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oddCouple shares new single ft Elijah Blake & Melanie Faye
Chicago producer and musician oddCouple debuted his new single titled “WHO I GOTTA BE” which marks the third and final prerelease track from his upcoming album Reflections that is due out June 4th. “WHO I GOTTA BE” features the Grammy-winning vocalist Elijah Blake and guitar extraordinaire Melanie Faye. Blake lays infinitely catchy vocals over Faye’s bright guitar playing, expertly woven together with oddCouple’s production. The track delves into existential questions of acceptance, love, and knowing oneself. oddCouple’s sophomore album Reflections also features contributions from notables such as Jamila Woods, theMIND, FATHERDUDE, Loona Dae, and more.
DORA JAR RELEASES DEBUT EP “DIGITAL MEADOW”
Dora Jar started making music during a period where such philosophies were put to the test. After her sister died, Dora explored her grief through travel (moving to London, and her father’s family home of Poland), dabbling in magic mushrooms, and uploading little snippets of herself playing music to Instagram. She’s since found in producers like Felix Joseph, Ralph Castelli and Vron, collaborators with whom she can let everything out, and transform herself. Again and again.
Sparks share “So We May Start” from ‘Annette’, feat. Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg on vocals; Single out today, film out August 2021
With a career spanning over five decades and 25 albums, Sparks is recognized as a groundbreaking pioneer in pop music and contemporary songwriting. Yet another reminder of their everlasting influence and innovation, the story of Annette, originally intended to be a Sparks studio album, was developed with director Leos Carax after a meeting at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The final soundtrack collection features lyrics co-written by Sparks and Leos Carax, performed by Sparks and the cast of Annette and produced by Sparks.
Hitmaker BEVERLEE shares her debut album ‘Purple Violin’ today, just in time for Pride Month’s beginning
LA-based hitmaker, pop songwriter and producer, BEVERLEE, shares her debut album, Purple Violin, today. The LP’s three singles “6X,” “White Piano” and “Logic Is Lost” act as a trilogy, with the latter giving fans a first look at BEVERLEE, as she shows up on-screen for the first time for this project. As someone who is typically heard but not seen, as the songwriter and not the performer, this moment is transformative and truly special for BEVERLEE. The video trilogy also nods to Alicia Silverstone / Liv Tyler and the idea of having “video leading lady” because Caroline Blaike is the lead in all three videos. Blaike is an ASL interpreter (Billie Eilish) and dancer (Jumbo’s Clown Room). – Photo credit: Elizabeth Lippman
Written by Booth, Phil O’Donnell, and Buddy Owens, “Beautiful Outlaw” follows Booth’s critically-acclaimed songs released in January, “Already Got One” and the “enchanting” (American Songwriter) “Palomino Princess,” which Billboard commented “perfectly suit his deep, ranging voice.” Meanwhile, both songs continue to amass millions of global on-demand streams.
This soulful slow-burn simmers over laidback guitar and a steady beat. It builds into a sweeping and soaring refrain backed by orchestral strings and cinematic horns. Joy’s vocal acrobatics uplift the hook as she confesses, “If my mistakes come to the surface, I’m sorry I was part of the show.”
Steven Moses always felt like an outsider. The 20-year-old rapper from Blair County, Pennsylvania remembers his small-town, middle-American upbringing as both liberating and confining. At home, where he and his sister were homeschooled for most of their lives, Moses was encouraged to explore an early interest in music. He picked up his first guitar at age 7, and remembers practicing for 8 to 10 hours a day until he was a teen. Moses taught himself to play multiple instruments throughout his childhood, learning piano, bass, drums, and dabbling in mandolin, and ukulele.
LENNY TAVÁREZ ESTRENA “KRACK SEASON 4”
Hoy, el cantante y compositor puertorriqueño LENNY TAVÁREZ lanzó “KRACK SEASON 4”, finalmente culminando su nuevo y esperado álbum KRACK. STREAM KRACK AQUÍ.
Venezuelan thrash titans ‘Overhate’ release new video
“‘The Penance and the Lesson’ is a song that tries to depict what luck is for everyone at certain decisive moments, the song’s aggressiveness wants to give the listener a peak at the frustration when luck, serving as our fate, doesn’t fall to our favor… Yet, if lessons are learnt out of these unfavorable situations, certain pictures can become very clear, as to how hard decisions well taken can often bring the best of outcomes. Be aware, if there’s no solution, no answer to the question or nothing you can envision, the dices fall for all, as the penance and the lesson are to resume our moments now.” – Giancarlo, Overhate
“Duley Trucc – Me or You [BLM] ft. Boosie Badazz x O’shea”
The song, ‘Me or You [BLM]’ was written to provide a window into the minds of black men in America. Duley Trucc teamed up with rapper Boosie Badazz, singer O’shea and Grammy-nominated producer Jonathan D. Wells a member of the Bama Boyz and recorded this single to highlight the issue of police brutality in black communities. Duley Trucc believes that music is a source of inspiration for people in tough times; and he chose to use his voice in this song for inspiration.
Completing an exhilarating trilogy of releases following 2017 debut ‘Glass’ and 2019’s ‘Happy’, ‘Always Something’ finds the NYC trio taking flight with some of their most complex and accomplished material to date.
INHUMAN CONDITION releases new video for “The Neck Step”
Florida death/thrash outfit INHUMAN CONDITION have released their fourth and final single from their anticipated debut album “Rat°God”, before it comes out June 4th on Listenable Insanity Records. The video for “The Neck Step” can be viewed below.
The trio announced their formation earlier this year and have since won the hearts and ears of death metal and thrash metal fans around the globe. The band consists of former MASSACRE members Terry Butler (also of OBITUARY, former DEATH/SIX FEET UNDER) on bass, Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC, THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG, FORE) on vocals and drums, and Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG, FORE) on guitar.
Medhane Drops New Album ‘Amethyst of Morning’ and “Who Made the Rain?” Music Video
Known for writing and engineering his own music, Medhane turned to a slate of high-powered guest producers on Amethyst of Morning, including Ohbliv; Richmond, VA’s Super Miles; Nicholas Craven (who produced for Roc Marciano and Conway); Alexander Spit from the Bay Area; and more. The album cover art, meticulously designed by up-and-coming artist Teffy (@poorteffty), captures the depth of emotion Medhane expresses in his music: themes of depression, isolation, and the trials and tribulations that accompany coming of age as a black man in New York City and America.
At The Gates Launch New Single/Video For “The Paradox” Off Their Upcoming Album ‘The Nightmare Of Being’
AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant states, “Humanity is the biggest paradox. We as humans always want justification for the big things: death, the meaning of life, etc. Our knowledge of being mortals drives us away from being human, hence the paradox. We invent defense mechanisms to protect us from the thought of death, religion, different –isms, etc.
Tim Atlas (ffo Rex Orange County, Boy Pablo) | Shares new single
Tim found support for earlier releases such as the Tangerine EP from the likes of Paste, Hunger, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Complex, Ones to Watch, Under the Radar, NPR and more, he’s now signed to Nettwerk (Mallrat, Sløtface, LEISURE. Tim has a bit of a different story actually – he was initially discovered on The Voice, earning positive acclaim from the likes of Rihanna and Pharrell, this gave him a chance to believe in his own ability to sing and flesh out from his previous skills and duties performing drums and guitar on friends’ records/in live bands. Since those days, he’s gone on to rack up some decent streaming success (a staggering 20 million streams on some tracks with over 50 million altogether), collaborate with the likes of slenderbodies and honeywhip and nail a couple of full-length U.S. tours.
Jamestown Revival Release “Fireside With Louis L’Amour” EP
When the recording process of their new EP, Fireside With Louis L’Amour, was all said and done, Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival took on the challenge of distilling a half-dozen tales from The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories from 30-page adventures down to three and a half minute songs. Their tune “Bound for El Paso” comes from L’Amour’s “The Gift of Cochise,” “Fool Me Once” was inspired by “The Man from Bitter Sands,” and so on. Longtime fans of Jamestown Revival haven’t had to listen very hard to hear L’Amour’s influence on Clay and Chance, but this is the first time they have tipped their hats directly to America’s beloved frontier storyteller.
Returning to her hometown of Longmeadow, MA after the surreal experience of winning NBC’s season 14 of The Voice and touring with Kelly Clarkson, Brynn became hyperaware of getting back to her normal life as a teen. Based On A True Story is a snapshot of the time she spent reconnecting with friends, being observant, and really honing into what being young is about.
The revered Jamaican artist Jesse Royal gears up for his anticipated sophomore album Royal with “Natty Dread,” his fifth song reveal from the 11-track release out June 11, 2021 via Easy Star Records. “Although we argue and we fight, everything gonna be alright. Dem tell you this and tell you that but you always have my back. You love the Natty Dread,” he professes on his new song. As he confesses his devotion for his Queen on this ride-or-die anthem, his rugged and smooth lyrics ride over the infectious dub rhythm, produced by Sean Alaric.
Nadine Shah Featured In The Royal Ballet Presentation Of Lyssa – A New Short Film Choreographed By Lynne Page
The Royal Ballet continues its commitment to create engaging digital content with an exciting new film collaboration with choreographer Lynne Page, her first work for the Company. Using the Main Stage of the Royal Opera House as its dazzling backdrop and the artists and staff who bring the magic of the theatre to life, Lyssa features 17 Royal Ballet female dancers, celebrated British recording artist Nadine Shah and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Lyssa was recorded during lockdown and has two themes at its heart: a celebration of female power and live performance.
Indie-pop artist, Payson Lewis, has teamed up with Emily Rosenfield for a charming acoustic version of his single,” DANCE,” an anthem to help bounce back when feeling low. “I’m extremely proud of this version that I created with Emily,” says Lewis. “Its introspective tone and determined pacing feel like a drive down a dusty highway; leaving suffering and doubt behind you, and nothing but purpose and fulfillment ahead.” “DANCE” is a beautiful metaphor bringing meaning to the listener’s ears. “When we are down, deep, and lost in our own darkness, the way out is from within. Do the things that make you feel alive and suddenly, you will be.”
wifisfuneral Shares Smoking Mirrors EP, Available Everywhere via Alamo Records
Expanding his introspective style to include auto-tuned melody, wifisfuneral is never content to remain artistically stagnant. Moving his sound forward with a new EP that combines his new and early styles, wifi shares Smoking Mirrors. Spanning seven tracks, the new EP combines wifi’s inward-facing lyrics with souped-up production, with speaker-knocking percussion and energizing synths, giving his music a vital rush that behooves his hyperactive state-of-mind.
AKBAR V UNLEASHES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “OWE ME SOMETHING”
On the track, she flaunts flare and confidence while unloading bars against hard-hitting hooks. Her energizing flow oozes over as she touts, “These bitches acting like they owe me something.” In the accompanying visual, she exudes boss energy while sporting gold-laden jewelry and sipping expensive drank.
Eli & Fur new single ‘Come Back Around’ + video out now
Eli & Fur’s next taste of their forthcoming debut album comes via their new single, “Come Back Around”. Released today, the track fuses elegant progressive melodies along with the duo’s ever ethereal vocals, and the accompanying video shows the first visual taste of Eli & Fur singing and performing their debut album material.
easy life Release Debut Album ‘life’s a beach’ Today
With this seminal release, easy life are forging a new path for UK bands on the world’s stage. A sun-kissed world of its own, it’s a record where (like the band themselves) there is often more than meets the eye. Observational, universal and deeply personal, the concept of ‘life’s a beach’ makes total sense, argues Murray, when you’re “from slap bang in the middle of the country, geographically as far from the nearest seaside as possible.”
OUT TODAY: Pop-Punk Group ALMOST Release New Single “What Did You Learn Last?”
ALMOST draws on iconic pop-punk influences including My Chemical Romance, The Killers, Panic At The Disco, and Queen. With a penchant for visual media, its members have backgrounds in various athletic-based mediums such as dance, golf, and tennis, which make themselves apparent in their performance art. They offer listeners an entire theatrical experience that promises entertainment of the highest caliber.
TerryTheVoice Releases New Video For ‘Under Surveillance’
The US protests against police brutality continue to be front and center of the discussion, but very little attention is being paid by the media to the harassment and violent repression in Africa’s most populous nation. TerryTheVoice’s hope is that ‘Under Surveillance’ sheds further light on this evil and brings about accountability and an end the impunity and brutality being endured by the Nigerian youth.
Indie quartet Berry releases new single & stop-motion animation video for “Sound Sun”
The video was filmed during the pandemic by Berry’s bass player, Shane, using stop motion animation and his daughter’s Fisher-Price toys. What started as a half-joke, half-misguided self-therapy attempt transformed into a story of animal-on-animal cruelty, a theme that often goes unaddressed as long as humans are the aggressors. The storyline is a bit morbid — Walt Disney meets George Orwell. Guess who gets the last laugh?
The six-track self-co-produced debut EP Hindsight is a coming of age moment that sees Alva navigate the challenges and turmoil of growing up. Sharing a little more, Alva explained: “To me, Hindsight represents closure and clarity, after a longer period of chaotic events and emotions I never really understood while growing up. It’s a combination of wishing things went down differently, and accepting that it is out of my hands. It’s both a bitter-sweet farewell and an ode to being a girl”
Viral TikTok Musician Lubalin Returns with “Double Helix”
On the release of his new song, Lubalin shares, “‘double helix’ is the second ‘not-so-funny’ single I’ve released since my little internet blow up in January. It’s a different direction for me, so I’m just looking forward to seeing what the fans think!”
N0V3L Release Debut Album ‘NON-FICTION’
N0V3L’s debut full-length, NON-FICTION, comprises 11 tracks that function as a treatise on modern existence and the perverse parameters within which it’s experienced. It’s a collection of agile, carefully-constructed post-punk, new wave and funk that’s been zapped and warped by an opioid overdose crisis, mental illness, populism, and the merciless onward march of time.
In the midst of building his songwriting cred with his fans, Ryan recently guested on the Steve Aoki cover of Avril Lavigne’s pop-punk classic “Complicated”. The collaboration, also featuring Yves V, is a modern electronic take on the 19-year-old song which reached over 1M combined streams across platforms in the first few days of its early May release.
New Music: NADJIWAN releases space-rock opera Star Nation today :: Premieres new video “Homecoming”
On his new album Star Nation, Nadjiwan, of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, channels stories he grew up hearing of “star people” into 10 songs that deliver a mind-blowing sonic journey into the outer limits, a “space-rock opera” underpinned by traditional Indigenous musical elements. Star Nation is available today on all digital platforms and through Heading North Music. The third video from the album, “Homecoming,” also premieres today.
Calva Louise release new single “Tiranito” + Announce New Album Euphoric
Today, UK-based alternative-indie band Calva Louise shared “Tiranito,” the first single off their upcoming conceptual album EUPHORIC, set for release on August 20th via FRKST / 300 Entertainment. The hypnotic track is a celebration of the band’s multicultural identity and at the same time it is the core of the multidisciplinary work found throughout the album. Vocalist and guitarist Jess Allanic beautifully combines bilingual lyrics across the band’s songs and “Tiranito” is no exception sung entirely in Spanish with the exception of the chorus – “Antisocial, with cold blood, You got a petty tyrant and you can barely hold up.”
Released Today – New Single/Video from The Naysayers (Indie Rock)
Led by veteran singer-songwriter Drea Nasager, her visceral lyrics, powerful vocals, and emotional intensity combine with rich melodies and unrelenting energy to create songs as spellbinding as the northern lights. Their single “Yesterday” is released today, and sees Drea grieving the living as she reconciles the death of someone who’s still alive. “It’s about watching someone you can’t reach,” she reveals. “They’re down a path you can’t follow. The song started as a goodbye to a friend, and evolved in meaning since I’ve lost others to addiction.”
SOUTH CENTRAL LA’S OWN NCOGNITA IS UP NEXT WITH HARD-HITTING SINGLE “GANGSTA LEAN”
Straight outta South Central LA, 20-year old NCognita, explodes onto the music scene with her new hard-hitting single, “Gangsta Lean”! The track serves as a follow up to 2020’s high-energy “Hallucinogen (Trippin)” and “Clap Clap,” which offered an introduction to her profound lyrical dexterity, ability to effortlessly switch flows and a penchant for delivering unfiltered personality with every raw bar. In addition to garnering recognition for her razor-sharp pen game with her singles, NCognita is also winning over new fans with a series of forthcoming freestyles, showcasing how her strengths translate exceptionally well from pen, to paper, to the mic.
OHGEESY TAPS DABABY FOR “GET FLY”
OHGEESY makes his triumphant return with the explosive and expensive “Get Fly,” with help from GRAMMY-nominated DaBaby and production by DA Doman (Travis Scott, Tyga, Eminem, Kodak Black). Watch the lavish companion visual, directed By Austin Simkins. “Get Fly” follows OHGEESY’s 2021 kickstart “Bandemic (E.D.D.),” which has racked an incredible 2.1million global streams, showcasing his clear path to success as a solo artist. That path comes through loud and clear on “Get Fly,” the first single off his solo debut GEEZYWORLD, where Latin-style guitar cuts through a thick fingersnap-laden beat as OHGEESY and DaBaby flex with each bar before the hypnotic hook.
Rock ‘n Roll Songwriter Seth Kessel Releases New Video via American Songwriter Ahead of Upcoming Album
Born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, Kessel is a well traveled songwriter, singer and guitar player with an extensive background in his field. While having a widespread professional music career in various bands and as a producer/studio engineer with notable success, his focus lies in the interpretation of mid-century American roots music, particularly 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll, classic country, and early jazz. His richly toned voice, virtuosic guitar playing and powerful songwriting make him a triple threat. His songwriting runs the gamut from clever and witty lyrics to hardships of the past. The result is a raw emotion and honesty that he brings to every tune and performance.
Both tracks are songs of reflection, working in tandem as they take the listener on a journey to the past with “What Made Me” offering a look at the lessons that shaped the narrator’s character through the years and “Home” describing the feeling of when a present-day experience is reminiscent of one’s upbringing.
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.
“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.
ALAN WALKER – “THE AVIATION MOVIE” – Alan Walker’s Gaming World Encapsulated in New 5 Part Concert Film”- Intro- Part 1 Out TODAY
Billboard Music Awards nominee and diamond selling DJ/producer Alan Walker announces the release of his in-concert film The Aviation Movie on YouTube. The unique five part series, which took almost two years to create, combines footage from the Oslo Spektrum stop on Walker’s Aviation Tour and a narrative arc from the Walker cinematic universe.
Malaa Remixes Tchami & Gunna Smash Hit ‘Praise’
Pitched up and fizzing with dancefloor energy, Malaa delivers a rollicking, club-ready remix of ‘Praise (feat. Gunna)’ that loses none of the infectious grooves that characterizes the original. Featuring Malaa’s signature deep basslines, he speeds up the tempo and adds steady kick drums layered with thumping house beats. Another exceptional remix from Malaa, “Praise” comes just in time for the summer dance circuit and will be making waves globally.