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TULLIAH SHARES THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘DISTANT DREAMS’
Filmed in Tulliah’s hometown, Mt Martha Beach, Australia and directed by Cass Wood, Tulliah explains, “30 degrees, snow gear on the beach, fish man = very weird dream! I had this idea for a while that the video clip for “Distant Dreams” would be really weird and dream like. When I was in the studio we went on a tangent about being in winter clothes while sunbathing on the beach, flying on planes to Hawaiian beaches and little fishes eating big sharks. I have no idea why haha but I knew it was weird, just like all Dreams are”.
‘Locked Up’ delivers mellow confessional pop that draws a subtle reference to downtempo, drum ‘n’ bass, and trip-hop. The instrumentation reflects the emotional multiplicity of lockdown life, suitably languid to reflect the monotony yet feverish with anxiety. Eli’s rich deep vocal seeps into the soul to represent the voice of a generation, climbing the walls, bored senseless with their confinement.
Friend Within drops remix of Crazy Cousinz & Caitlyn Scarlett single ‘Sweet Side’
Centred around Caitlyn’s pitch-perfect vocals and a deep, pumping bassline, the Friend Within remix of ‘Sweet Side’ delivers a more high-energy, dancefloor-focused take on the melodic original. It marks the first remix of ‘Sweet Side’, a track that has racked up over 1 million combined streams in just over a month, with further reworks from T. Matthias and PS1 lined up for the coming weeks.
The Missing Frets – Nothing in Between
Sitting in a thatched music studio, guitar in hand at his home in South Africa, Shaun Lovell (Co-founder of The Missing Frets) stumbled on a guitar riff that formed the skeleton of the song “Nothing in Between”. Over the years and much like a butterfly the song endured a process of metamorphosis from different rhythms, keys and tempos before finding its way onto The Missing Frets album list.
Lyrically, “Nothing in Between”, is a story of friendship and romance. Shaun’s vision of the song is of two friends who decided to take their friendship a step further into an intimate relationship but after failed attempts realised their un-destined future.
Love Harder returns to Ultra Music with ‘The Love Songs’, a stunning collaboration with the hugely talented singer and songwriter RØRY. Love Harder is the dance music alter-ego of award-winning producer Will Simms and he arrived with a bang in 2020 crashing through 100 million streams with a string of massive collabs and original tracks. Kicking off the year with RØRY is a statement of intent. This incredible artist brings her solo project to life in 2021 after hitting half a billion streams, releasing multi-platinum records including UK Top 10 and US Billboard Top 30 smash ‘Post Malone’ with Sam Feldt. These two artists bring their own distinct styles to a create a sublime slice of electronic pop/dance.
Using his music as sonic diary, British songwriter/performer Autumnboy continuously weaves unique soundscapes that tell his own story. Pulling influences from Emo music from both the modern day and the past few decades, he continues to find new and innovative ways to articulate his journey of faith and mental health. Having strong roots in the local emo music scene growing up, the 26 year old writer believes that it is imperative to share his experiences and the hope that he has found to better the lives of others in alternative subcultures in a new and unique way.
Coral Palms are a four-piece indie pop band conceived and created in Torquay, Devon. Now, currently based in London, band members Ollie, Will, Adriano and Callum deliver an infectious, breezy sound, planting palm trees and warm summer memories in your head. Lining every open road with a feeling that the sun’s still shining and driving you and your soul to somewhere light, bright and boozy, Coral Palms create a sound which is truly addictive.
At only 16 years of age, Toronto based newcomer AJA has quickly established herself as a force to watch this year. Landing somewhere between Tate Mcrae and Ariana Grande, AJA crafts punchy, empowering pop, and has already picked up support from Billboard, IDOLATOR and Wonderland for her sky-reaching sound. Today, she releases her biggest moment yet in Red Button. Showcasing AJA’s stellar vocals over a shapeshifting arrangement, the vibrant offering serves to stoke excitement for a breakthrough 2021 for AJA.
Lockdown and cancelled tours in 2020, saw Roseanne perform series of popular live streams from her garden. Inspired by her interest in horticulture, she enrolled in a degree course whilst also learning music production and recording techniques. These two new skills created the basis for the forthcoming EP Horticulture, a four-track collection of new songs due for release as a special edition vinyl in April 2021. Last year Roseanne was nominated for Song Of The Year at the UK Americana Awards for Amy, this year Roseanne played an exclusive live streamed show during the AmericanaFest UK.
SAINT RAYMOND SHARES THE NEW TRACK ‘SOFT LANDING’ – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
The song’s opening lyrics summarise the often tumultuous journey that Saint Raymond’s life has taken, “I know it’s been a while and everything’s changed,” he sings, “I lost my vision but I’m coming-of-age now.” While the lyrics speak of searching for something more, musically Saint Raymond has never sounded so accomplished. The spacious production – luminous synths, ambient vocal harmonies, increasingly dramatic beats – plays to his strengths, his voice so elegantly expressing the pain of struggling for direction.
Jonas Blue & AWA Deliver Out Of The Box Magic in Video For ‘Something Stupid’
Bringing the club direct to the audience, the video for ‘Something Stupid’ is a visceral assault on the senses. Set to the backdrop of four LED-lit cube rooms, both Jonas and AWA put on spectacular performances, flanked by backing dancers and taking viewers on an emotional journey – from Desert Dreams, to Jade Jealousy – making for a video of sheer out-of-the-box magic!
girlhouse announces ‘the girlhouse ep’ out May 14th preview by the vibrant new single ‘loaded gun’, out today
‘the girlhouse ep’ looks to introduce the world to her fresh and euphoric sound. Taking her cues from the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacas, and Snail Mail, her debut EP gives us a raw and intimate insight into the world of Portland born, Nashville-based artist Lauren Luiz, spinning tales of her time living in LA and the relationships she nurtured along the way.
Lawrence Okolie – TKO (out now)
If you’re not already familiar with Lawrence, he’s one of the brightest stars in UK boxing, signed to Anthony Joshua Boxing and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, he has won all 15 of his fights so far (13 by KO) and will contend for the World Title on 20th March in the UK (it is being shown across the U.S and on SKY Sports).
Ålesund release music video for enchanting new single ‘Lightning’
Following up on the 2020 release of their second EP ‘All Hail To Your Queen’, Bristol-based atmospheric Alt-Pop quartet Ålesund return with ‘Lightning’, the first single taken from their upcoming EP ‘A Thread In The Dark’, due for release Spring 2021. The increasingly expansive, hauntingly cinematic track is released today, with the music video following soon after on March 5th.
BELOWSKY vs. DANNY SABER – Release Muhammad Ali tribute track: ‘Hooks Jabs Words’ – out now
“Hooks, Jabs, Words” is written in dedication to Muhammad Ali, a man who Belowsky cites as his “inspiration and all-time hero”. Rooted in fond recollections of listening to fights with his grandfather as a child, the track has been something of a labour of love for the pop-poet. Infusing inspiring words extracted from a volume of poems about Ali with improvised lyrics of his own invention, the lyrics are a winning mix of humble adulation and personal reflection.
Jake Isaac delivers highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Honesty’
After releasing the visuals for latest single ‘Gold’, UK singer-songwriter Jake Isaac now drops his much anticipated sophomore album Honesty.
Written in the first two weeks of the UK’s first lockdown back in March last year, the LP is Jake’s first full-length release since the acclaimed Our Lives, which the Independent described as “stunning”.
Surfacing with her soul dripping vocals and haunting piano chords, “Used To Be” highlights Tolu’s innate ability to evolve with every stride she makes. Teaming up with fellow Irish native Enda Gallery for this unrequited love anthem, she invites the listener into her inner monologue over a bed of delicate, yet powerful crescendoing production.
SAENS shares official video for new single ‘Runaways’
SAENS thought of the concept for the ‘Runaways’ music video with frequent collaborator Max-Antoine Gendron. Directed by Alexis Belhumeur and Juliette Lossky, the music video stars the Montreal-born artist playing the part of a clone in a post-apocalyptic world. “I was inspired by a film called Beyond The Black Rainbow by Panoz Cosmatos, in which we see a girl, trapped in a weird psych ward, being observed all day,” says SAENS. “I think the idea of being a clone, trapped in a glass box, having to “drink the kool-aid”, is something that many can relate to in these weird times.”
MEGAN MCKENNA SHARES THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘THIS’
Megan explains, “I chose an abandoned chapel because I wanted to create an ethereal mood for this video. Churches are places of honesty and vulnerability so I felt like that was the perfect environment, to show myself opening up to the world and going on my journey. It’s a very stripped back, emotional performance which shows me finally getting a breakthrough and seeing a bit of light. The glitter represents all the magical things happening in my life and symbolises my emotions. It’s like a wild ride on a rollercoaster but ends on a positive note with the realisation that I’m just a normal vulnerable girl who wants her dreams to come true.”
Kai Undrell is a uniquely indefinable artist. As a musician and filmmaker, the Chesterfieldian is a true Renaissance man that refuses to be boxed into any genre or style.
Born into a musical family, he was introduced to the greats from an early age and still holds era-defining artists in particular reverence.
“Although my Dad was the musician, Mum was usually the one who’d turn the speakers up for ABBA, Blondie, The Beatles, occasionally Pink Floyd – it is no surprise that these became key inspirations whilst growing up – Bowie is king, by the way.”
Kate Ozz makes her Disco Halal debut on new single ‘Second Serve’, with Komilev and label head Moscoman on remix duty, out 5th March.
A synth-driven, high-energy dancefloor bomb, ‘Second Serve’ sees Kate Ozz emerge onto the electronic scene in spectacular fashion. On the flip side, Moscoman and Komilev deliver a darker, more cinematic take on the track with their similarly fast-paced ‘Unforced Error Mix’.
Iyamah & Coops link up on new single ‘More’
Underpinned by punchy trap beats, Iyamah’s effortlessly expressive vocals and Coops’ similarly slick flow, ‘More’ finds the sweet spot between soul, hip-hop and R&B. “‘More’ is a glimpse into that kind of love that we all fantasise over,” Iyamah explains. “Often the most addictive type of love is the most toxic and unhealthy kind. We’ve all been there, but is it really love that we want? Or is it more of a distraction… or an escape from our own reality?”
Warner Case – sing me a song (expensive lyric video)
today’s a little dark. a little mysterious.
Juliet Quick’s new EP, ‘Glass Years’ is out now on Substitute Scene Records!
Juliet Quick builds worlds. Her songs are stark, sweet, weary, frank, immediate, vulnerably plainspoken, always sharply observed. On her forthcoming Glass Years EP, Produced and engineered by Florist’s Rick Spataro, she carves out a space of her own by combining spare acoustics, playful synths, frenetic strings, and weeping lap steel. With these tools, the Hudson Valley-born, Brooklyn-living singer and songwriter reflects on climate terror, misogyny both subtle and unsubtle, self-interrogation, and holding on to hope.
A stately new single that laces the alt-rock spirit of Radiohead or Gomez via the Americana thrum of Neil Young and widescreen ambition of Sea Change-era Beck; from its naturally laid-back undercurrent to its life-affirming choral hooks ‘Loretto’ brims with the kind of assuredness it takes years to achieve.
RAGS AND RICHES are an adrenalized, American pop-rock band hailing from Lexington, Kentucky. Formed in 2017, the band features brothers Tanner & Peyton Whitt. Over the last four years, the band has discovered their unique sound, identity and aesthetic.
Conor Albert today releases new single “See You” (with Alice Auer). “See You” is the final track to be lifted from the pair’s new collaborative EP ‘Smile’ – which is also released today via Young Poet Records.
New single “See You” was the final song penned for the EP, and unites jazz-inflected guitars motifs with a bubbly rhythm section, topped by Alice Auer’s sweet, airy vocals.
Singer-songwriter and bass-playing superstar Blu DeTiger has released her debut EP How Did We Get Here?, a seven track collection of anthems that puts her in control of her own narrative and challenges gender stereotypes within music and youth culture. With her ability to flex on bass lines so masterfully on each record, Blu effortlessly blends funk, disco and alt-pop – a nod to her production skills alongside her brother Rex DeTiger. This first collection of songs compiles Blu’s sharp lyricism capabilities and her knack for catchy hooks, making it clear that she’s on her own path.
Caoilfhionn Rose shares ‘Fireflies’ from forthcoming album ‘Truly’
Manchester singer-songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose (pronounced Keelin) has today shared a new song from her luscious, soulful new album Truly. ‘Fireflies’ echoes a message of hope that permeates throughout the album.
Talking about the new track, Rose says: “To me, ‘Fireflies’ has a nostalgic and comforting feel. It’s about feeling hopeful about the future ‘though there may be dark clouds the sun will always come’. There are references to older lyrics I have written. The line ‘free from all the chaos’ is a nod to a song I collaborated on with The Durutti Column. The song is about acknowledging the past and moving on as ‘time is always healing’.”
Immigration Unit (CH/IT/F) release their haunting video for «That’s Not Me»
For Immigration Unit, borders are there to be ignored. Asking them about their origin, they will first tell you about Pangea, where they feel home. To be precise, the four band- members come from Italy, France and Switzerland.
Glasgow-based Singer Songwriter Killing Kenny Releases Uplifting Anthem and New Video for ‘We Stand Together’
After a year which has seen the world change forever in a way no-one could have ever envisaged, Glasgow-based singer songwriter Killing Kenny is to release a suitably poignant and uplifting anthem. We Stand Together both reflects on the hurt and devastation of COVID-19 and looks to the future with hope, celebrating the kindness and dedication of people who have helped those who have been directly affected, whether that be by loss of a loved one, loneliness or being apart from your friends and family. Taken from his forthcoming debut album, Exactly Different, to be released on 26th March, We Stand Together shows Killing Kenny as a songwriter who combines classic rock and pop melodies with powerful lyrics which have a universal truth which really resonates.
Miller Blue returns with new single ‘Me, Myself & I’
Genre-bending polymath Miller Blue kicks off 2021 with new single ‘Me, Myself & I’, out now alongside an accompanying music video.
Announcing itself with an irresistible jazz trumpet, ‘Me, Myself & I’ is a reflective single that sees Miller examine his personal situation in the face of lockdown-induced social isolation. Pairing blissed-out production with the East London artist’s trademark soulful vocals, the track was co-produced by Ahwlee who has previously worked with the likes of MNDSGN. It marks his first release of the new year and follows on from Sunflower, the acclaimed EP described by Clash as “the perfect escape”.
UK bass music favourite MPH returns to DJ EZ’s NUVOLVE imprint with new single ‘Time’, out 5th March.
Combining fluttering synths, slick vocals and the most infectious of basslines, ‘Time’ is a bumping, polished slice of modern UKG. It follows releases from Sampladelic & The Phat Controlla, Smokey Bubblin’ B, Smasher and Tuff Culture as NUVOLVE continues its rapid ascent through the ranks of British dance music.
Penfriend announces debut album ‘Exotic Monsters’
“‘Cancel Your Hopes’ is about doing everything you were told was right and then realising the world’s going to end despite your best efforts,” Laura explains. “Left stranded by those who were once the grownups, our mission is to keep trying to appreciate the incredible fact of simply existing in this beautiful world, while attempting to navigate the toxic parts of technology, live a meaningful life of use to others, love deeply and learn to accept love while leaving as little negative trace on the planet as possible while doing so.”
Alt R&B Artist slumkadet Releases Single ‘Blurry Iris’
Fast rising London based Tamil artist slumkadet releases his second, equally emotive single of the year, ‘Blurry Iris’; a powerful ode to rage, alongside Bollywood action inspired video today.
With his latest single ‘Tell Me’ receiving radio support from BBC Radio 1’s London Introducing and BBC Asian Network where he was interviewed by Bobby Friction on-air, the future R&B vocalist is gearing up to release his debut EP this spring.
Following the release of their self-titled debut project, ‘YOUR LOSS’, West London duo Your Loss are back with an absolute screamer of a second album, the duo are consistently pushing the envelope of what can be achieved through their craft and their sophomore release ‘(II)’ is nothing short of that fact.