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Rakkatakka! VAN CANTO Reveals New Single and Video for “Faith Focus Finish”
The world’s most exciting acapella metal masters VAN CANTO return with their energetic and unique Rakkatakka-power. The inimitable new offering, To The Power Of Eight will be released this Friday, June 4th! To stir the anticipation even more, those thundering voices are smashing their new single, “Faith Focus Finish“ today. The official music video references the album’s cover artwork while also following the visual approach of the previous singles, hammering cover-version “Raise Your Horns”, originally by Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth and powerhouse “Falling Down.”
Raised in San Francisco by a single mother, Nelson wasn’t allowed to sing her in her home – the home she was kicked out of at 17.
With no immediate family or ties to resources, Nelson bounced around, taking shelter in the homes of friends. Eventually, at the age of 22 and with no musical background, Nelson moved to Los Angeles, hoping to pick up some modeling work.
On the night of a chance encounter with Louisville-based songwriter Sam Filiatreau, Taylor Meier and Matt Vinson of CAAMP immediately began plotting how to help usher Filiatreau’s music into more ears. Thirty seconds into Sam’s house show set, the two looked at each other across the room in agreeance; we have to do something with this guy.
YSN FLOW RELEASES NEW TRACK AND VIDEO “PAC MAN”
Ripping through trap keys, jagged 808s, and ominous strings, he tears into rhymes with ferocity and fire as he admits, “I been eating like Pac Man,” and gets personal about his come-up. The music video showcases his intensity on camera with equally hard-hitting vignettes. Ultimately, YSN Flow blazes brighter with each successive drop.
Briars of North America shares “Seventh Brew” video from forthcoming Brassland debut
“The life of a song is a curious one. This began as an improvisation that Greg started on the bass and I was singing along trying to follow an elusive melody just out of reach. It felt like I was grasping for wisps of a cloud. We called it Seventh Brew at the time because we had been drinking copious amounts of pu-erh tea Jeremy had brought back from his most recent trip to China. Later, I was tasked with writing words for it, while spring was in full bloom. I sat on the back porch of a Quaker meeting house in Plainfield, Vermont watching the grass grow and leaves dance in the wind, while pondering divinity in all things and my quest for meaning. It was a Quaker meeting between me and all of nature. The words came quickly, and listening back, I realize it was a plea to find my own peace. In the very beginning of the song you hear a sample of a piece I recorded many years earlier about a vision I’d had on a sunny afternoon of a dying angel in the hayfield across from the home I grew up in.”
Melodic Death Metal Quartet THE ABSENCE Unveil Video For ‘Black Providence’ – Stream At Metal Injection!
Florida-based melo-death masters THE ABSENCE have unveiled a music video for “Black Providence,” the third preview track from the group’s new album “Coffinized,” which will be released June 25 via M-Theory Audio.
KING PRINCESS RELEASES FAN-FAVORITE TRACK “HOUSE BURN DOWN”
The dreamy track, that was originally performed in her first run of live shows in 2018, combines pop sensibilities with notes of classic rock to show off King Princess’ incomparable grip on her ability to bend genres. “House Burn Down” was co-produced by Mark Ronson and features drums from Fabrizio Moretti and bass from Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes.
Cautious Clay and Saba Link Up on “Strange Love”
“This song is about the push and pull of identity in late capitalism,” says Cautious. “We’re constantly told we need x, y or z to let the world know who we are, inundated with information about what the latest and greatest and coolest is. I love fashion and clothes and putting them together to telegraph myself to the world, but sometimes it’s hard to separate what I like from what I’m being told to like. I think it’s a struggle lots of people can relate to.”
Indie Disco Duo NEIL FRANCES Release Remix EP Featuring Jadu Heart, Ela Minus, Lau.ra & Masha Mar
Los Angeles duo Neil Frances (Jordan Feller and Marc Gilfry) tapped their friends Jadu Heart, Ela Minus, Lau.ra and Masha Mar to each remix their single, “Mr Blue,” off their March EP, Stay Strong Play Long. The resulting EP, Mr Blue Remixed, is out today.
The band explains why they chose each remixer:
Jadu: “We were blown away when we heard Jadu Hearts interpretation of Mr Blue. Such a cool take on the song. You never quite know what people are going to create from your song parts but we definitely weren’t expecting this pixies-esq version.”
SOUTH KOREAN RAPPER, B.IDROPS HIS FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, WATERFALL
South Korean Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, and Record Producer, B.I, drops his first full-length album as a solo artist, WATERFALL, today. This highly anticipated release also consists of a music video for the title track, “illa illa,” which was written and composed by B.I. The video has garnered nearly 3 million views within the first few hours, and the album has jumped to #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap albums chart just below DMX. WATERFALL comes fresh off the release of “Got It Like That,” a collaboration with Destiny Rogers and Tyla Yaweh.
NEW SINGLE ‘Never Be The Same’
“Never Be The Same” has a different feel than our last single. Since the song was written over the course of eight years, it takes influence from different parts of Brent’s life and songwriting styles.
A spectral figure shrouded in a red cloak takes center stage in Bestial Mouths’ latest music video for the track ‘Unshivered’ from their recently released remix album, Thousandneedles, dropped earlier this month. The despondent yet driving song, which thunders into the listeners consciousness with hints of industrial dance percussion and gothic melancholy, was remixed by the iconic electro-punk duo Adult. The full album, now available on Bandcamp, features collaborations with Light Asylum, Ash Code, and more.
“Coochie Man” YN Jay Switches Up His Style for “Ashtray” Video
YN Jay is a restless creative, pushing himself forward with every release. Switching up his style while maintaining his signature way with words, YN Jay shares “Ashtray,” his latest video single. Forsaking his usual sing-song flow for taffy-like auto-tuned melodies, Jay takes it slow on “Ashtray,” peppering burbling ad-libs in between his aspirational bars: “How the hell I get in first, I was in last place/It feel like we’re movin’ very slow but in a fast pace/Coulda been rich but I didn’t listen to what my dad say.” In the DPVisuals-directed video, YN Jay posts up in front of a convenient store, showing off his “Coochie Man” chain as he interacts with the locals. “Ashtray” is continues a flurry of high-quality videos from the rapper, including last week’s “The Fawk Up,” a collaboration with Louie Ray, and “Coochie Language,” released earlier this month and praised by HotNewHipHop.
UK Singer-Songwriter Frances Lion Released First Single “Home” With New Partnership Between Repost & Linda Perry on May 28th
UK singer-songwriter Frances Lion recently released her new single “Home” on May 28th with the audio premiering with American Songwriter and the music video going to Rolling Stone. This new single follows Frances Lion’s 2020 “Van Sessions” series that saw Frances performing some of her tracks as well as covers live from the safety of her Van during Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.
trubbleboy’s debut single “Screwed,” a song about the feeling of defeat that comes with being a lost cause. The song has all the catchiness of a good pop tune, while also showcasing trubbleboy’s hip-hop leaning influences. One listen and it’s sure to play over inside your head on repeat.
Fizzy, frothy, and dangerous HAYLEY AND THE CRUSHERS Releases single “Cul-de-Sac” on June 1st
“2020 was a bitch, so it’s probably somewhat expected that the ‘summer jams’ of 2021 would be tinged with a bit of PTSD,” said front-woman and guitarist Hayley Crusher Cain. “My bassist and I were literally stuck hanging out in the cul-de-sac where we live. I’d walk the dog ten times a day, waving to the same neighbors. The paranoia and despair of a global pandemic unfolding day-to-day became part of the daily ritual, like watering the vegetables. This song reflects that silent screaming feeling that so many of us now know so well.”
Scouring the skies for silver linings from the darkness of a nuclear winter, “For Safety” is a track that muses on our warped perceptions of positivity whilst the doomsday clock ticks silently on.
FOZZY DROP UNPRECEDENTED NEW VIDEO FOR “SANE”
“’SANE’ is the perfect first single for FOZZY to unleash on the world, as it’s heavy, hooky, catchy and RIFF-TASTIC!! I can’t think of a better way to remind everybody of the feeling you get when u hear a great rock n roll tune, one that makes u wanna put the top down on your car and put your foot down on the gas….and ‘SANE’ is that tune! It’s been such a tough year in so many ways, but now as the world is slowly getting better, FOZZY is here to vaccinate you with a proverbial phonograph needle and make you wanna ROCK again,” states FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho about “SANE”.
Artist: Edward Tonini – Track: For All Who Serve
Edward Tonini has ministered music in the United States and Canada for more than 20 years. His beautiful voice and contemporary worship music have been a channel of inspiration for thousands of people. His original songs present eternal texts from Sacred Scripture and liturgy, through a pleasing variety of musical styles that will refresh your spirit.
LUKE COMBS ACHIEVES ELEVENTH-CONSECUTIVE NO. 1 SINGLE WITH “FOREVER AFTER ALL”
CM, CMA and CMT Award-winning artist Luke Combs’ Platinum-certified single, “Forever After All,” is No. 1 this week on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. This is Combs’ eleventh-consecutive No. 1 single, a first on the chart, as well as his sixth-consecutive No. 1 from his new deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get—tying the record for most No. 1 singles to come from the same album. The song, which also tops Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs charts this week, debuted at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart this past November—the highest entrance ever for a male country solo artist.
ENNY SHARES NEW SINGLE “I WANT”
With only a handful of songs released so far and over 28M global streams to date, one name has been on everyone’s lips as a clear frontrunner for Britain’s most exciting breakthrough artist this year, ENNY. Now the 25-year-old Thamesmead-born singer & rapper releases a brand-new single for “I Want,” the latest offering from her yet-to-be-announced debut EP. Again premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio1, the laid-back production from long-term collaborator Paya is guaranteed to see the track ascend as a contender for an early summer anthem and is available to stream/purchase via FAMM below.
Artist: Nöyze – Track: California Sun
Founded in 2012, Nöyze counts four members, Adrien Harvey – Lead vocals and guitar, Alexis Danetz – Lead guitar, Mat Roots – Drums, Chester – Bass. The band’s initial influences include groups such as Pink Floyd, Kings of Leon, the Beatles, etc. With these influences as a starting point, Nöyze has created a sound which is very much its own.
AUTARKH Shares Official Music Video for New Song, “Alignment”
AUTARKH comments: ”We are proud to present our second music video for ‘Alignment.’ The video was shot by the talented videographer Guilherme Henriques at Koepelhal and Textielmuseum in Tilburg (NL). ‘Alignment’ tries to capture a most desirable form of motion towards a realm where time and space are aligned, a realm of astonishing catharsis, self-government and independence. It feels like the right time to release this video; the times are still uncertain but it seems we’re moving towards more freedom with an abundance of gained experience.’
FEUERSCHWANZ Releases Official Video for “Kampfzwerg”
German medieval rock masters FEUERSCHWANZ have released an official video for their studio track “Kampfzwerg”. The video consists of video recordings from their live stream event Die Letzte Schlacht earlier this year and new performances in typical FEUERSCHWANZ fashion. The song, originally released on the their chart-breaking studio album, Das Elfte Gebot (GER #3), quickly became a fan-favorite and the video comes as a harbinger of a big announcement to be delivered next week!
Pop phenomenon Remi Wolf, who has helped usher in a new era of music and is now recognized as one of the standout new faces of the Gen Z music generation, has delivered a fan favorite with the release of new standalone solo track “Liz.” On “Liz,” Wolf flexes her vocal range on a bittersweet backdrop that vibrantly displays the self-awareness, authenticity and sense of humor that have earned Wolf the support of dedicated fans, critics and musical peers and icons such as Nile Rodgers, Beck, Hot Chip, Little Dragon, Panda Bear, Polo & Pan, Free Nationals, Dominic Fike, and Sylvan Esso. Wolf has often performed “Liz” at her live shows, and decided to officially release the long-awaited track as a thank you to her most loyal fans who have been waiting eagerly for the track to grace their streaming libraries. To accompany the release, Wolf shared an intimate live performance video of the track. “Liz” premiered on BBC’s First Play on June 1 and is out now via Island Records.
Italian Thrash/Hardcore band Underball to release debut album
The Underball project was founded from the need of five friends to indulge in unorthodox practices and play at very high volume with the precise intention of reviving an increasingly divided and emulative musical circuit.
Josh A strives for greatness in the face of adversity with “Doubt Me”
“This song is a middle finger to the idea of sacrificing my artistic integrity to fit industry standards,” says Josh A. “For a while it felt like I wasn’t being taken seriously or that I was being written off which just kept adding fuel to the fire. I love being the underdog because that means I have something to prove. When people don’t believe in me it ignites this insane passion and dedication to my craft. I knew I wanted to make something that was unapologetically me and absolutely off the wall, so I connected with Andrew Wade. We created a studio atmosphere that embraced each other’s authenticity. The end result was a track that beautifully reflected my mindset as of late: striving for greatness in the face of any adversity.”
French folk/nu-classical one-man-project Farewell released and streamed third album ‘Spinoza’
A announced a couple of days ago with the official music video of the single “If”, 5 years after the official release of ‘Sequoia’ – French folk/nu-classical one-man-band Farewell finally released a third full-length album called ‘Spinoza’, available right now on CD & Digital through all legal platforms.
Booka600 Mourns His OTF Homie King Von in “Apart” Video
Booka600 values loyalty above all else, doing everything he does for his Only The Family brethren. Paying tribute to one of his closest and most talented friends, Booka takes the time to mourn King Von in the video for “Apart.” Produced by AyeTM, “Apart” drips with deeply felt emotion, as Booka’s expressive singing and plainspoken lyrics communicate the deep loss he feels, as well has his determination to do justice to Von’s enormous legacy: “I just cast away my tears, there’s no remorse, I’m out to get ’em/I be listenin’ to the walls, wishin’ I can really hear you.” In the video, Booka sits back in the Marietta Diner outside of Atlanta, taking time to have a heart-to-heart with Von’s nephew, hoping to instill the values that helped the late rapper reach great heights.
Star Moles Share “Bloodhounds” Video via MXDWN
Today, Star Moles shares the official music video for “Bloodhounds”. MXDWN premiered the track, praising how “the song is built around a cascading piano figure that while sonically upbeat, lyrically carries more ominous tones.” Glide + Indie88 featured the “Bloodhounds” video, the latter praising how it’s “packed with colourful, flashy shots of Moales performing along to the track beneath bright, captivating graphics.”
On May 28, 2021, Swiss-German duo BOY return with their first new music since 2015’s We Were Here. Released by Groenland Records and SilverDoor Music, “FIT BACK IN” is an emotionally complex but typically bewitching teaser for their as yet unfinished, untitled third studio album. Showcasing their distinctive bittersweet style, with Valeska Steiner’s enviably charming vocals riding Sonja Glass’ delicately arranged composition, the song’s like running into an old friend you’ve not seen for ages and suddenly remembering just how much you’ve missed them.
British metalcore 5-piece The Five Hundred have announced their new album ‘A World On Fire’ for July 30th, 2021 via Long Branch Records.
Aggressive yet euphoric, empowering yet simultaneously enslaving, The Five Hundred are renowned for overcoming adversities and laying siege to every stage they play. Their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Bleed Red’ told the story of a band struggling with Tourette’s, OCD, and drug addiction. It’s now the band’s time to share with the world how they’ve battled through their vices and come out on top. After successful tours up and down the country, Eastern Europe / Russia, and an appearance at the iconic Download festival in 2019, the quintet are back and angrier than ever with their follow-up album.