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Following her acclaimed release “Antidote” ft. Adekunle Gold and her 2020 hit “Woman” ft. Lianne La Havas, the songstress graces us with this new single in her signature ethereal style, musing about the complexities of love. Describing on the track a relationship that’s on the rocks, and a love that is destructive Nao sings: “said I won’t break, said I won’t change my ways not even this time”.
LORDE RETURNS WITH “SOLAR POWER”
“Solar Power” debuted to fan and critical acclaim, with Billboard stating, “Solar Power” is a fresh chapter in a riveting book, and Lorde fans should be thrilled to meet this new author.” The Guardian called the song, “… a distinct reinvention, one that gleefully puts a gap between Lorde and everyone else in terms of her creativity” while noting, “Lorde’s comeback single is a lesson in letting pop stars take their time.” Since its debut last week, the song has garnered stellar reviews from places like NME and Pitchfork, has trended #1 worldwide across social media, raked in over 30 million streams in it’s first five days, and was #1 on Spotify’s Global and US Song Debut. The song is the first single from Lorde’s forthcoming third studio album which will be released via Universal Music New Zealand on August 20th. The album includes 12 tracks and is produced by Jack Antonoff who she collaborated with on her chart-topping last album, Melodrama.
Vancouver’s CRNKSHFT New Music Video “Innocence”
Vancouver’s CRNKSHFT have a new single out, the punchy, invigorating “Innocence”, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch). This track is the first in a series of singles that they are releasing in an attempt to gain radio traction before committing to a full-length record.
ENDEARMENTS SHARES SINGLE “ANICA” VIA BANDS DO BK
Brooklyn dream-pop project Endearments shares their second single “Anica,” premiered by Bands do Brooklyn, who praised the track’s “irresistible and gratifyingly groovy” melodies and undercurrent of optimism. The band played a sold out show at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn earlier this week.
Jxst J Shares “PETS” Single Via EARMILK
Today, NYC-based indie pop artist Jxst J shares “Pets”, a languid and bittersweet single, just oozing with this signature sound laden with synths, tight production, and mellow vocals. The music video for “Pets” is out now. J’s debut album, How To Pronounce Jxst J, is out July 23rd.
Olivier Debut Music Video – “War”
Olivier is a mélange of three cultures – American, German, and Haitian – which each influence his music. In addition to music, Olivier models with IMG Models (NY and LA) and has been featured on Times Square billboards, New York Men’s Fashion Week, bi-coastal for the 2017 Spring/Summer American Eagle ad campaign, the 2018 Spring/Summer Uniqlo ad campaign, E-commerce for Barneys NY, and many more.
As a part of Spotify’s ongoing commitment to building a truly borderless audio, the audio streaming platform has debuted its Singles program in India. This World Music Day, French record producer and icon, William Grigahcine, known by his stage name DJ Snake and Tamil artist Dhee are coming together to release a new version of her popular, Tamil independent track ‘Enjoy Enjaami’. DJ Snake has re-imagined the current smash hit from India, blending distinctive styles influenced by the sounds native to Tamil Nadu with electronic dance beats.
Toosii Drops Luxurious Video For “f**k marry kill”
The “f**k marry kill” video offers Toosii a chance to celebrate his recent successes as he lives large in a lavish mansion, surrounded by women in bikinis. It’s a fitting pairing for the track’s floating melodies and effortless cool.
MALRUN present their second single ‘King of Madness’
Following up on their first single ‘The Punishment’, Aarhus-based quintet MALRUN now present ‘King of Madness’. On the coming full-length album, ‘Pandemonium’ you can expect the band to take a step further in a heavier and more aggressive and progressive direction, which is perfectly showcased by the new single:
Following on from the release of the EP’s title-track, ‘Big One’ looks to continue the fresh and vibrant direction that this new release is heading in. Continuing the journey of new beginnings that ran through his previous full-length, this new offering offers a bright and upbeat juxtaposition to the turmoil that surrounded his time in LA during the pandemic.
This body of work comes entirely mixed, produced and recorded by Evan, partially in his NY apartment before he had to decamp to his parents’ place in NJ due to Covid (which is where he ultimately completed it). It’s a lovely fusion of country-folk-tinged psychedelia, it definitely holds some comparison with the likes of Andy Shauf and Angel Olsen, but also with the slightly more psych-indie shades of Kurt Vile, Jacco Gardner and Cory Hanson. It’s a pretty, introspective sound that finds Evan making some teary rearview mirror observations, this new one comes inspired by the detachment from everyday frustrations. It’s a wonderfully textured track with fizzing stutters of guitar and gloopy synth sounds, something indebted to his experimentation with manipulating sounds using cassettes and tape.
Praises (ffo Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, Portishead) | Shares new single / EP – August 5
Crowe previously found success at Cvlt Nation, Xtra Magazine and Exclaim but this new EP – out August 5 – really levels up on some of their eerie, electronic goth tones which to me, draw on the likes of Nick Cave, Annie Lennox’s avant-gardism, Rachel Goswell’s shoegaze and Patti Smith’s poetic delivery.
Symphonic Melodic/Death Metal Force BRYMIR Signs Worldwide Record Deal with Napalm Records
Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of melodic/death metal juggernaut BRYMIR, hailing from Helsinki, Finland. The outfit features Joona Björkroth (Battle Beast) on guitars and started out to stir up the scene in 2011 with their debut full-length, Breathe to the Sun, uniting folk metal influences with cinematic soundscapes and hard hitting, fast-paced melodic death impacts that became even more present on the sophomore record, Slayer of Gods (2016).