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NEW SINGLE – Introducing 17-Year-Old Rock Pop Singer Viia, Debut Track ‘Falling’ Out Now Via Platoon

Opening like a crack of thunder, the Darlington-based artist’s powerful, raw vocal resonates over the hard-hitting production that builds into an unwavering crescendo; similarly reflecting a tumultuous relationship of unrequited love. ‘Falling’ encapsulates the appeal of Viia’s unique dark pop soundscape – she sings right from the gut; her electrifying howls recall the near-primitive style of Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell, or Florence and the Machine. This hasn’t gone unnoticed as it has received initial support from BBC Introducing NE & Yorkshire.

Zurich based band Mono Void releases the music video for their sci-fi anthem «Refuge»

«Refuge» is about the escape from the constraints of our society and the realization that ‘real’ freedom can only be found in sleep. The idea for the video came from parts of the lyrics in the song that pick up on being constantly on the move.

VELVET INSANE Ink Deal With Wild Kingdom – Announce New Album ‘Rock n’ Roll Glitter Suit’ for July 16

Swedish rockers VELVET INSANE go wham bam glam and wring the clock back to 1973 in the new music video for “Backstreet Liberace”. With guest appearances from Dregen and Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters on the track, the Swedish glam rockers are in good company.

Martha Wainwright announces new album ‘Love Will Be Reborn’

Martha Wainwright is beginning again. The beguiling performer and songwriter makes a most welcome return with Love Will Be Reborn, her first new album in five years, released August 20th on Pheromone Records/Cooking Vinyl.

It’s her first album since 2016’s ‘Goodnight City’, and the first since 2012’s acclaimed ‘Come Home To Mama’ to feature so much original material. All eleven songs on ‘Love Will Be Reborn’ are written by Martha. She wrote the first song, and what would become the title track, a few years ago in what was a very dark time for her personally.

Franklin Zoo present their first single ‘The Abandoned’

After 12 years of constant exploration and maturing as an artistic collective, the progressive hard rock quintet FRANKLIN ZOO has now come together to create their third full length album ‘The Dandelion Child’, which offers a fresh an uncompromising sound and emotion of life lessons and existential noise.

Soulful Pop Banger New Single

Ella McCready is a soul/pop artist hailing from London. Born into a family of musicians, she’s been singing and writing music for as long as she can remember. With creativity running through her veins, she began her career gigging professionally at just 14 years old. Now focusing on her solo project, McCready’s colourful and uplifting sound burns brightly, with her powerful and captivating voice taking center stage.

IMARI TONES New Single/Official Video ‘Passion’ – Out Today

Imari Tones are combining Christian metal and Japanese traditional culture. This video takes place in Japanese traditional Noh theater and tea ceremony room. Dressed in Samurai Metal style, Imari Tones are showing off some Japanese spirit.


The Swedish-American singer-songwriter Lexi Berg has enjoyed a wave of discovery in recent months. Her haunting ballad ‘What If’ (produced with Faris Badwan of The Horrors) features in the critically acclaimed Netflix film ‘Pieces of A Woman’. The film has remained in the spotlight throughout award season, picking up countless key nominations at ceremonies including the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes.

JAWS – Release previously unheard track ‘UNTITLED’ // Limited Edition Photo Book + UK Live Dates for Winter 2021

Following the announcement of a limited edition photo book shot by close friend Peter Lally during their 2019 winter tour & a run of UK live dates for Winter 2021; Birmingham dream-pop quartet JAWS today unveil a previously unheard track recorded during sessions for their latest album ‘The Ceiling’ – ‘Untitled’.

“The Track ‘Untitled’ was recorded for our last album The Ceiling but just didn’t make the final track listing. It’s a track I’ve always loved, it reminds me a lot of our earlier stuff and I guess it’s a nod to that.” tells frontman Connor Schofield.


After a year of uncertainty, Nick Murphy addressed the future’s ambivalence head-on with his highly acclaimed single “Whatever Tomorrow.” In support on the emphatic return of the Chet Faker project comes a remix of the highest calibre. Soulwax take hold of “Whatever Tomorrow” and run it into a downtempo exploration.

SINIESTRO Release New Studio Album ‘VORTEXX’

Today marks the release of the new album from Swedish-Chilean blackened thrashers SINIESTRO. The new record, ‘VORTEXX’, is packed with Siniestro’s patented, uncompromising mix of razor-sharp thrash metal riffage, black metal blasting, GG Allin-stained punk brutality. VORTEXX also features guest appearances by Erik Grawsiö from Månegarm and Jens Järvinen of Järnblod on the track “Blod Eld Död”.


Singer-Songwriter-Producer, Wonho, has released his highly anticipated collaborative music video, “Ain’t About You,” with multi-platinum artist KIIARA. For the first time during his solo career, Wonho has teamed up with an American artist, which NME referred to as “the standout track.” KIIARA’s smooth vocals blend seamlessly with Wonho’s, creating an addictive bittersweet breakup track; “You’re so hard to resist. A love that hurt like this. I wish it wasn’t hell. To love you more than you love yourself.”

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Blending a caffeine-rush of alt-pop with the brutal bite of trap rhythms and rock star attitude, FAANGS is an uncompromising superstar in the making. Her early tracks ‘RELAPSE’, ‘HUH’ and ‘RICH KID$’ have immediately established her as a tastemaker tip, and that acclaim has been heralded with some high impact collabs. FAANGS co-wrote Ashnikko’s ‘Cry'(featuring Grimes), featured on Felix Jaehn’s ‘SICKO’ alongside GASHI, and joined Rico Nasty for ‘Own It’.

Acclaimed Actor & Musician – Irish Folk EP

Niall McNamee is an Irish singer-songwriter and actor, known for his own passionate, thoughtful and full-blooded songs. He has starred opposite Pierce Brosnan, fought with Jackie Chan, played comic foil to Bono, and romantically duetted with Imelda May. Next up is a starring role in feature film Love Without Walls, performing his own compositions, as Niall’s art and life come together.

Maddox Jones – “Can’t Wait for the Summer”

A breezy and bittersweet ode to simpler times, the track captures in song our collective desire to escape the trials and tribulations of the past year and enjoy carefree summer days once again. Jones’ latest single sees the singer-songwriter reminiscing about romantic memories over a vibrant palette of guitar, synths and vocal harmonies, as he recalls “dreaming the day away into an 8-track recorder, wishing you were mine”. Masterfully bringing together a carefree pop vibe with subtle notes of nostalgia, Maddox Jones is helping the nation push through these final few weeks of lockdown with “Can’t Wait for the Summer”.

Jessica Wilde drops new summer gem ‘Cruel’!

The 3rd single taken from Wilde’s debut album, out later this year, ‘Cruel’ signals Wilde delving back into her first love, a toxic relationship that inspired a harnessing of her bisexual identity but also led her to addiction – a subject she’s tackling on her debut album.

Punctual return with slick new single ‘Smoke Ring’

UK DJ-producer duo Punctual have unveiled their new single ‘Smoke Ring’, out 14th May on Polydor.

Tapping into the trademark floorfilling Punctual sound, ‘Smoke Ring’ is an undeniable melange of slick, autotune vocals, infectious breakdowns and a pumping bassline. It marks their second single release of the new year following January’s ‘The Step’ featuring Nabiha, and prior to this was smash single ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’, amassing 25 million global streams.

Krystal Klear remixes NAVOS’ viral track ‘Believe Me’

Irish dance music favourite Krystal Klear has remixed hotly-tipped Liverpool DJ / producer NAVOS’ latest smash ‘Believe Me’.

Channelling a classic Chicago house vibe, the Krystal Klear remix of ‘Believe Me’ combines rave whistles, acid stabs and a pumping bassline – further accentuating the infectious dancefloor energy of the original.

Krystal Klear remixes NAVOS’ viral track ‘Believe Me’

17 year old Oslo quartet VEPS release bewitching new single ‘Girl On TV’…

A look through the window at the constant pressures of modern life, the bewitchingly vulnerable track is drenched in captivating harmonies, flipping between Laura and Helena’s poignant vocals. “‘Girl on TV’ is more like a story with a narrative than any other of our songs. It follows a girl growing up in a home where she doesn’t feel like she is being seen,” says the band. “Ultimately it’s a song about loneliness and idealisation. It’s about how lonely it can feel to grow up in an emotionally distant household, and how it’s so easy to compare your own life to others when you’re in a bad place yourself.”

Max Leo “could be something”

Continuing to define himself as a new generation blend of local identity and internet based creativity, Max Leo is a poster boy for embracing the non-linear brand of pop music today. Painting a vivid picture of the buds of a Gen Z romance, “could be something” is a nostalgic, yet unmistakably modern love song, fuelled by ambient lo-fi textures and laid back guitar licks.

Zac Pajak releases his 4 track ‘Midnight’ EP – 14.05.21

London – based Zac Pajak releases his sophomore EP ‘Midnight’ on May 14thth via Goldun Egg Records, co-produced with Jake Gosling. The four track EP features lead single of the same name, previous releases ‘Silver Lining’ and ‘About Time’ along with brand-new track ‘Talk about It’.

Smile Release “Dressed For Success” Today; New Album Coming this Summer!

“It’s like a combination of Bernard Fevre’s dark disco adventures, Black Devil Disco, and Kraftwerk and also other early kraut-stuff, but with some kind of Indie-rock element to it also,” explains Björn Yttling, one half of the group and also a member of the perhaps better known Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John.

Shift K3Y & Tinashe drop stunning visuals to “Love Line”

Ever 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. Providing a sleek set of visuals featuring Tinashe, the melodic, house-infused beats play alongside a rare and long-awaited return from one of the most beloved and creative muses in music.

girlhouse releases ‘the girlhouse ep’ with the soaring new single ‘pretty girl in la’ today

Following on from the enormous success behind her previous single ‘loaded gun’, which was supported by BBC Radio 1, 6Music, DUMMY, Under The Radar, WONDERLAND, The Independent, NOTION, The Independent, EARMILK, La Blogotheque, 1883 Magazine, Atwood Magazine, and Record of the day, as well as landing on Spotify’s Ultimate Indie, NMF UK, The Indie List, Hot New Bands, Fresh Finds: Rock, All New Indie, and Tidal’s Rising Artists Of The Week playlists, fast-rising bedroom pop artist girlhouse (aka Lauren Luiz) has now released captivating debut collection ‘the girlhouse ep’, alongside the vibrant new cut ‘pretty girl in la’.

Benedict Cork brings sassy energy on break-up anthem “Have a Good Life (See You Never)”

Co-written by Hannah Yadi and taken from his forthcoming sophomore EP, the sassy break-up anthem hears Benedict let loose and say all the things you wish you could have said in the moment through cutting yet tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

Bianca Rose unveils sophomore album ‘If You Knew, Would You Care?’

London singer-songwriter Bianca Rose has unveiled her hotly anticipated sophomore album If You Knew, Would You Care? out today.

Dropping in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week, the album is an extensive, 14-track release is an LP that was created in the heart of lockdown, with Bianca finding solace in music-making and using it as an escape from the anxieties of the real world.

MUNKEY JUNKEY Dissects Relationship Ups & Downs On New Single ‘Oo Aa Na’

Birkenhead, UK-based producer and lofi hip hop newcomer MUNKEY JUNKEY (aka Kurran Karbal) is delighted to reveal the video for his new single ‘Oo Aa Na’ which is released 14th May 2021.

The track is the follow up to lead single ‘Kill My Ego’ which premiered with Rolling Stone India last month, and is the latest to be taken from his forthcoming debut album Bitter Chitta, which is set for release on 18th June 2021.

Lxandra shares groove-laden ‘Sideways’

This upbeat release is an endlessly playable offering that carries a reminder to make the right choices and put yourself first, explaining further, Lxandra shares: “Sideways is probably the most fun song on the album. To me it’s about realizing your own self-worth and hopefully learning to leave behind things that you know are not good for you, even though it’s hard. ”


“My vision was big,” says Brighton-based singer Macve of the road to her second album. “I knew I wanted to do something more expansive than my first record.” With reach, feeling, storytelling power, and a stop-you-dead voice, Macve sizeS up to that mission boldly on the cinematic Not The Girl. Following on from the rootsy saloon-noir conviction of her 2017 debut, Golden Eagle, Holly sets out for deeper, often darker territory with a firm, unhurried sense of direction on her second record: on all fronts, it’s an album that looks its upscaled ambitions in the eye fearlessly.

OUT TODAY: døssi’s new single “how about now”

With her Bluebirds EP due on 11 June, Bergen’s døssi is releasing “how about now” – the fourth stunning track to be taken from the record. It’s out today on GEMS.

Continuing the themes of overcoming loss and grief found on previous tracks “beloved sun”, “you, my everything” and March’s “behold”, the new single takes a poignant look at being helpless when faced with someone else’s sorrows. Once more creating a beautiful, crystalline world out of little more than guitar, layered harmonies and gentle ambient noise, the weight of døssi’s emotional punch on “how about now” is in direct contrast to the lightness of her music.

Jay Lewn “Bloom”

With heartfelt, poetic lyricism intertwining his beautifully crafted R&B melodies, “Bloom” drips with euphoric nostalgia, as Jay outlines the notion of reminiscing over young love. With his signature mellifluous vocals dancing between pockets of reversed strings and crescendoing production, this latest offering is the last single before he unveils his much anticipated sophomore EP “LOVERBOY”, boasting features with JGrrey, Jaz Karis and Kish!.

Viral R&B Pop Artist – New Single

His latest single “Focused On You” beams with romantic guitar loops rippling over a rhythmic bass tracing the beat of R&B high hats. The song has a dreamy, floating soundscape that is polished by a tight beat and a slightly muffled, rocking grit, along with a background of dancing electric solos. The track is both freeing and intimate, radiating summer energy, sunset vibes and amorous feelings. The single bodes a message from Vicu to ensure his lover knows they’re his top priority.


Taken from their 2020 album The Burning, the song’s lyrics were written by vocalist Richard Taylor who comments, “It’s about abandonment and issues from being brought up in a children’s home. ”

Velvet Insane teams up with Dregen & Nicke Andersson on new single

Swedish rockers Velvet Insane goes wam bam glam and wrings the clock back to 1973 in the new music video for “Backstreet Liberace” and with guest appearances from Dregen and Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters on the track, the Swedish glam rockers are in good company.

Shay D & P Money link up on new single ‘Slice Of The Pie’

North London rapper Shay D has joined forces with grime legend P Money on new single ‘A Slice Of The Pie’, out today.

Underpinned by a menacing production from Filthy Gears, ‘A Slice Of The Pie’ sees Shay D flex her rapid-fire flow and clever wordplay, with P Money also dropping a flawless verse and demonstrating why he’s one of the most revered names on the scene.


Recent months have seen Lissie cherish the memories of her early adventures in music by revisiting her archives. She emerged with what tmrw described as a “treasure trove of unreleased gold”, which resulted in two upcoming retrospective releases: the ‘Anniversary Edition’ of her 2010 breakthrough album ‘Catching A Tiger’, which will be released on June 25th, and the ‘Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009)’ collection, which follows on July 23rd.

FORGETTING THE MEMORIES Announce Details For New Album ‘Vemod’

Swedish metalcore five-piece Forgetting The Memories have announced their new studio album ‘Vemod’ for September 24th, 2021 via Long Branch Records.

‘Vemod’ is the second LP by the band and has been mixed and mastered by Buster Odeholm (Vildhjarta, Humanity’s Last Breath). The 10 new tracks are lyrically haunting and deal with personal setbacks, world-weariness, anger, and melancholy or wistfulness.


Having recently revealed the stellar video for M@n Like That last month, fast rising trans/ non-binary newcomer Clear Mortifee, ( they/him) continues to impress with the reveal of stunning new offering, Free Spirit. A forward thinking left-pop cut showcasing Clear’s dreamy vocals over intricate beats, the track further cements Clear as an artist to watch this year.

Willy Wizz drops official video for his remix of HORNDOGZ, Amp Fiddler & Sadiq Bey track ‘All About You’

Shot in black and white, the slick official video for ‘All About You’ documents an elegant, head-turning protagonist making her way through the glamorous streets of Paris – an ideal visual accompaniment for the similarly smooth track. ‘All About You’ first featured on HORNDOGZ’s 2014 album #WOOOF, with the Willy Wizz remix then being released last year as part of a 12-track package which saw a slew of airplay on tastemaking stations such as Worldwide FM.

Toronto alt-pop provocateur Tyra Jutai has just released her ‘Frida’ video

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