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British Rap Duo – Bars & Melody – New Single “Henny”

Bars and Melody are a British rap duo formed in 2014. Rapper Leondre Devries and singer Charlie Lenehan took the world by storm when their debut single “Hopeful” entered the UK charts at number 5. Fast forward 6 years, several world tours and platinum albums later, Bars and Melody are ready to take it to another level.


Snøw is one of the key emerging artists bubbling up in the US lo-fi scene, his massive, viral cult fanbase already christening him “The lo-fi King”. Now the rising star releases a pure ear-worm “Spilled My Coffee” featuring Rxseboy & Jack Cullen. With a Platinum record and over 1.5 billion streams between Snøw & Rxseboy, plus previous collaborations with the likes of Powfu, Kina and Sad Boy Prolific, “Spilled My Coffee” is set to become one of the most notable lo-fi releases of the year.


Today, 30th April, Birdy releases her long awaited fourth album ‘Young Heart’ which features the rousing piano ballad ‘Second Hand News’, Deepest Lonely ‘deeper, darker, territory… authentically haunting – The Guardian’ and the enchanting first single from the album ‘Surrender’.

Graham Costello shares new single “Legion” | New album “Second Lives” out 7th May via Gearbox Records

Today, Glasgow-based drummer and composer Graham Costello has announced his new single “Legion”. The single is taken from Graham’s much-anticipated album “Second Lives”, which features his ensemble STRATA, and is due out 7th May via London analogue specialists Gearbox Records.

ICYMI- From Cults to Queer Doom Pop- Check Out Reversels’ Latest!

Former christian cult members turned queer doom pop band, Reversels, have shared their video for “Torch Song”- the lead single off the Asheville, NC based band’s upcoming album, ‘LaSabre.’

The band calls “Torch Song” a “fierce love letter to every sex worker who’s ever had to cater to patriarchal cruelty in order to survive.” The accompanying video for the track is dark and dreamy- featuring queer and trans actors and dancers.

Immerse Yourself in the Queer Doom Pop of REVERSELS “Torch Song”

I WAS THE LION & Peter Groenwald Release New Single “Hold On” // Collaborative EP Out 5/21

Esteemed Nashville-based artists Peter Groenwald and duo I WAS THE LION have teamed up for the release of a new collaborative EP titled Come To Life. Out on May 21st, the six song collection finds the trio combining their decades-worth of acclaimed songwriting/production history into a sonically rich, vivid, and mellifluous debut effort. Today they released their darkly optimistic and soaring new single “Hold On.”

SHAED Drops “Dizzy” Single + Video | Debut LP ‘High Dive’ 5/14 via Photo Finish

Multi-Platinum DC trio SHAED has dropped new single and album-opener “Dizzy,” the last song released in advance of their highly anticipated debut LP – High Dive – which arrives on May 14th via Photo Finish Records. The song’s suspenseful production – courtesy of twin brothers Spencer and Max Ernst – and Chelsea Lee’s haunting vocal hooks are further bolstered by an equally stunning music video directed by Daniel St. Ours –

New > Mara TK Releases New Single > ‘Grew Up Inna Chaos’ < Out Today, listen here

In the five years since then, Mara TK has been on a journey of musical self-discovery, as he says; “writing this album has been a form of therapy over the last few years trying to figure out what kind of music I wanted to make next”. The result, ‘Bad Meditation’, is his thirteen-track magnum opus, written and produced by Mara himself.

Majestic drops star-studded official video for ‘Rasputin’

Shot at Soho nightclub The Box and featuring a star-studded cast that includes Ru Paul’s Drag Race finalist Bimini Bon Boulash, Pete from grime duo Pete & Bas and an array of the venue’s entertainers, the official video for ‘Rasputin’ is an invigorating dose of nighttime debauchery.


“Choker” follows on the heels of Scaled And Icy’s lead single, “Shy Away,” which rapidly ascended to #1 at the Alternative Radio format in only three weeks since its debut. The achievement places the duo in an elite group of acts with multiple songs to rise to #1 at the format in three weeks or less including: U2, R.E.M., The Cure, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters. “Shy Away” was released with a Miles & AJ directed official music video and is available as an instant grat download alongside “Choker” with all pre-orders of Scaled And Icy , which is available in a variety of formats including a special edition box set limited to 35,000 copies worldwide. Scaled And Icy is Twenty One Pilots’ first studio album in three years and follows their RIAA Platinum certified LP, Trench.

Twenty One Pilots do battle in video for new single ‘Choker’

Millbrook Releases ‘You & Me’ ft. Selin on Ram Records

With a host of five-star support from across the scene, Millbrook’s Ram Records debut ‘Holding On’ ft. Eviya has positioned him as one of the most exciting names currently coming through the label’s camp. His forthcoming record ‘You & Me’, alongside the vocals of Selin, is also about to be just as pivotal and with names like Radio 1, Kiss FM and George FM already spearheading his Ram Records journey, the Berlin based producer is about to prove his weight once again.


Goldford’s recent single ‘Walk With Me’ presented a comforting message of unity as the world became disorientated by lockdown. Accumulating millions of streams, it spent six weeks in the Shazam Top 5 before making an impact in the UK when it was playlisted at Radio 2. While it captured the tumultuous emotions of the moment, it also introduced an audience to Goldford’s talents: his unwavering tenderness, his rough-and-tumble rasp, his pop sensibility and, most importantly, his stellar songwriting.

Muki releases explosive pop cut ‘Space/City Limit’

Bursting onto the scene with debut single ‘Sassaparilla’, Muki’s ‘It Won’t Hurt’ EP landed her the support slot of 5 Second of Summer’s arena tour, as well as collaborations with Slayyyter and The Veronicas. Her song writing skill secured the pop savant two ARIA Award Nominations for her work on Jessica Mauboy’s #1 record ‘Hilda’ and Briggs’ ‘Always Was’ EP.

Counting Crows release ‘Elevator Boots’ lyric video

GRAMMY and Academy Award-nominated rock band Counting Crows have released the animated lyric video for their latest single ‘Elevator Boots’. It’s taken from their highly anticipated new project, BUTTER MIRACLE, SUITE ONE, which is the first taste of new music in seven years.

Out Today! SKI TEAM Reveals Gorgeous Single “Photos”

Ski Team is the solo project of Lucie Lozinski, an independent songwriter, singer, producer, and guitarist based in Brooklyn. Her music is most defined by vulnerability, both in songwriting and performance.

Amy Speace Releases New Album, There Used To Be Horses Here

“Melancholy but gorgeous,” is how Rolling Stone Country described the title track of Amy Speace’s new album There Used To Be Horses Here—available for streaming and purchase today via Proper Records/Wind Bone Records.

The Aces Release New Single “Don’t Freak”

Released in time with the start of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, “Don’t Freak” is a vibrant, dance-pop record on its surface, but its poignant lyricism tells a deeper story. A pointed critique of the stigma around mental health, lead singer Cristal Ramirez found inspiration in her own experiences with anxiety-induced panic attacks. Driven by an energetic rush of guitar riffs and percussion, “Don’t Freak” tackles the personal subject matter in signature Aces’ fashion, artfully examining the frenetic feeling of struggling with anxiety in a society where mental health issues are often met with a lack of understanding.

‘What Drives Us’ Directed By Dave Grohl, Produced By Foo Fighters Out Today

The feature-length documentary film WHAT DRIVES US, directed by Dave Grohl and produced by Foo Fighters, is now available to stream in the U.S. exclusively on The Coda Collection — a unique, subscription streaming offering featuring an exclusive, curated selection of iconic music documentaries, concert films, and episodic series via Prime Video Channels, paired with a complementary website exploring new perspectives on music. WHAT DRIVES US is also available outside of the U.S. via Prime Video in select global markets at no additional cost to the Prime membership.

KUČKA shares debut LP via LuckyMe

Binding R&B, jazz, new age and electro influences together to create autobiographical stories on growth, love and journeying, the album is the result of a tough but fruitful transition in her life. Exploring themes of love, conflict, sexuality and more, it’s an honest depiction of lived experiences told by an immaculate voice that shimmers with a futuristic sheen.

KUČKA, aka Laura Jane Lowther, shares of today’s release: “‘Wrestling’ is a deeply personal album and releasing it feels like I’m passing around my diary for everyone to read — liberating and vulnerable at the same time. It’s introspective but with a little bit of party along the way and really touches the full spectrum of emotions that come with so much change. My hope is that as people immerse themselves in the world, they connect not only to the music and lyrics, but also themselves.” – Photo by Dillon Howl

Josh Cumbee, the LA singer-songwriter and Olivia Rodrigo collaborator, releases catchy summer song ‘Better Words’ on April 30

‘Better Words’ is a catchy song with lyrics about a man who struggles to find the right words to convey his feelings for the woman he loves. To help express his feelings, the lyrics incorporate tributes to many of Cumbee’s favorite artists and their perfectly written love songs.

Mat Kearney Drops “Say It Now” Song & Visualizer

“Say It Now” comes from a place of embracing honesty and vulnerability – a theme that runs central throughout the fabric of January Flower. The set, written between a fateful writing trip in Joshua Tree and his home studio in Nashville, brings the Oregon-born, Nashville-based Kearney back to his roots as a songwriter.

Sean Ono Lennon Teams Up With Team Behind “I Met The Walrus” For Innovative Spotify Canvas Loops For New Ultimate Mixes Of “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”

Sean Ono Lennon has created a series of captivating and innovative animations using the Spotify Canvas medium to visually accompany the eleven album tracks and three singles of the Enhanced Spotify release of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Mixes. Written and directed by Ono Lennon, “I Am the Egbert” is a series of short looping scenes that tell the story of a character named Egbert, whose life experiences strangely mirror the sentiments in the sequence of songs on the album tracks and the encores, “Give Peace A Chance,” “Cold Turkey,” and “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On).” The Ultimate Mixes were recently released as part of a suite of releases to celebrate 50 years of John Lennon’s influential and transformational first post-Beatles solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Serhat Durmus Releases Complete “My Feelings” Remix EP

Today, Turkish trap trailblazer Serhat Durmus has released the “My Feelings” Remix EP for his hit single featuring chart-topping singer and songwriter Georgia Ku. Out now on Amuse, the “My Feelings” Remix EP enlists a diversity of talented electronic acts for five new interpretations of the iconic track.

Louis The Child Release New Single “So What” Feat . A R I Z O N A

Today, Chicago-bred production duo Louis The Child release their brand-new single entitled “So What” featuring contemporary electronic dance pop trio, A R I Z O N A. The track is the first single off of the pair’s forthcoming project, Euphoria, which is set for release later this year. “So What” Feat. A R I Z O N A is available now at all digital retail providers via Interscope Records.


The track is a reworked and revamped version of the title track to their best-selling album Confetti. A firm fan favorite, the single features U.S. rapper and singer Saweetie, who has added her own unique flavor to the track. In the accompanying visual, Little Mix takes on their male alter egos in a dance battle while out at the club.


Produced by Jestindothat, “Dead Bro” is an indulgent swirl of West Coast sounds. Dev sinks into it, delivering colorful bars that swerve in all directions — he raps about getting “purple pickles” in his DMs from his girl, eyeing designer pieces, and, at the center of it all, receiving a vision from a deceased friend. “Don’t you ever go out like a scarecrow,” he warns. Dev has always been a vivid writer. As time’s gone on, he’s elevated that approach with a newfound confidence, floating over beats with the infectious bounce and precision of the funkiest West Coast MCs.

Minus Gravity are back with hard-hitting tune ‘Yea Yea Yea’

Pairing punchy trap snares with an infectious vocal sample, ‘Yea Yea Yea’ sees the Texas-born, LA-based trio trade hard-hitting, rapid-fire verses to devastating effect. It follows the emotionally-charged ‘Forever’, released earlier this month, while ‘Yea Yea Yea’ marks the first single release from their upcoming album Ownership, out this summer.

Joy Oladokun signs joint partnership with Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records, new song “sorry isn’t good enough” out today

Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, Oladokun is set on forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Her musical exploration began at age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument—and has since gone on to become “a fierce voice demanding equality” (NPR Music).