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Having made a flying start with their debut single ‘How Can I?’ which powered to #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, the band’s second single ‘Here For You’ shot straight to #2. Debuted by BBC Music Introducing, the song soon delivered a huge moment in the quartet’s blossoming career when it was played by Elton John on his Rocket Hour show.

TaliasVan’s New CosmoMystic Release – ‘Edge City’

“Give your listeners this upbeat and beautiful song, with messages of hope and love, because good things will come if we all make right choices in these challenging times we all are sharing, together!”……Global Change Music Label

Quotes from the Artist about the song:

“I came up with the title of this song while walking with my now deceased brother, Santeen, on Oak Creek in Sedona. We were talking about people who usually choose wrong decisions over right ones. I said to him, “Yeah, they live in Edge City.”…TaliasVan

“My Baby Is An Android” – Tongue-in-Cheek Indie Alt

Magic Bronson continues to spearhead music trends, tackling social issues and the anxiety of what’s going on in the world, coupling it with sensational and experimental melodies. Self-described as “profoundly uneasy,” Magic Bronson takes unnerving and anxious energy and channels it into songs that ultimately lift you from a place of uneasiness. Bandmates, Michael Nicastro (vocals, synths, drum programming, production) and Matthew Lieberman (lyrics, bass, synths), are a powerful blend of musicians that know how to create the music that fans can’t get enough of. No one can accuse the multi-talented duo of colouring within the lines when it comes to making music. They write without boundaries, with lyrics sprung from whatever miscarriage of justice they perceive in the world.

MUSIC NEWS: Fun seeking, filthy-mouthed, pop trio .wavrunner cheekily roll the dice with latest single ‘Snake Eyes’ – out this week

Showing no sign of slowing down US pop hip hop trio .wavrunner (pronounced waverunner) just released their third single ‘Snake Eyes’ via Elevation Recording Group. Self-produced by group member JJ, he joins bandmates Jack Wesley and Griff on the funky, bass-driven hip-hop number. The track is the follow up to ‘Joyride’ that garnered much critical acclaim.

The song is all about taking risks, something the trio prides themselves on. As they put it: “‘Snake Eyes’ is just that: a roll of the dice, a risk, a chance. You gotta be willing to take that chance because nothing worthwhile comes without risk. We’ve never been the ones to play it safe or conform. We know what we want and then we get after it no matter how crazy people think we are for trying…they’d underestimate our craziness anyways.”

Alice Pisano releases nostalgic ‘Seventeen’ video

Alice Pisano has released the video for her brand new single ‘Seventeen’. The video premiered with Clash who said, “Alice Pisano returns with bittersweet single ‘Seventeen’… Effervescent songwriting, her lilting voice carries a huge degree of emotion. It’s tied to a drifting sense of nostalgia, as the pangs of youth recede.”


Alex Frankel’s rousingly jubilant new single, “Still Got It”, is out today on CASUAL / Ed Banger. From the ecstatic “Yeah!” that kicks it off, “Still Got It” finds joy in resilience and celebrates the personal spark each of us has that fortifies our optimism even in hardship. It’s a quick glance back while dancing into the future that invites everyone, “Let’s have a toast to staying young as we get old”. The song plays with some of the hallmarks of classic 80s pop and reimagines them for this moment, with a wave of euphoria that keeps rising as it builds from just Alex’s voice to a choral arrangement performed by the East Coast Inspirational Singers choir. “Still Got It” is also available on vinyl through CASUAL and the iconic Ed Banger label making Alex the first American artist released on Ed Banger.

Modern Metal Unit SCAR OF THE SUN Drops Exciting New Anthem for Title Track “Inertia”

Greek modern metal five-piece SCAR OF THE SUN is poised to reach the next level with the release of their otherworldly third full-length, Inertia, out May 14, 2021 via Napalm Records, and has dropped the exciting second single and official video for the album’s title track today!

BANJI release ‘Dogbreath’ via [PIAS] Recordings

“The chorus was inspired by stumbling across the word ‘Dogbreath’ in the notes app on my phone (I think my girlfriend put it there??). I recorded the hook with this word in mind, and the rest of the lyrics just fell out. I wanted to encapsulate a type of regret. One that is not rooted in truth, but in appearing truthful. Feeling guilt-ridden about your actions, and wishing it would have gone another way, but failing to accept true consequence. Coming up with excuses instead of dealing with it. Like you can’t just fix you breath with a piece of gum, you can’t change the situation you put yourself in that easily.”

Potential news feature with Canadian superstar SonReal

Following his critically acclaimed recent album “The Aaron LP” featuring the breakthrough hit “Healing” with the UK superstar Jessie Reyez, the transatlantic hotshot takes us on an personal journey – blending his trademark lyrical frankness over a polished, staccato instrumental for the first release from his highly anticipated upcoming project.

Building a diehard fanbase and clocking over 165M streams globally alongside support from the likes of COMPLEX, NOISEY and ACCLAIM, SonReal’s blend of art, talent and emotional connect look set to continue his trajectory as one of the scene’s best-loved stars.

FHANG Reveals Epic Video and Single for “Vaudevillain”

FHANG, the debut collaborative album between Mishka Stein and Samuel Woywitka, channels the energy of pandemic-induced uncertainty into thunderous grooves and cinematic soundscapes with the gravity to absorb your entire attention. Due out this spring, FHANG showcases an explosive chemistry between two musicians and songwriters with a deep commitment to exploring unexpected textures and grooves. The immersive rhythms and textures here invite listeners to leap inside, to a shared landscape of awe.

“The Fortune Teller (Pretty in The City)”

“The Fortune Teller (Pretty in The City)” came to me via a strange, mysterious dream. Half asleep, I picked up my trusty old guitar and the song came to me in a flash!

I think of dreams as the jukebox of my imagination; songs and fables glowing in the dark, waiting to be discovered and played.

Jessy Yasmeen releases video for latest single Holy Water (single)

Jessy Yasmeen about Holy Water:

“Holy Water started out as a song about my narcissistic ex. But its meaning changed over time, figuring out that it was all about me not loving myself.

It all started after one of my first ever gigs when I accidentally ran into him. I don’t know why I fell in love with him that day. There was something about his eyes and his presence. He somehow made me forget about me.

I looked up to him. I adored him like a god. His words were like the testament to me and his will like the commandments. But if he was God and God was love then why was I not fulfilled? It was me who was feeding his ego, afraid of losing him. Because I already gave up on me. The day he left me was a blessing. That’s when my formation started, a purification of the soul”


“In My Head (Reimagined)” is a stark new version of Manos’ breakthrough track, which was named a Song You Need to Know by Rolling Stone shortly after its release in 2019. Since then, the dorm-room-crafted hit has garnered 333 million streams globally, been certified Gold by the RIAA, and appeared on the soundtrack to the Netflix film To All the Boys: Always and Forever. Rolling Stone hailed “In My Head” as a song that “proves that ballads can still surprise,” and this new version is similarly revelatory, setting the mood with glassy strings and a barely perceptible beat, and placing Manos’ raw tangle of post-breakup regrets at its emotional core.

Breakout artist Hope Waidley releases new single + video “Sad Song”    

The music video for “Sad Song” is the ultimate pick-me-up, and will surely put viewers in a good mood. The video features Hope dancing around in her room, rocking out, and dressing up in some super fun looks, proving that there can still be bright moments in sad times! Hope’s vibrant personality shines through with “Sad Song” and her message is sure to resonate with fans.


Gaspard Augé, best known as one half of two-time GRAMMY award winning electronic duo Justice, the duo that united rock and rave in the mid-2000s, has just teased a forthcoming debut solo album Escapades with the release of his new single “Force Majeure” via Genesis / Ed Banger Records / Because Music. “Force Majeure” is a gleefully hypercharged prog-dance anthem that could double as a soundtrack to a robot wrestling match, sealing his reputation as a master of maximalism. While there are some elements hearken back to his work in Justice – the crunch and whirr of the synths, the song’s sense of cinematic enormity – “Force Majeure” exudes a bombastic playfulness, crafting a sonic utopia that ignores narrow definitions of “good taste or bad taste” and captures the innocence of enjoying music in your youth, where you’re guided first and foremost by feeling.

Rodrigo y Gabriela share Astor Piazzolla cover; Jazz EP out in May

“We have always had a great respect for Astor Piazzolla as a composer,” say Rodrigo y Gabriela. “We did a cover version of ‘Libertango’ on our first live album a long time ago, so we are delighted to present our take on his composition ‘Oblivion.’ What makes this even more special is to welcome one of our musical heroes – the great Spanish flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo – as guest collaborator on this track. We are long-time fans of both Astor and Vicente, so we hope that our fans will now enjoy all these elements coming together.”


Motown/Blacksmith Recordings artist Ted When has teamed up with award-winning Canadian filmmaking collective Black Lake (Martin Garrix & Khalid, 30 Seconds To Mars, Shallou) to create a surreal series of six videos to accompany the songs from his debut solo EP, morning. Almost to the end of the series comes the latest video for “Eyes Closed.” In the visual, the protagonist is seen wandering around, looking for her love, whom she can only see while blindfolded. An orb of light helps her to find her way through different settings throughout the journey.

SUPERVØID: avant-garde collective share debut album details + first single!

Noise-laden dark ambient project SUPERVØID (with Eraldo Bernocchi, Xabier Iriondo, Jacopo Pierazzuoli and Jo Quail) will release their mind-boggling debut album ‘The Giant Nothing’ this May 7th on Subsound Records, and unveil a first single entitled “The Acceleration of the Universe” on Bandcamp today.

Supervøid: an empty section of space defined by the lack of superclusters. In this particular case, this empty section of space is missing an estimated 10,000 galaxies. Scientists suspect that it may be draining energy from light travelling through. Getting through such a big chasm takes hundreds of millions of years. The travel has begun.


The video was directed by Marykate Schneider and filmed in New York following everyday people in their daily lives. It is a snapshot of our current moment in time, with everyone sharing hope for the future. Beautifully shot, the video is a beacon of positivity, bringing people together and looking forward.

Michaelson explains, “I wanted to create a love letter to my city. To celebrate the hope that is slowly coming back to the people of New York. And to remind people all over the world that we are stronger when we work and rejoice together”.


I’m now in my late 20s, but I think I’ll feel 20 years old in my head for the rest of my life. This song addresses how things move FAST. I think everyone has days where we grapple with where we’re “supposed” to be versus where we’re actually at.