his day-to-day living, touching on themes from his own experiences and relationships, to everyday occurrences and general thoughts, providing comfort to listeners by reminding them that we’re all in this together.


A four-track EP, ‘Should Have Seen It Coming’ opens with the lead title track, an emotion-drenched trance inspired vocal cut pairing poignant breakdowns with the soaring vocals of AETHO. Next up, ‘The Last Stand’ sees the Yorkshireman shift to a progressive house vibe while maintaining the intensity of the opener, before ’91’ again centres around an irresistible trance breakdown. Closing things out, is the fluttering ‘Boundaries’, a sophisticated, ethereal house jam that proves to be a fitting finale. Showcasing the artistry that led to the unison of artist and label, the skyrocketing DJ will be the next to take the reins on the iconic Anjunadeep ‘Edition’ mix series, further cementing the new additions place in the roster. On joining the Anjunadeep family, the UK prospect mused:


Dua Lipa releases her new single “We’re Good.” Dropping the tempo, the track is a sensual tale of two lovers needing to go their separate ways. Produced by Sly, this slow groove is taken from Future Nostalgia – The Moonlight Edition, which also includes the hit singles “Don’t Start Now,” “Physical,” “Break My Heart” and “Levitating.”

The video for “We’re Good” sees Dua Lipa serenading the guests in an exquisite looking restaurant on a ship from the turn of the 20th century. In the same restaurant, a lobster’s fate takes a very unexpected turn. The beautiful and surreal video is directed by Vania Hetmann and Gal Muggla.

Tedio – T​.​H​.​T​.​M – (Death Thrash)

TEDIO is a thrash/death metal band based on Grecia, Costa Rica! Formed in 2019 as a continuation of older projects in which current members, Francisco and Charlie use to play in!

All the members in TEDIO are experienced musicians from other bands from the Costa Rica local scene. Working together with a fresh new style of thrash metal! The music is full of fastcore blast beats and some growls in-between the raspy thrash vocals. TEDIO takes influences from bands like SADUS, SARCOFAGO, DEMOLITION HAMMER, MORBID ANGEL, SEPULTURA, D.R.I, SODOM, KREATOR (EXTREME AGGRESSION ERA) and many more!


California based veteran rapper/singer Phora has just released heartbreak hotel via his own imprint Yours Truly Records. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the seven-track offering encapsulates the same depth of soul present in Phora’s brutally honest lyrics speaking to love, heartbreak, mental health and perspectives on emotional hardships. heartbreak hotel comes after last week’s “Loaded Gun” music video which hinted at the title of the project and followed Phora as he dealt with a toxic relationship cycle.


Speaking of the track, FAANGS said “‘RELAPSE’ is the next addition to the FAANGS world. It shows the psycho side of the music, which is my favorite side! It’s the perfect mixture of swimming eerie pop melodies and an irresistible beat that you can’t help but move your body to. I wanted to create a visual world for the track that drew on this same sense of dramatic absurdity and showed the messiness of a superstar lifestyle as an art form. The result is a true dark paradise.”

Mera Bhai releases re-edit of ‘You, Me, Us’ ft. Andrew Ashong

London based DJ/Producer Mera Bhai recruits musical polymath Andrew Ashong for the re-edit of the single ‘You, Me, Us’, out 12th February from his debut EP ‘Futureproofing’ via Moshi Moshi Records.

Born in London, with roots in India, alongside time spent growing up in Italy, Albania, Saudia Arabia, Dubai and Nigeria, Mera Bhai’s worldly influence seeps into his unique take on dance music. Known as a founding member of tropical-psychedelia band Flamingods, the multi-instrumentalist has worked closely with Moshi Moshi Records, Soundway Records and Total Refreshment Centre.

Youth Code & King Yosef share new single “Looking Down” from upcoming collab. LP

This record was born purely from a desire to collaborate and mutual fandom. King Yosef and Youth Code started talking in August, 2019. After a lot of talk of working with each other on songs for each other’s records, the question was posed by Sara: “Why not just do an EP together?” The original idea was to just do a 4 song EP. After sending stems back and forth they quickly realized it made more sense to just keep writing since things meshed together so easily on the first four.

Mike Konstanty drops feelgood new single ‘Rain Love’

Polish electronic producer Mike Konstanty has unveiled new single ‘Rain Love’, out on his freshly launched label Dirty Hills Records on Friday 12th February

An uplifting house number that combines seductive vocals with the most infectious of basslines, it’s no coincidence that ‘Rain Love’ has been released ahead of Valentine’s Day. It follows January single ‘Release Me’, a bass-heavy piano jam featuring the vocals of UK singer-songwriter Leela D, which marked the first release on Dirty Hills and was supported by tastemaker selectors Capital Dance and KISS FM.

Morgan Wade releases new song ‘Take Me Away’

From Rolling Stone’s raving “polished country-rock gem” to Teen Vogue’s “perfectly scratchy voice and rock-bluegrass influences” declaration, along with features on 30 playlists amassing over 750,000 streams ahead of its release, Virginia-native Morgan Wade’s forthcoming album Reckless continues to build steam ahead of its Friday, March 19th release with the brand new song ‘Take Me Away’ today.

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

Josh broke onto the scene in 2017 after winning the Glastonbury ‘Emerging Talent’ competition, later going on to play no fewer than seven shows across the festival. Captivating audiences with his soulful tones and charisma, Josh went on to support Rag N Bone Man later that year throughout his UK tour. He has had similar success as a dance music vocalist, collaborating with the likes of SG Lewis, Sonny Fodera and Friction. Touring as the lead singer for Gorgon City’s live shows since 2014, Josh has frequented internationally-renowned festivals and stages such as Coachella, SXSW, Red Rocks and Glastonbury.


Today sees Birdy release brand new single ‘Loneliness’ and accompanying video, the second single from her highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Young Heart’, out via Atlantic Records. The heartfelt new single is accompanied by a video, directed by Sophie Muller which showcases Birdy facing herself in isolation, experiencing the push and pull of the lull of comfort and the starkness of reality.

DJANGO DJANGO – Release new album ‘Glowing In The Dark’ Today

Over the course of their extraordinarily accomplished discography to date, Django Django have constantly headed left where others have gone right. Recently described by The Guardian as “making music that sounds close to perfection”, they are known for their genre-defying eclectic sound and their new album “Glowing in the Dark”, out today, heralds, once again, the beginning of a thrilling new era for the band.

Globally acclaimed Japanese artist Vicke Blanka follows his two ‘Black Clover’

Vicke Blanka is blowing up big, with theme songs for several anime, TV dramas and commercials in Japan, while his music has received sustained attention from around the world, racking up some 200 million plays on streaming services. Today (February 12) he releases his latest single, ‘Ponytail’, along with an accompanying music video.

This breaking Japanese singer-songwriter disregards genres such as pop and rock to deliver his own brand of melodic music. Among his various tracks for popular TV shows and commercials in Japan, ‘Black Rover’ and ‘Black Catcher’ – his two opening theme tunes for the anime series ‘Black Clover’ – have been especially successful, finding massive audiences both in Japan and overseas.

Young Thug, Meek Mill, & T-Shyne Link Up For “That Go!” via Young Stoner Life Records

Today, Young Thug releases new single “That Go” featuring Meek Mill and T-Shyne via his label, Young Stoner Life Records. Produced by Nick Papz, “That Go” sees Young Thug and Meek Mill reunite for the first time since 2017’s “We Ball”, bringing together their signature flows with the energetic addition of YSL’s newest talent, T-Shyne.

Skope video submission: Myka Nyne & Profound f. Abstract Rude, Joaquin Daniels, “Satisfy My Soul”

A-OK All Day Records presents the Makana Weiss-directed music video for “Satisfy My Soul”, the new single from Cloud Nine, the collaboration album between Los Angeles emcee Myka 9 and UK producer Profound, who tragically passed away just after the album’s completion. “Satisfy My Soul” features appearances from fellow Project Blowed vet Abstract Rude as well as Joaquin Daniels.

Amy Speace Releases Second Single From Forthcoming Album, There Used To Be Horses Here

Looking back on a twelve-month span between her son’s first birthday and the loss of her father, award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Speace culled eleven new songs directly from her depth of personal experiences—childhood memories, coming of age in New York City, and losing a parent while learning to become one—to create her new full-length album, There Used to Be Horses Here; out April 30th on Proper Records/Wind Bone Records. While many of the subjects on the album are heavy, There Used to Be Horses Here isn’t a sad record. Instead, it’s a direct reflection of that year in Speace’s life, propelled by a playwright’s eye for detail, a performer’s gift of vocal delivery, a poet’s talent for concise writing, and the extraordinary musicianship of collaborators, The Orphan Brigade.

Millennial Anxiety + Jangly Power Pop- Kelly Duplex’s S/T Debut Is Here!

Recalling the good old days when MTV wasn’t back to back episodes of Ridiculousness, New Orleans based guitar pop trio, Kelly Duplex’s s/t debut album out via Strange Daisy is streaming everywhere! Combining classic power pop, vintage grunge, and a bit of jangle, the band’s debut is catching some ears.

“… dazzling thing of melancholy beauty, but some of the sheen has been scuffed away, and instead guitars bleed into each other, and there’s a heavier, musically weightier imprint about it. That’s not to say it isn’t still brilliant, because it really is. It’s just different glitter sprinkled on it from an edgier pot.” -Back Seat Mafia

Singer-Songwriter J4 Releases Sentimental Duet “Anchor”

“This song is a duet with my amazing girlfriend Elena that mimics the conversations that we had at the beginning, and throughout, our relationship. This song depicts the push and pull of grounding and freedom, and how our relationship went through experiences that made it easy to understand that balance,” J4 explains.

Born in Buffalo, New York, singer/songwriter J4 has always had a passion for music. He discovered his talent while singing in church as a child, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee for high school. In between classes, he began performing daily at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge and started co-writing with established songwriters like Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston, Tim McGraw, Pam Tillis), John Goodwin (Michael McDonald, Brad Paisley, Steely Dan) and James Breedwell (Joey Evancho, Kechi, Jeffrey Li, Barry Darcy).


Multi-platinum artist Sia’s eighth studio album Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture is out now via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic featuring the singles “Together,” “Courage to Change,” “Saved My Life,” “Hey Boy,” and “Floating Through Space.” The 14 track album features songs inspired by the film, as well as Sia’s interpretations of songs from the musical movie. Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture features collaborations with David Guetta, Labrinth, and Burna Boy, a writing credit from Dua Lipa as well as production credits from Jack Antonoff, Greg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin, and more.

James Trystan & Haptic join forces on new single ‘Lupine’

British DJ and producer James Trystan debuts on Disco Halal with new single ‘Lupine’, featuring Australian artist Haptic, out 12th February.

Combining fluttering synths and a deep, brooding bassline with Haptic’s hushed vocals, ‘Lupine’ is an emotion-tinged melodic house cut that gradually increases in intensity across its three-and-a-half minutes. The release also includes an extended version of the track and a club-ready remix from Tel Aviv DJ and producer OMRI.

Post-Rock Collective GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT – New Album and Video Out Today!

Reigning as one of the most well-known and highly critically acclaimed experimental instrumental groups out there with a respected musical legacy spanning nearly 20 years, Irish four-piece GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT reaches a career benchmark with the release of their 10th studio album, Ghost Tapes #10.

DEAD REGISTER: CVLT Nation Premieres “Don’t Fail Me” Live-Action Puppet Video From Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia-based post-rock/avant doom trio DEAD REGISTER proudly offers their most intricate visual creation to date with a live-action puppet video for their new single, “Don’t Fail Me.” The song is nearing official release as an expansive maxi-single/EP at the end of the month, and today, the video sees its public unveiling through an exclusive premiere hosted by CVLT Nation.

Watch the Beautiful and Bloodthirsty Video for DEAD REGISTER “Don’t Fail Me”

New Glassnote artist Luwten | new singles out today

Luwten takes its name from a Dutch word which simply means ‘place without wind’. Amsterdam-based Tessa Douwstra adopted it as the moniker for her solo abstract pop project – which fuses organic instrumentation with field recordings and sampling – so enamoured was she with the creative process of “working in a total vacuum”. Her EP of late 2020 ‘Door’ bore the unambiguous title that reflected, in Tessa’s own words; “A study of a perfectionist who acknowledges that everything’s in a constant state of flux”.

Speedboat present their energy filled debut EP ‘Split The Bill’

Following on from the 70’s & 80’s inspired ‘bigboy123’ and the eccentric synth-pop single ‘Dog Toy’, Brighton-based ‘Speedboat’ today unveil their brand new debut EP ‘Split The Bill’.

After spending all their musical lives apart, siblings Johnny and Will Griffiths finally started writing together at home in 2017. Initially rejecting, and then taking inspiration from their Dad’s collection of 80’s pop, indie and new wave the brothers settled on the name Speedboat as something which encapsulated their widescreen new wave inspired synth pop. Working from their flat the pair would swap duties on vocals, guitars, synths and keys with the writing and recording blurred into one process they produced something surprisingly expansive and cinematic.

Chapel Announces ‘Room Service’ EP + Drops “First Love” Single in Time for Valentine’s Day

Rising Atlanta pop duo Chapel has announced their brand-new EP Room Service, due out April 23rd via Rise Records. Produced and engineered by the band – Carter Hardin (vocals/guitar/keys) and Kortney Grinwis (drums) – mixed by Matt Huber (Nightly, joan), and mastered by Sam Moses (Smallpools, Nightly), the 4-song EP showcases Chapel’s signature playful-yet-emotive lyrics, soaring pop melodies, and R&B inflected rhythms, synths, and guitars.

Kill Shelter & Antipole Combine their Artistry on the New Album “A Haunted Place”

British Darkwave and Scandinavian Coldwave fuse as Kill Shelter (UK) and Antipole (Norway) announce a new collaboration album entitled A Haunted Place on Manic Depression Records.

Described as dark euphoric melancholy, this highly emotive album deals with personal themes of loss, addiction, isolation and remorse and is packed with angst-ridden highs and introspective lows.


Detroit-rapper Babyface Ray has delivered his new EP Unf*ckwitable via Wavy Gang/EMPIRE. His first release in almost a year, the EP includes production from Hit Boy, Hoodrich Keem and features Moneybagg Yo, Kash Doll, and EST Gee. Today’s drop comes with the release of a video for “Like Daisy Lane” from the EP that continues with the dry humor and wry storytelling we saw in his last video for the Moneybagg Yo featured track “If You Know You Know”.

Sia Releases ‘Music’ – New Album + Film Out Today

Multi-platinum artist Sia’s eighth studio album Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture is out now via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic featuring the singles “Together,” “Courage to Change,” “Saved My Life,” “Hey Boy,” and “Floating Through Space.” The 14 track album features songs inspired by the film, as well as Sia’s interpretations of songs from the musical movie. Music – Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture features collaborations with David Guetta, Labrinth and Burna Boy, a writing credit from Dua Lipa as well as production credits from Jack Antonoff, Greg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin and more.

Parker Millsap gets “Vulnerable” with new song and video; new album out April 9

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Parker Millsap shares his new song “Vulnerable” today. A lushly textured piece of psychedelic soul threaded with elegantly simple wisdom, it’s the second song released from his new album BE HERE INSTEAD, arriving via his own Okrahoma Records and Thirty Tigers Friday, April 9. The song is joined by a companion video directed by Casey Pierce streaming now on YouTube. BE HERE INSTEAD is available for pre-order now.

Family Dinner release new EP ‘You’re So Cool’, out today!

Today, Long Beach, NY band Family Dinner self-released their debut EP, You’re So Cool. Recorded over five days with Brett Romnes (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche) at Barbershop Studios, the four songs on the EP came together naturally for the band, spanning a mix of ’90s-inspired indie rock and punk-pop that takes cues from acts like Hole, Dinosaur Jr., and The Cranberries. The title track kicks it off by telling the tale of a couple on the run after committing murder, inspired by ’90s crime films like True Romance and Natural Born Killers.

Experience “Ecstasy” on New Jam by Jesse Eplan (feat. Da Last Phoenix & Kfedey)

Emerging Hip Hop Performer/Producer Jesse Eplan has teamed up with Da Last Phoenix & Kfedey to release the video for their single “Ecstasy”, available now on Spotify and all the major services.

Romantic Country Piano Melody “Valentine” Released By Country Rewind Records

“Valentine,” a romantic Country instrumental melody co-produced by Becky Priest and Johnny Garcia at EastSide and Busy At Play recording studios in Nashville, TN, has been released by Country Rewind Records and distributed by Select-O-Hits in both national and international markets. The talented musicians on this project have toured with and backed some of the biggest legends in Country Music for decades: Becky Priest (keyboardist/background vocalist for Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless) Keech Rainwater (drummer for Lonestar), Johnny Garcia (lead guitar for Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks), Travis Toy (steel guitar for Rascal Flatts), Scotty Simpson, (bass guitar for Pam Tillis, Travis Tritt and The Oak Ridge Boys), Brad Corbin (dobro / steel for Lonestar), Renae Truex (fiddle / mandolin for Ray Price), David Priest (harmonica for Lee Roy Parnell.)

NE-YO Celebrates 15 Years Of “In My Own Words,” Announces Digital Deluxe Version

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the 2X platinum In My Own Words by R&B veteran NE-YO, UMe/Def Jam will be releasing a digital deluxe version of the album as well as two live acoustic performances of the hit singles from the project “So Sick” and “Sexy Love, ” live from The Compound in Atlanta. UMe/Def Jam/Motown are also releasing a documentary about the fifteen years of NE-YO’s life since the groundbreaking album that catapulted him into superstardom. The documentary touches on his relationship with his wife, performing at George Floyd’s Funeral, and his inspiration for making art.

Haviah Mighty protects her energy on “Obeah”

Haviah Mighty today shares “Obeah,” a song that pays homage to both her Caribbean heritage and her deep trust in her inner circle, particularly her family. It’s a song about knowing who to trust and reflects one of Haviah’s core beliefs: the energy you allow to surround you dictates your reality. Produced by her little brother (Mighty Prynce) and featuring a cameo by her father in the video, “Obeah” is a full Mighty family affair.

Allie X Releases Amazon Original Cover Of Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love”

Today, Canadian indie/pop artist Allie X released an Amazon Original cover of Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love.” Arriving just days before Valentine’s Day, Allie X puts her own unique stamp on the classic break-up song. The track is available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music, HERE.

Alamo-Signed Chino Cappin Is Georgia’s Next Melodic Rap Master

Wielding a silky-smooth melodic flow, Chino Cappin is a name to watch in the Atlanta scene. Confronting a flame who manipulates his feelings for the ‘Gram, Chino shares “Fake Love,” his new video single. Marked by plaintive piano and squealing synths, “Fake Love” finds Chino straddling the line between R&B and rap in a rhythmic, anti-romantic slow jam: “Girl your love ain’t love, but you want me to stay/But I’m gon’ let it fade away,” croons Chino. In the video, Chino spends a romantic afternoon with his bae, before realizing she’s only dating him for the clout. “Fake Love” is Chino’s first new music video since the release of “Lap Dance,” which generated over 340k YouTube views since its late-December release.

Merci Releases New Single/Video “Haunt Me” + Washington City Paper Feature

D.C. alternative quintet Merci released their brand-new single “Haunt Me” today via Rise Records – watch the music video HERE and stream the song HERE via your preferred digital service. A follow-up to the band’s 2020 debut single “Foolish Me,” “Haunt Me” expands on the band’s indie-pop sound and is paired with a haunting video inspired by the Eggers’ brothers psychological horror thriller hit The Lighthouse.