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Much loved South African artist Sun-El Musician launches his 11 track ‘AEDM’ (African Electronic Dance Music) EP today (29th October).
On its creation, Sun-El explained: “African Electronic Dance Music, to me I would define it as not just a sound that designates a single genre but more of a sound that encompasses a style of African elements infused with EDM, but it’s a modern way of exporting the African Dance sound (House Music) to the rest of the world through giving it that African traditional elements of drums, rhythm, and culture.”
SAMMY PORTER TEAMS UP WITH KAREN HARDING FOR THE NEW SINGLE ‘CELEBRATE’ – LISTEN HERE
Boasting punchy piano house keys, a dynamite drop and the not-so-secret weapon that is Karen’s Harding’s soaring soulful vocal gift, ‘Celebrate’ has everything it takes to become a crossover dance anthem. Not only does it look set to become Sammy’s biggest track to date, but it sees Karen Harding adding to an epic year in which she has featured on major tracks from Galantis, Shift K3y, Hook N Sling and Felix Cartal.
Jeon Somi Releases Debut Album and Music Video for “XOXO” Today
Today, Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer-songwriter, JEON SOMI, releases her debut album entitled XOXO. The 8-track album features the K-Pop sensation’s most recent single “DUMB DUMB,” for which the music video surpassed 10 million views in 24 hours, her 2020 Interscope debut single and larger than life anthem, “What You Waiting For,” previous singles “Birthday” and “Outta My Head,” as well as four more brand-new songs. In addition, major music hitmakers such as THEBLACKLABEL’s founder, Teddy, along with R.TEE, 24, Pink Sweat$, and JEON SOMI herself, are credited producers on the album. XOXO is available for at all digital retail providers via THEBLACKLABEL/Interscope Records.
Reef release new single ‘Shoot Me Your Ace’ with death defying video
Following an array of outstanding summer festival appearances Glastonbury rockers REEF announce the release of their new single ‘Shoot Me Your Ace’, produced by former Duran Duran/ Power Station guitarist Andy Taylor.
Brave, honest and open, Holy, Endlessly Sad, Love is to all intents and purposes a classic soul record, heralding a new approach that stands in stark contrast to the trademark ‘big sound’ that has characterised Elias’ career to date. The album’s first single, the gentle and reflective ‘My Kind of Fire’, suggests that the Swedish artist has stepped back to take control of a creative situation that perhaps threatened to get out of hand. Further singles come in the form of ‘My Hope’, which pairs Elias’ impassioned vocals with sparse instrumentation before making way for a powerful crescendo, ‘Hold It Out’, a heart-on-sleeve ballad punctuated by glorious piano stabs and ‘Let Me Be The One’ captures the underlying spirit of the album perfectly. Meanwhile Elias’ most recent single ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ provides the album’s most angelic moments, an energy that is further accentuated by the accompanying official video, where he writhes and dances in front of a pure white background.
Nneka unveils emotional new single ‘With You’
Pairing modern production with Nneka’s delicate vocals, ‘With You’ is an emotion-driven ballad with love and loss at its heart. The accompanying official video, which includes a guest star performance from fellow musician, Adey Omotade, provides a visual interpretation of these emotions, depicting scenes in a breakdown of a relationship interspersed with dramatic and sultry landscapes. ‘With You’ follows recent singles ‘This Life’, ‘Yahweh’, ‘Tea?’ and ‘Love Supreme’, tracks that broke Nneka’s five-year musical hiatus.
Nottingham-based emo-pop artist hidingthehurt releases the anthemic ‘Tinted Glasses’ as the first single from his upcoming EP.
Nineteen-year-old Ollie Greenhalgh’s latest release follows his recent singles ‘Wait4Me’ and ‘FWhatTheySay’, which received prominent editorial playlisting on Spotify (Hyperpop), Apple Music (Glitch), Tidal (Hyper Amped), SoundCloud and Deezer.
Following previous spots opening for the likes of Lido Pimienta – a self-proclaimed fan of the band with Robert Drisdelle, guitarist in Century Egg producing a track on her Polaris Prize-winning album, La Papessa – Partner, Julie Doiron, and more, Century Egg will be performing at Toronto’s Handlebar on November 14 and La Sala Rosa as part of M for Montreal (Mothland’s stage) on November 19 to celebrate the release of these new tracks. This new single, “Moving On” further cements their inspirations taken from Asian pop and rock artists such as Faye Wong, Jun Togawa, Spitz, Cui Jain, Pu Shu, along with the driving post-punk rhythm section and blistering guitar work taken from The Stooges, Thin Lizzy, etc.
Pass Away “Oreo” Single
Brooklyn based punk outfit, Pass Away, has released another single from their upcoming album, Thirty Nine. “Oreo” finds singer/guitarist Mike Ireland (I Am the Avalanche) sidelining self abuse and welcoming the good. It’s yet another example of the heart on your sleeve approach that Pass Away exemplifies. “Oreo” is now available on all of your preferred digital platforms. Thirty Nine will be released on Friday, November 26th and vinyl preorders are available now from Suburbia Records.
NIKO RUBIO DAZZLES WITH NEW SINGLE “ALL MINE”
Illyus & Barrientos have unveiled their new single ‘If You Really Love Somebody’, out 29th October.
Tapping into a sound that is quickly becoming synonymous with the unstoppable Glasgow duo, ‘If You Really Love Somebody’ is an irresistible combination of euphoric piano chords, rousing diva vocals and a bumping, disco-inspired bassline.
KALANDRA Reveal “With You (Unplugged)” Video!
DAVID GUETTA UNVEILS “FAMILY” FEATURING BEBE REXHA, TY DOLLA $IGN, AND A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE
AMELIA MOORE SHARES DEBUT SINGLE “SWEET AND SOUR”
Produced by her frequent collaborator Pink Slip, “sweet and sour” is a hypnotic introduction to Moore’s wildly unpredictable sound: stark yet explosive, ethereal yet feverish. Meanwhile, its lyrics speak to the sheer power of embracing your own complexity. “This song is a perfect statement of who I am as a person,” says Moore, who’s now based in Los Angeles. “For the most part I’m a total angel and super-sweet, but the second you mess with me or any of my friends, that’s all over. It’s kind of a warning to everyone, telling them to be careful and tread lightly, or else they’ll get the sour.”
YG RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “SIGN LANGUAGE” VIA DEF JAM RECORDINGS
BLAKE SAINT DAVID DEBUT SOOPER RECORDS EP OUT NOW
Chicago artist Blake Saint David has released a new EP, Be Your Own Celebrity, their first with Chicago tastemaker label Sooper Records (NNAMDI, Sen Morimoto, KAINA, Jodi, Luke Titus, Alicia Walter). Inspired by D’Angelo, Portishead, Bo Burnham and Spiderman Be Your Own Celebrity is Saint David’s response to contemporary pop culture, something they view as being plagued by the regurgitation of ideas. They instead use the project’s experimentalism to lead by example, using RnB bones with dark-pop aesthetics and sound design to push for innovation. Listen HERE.
French stoner rock newcomers GREYBORN (with Mama’s Gun and Blackbird Hill members) share their catchy debut single with the “After Dark” video, premiering exclusively on The Obelisk. The band will release their debut EP in the winter of 2022, with more details to be revealed soon.
The story of GREYBORN begins in this small interval between light and darkness, somewhere in the cold and mineral city of Limoges. The hopes of a hedonistic generation get shattered as they come up against the programmed decline of our civilization. Greyborn is the messenger of this mass disenchantment, providing its corrosive, disturbing, but highly hip-swaying soundtrack. Their decadent brand of heavy rock feeds in the world’s darkest corners and follows its own rules, and you won’t help but get struck by its lyricism, taking the form of a both hopeless and poetic political satire.
“For the B-Side of the EP we wanted to cover a song from another band, something we did live all the time in our early days because we didn’t have enough own songs to play a full set, haha. And in the studio we also didn’t cover a song in a long time!”, states Hildebrandt about the release.
Crimson Calamity “Sowyn Song”
Nashville duo, Crimson Calamity, have released the heartbreaking ballad, “Sowyn Song,” The duo, comprised of Mallory Trunnell and Lauren Harding, have been telling their stories together since 2014. Both performers and songwriters, together they create rootsy Americana tracks reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars, and classic country influences. With the release of their new single “Sowyn Song,” they bring together the best of their talents for a moving and inspiring piece of music.
FLO MILLI UNLEASHES NEW SINGLE “ICE BABY” VIA RCA RECORDS
The release of “Ice Baby” follows another standout year for Flo Milli. Following the success of her 2020 mixtape Ho, why is you here ?, she was nominated this year for Best New Artist at the BET Awards and Best Breakthrough Song at the MTV VMAs for her feature on Young Baby Tate’s “I Am.” Both of Flo’s verses on “I Am” on Yung Manny’s “Clap For Em’” had massive moments on TikTok this year, with over 4 million videos created with the sounds combined. She has performed at numerous major music festivals throughout the year, including Lollapalooza, Rolling Loud Miami, Firefly and more, and released her song “Roaring 20s” alongside a Spotify RADAR artist campaign earlier this year.
[Single] Kool G Rap x M-Dot x Revalation – Decadence prod. by The Mighty V.I.C. (Cuts by DJ Jean Maron)
Respected Boston emcee/producer M-Dot, recruits legendary lyricist and Juice Crew member Kool G Rap while also bringing his fellow EMS crew mate Revalation to join in on the era spanning concept record “Decadence.” Providing the funky & soulful backdrop is acclaimed producer, former original Beatnuts member The Mighty V.I.C. (Big Pun, Nas, Mobb Deep) with DJ Jean Maron adding the scratches. The song is also mastered by prolific engineer Eddie Sancho (Illmatic, Ready To Die, Reasonable Doubt, etc). M-Dot’s upcoming vinyl “Dining In Dystopia” drops 1st quarter of 2022.
Bad With Phones shares his debut mixtape ‘Marinade’ || Out Now on Don’t Sleep / PIAS
Today, South East London’s Bad With Phones releases his much-anticipated debut mixtape Marinade, along with the video for his new single ‘Home’, out now on Don’t Sleep. Marinade is Jamz Supernova’s #1 EP on BBC Radio 1Xtra and has received great support from Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music too.
Macklemore Reunites With Ryan Lewis To Bring A Familiar Magic In New Single, ‘Next Year.’
Grammy award-winning lyricist Macklemore partners back up with longtime friend and collaborator, Ryan Lewis, for the first time in five years for a reflective and optimistic new single and video ‘NEXT YEAR’ that features recording artist Windser – available everywhere now. Macklemore and Lewis teamed up with director Jason Koenig to write and direct the music video. Koenig is a frequent collaborator of theirs, as he also did the ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and ‘Downtown’ videos.