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NINA KRAVIZ – INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED DJ AND PRODUCER – RELEASES “SKYSCRAPERS” FROM UPCOMING EP
“Skyscrapers” is a love song that shows Nina exploring a new, more traditional approach to her songwriting. Showcasing her talent as both a lyricist and performer, the track is a melancholic, pop-leaning anthem revealing Nina’s ability to crossover into new sounds. This special release is the first of many to come and incorporates elements of Nina’s favorite pop music creating an unexpected reinterpretation of Nina’s artistic output and transcends multiple genres.
Plastic Skin is the new project from Donovan Ferra of Fallen Roses, Mexico’s Eduardo Lopez, and newcomer Jorge Porragas. Their sound is a mixture of genres and influences oscillating between lo-fi beats, bossa nova, jazz, r&b and Latin music. The trio recently released their debut singles ‘No Plans’, ‘Don’t You’ and ‘Como Tu’ to support from the online music community and now offer the release of their debut EP, ‘No Plans’, featuring focus single ‘Honest’, on July 15th via Majestic Casual.
The Red Rum Music Festival is back and set to rock the socks off of Augusta, Maine on September 4th 2021. Featuring a stacked cast of musicians including Secondhand Serenade, Ryan Robinette, Kaylee Rose and Radio Romance among other talented performers, the Red Rum Music Festival is certain to reignite the fire of passion for Music and Arts in the area.
The event, which is part of the “Next From Nashville” tour, will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, September 4th. It’ll be a day packed full of music and fun, so If you’re in Maine and want to support your local music scene, buy a ticket today before they are gone.
Attawalpa releases Lena Dunham-directed video for new single “Tucked In Tight”
London based artist Attawalpa (real name: Luis Felber) today releases new single “Tucked In Tight” and its accompanying video directed by Lena Dunham.
Clocking in at nearly 7 minutes, “Tucked In Tight” is an inarguable prog rock epic. Attawalpa’s most immersive and captivating release to date, the track is lifted from his new EP ‘Patterns’ which is released today.
CODY FROST SHARES THE NEW SINGLE ‘STOMACHACHES’ FROM HER DEBUT EP ‘IT’S NOT REAL’ WHICH IS OUT TODAY
Every time Cody Frost releases a new track, she gains fresh acclaim from tastemakers who tip her for greatness. Her imminent breakthrough is further fuelled by extensive radio support, spanning Radio 1 (Jack Saunders, Mollie King, Gemma Bradley), BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. Her streaming profile is just as strong, with an ascendent status on all key platforms. Highlights include hitting the cover of Misfits 2.0 and an add to Sad Songs at Spotify, while her three singles to date have featured on a remarkable total of 163 international Breaking Pop playlists at Apple Music.
Rising indie star Lewis Knaggs unveils latest single and visual ‘Y.O.U’
Emerging with understated, hypnotic guitar licks, the track accelerates and catapults into a climactic oblivion, fuelled by explosive electronic strings and alt-rock influences. An emotive wordsmith, Lewis’ trademark raspy vocals reflect on past relationships and the turmoil of fearing whether love and connection will ever be matched again.
2KBABY AND DDG CELEBRATE THE SWEET LIFE ON “ZACK & CODY”
“Zack & Cody” is a celebration of brotherhood, full of summery guitar and 808s. 2KBABY sees his star rising but knows some things haven’t changed: “You might think you know me, I was just like you, step in my shoes this sh*t get lonely.” He and DDG celebrate the success they know is on the way, and 2K says they’ll always have each other’s back, especially when people turn phony. DDG offers his own bouncy melodic flows, adding to the optimistic energy of the track. Together, their bars paint a sunny picture of two rappers on the come-up. The video for “Zack & Cody” features the two artists partying in the lobby of a hotel as they interact with lookalikes of characters from the Disney Channel classic.
Emika releases new single & music video ‘BATTLES PT.II’ feat. Sebastian / 16th July
Emika will this year mark the tenth anniversary of her debut self-titled album. A new body of work titled Vega will be unveiled throughout the year, comprising a trilogy of three collections of songs. This will feature some reimagined versions of classic tracks from her Ninja Tune catalogue, including “Professional Loving” (which was sampled by The Weeknd on his track “Professional”). Vega will also showcase new material including collaborations with Horace Andy (Massive Attack), Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), and techno behemoth Rødhåd.
LEELA JAMES DROPS SINGLE “YOU’RE THE ONE”
Today, R&B Soul Powerhouse Leela James does it again with the release of the new masterpiece “You’re The One” from the highly anticipated album See Me. Hitting the streets on July 30 via distributor BMG, ‘You’re The One” is produced by “Reno” Reagan for Tapped N Entertainment and written by Francesca “Franci” Richard. “You’re the One” is a light and fun summer song that James hopes will get fans moving again and reassures them that true love is possible.
The Tin Can Collective is a Long Island based melodic, emo punk band releasing their fourth album, Axiomatic Alarm Clock TODAY! Always earnest and full of intent, the band is considered a “band’s band” because of their cult following and chaotic live shows. Axiomatic Alarm Clock explores the struggle to find meaning in a 40 hour workweek. Its blue collar, relatable, just the right amount of angry.
John Warren of the band says the album touches on “existential dread, loathing of the corporate world, and trying to function in society while masking depression and anxiety.” (Relatable!)
MANTARAYBRYN- Releases New EP Today: ‘Year Of The Heron’ + Euphoric Opening Track: “Into One Ether”
His first release for some three years, this three track collection of songs marks an invigorating rebirth of sorts for the Cardiff-via-Cornwall artist. Cloud-busting tunes forged from life-changing experiences, he shares his pop coronation with the world today (16 July).
Lucca Dohr shares “Winter’s Coming” via WILDER (Future Classic + Tom Windish)
Lucca Dohr today shares “Winter’s Coming,” via WILDER records (Tom Windish x Future Classic JV). Co-written and produced with Ben Chandler (Dominic Fike, ALX, Tobias Dray), it makes sense that “Winter’s Coming” takes 19-year-old Dohr’s previous left-of-center pop rock style to a summery, West Coast place (in spite of the title).
Faster On Fire “Bloom Bright” On Latest Single
Raleigh, NC Rock duo Faster On Fire have just released their latest single “Bloom Bright,” an upbeat pop punk/rock crossover track featuring a driving beat and jangly guitars over honest, sincere vocals.
For the band, consisting of Alex Gabor on drums and Jon Skinner on vocals and guitar, “Bloom Bright” is all about taking life as it comes and understanding what’s meant to be. “It’s about having patience,” explains Skinner. “Just because things don’t work out the way you think they should now doesn’t mean there’s not a right time.”
MABEL SHARES NEW SONG AND VIDEO – “TAKE IT HOME” – IN COLLABORATION WITH POKÉMON
Pokémon’s 25th-anniversary celebration continues with today’s release of “Take It Home,” a new song from BRIT Award recipient Mabel, who recorded it exclusively for the upcoming P25 Music compilation album. With an infectious beat and bright, summery vibe, the song celebrates being the kind of friend that others can count on. It was produced by Tommy Brown (Kanye West, Ariana Grande) and Mr. Franks (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber).
Toosii Shares New Song And Video, “head over hills”
Toosii, a member of the 2021 XXL Freshman Class, is back with a brand new song, “head over hills.” While his previous record found his “heart cold” after a break-up, a renewed sense of hope infuses “head over hills,” as Toosii delivers a moving declaration of love and devotion, accompanied by emotive keyboards and a soulful guitar.
THE ACADEMIC SHARE MAGNETIC NEW EP COMMUNITY SPIRIT VIA CAPITOL RECORDS
Although “Not Your Summer” wasn’t written directly about lockdown, the anxiety induced by the pandemic has undeniably left its mark on the single. Frontman Craig explains: “Enjoying your own company can be a great thing, but it can also take its toll and that’s how I was feeling at the time, needing time away from myself.”
BIG30 SHARES INTENSE NEW SINGLE “MISTA”
Today, rising NLess / Bread Gang Entertainment rapper BIG30 returns with the confrontational new track and video “Mista.” With vivid lyrics, a pummelling beat, and an intense delivery that reflects the gravity of life in the trenches, the song is more evidence that BIG30 is one of the most talented Memphis artists to surface in years.
New England’s Jay Gudda Releases A New Dark Comedic Video “Tragedy”
New England’s Jay Gudda stays making light of taboo topics with a new video, Tragedy. Directed by Vintage Co., the Ammo produced track strives to incite discomfort and amuse viewers. “Life is a comedy to those that think and a tragedy to those that feel. This song represents that conflict” says Jay. Check it out now on YouTube and your preferred digital streaming provider.
Barenaked Ladies new album ‘Detour de Force’ out today, and share new single ‘Good Life’ with video | UK Tour rescheduled to March 2022
Today, multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies release their 16th studio album Detour de Force. The eagerly awaited album features 14 newly minted tracks including the hopeful and infectious new single ‘Good Life’. Detour de Force is available on CD and digital formats now, with the limited edition blue double vinyl featuring a bonus track out 20th August 2021, available for pre-order now.
Hyperpop artist Lil Mariko destroys every entitled bro from your hometown in hilarious “Boring” video (via Four Loko Records/TMWRK)
Internet sensation Lil Mariko has returned with an outrageous, ball-busting video for new single “Boring” as part of a special rollout with the newly launched independent label Four Loko Records. An anti-Chad anthem about all your least favorite bros from high-school and dull hometowns, Mariko wants all the outsiders and weirdos to feel empowered.
Blueface releases “TikTok” single today
Blueface recently teamed up with OG Bobby Billions for “Outside (Better Days),” a remix of Bobby’s original hit via 5th Amendment/ Empire/eOne. The track was #1 most added at rhythmic radio last week, and has already amassed over 21m streams globally and over 16m views. On the track, Blueface impresses his fans with his lyrical and heartfelt verse, showing his softer side while rapping, ” …no hood harder than fatherhood.”
Prog-Rock Group IMITATOR Brings The Instru-Metal Riffs On “Polarity” via Metal Injection
Prog-Rock instrumental group IMITATOR release their single “Polarity”, from their upcoming debut EP Principles, out 8/27/21. High-energy guitar melodies wrap around rumbling drums and a steady bass, creating a solid rock backdrop that is sure to give the perfect excuse to headbang to. “‘Polarity’ is a track that came from behind to take the lead. It was written kind of ambitiously- almost two songs combined as one,” said drummer Pete Koronios. “It wasn’t until we listened back to it, after the final touches were made that we looked around confidently grinning at each other. A lot of it was finding the right tempo, and some spur of the moment in-studio creativity facilitated by Mike (Watts) and Frank (Mitarritonna), that allowed the song to express itself in a way that brought its best qualities to the fore. We really hope listeners enjoy it as much as we do.””
Always working on his craft, Kalan.FrFr never fails to feed the streets with delectable melodic rap songs. Recruiting an elite class of collaborators, Kalan shares TwoFr 2 Extended. an expanded version of his most recent project TwoFr 2. The new version of the project adds six new songs, four of which are collaborations with Kalan’s various kindred spirits.
The beat-driven tune, infectious hook and stunning vocals melt into a catchy dance pop banger, celebrating desires, lust, passion and closeness. Especially the latter, which was more or less banned in the past pandemic months and left a void in all of us. “Touch” is the perfect sequel to the self-reflecting and powerful songs Amber Van Day has released so far, adding another hit to her more dance infused productions and collaborations such as Hugel, Younotus and most recently the top UK producers Goodboys (Meduza / Piece Of My Heart). The new single is coming from the empowering perspective of a young female artist, who is in the game to stay and eventually takes what she desires.
BEN PLATT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM REVERIE + RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HAPPY TO BE SAD”
“I wrote this song the day after my boyfriend left me for a 5-month stretch,” Platt says. “It was the first time we had to be apart long term because of the pandemic. It came incredibly naturally and was an immediate expression of the mixed emotions I was feeling that day- the sadness to be away from him against the joy and celebration of finding someone I love enough to make me feel that way.”
Hear Jeremy Pinnell’s Bakersfield-Infused Ode To The Road “Night Time Eagle”
In a flurry of vocal harmonies, funky telecaster picking, and a steady two step beat, Jeremy Pinnell’s brand new single “Night Time Eagle” is off to the races before listeners even know what hit them. It’s a song full of Bakersfield country vibes over which Pinnell’s words narrate the balance of keeping the proverbial tour-train on its tracks.
JOY DENALANE RELEASES NEW SINGLE / VIDEO “FOREVER”
From the first note, “Forever” sounds as if it had been produced in 1967 at the legendary Motown Hitsville recording studios in Detroit – and not almost fifty years later in New York and Munich. The choirs, the iconic bass, the flute sounds: every inch a classic. “Forever” is the second bonus track to be released from Joy’s deluxe edition from her soul album Let Yourself Be Loved.
Anna Aarons ‘A Perfect Day’ – Watch the video!
“I’m walking way above cloud 9, making my own sunshine” is the opening line of “A Perfect Day”, a feel-good happy song performed by London singer songwriter Anna Aarons. This positive upbeat track, written by Dean Adams and Nick Moxsom, is out now via Cute Spider Records and distributed by Horus Music.
Jason Payne releases debut EP ‘The Abyss with new video ‘The Purge’
Jason on ‘The Purge’:
“Very proud and excited to release our new video “The Purge”. It’s a song that talks about feeling stuck in your own prison and then you fight your own demons and you set yourself free from the pain. It was inspired by a personal chapter in my life and with the ideology of cleansing yourself from the sins and mistakes you did in the past. It’s about forgiving yourself and move on. A powerful, upbeat, riff-driven, sing-along new single in support of my new EP, with a music video shot in the legendary Camden Town venue ‘The Underworld’ to accompany.”
YN Jay Celebrates Making It Out in the “Magic Stick” Video
Born to rough circumstances in Beecher, MI, YN Jay escaped his situation with his raunchy rhymes and inimitable flow. Celebrating his newfound success, Jay shares “Magic Stick.” Populated by gentle guitar licks and blown-out bass courtesy of ENRGY, “Magic Stick” is a quintessential Flint-style smack-talker, packed with X-rated punchlines and delivered with Jay’s signature tumbling delivery: “How the f*ck you make it out the hood?/I had to rap, that’s it,” shouts Jay. In the video, Jay proves his “Coochie Man” bonafides while observing a couple at the airport before heading out to a rural field to dance the day away with some close friends. The follow-up to last week’s video for “72 Hours,” “Magic Stick” is a new addition to Coochie Chronicles, Jay’s latest opus.
Skope Magazine x Foxera (New Vocalist, New Single)
The band shares: “‘Picture Perfect’ is a reflection on the disconnect between reality and social media as well as longing for simpler times. Modernity brings complex dynamics to our lives which can feel isolating and make the fear of missing out more prevalent than ever – it’s important to step back and enjoy living in the moment.”