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TORONTO BAD GYAL EBHONI DEBUTS “GOODAZ,” A RESPONSE TO CAPELLA GREY’S SMASH HIT “GYALIS”
Coming off the heels of her debut project, Good Dick & Weed, an offering recently included on HipHopDX’s Best R&B Albums of 2021, promising Toronto R&B singer, Ebhoni, taps into her West Indian roots, with “Goodaz,” a clever flip on Capella Grey’s buzzing single, “Gyalis.”
Lil Gotit Moves in Elite Circles in “Father’s Day” Video
An influential figure in ATL who’s earned the confidence of his scene’s biggest stars, Lil Gotit is the heir to the trap throne. Proving that he travels in rarified circles, Gotit shares the cameo-packed video for “Father’s Day,” his new single. Nimbly navigating a seasick trap beat, with off-kilter snares and swirling piano loops, Gotit reveals himself to have ice in his veins, promising that no day is immune from his vengeance. The cinematic video paints a portrait of Gotit’s high-rolling rap star lifestyle, packed with coupes, sold out dates, and cameo appearances from trap loyalty like Future, Young Thug, Gunna, Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage, and more. “Father’s Day” is Gotit’s first new song since the release of Top Chef Gotit, the 22-year-old rapper’s 2021 project, executive produced by Gunna.
“Drifting Through Time” is the new single from psychedelic, progressive outfit KESEM, landing ahead of their new album Post-Terra releasing on the 24th September. The new music video is premiering now exclusively via Ripple Effect.
Manchester, New Hampshire DUST PROPHET are streaming their new single “The High Capital” via The Ripple Effect. The song is inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost and will be released on their upcoming album which is set to come out in spring of 2022.
Introducing London’s Tertia May; Listen to piercing, neo soul cut “The Fire”
With “The Fire” May continues her creative relationship with heady, lo-fi producer & co-writer Subculture, bringing the pair’s signature soul, jazz, & hip hop-influenced sound into sharper relief. Whereas previous tracks have reached for more tender and stately jazz tones, here we see May immersing herself in a grittier, more textured sound recalling classics like Erykah Badu and Jill Scott as well as contemporaries such as Joy Crookes, Cleo Sol and Ama Lou.
Humble The Great // DON’T MAKE ME GO HOME NOW
A sophisticated blend of funk basslines and woozy, lo-fi textures, ‘DONT MAKE ME GO HOME NOW’ engages light bossa influences over snappy, airy percussion – as Humble tells an earnest ode to petty arguments and self-worth. A sleek jam balanced by smart lyricism, this latest offering is set to continue attention around an artist-producer able to craft ambitious soundscapes with striking choruses that live long after the track ends.
BfB Da Packman and Zack Fox Go Toe-To-Toe in Surreal “Bob and Weave” Video
Packing wit and pathos into his rhymes in equal measure, BfB Da Packman is never shy about speaking his mind. Teaming up with another big personality for a deeply funny new music video, Packman shares “Bob and Weave.” A duet with the one-of-a-kind comedian/rapper Zack Fox, “Bob and Weave” combines Packman’s preferred Detroit percussion with soothing, wavy keyboards, providing the perfect backdrop for each emcee to thrive. Trading off verses, the two rappers engage in a duel, each artist attempting to craft a punchline more inappropriate than the last.
Single: Mr. Forge – We Love You (ft Ariano)
In a world overwhelmed with loss and relentless uncertainty over the past year and a half, it has been easy to mourn and hard to smile. But challenging times often lead to intensely powerful forms of artistic expression.
On the track, bass bumps through ominous West Coast keys as DJ and Jeeezy effortlessly trade razor sharp bars. It culminates on a bold, blunt, and braggadocious hook uplifted by their inimitable interplay.
The F16s (from Chennai, India) share wacky video for new single “Easy Bake Easy Wake” from new EP ‘Is It Time To Eat The Rich Yet?’ out 10/22 on House Arrest
“Easy Bake Easy Wake” is an example of the band’s transition from the sound of their previous work, specifically 2019’s WKND FRNDS EP, with each member embracing a heavier and detailed sound that pushes for a little more maximalism.
Zola Courtney is set to have listeners swooning once more on her lush, stripped-back new single “Hard Not To Love You” which is a part of her “All at Once” EP also out today/ Dreamy in its sound, it’s a song penned about love and forgiveness. Zola will be in London on the 23rd & 24th of October at Alexandra Palace supporting Dermott Kennedy.
Tarbox Releases ‘Saviors’ Album Today + New Official Video
This song is an emotive, guitar heavy exploration of the need to feel a glimpse of reality that you can only get through pure adrenaline – even if you know it’ll cost your life.
Princess Century shares intimate new track “Desperate Love”; Melodic, synth-driven ‘s u r r e n d e r’ LP out 10/1 on Paper Bag Records
Princess Century (Maya Postepski) is the Canadian musical force, DJ and producer well known for her feature-length film scores, global DJ gigs and her celebrated playing and production work within the worlds of Austra, Peaches and alongside producer Robert Alfons in TR/ST.
[folk] Natalie Jane Hill Shares Video For Title Track From Solely LP, Out On Dear Life Records Oct 29
“Solely”, the sophomore effort by folk guitarist/singer-songwriter Natalie Jane Hill, is a record of transition. While the Central Texas native’s stunning debut “Azalea” grew from years spent developing a textural narrative voice and idiosyncratic guitar style in the vibrant Blue Ridge Mountains, “Solely” represents a period of inward growth, and an outward push into an expanded sonic palette.
As a little girl, Locklyn would entertain family and friends any chance she could get. At the age of 12, she took her first steps towards achieving her musical dreams by performing at the Rivoli & Al Green Theater with her then vocal coach Ryan Luchuck.
Joy-generating, not-a-girl-band trio, Moon Kissed, announce tour + share “Strange Satisfaction” single and video, out now
“Strange Satisfaction” is a moody ode to the way that love can be radioactive in all of its consuming qualities. Moon Kissed pushes past cliché to get to a more specific truth that’s intrinsic to the experience of heartbreak. With drums that read melodically like a heartbeat, the song explores the masochistic pleasure — the strange satisfaction — of a heart throbbing with the pain of being broken into pieces.
BELLY & NAV SHARE “REQUIEM” VIDEO
Grammy-nominated rapper, songwriter, and producer Belly returns with a new music video for “Requiem” featuring XO labelmate Nav who also produced the track. This is the first release since his acclaimed album See You Next Wednesday, which received praise from Variety, Rolling Stone, GQ, E! Online, Pitchfork, and many more. The “Requiem” video, directed by Cam Busby, channels the glossy, atmospheric aura of the track – where Belly heartfully recounts how far he has come while immersing viewers in his dream world.
Ashley Shadow (ffo Black Mountain, Marissa Nadler) Shares “Caitlin”
The Vancouver, B.C.-based songwriter, Ashley Shadow is today sharing “Caitlin”, the final advance track to be taken from her MOJO, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and Beats Per Minute tipped album, Only the End which is out September 24 (CD/Digital) and October 29 (Vinyl) via Felte. The forthcoming record comes mixed by Joshua Wells (Destroyer, Lightning Dust, ex-Black Mountain) and follows her eponymous self-titled debut which found critical acclaim at Stereogum, The A.V. Club, KEXP, Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD, Under the Radar, and more.
CYNIC Reveals New Album Details, Shares First Single
Progressive rock legend CYNIC will be releasing its highly-anticipated new full-length, ‘Ascension Codes,’ on November 26 via Season of Mist! Cynic’s Ascension Codes is a remarkably far-reaching work, and if nothing else, a clear indication that they have landed in a place of mastery. The album, paradoxically, acts as both swan song and rebirth. The band is now sharing the mind-bending first single, “Mythical Serpents,” which can be heard at THIS LOCATION.
Alt-latinx band Dos Santos share sultry salsa-infused single ‘A Tu Lado’ on International Anthem
Today, September 15th, Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos releases “A Tu Lado,” a new single and video from their forthcoming album, City of Mirrors, out October 15th on International Anthem. The accompanying video directed by Osvaldo Cuevas, which bandleader Alex Charez explains “is an upbeat, experimental visual illustration of the world as we see it and the projections we hope may colour and light our collective struggles.”
SEAFOAM GREEN release powerful Americana ballad ‘Maggie’
On the new single, the band said, “Maggie is based around the notion that just because someone loves you, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your own happiness to spare their heart. It’s a song about new horizons; taking control of your situation and not looking back.”
YOUNG MONEY RECORDS SIGNS NEW ARTIST MELLOW RACKZ
One of the most successful labels in hip-hop history – Young Money Records – has announced its newest signee – breakout rapper Mellow Rackz. The 20-year-old South Florida native is the first act to be added to the star-studded label roster as Young Money Records revamps. She started growing a fan base when she dropped the hard-hitting, female empowering track and music video “Diamonds”
Salem, Massachusetts sludge rock cultists MOTHER IRON HORSE share all details about their sophomore album ‘Under The Blood Moon’, to be released November 5th on Ripple Music as part of Blasko’s curated series. Embrace the swaggering frenzy of new video “The Devil’s Work” now!
Today, Night Shop (the solo project of Justin Sullivan, who is best known for playing drums for Kevin Morby, in addition to playing with Flat Worms and The Babies) has announced their forthcoming LP, Forever Night. The album features Meg Duffy on guitar (Hand Habits), Jess Williamson, Anna St. Louis + Jarvis Taveniere (Woods/Purple Mountains), and is engineered by Jarvis Taveniere, and co-produced by Justin and Jarvis. Today, they share the record’s lead single, “Forever Night,” alongside an accompanying music video (directed by Jeff Davenport and Cooper Kenward). Brooklyn Vegan hosted the premiere for both.
UK breakout Kay Young announces upcoming EP || New single “I’ve Got You” Out Today on Play It Again Sam
“I’ve Got You” is a power track where a curio of sound and culture come into play. A gospel-like melody and vocals kick off the single and carry you into an electric, late-night beat with raw emotion and sharp lyricism over top. “This is the mad thing about music. When I listen to it back I think, ‘Woah, I actually did that!'” shares Kay. “Even though ‘I’ve Got You’ is a fast, uplifting dance track, it seems to get people very emotional. It’s a perfect song for the now.”
AKIAVEL RELEASE NEW VIDEO
French death metal masters AKIAVEL have unleashed a video for their song “Lady of Death”. The track is taken from their critically acclaimed album Væ Victis which was released in April.
Frontwoman Aure comments: “Lady of Death” is a song about Aileen Wuornos. I absolutely wanted to put her on our album because I find her fascinating. I have studied her story a lot, I have a lot of compassion for her despite the fact that she has murdered people. That’s why the text isn’t very violent or bloody, it’s more based on how she feels. She had a lot of suffering in her.
For the video clip we got closer to her psychological state. That’s why we chose the actress who clearly embodied her conscience and the struggle within her.”
The video has premiered simultaneously at several outlets worldwide.
QUANDO RONDO RELEASES NEW RECORD “i8”
Honeyglaze share debut single “Burglar” || Announce Signing to Speedy Wunderground
Today, riveting UK trio Honeyglaze shares their debut single “Burglar” along with the announcement of their signing to Speedy Wunderground. In their own words, they describe themselves as “the ungodly fusion of 3 humans into a clamoring superorganism. It eats only fish and demands undistracted and constant worship. FFO Power Rangers, Salvador Dalí.”
ICYMI: YouTube Sensation Blanks Drops “Never Have I Ever” Single/Video + Announces Debut Album
Co-produced by Blanks and Joonas Parkkonen, “Never Have I Ever” incorporates retro-style synths, big anthemic vocals, and unforgettable pop hooks right in time for those end-of-summer feels. “Never Have I Ever” is a song for the people in your life that get you excited, make you try new things, make you feel alive. To me, this is the song I want to scream the lyrics to in the car with my closest friends while we’re going on a road trip, ending up somewhere unexpected, building a fire or watching the stars“ explains Blanks. “I wrote this song together with Joonas and writer Eirik Næss over Zoom, where Joonas was in Finland, Eirik was in the Maldives, and I was in the Netherlands. It’s still crazy to me how we managed to write this banger like that. I guess it was a combination of Scandinavian music magic, Maldives good vibes and excitement!”
Swedish Death Rock Trio THE VICE Premiere New Video Clip For “A Barren State”!
Filthy and powerful yet musical and full of grooves – With their 2020 unleashed album, entitled White Teeth Rebellion (Noble Demon), Swedish death metal band THE VICE have released a hell-ish angst affair between the light and dark. Being well aware of how to invade the darker side of your soul, the band’s sophomore opus turned out to be a gloomy, meanasfuck rock and metal album, truly with the band members hearts on its sleeves.