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Out Now // RA ft Harris J – ‘Fast Life’
Taking a slightly slicker approach to his usual charged-up style, ‘Fast Life’ sustains a glossy feel accommodating a slick yet infectious hook courtesy of fellow London hit-maker Harris J. Underpinned with an eerie Benzmusik and Rilbeats-produced backdrop, we are welcomed with Harris J’s auto-tuned vocals before RA later pierces through with his signature fiery flow. Spraying the beat with raw street poetics and unapologetic bars throughout, the contrast between both artists intertwines effortlessly.
Nova & Hiko Momoji share new single + video “BAPESTAR”
NOVA returns with an already extensive catalog under his name that includes numerous viral singles, including 2019’s “Not Around” (over 45M streams to date and went viral on TikTok), 6LACK’s hit breakout single “PRBLMS”, XXXTENTACION’s “I Don’t Wanna Do This Anymore” and many more. Nova helped shape the true SoundCloud era of rap and is now making a name for himself as he continues to dive into new territory while reinventing himself and proving that he’s one to watch.
BAKAR Releases New Song “BUILD ME A WAY” From Upcoming Album + Sold Out Shows in NY/LA!
Both singles are an enticing but very different glimpse of what to expect from Bakar’s debut album, due for release in 2022. Whereas Bakar’s hugely acclaimed 2018 debut mixtape BadKid embodied the anger and rebellion of a misunderstood kid, the intervening years have seen Bakar increasingly connected to his own heritage, his Islamic faith and a concept of the “Future Immigrant”. These all shape the music Bakar is making right now in 2021; music that is more emotional, expansive and ambitious than anything he has done before.
Canadian Alternative Artist RIIVER BRUKES Sign With Epictronic
Scottish born and currently Canadian Alternative artist RIIVER BRUKES is happy to announce the signing of a deal with Epictronic for the release of her masterpiece album “Reformed Soul”, which will be out on the 25th of March, 2022.
Riiver Brukes – Statement on Album Release and Signing – Completing ‘Reformed Soul’ has been an experience, some downs – but mostly up’s and a whole lot of fun. It’s definitely a labor of love but one that is so rewarding and fulfilling. I am beyond excited that Epictronic Records have listened, heard and liked the ‘Reformed Soul’ album. Words cannot express how thrilled I am – and fortunate to have been invited to sign to this great and vibrant young Label. I look forward to a wonderful and successful collaboration with Epictronic on this new exciting adventure ahead.
Today, the Grammy Award®-winning Temptations announce their much-anticipated new album, TEMPTATIONS 60. Released by UMe, a leading global music company, the new album consists of nearly all-original songs that are both modern and classic in feel and sound. In addition to tracks produced by group members, the album brings the iconic group together again with some of its beloved producers, including the legendary and award-winning Smokey Robinson and Narada Michael Walden. Dr. Otis Williams, the group’s founding member and the album’s executive producer, said, “Our new album carries with it, our legacy, our love of music and our hope that through our music we can uplift and bring people together. Most of all, we want fans to enjoy it and share it with family and friends around the world. It’s a thank you gift from our hearts to all of our fans, past, present and future.”
Canadian songstress Karen Myatt has released the first single/video from her new album Femoir.
The title track is the first in a series of singles/videos to roll-out over the coming months.
“Femoir, itself, was the very first song that I ever wrote,” shares Myatt. “It started with a single line and a simple melody and just evolved organically from there. It almost wrote itself. Given my love for literature, the song’s theme of books, diaries, letters – the written word in any form – just poured out of me.”
As a gift to her fans for the holiday season, international pop sensation Kim Petras has released her brand-new song “Coconuts” from her forthcoming 2022 debut album – a playful, tongue-in-cheek, disco-inspired bop that shimmers with body confidence.
Shanyia – Slide (Official Music Video)
Produced by hit song maker, Swiftbangaz (Fredo Bang, Migos, Lil Yachty, Rick Ross, Miguel), Shanyia’s single “Slide” will have the youth in a melodic frenzy encompassing an all time vibe of fun & excitement. Directed by famed music video and commercial Director, Caleb Seales (J. Cole, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, BET, TVone), The music video “Slide” provides for a stimulating, highly fast paced ride with Shanyia. Swirving through the midnight hour, we can’t help but slide into action with this heavy hitting, uniquely cut visual.
“End of the Opera” is the new single from Victoriana infused hard rock artist JOAN AVANT. Premiering now at Ghost Cult Magazine, “End of the Opera” officially releases with the music video on Friday 3rd December 2021.
“End of the Opera” is a semi-autobiographical song, with poetic license taken. The latter half of Dies Irae is dark and heavy, and this song lifts the mood unexpectedly. It concludes “Dies Irae” in a resolute and uplifted manner.”
Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa Share New Song + Video; Collab Album Coming Soon
Legendary artists and longtime collaborators and friends Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa have released their new song and video called “Pop That Trunk”. It’s their first collaboration since “GAH DAMN HIGH” from Juicy J’s most recent album The Hustle Continues and will serve as the first of many as the two are set to release a joint album in early 2022. Directed by Gabriel Hart (Gucci Mane, Future, Young Jeezy, Migos), the narrative-driven video is full of twists as Juicy and Wiz play disciples of the Devil coercing a group on the streets into handing over their souls. This single comes on the heels of the Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugz-N-Harmony Verzuz battle last night in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for full album info coming soon.
Maryland hailing 19-year-old artist Memoria XI shares his new single “Lonely Star” featuring fellow DMV native and viral rapper Landon Cube via Boom.Records. With “Lonely Star,” the rising artist shows off his emotional depth through audaciously raw and impassioned lyrics tackling themes of loneliness, growing pains, and heartache. The stylistically innovative track harmoniously blends hip-hop, R&B, alternative pop, and emo trap sounds into a creative and authentic aesthetic beyond genre. Drawing from and offering nods to established artists like Kanye West, The Weeknd, XXXTENTATCION, Post Malone, and Juice WRLD, Memoria XI is poised to leave an imprint in the coming years.
Skope / Reeny Smith shares “Dear Santa”
With a gentle, head-nodding groove and the requisite classic Christmas sounds – don’t you hear those sleigh bells ringing? – Reeny Smith’s soulful original song offers up a grateful new take on an old holiday trope.
NEWS: The Rave-Ups, proto-Americana rockers, return with ‘Tomorrow,’ first new album since 1990, coming February 4, 2022 on Omnivore Recordings.
The Rave-Ups’ three previous albums — 1985’s independently released Town + Country, along with 1987’s The Book of Your Regrets and 1990’s Chance, both for Epic Records — established the group as one of the pioneers of the cowpunk genre that eventually transformed into Americana, following in the footsteps of L.A.-bred country-rock groups from the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Byrds through contemporaries like X, the Blasters, and Rank + File.
Toosii Drops New Three-Song Capsule, ‘Pretty Girls Love Toosii’
After wrapping up his first-ever U.S. headline tour – which included sold-out shows in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, Boston, Houston, and Orlando – Toosii closes out 2021 with a trio of new songs on the capsule Pretty Girls Love Toosii. Released today by South Coast Music Group/Capitol Records, the capsule is the Syracuse-born, Raleigh-based artist’s tribute to women everywhere.
Letting Up Despite Great Faults Reveal Video For ‘Corners Pressed’ Mastered By Scott Simon (Slowdive) Out Now
Austin,TX-based shoegaze favourites Letting Up Despite Great Faults are pleased to reveal the official video for their new single ‘Corners Pressed’, which is out now on all good digital service providers.
Video: Wisdumb – Zephyr
“Zephyr” is Wisdumb’s latest single and most promising track yet.
In collaboration with Ozo on production, the duo from Biel, Switzerland brings us a mellow and chill sound with jazzy elements to vibe to.
“The newness of what they were doing — the fact that it was an unusual experience both for Sister Hazel and for the string players — lent an electricity and excitement to their performance,” lead singer Ken Block tells Taste of Country. “We don’t do that every day. They don’t do what we were doing every day. So to find th at symmetry and interplay between us was really fun. They really brought excitement and enthusiasm…it just feels different when you’re sonically sounding different and you have different human energy up there.”
Method Man, Ransom, Raekwon, Nicholas Craven join Justin Tyme for “Live By The Code”
The 1st single, “Live by The Code” features Raekwon, Ransom and Method Man Nicholas Craven (Westside Gunn, Roc Marciano, Ransom). “Live By The Code” sets the tone for the upcoming Album release “Iron Bars” due in Early 2022, which will be backed up by Hip-hop Icons like Twista, Havoc of Mobb Deep, MF DOOM, Stove God Cooks, The Game, Statik Selektah, DJ Premier and more.
The Regrettes Share New Song, “You’re So Fucking Pretty,” Via Warner Records
Lead singer Lydia Night shares: “It’s the first time I’ve ever written directly about a girl I had a crush on, and it took me a while for me to even allow my brain to accept the fact that I’m bisexual. I always felt like I couldn’t validate my own feelings because I had never been in a relationship with a girl. But I had a pretty big crush on one of my friends a while ago and this song is an exaggeration of that, but it’s still coming from a very real place. It was the first experience where I was like, ‘Oh, these are real feelings, this isn’t just a sexual attraction,’ and that helped me realize I wasn’t straight. This song means so much to me because it also represents the time we spent in Joshua Tree and opening up to my whole band about that experience and not feeling embarrassed or scared of talking about it. Writing this was important for me because it just validated my own sexuality.”
Artsick shares second single from new Slumberland LP, “Ghost of Myself”
Artsick was formed in June 2018 when Christina Riley was feeling “artsick” and writing songs, but missing the inspiration and excitement of collaborating with her old band, Burnt Palms. Christina played Mario Hernandez (Kids On A Crime Spree, Ciao Bella) a couple of demos and recognizing that “artsick” feeling, Mario offered to play drums and record some songs at his fully-analog Oakland recording studio. Christina’s bass idol, Donna McKean (Lunchbox, Hard Left), who loved the songs and jumped at the chance to help her friends with their “artsickness” and a band was born. The results were a terrific 2018 7″ single, which led to some epic pre-COVID shows and a whole batch of new songs.
The single, titled “A Slow Revelation”, is a spellbinding, ethereal indie folk ballad that blends a more traditional folk music style inspired by Anna’s musical heroes Joni Mitchell and Leondard Cohen with a more forward-thinking, modern style of experimental / electronic folk practiced by artists like Juliana Barwick or Grouper. Anna Westin’s music draws inspiration from the Irish, choral and Swedish folk songs that she grew up with, and brings them into the world of modern indie folk, “trying to combine something ancient and almost monastic with something totally contemporary. A blending of time to create something beyond time”.
LENA WAITHE’S HILLMAN GRAD RECORDS NEW SIGNEE NEO-SOUL R&B SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVION FARRIS RELEASES NEW VIDEO “SOMETIMES”
Now, Hillman Grad proudly presents the voice of Davion Farris. Hailing from Inglewood California, two-time GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Davion Farris has previously written with and for artists such as Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Trey Songz, Ginuwine, Jill Scott, SiR, and more.
NEW RULES DEBUT NEW SINGLE “CHEERS”
The group commented, “We wrote ‘Cheers’ as lockdown was coming to an end and we were truly sick of being stuck inside. We see the song as a big middle finger to the hardest parts of the last 24 months. Now life seems to be getting back to normal, we can finally go out again, see people and do our favorite thing in the whole world: drink…. I mean play shows! To that we say ‘Cheers’🍻”
Monaleo shares new song “We Not Humpin”
Houston’s very own rap princess, Monaleo shares new single, “We Not Humping.” Monaleo isn’t shy about laying out the rules on this new track — with its throwback 80s breakbeat and her trademark boisterous, barred out delivery. She continues to lead the pack as a breakout artist to watch and has been steadily solidifying her place as the new queen of the South.
DOJA CAT RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “WOMAN”
Doja Cat partnered with Girls Who Code to create DojaCode, an interactive music video experience for Woman. Inspiring a new generation of computer scientists, DojaCode invites fans to unlock exclusive content in Doja Cat’s newest video — all by using code. The interactive experience was dreamt up in partnership with Mojo Supermarket and built by Active Theory.
Conner Eko Releases Powerful and Emotive Single for the Holidays ‘Christmas Morning Goodbye’
‘Christmas Morning Goodbye’ faces the fact that a lot of people experience heartbreak and sadness during the holiday season and may want a change versus hearing the same overly joyful corporate products of the holidays.
Everything But The Everything release new single “In Love…Again (feat. Golden Plates)
Everything But The Everything, the moniker of Northern California songwriter Izzy the Gent, has dropped his latest single “In Love…Again” on all streaming platforms. The song premiered this week via MXDWN. In true form, Izzy invites his favorite musicians and vocalists to collaborate on each track, and for “In Love…Again” brought in acclaimed songwriter Golden Plates to lend his talent. Everything But The Everything (EBTE) is known for their energetic tracks with a new wave touch, including layers of synths, driving bass and new wave styled vocals.