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Following on from some stellar releases in 2021 with ‘Late Night’ and ‘Bad Luck’, the trio demonstrate consistency and depth when it comes to their songwriting and elevated approach to producing music with ‘when i saw u’.
Out Now // Mugun – Walking Street
Underpinned with an eerie and skittering production, ‘Walking Street’ is bursting with energy from the offset as Mugun explains: “Walking Street is a street tale with the addition of vibes to it. It stands apart from the typical street as it doesn’t fit the norm. I wanted it to capture the confidence you get after going to all the places your parents warned you not to go”. Reputable for his self-assured presence, Mugun’s fire-flows and refined pen game sit centre stage in this hard-hitting release. Housing textures from all walks of Rap, Mugun’s ability to intertwine complex bars in with dynamic flows, not to mention his staggering flare, set him apart from other rappers in Black British music.
Detroit rapper Curtis Roach has announced a new project titled The Joy Tape. Available November 4th, the album includes features from Jamila Woods, Chuck Inglish, Whyandotte, Kynzi, and Tally Schwenk. The Joy Tape gives listeners a full scope of the young artist, channeling his brand of spiritually uninhibited rap inspired by 60s soul, 70s jazz, and late 90s hip-hop mixed with Detroit-inspired House, Gospel, and bounce.
“Cynical” is a moody, alt-pop gem, striking influences of Kate Bush and St Vincent; the third single from Jess’ highly anticipated debut album. Throughout the track, her characterful vocals blaze atop sultry, Tarantino-esque guitars, with brooding piano lines that underpin themes of seduction and conflicted relationships.
Somewhere, the crazy new video from Ben Draghi
In celebration of his 50th birthday, famed actor and musician Corey Feldman has announced a partnership with Cosmic Wire to offer the world an unbelievable collection of hybrid NFTs, beginning with a truly one-of-a kind item: the actual prosthetic ear he wore while starring as Teddy Duchamp in the coming-of-age dramedy, Stand By Me.
The auction will launch on Sunday, October 31stat 12pm PST and will close on Wednesday, November 3rd. One lucky winner will receive the authentic prosthetic worn by Feldman in the film, along with a 1-of-1 digital art NFT. In addition, Feldman is offering a mold of his current ear paired with an NFT that is available for $12 (plus shipping) and is limited in supply.
Alt-Metal Masters VAJRA Release Horror-themed Music Video for Fourth Single “Wavering”
Written, produced, shot, and edited by vocalist Annamaria Pinna and bassist David Sussman, “the video for “Wavering” is the third chapter of a larger film inspired by the Sumerian classic hero myth, ‘Descent of Inanna,’” explains Pinna. The pair just received three Official Selection distinctions from the Montreal Independent Film Festival 2021, the 2021 ARFF Paris and the New York Independent Cinema Awards for their video “Maya”, which was released last year.
After the fast and furious recent single “KEEP THE PACE,” Dreamer Boy presses softly on the brakes for “ARE YOU LETTING GO?,” settling into a more lovelorn and delicate mode. “I’m better within than without,” sings the artist born Zach Taylor amid a flurry of dizzying effects.
NECROFIER Streams Entire New Album via Black Metal Promotion
Texan black metal battalion NECROFIER will be unleashing their debut full-length record, ‘Prophecies of Eternal Darkness,’ onto the masses tomorrow, October 22 via Season of Mist Underground Activists! The band is now streaming the new album in its entirety ahead of the release via Black Metal Promotion!
SURFBORT RELEASE SURPRISE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN SONG, “HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN”
“Halloween is our favorite holiday and we celebrate it everyday so we wanted to make an extra spooky song to celebrate the ghouls and ghosts” says front woman, Dani Miller. The band went in thinking they were going to do a cover, but their ever-brilliant manager and album producer Linda Perry had other ideas, “Linda just started playing spooky Dracula noises on the keys and the rest is history. Happy Happy Halloween.” The song gives a gnarly twist on the Halloween songs we listened to as kids, think Monster Mash, but with the psyche of Freddy Kruger, name-checking their favourite goth idols Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy and Christian Death. The video, shot and directed by Perry, features the band in vivacious costumes (bass guitarist Nick Arnold as Bob Ross is a must-see) and really shows the members in their unearthly element. It’s not hard to see why Surftbort owns Halloween.
Rise Against Announce New EP ‘Nowhere Sessions’ out 11/12 via Loma Vista Recordings, Share New Single “Talking To Ourselves (Nowhere Sessions)”
Rise Against today announced their new EP Nowhere Sessions, a live expansion of their acclaimed latest album Nowhere Generation, will be released on November 12th, 2021, via Loma Vista Recordings. Inspired by the album’s success and this summer’s triumphant U.S. tour playing various sold-out amphitheatres and major festival stages nationwide, the EP captures and celebrates the anthemic intensity of the band’s renowned performances, shown here in peak form. First single “Talking to Ourselves (Nowhere Sessions),” a live version of the band’s current radio single and one of three Nowhere Generation tracks featured on the EP, is out now; of the song, singer/guitarist Tim McIlrath says, “‘Talking To Ourselves’ is about watching yourself and the people around you fall into complacency. Despite your best efforts to get people’s attention, it feels like no one is listening. Sometimes we feel the urge to do something crazy, to disturb the peace, to jostle the world around us awake. Our actions might be seen as out of the ordinary, but they are acts of desperation when all else failed.”
DAXMA: watch mind-blowing “Hiraeth” video!
About the song, guitarist/bassist and vocalist Isaac R. says: “The word hiraeth refers to a longing for a place or time that cannot be returned to. The lyrics of this song have a lot to do with my experience growing up in Santa Cruz, California, a place several of us in the band actually have a strong connection to. Shortly following the recording of this album, the California wildfires of Summer 2020 destroyed many of the places that were really special to me, and as a result, this song took on an even deeper meaning.”
La Luz go undercover in their new spy video for “I Won’t Hesitate” off their self-titled album October 22nd worldwide from Hardly Art
In celebration of La Luz’s forthcoming self-titled release out tomorrow, October 22nd via Hardly Art, the group has shared a new official video for their song, “I Won’t Hesitate.” Directed by Nathan Castiel, this undercover spy video is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: “No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.”