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99 NEIGHBORS RELEASE REFLECTIVE SINGLE & VIDEO “N. MICHIGAN GOSPEL” AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM
“N. Michigan Gospel,” like 99 Neighbors’ best songs, effortlessly walks the line between personal and relatable. On the downtempo jam, the art-rap group comes together around a twisted guitar sample, using a bevy of different voices to weave the song’s rich tapestry. The chorus is introspective, imbuing the track with a melancholy that feels uniquely theirs. The video is nothing short of an immersive experience that introduces a world-building, artful dynamic — featuring surreal visuals and a cutting edge fashion sensibility from the group.
On the track, acoustic guitar creaks beneath dreamy vocals. The verses slip into a bold and breathy hook, “Show me the ways of love…and I will follow.” Combining sensual delivery and effervescent instrumentation, it captures the sentiment of the fleeting moment just before love takes over.
MOBO-nominated Artist Olaedo Ibe Releases Inspirational single, ‘Manifest’
Singer-songwriter OLAEDO IBE’s new single, ‘Manifest,’ is an anthem for anyone going through adversity, offering encouragement to never give up, as there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
The London artist was going through personal challenges at the start of the pandemic, which led to the decision to put her songwriting skills on the back burner.
New Acid Coco single is about sisterhood, freedom and staying connected with the earth
The new single from Acid Coco is a hymn to the woman who believes in the power of her hands, her mind and her body. “Soy La Fuerza” (“I Am The Force”) is about motherhood, sisterhood and being in constant connection to that which gives us life, capturing the energy that inextricably unites woman with the earth. Through these connections, the protagonist finds harmony, common ground, sustenance. It’s a message completely at odds with the world at large, the absurd wars being waged against humanity (and especially against women).
Chaka Khan releases track as part of the ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie soundtrack – ‘When The Time Comes’ out now
To celebrate today’s release of the impeccable Original Soundtrack for the much loved Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – the final installment has arrived with the release of ‘When The Time Comes’ (Chaka Khan). The much-anticipated film adaptation of the award-winning West End hit musical, arrives exclusively next week on Prime Video – September 17th.
On September 10th, Frank Lee follows up on his Hype Machine #2 release ‘Shortcut (ft. J.Lamotta)’, with a new deep house cut and title-track from his upcoming EP, ‘Taken’. The new single from the Berlin-based, Australian producer is heavily inspired by the masters of stilted, soulful grooves: Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Dilla, Madlib. An elegiac vocal cut is repeated until it becomes incantation-like, creating a mood and message that is embodied by the groove and drums. The song balances this constrained, pensive groove with a feeling of forward motion and freedom, creating a vibe that’s unique and moving.
“Drive” exudes spontaneity, as Valerie sings of breaking free from her normal routine and hitting the road with her love interest in search of “something wild.” It follows the release of “Wildflowers”—a song that speaks of a crossroads in a relationship, with Valerie assuring her partner even in bad times, their love is still blooming—and “Iris”—a captivating rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls classic. All three songs will be featured on Voyager, which presents Valerie’s own brand of cinematic space pop uplifted by otherworldly vocals, vivid lyrics and expansive vision.
Rockshots Records: AEXYLIUM Video For Title Track Off Upcoming Album “The Fifth Season”
Italian symphonic folk metallers Aexylium have unleashed their latest video for the title track from their forthcoming album “The Fifth Season” due out October 29th, 2021 via Rockshots Records.
The title track tells through the lyrics and the music an initial restlessness, which leads to a feeling of hope and rebirth towards the end. The song also expresses doubts about the future, also considering the human impact on the planet.
Finland’s AS I MAY New Music Video “Charged”
The Finnish melodic tradition runs hot in the veins of AS I MAY as they release the second single from their forthcoming album “Karu” due out in 2022 via Uprising! Records.
“Charged” is a song as heavy and energetic in the verses as melodic and addictive in the chorus. A combination that already proved to be a winner for the Finnish four-piece.
A viral marriage proposal turns into a nu-punk music video from Lielack
Earlier this summer, a video of a failed proposal at a Red Sox game went viral, appearing on Insider, Yahoo, Daily Mail and many more. Today, it has been revealed that the proposal was actually staged to be used as the first scene for nu-punk band Lielack’s debut music video and single “Nu4U.”
Although the tracks are delivered via her distinct and subtle RnB sound, the lyrics remind us of her no nonsense attitude to romance. Tracks like “Out The Mud” and “Switch it Up” exhibit her refusal to dim her light in order to find love. The EP’s undeniable 90’s flava gives us that old school nostalgic sound blended with Alana’s vigorous perspective. With features from Afroswing front woman Midas The Jagaban (“Chargie”), Backroad Gee (“Switch It Up”), and international dancehall star Kranium (“My heart”), LALA is just the beginning of her musical journey.
HEY WHAT, the enthralling new album from LOW, out today September 10th, 2021 worldwide on Sub Pop
September 10, 2021: HEY WHAT, the enthralling new Low album, is out now on CD/LP/CS/DSPs on Sub Pop. HEY WHAT and its previously released singles “Days Like These,” “Disappearing” and “More” have earned the group raves from the likes of The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Beats Per Minute, Brooklyn Vegan, CLASH, DIY, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit, MOJO, NPR Music, PASTE, Uncut, SPIN, Stereogum, Under the Radar, and more.
NJ slowcore duo Joyer shares their “Worst Thing” video; ‘Perfect Gray’ is due 9/24 via Julia’s War
Today Joyer are sharing the final single/video, “Worst Thing,” from their forthcoming LP. Watch the video here. Joyer’s Perfect Gray will be released on September 24th, 2021 via Philadelphia label, Julia’s War.
British-Mauritian songstress Lavaud has dropped the official video for her track ‘Fast Lane’, out 10th September on PRMISE LAND.
Tapping into the sensual energy of the track itself, the stunning official video for ‘Fast Lane’, produced by CallMeTheKid (Etta Bond, Hardy Caprio, One Acen) and directed by renowned Brightish-Nigerian filmmaker Christina Nwabugo, sees Lavaud and her partner share intimate moments while driving through the stunning Jamaican landscape in a luxury car.
New Music: LNDFK Drops New Single “How Do We Know We’re Alive feat. Pink Siifu
Following the success of June’s “Don’t Know I’m Dead Or Not (feat. Chester Watson)” – with press from the likes of Clash, Brooklyn Vegan, Rolling Stone Italy, and radio support from BBC Radio 6 (Artist Spotlight) and Worldwide FM – the Italian-Tunisian wunderkind LNDFK returns to Bastard Jazz with a new single, “How Do We Know We’re Alive (feat. Pink Siifu).”
Des Rocs Releases New Single “Hanging by a Thread”
Today, the NYC-native Des Rocs released “Hanging by a Thread,” the third single from his forthcoming debut album, A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place. The highly anticipated album will be available on September 24 via 300 Entertainment (Megan Thee Stallion, Highly Suspect) and marks the start of a 20+ date tour of iconic venues around the country featuring special guests The Velveteers.
The new album from Daniel Romano’s Outfit, Cobra Poems, is out now on You’ve Changed!
Cobra Poems is a set of 10 new originals by Daniel Romano and his group of supreme-talents The Outfit. Here, they display an ever-increasing swagger and a rare ability to synthesize a shocking amount of rock history into something new, relevant, immediate, and yes, poetic.
goodboy noah Shares Irresistibly Smooth Single “Hit N’ Run”
Fresh off the release of his breakout debut EP, rising Los Angeles-based pop and R&B-influenced singer-songwriter goodboy noah delivers his new single “Hit N’ Run” available today across all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard.
Yebba Today Releases Debut Studio Album “Dawn”
Today, Grammy winning singer/songwriter/arranger/producer Yebba releases her highly anticipated debut studio album Dawn via RCA Records.
TEMS DROPS NEW SINGLE “CRAZY TINGS” — OFF FORTHCOMING EP OUT SEPTEMBER 15TH
On the heels of her #1 breakouts with Drake and Wizkid, emerging Lagos, Nigeria-based singer/songwriter Tems releases her brand new single “Crazy Tings” from her forthcoming EP out September 15th. In addition to the release of her new music, Tems is set to ignite the stage on her first U.S. headlining shows coming up the next few weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago along with a set at Afropunk ATL.
K-RIZ PURGES BAD LOVE ON NEW VIDEO FOR “LOST IN IT”
In the video, K-Riz is shown being cleansed in a river, symbolizing his transition from one stage of life to the next, or shedding the old and stepping into the new. Displaying his rapid-fire flow over an aptly erratic beat produced by Calgary’s Rajah (Tory Lanez, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Curtis Waters), K-Riz uses water as a metaphor to express drowning in, and eventually purging, his emotions from the end of a bad relationship.
ELLE KING AND MIRANDA LAMBERT RELEASE AN ACOUSTIC VERSION OF THEIR HIT SINGLE “DRUNK (AND I DON’T WANNA GO HOME)”
Today, Elle King and Miranda Lambert release an acoustic version of their “glass raising anthem” (Billboard) and “exhilarating duet” (Rolling Stone) “DRUNK (AND I DON’T WANNA GO HOME).
Today, Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko releases his new solo album, A Touma, via Parisian label Nø Førmat!. The album – available digitally to all, & on physical formats exclusively to members of the Nø Førmat! Pass label subscription – is a companion to Sissoko’s widely applauded recent album, Djourou, and takes its title for the word meaning ‘this is the moment’ in Sissoko’s native Bambara language.
After taking over social media and emerging as an international phenomenon, South African singer and songwriter Lloyiso announces his signing with Universal Music Group South Africa and Republic Records. Simultaneously, he reveals the release of his debut single “Seasons” today. He notably makes history as the first South African artist to sign to Republic Records.
Icewear Vezzo’s Got 5 On It in His New “5 Milli” Video
Detroit hip-hop owes a lot to the sounds of the Bay Area, and Icewear Vezzo has never been shy about making that connection explicit. Just weeks after connecting with Oakland’s The Mekanix for “Chamber Brothers,” the 6 Mile native shares “5 Milli,” sampling Bay Area rap classic “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz. Tiptoeing atop the iconic bassline, Vezzo expertly talks his smack, proving that he’s much sharper and more influential than most: “Motivate the trenches, turn a sinner to a nun.”
Little Galaxies has released their vibrant new album One with the Waking Sea, available to stream and download everywhere now. With unique instrument manipulation, emotive themes, and graceful lyricism, One with the Waking Sea is sure to entice any individual or crowd. The 10-song LP is being released on Coconut Spaceship Records.
WALKER HAYES ADDS POP SUPERSTAR KESHA TO SMASH HIT “FANCY LIKE”
Atop nearly every country streaming and sales chart since release in June – including SiriusXM’s The Highway’s Hot 30 Weekend Countdown, the Shazam Global Country Chart, and the iTunes All Genre Chart – the song has spent a whopping eight weeks, and counting, at the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. This week, the track is among the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs and is already charting at Pop Radio. After being certified Platinum this week, it’s safe to say, “Fancy Like” has taken the world by storm.