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Of the track, vocalist and guitarist Mercedes Arn Horn explains: Gloomy Girl is a song about depression. Not only the emotional and physical toll it can take on you as a person, but also the people in your life. Emotional baggage can be a burden not only on you, but your friends and family as well. There’s a lot of guilt and frustration that comes with that. When you have people that love you trying to cheer you up, sometimes your immediate response is resentment, even if they mean well. There’s nothing worse than being told “don’t be so gloomy” when you feel like you’re at your lowest. It’s really not that simple.

Ferdous releases new single ‘Starlight’

Afghan-Dutch recording artist, writer and producer Ferdous is back with his new single ‘Starlight’. The first release after his highly anticipated and mesmerising debut EP ‘For My Own Sake’ – consisting of a drifting atmospheric synth-led production and haunting voices feels poignant in a time of uncertainty. The track is released together with a 3d designed lyric-video made by Ferdous himself while stuck in his studio.

OUT TODAY: Ruben Dawnson drops new track “Sunshower”

With over a million plays on Spotify of a handful of independently released singles and an EP, Ruben Dawnson – a young artist and producer from Norway – is already well on the way to making himself a household name with his own brand of emotional and addictive pop music. New single “Sunshower” only serves to cement this incredible rise. It’s out today on GEMS.

PLAY DEAD Perfectly Capture Lockdown Ennui On New Single ‘Hide’

South London punk newcomers PLAY DEAD are pleased to announce that their debut EP Skint is out now via Blitzcat Records.

Following the release of eagerly-received lead single ‘Shaun’ earlier this year, the band are today sharing latest single ‘Hide’ which is out now on all good DSPs.

The track has already picked up radio support from Radio X and Triple J, landing on Spotify’s Punk List and New Punk Tracks playlists on release day.

Manchester Orchestra share new single ‘Keel Timing’ from upcoming album, The Million Masks of God, out 30th April

Taut and dynamic, ‘Keel Timing’ is the second single from Manchester Orchestra’s new album The Million Masks of God. Out today and underscored by a bedrock mix of organic and electronic beats, the song simmers to a roaring, high-octane conclusion before seamlessly shifting into the sweeping first single, ‘Bed Head,’ on the album’s sequence. “‘Keel Timing’ serves as a prequel to ‘Bed Head,'” explains singer Andy Hull, who also further detailed the song’s ‘Origins’ this morning to Consequence of Sound. “It’s an isolated internal investigation about personal growth. Trying to decide what growth is positive and what growth is negative. And where do we land after that investigation.”

For Those I Love debut album out now | Watch video for “You Stayed / To Live”

At its core, the album pays tribute to Dave’s best friend and former bandmate, Paul Curran, who passed away in 2018. Following Paul’s tragic death, Dave locked himself away in his home studio for months, ultimately recording over 76 songs that would eventually be condensed down to form the basis of his debut album. The result is an incredibly beautiful, raw and uncompromising 9-track project addressing grief and catharsis, an important record that could only emerge from an entirely honest place.

BETWEEN FRIENDS “tired of your love” / “tape 002”

Savannah and Brandon Hudson have been steeped in the city’s creative community from a young age, their kinetic relationship with one another helping create sultry, left-brain bedroom pop. With an emotional openness and a distinctly LA brand of suburban, DIY creativity, their blend of art and synth has seen them build a significant reputation in a short space of time, racing to over 1.3M listeners on Spotify alone.

Mick Jagger’s and Prince’s former protégé Ana Moura releases ‘Vinte Vinte (Pranto)’

‘Vinte Vinte (Pranto)’ is the culmination of an extraordinary journey in which public applause goes hand in hand with the recognition of some of the world’s biggest names in music, resulting in resounding success. Ana Moura, however, is averse to formulas and very little interested in remaining static in one area or sound. Alongside Branko and Conan Osiris, she has created a hybrid pop song that already exists in the future, transcends borders and cultures, and affirms a new musical sensibility.

Lily McKenzie returns with new single ‘Best You Had’

‘Best You Had’ is an R&B-infused modern pop jam, pairing Lily’s soulful vocals with smooth-yet-punchy production. “I wrote ‘Best You Had’ a couple of years ago with producers Zdot and Krunchie,” says Lily. “For me the song is both emotional, touching on the sadness of losing something you thought was real and had put energy into, but also powerful; it’s about knowing your worth and what you are willing to compromise on, and what you won’t.”

OUT TODAY: døssi releases new track “behold” (FFO Sufjan, Cocteau Twins)

Bergen’s døssi is back with “behold”, her second stunning track of 2021. The song is the third track to be taken from her debut EP, and it’s out today via the city’s GEMS label.

Alt-pop artist The Beach returns with new single ‘Still In Love’ out today through LAB Records

Speaking about his new single, he said, “Essentially a confession/play by play of how I acted/felt about my ex-girlfriend after we broke up. I convinced myself that I was over it but was brutally reminded I wasn’t when I bumped into her at a mutual friend’s birthday. You never know how you’re gonna react when you see an old flame out somewhere and I guess this song is my experience of still feeling something when I didn’t think I would.”

Klingande returns with brand new single ‘Better Man’ featuring Rogelio

One of Klingande’s most impassioned tracks of recent years, ‘Better Man’ combines poignant piano chords and a soulful bassline with Rogelio’s soaring, pitch-perfect vocals. The Frenchman’s first single release of the new year, the track follows ‘Big Love’, a collaboration with US singer-songwriter Wrabel that has racked up 2.5 million Spotify streams and was remixed by Late Nine.

Trippy, Psychedelic Alt Rock

SLUGS is a four-piece alt-rock outfit out of Los Angeles comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Marissa Longstreet, Sarsten Noice (bass/vocals), Josh Beavers (lead guitar) and Dash Hutton (drums). Their influences range from Linda Perhacs with their melodic harmonies and tenderness to Thee Oh Sees with their high energy, spitfire performances.

Dom Dolla returns with Pump The Brakes

Having kept fans eagerly awaiting the next thumping instalment, Australia’s crowned electronic talent Dom Dolla hits the mark with the bold new single ‘Pump The Brakes’, out now on RCA UK. Taking the world by storm with a series of hypnotic house heaters, including his international breakthrough single ‘Take It’, earning over 100 million streams worldwide, the Melbourne talent followed it up with the ultimate ode to dance floors ‘San Frandisco’. With both records being accredited gold, the latter went on to earn him a multitude of accolades including #1 most played triple j, whilst charting at #33 on triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 list, before earning himself an AIR award for Best Independent Dance Release, as well as an ARIA award for Best Dance Release following two previous nominations.

NSG X BACKROAD GEE drop brand new track and visuals to “After OT Bop”

Continuing to prove their superstar ability with a non-stop slew of bangers including “Kate Winslet” featuring Unknown T, and their stand-out feature on Nines’ Crabs In A Bucket Album, NSG unveil their new explosive banger, “After OT Bop” featuring East London rapper BackRoad Gee and produced by 4PLAY.

Masters At Work Announce First New Single for 20 Years + Catalogue Relaunch

Masters At Work and MAW Records have collectively been responsible for some of the most iconic house music ever produced. Tracks like The Bounce by KenLou and To Be In Love by MAW feat. India have defined house for generations of fans, and have endured as undisputed classics of the scene. Now, the entire MAW catalogue will be available digitally for the first time, giving fans both new and old a unique opportunity to explore this treasure trove of musical gems.


Paris’ inimitable space disco sextet L’Imperatrice’s anticipated second album Tako Tsubo is out today. The group invites us into their singular world where fun, grooves, humor, and the freedom to be your authentic self reign. The group’s adventurous aesthetic extends to their videos that use tongue-in-cheek humor, B-movie sci-fi, and nostalgic animation to underscore themes of liberation and feminism.

FREEDOM HAWK release new “Liftoff” video!

Virginia Beach heavy rockers FREEDOM HAWK share their new single “Liftoff”, a raw and psychedelic 9-minute jam that will definitely take fans off guard. The band is currently gearing up to record their new studio album, to be issued in the fall of 2021 through Ripple Music.

THE MOBILE HOMES Release First New Album In Eleven Years – ‘Trigger’ is OUT NOW

‘Trigger’ shows us a more grown-up sound. It still flirts with the ’80s, but now with more darkness. Andreas tells us about the album, “We’ve done it differently this time; Hasse’s been writing more directly from my musical ideas. To me, the songs are about being older, how your perspective of life has changed. The music is inspired by the bands we first fell for, after punk, in our early teens. There was something that triggered me while listening to them again, maybe it was the youth, memories… Well, I think our lyrics have changed, like it’s developed with a lot more freedom. And that’s the intention.”

Penfriend shares heartfelt new single + video for ‘Black Car’

Penfriend, aka music producer, songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist Laura Kidd, has released her brand new single ‘Black Car’. It is the latest track to be taken from her upcoming debut album Exotic Monsters, out May 21st via My Big Sister Recordings.

Wild Youth “Wasted Without You” / “Forever Girl” EP

Encapsulating the collective success of their stirring singles ‘Can’t Say No’, ‘Next To You, ‘Champagne Butterflies’ and ‘Through The Phone’, the ‘Forever Girl’ EP marks another milestone in the band’s mission towards global domination. With a penchant for curating sublime pop bangers, this sophomore project showcases a level of sonic fearlessness and irresistible diversity, as their loyal fanbase clamours for its arrival.


Some songs take on a life of their own, far beyond what the original artist envisioned. That’s exactly what happened to the MOBO-nominated Keisha White and her song ‘Someday’. It originally emerged in 2002 as the opening theme to the CBBC TV hit ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ and went onto soundtrack all five series. It became a fan favourite, giving children an inspiring R&B anthem that sounded just as good once they grew up.

OUT TODAY: YouTube Sensation Drops Lofi Pop Single

Multi-instrumentalist Mimi Bergman – aka mimi bay – is crafting a delicate Gen-Z spin on age-old quandaries in her small Gothenburg apartment. Self-taught, she began writing and recording at 14 before sharing her music online. It quickly resonated with YouTube frequenters as her channel Hi I’m Mimi subsequently grew to a quarter of a million subs (and counting) and garnered over 20 million streams on Spotify.

Punctual release feel good video for ‘The Step’

UK DJ-producer duo Punctual have released the video for their new single ‘The Step’, featuring Danish singer-songwriter Nabiha, out 26th March.

The official video follows the single reaching 4 million streams to date and tremendous radio support from BBC Radio 1 (Party Anthems / Dance Anthems) and Kiss FM. Directed by Henry Oliver (Tom Walker, Big Heath), the video details an infectious dance choreography and is complete with spectacular visuals throughout.

WZA debut on NUVOLVE with new single ‘The Secret’

Mysterious production outfit WZA make their NUVOLVE debut with new single ‘The Secret’, out 26th March.

Punctuated by skippy UKG beats and emotive vocal samples, ‘The Secret’ conjures up a distinctly summery energy, a warm club jam evoking hazy memories and rose-tinted nostalgia of better days.


Today sees rising star Rachel Chinouriri announce the release of her new EP ‘Four° In Winter’, out 23rd April 2021, alongside brand new single ‘Through The Eye’ [out now on Atlas Artists Recordings/Parlophone].

OUT TODAY: Norwegians car.pool drop emo new track “Call A Cab”

Exuberant Norwegian six-piece car.pool are back with their first track of 2021, the fiery indie disco anthem-in-waiting “Call A Cab”. It’s out today through Bergen’s Diamond Club singles club.

Enda Gallery “Super Raw”

Marking the start of a new beginning as he fully immerses himself into his new identity, the track is an ode to love as he opens up about intense feelings felt, so much so that the right words don’t come so easily, but the strong, longing feeling doesn’t subside.

Premiere: Enda Gallery

Sister Trio – Feisty New Single

ROY3LS: BY BLOOD! This statement contains a significant depth of meaning that surpasses the literal fact that they are sisters. This trio seeks to connect with people at a much deeper level, aiming to create music that penetrates the mindsets and paradigms of culture, religion and social barriers. Their songs seek to uncover those places, moments and mindsets of our lives that hold us hostage and limit our God-given potential to be all we were created to become through the sacrifice of Christ. This is why we are ROY3LS: By blood!

KAVANAGH – Release Alt/Rock New Single ‘Citizen 202’

With utopian ideals and a sense of oneness at its core, it’s a track that dreams of transcending borders, categorisation and discrimination. Shedding light on “Citizen 202”, David Emmons of Kavanagh says:

“The song CITIZEN 202 is an intergalactic cry. We are not members of a town, or a country, or even this world. We are members of the universe. We are CITIZEN 202. Escaping from our specific time on this planet, and melting through the stars. We are energy. We are life. We are something more.”