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Watch 18-Year-Old Hybrid Artist ericdoa’s Explosive Video For “back n forth”
“back n forth” arrives shortly after his label-debut single, “fantasize,” which includes a funky bassline and dancefloor-ready guitar – disco hip-hop, hyper-pop bliss. The song garnered recognition from Ones To Watch who praised it as a “breakout moment” and “contender for song of the summer,” UPROXX who included it in their “Best New Pop Music” weekly column, Lyrical Lemonade who praised eric as “one of the biggest gems in the entire industry,” and more. The buzzy single also led to a cover of Spotify’s Anti-Pop Playlist. Today “fantasize” has accumulated over 3.3 million streams globally and nearly half a million views.
LORDE RELEASES “MOOD RING” AHEAD OF HER HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD STUDIO ALBUM SOLAR POWER
GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum artist LORDE has dropped “MOOD RING”, the latest song off her forthcoming third studio album, Solar Power, which will be released via Republic Records this Friday, August 20th. The song comes alongside an epic music video featuring LORDE as you’ve never seen her before.
Ben Bostick Shares Moving New Single “Lucky Us”
Bostick’s Grown Up Love is an album that grew out of necessity and love. In February 2020 Bostick welcomed his second daughter into the world. Not only did they move across the country with a newborn baby, right before the world caught fire last year and work dried up. But they also found out in that Spring, that their older daughter, Carmela, was losing abilities she previously had.
Distant Fires was recorded at MRX in the SODO district of Seattle in November 2019. Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City, Yautja, Floor) lent his recording and engineering skills to the album, giving it a big, natural, roomy sound well-suited to HEIRESS’ organic approach and tone-obsessive timbre. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. Though steeped in despair, Distant Fires is a slow-burner of an album that reveals a new dimension of its power with each listen.
Big Jade Samples Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss” in a New Video
Annihilating beats with her ferocious flow, Big Jade can make any beat her own–no matter how famous the original song. Putting her stamp on a beloved ’00s rap hit, Big Jade samples Lil Mama in her new “Lip Gloss” freestyle and music video. The song’s instantly recognizable boom-clap beat is the ideal canvas for Jade to inject her East Texas attitude, peppering in references to the original song while attacking the beat from a wholly different angle than Lil Mama tried in the original song: “B*tches don’t like me/And Ion like hoes neither/And I don’t care if y’all was friends/I don’t need y’all neither.” In the video, a green-haired Jade relaxes in the studio with her team as she shows off her skills. The new freestyle is Jade’s first release since her acclaimed debut project Pressure, and will appear on her sample-heavy upcoming mixtape Jade Wins, due later this summer.
The R Train Come Alive with
The R Train is known to be a symbol of a journey through Rock and Roll, much like the R Train of New York, their namesake, is a journey through New York City. The three piece band creates their own version of Rock and Roll taking inspiration from artists throughout the genre, from Tom Petty and the Beatles to Black Sabbath and Rush with an overall Queen feeling.
The son of novelist Eve Becker and visual artist Bill Liebeskind, Leo was born in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and raised in a community in Upper Manhattan full of New full of art and music. His maternal grandfather and first teacher, Eugene Becker, was the second chair violinist in the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, and pushed Leo to play music and start learning the violin at just three years old. Though the violin didn’t seem to click, Liebeskind did spend hours as a young child at his dad’s piano, teaching himself until his parents let him quit violin and take piano lessons instead when he was ten.
25-year-old singer-songwriter Allison Ponthier grew up as a wide-eyed misfit in the Lone Star State. Her debut EP, Faking My Own Death merges raw self-expression with a sound both timeless and delicately inventive, tapping Ponthier’s affinity for indie-folk and alt-rock, yet hinting at her country roots with its heart-on-sleeve storytelling and crystalline vocal work.
Amazing Grave from Los Angeles and Vancouver have just released their debut single “Dog Chained to Dog” via Eric’s Cool Records. The two-piece describe themselves as heavy metal with the goal of not being heavy in the traditional metal sense. The duo says they would rather be “heavy in groove, beats, screams and sarcasm. Imagine dark-humour comedian Anthony Jeselnik fronting Death Grips.”
Beks shares cinematic video for ‘Devoted’
A lighthearted take on six films, the video includes iconic scenes from Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Love Actually, The Notebook, Spiderman 2, and Ghost, retelling them with the narrative of ‘I’m not devoted to you’ – Bek’s punchy antithesis. From Rose pushing Jack into the icy water of the Atlantic Ocean to an overwhelmed Baby sprinting out of dance rehearsals with Johnny, a newly-heartbroken Beks daydreams these classics with revised bitter endings. As a queer artist, it was also important for Beks to include a diverse cast of twenty dancers, paying homage to her hometown of Brisbane, performing outside the iconic Fortitude Valley Music Hall. Each cast member was dressed in unique, up-cycled creations from Brisbane fashion designer Kimbra Lou. Beks’ also aimed to lessen her footprint and further flex her creativity, by thrifting or DIY-ing all other props and styling: “I made the door for the titanic scene out of a boggy board and cardboard. The project was fully arts and crafts home job!”, explains Beks.
SEEYOUSOON SET UP SECOND ALBUM WITH OMINOUS NEW CUT, “NO DAYLIGHT”
Buzzing Floridian 9-piece seeyousoon begin the journey to the reveal of their second album with ominous new rap cut “NO DAYLIGHT”, a bustling track showcasing the unique flows from this diverse group of talented artists. Built atop a bed of murky beats, the track is an exciting first look into what is coming next from the hotly regarded collective. Speaking on the release, seeyousoon state:
Life repeatedly brings us the same lesson until it’s finally learned. With some games it’s better not to play than to keep on losing. Meandering through interlocking guitar lines against a band that swells, fades, and swells again, singer/songwriter Stephen Fong works through these lessons with gentle and eerie poise on In-Side’s latest track.
A few weeks after debuted the single “Dogma”, Swiss metalcore/progressive/modern metal quintet, SINEQUANON just shared another single with the song “Give Me The Key” available right now on YouTube.
For reminder : this fall, the band will released its debut album called ‘Hope Brings Us Together’, produced by Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Threat Signal, Scar The Martyr…).
JO O’MEARA SHARES THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘SWEET SURRENDER’ FROM THE NEW ALBUM ‘WITH LOVE’, OUT NEXT FRIDAY
In comparison to the overwhelming success and hectic schedule of S Club’s glory days, Jo O’Meara has kept a relatively low profile in recent years. But when your voice and classic hits have soundtracked so many important moments in people’s lives, fans aren’t going to forget about you. And that was proven when Jo recently unveiled ‘On The Surface’, the lead single from her new solo album ‘With Love’ that follows next Friday 27th August. The album fired to #1 on iTunes’ pre-order chart, helped by Jo returning to daytime TV as a guest on This Morning.
After making their debut on Saturday Night Live in March, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have today announced their highly-anticipated forthcoming album The Future. The album, which was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House), is out November 5th on Stax Record. The band have also shared the album’s lead single ‘Survivor’.
Watch: Amber-Simone shares exceptional new track ‘Black, No Sugar’
The extraordinarily talented singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer delivers once again on the soulful track, showcasing her inimitable vocal and impressive song-writing ability. ‘Black, No Sugar’ is a journey of self-discovery for Amber-Simone and a celebration of her black heritage. Amber sees ‘Black No Sugar’ as a song she would have needed to hear when she was younger and for anyone questioning if they are valid or beautiful. Speaking on the track, Amber said: “It’s a reminder for whoever needs to hear it. You are enough just as you are and your blackness is a gift.”
Mother Mother share colourful new video for ‘The Knack’
“‘The Knack’ is the only song about romantic love on ‘INSIDE’,” says frontman Ryan Guldemond. “It finds the narrator confessing to a lack of talent in the domain while also expressing a strong desire to mature, but without doing the work. 2020 was a year when relationships were likely challenged and re-evaluated widely and, without doing the work, were prone to break down. This is akin to the relationships we have with ourselves, that being the central theme of ‘INSIDE’: the self. ‘The Knack’ was a way of reiterating this theme through the lens of romantic love.”
Mrley, the pseudonym of 23 year-old Marley Rutherford, today shares his debut single, “My Side Of London”. Raw and insistent – a tribute to the boroughs he grew up in – it’s an introduction to an unbridled sound that is both self-produced and defiant.
The anthemic “My Side Of London” pulls from a wealth of subgenres and influences, all tied together by the caustic spirit and energy of punk.
Church Girls is a band that finds comfort in change. Based in Philly, the band’s latest single ‘Separated’ finds revelation in escape while channeling the spoken-word delivery of The Hold Steady and the sheer force of Mannequin Pussy.
Having been supported by the likes of Soulection Radio, Clash Magazine, Mixtape Madness, and GRM Daily to name a few, London-based R&B vocalist John Alone returns with new single ‘On the Low’.
A slow-burning jam ‘On the Low’ combines John Alone’s signature R&B vocals and more rap-like delivery. Heavily inspired by his own background and the music prevalent on the continent, but embellished by John Alone’s own uniquely British upbringing and cultural outlook, it was created as a fun nod and celebration of the melting pot created by the meshing of disparate groups of people together.
The Surfing Magazines drop melancholic new single ‘Ten Days Of Shiver’
Tapping into their trademark blend of playful lyricism, jangly guitars and melancholic undertones, ‘Ten Days Of Shiver’ is The Surfing Magazines at their best. The hand-drawn, pirate map-themed official video perfectly captures the energy of the track. They are in the midst of a UK tour, having already performed in Margate and London, with a slew of further dates in the pipeline (full tour listings below).
Emerging Scottish Rapper MC Salum releases cosmic cut ‘These Fumes’! Out now via Big Indie Records! x
Dundee-based emerging rapper and producer artist MC Salum cuts deep with cosmic track ‘These Fumes’, released 18th August via Big Indie Records. At the forefront of an emerging Scottish rap scene and eager to collaborate, the track boasts collaborations with up-and-coming Scottish artists Noro and Brandon. Fresh cut ‘These Fumes’ follows on the heels of previous single ‘To The Teeth’, both serving as a mission statement, capturing his hunger to succeed.
Astræa’s beautiful live performance of ‘Scars’
Filmed at London’s Craxton Studios, Astræa performs her raw and poignant new single accompanied by a string quartet. Her vulnerability laid bare with nowhere to hide, the stunning space captures and amplifies every shred of sincerity embedded within the track, providing a stark reminder of the emotional rush of witnessing a live performance.
Rod Wave Announces SoulFly (Deluxe), Shares “Time Heals” Video
Delivering emotional rap ballads in his inimitable singing voice, Rod Wave is quickly becoming one of the defining artists of his generation. Preparing an expanded edition of his most successful project to date, Rod announces the imminent arrival of SoulFly( Deluxe). Appending nine new songs to the original album, home to hits like “Tombstone,” “Street Runner,” and “Richer” ft. Polo G, SoulFly (Deluxe) continues Rod’s remarkable journey from the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida to the top of the game. The new songs comment on the difficulties of navigating fame and the impossibility of escaping a traumatic past, featuring vivid stories delivered with Rod’s singular soulfulness. Featuring appearances from Lil Durk and Kodak Black, SoulFly (Deluxe) arrives on August 20th via Alamo Records.
Startup Venture, AVENUEAR, Launches the First Global Music, Delivery Platform That Connects Independent Artists, Writers, and Producers Directly with Industry Executives
Startup music venture, AVENUEAR, has announced today the launch of its digital music, a delivery platform where independent artists will have the unique opportunity to submit their music material directly to industry professionals including key A&R executives, producers, publishers, music supervisors, managers, curators, radio DJs, and A-list musicians in real-time. Among these executives include Rodney Jerkins, Jeff Fenster, Ken Komisar, Chris Gotti, Daniel Werner, Jazmine Valencia, DJ Clue, Latin power executive Jonathan Gandarilla “Ganda” and more.
George Khouri & Klassik Release the “Funk Dat” Music Video, Bringing the 70’s Back!
George Khouri & Klassik release the music video for “Funk Dat,” the hit single from their “Lucky 7” album. “Funk Dat” is an upbeat, Pop Funk song with catchy lines and hypnotic vocal melodies. With a disco dance floor and a neon pillow fight, you can’t help but want to join the party happening in “Funk Dat.” George Khouri said, “I was having so much fun filming the video that I forgot to deliver my lines in half of the takes.”
NYC Solo Artist Nick Vivid Releases Funky Rhodes-Driven “Hush Money (Straight to the Bribe)” first single and announces No More Secrets LP
“You can’t bullshit a bullshitter and I’m the greatest of them all. Are you gonna be corrupt or are you gonna be honest? You can’t be both at the same time, though many people would like to be one and have you believe they are the other,” says NYC-based indie electronic funk artist Nick Vivid about his new single “Hush Money (Straight to the Bribe)”, out today from his upcoming LP No More Secrets (release date: November 12, 2021 via MegaPlatinum Records). The record release party for No More Secrets will take place at Brooklyn’s All Night Skate (54 Rockaway Ave Brooklyn, NY 11233) on November 13.
Botany captures sign of the times on new track “F*ck This Whole Day” out today; ‘Portal Orphanage’ EP out 9/3 on Western Vinyl
“I never intended for the Botany title to be an avatar for myself,” Spencer Stephenson describes. “It has always simply been the name I’ve put on whatever I’ve put out, and was meant to be totally freeform. But over the years, it feels like there’s a little bit of a mitosis that’s happened whether I want it to or not, and the name has crystallized into something that sets parameters for me, instead of the other way around. I feel compelled to get away from that a bit.”