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Jake Isaac partners with India Arie for stunning new single ‘Gold’

An elegant acoustic ballad, ‘Gold’ sees Jake and India deliver powerful, emotion-drenched vocal performances amidst delicate guitar chords. It marks the British singer-songwriter’s fourth single release in quick succession, following on from ‘Remember’ featuring Samm Henshaw and Mumu Fresh, ‘Good’ featuring Tertia May, and ‘Eyes For You’. All four tracks will feature on his hotly anticipated sophomore album Honesty, out early March.

Ghost Hunter and Chart Topper, Jack Rose, Releases New Pop Single ‘Rockstar’

Following on from the recent success of Better on My Own which reached No 6 in the Music Week UK Official commercial pop chart, Jack Rose is again set to unleash another powerful pop anthem with Rockstar backed by an all-star cast of some the UK’s hottest producers. After Jack graced the front (and back) cover of the music industry’s most respected and trusted Music Week magazine, as well as being championed by the Official Charts Company, as “The One to Watch”, the critics are for once in agreement that this upcoming star is a force to be reckoned with in 2021. You don’t need to wear Rose tinted glasses: This Rose is real, now and is happening…

Out Now: Belgian-Bolivian artist Imaina releases debut EP ‘Wounds’

Today, Belgian-Bolivian artist IMAINA presents her debut EP ‘Wounds’, and shares visuals from the track ‘D.U.K’.

Written and composed by the artist herself and co-produced with Coy Lurker, her brother, the 6-tracks EP features previous singles Glass Box (praised in Gal-Dem) and I’m Yours and D.U.K.. They all showcase IMAINA’s melancholic electropop music, aerial synths combined with hip-hop inspired drums and percussion. The record also highlights her signature suspenseful and dramatic moments in her songs as well as her poetic lyrics in English and Spanish.

Alice Phoebe Lou shares her blissful new single ‘Dirty Mouth’

Speaking more on the track, Alice shares: “‘Dirty Mouth’ is an upbeat punk banger with a badass attitude begging you to dance around your room naked and scream out what you really feel. The words are written from an uninhibited, no bullshit, part of myself that I often hide with manners, pleasantries & politeness. It’s a big smiling middle finger to the men that have pulled me down, used me & hurt me in ways that took me years to heal. Asking for what I want. Saying how I feel. Not holding back.”

Swedish band I Am Nova releasing their fourth single “Just One Chance” from their upcoming album February 19th, 2021.

Carl-Oscar Korenado and Jonathan Larsson got to know each other in their early years, and have played and created music together in numerous constellations since then.

Their burning passion for energetic indie rock music led to the creation of the project I Am Nova. After pleasing indie rock hearts all over Sweden with their pure and magnetic energy, they are now finally preparing to release an album in the spring of 2021.

Sampladelic & The Phat Controlla link up on new single ‘Speed It Up!’

A punchy, high-energy 2-stepper, ‘Speed It Up!’ juxtaposes low-slung bass with high-pitched piano samples and smooth, seductive vocals. It sees NUVOLVE continue their recent run of releasing fresh club heat, with the likes of Smokey Bubblin’ B, Smasher and Tuff Culture all dropping records on the fledgling imprint recently.

Alex Mills releases solo single ‘Want You To Want Me’.

Combining Mills’ seductive, pitch-perfect vocals with a rave-inducing bassline and subtle breakbeats, ‘Want You To Want Me’ is a distinctly British flavoured house cut that finds the sweet spot between nostalgia and modernity. It follows ‘Stamina’ and ‘2020’ with Seb Zito, singles released last year that were then remixed by Krystal Roxx and Huxley respectively. Stamina received over 575 UK radio plays and was supported in key shows from Radio 1 Dance Anthems to Kiss FM’s Majestic and more whilst keeping strong in the Kiss and Capital dance playlists for 11 weeks running. Support at Spotify was just as strong, featuring in flagship playlists such as Housewerk, Massive Dance Hits and UK House Music!

FLYO X SUSPECT Drop Brand New Visuals “What I Want”

A powerful linkup packed with catchy kick snares, effective piano keys and powerful subjectives – it comes as little surprise that the South-East London rapper has recently performed with Skepta at DUMMY’s live showcase alongside the likes of Arlo Parks and boasts previous collaborations with Giggs, Major and Bobby K.


Falana earned some initial recognition for her self-produced EP ‘Chapter One’. The Canadian-Nigerian singer-songwriter subsequently travelled to Africa, North America, Europe and the Caribbean to work on new material. It was a process of self-discovery, which revealed new layers to her songwriting. She now shares the first taste of those sessions with the release of the single ‘Joy’.

GHOST IRIS Share New Single “Desert Dread” feat. Mark Hunter of CHIMAIRA

Danish metalcore four-piece GHOST IRIS have dropped their latest single from the group’s upcoming studio album, ‘Comatose’. Fans can check out the music video for the new single “Desert Dread”, which features guest vocals from Mark Hunter of Chimaira, at the link found here:

Humble The Great “Never Enough”

Whilst displaying a refreshing sense of vulnerability, the 20 year old multi instrumentalist showcases his affinity for creating melodic cherries within a fusion of R&B and LoFi bedroom soul. His innate determination to experiment and push creative boundaries has seen him collaborate with the likes of Kate Stewart, AKA Block and Maxi Millz, whilst pricking the ears of BBC Introducing, as well as tastemaker Abbie McCarthy.


London-based singer, producer and songwriter SG Lewis today releases his massive debut album times, out now via EMI Records/PMR. The release will be celebrated tonight by an exclusive live performance of the record, complete with special guests, exclusive VIP content and fan live chat – tickets are available now via Dice.fm

Yo-Yo Ma And Kathryn Stott Release “You’ll Never Walk Alone” To Support Musicians In Need

Sony Classical announces the release of a new recording of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott. The single, newly arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, is available digitally everywhere now; 100% of the artists’ earnings from sales and streams will be shared equally by the Musicians Foundation (U.S.) and Help Musicians (U.K.).

Watch: Piers James shares video for ‘Mass Appeal’

Teaming up with Atlanta based producer Quentin Miller, who has most notably worked with the likes of Drake, ‘Mass Appeal’ is an infectious and uplifting track accompanied by a visual shot partly on handycam after a recent trip to Piers’ homeland of Barbados. With beautiful coastal views and sunshine drenched scenery, the video is a tongue-in-cheek take on the stereotypical rap video, whilst creating a feel-good summertime vibe. Lyrically taking on the notion of not being afraid to break the mould, ‘Mass Appeal’ pays homage to the importance of authenticity and individuality in rap music.

New Pagans release brand new single ‘Harbour’

Throughout the debut album, the band use their creative influence to challenge past and present issues surrounding relationships, equality, history, and gender, all wrapped up in their alternative, post-punk, indie rock style.

Moroccan Canadian rising star SATYA has just released her ‘In Trouble’ video

The video is getting early traction via Wonderland Magazine, and the track has been backed by Spotify on ‘New Music Friday Canada’ and ‘Fresh Finds: Pop’, while it has already broken into the ADISQ BDS Top 100 charts in Canada – landing your support would help a great deal.

XIXA New LP “Genesis” Out Today

“In contrast to the band’s previous releases and solo efforts, Genesis feels full-bodied. The tightness of the songwriting allows the rich detail of every song to shine through, whether it’s the resplendent choral singing on ‘Land Where We Lie,’ the shimmering psychedelic swirls of ‘Soma,’ or the surf rock guitars on ‘May They Call Us Home.’ Genesis closes with ‘Feast of Ascension,’ an introspective country slow-burner that climaxes with rip-roaring guitars. Eventually, it disintegrates into a gurgling hiss—an appropriately cinematic ending to this scorching trek.” – Bandcamp, Album of the Day

Scott Robert Allen (ex-Thunderbirds Are Now!) premieres LP via Big Takeover

“It was a surprising pleasure to be able to find love in music again because I honestly never expected to write music again,” says Allen, who spent much of the ’00s breaking ground on the international indie rock stage as a member of Red Shirt Brigade and Thunderbirds Are Now! “After picking up an instrument for the first time after almost a decade things finally got exciting. While everyone is adapting to life in the pandemic differently, and I don’t want to undermine anyone’s hardship if that is their experience, given the opportunity of time I was able to separate my brain from the daily norms and record something that became a solo album.”

Out Now: Pikes ‘Cool For You’

“Cool For You is a song about coming to terms with not seeking outside confirmation in order to feel good. If the people that you love and care about like you and even more importantly if YOU like yourself for who you are, then you’re doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing. I thought I had this down a long time ago but I’ve realized that this issue isn’t something that once dealt with necessarily leaves permanently. It’s something I constantly need to remind myself of. – Pikes on ‘Cool For You’

Along Came A Spider opens up about guitarist’s battle with cancer in emotional new single and video

Inspired by the group’s pain of watching guitarist Luke Fockler battle Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Along Came A Spider’s latest release for “Invisible Disease” is a prime example of taking an adverse situation and making it positive for others.

“This song is personal to us, but we wanted the video to be meaningful to everyone else,” says singer Jamie Miller.

New Release from CALICO “Hold Your Head Up” On Business Class Records Inc.

Folk/Americana collective CALICO released single “Hold Your Head Up” on February 12th. It was the first song that Tony Cecchetti, CALICO’s vocalist/songwriter, ever wrote and holds nostalgia and profound meaning within its leading themes of perseverance and encouragements of strength.

(HED) P.E. Release Video For “Watch it Burn” From New Album “Class of 2020”

Legendary SoCal artists (HED) P.E. have released a brand new video for “Watch It Burn” from their new album “Class of 2020” album. The song appears on (HED) P.E’s twelfth studio album, which was released via Suburban Noize Records on August 21st. The date also marked the 20th anniversary of the group’s breakthrough album, “Broke”.


“To be a general, you’re on the frontline, but you still govern,” says Gates. “Whether you’re a man, a woman, or a child, you’ve got responsibilities. When you’re a general, you recognize those responsibilities. This project speaks to the heart, so it’s only for the generals. It’s not an album. I just wanted to bless the game with something beautiful.”

ELECTRO-POP/DANCE ARTIST Alarke Announces New Single “Mystics”Out Now!

Los Angeles-based electro-pop artist Alarke (also known as Mary Alouette) packs a message of self-reflection and freedom in her single “Mystics,” from her new EP, Music Behavior, coming this spring. The whimsical electronic pop track advocates the importance of living a simplistic and fearless life. Alarke rolls out her new single “Mystics,” today, February 19, 2021.

Johnny Ashby – Uplifting Hopeful Anthem from Indie Folk Rock Artist

“Getting Started” narrates the whirlwind of events happening around the world and the need for progression and change. Emitting a hopeful sense of self-reliance and determination, “Getting Started” encourages you to dig deep and find your inner-strength, even in times of adversity.

LISTEN: GRiZ Releases First Single of 2021 “Vibe Check”

Today, multi-instrumentalist, producer, philanthropist, and LGBTQ advocate, GRiZ, has dropped his newest single “Vibe Check”. Equal parts soul and bass, “Vibe Check” is built on a foundation of energetic saxophone melodies and wonky bass drops that put GRiZ’s iconic sound design and production prowess on display.

Curren$y Announces 2/26 ‘Collection Agency’ Project, Shares “Kush Through The Sunroof” to DSPs

Known for his prolific output and exquisite taste, Curren$y is one of rap music’s hardest workers. Preparing the newest project in his remarkable–and remarkably consistent–career, Spitta announces Collection Agency, an upcoming 10-track tape. Packed with the hazy production and detailed luxury life rhymes that have been thrilling Curren$y fans for over a decade, Collection Agency finds the New Orleans native in his bag, spinning witticisms about his triplet passions of women, weed, and muscle cars. Collection Agency boasts sleek and sumptuous sonic palette, reflecting the smooth sensibility of Curren$y’s beloved ’80s electro-funk and R&B. Highlights from the tape include “I Don’t Call,” in which the rapper brags about getting bands in a pandemic, the late-night saxophone-drenched “Jermaine Dupri,” and “Shout Out,” which features Curren$y’s kindred spirit Larry June. With production from Harry Fraud, Dj.fresh, Jet Lifer Trauma Tone, and more, Collection Agency arrives on February 26th via Jet Life Recordings/EMPIRE.

PRACTICE Reins in Futuristic Aesthetic Through ’80s Lens with Debut Album ‘Not A Game’ Out Today

“Every part of it was a process that I hadn’t done before,” says NYC-based Michael Tapper of indie electro pop project Practice about the making of his debut album, Not A Game, out today (February 19, 2021). With Practice, Tapper has taken on the duties of songwriting, arranging, producing, recording, mixing, and videomaking himself (starting in 2013 after returning home from a 28-day sailing trip starting in Mexico and ending in Hawaii). For him, looking back on that once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip, he says the experience was a “catalyst for clarity and re-imagination.” Not A Game — overflowing with lush synth work and abundant varied atmospherics that are anchored by Tapper’s sonorous vocals — represents an exciting new chapter in his career.

Babygirl – New Single & Video “You Were In My Dream Last Night” Today

Joining the ranks of indie pop rock darlings Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo, and Soccer Mommy, “You Were In My Dream Last Night” follows Babygirl’s recent single “Easy” which has quickly garnered almost a million streams and was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, Apple’s New Music Daily, and major indie pop playlists including the cover of Pop And Chill.

Rural Tapes releases debut single ‘Pardon My French’

As a member of The No Ones, Kjelsrud Mathisen has played alongside R.E.M. members Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck for years. Now he’s going solo for the first time in his career, releasing music under the moniker Rural Tapes.

The first single is titled ‘Pardon My French’ with guest appearances from Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) and saxophonist Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Tom Waits). A largely instrumental odyssey that draws inspiration from 70’s krautrock, film music, classical composers such as Chopin and instrumental bands like Tortoise, it’s the first cut from Rural Tapes’ debut album released this spring through Smuggler Music.


LAMB OF GOD has premiered a video for the single “Ghost Shape People,” a track from the upcoming Lamb Of God (Deluxe Version).


Australian artist Tones And I has shared a moving piano performance of her international hit “Fly Away,” which is available today on all streaming platforms. The new version, “Fly Away” (RIP King T), finds Tones And I transforming the song into an elegant and poignant ballad, while her soulful vocals burst into bloom backed only by piano. Originally released at the tail end of 2020, “Fly Away” has amassed 85 million streams, marking a new chapter in the global phenom’s already historic career, and serving as a preview to her widely anticipated full-length debut.

Maggie Rose announces new album; shares first song

Nashville-based rock and soul singer-songwriter Maggie Rose has announced the release of her new album. Have A Seat arrives everywhere Friday, August 20 via Starstruck Records. Have A Seat is Rose’s third full-length and was produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. In a series of pre-pandemic sessions, Rose recorded live with a lineup of heavy-hitters that includes bassist David Hood of the Swampers (the group of session musicians who played on records from legends like Aretha Franklin and Etta James) and guitarist Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm), along with her longtime bandmates/collaborators Larry Florman (background vocals/percussion), Alex Haddad (guitars), and Sarah Tomek (drums) of Them Vibes, as well as guests such as Marcus King, among others. To herald the announcement, Rose has released the fiery-horn-groove stomp of first song “Do It,” which is available today on all streaming platforms.

Hillsburn previews new album with slow burning single, “Husha”…stream it today

Halifax indie-pop quartet Hillsburn releases “Husha” – a slow burning single that reflects on the disintegration of places that once defined us. Stream the track HERE or by clicking on the links above.

SEPTEMBER MOURNING Release Official Music Video for New Single, “Kill This Love”

Hard Rock, Graphic Novel Art Project SEPTEMBER MOURNING storms into 2021 with a visually stunning music video for their newest single, “Kill This Love.” Originally premiered on Metal Injection the video was created by Rich Juzwick and is the follow up to “Wake The Dead” in preparation for the band’s upcoming full length release, Volume IV; “Kill This Love” is their second single partnered with Legend Recordings & INgrooves.

Get Gothic With SEPTEMBER MOURNING's New Single "Kill This Love"