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Central songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Thea Juliette, reveals the song is “heavily inspired by suburbia and what this does to people’s creativity and sense of mind-body connection when you live in concrete jungles.” She continues, “The record is a kaleidoscope; a re-interpretation of my subconscious. Each song examines disparate aspects of a relationship break down. A soul mate breakdown. It’s like I’m on a train and each stop is a different song, a different part of the story, and I’m looking out at myself but I can’t reach her. It’s an out of body experience. It is a culmination of many relationships in my life including the difficult relationship I have with myself. I was rootless and homeless for a period of time and this underpins everything too. I’m inspired by how loss changes us”
KITO & BEA MILLER UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO, “STEAL MY CLOTHES”
Kito returns with “Steal My Clothes” ft. Bea Miller – a highly relatable tale about being irresistibly drawn to someone despite their capacity for wrecking your life and raiding your closet. Kito creates an effervescent dance-pop track with her signature production elements and distinct distorted vocal chops as Miller wryly lays out a sequence of chaotic situations.
Acclaimed Alt-Rock Songwriter My Silent Bravery Announces Summer Single via PopWrapped
The track was produced by Russell Ali & Sanjoy Deb (Jaden Hossler, Mark Tuan, Elliot Yamin) and was co-written with Mitchell Rose and recorded at West Coast Customs Studios in Burbank, CA, made famous by the tv show Pimp My Ride.
ABSTRACT MINDSTATE DROPS KANYE WEST PRODUCED, YZY SND DEBUT ALBUM ‘DREAMS STILL INSPIRE’
Abstract Mindstate – the Chicago rap duo from the late ’90s / early 2000’s consisting of E.P. Da Hellcat and Olskool Ice-Gre have delivered YZY SND’s first official release Dreams Still Inspire. The album was produced in full by Kanye West, the first album he has fully produced that was not his own since 2005. Dreams Still Inspire features West, Jonquia Rose, Luka Sabbat, Tony Williams and Deon Cole (full tracklisting below). The release is accompanied by a new, Neesin directed video for the album’s lead single “A Wise Tale”. The visual follows E.P. and Olskool Ice-Gre emerging from the pages of the leatherbound A Wise Tale, advising unfideliously-curious young couples to take heed to their words of wisdom.
appleby shares stunning ‘While You Were Sleeping’ EP via WILDER
LA-via-Chicago artist, appleby, today shares his While You Were Sleeping EP via WILDER Records, the joint venture from Future Classic (Flume, G Flip, Buzzy Lee) and Tom Windish (founder of Windish Agency). This is the first EP from WILDER since their home run of singles that have come out since spring 2020.
ROCKBORN’s new single/video, “Rock Me Harder,” is set to drop on August 6th – which will serve as a preview of the group’s forthcoming brand new studio album (arriving in spring 2022).
Comprised of members Lu Reid (vocals), John Lyell (guitar), Dino Serna (bass), and Gary Gabaldon (drums), ROCKBORN is a female-fronted heavy rock band that is intense, sexy, bluesy yet edgy with raspy, sassy power vocals performed with dynamic emotional passion.
Dark, tasty guitar riffs and funky fresh bass lines are lifted up to the stratosphere by hard-hitting, solid drum rhythms and powerful, soaring vocals. ROCKBORN creates music with heartfelt lyrics, emotional depth, melodic intricacies that have modern, contagious hard energy, down-to-earth classic grit, heavy with mystical “Zeppelinesque” romance and enduring timeless appeal.
True to form and in typical 220 KID style, authentic collaboration is at the center of this record sparked by 220 KID and LANY front man Paul Klein’s blossoming friendship and shared love for creating anthemic crossover pop music that evokes positivity and joy amongst listeners. “Stupid Feelings” is a musical juxtaposition with heartfelt and emotive lyrics from LANY in contrast with a light, uplifting and progressive beat delivered by 220 KID.
Hard to Kill is D’Arcy’s debut EP release. The EP consists of six tracks, including three that are new: “Forever Numb,” “Dangerous,” and title track “Hard to Kill.” Thematically, the EP focuses on self-empowerment, young love, addiction, and heartbreak. At times dark and moody, and at times strong and powerful, Hard to Kill is imbued with honesty, attitude and confidence, taking the listener through a range of emotions, sounds and narratives.
Lil Wayne, KSI Release New Music Video And Single, “Lose”
KSI – Olajide ‘JJ’ Olatunji – reaches new heights today with the release of his highly anticipated single “Lose,” featuring multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne. “Lose” follows the critically acclaimed release of KSI’s #1 sophomore album All Over The Place; 2021’s follow up to his debut LP Dissimulation, which made him the biggest selling U.K. breakthrough artist of 2020. “Lose” featuring Lil Wayne is available on all streaming platforms via BMG / RBC Records.
RISING HYPERPOP STAR ELYOTTO RELEASES NEW TRACK “PROFANE”
ElyOtto says, “”SugarCrash!” allowed me to connect with so many fans and listeners on a musical and personal level, and I’m super excited to take them on another ride with “Profane”. The new song goes in a different direction. It’s a darker sound, less sweet, but I think it still has that ElyOtto feel. It’s ElyOtto with an edge and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”
VELVETS Release New Single “Loved By You” – Self-Titled Debut Album Out September 24
Velvets have released a new single, titled ”Loved by You”. The Finnish rock n’ roll duo once again embraces the sweet and tender side of classic-sounding rock. Smooth guitar licks, warm melodies, and memorable lyrics set the mood of ”Loved by You”, a love song dedicated to one of the band members’ soon-to-be-wife.
SICK OF IT ALL Releases New Animated Lyric Video For “Beef Between Vegans”
“We’re excited to announce the release of our apocalyptic and hopefully not prophetic lyric video for “Beef Between Vegans.” Please check it out and keep an eye out as we add more tour dates to our calendar. Can’t wait to see all of you again,” states SICK OF IT ALL about the release.
RISING ECLECTIC SINGER/SONGWRITER SAINT BODHI RELEASES NEW, VIBRANT EP ANTISOCIAL VIA DEF JAM
Today, emerging singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi releases her new expansive EP Antisocial via Def Jam. The 6-track EP finds Bodhi experimenting with a variety of intricate sounds, including aquatic R&B, dreamy rap, avant funk and more.
“I don’t like how humans operate at times,” Saint Bodhi says. “I try to stay away from trouble, because my fuse is shorter than other people’s.”
James Raftery Releases the Lovely “Tornado” Today
After a brief stint as a horror movie actor, James Raftery began releasing music under the moniker Rat Wakes Red in 1998. As Rat Wakes Red, he made 3 full length albums, 2 EPs, and 3 music videos. Live show highlights included opening for Bob Mould, Hayden, Sloane, and Digable Planets. In 2017 he shed the moniker and released Everything, self-produced and a change in sound to electronica and synth-pop.
Molly Herron Releases “Lyra” from Viola da Gamba Album
” ‘Lyra’ is the joining of two techniques—one ancient and one modern,” says Herron. “The strings of the viola da gamba are tuned to the specifications of an early manuscript. The central player, Zoe Weiss, plays with a newly developed harmonic pluck. At the meeting point is music that floats timelessly between these two worlds.”
Merci Release New Single “China Tiger”
Lyrically, the new single is vulnerable, expressive, and near and dear to the band members’ hearts. Fittingly, they directed and filmed the accompanying visual themselves. Describing the song as a “powerful and honest expression” of the pressure the members were feeling when creating it, lead singer Seth Coggeshall shares:
3X GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SUPER PRODUCER HIT-BOY SERVES AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON NAS’ KING’S DISEASE II
3x GRAMMY Award-winning multi-hyphenate artist Hit-Boy serves as executive producer on Nas’ highly anticipated King’s Disease II out today via Mass Appeal. The album is the sequel to last year’s King’s Disease, which earned a GRAMMY (“Best Rap Album”) and was also executive produced by Hit-Boy. King’s Disease II includes star-studded features from Eminem, EPMD, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, YG, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Blxst.
ANONYMOUS CLUB SCREENSAVERS ALBUM OUT NOW
Anonymous Club has released its debut compilation, SCREENSAVERS VOL 1, executive produced by Yves Tumor, and featuring music from Anonymous residents, including Tama Gucci, Sabrina Fuentes from Pretty Sick, Izzy Spears, and Santiago. With additional collaborations from Chicken, Hook, and Ian Isiah, the 10 piece compilation of tracks are entirely different in sound and subject. The compilation arrives after a pair of Anonymous Club releases: chaotic rap song “Bleedinout” feat. Izzy and founding member Leech, and grunge anthem “Ketamean (NY Mix)” feat. Sabrina Fuentes, the latter accompanied by a visualizer out today.
Jeremy Shada Releases Explosive Video For New ’80s Pop Inspired Single “Dancing With Strangers”
Introducing Jeremy Shada—the bi-coastal Emmy and MTV Award winning actor and musician most notable for his work as Reggie Peters in Netflix’s Julie and the Phantoms, the voice of Finn the Human in Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, and previously the bassist of pop-punk act Make Out Monday, just to name a few. On his new independent endeavor, the 24-year-old talent explores an array of soundscapes from the greatest eras of popular music by-way-of autobiographical vignettes. Tapping Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount as his right-hand collaborators, Shada now shares the video for his new single “Dancing With Strangers”—an anti-hookup culture bop filled with Phil Collins-esque ‘80s drum beats and an electrifying guitar solo that’ll inspire you to find love again.
Janice Shares New Track “Let It Rain” || Out Now On [PIAS] Recordings
Today Swedish soul and R&B crossover Janice has released the sun-drenched single “Let It Rain”.
Born in Stockholm, Janice was surrounded by music, putting on shows in her living room every night and singing in the Tensta Gospel Choir (previous members include Seinabo Sey and Lykke Li). It was this community and safe haven that allowed Janice to connect deeply with her own feelings and begin a professional career in singing.
Born in Silicon Valley, Guy Bokobza aka Boko moved to Tel Aviv in 2010 after several back-and-forth trips from the US to Israel. His latest single release, ‘Miss u so’, is taken from the upcoming ‘Dirty’ EP and will be released on Friday, 6th August.
The funk-infused pop single is the quintessential summer single that’s guaranteed to have listeners adding it to their favorite playlists.
“There’s always been something about hotel rooms that makes me feel all mysterious and mischievous. The anonymity that I get when I walk into that stock, cookie-cutter room. Knowing that all evidence of what’s happened in here before has been wiped clean and will be again when I leave.” – Payson Lewis
RATINOFF Shakes Off The Tedium Of Life With “Another Day”
“‘Another Day’ came out of experimentation. I never thought it was going to be on the album, let alone as a single.” says alt-rock artist RATINOFF about his propulsive new single and video. The third single from his upcoming album LET IT OUT, (release date: September 17 via CEN/The Orchard), “Another Day” posits the SoCal-based alt-rock artist in a mundaneness of absence, pining for a woman who injected much-needed excitement to his otherwise humdrum life.
Fake Names Release ‘Fake Names EP’
Punk rock supergroup Fake Names – which includes Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) – have just dropped their new self-titled EP. The EP features guest drummer Brendan Canty (Rites of Spring, Fugazi).
SARA KAYS UNVEILS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING EP
Including her viral breakup anthem, “Remember That Night?”, the EP is highlighted by the new single and title track featuring UK-based indie pop artist Cavetown. Capturing the nuances of Sara’s confessionally quirky lyrics, glassy melodies, and chantable observations, “Struck By Lightning (Ft. Cavetown) is accompanied by an official music video co-starring both artists and streaming now via YouTube
Mary McGuinness Releases Tammy Wynette Cover
“This is a tribute cover to the “First Lady of Country Music,” she says. “Live, love, ache, and recover. No one sang heartbreak better than Tammy Wynette. I’ve been through many ups and downs in my life, like anyone, and it’s ok to ask for help. That’s why we’re all here, to support each other. We all need someone to lean on during the tough times in our lives.”
The Field Tapes has spent the better part of the last year recording new music with friend and longtime collaborator Ezzy, the artist name for producer and multi-instrumentalist Zach Ezzy. The first track to come from the latest session is “late may,” a 2-minute lo-fi/chillhop arrangement inspired by the end of Spring when it’s finally beginning to turn to Summer. “It’s when late evening thunderstorms turned into beautiful pink sunsets, a time for change & to adjust, realign your goals and get ready to refocus and make the most of the warmer New England months,” says The Field Tapes. Adding, “This song features a vintage melodic Fender Rhodes lines, hard-hitting drums by Ezzy and melodic synth hooks throughout.”