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K-Pop boy band, CRAVITY, are continuing to make a name for themselves as 4th generation K-Pop idols, with the release of their first full-length album, Part 1 [The Awakening: Written In The Stars]. Out today, Forbes anticipated this release with an article stating; “The [upcoming] project will possibly bring the band back to the top of the Gaon Albums chart, as they have shown that right out of the gate, they are ones to watch.” Accompanying the album is a music video for their title track “Gas Pedal.” Rapper Allen states; “”Gas Pedal” expresses our relentless drive for more. Its lyrics invite listeners to come along with us on this journey as we “climb towards the peak following the stars.” Its heavy bass, impactful drums arrangements and addictive riff enhances the experience even more by making listeners feel immersed in this race to the top while whipping a “V12 engine ready to zoom.””
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.
Despite the minimalism that “BISOUSxxx” exhibits on its surface, the song is one of contradictions; raw yet crisply digitalized, confessional yet expansive, wistful but never morose. In France, the term ‘Bisous’ is typically used when parting with someone that you are fond of, and LPTH have articulated this sentiment with stark accuracy through this new release.
Toronto rapper Shad releases single + video “Body (No Reason)”
Over the course of five records to date, the JUNO Award-winning rapper has used an array of old-school tools to tackle modern problems, addressing the indignities and absurdities of our world through a shapeshifting mélange of boom-bap breaks, dusty soul samples, jazzy improvisation, and 10-dollar words rolled into thousand-dollar rhymes. Shad is also known for hosting the Netflix Original docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution, which won an Emmy and a Peabody award, and is a former host of CBC Radio’s flagship arts & culture program ‘q.’
Evidence Shares Emotionally Charged Music Video for “Taylor Made Suit”
In the visual directed and edited by frequent collaborator Stephen Vanasco, Evidence raps to his own reflection. Hazy vignettes track him through the desert and under palm trees until one final closeup focuses on him in the titular suit.
Dro Kenji & $NOT Can’t Escape Heartbreak in “Kill Cupid” Animated Video
Championed by the likes of Taz Taylor, Nick Mira, and the rest of Internet Money, Dro Kenji rose from a small town in South Carolina to become a budding rap star in just a matter of months. Melodic, forlorn, and undeniably magnetic, Kenji’s song “KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT demonstrates his immense potential, generating over 5 million streams on Spotify alone. Today, Kenji shares the animated video for “KILL CUPID,” a Taz Taylor, Nash Beats & Census-produced highlight from his EAT YOUR HEART OUT project, which makes literal the song’s exploration of the inevitability of heartbreak.
UK Electronic Producer, Mella Dee, shares new track “A Little Longer” feat. Infinite Coles || Out Now on Don’t Sleep
Today, one of the UK’s most prolific electronic producers, Mella Dee, returns with his brand new single “A Little Longer,” featuring NY based multi-hyphenate Infinite Coles. “A Little Longer” is not just a dance record, but an ode to dance music culture where late-night dance production meets entrancing vocals. The track marks the first time Mella Dee has collaborated with a vocalist, enlisting the hypnotic vocal talent of fellow Don’t Sleep signee Infinite Coles, one of the leading figureheads of the New York fashion and LGBTQ+ communities.
Freaks & Geeks Return to Elevate Records with ‘Waiting For You’
Freaks & Geeks are no strangers to the world of bass music, not just in the US but also transatlantic. It’s in the UK where they’ve found a home at Friction’s Elevate Records, and known through their previous aliases of Doctor P and Roksonix, their music has been heard in clubs across the globe. From their debut single ‘Pressure’ ft. Flowanastasia to their following, heartfelt selection ‘Waiting for You’, they follow their packed release schedule with a brand-new single on the drum & bass imprint.
Alternative pop artist LONA releases stirring new tune ‘Let’s Just Chill’
Hailing from Liverpool, LONA infuses alternative pop with rock and roll energy. With a strong and powerful message of wanting to end bullying running through the core of everything LONA does, his heartfelt and vulnerable vocal performance emphasises the honesty of the lyricism – an unflinching reckoning with the effect our digital lives can have on mental health.
Sheek Louch + Fame (M.O.P.) join Termanology + Amadeus 360 for “Black Mask pt. 2”
Invisible Oranges is hosting the exclusive premiere of “At One With The Earth And Worms,” the latest scourge to be emitted from Phelan, California death metal collective, RUIN. Delivered in the form of a grisly video, the track precedes the release of the band’s third album, Spread Plague Death, which is looming on its release next Friday through Nameless Grave Records.
OMINOUS CONCLUSIONS, the Lovecraft-inspired instrumental project of French guitarist and composer Louis Nas, is streaming his new EP The Outsider via Ghost Cult Magazine. The EP will be released tomorrow.
Louis commented “The Outsider was supposed to be released almost a year ago, but there were a lot of issues that forced me to postpone it. Now that it’s out, it’s an incredible relief, and I must say I’m really proud of the result! I owe it to a lot of talented people I’ve had the chance to work with, and who kept faith in me all the way.”
This Kenya Barris produced documentary tells the extraordinary story behind the friendship of two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.
Scattered Storm (ft. members Pissing Razors) New Video For HP Lovecraft Inspired “Necronomicon”
Scattered Storm released their debut EP “Oblivion” earlier this July via Blood Blast Distribution powered by Nuclear Blast. The EP is an introduction of much more music to follow from the Texas supergroup that is comprised of seasoned musicians Andre Acosta and Ed Razor from Pissing Razors fame with band founders Jay Arriaga (No Life on Earth, Years of Cold), and Kevin Armstrong (Mondoshawan, Section 6).
YUNGBLUD’s sophomore album weird! which topped the Official UK album charts in December 2020 following the release of his the underrated youth EP in 2019, which debuted in the top 10. YUNGBLUD was also crowned MTV Push: Ones to Watch winner at the beginning of 2020 and went on to win ‘Best Music Video’ at the NME Awards in Feb 2020 and Best Push artist at the 2020 MTV EMAs.
SonReal Shares “right before my eyes” via Alt Press
Today, singer, songwriter, rapper, and visual artist SonReal shares his new video “right before my eyes” via Alt Press from his highly anticipated new EP “i can’t make this up.” Produced by Trevor Muzzy and written by Aaron Hoffman (aka SonReal), the EP displays SonReal’s exquisite ability to consistently be versatile, and once again showcases his extraordinary talent for songwriting and storytelling in addition to pushing boundaries in both his music and incomparable visualizers.
RISING RAP STAR REMBLE RELEASES “AUDIBLE” MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING B.A.
The intense visual places viewers in the heat of the moment with the buzzing MC. After a gunshot rings out, he raps to the camera in a ski mask as one intense lyrical display after another follows. Intercut with grainy home video footage stained by cigarette burns, he spits from an interrogation chair, in front of fine art, and alongside B.A. The action moves in lockstep with his out-of-the-pocket cadences as he issues warnings like, “Don’t get involved, if you ain’t gonna die for it,” and fires lyrical shots of his own, “You’re reminding me of a Jenner and not Kylie.”
Delivering realms of the progressive and avant-garde, RAIBARD’S new single “Dark Realm of the Daylight” is streaming exclusively via Outlaws Of The Sun. The single is the first to release from the upcoming album of the same title landing on the 3rd December 2021.
Progressive metal band BLACK SITES have released their track “Lost Tribes” via the Far Beyond Metal Podcast. The song is from their upcoming release Untrue, which is out on October 8th.
The band comments: “Lost Tribes” was one of the first songs we worked on for this album, and helped set the tone for the rest of the project. We sincerely hope you enjoy it.”