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Beyond the wide spectrum of acts LEILA ABDUL-RAUF is a full-time member of, her immersive solo work showcases her talents as a multi-instrumentalist. Weaving layered textures into drifting filmic compositions, Phantasiai conjures dreamlike, ambient hymns while channeling ethereal melancholy. More ominous and brooding than prior solo outings, with a deep sense of romanticism and dark classical inspiration, Phantasiai showcases another new direction of exploration of this vastly prolific musician.
NIGHT CROWNED Releases Brand New Album! “Hädanfärd” Out Now on Noble Demon
Praised by fans and critics alike for their outstanding 2020 debut album (Impius Viam_), Sweden’s NIGHT CROWNED have unleashed the hotly anticipated & worthy successor, titled *Hädanfärd_*!
With nine tracks spanning over 45 minutes, the band’s brand new full-length record is an intoxicating blend of uncompromising blackened death metal, symphonic arrangements and bleak & mesmerizing soundscapes. No surprise here, since the band’s line-up consists of well experienced extreme metal veterans, featuring former and current members of legendary acts such as Dark Funeral, Nightrage and Cipher System!
SK8 TAPS WIZ KHALIFA & DVBBS FOR “GIRL NEXT DOOR” STARRING SOMMER RAY & SCARLETT
“Working with Wiz is always an honor, and I’m so grateful that he’s supportive of my music. It’s also great to have two EDM superstars like DVBBS join us on the new song, too. With this single I wanted to give the fans a nostalgic quality. I started thinking about all the movies and TV shows I grew up on and that helped me come up with ideas for this song and video. Having the beautiful Sommer Ray & Scarlett join us in the video really tied everything together and I’m super proud to be a part of this monumental piece of art.”
Disciples’ DUVALL releases video for solo debut ‘Every Song’
The video follows Duvall as he explores a house under duress following an escape with his lover in hand, bringing the track released earlier in the year to life. ‘Every Song’ to date has received over 1m streams following release and Duvall’s delve into his solo career has been well received.
Today, Radiant Baby shares “This Dream” via Under The Radar, which praised the track for its full-band setup, “matching Mongeon’s standout vocal performance with jittery guitar lines and earworm synth melodies.” The guitar sets a frantic pace on “This Dream”, while the keyboards fuel the dramatic melody. “This Dream” evokes an intense state of euphoria. The night seems perfect. Wishing to never face reality, the protagonist prays for this ephemeral moment to be the last. The lyrics “I wish we could turn the clock” illustrate the dream of reliving an ideal moment over and over again,” explains Radiant Baby. The music is covered with a subtle veil of reverb, as the energetic bassline and drum performance drive the bridge and propel the song until the end.
Artist and Activist IDMAN Releases Official Video For “Down For It” Upon Signing With Arista Records
Today, rising singer IDMAN releases the official video for her single, “Down For It” and announces her new record deal with Arista Records in partnership with Golly Geng!
POLO G DROPS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “TOXIC”
Los Angeles based indie electro artist Onsen shares his full-length album Keeper today. It mines the fertile grounds of past relationships, dreams, and grappling with self-doubt. “I think people, and maybe queer people even more so, become engrossed with their romantic relationships because they act as a proxy for their own sense of self-worth. Maybe if this other person loves me I will love myself,” says Drew Straus aka Onsen. “This record was a space to keep all those doubts and expose them to the daylight. In a sense, each song is asking ‘am I a keeper?’”
Providence, Rhode Island native, artist, singer, and songwriter, Storm Ford has signed a publishing deal with Atlanta-based label Love Renaissance (LVRN) and Warner Chappel.
On the special signing, Ford shares “LVRN just makes sense. It feels right. In some ways I feel like they’ve courted me as a writer; they pushed me creatively & taught me important lessons about this industry whether they intended to or not. And they’ve made me feel welcomed into the family they’ve created. Justice (Baiden) is ‘goated’ for doing those IG Live talent shows. That really changed my life.”
Caroline Polachek returns today with brand new single “Bunny Is A Rider”. The track is her first release since her recent cover of The Corrs’ “Breathless” and her first original music since her critically acclaimed 2019 debut solo album PANG. “Bunny Is A Rider” is a sonic departure for Polachek after the crystalline sentimentality of 2019’s PANG – the single takes a spicy and absurd new turn. The track premiered today as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1.
TANZOS drops new video for ‘Too Easy’
Following on from the enormous hype he earned for his previously shared single ‘Nevermind’, which was picked up for Spotify’s Indie Hits 2021 playlist, fast-rising artist Tanzos is back once again to share his uplifting new offering ‘Too Easy’.
UNUSUAL DEMONT CONTINUES TO IMPRESS WITH ‘VANTA’
Wisconsin born, LA fast riser Unusual Demont further cements himself as one of 2021’s most vital new artists with the reveal of stunning new offering, Vanta. Seeing him connect again with The Idiot, who produced his Spotify Singles release hey! ,Vanta displays the genre fluid stylings of Demont.
The band share of the single: “Girl You Changed” is the first music that came out of the speakers the first time Kick and the Hug were in a room playing together as a band. We literally plugged in, turned on the amps, and out it came. So it’s fitting that it’s the first song we’re really pushing into the world.
FOO FIGHTERS TO ROCK ALASKA FOR THE FIRST TIME
Not content to bring live rock n roll marathons back to the Lower 48, Foo Fighters have confirmed a three-show expedition to Alaska.
The band will play its first ever shows in the Last Frontier August 17th and 19th at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, and August 21st at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.
AUGUST 17 & 19 – Anchorage – Dena’ina Center
AUGUST 21 – Fairbanks – Carlson Center
CHROME WAVES Announces Third LP, The Rain Will Cleanse, For September Release Through Transcending Records And Disorder Recordings
With members hailing from across the Midwestern US, CHROME WAVES’ current four-piece lineup entails founder Jeff Wilson (Deeper Graves, ex-Nachtmystium), James Benson (Amiensus, Comatose), Dustin Boltjes (Demiricous, ex-Skeletonwitch), and Zion Meagher (Anti-Human Thesis, ex-Nachtmystium). With six new songs further exploring the band’s blend of shoegaze/art rock-inspired post-black metal, The Rain Will Cleanse is the band’s boldest and most vibrant recording to date.
Caroline Polachek Returns with “Bunny Is A Rider”
Caroline on the song; “’Bunny Is A Rider’ is a summer jam about being unavailable. Bunny is slippery, impossible to get ahold of. Maybe it’s a fantasy, maybe it’s a bad attitude. But anyone can be bunny, at least for three minutes and seventeen seconds. The song features a scorching bass performance from producer Danny L Harle, plus his baby daughter’s first vocal cameo.”
“Tampa” Hitmaker Cico P Takes Us to NawfJaxx On His New Project
Rising in the rap game on the back of his viral single “Tampa,” Cico P proudly represents Jacksonville, TX, a small East Texas burgh that he calls home. Welcoming listeners into his expansive sonic world as he explores life in his hometown, Cico shares NawfJaxx, his brand new project. Delving into Cico’s upbringing and exploring the ins-and-outs of being a rising rap star, NawfJaxx is a smoothly eclectic project that synthesizes several waves of Southern rap into a distinct mix, working in elements of wavy SoundCloud rap, high-octane trap music, and country-fried guitars. Cico is a versatile vocalist with an impeccable sense of rhythm, using auto-tune to enhance songs like “Rocky” and getting vulnerable with his gently melodic drawl on “See Me.”
Waterparks Release New Video for “Fruit Roll Ups”
Today, Waterparks release a new video for “Fruit Roll Ups”off of their newly released album Greatest Hits. The rose-colored video is nothing short of a musical daydream. Waterparks frontman Awsten Knight not only lends his melodic vocals to the video, but serves as a director, alongside frequent collaborator Jawn Rocha.
Brooklyn-based producer and multi-instrumentalist bad tuner returns today to deliver his latest single ‘Relationship Is’, off upcoming EP, ‘self-care” on LG105, the new electronic division of Virgin Records UK. Inspired by the Mandinka vocal sample at the core of the track, the record spreads a message of positivity that hopes to encapsulate the passion of the singer, Marietou Kouyate, allowing bad tuner’s chopped and modulated piano chords to reflect her energy and showcase her confident and optimistic spirit.
Today, alternative pop artist, FIIRE, premieres her debut single, “Lotus Wings.” The ultra-moody and atmospheric track was co-written and produced by Ely Rise (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Childish Gambino) and displays FIIRE’s unique, whimsical flair.
“This song came to me in a vision,” shares FIIRE. “It’s about my personal hero’s journey, the duality we all face as humans, and the power we have to choose our own realities.”
KENNY LATTIMORE Releases Visuals For His Smash New Single, “PRESSURE”
Today, San Francisco’s Cindy announced plans to release their third LP, out October 1 digitally and November 1 on vinyl via Mt.St.Mtn in the U.S. and Tough Love in the UK, by teaming with Brooklyn Vegan to share the effort’s first single, “To Be True.”