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Set against the backdrop of a smooth, piano-led production and punctuated by Vic’s trademark husky vocals, ‘Testament’ is an honest, coming-of-age single that sees him reflect on his chequered past and how it has shaped the man he has become. The accompanying video centres around Vic passionately laying down the track in his home studio. “This song is almost like my testimonial,” he enthuses. “I’m looking back on all the mistakes I made and how the lessons transformed me to who I was today.”
Sylvie Kreusch (Sony, NY Times, Dazed) | new single + video out now
Today Belgian artist Sylvie Kreusch releases a new single ‘Let It All Burn’, a taste of her forthcoming debut solo album due for release in late 2021. Kreusch – who hails from Antwerp – has released two critically praised EPs to date – 2019’s ‘Bada Bing! Bada Boom! ‘and last year’s ‘Wild Love’ – becoming a favourite of the fashion industry along the way, with her collaborations to date including Prada, Miu Miu, Olivier Theyskens, Ann Demeulemeester and Azzaro Couture. The release of ‘Let It All Burn’ arrives alongside a sumptuously surreal music video, directed by Alessandro Cangelli and styled by Hollywood team Tom Eerebout and Sandra Amador (known for their work with Lady Gaga), which is now streaming here.
His fascinating podcast Book of Man has taken his obsession with writing meaningful lyrics and developed it into a brand-new, feature-length drama, beautifully narrated by Golden Globe winner Josh O’Connor (The Crown). This compelling and innovative take on the podcast intertwines original songs from Marr’s third album with the tragic history of four generations set across the fathers and sons of the author’s family, creating a truly immersive storytelling and songwriting experience. The album, also titled Book of Man, was written, performed and recorded entirely by himself, comprising nine songs all written for the podcast. He says, “Each song takes a key moment in the story and explodes it, examines it in detail, providing an emotional counterpoint to the spare, understated narration. The whole album was inspired by my dad’s death, a way of grieving and coming to terms with his loss.”
Ross and Rocky Lynch’s THE DRIVER ERA Releases New Single “Heaven Angel”
Today, alt-pop band THE DRIVER ERA releases their highly anticipated single “Heaven Angel,” their first track ahead of their upcoming sophomore record, expected to release later this year. Written and produced by brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch, the track marks the next chapter for the duo after spending most of the pandemic in their garage studio crafting their new album.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors have reimagined their hit single “Family” today for a very special Family EP that’s out now via Thirty Tigers and available HERE. The single, which was originally released in April 2019, took on a life of its own over the last two years with people sound-tracking their own videos to the call and response anthem and a few of major synchs from Discovery Channel, Pangaia, and Tyson Foods.
CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON DROPS DEBUT ALBUM ‘ALPHA’
Toronto native, soul/R&B singer and producer Charlotte Day Wilson has released her long awaited debut album ALPHA, out now via her own imprint, Stone Woman Music. ALPHA is an eleven-song project of metaphor and earnest declarations, recollecting Charlotte’s inner struggles of love, growing, and breaking that she’s finally speaking to in a greater way. Self produced, the album shines a light on her prodigious skills of which are deeply admired by her peers including Toronto’s jazz-funk trio BADBADNOTGOOD, Syd and Daniel Caesar who all appear on ALPHA. The album also features her hailed single “Mountains” which has garnered over 20 million streams since its release at the end of 2019. This year Charlotte was nominated for the Juno Award for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for her single “Take Care of You” featuring Syd and was named Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the month for the month of June.
John Orpheus Unleashes “IG”
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multicultural musical artist known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In January 2021, he released his memoir SAGA BOY through Penguin Random House Canada, detailing the journey of the boy. On July 30th, he will release the companion album and direct response, SAGA KING, about the celebration of the man.
Rapper KILLY releases “EUPHORIC” song + video, deluxe of KILLSTREAK 2 coming soon
The song is produced by Jaegen (known for French Montana & Swae Lee’s “Unforgettable”, among others), with co-production by kookoo. On the track, KILLY is “Goin’ crazy / Goin’ ludicrous”; the track is full of energy, perfect for the Summer of 2021. KILLY boasts, “I’m not new to this / I’m true to this / Born in never sworn in”; “EUPHORIC” is packed with memorable bars and joyous vibes, KILLY is dedicated to living in the moment since; “tomorrow isn’t promised.” The video, which was directed by frequent collaborator GRAVELSITE, showcases these sentiments throughout, with scenes where KILLY links with his crew to celebrate the good times.
CREEPER SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘AMERICA AT NIGHT’
CREEPER have shared the new single ‘America At Night’ from their new EP American Noir, which will be released on July 30th. It has already been a remarkable summer for CREEPER with their recent single ‘Midnight’ emerging to huge adoration, extending a relationship between the band and their fan community that’s quite unlike any other. The single was supported with airplay from Annie Mac, Jack Saunders and Daniel P Carter at Radio 1, alongside praise from DIY, Dork, Kerrang!, Louder, NME and The Line of Best Fit. But the defining moment came with an emotionally charged second stage headline set at Download Pilot, as CREEPER’s first live show in 16 months proved to be one that no-one present will ever forget.
Sael presenta su nuevo sencillo “Me enseñaste”
El joven cantante, productor y compositor originario de Argentina: Sael, presenta su nuevo sencillo “Me enseñaste”, un tema que el mismo artista define como “reggaetón romántico” y que se estrena conjuntamente con su video musical oficial.
“Me enseñaste” nace bajo el sello discográfico de Black Koi Entertainment, una iniciativa del genio musical Sky Rompiendo, el responsable de muchos de los grandes éxitos musicales de la carrera de J Balvin, y quien hoy tiene su enfoque puesto en el éxito de su artista Sael. El tema fue escrito y producido por el mismo Sael, con “Mosty” en los controles.
Wing Vilma shares blooming new track “Astrology Cup”, from ‘Spirit Practice’ out 8/13 via Young Heavy Souls
Wing Vilma’s trademark sound stems from their feverish curiosity and a cultivated, intentional connection with the natural world that empowers them to find musical ideas in places others may not. Sourcing fresh sonic ingredients from the world around them and blending experimental field recordings with their one-of-a-kind synth-craft to design robust and dynamic soundscapes that explore the rudimentary elements of rhythm, frequency, and tone.
Written by Nashville’s finest, Aaron Eshuis, Ryan Beaver, Ryan Hurd, and Joe Clemmons, “Valet” brings a new acoustic, unexpected tone to Manny Blu’s upcoming EP. Blu connected with the lyrics on this song on a very personal level when he first heard it as they remind him of the days during the pandemic when he was in lockdown in Canada and reconnected with a love from his past.
A Pale Horse Named Death, the doom metal band led by founding Type O Negative and Life of Agony member Sal Abruscato, have released their new single “Shards Of Glass”. It’s the second single taken from the upcoming album ‘Infernum In Terra’, out September 24th, 2021 via Long Branch Records / SPV.
MASKED WOLF RETURNS WITH MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW SINGLE “SAY SO”
Masked Wolf explains: “It’s always important for me to say something with my music, even if the deeper message is hidden inside of what sounds like a fun, upbeat song. In ’Say So,’ I was writing about how, in times of trouble, we often try to act like we’re still okay, even when we really aren’t. No matter how bad the situation is or how close we are to self-destructing, we think that, if we keep telling ourselves we’re ok, then maybe we will be. We think ‘if we say so, then we say so..’ but really we need help.”
FRANCES FOREVER RELEASES DEBUT EP PARANOIA PARTY
“space girl” took flight this past Fall, bolstered by a healthy appetite for the song on Tik Tok and DSPs, and continues to grow with over 500k average daily streams, and over 550 million video views and 550k videos created on TikTok, in addition to a reissue with fellow rising star chloe moriondo. Coming off this wave of success, Frances Forever has set their sights on a world far larger than the one they began to conquer. On paranoia party, their claim is staked more definitively than ever, its myriad moods promising to send listeners reeling into romance or off floating in existential space. And you’re invited to the celebration.
The EP includes fan favorites such as the Gold-certified “Savage” [feat. “Whole Lotta Money” rapper BIA], “Jackie Kennedy,” and “Bipolar”—which have collectively generated 10 million streams and counting in advance of the release. Additionally, it boasts a pair of new tracks. “Hurt” hinges on their haunting and hypnotic vocal interplay as guitar curls around glitchy production. Raw emotion seeps through each hook. Meanwhile, the title track “Forget You” fuses icy synths to a head-nodding bass line. It climaxes on the entrancing and ethereal chorus, “Even though I try my best to, I can’t forget you.”
T.R.U. BREAK OUT ARTIST SLEEPY ROSE IS SITTING “AT THE DINNER”
T.R.U. (The Real University) break out artist and 2 Chainz protégé, Sleepy Rose, serves his latest banger “At The Dinner.” Decked out in a mink coat at a smoked-out, hood-luxe dinner table, the Atlanta rapper spits braggadocious bars over a hard-hitting beat produced by Papito. The Howard Ross-directed visual is available now on YouTube. The new track is a follow to Sleepy’s “Woo” and “Georgia” from off of T.R.U.’s 2020 debut compilation, NO FACE NO CASE.
Kate Vargas, known for her incredible storytelling and adventurous song structures, takes listeners down a new road today, on a pilgrimage to a place she’d experienced long ago as a child, and now feels once again in adulthood, expressed through a new lens with the tale of “Glorieta to the Holy Place.” The new single follows her recent releases “Church of the Misdirection” and “Rumpumpo,” the title track to her highly anticipated upcoming album which comes out next Friday on July 16 via Bandaloop Records.
Following on from his stellar debut “Miss Me”, “Run it” emerges as a melodic street track full of serrated energy – the plucked guitar sample running over a heavyweight bassline acting as a perfect bed for Aybee to assert his credentials; a polished, assured performance that underlines why critical attention has been swift from the likes of GRM DAILY and MIXTAPE MADNESS.
Indie Rocker Sharkorama Invents a ‘Wicked Machine’ in His Basement
While life was put on pandemic pause for most of us during the past 15 months, Chicago-based indie rock artist Sharkorama kicked quarantine into creative high gear, building a new album from the first note up from down in his basement; Wicked Machine is available now!
Rising Country-Latin duo, Kat & Alex released the music video for “You and the Radio,” today. Directed by Doltyn Snedden and filmed around the Kelso Sand Dunes in the Mojave Desert, the video amplifies the fun-loving nature of the song, providing a visual to the feeling of driving down the highway with someone you love in the passenger’s seat, singing as loud as you can with the volume of the radio as high as it can go.
Glasses Malone, The Game and Kurupt start a G Funk party on Gangsta Boogie
Watts rapper Glasses Malone brings together gangster rappers The Game and Kurupt for a G-Funk anthem “Gangsta Boogie.” The new banger will appear on his upcoming project Glasshouse (The Prequel) due out later this year. Produced by Fingazz, the bouncy track showcases West Coast bosses Glasses Malone and The Game delivering braggadocious bars over synth-driven melodies topped off with vocals from the OG gangster rapper himself, Kurupt. The song celebrates the return of summer parties, BBQ’s and Sunday cruises.
Toronto Alt.Rockers The High Loves Say Hey, “Call Me Back” — Available Now!
Alt-rock five-piece The High Loves lend credence to the connotation that Toronto is the creative capital of Canada with this, their new single “Call Me Back” — available now!
Freshly pressed from their forthcoming album, Too Much Of A Good Thing, this electric groove-laden rockin’ offering is one of the “catchiest songs” lead guitarist and vocalist Noah Monckton has ever written, he says.
A proud Kentuckian—by birth and now, by choice—Grayson Jenkins sings his stories with a shrewd sincerity, a hopeful resignation, and a canny insight into the ways of the world; a world that found him, like many others, putting his life and career on hold for the last year and a half. But now that the world is turning again, Jenkins is ready to unshelve a treasure trove of songs with Turning Tides, a full-length album due out August 27th.