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Heavy Feather release “Sometimes I Feel” single

Heavy Feather release “Sometimes I Feel”, the fourth and final single leading up to the Swedish root rock band’s upcoming sophomore album “Mountain of Sugar”. “Sometimes I Feel” stands out from the rest of the album as guitarist Matte Gustafsson takes on the role as lead singer. Delivering a psychedelic, organic tune that brings the true sound and feel of the late 60’s to the modern world. “Sometimes I Feel” is released on The Sign Records February 26.

Dream Drop release the perfect doomer anthem “We Will Go Down”

“We Will Go Down is the ultimate doomer anthem, exploring feelings of complete hopelessness in regards to the state of the world and how people around you feel. The lyrics in the chorus came from a conversation where vocalist Joar joked around with his friend Martin about the fact that it feels like everyone is gonna die and everything is shit so the only thing we can do is play music until the ship sinks. So the lyrics are kind of sarcastic in a way ‘cus it’s supposed to be taken as a dark joke.” // Dream Drop

Liar Thief Bandit release “Right from Wrong”

Liar Thief Bandit release “Right from Wrong”, the third single leading up to the band’s upcoming album “Deadlights”. A true garage rock explosion, “Right from Wrong” captures the essence of Liar Thief Badnit’s modern, uplifting, and straight-forward sound.


Germany’s cult Thrasher NECRONOMICON flex their muscles with their second single! ME AGAINST YOU is dystopian, disturbing and extremely aggressive – a three-minute show of strength deeply from the Thrashers soul. The upcoming tenth album “The Final Chapter” will be a milestone in their almost 40 year long metal career.

The British Rock band Feral Ghost Releases New single * Roll The Dice*

As the title suggests ‘Roll The Dice’ is all about taking risks in life and in particular the liberation you can feel from releasing fear and accepting the outcome whatever the result. This theme is reflected in the track which starts with a gritty bass and guitar eight-bar intro that forms the base to this high energy, head-nodding, toe-tapping track.


The project started during the initial lockdown, with each band member working remotely with producers including Toby Scott(Gorgon City, Pet Shop Boys). The result is ‘Reverie’, a collection which packs fresh invention, irrepressible live energy and a sunshine shot of optimism just when it’s needed the most.

Zac Pajak releases new single ‘About Time’ – 26.02.21

London-based Zac Pajak releases ‘About Time’ on February 26th via Goldun Egg Records, co-produced with Jake Gosling. The single is taken from Zac’s ‘Midnight’ EP set for release May 7th 2021. It follows previous single ‘Southern Comfort’ and debut EP ‘Early Hours’ released in 2020.


Copenhagen-based progressive metalcore outfit NOTHING NOBLE (prev. Everything is Terrible) provide neck-breaking, bouncy grooves that grow ever heavier and darker with every frustrated yell and growl from the gut of vocalist Cornelius Qvist. Today the quartet present their first single of off the coming album, which features Brendan Murphy of COUNTERPARTS/END – watch the music video for ‘Bond of Blood’ above.

Sliptrick Records Welcomes Japanese Christian Metal Group IMARI TONES

Imari Tones are a Christian heavy metal band from Japan, where majority of people believe in Buddhism and Christianity is very scarce. The band was formed in 2004 but the real start was in 2008, when they declared themselves as “The first Christian metal band from Japan”. Since then, Imari Tones toured in and out of Japan, while making many albums independently.


Hare Squead continue to lead the charge for Irish hip-hop, their magnetic rhymes and multi-genre productions proving that they offer something that sets them apart from the pack. Those traits permeate everything they release, from the huge GoldLink collab ‘Herside Story’ right through to last year’s ‘Superweird’ EP. It featured one of their biggest moments to date in the shape of the Rory Stewart-inspired ‘Minor Gangsters (Gully)’, which they memorably performed for COLORS.

Yndling “Childish Fear” – Norwegian Dream Pop – Beach House meets Mazzy Star

Yndling is the dream pop project of Norwegian artist Silje Espevik. This musical endeavour is the result of wanting to take complete creative control over her music. Through delicate soundscapes and oscillating synths, Yndling invites listeners into her own world, offering a place of escapism and resonance through her lyricism.

Tigercub announce colour-theory inspired new album “As Blue As Indigo” | Out June 18th via Blame Recordings

Tigercub made a welcome return to our airwaves earlier this month with a bolt from the blue in the massive “Beauty”, their first new material since 2017. Today the band follow that with the news of a much-anticipated second album, “As Blue As Indigo”, set for release on June 18th through Blame Recordings.

Maxïmo Park share video for new track “Why Must A Building Burn?” | New album “Nature Always Wins” out today

Maxïmo Park’s new album “Nature Always Wins” is out now via Prolifica Inc. Recorded and released during unquestionably the most challenging period for any artist, and pieced together remotely across the Atlantic with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), “Nature Always Wins” arrives as some of the band’s most impassioned, stirring, and ambitious work to date.


Wonho’s debut last year resonated with fans all around the world, with the album quickly climbing to No. 1 on the Worldwide iTunes Album Chart, and ranking high on the iTunes charts in 30 countries and Billboard World Digital Song Sales Charts. On top of that, he wasted no time taking the U.S. Market by storm; receiving notable mentions from publications such as PAPER Magazine, MTV News, Access, iHeart, Teen Vogue, Refinery29 and Rolling Stone who stated “Performed entirely in English, the sweeping, piano-driven ballad showcases Wonho’s delicate falsetto, as he sings about protecting a cherished love despite all costs.” Without having released any music yet this year, Forbes has already named Wonho as one of “The K-Pop Solo Stars Who Could Break In America In 2021.”

Sirona & Chuckie link up on new single ‘Bugatti Ridin’

Sirona and Chuckie have joined forces on new single ‘Bugatti Ridin’, out 26th February on The Cross/ Island Records.

A musical homage to the slick, big city after hours lifestyle that clubbers can relate and aspire to, ‘Bugatti Ridin’ is a modern dance track seeing deep, smooth and understated baritone vocals intertwine with seductive female vocals jostling amidst a chunky bassline and infectious breakdowns.

Avant-pop producer Wuh Oh releases new single Saxy Beast

Wuh Oh says: ‘Saxy Beast always pops off in my live show, it’s unabashed joy lighting up the room. I finished the track in Athens in the summertime and I can still feel the sunshine whenever I hear it. The little character in the music video, Saxy, may be by himself but he’s still managing to have the loveliest of times. I’m so happy that everyone can now smile along to Saxy Beast wherever they are’.

Arena-scale songwriting from Simple Fiction – check out ‘Games’

Coping with change in a time of near constant flux forms the thematic nucleus of new tracks pounding from the studio of heart-on-sleeve, arena-grade alt-rockers, Simple Fiction, with their welcome return single, Games. Connecting with the acute disorientation of youth in normal times and the distortions of today, frontman and lyricist, James Evans gives himself up, line-by-line, to listeners in songs that cry truths of change and resilience.

1xtra premiered vid from East London’s next rap star

Hailing from Newham, East London, Rosé is one of 2021’s most promising fresh faces! With confidence and finesse, he is able to effortlessly fuse rap and UK drill and is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.

With DJ Target premiering his latest release ‘Jiggle Wiggle’ on BBC 1xtra, Rosé shows off a tight flow which mixed with hard hitting bars, set the young artist apart from the rest. The video was uploaded to Mixtape Madness, to some very positive feedback.

SAENS drops cinematic new single ‘Runaways’

Two years in the making, ‘Runaways’ is a majestic combination of cinematic production, glistening synths and vocoder underpinning SAENS’ arresting vocals. His first release since 2019, it marks the first single from his forthcoming debut album Drugs Don’t Wear Off, out later this year. His first release since 2019, it marks the first single from his forthcoming debut album Drugs Don’t Wear Off, out later this year.

POSTDATA (Wintersleep frontman, ffo: Frightened Rabbit, Land of Talk) | Shares new single feat. Frightened Rabbit’s Andy Monaghan

The new album comes produced by Ali Chant (previous work includes Portishead, PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius) and features Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit (on the track, “Inside Out”) and Paul’s Wintersleep bandmate, Tim D’Eon. The previous album featured Monaghan (Paul recorded the record with FR in Scotland) and D’Eon too but also had Simone Pace of Blonde Redhead. This new one, however, finds Chant helming production duties, recorded by Paul in isolation before being sent across the Atlantic, between Halifax/K’jipuktuk and Chant’s studio in Bristol. There’s something really reflective of the Transatlantic travels in the music and also in the album artwork that features striated rock, an image taken by Yarmouth-based photographer Bill Curry.

FREYA BEER – Releases bewitching new single ‘Siren’

Bewitching alternative singer-songwriter FREYA BEER returns with her first new music of 2021: “Siren”. The track is cut from her highly anticipated debut album, scheduled for release later in 2021.

Crazy P’s James Baron explores sensatory, soft-focus sound with debut EP

As those who have followed his career closely will tell you, Baron has worked on a number of lauded projects outside of Crazy P, including Ron Basejam (his nu-disco focused solo alias), Secret Stealth (a sample-heavy collaboration with Nottingham stalwart Bob Sadler) and White Elephant (a Balearic-minded outfit featuring Crazy P partner Chris Todd and old friend Benjamin Smith).

J. Spills returns with second single ‘Visa Debit’

After storming onto the scene with his debut release last year, East London talent J. Spills marks his first release of 2021 with new single ‘Visa Debit’, out now.

Produced by Rudekid, the single has launched as Robert Bruce’s Homegrown Track Of The Day on Capital Xtra.

Out Now: Layla Kardan Serves Another Haunting Slice of Glitchy Alt-Pop With ‘Underwater’

Written with producer Juan Ariza – whose production credits include Dua Lipa’s ‘Pretty Please’ – and songwriter Miette Hope, ‘Underwater’ serves another evocative and haunting slice of glitchy alt-pop. Lyrically audacious, Layla continues exposing the messiest parts of human behaviour, creating another powerful self-empowering song filled with a tale of love and loss.

FROM SORROW TO SERENITY Share New Single + Music Video for “Red Mist”

“Unlike previous releases, ‘Red Mist’ started as a song title before we wrote any instrumentation or lyrics for it,” says guitarist Steven Jones. He adds: “Based on the title alone, we knew the song had to be our heaviest yet. Something sporadic and intense which ebbs and flows, and we ended up with a song that almost mimics each emotional phase when ‘seeing red’ – culminating in a fit of rage. It was a new challenge for us and in the end, we couldn’t be happier with the final result. The song also includes a full orchestral accompaniment throughout its duration and is the most we’ve experimented with synth. With ‘Red Mist’ we were keen to expand on the sound we had already created for ourselves, and I believe we’ve achieved that.”

Enda Gallery “Guess We Got A Problem”

Leaning into his creative bag with the striking visual focusing on the contemporary talents of New York dancer Taylor Graham, the eery and ethereal nature of the song is further complimented and given additional meaning, resulting in an artistic collaboration of performance and vocal artistry.

KNOMAD SPOCK Confronts Patriarchal Attitudes To Wartime PTSD On New Single ‘Ballad’ Out Now

Set for release on 23rd April 2021, the album will be available on 12″ vinyl via Hinterland Creative—a new label formed as part of LIFE drummer Stewart Baxter’s platform for creative projects, collaborations, artistic outlet, music, and design from a handpicked collective of northern artists.