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Lil Boom might be known best for using memes to gain music fans but that was only a jumping off point for the mutli-faceted artist from Orlando, Florida. After amassing a cult following for his online humor and outrage hits like “F*ck Steph Curry” and “RIP Harambe,” Lil Boom used his DIY savvy to escape poverty and homelessness and quickly ink a record deal with 10K Projects and Homemade Projects. Starting with nothing but a USB Mic and a hundred dollar laptop, Lil Boom’s raw potential caught him fans like John Mayer, who encouraged the budding talent to keep going and to take himself seriously as a musician. With his latest work, Lil Boom is doing just that. “I really consider myself a niche, experimental artist now,” he explains.


“‘gray!’ is about losing all of my fake friends,” says 44phantom reflecting on the song, “and accepting the fact that it comes with the territory of what I’m doing.”


At only seventeen years old, The Kid LAROI made waves with his first major label mixtape F*CK LOVE. Managed by Grade A, home of Juice WRLD and other notable artists – The Kid LAROI continues to show incredible promise and vocal ability as he leads the artists to watch conversation with his critically acclaimed repack of F*CK LOVE (SAVAGE). After receiving many notable nods and co-signs from his peers, LAROI is well on his way to becoming a household name.

Mereba Aims To Be The Ultimate “Rider” In Her New Record

Earlier this month, Interview Mag featured the songstress in their latest issue. Mereba also took part in an enlightening interview/performance for Klipsch Audio’s newest series, Out Loud. There, she performed a unique medley and incorporated her standout record, “Planet U.”

Joyner Lucas and Lil Baby new single and music video

Lucas’s first new music since last October’s acclaimed EVOLUTION, “Ramen & OJ” is a fully independent production, created with the groundbreaking artists platform, Tully, and then released via Twenty Nine Music Group with DIY distribution. Co-founded by Lucas and manager/technology entrepreneur Dhruv Joshi, the Tully Platform empowers Artists and Artist Management teams to control their workflows while managing work product and studio assets in one place. By reducing his overheads, Lucas was able to put all his focus and the power of his team behind the track’s creation to create a truly one-of-a-kind collaboration. With “Ramen & OJ,” Lucas hopes to inspire other independent artists to do it their own way going forward. Tully is available now via Apple’s App Store and Google Play; for more information, please visit tullyapp.com.

Weska Treks Through Peak-Time Techno on Wanderlust-Driven Three-Track EP ‘Meru’ on Factory 93 Records – April 30

The Berlin transplant by way of Toronto is an extraordinary techno producer, who has a burning desire to travel the world and chase his interest in the great outdoors. Pre-covid, Weska was on the verge of making his way into many markets around the globe after becoming releasing tracks for a number of tastemakers including Adam Beyer, Sven Vath, Pleasurekraft, Reinier Zonneveld and more. His new issue on Factory was written during his recent travels, with the title cut being named after one of the most treacherous mountains to climb in the Himalayas, a goal he’s pinned to the top of his bucket list. The EP is a journey in and off itself, ranging from propulsive techno, progressive-riddled grooves and lofty breaks.

Artist: Weska
Title: Meru
Label: Factory 93 Records
Genre: Techno
Release Date: April 30


Sweden’s leftfield pop innovator Boy In Space crafts unorthodox and emotionally-charged songs which examine life in all of its chaotic and ridiculous beauty. His recent tracks, ‘Dance Alone’ and ‘Remember Me’, have accelerated his huge and still growing following, reaching 2 million monthly listeners at Spotify. That rise has been magnified by huge interest at tastemakers, earning the 26-year-old widespread critical acclaim along with high profile airplay at Radio 1.


Quickly rising through the ranks of indie-pop, powerhouse Aistè has released new single ‘Only One’ and the accompanying official music video, shot on the island of Tenerife and produced by Aistè herself.

Hey, Come On!

Three-piece experimental indie-rock band Thee More Shallows released three albums and a few EPs back in the early 00’s, garnering critical acclaim and a cult following before the band disbanded. Each of the members moved into new phases of their lives. Now, frontman Dee Kesler has emerged from the wilderness working under the Thee More Shallows moniker again with the help of some previous band members and some new musicians. New album ‘Dad Jams’ is the first Thee More Shallows offering in fourteen years and comes out this May 28th on Monotreme Records.

Danish hardcore quartet ROSELYN are back with brand new single

The hardcore quartet ROSELYN hailing from Aarhus, Denmark, combine chaotic in-your-face energy with melodic and heavy breakdowns, while drawing inspiration from bands such as Every Time I Die, Norma Jean and The Dillinger Escape Plan. After releasing two EP’s the band is getting ready to present their debut LP ‘Alive at Zero’, from which they now present the first single ‘For the War’:

Ålesund release lyric video for latest single ‘Dawn Chorus’

After the untimely curtailing of their European Tour in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ålesund travelled back to the UK feeling uncertain. Although things were going so well with a new offering and an extensive touring and festival schedule to get stuck into, the timing of the unplanned hiatus was less than ideal. Rather than take it to heart, the group’s vocalist and songwriter Alba Torriset retreated to her hometown of Hastings to try and reconnect with music in a positive way.

Ana Moura shares her latest single “Andorinhas” – an ode to freedom

The migratory birds have a long tradition in Portuguese culture and stand for family, love, loyalty, home and freedom. It is therefore not surprising that the most famous Fadista in Portugal makes use of the symbolic power of these animals.

With her unique voice, the singer captured the hearts of fans worldwide and has already performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world: from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall in New York to the Olympia in Paris and the Barbican in London. World stars like Prince or Mick Jagger stood in the front row to applaud her. “Andorinhas” is a symbol of freedom and emancipation, a song of praise to creativity and an expression of will for the future.

PLAINRIDE: watch hilarious magic-driven new video “Hour Of The Mûmakil”!

Germany’s rip-roaring earth rockers PLAINRIDE present their hilarious and wizardesque new video for “Hour Of The Mûmakil”, taken from their forthcoming album to be released later this year on Ripple Music. Let yourself be carried away by the sheer force of their rock’n’roll gospel right now!

Dutch sensation Jengi drops his stunning new EP led by house-infused “Waiting”

Acclaimed Dutch producer Jengi surfaces with a joyful house-infused and synth-driven soundtrack riddled with organic instrumentals making for the perfect summer backing, as he plants himself firmly in the spotlight of the contemporary indie-house scene.

ATLAS Share New Single & Music Video for “Taivaanranta”

Finnish metalcore band ATLAS have shared their new single “Taivaanranta”, along with an accompanying music video. It’s the first single taken from the band’s new studio album, coming Fall 2021 via Long Branch Records.

Critically Acclaimed Folk/Pop Artist

Waiting For Smith is singer/songwriter Harry Lloyd. Formerly a ski instructor in the French Alps, Harry broke his back in two places during avalanche training. Wondering whether he’d survive in the helicopter on the way to the hospital, he had an epiphany that if he was ok that he should dedicate his life to music. After spending a year in bed recuperating and learning to play guitar, he formed Waiting For Smith, named after endlessly waiting for their original drummer Smith, who always failed to show up. Based between Amsterdam and London Harry is inspired to write about the everyday ups and downs of life, love and the never-ending investigation of who we are and what we’re all doing here. Blending a feel for these two cities, he creates captivating acoustic-led electronic pop.

Cathal Murphy releases new single ‘Frame’ – 30.04.21

‘Frame’ delivers a jazz-infused, soulful pop song that evolves with a brooding bass and melodic electric guitar to striking effect. The intricate soundscape melds together to create a warm, alluring atmosphere, as Cathal’s soulful vocals and expressive songwriting describe the framework of a relationship success story that cuts deeper over time.

Nightlapse & Hayley May share new single ‘Sweet Love’

Liverpool duo Nightlapse have joined forces with Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Hayley May on their new single, ‘Sweet Love’.

Channelling old-school rave energy, ‘Sweet Love’ is a feel-good house cut that expertly pairs infectious piano chords with Hayley’s soaring diva vocals. It marks Nightlapse’s first single release since ‘Reaction’, their smash collab with Jodie Knight that has since been remixed by KC Lights. The duo also remixed ‘Underwater’ by Anabel Englund and MK earlier this year.

Beautifully Tragic Storytelling Folk

Jesse Walton is a composer, singer-songwriter and musician based in London. Having spent his teenage years travelling the globe, Walton made a name for himself busking in the streets across Europe and America. His music is raw and authentic, featuring quivering vocals and catchy hooks that you can sink your teeth into. Masqueraded as folk songs, Walton gives us access to his own personal journal.

Sofia Lafuente shares stunning ‘Cut Deep’ Plus Debut EP ‘Control’

The six-track body of work is a coming of age moment for the rising artist. Written as she was finding her feet in adulthood, the EP is a significant moment for Sofia both as a woman and an artist. Sharing more, Sofia explained: ” I wrote these songs while I was developing my artist sound and I was also beginning my first ‘adult’ relationship. Both these things made me a lot more self-aware of the ways our own insecurities and fears come out when we are in a vulnerable position. In my career and my personal life, I’m learning to let go of the illusion that I can control things. It’s not real and I’ve learned that when you are so focused on fulfilling a set expectation you’ll often miss out the most wonderfully unexpected moments. ”

Prudence (Olivia from The Dø) | new single out now (Billie Eilish, Surkin production)

Speaking about her new track, Prudence says; ‘Here and Now’ is a song about time, about moments of bliss. The lyrics were inspired by hours spent contemplating the ocean in all its moods, healing the wounds of the past (“feels just like a cure”). This track is also about transition, when it’s time to start a new chapter, with no regret. Basically a track that calls for transcendental meditation…

Sonny Fodera, Just Kiddin & Lilly Ahlberg link up on feelgood new single ‘Closer’

Combining euphoric piano chords, emotion-drenched breakdowns and Lilly’s seductive vocals, ‘Closer’ is a sunkissed banger that has been crafted with summer in mind. Closer follows Sonny’s smash collaboration with Diplo ‘Turn Back Time’, which has racked up over 50-million streams in just 6-months. Sonny just announced a handful of co-hosted festival shows with Gorgon City branded Back To Love, which will take place in London (Finsbury Park) & Bristol (Greville Smyth Park), selling 18,000 tickets across the 3 x dates. This precedes Sonny’s solo headline tour later this year, which includes Printworks London, which sold out in just 24 hours.

OSH “Sex Appeal”

Returning to the soundsphere after his breakthrough viral remix of Burna Boy’s “My Yé Is Different”, OSH ups the ante with this latest jam, fuelled by floor shaking 808s and alluring guitar licks. Dripping with all the bounce and flex you’d expect from a rising superstar, “Sex Appeal” boasts his most refined sound to date, marking the next step towards his trajectory towards the upper echelons of the UK R&B scene.

KILING release new video and single “Kill Everyone”

Today the new video and single from the young thrashing Danes KILLING is unleashed unto the world. “Kill Everyone” fulfills its promise with a murderous riff, a thrashing rhythm assault, and genuine youth energy that separates the world-class thrash bands from the rest. And it completes the pack with a – literally – killer video.

Lenzman releases beautiful new single ‘Lil Souljah’ via The North Quarter

Combining classic breakbeats, delicate piano keys and 808 bass hits in a modern take on Jungle, ‘Lil Souljah’ channels the kind of soulful club vibe that Lenzman has become synonymous with in recent years. The truly personal nature of the lyrics shine throughout the record, and the theme of parenthood, an experience Lenzman & Slay both share, was integral to the records import to both parties and for the album as a whole.

Brand new post-rock trio GAMMAGLIMT present their debut single

The brand new genre-pushing post-rock outfit GAMMAGLIMT melds heavy sounds with progressive elements and evocative soundscapes. The instrumental trio hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark uses instruments and visuals to express a different range of moods. Today they present their debut single ‘Fear of the Light’, which highlights their signature dark, heavy, cinematic and mysterious sound – check out the music video above.

Maroon 5 announce new album ‘Jordi’ out June 11th

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 announces their latest full-length album JORDI (222/ Interscope). The album is set for release on June 11th, with a special pre-order for fans kicking off TODAY. JORDI will feature the band’s latest hit single “Beautiful Mistakes” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, which was #1 most added at Top 40 and Hot AC when it impacted radio, and is currently #13 at Top 40 and #6 on Hot AC. To celebrate the upcoming album release, Maroon 5 is partnering with American Express for an encore virtual performance -American Express UNSTAGED with Maroon 5- on June 4, 2021, featuring new music from the album.

Cocoelusive drops her Dua Lipa inspired new R&B tinged single ‘Your Ways’

Cocoelusive’s latest ‘Your ways’ manifests as a fusion of pop and R&B melodies resulting in an atmosphere that’s haunting and dreamy, intimate and accessible. Taking a page from Dua Lipa with the unforgettable melody “if you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody,” the melodic delivery is about Cocoelusive asserting herself in a relationship that had always been one sided followed by infidelity. “Everything from the melody to the lyrical representation of ‘Don’t start now’ correlated to what I wanted to talk about at the time. I speak about the beginning of resentment creeping in while still doing everything to keep the relationship standing,” the artist explains.

Luwten | new album & single out now on Glassnote

Luwten is a Dutch word simply meaning ‘place without wind’. Tessa Douwstra adopted it as the moniker for her solo abstract pop project, enamoured with the creative process of “working in a total vacuum”. Her EP of late 2020 ‘Door’ bore the unambiguous title that reflected, in Tessa’s own words; “A study of a perfectionist who acknowledges that everything’s in a constant state of flux”.