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TOMMY CASH & QUEBONAFIDE: VIDEO SINGLE “BENZ DEALER” OUT NOW
It took two years of work to accomplish the project. “Benz Dealer” is an exciting visual journey through a world adorned with luxury and abundance. Quebonafide and Tommy Cash both appear on screen as partners in crime. With the guest appearance of an international heavyweight boxing champion Mariusz Wach, the video is a roller-coaster ride through surreal twisted fantasies.
Berlin-via-Bristol-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Gifford releases ‘Cold Too’ (July 13th), featuring Maya Law and Freya Roy, part of sophomore EP ‘Daffodils in Transit’ due 3rd September.
A close collaborator of Harvey Causon and Lucy Lu, Gabriel moves with deft capability between genres. Inspired by contemporary producers such as Nicolas Jaar, Danger Mouse and Mark Ronson, his production ventures from lush psychedelic soul to dark electronic sounds.
Roxy Girls share new single “Sister Fatima”
Today, Sunderland post-punk 4-piece Roxy Girls have shared a new single titled “Sister Fatima”. The song comes on the heels of their critically acclaimed single “Like A Buoy” and is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP “Roxy Girls Are In The Drink”, which is out 27th August 2021 via Moshi Moshi Records.
TOMMY CASH AND QUEBONAFIDE RELEASE SINGLE
It took two years of work to accomplish such a project. ‘Benz Dealer’ is an exciting visual journey through a world adorned with luxury and abundance. Quebonafide and Tommy Cash both appear on screen as partners in crime; including a guest appearance of an international heavyweight boxing champion Mariusz Wach. The video is a roller-coaster ride through surreal twisted fantasies.
HOLY DEATH TRIO: party hard with new video “White Betty”!
Austin, Texas rock’n’rollers HOLY DEATH TRIO team up with Metal Injection to premiere the first video taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Introducing…’, due out September 17th and available to preorder on Ripple Music. Watch the band tear the roof off on “White Betty”!
Melbourne Powerhouse THE UGLY KINGS Premiere New Song “The Devil Comes With A Smile”!
Following 2018’s Darkness Is My Home, which was lauded by the likes of Classic Rock Magazine and Loud Mag upon release, with Strange, Strange Times, the four- piece is poised to turn heads and continues to infuse their foreboding alt-rock with blackened blues and gritty punk edge! THE UGLY KINGS may channel the flavor of groups like Queens Of The Stone Age and Danzig, but their revitalizing infusion of dark energy is evident while preserving razor sharp, daringly introspective control with clever lyricism, addictive riffage, catchy melodies and a heavy power blues flavor.
Video: Jimmy Valentime & Urban Miracle ft Yurby – Porch Lights
Wye Oak announce Civilian 10-year anniversary reissue, share newly unearthed b-side “Electricity”
Ten years after its release, Wye Oak’s Civilian remains a raw, sinewy punch of a record—bleak and intense and lonely and self-assured all at once. The album unravels with the sort of self-questioning and uncertainty that come with youth, and its specific confidence in unflinchingly probing all of those emotions. When Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner released Civilian, it marked both the ascension and death of Wye Oak, or at least a version of it. Now, a decade later, Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009–2011 delves back into that pivotal record and adds a lost album of unreleased tracks and demos to Civilian’s universe.
Ehiorobo (NJ) shares stunning single + video: “Jay Ventura”
Today, Ehiorobo, project of Ehiorobo Igiehon, shares stunning new single, “Jay Ventura”, accompanied by an adventurous video (directed by: Davyana San Miguel)– about romantic memory, loss, and fantasy. The song is the first out of three forthcoming singles being released on Grind Select.
JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN, DAVE OKUMU AND TONY ALLEN SHARE NEW SINGLE “TAKE MY TO YOUR LEADER”
Joan Wasser aka JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN returns to the fray with a new single, “Take Me To Your Leader’” an impassioned call to arms from a unique and supremely gifted musician.
LA’s Runnner shares “Monochrome,” final single from new album out this Friday via Run For Cover Records
Runnner today released “Monochrome,” the wistful final single previewing his forthcoming album and debut for Run For Cover Records, Always Repeating, out this Friday, July 16th. Like the rest of the album, songwriter Noah Weinman plays most of the instruments throughout the song (including guitar, banjo, bass, piano, and synth), and is here joined by Sam Graf on drums. “Although this isn’t the oldest song in the batch, this feels like the first Runnner song,” Weinman explains.
CUFFED UP- La Quartet Release Vital New Single: “Canaries”
Making an explosive debut on the label, “Canaries” is a furious, full-throttle rush of Cuffed Up’s patently passionate alternative-rock. Recalling the intemperate masterworks of Sonic Youth or Placebo through to contemporaries like IDLES and Dry Cleaning, it’s a track about living life on the edge and reaping the consequences of precarious misadventure.
Steven Bernstein Releases “Planet B” – New Video & Single From ‘Tinctures In Time (Community Music, Vol. 1)’
“‘Planet B’ is one of the first original compositions I wrote for MTO after almost 20 years of arranging the American songbook for the band. The piece uses elements that I’ve been exploring for years: Ellington, Machito, Sun Ra and Gil Evans, a simple ‘folk’ melody, all over a true MTO-style groove,” explains Bernstein. “When it came time to make my first music video, I reached out to Kit Fitzgerald, a pioneer in the video world who has collaborated with artists from many disciplines including drummer Max Roach, choreographer Donald Byrd and poet Anne Waldman. I asked her to make something beautiful, something she would make for herself. I wanted her to create her own narrative, different from anything I could imagine. And she did.”
The Joy Formidable share video for new single “Chimes” | New album “Into The Blue” out Aug 20 via Hassle Records
Into The Blue follows the band’s critically acclaimed, kaleidoscopic 2018 album AAARTH, during which the band played the mainstage at Reading & Leeds Festival, supported Foo Fighters on their North American tour, and were invited by The Cure’s Robert Smith to play his Meltdown Festival at the South Bank, London, and Pasadena Daydream Fest in LA. The band’s new album will arrive into a much different world this time around, but it is birthed possessing a new energy and inventiveness. Even during the worst of times, their music finds a way to inspire and thrive.
NOGA (aka Noga Shefi) Shares “Any Kind of Dream” from ‘The Alchemist’ EP, out July 30 [RIYL Cate Le Bon, Cass McCombs]
After years of touring the world on bass with Cass McCombs, Renata Zeiguer, and many others, NOGA (aka Noga Shefi) has regrouped to bring listeners The Alchemist — a short collection of new songs out July 30. Inspired in part by Paulo Coelho’s classic mysticist novel of the same name, The Alchemist follows NOGA’s experience of untangling life’s great dualities: dreams and reality, light and dark, known and unknown, self and other.
Xenia Rubinos announces new album “Una Rosa”
Xenia Rubinos has announced the highly-anticipated release of her third album, Una Rosa, on 15th October via Anti- Records. The announcement comes alongside a brand new single ‘Working All The Time.’ Xenia’s 2016 album Black Terry Cat re-wired the ears of many, leading the New Yorker to call her sound ‘rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre.’
Joe Taylor Sutkowski (Dirt Buyer, ffo Alex G, Lomelda) | Announces debut album / Shares single
Musically, Sutkowski sits in an emo-folk tradition, taking inspiration from the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel and Elephant 6, as well as a lesser-known side project of Julian Koster titled Chocolate USA. To me, there are hints of the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Alex G and Lomelda poking through on tracks, glimmers of this mid-90s alt-rock and battle-worn folk-rock with spurts of fuzzy, burnt out guitar textures sputtering underneath. It’s pretty compelling stuff and I find Sutkowski’s voice a brilliant asset to the imaginative stories too.
Rising UK-based rapper/songwriter/producer IAMKINGZIION has returned with his new single, “Dreams (From Dreams to Reality)”. The moving song expertly highlights the rising Londoner’s inspirational lyricism and polished production skills, and combined with the track’s accompanying self-directed visuals, it looks set to propel his rise even further within the global rap scene.
Tycho and Benjamin Gibbard unite for “One Love”
2x GRAMMY® Award-nominated electronic artist Tycho and Benjamin Gibbard of 8x GRAMMY® Award-nominated Atlantic Records recording group Death Cab for Cutie have announced the release of a landmark new collaboration. “Only Love” is available now via Mom + Pop Music/Ninja Tune; an official visualizer – designed by Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen – is streaming now at YouTube.
Mas Aya (Telephone Explosion ffo Lido Pimienta, Mabe Fratti) | New single / Announces album
The new record is a really exciting one for Mas Aya and a true step forward in his sound – it marks his most expansive outing to date with a feature from the GRAMMY Award-nominated artist, Lido Pimienta. Valdivia – who also operates as a producer and percussionist – has established himself as an integral name in the Toronto scene, working with the likes of U.S. Girls, Sandro Perri, Laraaji and Sook-Yin Lee, he also plays in a number of bands, Not The Wind, Not The Flag, The Cosmic Range and more and appears on releases from Polyvinyl, ANTI- and Constellation. Brandon is also known for his work composing for Canadian theatre groups such as the MT Space, Red Snow Collective, Clay and Paper Theatre, Red Sky Performance, and Aluna Theatre. Interestingly, Valdivia was trained by the noted composer, Linda Catlin Smith.
OPHIDIAN I Streams New Album in Full via Metal Injection
The band comments on the album: “The culmination of all our hard work and passion is finally here! We are beyond proud to present our lives work, our greatest achievement to date; ‘Desolate.’ We feel like this album truly belongs in the collection of every tech-death enthusiast and shamelessly declare this to be the sickest death metal ever to come out of Iceland.”
Grace Vonderkuhn Share New Track “Rock & Roll Gary”, New Album Pleasure Pain Out 8/13/21
“Rock & Roll Gary” is a song about deep appreciation, inspired by a friend who often felt overworked and worn out, never realizing how they were inspiring people around them. It follows lead single “Put It On Me” which was released last month and landed on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2021 Songs of the Summer Playlist alongside Lorde, Olivia Rodrigo, Japanese Breakfast and Faye Webster.
Karen Black’s Matt Sklar-directed video for “Royal Jelly” premiered this morning via Dangerous Minds, and the eclectic and idiosyncratic, memorable song is out now across all DSPs. The track is the third and final single from Dreaming of You (1971-1976), a Cass McCombs compiled and co-produced collection of original songs by the late polymath out this Friday, July 16th via Anthology Recordings.