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Farruko Tells a Border Story in Corrido-Inflected “Baja Cali” Video
Puerto Rico-born superstar Farruko is one of the most versatile artists in Latin music, incorporating the sounds of the music that he loves into his vast sonic tapestry. Taking a trip to the sandy hills that mark the border between Mexico and California, Farruko shares “Baja Cali,” his latest music video. The song takes inspiration from “corridos tumbados,” the red hot genre that mixes traditional guitars with 808s and trap beats. Farruko tells a story from the point of view of a Tijuana cartel boss, mixing in true details from his own life with the kind of braggadocious boasts of illicit dealings common in corridos.
Marco Benevento “At The End Or The Beginning” | New Single Out Today
“Where are we? At the end or the beginning? It’s been a strange few years not being able to hug our close friends or play shows and to see so many people struggling from this pandemic that came out of nowhere,” says Benevento. “So the idea was inspired by what we’ve all been living through. The lyric says it all, we can’t wait for the clouds to lift up for us…this one time.”
ORSON WILDS ANNOUNCE WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WON’T LET GO? EP
Elaborating on the new single, Orson Wilds’ vocalist / guitarist Eric Reid explained, “Depression is something I’ve struggled with for a lot of my adult life and it can be debilitating and it can make the easiest everyday things super difficult. It comes in waves and those waves can come in different sizes. The big waves can be pretty scary sometimes and I’m fortunate to have a support system with my friends and family that I can talk to about these things. ‘a hundred million things’ is a song about one of my friends that lost his battle with depression. He worked in law enforcement and as a result had pretty fucked up PTSD. I can’t imagine the tsunami he was faced with every day that eventually led him to make the last choice he would ever make. It’s a song about wishing you could say more and coming to terms with never truly being able to understand another person’s struggle no matter how much you can relate to it.”
Although “End of the World” isn’t Gulfer’s first pandemic song, it’s their first that explores our collective adaptations to new realities. Over intricate call and response guitars that seem to fold in on themselves, Vincent Ford sings of themes parallel to the end of the world: selective memory holes; playing with fire without a care for consequence; and finding your own new ways to cope and just get through the day. End times be damned, “End of the World” is decidedly more melodic than punk, with hooks that demonstrate the band’s ability to write songs on any part of the experimental rock spectrum. Its keenly constructed rhythms keep Gulfer’s compositions unpredictable and inventive, perhaps a figurative mirror in which the band can optimistically see a way out of the impending end of the world.
‘Bumblebees’ is the first taste of Martian Subculture’s leftfield, lo-fi world, combining psychedelic rock with melodic vocals that could be described as bedroom-pop Beatles. Speaking on the track, he adds “This is one of the first songs in the making of this album where I found the Martian pop sound I’ve been searching for for years. Lots of Casio and Akai S20 on this. It’s a collage of different styles, which I imagine a band playing in some pub on mars in a sci-fi movie. Played with instruments that are unrecognisable, but still come across as a ‘song’ overall.”
Matisyahu Releases “Chameleon”- New Single Out Today
Today, Matisyahu makes a revelatory return with “Chameleon”, the lead single from his seventh studio album – Matisyahu – out March 4, 2022 on Fallen Sparks/Thirty Tigers, distributed by The Orchard (available on vinyl and digital pre-order, today.) The Grammy-nominated American singer/songwriter/rapper is joined by the Columbian-born, Brooklyn-based pop and electronic duo Salt Cathedral (Juliana Ronderos & Nicolas Losada) who also co-wrote and produced the track and forthcoming album. Fueled by authentic storytelling during an intense period of enlightened music-making, Matisyahu will be the artist’s first album release in five years. In this first look at revealing his most thoughtful and autobiographical album to date, with “Chameleon”, Matisyahu shares a celebratory anthem which presents a narrative of both his inner and public facing transformations.
Danish soul/R&B sensation Marie Dahlstrom releases new single “Safe Place”
The new EP follows her critically acclaimed debut album Like Sand released in May 2020, and her collaborative EP ‘4inARow’ with London-based producer Dan Diggas and Canadian rapper Aligo, released in January 2021.
Nisa (ffo Indigo De Souza, Japanese Breakfast) Shares “Cold”
New York City-based artist, Nisa, is today sharing “Cold,” the second single to be lifted from her new EP, Time To Plant Tears which is set for release on December 2, 2021. This new single follows recent tips from the likes of Consequence, Our Culture, Audiofemme and more with this body of work following on from her self-released debut EP, Guilt Trip which landed earlier this year.
DREAMER BOY AND BENEE PRESENT SINCERE NEW VIDEO FOR “ARE YOU LETTING GO?”
Directed by Adam Alonzo and Tanner Deustch, the visual nostalgically captures the dynamic between the two singers. As the narrative of the song bounces back and forth to tell the full story, so does the video counterpart to the release.
Rawayana Unveils Sentimental Video For “En Tu Mar”
Latin Grammy-nominated Venezuelan artist collective Rawayana releases sentimental video for track 8 of their latest studio album ‘Cuando los Acéfalos Predominan’. Fer Casillas’ sweet and expressive voice alongside Cheo Pardo’s guitar perfectly complements this heartbreaking song…a down-tempo emotional ballad that presents both sides of the coin, the two versions of a love story falling apart.
EMELI SANDE RELEASES SELF-PRODUCED NEW SINGLE, ‘LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE’
Today, internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has shared her latest single ‘Look What You’ve Done’ via Chrysalis Records. The self-produced garage-inspired track is the second taste of new music from this new chapter of Emeli’s career – an era she describes as a “rebirth” that sees her freeing from the expectations of others by flexing her holistic skills as a songwriter, producer and vocalist in new ways.
Symphonic Death Metal Powerhouse AEPHANEMER Releases Stunning New Video from Upcoming Album “A Dream Of Wilderness”
BASTARÐUR Streams Entire New Album Ahead of Release
Crust punk outfit BASTARÐUR (ft. singer/guitarist Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason of Sólstafir) will be releasing their debut album, ‘Satan’s Loss of Son,’ this Friday, October 29 via Season of Mist! The band is now streaming the album in its entirety ahead of its release!
Muzi releases video for ‘Juice’ and announces North America Tour
Muzi flexes his falsetto on ‘Juice’, a track that brings in smooth indie disco with a touch of house and afrobeats – a sound reflective of Muzi’s eclecticism on the album. INTERBLAKTIC continues Muzi’s journey through African space exploration, a theme his 2018 album Afrovision delved into, while introducing Muzi’s alias, The Zulu Skywalker. Though there are overlaps with the Afrofuturism movement, Muzi’s INTERBLAKTIC is rooted in the now, and his insistence that we must deal with the past and present before we can lose ourselves in a future fantasy.
Leading national resource Rent.com is out with a new report – 10 Best Cities for Musicians. I thought you might have interest in this item.
Breaking down cool insight into affordability combined with access to venues, the report outlines the best places for musicians to live.
Underoath team up with Ghostemane on new single “Cycle”
Today, Underoath unleashed “Cycle”, the latest single from the band’s upcoming album Voyeurist, out January 14th on Fearless Records. For the song, the band collaborated with Ghostemane after discovering they were mutual fans of each other’s work. The result is a mix of pulsating aggression and infectious hooks that find vocalists Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie complemented by Ghostemane’s delivery. Voyeurist is available for pre-order now, including a deluxe animated vinyl that features a plastic o-card sleeve that activates playback of the jacket’s interlaced video imagery. The band will also embark on a North American headline tour with support from Every Time I Die and Spiritbox in 2022, full list of dates below, including a newly added hometown show in St. Petersburg, FL at Jannus Live on March 26th.
RCA RECORDS RELEASES THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR WHITNEY HOUSTON X CLEAN BANDIT’S “HOW WILL I KNOW”
HVN Dives Deep For New Song “Marine”
Houston rapper and creative HVN, has released a new song called “Marine.” A pensive and brooding track juxtaposes against the shimmering production and beat. “Marine” serves as a follow up from HVN’s recent breakout tracks “Draco” and “Backhand” as well as his feature on “Smoke” off of Don Toliver’s Life Of A Don alongside SoFaygo.
THE RELICS Release Official Music Video for Uplifting New Single, “Standing Tall”!
Atlanta, GA based rock band THE RELICS has released the official music video for “Standing Tall.” Directed by Fernando Flores, “Standing Tall” is the inspiring new single from the band and was produced by John Briglevich (Fozzy, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’).
London based Polish/Swiss singer and guitarist Emilia Anastazja today releases new single “Mistaken Love” – the second track to be lifted from upcoming EP ‘Flower House’, out 3rd December via Young and Aspiring.
The new single follows effervescent club track “Take a Look” released back in September, which earned praise from the likes of Billboard, The Line Of Best Fit, The Rodeo, Dummy Mag and more.
Silvering, “Same Side,” OUT NOW ON SPOTIFY
“Though Shalom Toy captures this exact frustration on “Same Side,” her latest single as Silvering, she explores these ideas with impressive grace—the track sounds vaguely lenient on Radiohead or even Coldplay in the same way IAN SWEET’s music is, while Toy’s longing vocals recall those of Soccer Mommy. All of which is written out in an intentionally honest light, with Toy’s heartfelt lyrics pairing well with dramatic string arrangements courtesy of Collin Dupree.” – FLOOD
The National Parks Release Official Music Video for “Live Til We Die”
Released as both a radio edit and full length extended mix “Wildfire” is an impressive crossover single. Heavily influenced by pop, disco, house, techno and everything in between, Loosie Grind creates a vibrant and colorful club-inspired soundtrack that is uniquely fitting for both the dance floor and radio air waves. Created in collaboration with dance music producer LEFTI (formerly Cobra Starship) the single combines some of the best elements of pop and house highlighted with bright shimmering nu disco synths, thick funky bass, syncopated vocal effects and melodic indie dance embellishments with a slightly latin rhythmic shuffle.
Dee Watkins Tells No Lies in the Latest Video From Problem Child 3
Baring his soul in his drawly and melodic rhymes, Dee Watkins wins fans with his steadfast devotion to keeping it real. Reflecting on the hardships he continues to experience even as he rises to the top, Dee shares “TBH (I’m Sorry),” his new video single. Flanked by mournful pianos and echoing vocal samples, Dee delivers a heartfelt confessional, dwelling on the troubles on his mind with artful honesty, apologizing to certain friends by name and mourning others: “I’m so lost, I don’t know who to give my love to,” admits Dee. Directed by Rice Cognac, the video is a snapshot of Dee’s life on tour, focusing on his stop in Los Angeles, where he performs in front of a sold out crowd during Rod Wave’s “SoulFly Tour,” interviews with the Tapped In podcast, and posts up in a Hollywood mansion. “TBH (I’m Sorry)” is the latest video from Problem Child 3, Dee’s next project, coming soon via Alamo Records.
Mild Minds unveils moving new Autumn single ‘HAUNTED’
Staying true to the track title, ‘HAUNTED’ is a soul-stirring soundscape that sees Mild Minds tap into his trademark blend of driving synths and captivating vocals. It follows a lauded string of recent singles ‘MACHINE’ and ‘NO SKIN’ featuring UK artist Frameworks, tracks that have already amassed well over 2 million collective streams across all platforms.