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Jim Jones Releases “Hip Hop” with Dyce Payso and Shoota
Jim Jones is a hip hop icon, television star, entrepreneur, and entertainment mogul and one of the founding members of The Diplomats. Jones is known for successful hits such as “We Fly High” and “Pop Champagne” along with starring television roles on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Chrissy & Mr. Jones, Vow or Never and Marriage Bootcamp Family Edition via WEtv. Jim recently starred in Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo’s anthology series TALES on BET and The Drip Report featuring Weavahman Jim via Revolt.
MODEST MOUSE RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM THE GOLDEN CASKET OUT TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS
Today, Modest Mouse returned with their first new album in six years. Their anxiously awaited seventh full-length, The Golden Casket, is out today via Epic Records.
“Whatever he’s playing, it’s good to have Brock’s droll, word-stretching, warping vocal delivery back, together with Modest Mouse’s fondness for odd and explicit song titles and a top-notch band always making interesting music.” – Associated Press
On The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack the Los Angeles-based band dreams up their own cinematic experience in album form, as its songs cycle through stories of love, danger, and impossible triumph. “We’d love it if it had the same effect as a great movie, where you feel a part of the adventure,” Saint Motel frontman A/J Jackson shared. “And just like the hero, you come out of the journey a new version of yourself, a version shaped by what you encountered along the way.”
Arichussettes Slows Down The Pace With New Video “Last Chair”
Arichussettes reduces his circle with new video Last Chair. Produced by OG7, The Alex Fatt directed visuals highlight the gangsta lifestyle with girls and guns mixed some mellow trumpet. “Sometimes you gotta slow down the pace so you can get in your zone and start backing people off of you” says Arichussettes. Check it out now on youtube and your preferred digital streaming provider.
Zachary Knowles shares new single “stranger to me” today; debut album ‘tendency to be a loner’ out via FADER Label on 8/6
Rising artist and tender pop creator, Zachary Knowles, recently announced his debut album, tendency to be a loner, due out August 6, 2021 via FADER Label. Today, he shares the second single from the forthcoming release, “stranger to me,” with a lyric video. The new song explores the experience of a best friend or someone who’s deeply loved, turning into a complete stranger after a breakup or a burn that turned the relationship to ash. It evokes that feeling of awkwardness when someone who was once so close is suddenly totally distant, and how life has to go on without that bond but with the inner-knowing that it just wasn’t meant to be.
Evidence Drops New Album: Unlearning Vol. 1
Today, one of underground Hip-Hop’s most enduring artists, Evidence, releases his highly anticipated fourth solo studio album, Unlearning Vol. 1, via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Alongside the album is a new music video from director Stephen Vanasco for the standout track “Where We Going from Here…” in which Evidence walks the streets of his hometown of Venice, Los Angeles reflecting on how far he’s come and what lies ahead, saying “It’s a Dub-I-P until the day E-V’s / D-O-A and I see my G’s / I’ve been thinking / what’s the point of this life / and start writing / pen to my paper in dark / and spark lightning… So where we going from here / been a hell of a day / been a hell of a year.”
GRAMMY Winner Eric Krasno Announces New Solo Album, ‘Always’
Eric Krasno consecrates, commends, and celebrates the permanence of family on his fourth full-length solo album, ‘Always,’ out September 17th via Mascot Label Group. Across ten tracks with inimitable instrumentation, eloquent songcraft, and raw honesty, the Soulive and Lettuce co-founder, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter-producer defines himself as not only an artist, but also as a husband, father, and man.
EASTERN HIGH: Metal Injection debut new video “Morning Star”!
Malmö-based progressive and melodic metal quintet EASTERN HIGH team up with Metal Injection to deliver the second single taken from their upcoming new album ‘Halo’. Take a deep breath of salty air with their gloomy and hypnotic “Morning Star” video now!
While their first single “Emperor” was an epic pulsating metalcore-tinged beast, “Morning Star” resonates with a darker and more emotional approach, leaning towards EASTERN HIGH’s more progressive facet. Frontman Ola Svensson once again displays an impressive vocal palette, going from layered hypnotic vocals to staggering growls when the song reaches its final notes.
“Gemini is about the face we show the ones we love and the face we keep for ourselves, and all that is lost in translation between the two,” states The Unlikely Candidates frontman Kyle Morris. “I was coming to the end of a relationship where I felt like I didn’t really know the other person because I never saw that true unfiltered side of them and they never saw that side of me. As the relationship fell apart the distance between those two faces got wider and it became a guessing game of what we were thinking and feeling. It finally ended and I never completely got to know who that other person was. We both had two faces but all we ever showed was one.’
Today, Nnena releases her debut EP Bipolar AF, the first release from the just-announced partnership between Loud Robot, the record label from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and RCA Records.
Multi-Award Winning Singer-Songwriter, VIVIAN GREEN Releases Visuals For The Romantic Single, “WHERE YOU ARE” From Her Recently Released Seventh Studio Album, LOVE ABSOLUTE
“I felt liberated to explore what was in my head without a spotlight, judgment or criticism, while recording Love Absolute,” mentions Vivian. “I began writing songs at the piano when I was just eleven years old. For me it is the purest expression of songwriting. My voice and the keys serve as vessels of the music in my head. In my solitude and away from the studio. While that surely comes later, I prefer the raw expression to come first, because there is certainly magic there. That magic is what makes “Love Absolute” different from my previous albums.”
ELI KESZLER RELEASES NEW ALBUM ICONS VIA LUCKYME
Icons is an immersive work in perpetual motion, evoking a glorious and dystopian western world. 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 release comes on the heels of the opening of a new exhibition of his visual art at Mast Books last week, and this week’s publication of a discussion between Eli and acclaimed BBC journalist Adam Curtis (read here). The album was also preceded by a video for “The Accident,” composed of footage from Leia Jospé (known for her work on HBO’s How To With John Wilson). – Eli Keszler photo by Mark Kang
Alt-pop/folk duo HARLOR are the up-and-coming indie act that needs to be on your radar. Fast making a name for themselves for their fresh yet polished sound, HARLOR specializes in dreamy, heartfelt vocals backed by an infectious, melody-driven production style. Today, HARLOR returns with their scintillating debut EP “Letters To An X”. As the title hints, each song delivers a heart-wrenchingly vulnerable, “letter to an X”. The EP features the singles “As A Dream”, “Not Ready To Go”, and “Heart Games”, which have already generated a cumulative 1-million streams and praise from Variance, Soundazed, Idobi Radio, and The Hype Magazine.
Saint Sister’s New Album ‘Where I Should End’ Out Now, Watch Their “Any Dreams?” Video
Saint Sister—the Dublin-based duo of vocalist/songwriter Morgana MacIntyre and harpist/arranger Gemma Doherty—today released their breathtaking sophomore album Where I Should End. They’ve also shared a video for the poignant closing track, “Any Dreams?,” alongside a Brooklyn Vegan Influences feature that notes Sharon Van Etten, Weyes Blood, and more as inspiration for the LP. Of the clip, directors Kev Freeney and Janna Kempermann explain: “We wanted to examine the experience of feeling trapped. Trapped in a relationship, trapped in our houses and trapped in our minds. This video explores the patterns we move in, the safe places we seek and what we do to find escape.”
Rising Sydney pop duo CAT & CALMELL today share their hotly anticipated debut EP Life Of Mine. The woozy 8 track collection touches on everything from the environmental crisis and personal toxicity to relationship drama, and learning how to face the repercussions of their actions after behaving in youthful, reckless abandon. Confident, nostalgic and full of angst, the EP features previously released singles ‘dumbshit’ and the globally acclaimed ‘dramatic’, as well as ‘Jorge’, and ‘Get Old’, in addition to four new, yet to be heard songs, available now via Island Records, listen HERE.
DAWN FADES premieres “Taste” single + video on Toilet Ov Hell
While pandemic restrictions impacted every aspect of heavy music, Los Angeles, CA post-metal purveyors refused to be shaken by the uncertainty of the return of live stage shows and tapped deeper into their well of talent to create their next and perhaps most impressive offering yet. Ode, the forthcoming seven song crusher from DAWN FADES is slated for release September 10, 2021 on Metal Assault Records. The album’s lead single “Taste” is streaming exclusively on Toilet Ov Hell today. Watch the brand new music video for the track.
Arlo Maverick Tackles Pursuit of Generational Wealth on “Tap It”
Directed by Maverick, the video revolves around a young woman from an immigrant family who disrupts the path expected of her to gain more social status. After moving to a new city for higher education, she loses focus and gets caught up in the party scene. Her father works hard to create opportunities for his daughter, as does her fiancé to ensure a better future for their own prospective family. In return, she racks up her father’s credit card without any concern for his debt, manipulates her fiancé back home to fund her lifestyle while meeting others on dating sites, and surrounds herself around other entitled people that encourage her behaviour.
Following a string of back-to-back breakout singles issued this year, rising Korean-American alt-pop star, REI AMI, has unleashed her highly anticipated debut mixtape, FOIL, available now across all digital streaming platforms via Visionary Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
Blues Rockers ARSENAL MILLS Release Song About Love Called “Songs About Love”
Just in time for the summer — and vaccination — season, Canadian blues rock band Arsenal Mills is back with another retro-fueled rock n’ roll tease ahead of their upcoming debut EP. An absolute breath of fresh air in terms of modern rock, “Songs About Love” is available now!
Hannah Georgas releases All That Emotion Versions EP feat Owen Pallett, Matt Berninger, Kate Stables
Today, Hannah Georgas is sharing her All That Emotion Versions EP, a collaborative effort that re-examines a series of songs from her critically acclaimed Aaron Dessner-produced album, All That Emotion, that came out last year via Dessner’s label Brassland and Toronto indie stalwart Arts & Crafts to a wave of attention from outlets like The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR, The New York Times, FADER, Stereogum, New York Magazine, Consequence of Sound and Paste among many others.
JAX ANDERSON shares “She Don’t Love Me” ft LAUREN SANDERSON video. Album Songs For Every Condition to come out this Fall (Neon Gold)
Jax says: “I knew it needed to be a queer anthem of the blunt ways people fall out of love. They stop needing each other. They stop loving and kissing each other. They stop knowing each other. I knew Lauren Sanderson’s authentic and raspy cadence would be the perfect fit for this track.”
With heart-rending lyrics like at night I strive for impossible things, but lately the real world’s been really weighing in, “The Incredible Shrinking Girl” is sure to resonate with those who sometimes feel small in a big world.
Having recently made his return with the reveal of stunning new single, Greed, rum.gold today reveals his sublime debut album, Thicker Than Water. A beautifully crafted body of work showcasing rum.gold’s deeply personal songwriting and world class vocal talent, the project showcases a vital talent in full bloom. From George Moore ( Snoh Alegra) collaboration Niagara Falls to heartbreakingly relatable album focus track Human, Thicker Than Water is a study in beautifully poised R&B, cementing rum.gold at the forefront of new artists to watch through the rest of the year.
Frank Moyo is a slow player in a fast world. The Canadian-Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist serenades like a busking bard of the 21st century, pairing his suave and sultry voice with folk rhythms to create easy listening.
Based on human connection, his latest single, “Bedside Love Song,” encourages us to embrace the present, whether it brings a moment of love, bliss, peace or even sadness.
The band comments:
“This last year has sucked, we’ve watched people die. The economy collapse and an elected official lead an insurrection against its own people. Rather then just sit at home and do nothing we did the only thing we could… Write an album about getting the fuck outta here. Hope you enjoy”
Introducing Vancouver artist Plain Mister Smith + Listen to “Strange Strangers” ft. Jordan Klassen
Klassen provides choral vocal prowess with a crisp timbre and exquisite range. The moody intro establishes a subtle layer of textures that weave around mesmerizing harmonies and bloom into a tapestry of alt-folk sounds that could be held in the same conversations as Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, or even Portishead. In spacetime continuums / I’m just a dreamer / My mind streams scenarios / Just follow me / I’ll take you where you never go, illustrates the very essence of Plain Mister Smith.
Brazilian indie-pop artist, Libra, captures the essence of what it’s like to be in love in his newest single, “Summer Night (featuring Marnie Price).” Libra showcases his indie melody with a soulful beat to express the calmness of a summer night. The melodious single is now available on all digital music platforms worldwide.
TYGER Release “Revival of the Wicked” with TLG Entertainment/INgrooves
TŸGER SINGLE/VIDEO FOR “REVIVAL of the WICKED” strikes fast and immediately dominates the scene. Kicking it hard from the word GO ! – “Revival of the Wicked” is thunderous, high-speed, and in your face rock! Each layer melds with a feracious potency that says — this is TŸGER and they are here to rock n roll. Recently joining The Label Group/INgrooves TŸGER solidly hits with “Revival of the Wicked!”
EMILY WOLFE RELEASES NEW ALBUM ‘OUTLIER’ THROUGH CROWS FEET RECORDS, PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON IDOBI RADIO
The album premiered exclusively on IDOBI as they praised the LP, “…the result is a record that makes your heart race as it runs through different influences and vibes…for every high and low and in between you’ve been feeling lately, Outlier will be right there with you. Tracks like “Vermillion Park” and “My Lungs Give Out” are the kind of songs you play when you think of the ones who make you smile most….it’s when she slows things down with songs like “Heavenly Hell” that you’ll get swept up in the bittersweet emotions as Emily gently rocks her way into your heart. The album is sticky & sweet; the bass rings in your ears and the songs make their way into your brain ’til you’re craving more. If “LA NY” and “Never Gonna Learn” don’t get you yelling “hot damn, this slaps” are you sure your volume is turned up high enough?
Today, International pop icon P!NK released an Amazon Original acoustic version of her latest single “All I Know So Far,” available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music. To coincide with the release of the Amazon Original, Amazon Music is also releasing a stripped-down performance video of the song, shot in an empty theater that explodes with P!NK’s stunning vocals backed by just an acoustic guitar.