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Dead Can Dance (4AD) members Lisa Gerrard & Jules Maxwell Collaborate with James Chapman (MAPS) – ‘Burn’
Dead Can Dance (4AD) members Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell have teamed up under a new guise with James Chapman (MAPS) to create a studio album, titled ‘Burn’. The record began its journey more than seven years ago, when Lisa met Irish theatre composer Jules Maxwell before working together for the first time. ‘Burn’ is set for release on 7th May 2021 via Atlantic Curve.
NICK JONAS RELEASES “THIS IS HEAVEN” MUSIC VIDEO
Directed by Daniel Broadley and shot in London, Windsor, and Southampton, the visual begins with Nick finishing the last page of a script on an old school typewriter in a massive mission control center. It intercuts scenes of him in a lush forest with a performance at St. John’s Church in Hyde Park. Taking over the church, he’s joined by the London Community Gospel Choir led by Anthony Williams with accompaniment from David Angol on sax, Aaron Graham on drums, and Leiah Fournier on keys. Donning a white suit and belting to the heavens, the choir uplifts his astounding vocal runs with style, soul, and spirit.
Fizzy, frothy, and dangerous HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS Signs to Kitten Robot Records
Proving to be the new hotbed of musical talent coming out of the West Coast, Kitten Robot has signed celebrated punk band HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS to the label. Currently recording music remotely and in-person with producer Paul Roessler (T.S.O.L., Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone), the band are planning their follow-up to their third full-length, 2020’s Vintage Millennial and their recently released independent single “Church of Flag” (December 2020) which Punknews called “an extremely fun track… that praises old school guys who have stayed true to punk rock throughout all the trends.”
NOÊTA release second video single ‘Above and Below’
NOÊTA have released a sinister video for the track ‘Above and Below’ as the second single taken from the Nordic dark ambient folk outfit’s forthcoming album “Elm”, which has been slated for release on April 23, 2021. Please see below for album details.
The video ‘Above and Below’ is available for immediate publication via the following link:
PRETTY BLEAK return with their newest single ‘why don’t you like me ?’
After touring with Teenage Joans and TOWNS, PRETTY BLEAK are back with their newest single, ‘Why Don’t You Like Me?’, premiered on Triple J Unearthed’s TOPS.
With their debut single being put onto high rotation on Rage, it’s safe to say that high expectations were left on PRETTY BLEAK, and their newest release doesn’t disappoint. ‘Why Don’t You Like Me?’ is proof that the band has matured since their debut by intertwining the sounds of shoegaze with the energy and vocals of emo. The blend of genres makes for a unique, yet familiar, listening experience.
Lexi Gail Shares New Music Video, “Happy Endings”
There’s never been any question in Lexi Gail’s mind regarding her calling in life as being a singer-songwriter is all she’s ever wanted. Growing up Lexi was raised in a musical family and from an early age, taking pen to paper and creating music has just come naturally. It’s with this drive and determination that Lexi began working on her last release, “Happy Endings.”
ASIAHN SHARES THE INTERLUDE “LIVE” EP
3X Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Asiahn returns with a live rendition of her Since the 80s and Motown debut The Interlude EP. The reworked The Interlude (Orchestral Performance), which Asiahn helped coordinate the band and orchestra arrangements, welcomes viewers into her dreamy world as she sings powerful jazzy ballads with a live band. The Interlude celebrates a new phase for Asiahn, a period of blossoming and fresh growth. It’s an exciting release, both because of its stellar songs and because it reaffirms that she’s always going to have a hunger for exploration.
Eleni Era – 9 March – Walk With Me – FFO: Agnes Obel, Loma, Weyes Blood
Eleni Era’s songs are the washing away of layers of stinging festers, an antidote available only via prescription signed by the ego. Following her debut album ‘Rise Love’, Eleni Era builds on themes of empowered compassion in Younger Heart by way of equanimous ballads, experimental dream pop, and nostalgic vintage gospel infusions.
BLANCO BROWN SHARES CINEMATIC “COUNTRYTIME” MUSIC VIDEO – WATCH HERE
“CountryTime,” considered to embody all that is TrailerTrap, was originally slated to be Blanco’s debut single and introduction to the world, before he created “The Git Up” and felt compelled to shift plans. Once again, a fortuitous circumstance governs the song’s journey, most recently due to a surge in popularity, with more than 57,000 Shazams the past two weeks alone after being featured in the first episode of Netflix’s top trending series, Ginny & Georgia.
Holiday Ghosts share new single “Off Grid”
Holiday Ghosts – based in Brighton, via Falmouth, and comprised of drummer Katja Rackin and guitarist Sam Stacpoole – mine the works of eras past to cast the best of artists such as The Kinks, Violent Femmes, Alex Chilton and Modern Lovers as a backdrop onto which they deconstruct a myriad of social issues. Themes of breaking out of moulds and expectations whilst addressing displacement, disillusionment, and living in the midst of heavy advertising and commercial landscapes, spider their way through the new record.
Ready for broadcast… Castle In The Sky from renowned classical composer Chloé Charody
Artist Location: Berlin, Germany
Chloé Charody is an Australian composer and arts entrepreneur whose enchanting sound-world and unique productions have captivated audiences around the world for the last decade.
Chloé’s first circus opera The Carnival debuted on London’s West End in 2010, which then went on to play to sold out audiences across Europe, Australia and the UK for nearly 9 years. Circus Opera is a genre that Chloé has pioneered and in 2011 she opened The Berlin Circus Opera Lab to train up a generation of opera singers in aerial acrobatics to realise the full potential of this new genre.
Benito Bazar shares music video for latest single ‘Back To Life’
Up-and-coming Mexican DJ and producer Benito Bazar and Nigerian-American soul artist Tinuade have unveiled the official video for their collaborative single ‘Back To Life’.
The enchanting music video for ‘Back To Life’ was shot in Benito’s hometown of Mexico City the same week that the country’s six-month lockdown came to an end. Directed by Hanna Beširević and Benito himself, it documents two skater teens rekindling their love and making the most of post-lockdown freedom.
German-Iraqi DJ and producer BOYS NOIZE has been balancing across the tightropes of underground and mainstream electronic music for 15 years, his passion fueled by an even longer history in clubs across Europe. Without the euphoria and catharsis of the stage, BOYS NOIZE channeled excess energy into the studio. As a result, “RIDE OR DIE” and “I.U.” follow a period of immense momentum – BOYS NOIZE earning a 2020 GRAMMY nomination for “MIDNIGHT HOUR” with SKRILLEX and TY DOLLA $IGN and a 2021 GRAMMY nomination for LADY GAGA ft ARIANA GRANDE “RAIN ON ME,” debuting his newest collaboration with A$AP ROCKY in CYBERPUNK 2077, landing a summer hit on DEFECTED RECORDS with “MVINLINE,” and releasing a world-first modular hardware-driven techno LP called “STRICTLY BVNKER,” crafted in realtime while streaming on Twitch.
Birmingham Punks YR POETRY Sign To Alcopop! Records For New Single
Birmingham pop punk duo Yr Poetry are pleased to announce they have signed to Alcopop! Records for the release of their latest single.
New track ‘Porthmadog, dog’ is released on 18th March 2021 and comes complete with an official video, which is out now.
Lucia & the Best Boys return with official video for ‘Forever Forget’ + supporting Dream Wife on their UK tour 2022
Speaking about the new video, White said, “Forever Forget is a landscape of a feeling. Lucia and I wanted to create a piece of choreography that exists in a solo otherworldly space shaken up by an unsettling sensation of feeling trapped. Guarded by multiple camera perspectives, this movement sequence is shattered like a mirror into pieces and dominated by a blinding sensation of overwhelm, refracting the internal electricity of the brain into view. This video is a portrait of inner turbulence, liberated by Lucia’s untamed and magnetic expression of self.”
DONOVAN WOODS ANNOUNCES ‘WITHOUT PEOPLE (DELUXE)’
A new piano rendition of “Grew Apart” cuts right to the bone, and an acoustic interpretation of “Whatever Keeps You Going” pairs Woods with the pure voices of the J.P. Robarts Public School Music Project in London, Canada.
Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around) – Lucy Kruger
Written by Lucy Kruger and forged in a tiny 34°c rehearsal space in Berlin, ‘Transit Tapes’ melts dreamy indie rock with dark folk and returns 12 pensive tracks exploring restlessness and a yearning to feel alive. This project is the first time Kruger has worked with drummer Martin Perret, guitarist Liú Mottes and bassist Andreas Miranda, who form The Lost Boys.
Toronto based psychedelic folk band, Beams are set to release their upcoming LP, ‘Ego Death’ with a concert film release show livestream on 3/26/21. The album works as a hero’s journey, chronicling songwriter Anna Mernieks-Duffield’s struggle with mental health and her journey towards self-acceptance.
The band has released “Break Glass,” the final single from ‘Ego Death.’ Combining fuzzy, chaotic guitars with gorgeous vocal harmonies and perfectly placed vibraphone, “Break Glass” is intense yet measured.
David Starr | “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination”
Americana singer/songwriter David Starr continues to move through his critically acclaimed Touchstones project with his latest single “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination.” Honoring Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, Starr gives a gritty twist to the classic with his signature emotional vocal delivery and punchy electric guitars. The video was directed by Jason Denton of Solar Cabin Studios and features dramatic dustbowl imagery with the accompanying lyrics. “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” is available now across all digital platforms.
Chicago’s Pixel Grip fuse avant-pop & minimal wave on ‘ARENA’ LP out 5/21
“Being in an audience of freaks, queers, fetish people, all in the same room sweating together, and we all knew our purpose, and we were manic and arrogant,” Pixel Grip vocalist Rita Lukea says.
Ghost of Vroom – the new band comprised of veteran singer-songwriter Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) and his longtime collaborator, bassist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston – have surprised fans with the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album a day early. The full-length, titled GHOST OF VROOM 1 is out now via Mod y Vi Records. Produced by Doughty and the legendary Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Seu Jorge), GHOST OF VROOM 1 sees Ghost of Vroom fusing tense breakbeats, eclectic instrumentation, and Doughty’s celebrated lyrical dexterity to create a wildly inspired sound praised by American Songwriter for its “urgency and relevance…a beyond-perfect union, centered around a solid rhythm section, that elaborates on the hip-hop influences Doughty picked up as a young kid when he had just moved to New York in the late eighties.”
“Here we are in this great unveiling,” says Brandon Decker. “It’s like terminal velocity in so many ways. The world is in chaos and we are all feeling it; the division brought on by politics, the pandemic and its many implications, these systems and structures are so far gone and it can seem so dark and difficult to maintain our humanity. We’ve all got to find a way to rise above what we’re bombarded with on the news and social media everyday.”
GEORGE EVE SHARES THE NEW SINGLE ‘GATES’ – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
George Eve’s early independent tracks such as ‘My Girl’ and ‘One Track Mind’ gave the young singer-songwriter his first airplay, which included support from Jack Saunders at Radio 1 and BBC introducing. Those two tracks saw George’s talent nurtured by influential collaborators such as Ben Baptie (Rex Orange County, London Grammar) and Benjamin Miller (Julia Michaels, Anna of the North).
Introducing his new project with a tantalising dose of indie goodness, Teesside’s jak lvr shares sparkling debut effort ‘Still’, set for release March 18th.
Formerly frontman of North East outfit Llovers, ‘Still’ marks the first step in the newcomer’s solo career and demonstrates a more introspective approach to his songwriting, yet retains his masterfully crafted anthemic tendencies and an effervescent approach integral to his overall sound.
DijahSB shares “Overtime feat. Chris Castello”; “rapping about survival” (Fader)
Dijah, born Kahdijah Payne, is a clever and agile emcee whose rhymes are as witty as they are honest. They take a balanced approach to their music, fusing candid, personal lyrics with modern beats and infectious hooks. “Overtime,” featuring fellow Toronto artist, Chris Castello, is an upbeat and life-affirming summer jam again showcasing DijahSB’s lyrical dexterity and frank storytelling.
Of the new track, Dijah shares,”‘Overtime’ is the last single before the album, I’m excited to introduce the world to Chris Castello who is an amazing songwriter and also does most of my artwork. He really made the song come together by telling the story of just always putting in overtime to achieve our dreams”
Hot off the heels of his first GRAMMY Nomination, Baauer is back with a new track “DDOKBOKKI’. Alongside Seoul’s hottest new rapper Omega Sapien: leader of the group Balming Tiger the track reboots huge Missy Elliot and Timbo energy for 2021 with a braggadocious cut dedicated to Korea’s favourite fried rice cakes.
[SKOPE MAG] British Singer-Songwriter Fowler Makes Music Over Zoom Calls Throughout Lockdown And Releases New Single ‘Don’t You Say’
‘Don’t You Say’ looks into relationship breakups and at how someone can come back into your life at the least opportune moment, halting the healing process and making you question how far you’ve actually come. The track was produced over Zoom, an example of how musicians and producers have had to adapt throughout lockdown.
Creative polymath Pauli The PSM releases electrifying single ‘I Got The Beat’
LA & London based artist Pauli The PSM releases their new single ‘I Got The Beat’, out 18th March with new distributors, FADER Label.
A multi-faceted creator, Pauli came onto the scene as music director for Jamie xx and FKA twigs, then collaborating with an assortment of transatlantic outfits, including Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz Sound System.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League Soundtrack out today- featuring “Song To The Siren” by Rose Betts
The soundtrack features a brand-new score to accompany Snyder’s vision for the film, created by GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, the upcoming Godzilla Vs. Kong), alongside 2 songs to open and close the soundtrack: “Song To The Siren” performed by Rose Betts and “Hallelujah” performed by Allison Crowe.
Shakey Graves’ “Georgia Moon” out now on DSP’s for the first time + Roll The Bones X due April 2
“On the first day of second grade I met Wesley Stewart,” says front-man Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “Well, in the long run, the result is an inseparable 20+ year friendship that has now driven every inch of interstate the country has to offer and flown to three separate continents. But back in 2008 neither of us had really left Texas much so we decided that it was time to see The Big Apple. We zoomed down the road in his decrepit Nissan, chewing beef jerky and searching for trouble, until we found ourselves in Tennessee. We agreed that the only smart thing to do at a time like this was to pull over and try to buy some moonshine. So, we veered off the highway at the first liquor sign we passed and kicked the door down. There, on a crude display pedestal sat a ziplock bag containing a can of 7 Up and a jar of cheap corporate white lightning, the sack was labeled the ‘Hillbilly Highball’ and it was on sale for $16.99. On I-81 with the molten juice in tow, an automated highway alert sign flew by that read ‘If You Booze It You Might Lose It.’ We cackled in joy and Wesley exclaimed ‘this deserves a country song!’ So, I pulled out a notepad and we scratched down the words to what we imagined to be a jaunty tongue in cheek hillbilly tune. Yet what resulted was a sweeter, more nostalgic tune than either of us could have ever conceived. The jokes became legends, the legends became songs, and the songs were friendship, distilled.”
Introducing WHO WE ARE – A Creative Collaboration Between Music, Film and Dance
Who We Are is an eight-minute artistic collaboration between well-known musicians, film-makers and dancers. Blurring the lines between musical, visual and choreographed expression, Who We Are looks at the everyday heartbreak of being a parent and the deep, complex emotions that swell beneath the surface.
A creative collaboration between music, film and dance, Who We Are is fully realized by two Who We Are songs, Novemba’s signature visual style and choreographed performances by Anna Watkins and Dickson Mbi, the world-renowned dancer best known for his ‘body popping’ skills.
Watch: Rapper & Model Luchi Blue Shares ‘Hotline’ With DANiCA
Having been scouted at a Childish Gambino concert 6 years ago and now a full-time professional model, London-based rapper and producer Luchi Blue is ready to take flight after quietly perfecting his craft over the past few years with previous stand-out releases ‘Never Thought’ and ‘Change’. On new track ‘Hotline’ he collaborates with fellow London artist DANiCA, creating an addictive slow-jam about the simplicity of someone being only a phone call away. The track is also a nod to the anticipation of waiting for your crush’s name to pop up on your phone, a message both artists feel strongly about due to the effects of the pandemic and the disconnect a lot of us are currently feeling. The release comes with a slick video shot in East London, highlighting the city’s iconic red telephone boxes and Hackney rooftops, as the pair take us from night to day with a sense of nostalgia. The video and track was shot and produced at Lil Rooms and both Luchi and DANiCA are exclusively dressed head to toe in London based designer Christian Kye.
Lastlings release Acoustic EP from highly-acclaimed ‘First Contact’ album
Today, Japanese-Australian electronic duo Lastlings, have released a four track Acoustic EP featuring reworked anthems from their debut First Contact album on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue Records and Astralwerks Records. First Contact Acoustic EP provides live instrumentative renditions of their hit tracks “No Time”, “Deja Vu”, “Take My Hand”, and “Out Of Touch.”
Elise Davis Emerges From An Apocalyptic Winter With Hazy New Single “Summertime” – Out Today
Today, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Elise Davis shares “Summertime,” the latest single off her new album Anxious. Happy. Chill. that releases on April 16 via Tone Tree. As her winter worries slip away into a haze of reverb, Davis’ breezy lyrics and homemade, lo-fi visualizer illustrate dreams of a slow, Southern summer. “Summertime” was featured this morning by Audiofemme, who called it “a sunshine-soaked version of ‘My Favorite Things’ – if Maria von Trapp had been a bit of a pothead” and said “the song is a balm after an apocalyptic winter, nothing if not soothing to the ears.”