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Quicksand ‘Distant Populations’ Out Now
Recorded at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Distant Populations was produced and engineered by Will Yip (The Menzingers, Code Orange, Defeater), and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold). The album is the follow-up to the critically lauded 2017 release Interiors. Sonically it has a punchier, more up-tempo sound than its predecessor, with its 11 songs being concise, carved sonic jewels boasting not a single wasted note. Its gripping lyricism and raw power leap out from the very first listening.
INDRID COLD Release New Official Video For The Track “Katharse”
Czech post, doom metal band Indrid Cold have released a second official video taken from their 2021 album release Monument Prázdnoty (released worldwide via Sliptrick Records) and once again directed by Luboš Stručovský.
Here’s the bands enigmatic statement; “It is the prayer of my innermost being to realize my supreme identity in the liberated play of consciousness, the Vast Expanse. Now is the moment, here is the place of Liberation.” Alex Grey
Starting today, Cypress Hill takes over Pandora’s 90s Hip Hop radio for their exclusive Artist Takeover Mode. Pandora’s Director of Hip Hop Joshua “J1” Raiford leads a candid conversation with Cypress Hill about the early days of the group and the making of some of their most iconic tracks – plus, they reveal a behind-the-scenes look at memorable moments from their storied career.
During their Artist Takeover Mode, Cypress Hill reminisces about about sharing a joint while deciding on their group’s name, their love for the lowrider car circuit and how that scene inspired them to use bilingual lyrics, and their influences and contemporaries like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy.
I’ve been a fan of young bombs for a while now, so when they asked me to hop on their tune it was an immediate yes,” says JORDY. “From listening to their remixes in college to being the featured artist on “Summer In Brooklyn” it’s really a full circle moment. “Summer In Brooklyn” is the perfect feel-good summer smash that will transport you to a sunny summer Williamsburg afternoon and will get you dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Cannot wait to play this one live!!”
The Midnight Preachers Release Single + Video for “SUMMERTIME”
Irish rock band The Midnight Preachers release their new single titled “Summertime” to all digital outlets today. The song was produced by produced & mixed by the band’s Eoghan MacSheain in Wildwater Studios & mastered by Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal.
“Summertime is a throwback to the mid-90s – summery vibes and nostalgia” says The Midnight Preachers.
Pop Songstress Camille Peruto Unveils New Single “Pretty on the Outside”
“Pretty on the Outside” is a very new sound for me. I’ve always identified as a pop/rock singer songwriter, but this song (and upcoming album) is a lot darker and more real than anything I have ever released. The song is about how we see everything from an outside perspective but we never truly know what someone else is thinking or feeling. “Pretty on the Outside” will set the stage for the album as a whole, which focuses on taking negative situations and looking at them in a brighter light.
Daniela, aka Aunty Social, explains, “This song was written during a day, like many, when I refused to engage with the world outside my bedroom. Sometimes showering and feeding myself is enough of an excuse to withdraw and that’s ok. An itching guilt usually follows and if I could describe the feeling it would be like waiting for something to happen but not willing to make it happen myself. Just a lazy, lazy, self-isolady. Nothing in this song was re-tracked, so it’s basically just a professionally mixed and mastered demo. We tried to re-track the vocals, but I wasn’t able to match the relaxed performance. I always get attached to the ease and confidence of demo vocals so I try to keep whatever I can get away with, and this is the first time I kept every single thing.”
Caveman Shares “Work This Hard” Video Via Coolhunting, Adds More Dates To U.S. Tour w/Caroline Kingsbury + Liily, LP Out Today On Fortune Tellers
Today, Caveman share a brand new single and video “Work This Hard” alongside the release of their new album Smash. On the track, singer Matthew Iwanusa says, “Work This Hard is really about finally saying alright I have a choice to continue to sit in my depression and sadness or go out and find ways to be happy. not necessarily letting go from the memories and the feelings but letting go from the constant weight of sadness.” He describes the inspiration for the accompanying video: “I thought it would be fun to connect all the videos for this record together, but in a fun way. So a few friends and I went up to New Haven with our iPhones and said, let’s film Superbad meets Ferris Bueller meets Billy Madison.”
goodboy noah Recruits Brasstracks for Infectious New Single
Fresh off the release of his breakout debut EP, rising Los Angeles-based pop and R&B-influenced singer-songwriter goodboy noah returns today with the release of his infectious new single “Backseat” available across all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard.
Continuing to fuel growing hype is buzzy LA based singer songwriter KENI , a 19 year old up and comer who has picked up acclaim from names such as PAPER, Coup De Main, Wonderland, CLASH and more on the back of her well received singles, ‘Sid & Nancy’ and ‘Proximity. ‘ Creating alt-pop with a biting edge, KENI combines breathy vocals, heart on sleeve songwriting and imaginative arrangements to create songs which fit across a number of genre. New single ‘ Big Enough’ is her fourth and most impactful track so far – a guitar led cut showcasing the penmanship and unique delivery that is quickly setting Keni apart. Speaking on the track, she states:
UK five-piece MASTIFF today unveils their new video for “Repulse.” Now playing at Revolver Magazine, the track comes by way of the band’s devastating Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth full-length, set to drop on September 10th via Entertainment One.
Rising singer-songwriter vaultboy has released a remix of his viral debut single, “everything sucks,” which features singer-songwriter Eric Nam. vaultboy initially released this track on May 21st, 2021, and rapidly hit #1 on the Spotify Global Charts, staying there for almost two full weeks. “People are always telling me to write happy songs. I think the reason that people like the song is because it’s a happy song that’s kind of aware of the shit that isn’t happy.” vaultboy recently told Genius about the song. vaultboy and Eric Nam also teamed up to shoot an official music video, which will be dropping next week.
Written in LA when Maths Time Joy and Rich met for the first time and only time, the creation of Move is the only track from their upcoming EP to be made in the same room, the rest was created remotely. Sharing a little more MTJ explained: Rich initially came with the demo idea and I loved it straight away. I think this was the moment we realised we shared the same intuition musically and the project developed from there.
Singer-Songwriter Johnny Schaefer Releases New Single & Video That Reminds Us to Focus on What Really Matters!
“I was in Olympia, WA with my husband as caregivers for two parents who were in hospice care at home. My stepfather died in July and my mother died in November of 2020. It was a sacred honor to be with them during their transition. In addition to that, we were in lockdown due to COVID restrictions, so I think most of us were doing a lot of soul-searching about what is important, what we want to accomplish in life, and how we want to spend our time. I wrote a lot of music during those days and ‘While You are Right in Front of Me’ is a song that came from the realization that there really is no time like the present to express our love for each other.”
Juno nominated singer/songwriter Lindsay Schoolcraft has teamed up with fantasy film score composer Christopher Caouette to release the epic “I May Be One” on Bandcamp.
Lindsay commented “This collaboration, while a new venture, has been such a pleasure to create with Chris. When Chris sent me the first version I knew this song was about hope and finding justice and peace. I then created an Elven Warrior Princess character to write the song around. I truly do believe that one person can make a difference and that’s what I feel this song is about. The final touch of adding guitars and drums really brought this whole track together.”
BREAKOUT POP ARTIST KEVIN QUINN RELEASES AWAITED DEBUT SINGLE “WILDFIRE” AND CONCURRENTLY DROPS MUSIC VIDEO
Today, Capitol CMG’s newest pop artist, Kevin Quinn, releases his debut single “Wildfire,” accompanied by the artistic music video for the track. With its compelling message and synth-forward beat, “Wildfire,” fittingly ignites Quinn’s promising career as a musician. With an existing body of work in film and television, the single arrives as a purposeful introduction of the newest chapter for Quinn.
LA based new wave band Alphanaut shares multifaceted new single ‘Shake The Rhythm’
Eclectic and ever-changing, LA/Palm Springs music collective Alphanaut releases their new single, “Shake The Rhythm,” today. This comes as their second single off of upcoming album, “On Some Planets This Is Pop,” due out on October 15th. While being led by playful synth and bouncy pizzicato melody that bring pop elements into the equation, the bright horns lend a dash of big band influence. This special album edit features a gradual chorus fade towards the end that’s taken over by a jazzy improv jam session where the musicians let go of traditional song structure and have some fun showing off their chemistry as a band.
BLACK SWAMP WATER release video/single “Roll Over” today
“Roll Over” is the fourth and final video and single from BLACK SWAMP WATER’s upcoming third album “Awakening”, which will be released on Mighty Music next week, on August 20th. It’s an insistingly catchy song from the get-go, which makes the contrast to the more bleakly serious text all the more noticeable – something the music video (which is produced by Division 666) supports fully.
Jackboy New Single + Announces Album
No star is burning brighter in Florida than Pompano Beach’s own Jackboy. Today, the 23-year-old emcee returns with a visually assisted effort in “You Can Go (Na Na Na)” and announces his anticipated self titled album Jackboy 2 out August 27 via EMPIRE. Despite the celebratory feel of the new track, set off by his knack for intoxicating, light melodies, Jackboy still brings his South Florida roots with him as he adds his raspy, straightforward delivery to create a sound of his own.
BLIND CHANNEL RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BALBOA”
The track is the follow-up single to “Dark Side”, which entered the single charts all over the globe after having just signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. “Balboa’s” powerful Eurovision predecessor has over 40 million streams to date, settting the bar incredibly high, but “Balboa” is easily an equivalent triumph, striking another hammer blow to further establish Blind Channel’s very own brand of ‘Violent-Pop.’
NLE CHOPPA DROPS FIERY NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “MMM HMM”
“Mmm Hmm” feels like another instant smash for the Memphis rapper, who hasn’t let his foot off the gas so far in 2021. Floating above a wordless hook and dizzy piano loop, Choppa raps about his hectic life on the road, the joys and isolation of being a global phenomenon. “Fresh off a plane I think I’m in Ireland/But I feel like I’m on another planet,” he spits. He also shows off his signature wit and memorable one-liners with bars like: “Whip the wheel like I’ma pro / Exotic kinda like my name Joe.”
RED DEVIL VORTEX Releases New Single “ALIVE” + Official Music Video
“ALIVE is the song that starts a new era for Red Devil Vortex, presenting the prodigy guitarist Luis Kalil as the new member. It’s a song of empowerment, about believing in yourself and being free to live on your own terms. After all the craziness and uncertainties brought by the Pandemic, we feel like this is a timeless message that fits the present moment perfectly, reminding us we can always be stronger and kick ass” says the band.
Talia Lava & Diwon’s Come Together is the hottest release of the summer!
Finally this one is out just in time for the middle of the summer! If Boards of Canada and Amy Winehouse got together to make a summer jam, it would go a little something like the latest from Talia Lava & Diwon. Titled “Come Together”, the single rides the waves of what life could be like when you don’t let your ego get in the way, as Talia sings, “I’m riding the waves, and I only attain what’s aligned with my faith.”