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LISTEN: Shawn Wasabi Gives Us a Fresh Take with New Single ‘i dip’

Today, bedroom-pop tastemaker and electronic producer Shawn Wasabi released his latest single ‘i dip’ on Facet/Warner Records. Following the arrival of his debut album MANGOTALE in 2020 with tracks like ‘MEDICINE ft. Tia Scola’, ‘HALO HALO’ and ‘ANIMAL CROSSING’, Wasabi returns to unveil another layer to his animated universe. ‘i dip’ is a dance-floor-friendly bop that conveys themes of personal adaptation, having the confidence to grow and knowing when to move on.

Alt Bloom Releases New Single “Tired”

Today, LA-based Alt-Pop artist Alt Bloom releases his latest single “Tired,” his first release of 2021. Singing “We are living longer, but are we living at all?” Ethan Thompson (aka Alt Bloom) pulls inspiration from the frustrating and overwhelming feeling of being ‘sick and tired’ over a relationship that went sour.

“To me, the song is about being tired of the emotions that stem from a broken heart,” Ethan states about the inspiration behind “Tired.” “There’s a mosaic of memories in there from different heart breaks of mine.”

GHOST IRIS Share New Single “Cold Sweat” – New Album ‘Comatose’ Out May 7th

Danish metalcore four-piece GHOST IRIS have released their new single “cold sweat”, along with a music video. The new track is the third single from the group’s upcoming studio album, ‘Comatose’, which is out May 7th, 2021 on Long Branch Records.

SIMON ANDERSSON Release ‘Better Day’ Music Video

After a year co-releasing with other artists, SIMON ANDERSSON is back on the music scene. With this self-penned and self-produced piece of music art. There is no doubt to any serious listener that this is a world class production and a very powerful song. To be able to pull off. The writing, the production and mixing aside from playing the piano, guitars and performing the vocals, is something few can master. And it shows us just how musically accomplished this Swedish artist really is. View the new video here:

Cheryl B. Engelhardt Reveals Bold New Single “Unwind”

“Unwind” is a personal empowerment theme with mysterious (almost chilling) undertones. Imagine the ominous vibes of Evanescence mixed with Enya securing a licensing deal with shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Penny Dreadful or American Horror Story: Coven. Pulling strength from her award-winning New Age compositional skills, the honesty of her emotive songwriting, and her choral background, “Unwind” is a personal deep dive dripping with sparkling production that demands reflection, acceptance, and understanding.

Parker Millsap releases new song, “Dammit”; new album out April 9

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Parker Millsap shares his new song, “Dammit,” from his soon-to-be-released album BE HERE INSTEAD, arriving via Okrahoma Records/Thirty Tigers Friday, April 9. “Dammit” is one of the album’s most majestic moments as it unfolds as an unlikely epic that perfectly captures the nuances of existential frustration while working up a furious momentum that’s nothing less than exhilarating. It’s joined by an official music video available now.

Listen: Peckham soul singer Leo Lore unveils ‘Billie’

Having made his debut on ‘Sorrow’s Golden’ last year, Leo fuses soul, jazz and Motown, with new single ‘Billie’ boldly soundtracking his journey to self-acceptance. An ode to Billie Holiday, the track was born out of a breakup which forced Leo to confront his identity and overcome his shame in his sexuality. Turning to the legendary American jazz singer to pull him through this period of self-exploration, ‘Billie’ reflects Leo’s fondness of the old-skool which he gives a contemporary twist via his frank lyrics and punchy production. As the song progresses, Leo’s raw yet smooth vocals represent his new-found confidence as he declares ‘now I make myself feel good like I should’.

Architects Release New Version of “Animals” Recorded Live at Abbey Road Studios // Available Now On Amazon Music

Today, UK metalcore band Architects has released an Amazon Original version of their song “Animals” recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in London. This new version of the song is available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

phonewifey links with two of their biggest influences on two-track release ‘want u/that was low’

phonewifey’s new two-track release brings in two of their biggest influences as featured collaborators. The title track ‘want u’ features the high-pitched emo-rap artist, xoxoswitch. Together they deliver an unrivalled emotional performance layered with phonewifey’s delicate guitar centric production. And on ‘that was low,’ phonewifey teams with the cult internet-rap sensation, Nosgov, for an up-tempo EDM-inspired banger, combining aggressively glitched and chopped vocals with a trance-gated instrumental that simply won’t let up. This is 2021’s cult collab dream.

Arooj Aftab Releases “Last Night,” the Second Single from Vulture Prince

“I first read the words to ‘Last Night’ in a book called Rumi: Hidden Music, translations by Maryam Mafi, around 2008,” says Aftab. “At the time I was happy enough to have found a Rumi book translated by a nonwhite person, let alone a Farsi-speaking woman. I loved the compilation tremendously. The song itself came from jamming in my Brooklyn apartment a few years later. A friend was playing guitar, and I just grabbed Rumi: Hidden Music, opened it to ‘Last Night,’ and started singing. Everyone else thought it was like a fun little hang we had, but I really loved the vibe, in a more serious way.

Spain’s Top Rapper Yung Beef Shares “Majin Vegeta” Vid From Upcoming Mixtape

Spanish rapper Yung Beef draws praise on both sides of the Atlantic for his intoxicating mix of Atlanta trap, groovy reggaeton, and emotional rock music. Today, the Granada native provides the latest taste of his unique alchemy, sharing “Majin Vegeta,” his new video single. Named after a Dragon Ball Z villain who derives his power from dark forces, “Majin Vegeta” is a low-key reggaeton-influenced slapper, produced by two of Yung Beef’s favorite collaborators Pipo Beatz and Kid Favela. Yung Beef layers on the auto-tune and attacks the beat from unconventional angles, giving an ethereal quality to his street savvy lyrics. In the video, Yung Beef mobs on the Mediterranean coast of Spain with a crew of close associates, as they take turns whipping a BMW and an ATV, along with his devilishly adorable pet pit bull.

Grammy-winning ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Composer Lili Haydn Shares New Solo Album ‘More Love’

Today, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, composer, and violinist Lili Haydn releases her new album More Love via Lakeshore Records.

Along with the album Haydn scored the music for a number of recent film and TV releases including Strip Down, Rise Up (Netflix) by Oscar nominated director Michele Ohayon; Oscar winner Freida Mock’s latest feature documentary RUTH: Justice Ginsberg in Her Own Words (STARZ), and Ginny & Georgia, a 10-episode series which was #1 on Netflix’s Top 10 in the U.S. Today and Top 10 globally for weeks upon release.


ALLBLACK has a soon-to-be-announced project on the way, and here’s the first look. Donned in 70s pimp attire, the East Oakland rapper begs the questions: the bag or the girl? “Anejo” answers the inquiry pointedly, leaving no room for misunderstanding his ambition via his unorthodox flow over pop r&b samples. Watch the video up top and keep posted for more ALLBLACK news coming soon.

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall Release New Song “Am I Right Or Amarillo” From ‘The Marfa Tapes’ // Album Out May 7

Today, Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall released a new song titled “Am I Right Or Amarillo” from their forthcoming album The Marfa Tapes. “‘Am I Right or Amarillo’ was a Jack Ingram line,” stated Randall. “I think we were talking about the most time we’ve ever spent in Amarillo was at the truck stop. We just started riffing on the title and a cheating song showed itself. We all miss country cheating songs so we just went with it. It is really more of a bluegrass kind of thing.”

Beartooth Announce New Album ‘Below’ Out June 25

“Below is by far my favorite album I’ve made to date,” says frontman Caleb Shomo. “It covers the dark side of dealing with mental strain during the last year. I gave it all I had — musically and lyrically. Is it too dark? Possibly, but it was as honest as I could be about how I felt. I hope everyone is ready to strap in for a wild ride of head banging and rocking.”

UV-TV – Announce New Album ‘Always Something’

New York City trio UV-TV are pleased to announce a brand new album for this Spring: ‘Always Something’, confirmed for release on 28th May via PaperCup Music.

In expectation of the new record, the band has released its lead single “Distant Lullaby”, available to stream on all services out now.

Louise Quinn & GATES OF LIGHT Shares Gates Of Light LP

Today, Louise Quinn and GATES OF LIGHT share Gates Of Light LP out now on Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise. Beats Per Minute premiered the album, praising how “Gates Of Light don’t dwell in the darkness of the last year, but look to find brightness, hope and liveliness in any corner, and the resulting songs land somewhere between Nico, Serge Gainsbourg and a lo-fi Saint Etienne.” The LP was recorded and produced remotely during lockdown 2020 in Glasgow, London, Paris and New York.

Listen to Gates Of Light’s glistening debut album ahead of its release tomorrow (BPM Premiere)

Cadence Weapon’s “Eye To Eye” examines racial profiling, new single & video out today; ‘Parallel World’ LP out 4/30 on eOneMusic

Cadence Weapon, the moniker of Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer and poet Rollie Pemberton, recently announced his return with the upcoming LP Parallel World, out April 30th via eOne Music. The Fader described first single “SENNA” featuring Jacques Greene as “Cadence lapping his rivals with the dexterity of trophied Brazilian speed demon Ayrton Senna.”

LAMB OF GOD Premieres New Lyric Video for “Hyperthermic/Accelerate”

LAMB OF GOD is celebrating the release of the three-disc deluxe version of last year’s critically acclaimed self-titled album with a new lyric video for the bonus track “Hyperthermic/Accelerate.”

Watch: New track addressing racism in love + dating ‘White Boys’ by King Kofi

A stellar single about unrequited love (“she says she only likes white boys, she only wants me when she’s on that white noise”), King Kofi’s new track is a heartfelt, plain-speaking tale set to minimalist beats, creating a sophisticated yet youthful commentary on the world as seen by Kofi.

Anna of the North releases new track & music video “Here’s To Another” 

Today, Anna of the North releases her new single “Here’s To Another.” Out with a cinematic music video, the track leads the way to a 2021 Fall album.

Serving as an unintentional ode to 2020, “Here’s To Another” is an anthem for reflecting on and letting go of all the negative in the past year. The nostalgic-sounding, melancholic but happy record sets the tone for a new era of Anna of the North. Pairing a steady yet euphoric beat with tongue-in-cheek lyrics that feel distinctly Anna but also fit the unified thought of “here’s to another year,” the Oslo based artist is building her own colorful world of pop music and inviting us on the ride.

Monuments Releases New Track and Visualizer Video For “Deadnest”

“Our last release ‘Animus’ focused on pop/melody so I wanted to contrast this with darker, lower, aggressive and abrasive moments for ‘Deadnest’. Maintaining energy and momentum throughout was definitely a goal. I tried to keep myself in the headspace of a young hungry kid with a lot to prove which I believe is reflected in the technicality of the song. It has a major/minor feel, playing with happy and uplifting passages but also sad sounds that paint despair and take away any hope. It was inspired by a level in a video game – a nasty dark place that had no light and is completely jagged and uninhabitable, yet many creatures still called this place home. I found that real life has many parallels with this – sometimes the place where you are meant to feel safe doesn’t provide that for you at all. Another example is with fear, anxiety and paranoia – these things inhabit you, sometimes physically, but always mentally. How can you escape your own mind and how can you fight something that is internal? The lyrical concepts perfectly aligned, and ‘Deadnest’ was born,” states MONUMENTS guitarist Olly Steele about the track.

Brazilian rockers Pentral release new single ‘All My Wounds’

Pentral are to release the second single, All My Wounds, from their forthcoming album, an incendiary mix of the rhythms and melodies of their homeland of Brazil and the power and aggression of classic rock bands of the 1960s, 70s and 80s with a contemporary flavour.

Jason Eady Releases First New Song in 3 Years “Back to Normal” Produced By Band of Heathens’ Gordy Quist

Today, the Mississippi-born, Texas-based singer and guitarist Jason Eady released “Back to Normal,” his first song release in three years. The new single was produced by the Band of Heathens’ Gordy Quist, and features harmony vocals from Courtney Patton and Jamie Lin Wilson.

LIZZIE & THE MAKERS Releases “Mermaid”, “an enchanting dip into bluesy synth-pop waters” – American Songwriter

“It was right after Mardi Gras and there was still glitter, beads and pieces of costumes in the streets, littering the wet, black pavement,” says frontwoman Lizzie Edwards on the making of Lizzie & The Maker’s new ethereal indie roots track “Mermaid,” released today and produced by renowned producers Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine) and Mario J. McNulty (David Bowie, Prince). “I was nursing a broken heart and just started journaling as I was walking around. Pete’s Candy Store is like my home away from home, so I went there for solace, old friendships, and just started writing what I saw around me to try to process why my relationship with this person had suddenly shifted from close to distant.”

Lizzie & The Makers Release “Mermaid,” Tap Reeves Gabrels, Mario J. McNulty for Second Album

Mysterious Duo Pushing Daizies Releases Feel-Good House Single “Our Love”

Pushing Daizies brings the romance and a new sound on their single “Our Love,” which sees the enigmatic duo continue to evolve their sonic prowess. The track opens with distorted vocals and upbeat melodies that progress into a groovy bassline, creating an overall vibe that feels positive and hopeful – like falling in love for the first time. “Our Love” follows Pushing Daizies’ recent original single “Dreams” featuring Kelsey Ray and their euphonious remix of Bear Grillz, Adventure Club & JT Roach’s “Where We Are,” both released on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak.


2x Grammy® nominated band Gojira have shared “Amazonia,” a brand-new single featured on their widely anticipated new album, FORTITUDE, which will be released April 30th via Roadrunner Records [album artwork / tracklist below]. “Amazonia” is available today on all streaming platforms and is accompanied by a Charles De Meyer directed official music video shot in France as well as various locations in Brazil. De Meyer collaborated with multiple filmmakers (Vincent Moon, Hauxplay, Jennifer Kumiko Hayashi and Midia Ninja) to help bring an unfiltered look into the lives and struggle of the indigenous tribes there.