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Rising prodigy VIKTOR SNIPES drops huge new single and visuals to “International Vocal”
Fresh from releasing a slew of acclaimed singles one rate last year, the rising star teases his first offering from his forthcoming EP S2DNi in “International Vocal” – an assertive afro-induced banger laced with compelling lyricism and a set of classy visuals to match. Renowned for his immaculate rhythms and sampling, “International Vocal” acts as a timely reminder of Viktor Snipes innate skill and deeper ability.
Canadian symphonic metal band URIEL are pleased to announce that they will be re-releasing their album Multiverse on CD on October 1st 2021. The album will be available via their Bandcamp.
Frontwoman Gaia Guarda commented “I am so happy that we will be releasing Multiverse to a new audience! We put a lot of time and effort into these songs and I’m stoked for more people to hear them.”
Olivia Rodrigo collaborator Josh Cumbee sings of a fateful romance with a woman of destiny on new single ‘Be My Jane’, released August 13 along with lyric video
The “Jane” in the title ‘Be My Jane’ is a reference to the heroine in the classic Tarzan series. With his trademark touch, Cumbee describes the intense power of meeting the woman of his destiny – the Jane to his Tarzan. Cumbee sings the romantic lyric “I’ll be your Tarzan and you’ll be my Jane” in a beautiful falsetto, over a memorable mid-tempo track that will keep you cool in the heat of summer.
Melbourne-based metalcore band THE LAST MARTYR will release their new single, ‘Afterglow’ on August 20th 2021. The track is from their upcoming EP Purgatory. The song is a hard-hitting and nostalgic bop about young love and reflection through rose colored glasses. The track itself features a huge chorus with a twist in the middle via a trap second verse.
Vocalist, Monica Strut, shares the story behind the tune:
“Afterglow was written as an apology to a past lover whose heart I selfishly trod on. It was kind of this push/pull, will they/won’t they situation where it was hard to tell if love was actually apparent or if the idea of love was the appeal. In the end, fear and doubt got in the way before anything could eventuate.
Thinking about the time in my life this person was around, I was immediately transported to a chapter where I was young, partying a lot and living a fairly rock n’ roll lifestyle. The song is a culmination of that time where a lot of bad decisions were made yet everything seemed like an adventure.”
Produced by Chris Lalic (Windwaker, Rumours, To Octavia), the song marks the second installment of the band’s forthcoming EP and will be followed by a video clip in weeks to come.
As a listener, you will hear relatable confident story telling that makes you want to turn the speakers up. Rico’s message is one that inspires you to chase your dream regardless of what others have to say.
Capturing the emotions of being an independent artist who “almost made it”, still waiting for his big break, Rico Cocchi showcases his rap skills while sharing some of his motivators like giving back to his family.
Fuzz guitar driven alternative rock that often dives in to calmer and slower atmospheres…That is the core of “Somber Distortion,” the new solo project from Joni Kyynäräinen. Although she is planning to make this a full-gigging band at one point, the project was born at the end of 2020. She wanted to combine her love for 80s and 90s alternative rock, with fuzzy atmospheric guitars and punk-style singing: Balancing the line between lo-fi and hi-fi.
“It might not sound like the most unique mix at first, but I think I`ve managed to cook something special here,” says Joni. “And although I am not a fan of the term ‘therapy project,” the process of making the EP was quite liberating.”
Science fiction fueled band Alpha Boötis bring their debut release into the future with a reboot, Jump to Alpha Bootis. The album is set to be released on September 24th 2021.
Lance Houck – I Need To Know Your Name
From Sutter Creek, CA, Lance Houck is an experienced singer-songwriter, who began playing music when he was ten years old, and started recording at about twelve. Lance has since written and recorded over 300 songs. His songs are typically acoustic and modern pop with a Classic Rock flavor, often compared to The Beatles, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift. One of his comedic songs was featured on “The Tonight Show.” Lance says “It was so surreal to see Jimmy and the Roots playing and singing along, while the whole audience was clapping and singing to the rhythm.” In the live music world, Lance has been gigging for many years in the Bay Area of California, with a group called I*ko Yaya. He describes the band as a “New Orleans Soul, Blues, Cajun, Mardi Gras and Zydeco band that aims to bring fun & lots and lots of dancing wherever they go.” Lance plays bass, guitar, and sang in this band.
Trendsetter, and timely groovemaker, on ‘EDM For Living,” Adriana Kaegi proves she is still a mistress of the sweet spot we all love that hovers between music, fashion and fun.
Artist: Mirror Monster – Track: Pretty Things Made With All Our Love
Mirror Monster is David Minnix and Michael Skib. They are an Ann Arbor, MI based band creating songs that navigate the spaces between electronic dance music, experimental, pop, and folk. Previously, Michael has played with local indie rock outfit The Paths; David has made electronic music for years as the solo act xinniw, and is a core organizer of North Coast Modular Collective.
Showcasing their talent for seamless genre fusions, ‘Catalyst’ takes listeners through a nostalgic soundscape of groove, a definitively 90’s R&B-oriented sound offset with their trademark South London rap finesse.
A trio of aliases; SheiyhSweat, J2ND and Southcoastcalms, The Swirlers again showcase the sleek lyrical talent displayed on prior release ‘SNOB’ over a self-produced, synth-laden instrumental balancing the raunchy lyrical content.
BETWEEN OCEANS release new single ‘Oblivion’
While always keeping their eyes peeled on the current tendencies in modern metal, BETWEEN OCEANS deliver a blend of bone shattering breakdowns, rifferama and catchy melodies. After the succesful releases of their first two singles, the quintet now present the third single from their upcoming album – check out ‘Oblivion’ and the accompanying lyric video above.
A few days after unveilling the music video of their brand new track “La Proie Pour l’Ombre”, French heavy post-hardcore/metal four-piece Maps And Foils just officially released the song as digital single on your favourite platform.
For reminder, the band will released their debut full-length album called ‘Less Is Mort’ on CD & Digital this fall while pre-orders are opened right now on Ulule.
Ethereal singer-songwriter Amberay releases new single ‘Summer Breeze’
Amberay has always been wiser beyond her years, she first burst onto the music scene at just 14 years old. Now 19, she is taking a new direction with her music, moving away from the shimmering electro-pop basis of her previous releases into a more mature, poignant realm. Latest offering ‘Summer Breeze’ sees the enigmatic talent reflect on the value of love accompanied by a gorgeously aesthetic video.
Kate Havnevik celebrates freedom with ‘Taking Flight’ video
Norwegian experimental artist, composer, producer and musician Kate Havnevik has released a brand new video for her latest single ‘Taking Flight’, taken from her forthcoming album out this autumn. Watch the video here.
‘Taking Flight’ is a majestic emotive pop track and an ode to escapism. The song has been created with Kate’s long term producing partner Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Madonna, Alanis Morisette) and features stunning virginals keys, a commanding 80s drum beat and Kate’s transfixing vocals which exude optimism in this powerful anthem.
Released on 13th August, Sheffield’s brightest post/punk hopes step-up the stakes with one of their most engrossing cuts to date.
“Behind the face, scenarios no one can see” hisses frontman Lawrence Feenstra in a track that puts humanity’s voyeuristic people-watching habits under a closer lens.
Swiftly following their amorously received debut single “Mountain Soda”, the Liverpool band pump-up the stereo with a scintillating second effort, as recorded with Kurran Karbal (Munkey Junkey, ZUZU).
Skope video submission: Paapa-Berchie, “TiDal Wave”. Ghanaian-American artist brings opera to rap
“To ride with me on my TiDal Wave is to join me on this journey of self-discovery, freedom, and joy as we navigate the ups and downs of life,” says Paapa-Berchie. “No matter the circumstance, whether good or bad, let’s ride this TiDal Wave called life, and let’s make something great of it.”
upcoming UK artist and producer RUFUS has just released ‘One Eye Open’
‘One Eye Open’ has been getting strong early support from the likes of Capital Xtra, Noctis Magazine, Alfitude, GUAP Magazine, SingersRoom and The Hype Magazine, and we would love to add your support as well.
DC The Don Is Impossible to Ignore on “Notice Me”
A versatile talent who takes inspiration from multiple genres, DC The Don cannot help but command the spotlight. Delivering a new song highly-anticipated by his fans, DC shares “Notice Me,” his new single. The 21-year-old artist has been teasing the song on social media for months, generating over 70k views on a YouTube snippet. Delivering candy-coated melodies and atop the song’s percolating synths, DC chronicles all the ways he demands attention, from his sports car, to his bankroll, to his über-confident attitude: “Oh you got a fast car? Come and race me/I’m in my Demon, whoa, you drive at safe speed.”