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Ålesund release latest single ‘Dawn Chorus’

Following up on the February release of ‘Lightning’, the leading single from their upcoming EP ‘Thread In The Dark’, due for release this Summer, comes ‘Dawn Chorus’, the latest single from Bristol-based atmospheric Alt-Pop quartet Ålesund.

Night Beats Shares New Single & Video “Revolution”

Night Beats is sharing new single “Revolution” today, the latest slice of hedonistic garage-psych to be lifted from the Texas-born outfit’s forthcoming Outlaw R&B LP. Due out June 4th on Fuzz Club Records, the new album sees Danny Lee Blackwell steer the band back to its raw, acid-fried roots in a blaze of glory. The fifth Night Beats album to date, Outlaw R&B arrives off the back of 2019’s Dan Auerbach (Black Keys)-produced Myth Of A Man LP and last year’s “That’s All You Got” 7″ featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been.

New Release from Maddie Wilson “Wounded”

Scott Matthews interlaces melancholy and euphoria with vintage-electro ‘Wait In The Car’

With its soaring synthesizers and ambient electric guitars resonant of the Cocteau Twins, the emotional resonance and driving energy of ‘Wait in the Car’ will inhabit a place in every soul as Matthews masterfully interlaces melancholy and euphoria.

New BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT EP, “Paint the Sky with Blood”, is OUT NOW!

Today was meant to celebrate a vigorous manifestation of a brand new metal era and now pays tribute to an incomparable guitarist, artist and visionary of his time. Today, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT releases their highly-anticipated three-track EP, Paint the Sky with Blood, via Napalm Records.

Liar Thief Bandit release “Feather” single

Liar Thief Bandit releases the single “Feather”. The track is premiered by Doomed and Stoned, and is the fourth and final single leading up to the band’s third studio album “Deadlights”.

Liar Thief Bandit will release their third album “Deadlights” on May 14, 2021. The album contains 12 tracks of modern-sounding and forward-thinking Scandinavian garage rock and will be released on digital, vinyl, and CD format. Liar Thief Bandit effortlessly blends smooth guitar licks, infectious hooks, and uplifting lyrics with a ton of live-rock energy, creating an album that easily would pass for a best-of collection of singles.

The Drippers release “Ain’t No Accident” single

The Drippers release the single “Ain’t No Accident” via The Sign Records. The single is the third in a series of stand alone singles from the Swedish garage rock band, and follows The Drippers’ praised debut album “Action Rock” from 2019.


Rich with warm exemplary musicianship, ‘Love Should Come With A Warning’ features lyrics written by the great Don Black.

‘Love Should Come WIth A Warning’ is the latest track to be released ahead of ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1’. Its lead single ‘Only A Song’ was playlisted and named Record of the Week at Radio 2, and gained further radio support at Jazz FM. The album has been further previewed with the release of its title track.

VAN MORRISON releases new track ‘Love Should Come With A Warning’ from ‘Latest Record Project Volume 1’


‘Dolores’ is an emotionally charged acoustic lament in which The Wandering Hearts’ beautiful three-part vocal harmonies extend a timely message that no-one needs to suffer through their struggles alone – an important reminder at a time when trauma still isn’t widely discussed in society and as mental health services are struggling.


With touring currently off the schedule, Lissie has spent recent months delving into her archives to uncover a wealth of material that has helped shape her into the artist that she is today. The result is two upcoming albums which feature lots of cult fan favourites and previously unreleased material: the ‘Anniversary Edition’ of her 2010 breakthrough album ‘Catching A Tiger’ (out June 25th) and ‘Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009)’, which compiles highlights from her formative years as a songwriter (out July 23rd).

Billy Boy In Poison present new single featuring Scott Kennedy

Joining forces with BLEED FROM WITHIN frontman Scott Kennedy, Copenhagen-based BILLY BOY IN POISON now present their second single ‘Blinded’. A track that effortlessly combines melodic elements and memorable choruses with raw aggression and the strong and varied vocal of Hjalte Bertelsen:

“‘Blinded’ is a banger of a track with a hint of Swedish melodeath and one of the strongest choruses off of our coming album. It demonstrates our renewed focus on good songwriting, and we are proud to feature Scott Kennedy of Bleed From Within – his vocals are an awesome contribution to the song, guitarist Alexander Mortensen muses.

PUSH BABY – Unveil new hyper-pop single: ‘Cry / TALK ABOUT IT’

Manchester alt-pop duo push baby return today (23rd April) with the brand new single, ‘Cry / TALK ABOUT IT’.

push baby is the new project from Jake Roche and Charley Bagnall – best known for their work as pop-outfit Rixton. Unsatisfied with the image and sound they had become familiar for, the pair returned from a four year stagnant period in 2019 with the release of their debut push baby EP, ‘woah’.

OUT NOW: Cham Léon releases debut album “i (don’t feel like myself today)” – FFO: hyperpop, Sophie, 90s house

For most people, Norwegian pop gem Cham Léon (aka Sondre Kittelsen Paalgard) is a well-kept secret up to now – but that’s about to change with the release of their debut album. i (don’t feel like myself today) is out today and it’s heralded by the colourful and euphoric focus track “Dice”.

New single Ashes “essential to the birth of St. Solaire”

It’s almost time! The long-awaited debut album you=me by Rotterdam-based band St. Solaire hits the shelves on June 18th. To reduce some of the tension, the indie pop formation releases their new single Ashes today. A true classic to loyal fans who have seen the band live, which is exactly why it simply needs to be on the record: the track really is essential to the birth of the band and their sound. Listen now via the link below.

RICKY DIETZ – Hennessy

RICKY DIETZ is a duo who are both lauded artists in their own rights – made up of Pierre Baigorry (a.k.a. Peter Fox from the German reggae / dancehall band Seeed who are absolutely huge – they sold 140k tickets in Berlin alone when they put their last shows on sale) with Toronto-born, Berlin based R&B singer Sway Clarke. Sway is not only an amazing vocalist who’s had previous support from the likes of The FADER, COLORS, etc., but also an internationally tested songwriter who’s written for the likes of John Legend and Tinie Tempah.

Liz Lawrence shares new single // announces headline UK tour for 2021

Today (April 23rd), Liz Lawrence shares ‘Where The Bodies Are Buried’, a raucous call-to-arms that comes with the announcement of a twelve date UK headline tour in September & October 2021 and a performance at All Points East Festival this summer.

Written during a heatwave, when people were stuck indoors and protests were breaking out all over the country, the track is a heavy, taut portrait of controlled chaos that fluctuates between melodic indie-pop and an explosive chorus. ‘When the people want blood, you better give them blood’ she commands over a biting guitar line.

Liz Lawrence shares her latest single

Elgin share lyric video for ‘Oh Love’

Elgin have released a touching lyric video for their new single ‘Oh Love’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming album Weightless / Still out on May 28th via Pixie Pace Records (ARC Music Productions International).

‘Oh Love’ opens the beautiful atmospheric indie-folk record, which incorporates a wide range of instrumentation with lush guitars, synths, keys, brass and more, all enveloped in decadent vocal harmonies creating a vast, expansive sound.

ROT AWAY premieres “Bad Way” video on Hardcore Worldwide

Since their self-titled debut EP, Rot Away has undergone major changes in expression and songwriting, which can clearly be heard now on “Nothing Is Good”.

The previous inspirations from bands like Grieved, No Omega, Trap Them etc., can still be found in the music, but the focus on “Nothing Is Good” has shifted to a heavier and more metallic sound, in a larger style than before, with bands such as Brutality Will Prevail, END and Power Trip.

Marc Houle shares music video for INIT’s “Wrestle”

The German duo INIT, consisting of Nadia D’Alò and Benedikt Frey, have shared their latest EP “Wrestle” on March 26th via the label and multi-channel platform Sound Of Berlin. Their release is followed by the music video, which was created by fellow producer/DJ Marc Houle.

About the video, Marc Houle says: “When I listened to the track, I heard some elements of early 80s synth going on. And although I’d always been a bit fascinated with the vaporwave movement, I felt it a little overplayed sometimes. So I thought I’d make a play on the compounded theme emerging which was the death of vaporwave in my mind. I created 3 dream worlds in Blender and had the drums and vocals trigger certain events. Then the fun part started when I got to the destruction phase and transformed the dreams into a sort of dismal reality.”


Today sees London based R&B/Soul musician Amahla release her latest single ‘Commandments’. ‘Commandments’ marks the first track to be taken from Amahla’s forthcoming sophomore EP – ” Where Do We Go From Here? ”

Paper Beat Scissors (feat Bell Orchestre & Land of Talk members, Forward Music Group) | Shares new single

The new track comes with a wonderful animated video by Dominican artist, Tomás Pichardo Espaillat – this, to an extent, mirrors the serene music which explores human connectivity and the idea that each and everyone of us is flawed in some way. The new EP comes as a Spanish re-working of Tim’s recent album, Parallel Line which explored the fragility, complexity and fundamental importance of human connection, something which has only take on more resonance over the last twelve months or so.

TIM PLVNK drops melancholic new single ‘SOMEBODY’

Emerging German DJ / producer TIM PLVNK continues his prolific start to 2021 with brand new single ‘SOMEBODY’.

An emotionally charged dance cut, ‘SOMEBODY’ juxtaposes sugar-sweet vocals and ethereal breakdowns with a deep, domineering bassline. It marks his third single release of the new year, following on from ‘ADIOS AMIGO’ and ‘MIRACLE’.


London based producer, pianist, bandleader and MC Alfa Mist today releases his acclaimed fourth full-length album Bring Backs, out now via ANTI-. To celebrate the launch of the album, Alfa played a free-to-view concert, streamed live on YouTube last night and only available until 8PM BST tomorrow (Saturday 24th). Recorded in the legendary Metropolis Studios, the show sees Alfa play through the new album accompanied by a full 12 piece band – a full list of players and guests performing is below.

Swedish alt-pop artist Skott releases ‘Tired’ a duet with Shylde – 23.04.21

Pulsing basslines and swirling synths, dance alongside barely-there off-centre musical moments, reflecting a driving force of optimism juxtaposed against an unsettling state of exhaustion. Intricate ambient textures shimmer atop to weave together a seductive abstract world that delivers melancholy and hope in equal measures.


Over the course of just two singles this year – ‘Travel Guide’ and ‘Eden Burns’ – Junodream have set a course for a bright future. They were named as Jack Saunders’ Next Wave at Radio 1, where they soon picked up further support from Gemma Bradley. Meanwhile, John Kennedy added them to Radio X’s X-posure playlist. Add fresh attention from DIY, Dork and The Line of Best Fit, plus numerous adds at Spotify playlists including The Lovely Little Playlist, Garden Indie, Hot New Bandsand it’s clear that Junodream’s mix of the accessible and the cerebral has huge potential.

‘Dancing With The Devil’: Out Today [Video] – Garry Bowler and all star band tribute to Cozy Powell

3MS Music are delighted to announce the release of Garry Bowler’s [Magpie] re-invention of left-field rock classic ‘Dance With The Devil’ originally recorded by Cozy Powell. The new version of the track, now titled ‘Dancing With The Devil’, will be made available digitally on 23 April 2021. Additionally, the track will be released on nostalgic 12″ format (Coloured Sleeve & Black Vinyl, 3MS026LP) exclusively for Record Store Day 2021 on 17 July. This incredible version features three musicians who worked with Cozy, Neil Murray (Hammer, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake) on bass, David Stone (Rainbow) on keys, Frankie Aiello (The Truth, Bedlam) on vocals, and also the late, legendary guitarist Bernie Tormé (whose last recording this was).

Cedric Burnside returns with ‘Step In’

After a year when plenty discovered what “the blues” really means, Cedric Burnside returns with I Be Trying; a new collection of 13 original songs that chart a course through dark times and towards the resonant love waiting to be found on the other side.

A masterclass in Mississippi Hill Country Blues from its greatest living practitioner and two-time Grammy nominee, I Be Trying features stories of connection, hurt and redemption in the South as Burnside’s blistering guitar riffs become one with his emotive vocal melodies; sometimes conjuring what words can not.

SHIFT K3Y & TINASHE drop huge new collaboration “Love Line”

Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with his Platinum-selling “Touch”, Shift K3Y has positioned himself firmly at the forefront of the UK dance scene and now beams back into the spotlight with a huge track aching for the dance floor. It’s feeling like we’ll be there soon.. Melodic, house-infused beats play alongside a rare and long-awaited return from one of the most beloved and creative muses in music, Tinashe.

Penfriend releases brand new single ‘Seventeen’

‘Seventeen’ is led by a hooky QOTSA-esque riff, which drives this fuzzy anthem that sits somewhere between 90s heavyweights Rival Schools and Failure. It explores one of life’s most complicated ages. Not quite yet an adult, but impatient to be treated like one; navigating an avalanche of new experiences and urgent emotions, dismissed by adults as “teenage angst” or “just a phase”. An exhausting quest to negotiate a new space, juggling the interests of parents, teachers and friends while not knowing to question their motives.

Seventeen (23/4/21)

Raw & Relatable Indie Pop

You already know Flo Gallop. You’ve already heard her voice, it’s a pitch-perfect, beautiful, arm-around-the-shoulders version of the one in your head. Flo is the voice we all need, She’s the beat behind our breakdowns and the word-perfect poetry of our bounce-back pick-ups. South-east London born and bred, Flo was raised around music, her dad made songwriting feel like breathing. Without it she would choke. So, she sat, scribbling words, diarising an everyday life through the musicality and soul of a natural artist that would eventually emerge, fully formed, as a friend in your ears.


London-based producer Blinkie has joined forces with House Gospel Choir on new single ‘Stronger’, out today.

A powerful collaboration, ‘Stronger’ displays a moving, spoken word vocals combined with the soulful sounds of HGC and a majestic house production that grows in intensity and atmosphere across the track’s three-and-a-half minutes. ‘Stronger’ is the result of Blinkie feeling present, feeling stable, feeling strong and being in a good place after months of struggling with his mental health during the suffocating lockdown that has characterised the last year or so.

Evripidis and His Tragedies’ latest video and LP

Based on a dream where the narrator reunites with a late loved one in the back seat of a car, the song is built around a repetitive rhythm, swirling, atmospheric synths and ethereal female backing vocals that lead the listener into a trance-like state of mind of Lynchian proportions, equally sinister and tender, sad and sexy. It features Francina Ribes in vocals and Marc Ribera on some programming (both from Doble Pletina) and it is produced by Sergio Pérez (SVPER.)

Jay Lewn – “Boyfriend Part 2”

Flying off the back of his recent collaboration with JGrrey for her single “Down”, the London based singer songwriter unveils another signature soul-dripping track in the lead up to his EP ‘Loverboy’. With nostalgic lo-fi frequencies and deftly executed harmonies, Jay showcases his penchant for creating unique lyrical twists with a delicately tasteful R&B flare.