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They not only bring together Rowdy Rebel’s neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s home of Kingsbridge Avenue in The Bronx, but they also fuse their respective movements with Rowdy Rebel repping GS9 and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie as Co-Founder of Highbridge The Label. The crossfire gives way to a chantable hook meant to soundtrack summer in the Big Apple and around the world. Ultimately, these two titans join forces and exceed all expectations.


New York based percussionist and composer Eli Keszler has just shared “Late Archaic,” the second single from the forthcoming album Icons, out June 25th via LuckyMe. Known as a frequent collaborator to Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Kevin Beasley, and Rashad Becker, Keszler’s latest solo venture offers up a latticework of melodic percussion, drum set, and electro-acoustic instrumentation, built upon fragments of American abstraction, ancient scales, industrial percussion, and jazz-age film noir to achieve its feeling of imperial decay. The new song arrives alongside the announcement that Keszler will stage a special live performance on June 16th at Mast Books, NYC as a record release event and launch for a bespoke Icons exhibition of Keszler’s recent drawings and photography that will be running until July 6th.

MENTAL CAVITY: Decibel Magazine Premieres “The Portal” From Australian Metal/Hardcore Juggernaut

The cross-genre quartet MENTAL CAVITY spent the long months of lockdown during 2020 writing and recording Mass Rebel Infest as a follow up to Neuro Siege, released in 2019 via Brilliant Emperor Records. Armed with a drive to never slow down or let the difficult circumstances of isolation and quarantine keep them from working on new material, the band recorded Mass Rebel Infest themselves in their hometowns in Canberra and Melbourne in late 2020. The new LP sees the band continuing to refine their sound, taking influence from bands such as Morbid Angel, Tragedy, Crowbar, and Autopsy, intertwining death metal riffing and vocals with punk and crustier d-beat pacing and attack.

Track Premiere: Mental Cavity – ‘The Portal’

Most popular one-hit-wonders on Spotify revealed

Using data from Spotify, we collated a list of the most streamed one-time hits and calculated how much artists continue to earn in order to find the top 50 highest earning one-hit wonders of all time. We also used the results to create the ultimate one-hit wonder playlist on Spotify.

Some artists are able to churn out hit after hit, but for others, success can be brutally short. But thanks to streaming services like Spotify, songs can live on or even find new audiences long after their mainstream success has passed.

Rising South London rapper and artist XII 44 releases official visuals for “Disconnected”

A sleek, 2-step instrumental allows XII 44’s pinpoint lyricism and flow to front the track fully as he varies between sung vocals and raps. Dipping between frank, personal storytelling and often philosophical takes on the nature of relationships.


Alex Frankel has shared the video for his new single, “Still Got It”, an anthem for embracing the next step whatever it may be, out now on CASUAL / Ed Banger. Alex celebrates our imminent return to the dancefloor with a wildly fun video that finds him dancing outside some of France’s iconic dance clubs and reveling in front of party flyers.

Stephanie June Delivers Pop Ballad “Just In Time For Summer” (American Songwriter)

Today, with the release of her new single and music video for “Cry Baby Cry,” NYC singer Stephanie June delivers a pop ballad that’s “just in time for summer,” capturing the feeling of catharsis, about taking a break from seeking answers, and giving yourself the thing you want most. Filmed at the annual “Dance Walk” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the video captures New York in this singular moment in time as it experiences a rebirth, channeling the energy of the summer into “a breezy pop experience.”

Daily Discovery: Stephanie June Delivers Pop Ballad “Cry Baby Cry” Just in Time for Summer

The Rumours Release New Single “Want Ya” + Official Music Video

“Just like everyone else, we faced a year full of struggles. Between cancelling tours, growing into our new mold as a band, and generally trying to keep our heads above water, one would think that we would be swimming in inspiration! The truth is, we spent a lot of the year stuck at home binge watching Netflix, especially the show “Dexter”. So, that’s exactly where we finally found inspiration. We’re very excited to release our first single “Want Ya” as a three piece band. Keep your eyes open for tour dates, and keep your ears open for more new music!” says the band.

NEWS: Brett Ryan Stewart & Amelia White’s new single, “Somebody to Hold”

As the saying goes, there is a time and a season for everything. Both Brett Ryan Stewart and Amelia White must have had this adage in mind when deciding to finally release “Somebody to Hold,” which they co-wrote seven years ago. On its face, the song, a lilting Americana ballad that features the two artists trading melodic pleas, serves as yet another ode to humankind’s deep longing for connection. However, in the wake of a year spent in the isolation, division, and confusion of a global pandemic, it feels like so much more. Stewart recalls coming across an old iPhone demo of the tune at the start of lockdown and being instantly transported back. “It was a different world. And yet, still, that hunger for human connection was lingering in our subconscious enough to summon these lyrics. Who’d have known that years later that notion would be amplified tenfold by a global quarantine.”

Brett Ryan Stewart and Amelia White Got a Jumpstart on Describing the Quarantine Blues With ‘Somebody to Hold’


“I wrote a song about the best relationship I’ve ever known….my mom and dad set the bar pretty high and gave me the perfect example of what love is. So, this Father’s Day I wanted to give them this song in return.” – JAX

W!ZARD: full new EP streaming now on New Noise Magazine

France’s noise/post-hardcore trio W!ZARD reveal their new EP ‘Definitely Unfinished’ in its entirety before the official release on June 4th through Belgian record label Luik Music – courtesy of American New Noise Magazine. Get into their striking, insolent and cathartic sound now!

EP Premiere: W!ZARD – ‘Definitely Unfinished’


Modest Mouse has shared the official video for “We Are Between,” the first single off their forthcoming new album The Golden Casket. Directed by Kyle Thrash, the video features lead singer Isaac Brock stranded amongst a field of cars, with various characters, some real and some not, flashing in and out of view.

Def Jam x Podcast.

Double Elvis Productions, iHeartmedia and Def Jam Recordings presents… “Here Comes the Break” is a serialized storytelling and Hip-Hop music podcast. This uniquely formatted podcast stars Emmy nominated actor Asante Blackk, known for his roles in When They See Us [Netflix], This is Us [NBC], Social Distance [Netflix] who is executive producer on the show, with rising star Daniella Perkins. Perkins features as Nickelodeon’s first multi-racial princess Ciara in Knight Squad with past credits including co-hosting Drop That Seat with Kida The Great from producer Nick Cannon, and Middle School Moguls.

SHUN: The Sleeping Shaman Premieres Self-Titled Debut From North Carolina Heavy Rock Unit

The Sleeping Shaman is currently streaming the eponymous debut from Asheville, North Carolina heavy rock unit, SHUN. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official unveiling via Small Stone Records. The record includes guest appearances by Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) and J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Government Issue).

Premiere: Shun – Self-Titled Debut Album Drops Tomorrow


South Korean Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, and Record Producer, B.I, dropped his first full-length album as a solo artist, WATERFALL, on Tuesday. As of last night, B.I’s title track “illa illa” set a new record as the most viewed k-pop male soloist debut music video in the first 24 hours. It also surpassed 10 Million views within 22 hours, becoming the fastest k-pop male soloist debut video to hit the milestone.

LOSTBOY – Sheffield indie-pop newcomers unveil debut EP ‘Bad News’

Hot on the heels of continued support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and Radio X – the ‘Bad News’ EP is an exploration of the stress and emotion endured by the band during the events of the past year and a half, and a tribute to the UK’s ability to carry on and call for change even in the toughest of times; as Max elaborates:

THE OTHER LA Premiere Official Music Video for Debut Single “Waiting on the Rain”

“I wrote this song when I was living in a confusing time in my life. It’s about waiting for the perfect time to escape and find your purpose in life. If you’re not happy in a job, relationship, or location, it’s best to go out and live your best life instead of living in misery.-” says Aria.

CAL Drops New Track “It’s All Good”

“This record is my way of staring directly into the eyes of life’s biggest problems and saying ‘you know what, I’m not letting this be bigger than that is. If I can wake up tomorrow, then IT’S ALL GOOD.’ It’s crazy to say, but the concept actually started as advice for a friend going through a rough time. It was more or less a mantra,” CAL shares. “I wanted the instrumentation to remind you of a 60’s era classic sound that picks up energy and quickly reframes your headspace from ‘that ruined my day, week or year’ to ‘you know, I’m going to be alright.'”

Watch the Hassan-directed new video for Michael Seyer’s “Miss My Baby”

His first single since the release of Nostalgia in 2019, the tribute to his beloved pet is streaming everywhere now.

“‘Miss My Baby’ is a song for my dog, Baby, who passed away last March. I tried writing a few songs about her because she was my best friend, but nothing came out. The songs were sappy and just did not feel right. So I tried writing something more subversive/disorienting compared to your traditional puppy song. What I got was something that got my perspective across about most relationships: it almost always ends but that does not discredit the experience­­; I will always miss and cherish the time I had with my best friend.”