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Flyde release the video to their new single »Fly»
JC STEWART SHARES THE NEW SINGLE ‘LOUD’ – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
JC Stewart started 2021 in style, when he was named as MTV’s first global Push artist of the year. The single ‘Break My Heart’ continue to fire his momentum skywards. Co-written with Niall Horan and broadening his already engaging pop appeal, it reached a remarkable 37 New Music Friday playlists, a total that matched Taylor Swift’s single from the same week. It continued his airplay support at both Radio 1 and Radio 2, while his Spotify following was elevated over 4 million monthly listeners. The attention continued, most recently when he was highlighted in Hunger’s Britpop 2.0 portfolio.
Within Temptation release brand new single ‘Shed My Skin’
Within Temptation have released the new single ‘Shed My Skin’, which is a heavy and epic anthem about the changes we all face in life and meeting them head on.
“‘Shed My Skin’ revolves around dealing with inevitable changes in life. It is about becoming the person we are meant to be, even if that means losing people we love, but have grown apart from. Real growth begins where comfort zones end and that’s exactly what the song is all about: if we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living,” reveals frontwoman Sharon Den Adel.
This stunning body of work sees Kwaku skilfully balancing the more painful parts of his self-discovery with impressive hope and optimism, through a prism of irresistible R&B bass grooves and emotive melodies. Teasing the project with ‘Illusions’ and ‘Angel’ earlier in 2021, his eloquence extends to the EP in its entirety, as ODE brims with insightful, introspective lyricism as the rising R&B phenomenon touches on themes of family, love, faith, and frustration.
Today, South London’s unclassifiable 4-piece curios, Horsey, have shared a new single entitled “Lagoon”. This is the third track to be taken from their highly anticipated debut LP “Debonair”, following their single “Seahorse”, which featured the band’s long-time friend and critically acclaimed songwriter Archy Marshall (King Krule) on vocals throughout.
Fierce and Exotic Alt-R&B // New Single
TONYB. has seen success landing multiple editorial Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds and R&B Fresh Finds, with his music racking up over half a million streams to date. He has also garnered acclaim from the likes of Live Nation’s Ones to Watch and Earmilk to name a few.
Multi-million streamed singer, songwriter and producer Astræa has revealed her gorgeous new single ‘Looking Up’, the first taste of her forthcoming EP due for release later this year.
Mashup kings Switch Disco have unveiled their debut single ‘Everything’, out 25th June on Relentless Records via Sony Music UK
Characterised by euphoric piano chords and soaring, sugar-sweet vocals, ‘Everything’ is an infectious dance-pop jam that arrives just in time for summer. The track is set to feature on the opening episode of the new series of Love Island, kicking off on 28th June.
Fast-rising Edinburgh indie outfit swim school continue their upward trajectory with the thrashing vulnerability of new single, ‘anyway’ and the announcement of their eagerly anticipated debut EP, ‘making sense of it all’, out Friday 13th August.
Caribbean artist Gianni Mae releases stunning single ‘Love Me Long’
Showcasing her roots, ‘Love Me Long’ is bursting with layered rhythms and vibrant percussion for a hard-hitting pop-dancehall anthem. A versatile artist and songstress, Gianni’s mesmerising vocals convey an emotive and heartfelt message about the importance of self-love and empowerment while navigating the highs and lows of a romantic relationship.
Novatines release music video for frenetic new single ‘Joyride’ via SaySomething Records
THE ABSENCE Unveil Video For “This Consuming Nocturne”
“With the lyric video for ‘This Consuming Nocturne’ we went for a silent film visual, coupled with the song’s gloomy, yet triumphant atmosphere,” explains singer Jamie Stewart. “The track itself, also serves in part as a sequel to the song ‘Walking Shadows,’ released in 2019. Where ‘Walking Shadows’ speaks of a dark, self-reflective realization, ‘This Consuming Nocturne’ is about searching through the darkness itself, facing the lonely registers of night. It’s about finding your answers, waiting under the drape of twilight.”
On June 25th, Eli Gosling shares his new single ‘Alien’ via Goldun Egg Records. It follows previous tracks ‘Milia Passuum’, ‘Dead bodies filled with Bacardi’, ‘Locked up’ and debut EP, ‘Blue Romance’ rel 11.09.20.
The album comes on the heels of their recent critically acclaimed singles “Young Days”, “Do You Remember The Times”, “My Brother”, “Everyone’s The Same” and “Octopus”, which are all taken from the record. The singles and album mark the band’s first new material since 2019 and has seen them already rack up millions of streams as well as earning plaudits from a vast array of publications including Gigwise, Clash, DIY, The Independent, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and more.
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ISSEY CROSS REVEALS STRIKING NEW SINGLE ‘M40 (LOVE ME NOW)’ // WATCH HERE
London based newcomer Issey Cross continues to build on her early buzz with the reveal of M40 ( Love Me Now). Produced by ADP ( M.I.A), the track showcases the crisp vocals, intricate beats and stellar songwriting that have seen the up and comer quickly establish herself as an exciting new name to keep an eye on.
Franklin Zoo present new single ‘The Fugitive’
Drawing inspiration from the creative and expressive music scene of former decades while still providing a contemporary, progressive and dynamic feel, like the one found in artists such as Tool, Deftones and Opeth, Danish progressive hard-rock quintet FRANKLIN ZOO are getting ready to release their coming full-length LP ‘The Dandelion Child’. Today they present their second single off the album, ‘The Fugitive’:
UK musical titan James Hype has joined forces with platinum-selling singer-songwriter Pia Mia on new single ‘Good Luck’, out 25th June via The Cross Records/ Island Records.
Bawo drops stunning visuals to “Building Castles” taken from his brand new EP
Dubbed as an artist to watch for 2021 by BBC Radio 1’s Shay Sade, the UK-based hotshot continues his good form with a captivating take throughout which the young-star effortlessly builds the atmosphere through neat lyricism and smooth vocal samples – providing a small taste of his brand new six-track EP.
Mother Mother release highly anticipated new album ‘Inside’
Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Ryan Guldemond explains, “It’s always a bit surreal and a little scary putting songs out into the world after the long and hidden process of making an album. Inside was written in the time of Covid, a unique time for us all, and directly embodies themes surrounding isolation and hope. As we start to emerge out the other side of this thing, it feels cathartic to share this particular body of work with the world. We hope that our fans find the same peace, healing and joy in listening to these songs as we did while creating them.”
The Art of Longevity podcast is just one season in, but I’m already discovering some of the secrets as to how music artists can survive and even thrive, despite the music industry constantly shifting around them. Whether they’ve lost key band members, been dropped by labels, adapted to the shift to streaming or been blindsided by the pandemic, so many artists have kept going through thick & thin, to come out the other side more fulfilled, creatively and commercially successful than ever.
Indira May drops charming new single ‘When I Hear The Music’
Characterised by delicate piano chords and Indira’s charming vocals, ‘When I Hear Music’ is a seductive ballad that draws on elements of jazz and soul to deliver something remarkably fresh-sounding. It marks her third single release of 2021, following on from ‘The Lights’ where she linked up with production trio Jaded and ‘What If’, a collaboration with Brighton based artist Dysfunktion.
WAFIA, TA-KU AND MASEGO LIGHT UP THE SUMMER WITH “WIDE OPEN”
“Ta-Ku and I met Masego in 2016 when we all went on tour around the US together,” Wafia shared. “It was so great to bring them back together for this track, in some ways I think it’s an homage to peak Soundcloud era when we were all doing our things on there.”
West Irish outfit Nerves share video for “Leigue” | Prod. by Daniel Fox (Girl Band)
Today, West Irish avant-punk trio Nerves have shared a new video for their latest single “Leigue”. The band released the track earlier this month earning praise from the likes of CLASH, Hot Press, Amazing Radio + many more.
Thy Catafalque premieres ‘Vadak’ in advance of the release date
Beartooth Release ‘Below’ Album + Drop “Skin” Video
“‘Skin’ is the most ‘easy listening’ kind of song that you’re gonna get on this album,” says singer Caleb Shomo. “It’s definitely more melody-driven, a little more pop, a little more vibe-y. But lyrically, this one means a lot to me, and musically, I was super happy with the composition, and it just gave a new flavor to the album.”
I wrote the first half of “Help Me Down” my last year of college. I was wrestling with the faith I grew up in and was tired of people telling me what to believe and how to live. I found a voice memo of the song as we were writing to finish this record in a freezing warehouse back in January of 2020. Ten years has passed, but the chorus resonates like something that came from this morning.
Toronto’s “Artist to Watch” Lou Val Debuts ‘Tayo & The Dreamer’ (Soulection)
Toronto’s “Artist to Watch” Lou Val releases his new project ‘Tayo and The Dreamer’ (Soulection Records). The six-track project takes you into a hazy, dreamlike journey exhibiting an eclectic sonic palette and R&B prowess. Lou perfectly encapsulates the city that raised him and reflects on the uncertainties of life and romance, while offering his perspective on finding comfort in accepting the unknown. He enlists close collaborators and friends on the project including Maneesh (five-time platinum producer for Drake, Mark Ronson, Giveon) and Nigerian singer on the rise, Tay Iwar.
Juicy J’s “The Hustle Still Continues” Out Today
Platinum-selling rapper, producer, legend and Academy Award winner Juicy J releases THE HUSTLE STILL CONTINUES today. This expanded version of his acclaimed album THE HUSTLE CONTINUES (released in November 2020) includes an additional 9 tracks featuring Pooh Shiesty, Rico Nasty, Lord Infamous, Project Pat, Henry AZ, ReyLovesU, Duki and Kaash Paige.
Rising Latin Hip Hop Artist, Papikaiser, Releases Hot New Single “Me Gusta”
Inspired by the new Latin movement combining Club and Reggaeton music, New York based Papikaiser drops his latest track, “Me Gusta”, available now on digital outlets everywhere.
Born in Puerto Rico, Alexander Roman Rodriguez, known by his stage name Papikaiser, is a rapper, singer and songwriter. His music is often defined as Latin urban music, reggaeton, hip hop and pop, but he also incorporates a variety of different genres into his music, including RnB, rock, and soul.
indie pop rockers godz juxtapose grayscale adulthood with acid-laced video for new single “kids”
Introducing godz—an indie pop-rock collective that thrives in elusivity, in effort to explore shared human experiences and what brings us together as one. Rather than focusing on personal egos and conforming to music industry traditions, godz presents itself independently through a character that represents anyone and everyone. Their sophomore single “kids” is out now, along with the official animated music video.
Co-written by members Sean Foreman & Nathaniel Motte with fellow hitmaker Bert McCracken, “Vampire’s Diet” features 3OH!3’s signature blend of edgy pop production, cheeky lyrics, and nostalgic synths with a topline vocal performance from The Used frontman. The pop-punk banger showcases the duo’s unique ability to blur the lines between genres, as they continue to create novel music that captures the scope of their artistry that they’ve honed over the past decade.