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GASPAR NARBY RELEASES HIS NEW EP ‘MAGNET LETTERS’ – WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE TITLE TRACK AND NEW SINGLE
Last year saw Gaspar Narby broadening his off-kilter electronica into a broader artistic style as an introspective singer-songwriter. The first two products of that evolution – ‘Death & Other Things’ and ‘So Bored’ – resulted in fresh critical acclaim as he was praised by The Line of Best Fit (On The Rise) and Wonderland (New Noise).
Japanese-Chinese boys’ collective WARPs UP release new single ‘POWER_xin’ today
Japanese-Chinese boys’ collective WARPs UP released new single ‘POWER_xin’ today, 14 January. This is the first original new music by the group’s two Chinese members LANGYI and MINGJUN since Japanese members SANTA and RIKIMARU debuted with the popular limited-time group INTO1 in China.
Aluna Unveils New Single ‘Forget About Me’ with Diplo & Durante
British singer-songwriter Aluna returns today with her new single “Forget About Me,” a collaboration with Diplo and Italian producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Durante, offering fans a taste of what’s to come from Aluna in 2022. The track was co-written with fellow British artist Kelli-Leigh, who Aluna connected with last year over their shared work pushing for better representation and crediting of Black women in the industry, and co-produced by Aluna, Diplo and Durante.
SPECKMANN PROJECT release first new song in three decades
Welcome to the second chapter of SPECKMANN PROJECT. The death metal legend returns to his now legendary and short-lived offshoot band! The result will be a new, eagerly awaited Speckmann Project, from which “Fiends Of Emptiness” is the first digital single and the title track.
PRESS RELEASE: Stone Broken Have a “Revelation” — WATCH
Having partnered with award-winning producer and former SikTh guitarist Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Holding Absence, Bury Tomorrow) back in early 2019, both artist and producer hit it off right from the get-go. Working remotely with Weller between Walsall and London, the band shared lots of new ideas, experimenting with aspects of electronic sound design and fusing different strands of their more straight-ahead hard rock with darker electro elements — something frontman Rich Moss and drummer/backing vocalist Robyn Haycock had long wanted to try.
Crafted with the dance floor in mind, ‘Over’ fuses euphoric synth soundscapes, pulsing trance basslines and electro-pop melodies. The track is a club anthem which showcases Camden’s dynamic vocal range, undeniable writing talent and meteoric potential.
THE HOWL & THE HUM – Release cinematic “Thumbs Up” Video || January UK Tour Dates
Closing-out a benchmark year for the band, the alt/folk three-piece have teamed-up with celebrated Australian director Matthew Thorne on a gripping visual narrative to accompany their latest single “Thumbs Up”.
Emily Nash drops infectious new single ‘Garden’
Emerging UK electronic talent Emily Nash has unveiled her new single ‘Garden’, out now on Ministry of Sound.
Carrying on from what was a career-defining year for Nash and launching 2022 in style, ‘Garden’ is a captivating, club-ready melodic house jam combining slick vocals, fluttering synths and atmospheric breakdowns.
Earthling, which was produced by Grammy Award® winning producer Andrew Watt, is Vedder’s first album since 2011’s Ukulele Songs and his first solo tour in over a decade.
The track is the latest single off the new album and joins previously released tracks: “Long Way,” which Variety noted, the strident, guitar-driven “Long Way” finds Vedder narrating a tale of a man haunted by a lost love,” and “The Haves” which Stereogum described “a searching heart ballad about personal connection, and it addresses the increasing divide between rich and poor.”
Co-written with GRAMMY-nominated producers Deion Gill (Kelly Rowland, Miguel, Playboi Carti, Usher) and Major Myjah (Chris Brown, J.Cole, Ty Dolla $ign), the tongue-in-cheek track demonstrates Erika’s lyrical wit and seductive flow as she puts every mansplaining fuckboy firmly in their place. Paying homage to the unapologetic female pop stars of the ‘90s, “Shhh” is a loose spin-off of Shania Twain’s 1997 megahit “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and laced with alluring Asian string instrumentation against a modern R&B production.
“Skjoldmø” (Shielmaiden) refers to an old Norse description of women who participated in the battles with axes, swords and shields. “The lyrics are inspired by a description in Saxon gramaticus about shieldmaidens going into battle by blunting the swords of the enemy with spells songs / galder. My interpretation of the shield maiden theme touches the problem of fighting inner judgment, a battle between strength and weaknesses as well as judgement from the society through the history. To find the strength of standing together, supporting each other instead of fighting each other”. – Nanna Barslev
VIZE kick off their year with a bang with new single ‘Dancing Alone’
DJ and producer duo VIZE are kicking off the new year with a bang: their new single ‘Dancing Alone’ not only sounds like a guaranteed hit, but it also demonstrates new musical elements that the duo describes as an evolution of their sound. VIZE announced a new era when they recently unveiled a new logo and accompanying new visual identity for the project. “We wanted to start the new year with one of our favourites! ‘Dancing Alone’ has the perfect blend of soulful & melodic EDM for us and is music for the festivals & clubs of the world. VIZE will continue to surprise with new sounds in the future; this one is just the beginning,” the two say about the release of ‘Dancing Alone’.
Olivia Rodrigo Meets Lorde New Artist
Born and raised in Hawai’i, 21 year old, Sydney Agudong, made her first on-stage debut at 18 months old, and knew that’s where she belonged.
The multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, ukulele) spent her childhood years singing in local talent shows and competitions, receiving awards and recognition at every stop. At 10, Sydney wrote and recorded her first original song called “I’m So Sorry” that was later played and requested on local Hawaiian radio stations.
Post Profit Release New Single “We’re All Monsters” PLUS Tour Announcement and PreSave for Their Up Coming Album!
Alt-Rock quartet POST PROFIT has released their high-powered single titled “We’re All Monsters.” Cutting their own certain path with clarity and direction Post Profit solidifies once again who and where they are – leaders kicking the shift into the world of rock. An undeniable solid deliverance. Their latest hard-hitting track, “We’re All Monsters”, is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, etc.
Amythyst Kiah Reimagines Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
“’Love Will Tear Us Apart’ is the tragedy of knowing that the spark is gone forever,” says Kiah. “The weight of helplessness bearing down, the feeling of being alone in the presence of a partner that is emotionally and mentally miles away and is never coming back. Here’s to taking a sad song and making it sadder.”
Nate Traveller shares new single “Tenderness Kindness”
The 25-year-old Bonita Springs, FL native continues to embark on his musical journey while honing in on his craft and laying a solid foundation for his effortless yet well-crafted storytelling, paired with a harmonious melding of soul and hip-hop production. Nate creates a safe space infused with love and hope.
Shimmering Indie Pop Single
“Ready to Love You” was written about needing to backtrack on a relationship. Echoing vocals, oscillating synths and a groove-laden bass provide the foundations for this shimmering, catchy tune, while Mikalyn’s soulful vocal tone oozes with an honesty.
The track, which features an all-star team of players assembled by producer Tim Surrett (Balsam Range), bursts from the gate with strong banjo picking by oft-awarded labelmate Kristin Scott Benson soaring over a strong rhythmic bed from Surrett (bass) and guitarist Tony Wray before Roberts begins to reveal the narrative of a lover whose tenacity is embodied in the twist of the song’s title. Punctuated by energetic solos from award-winning mandolinist Alan Bibey and fiddler Jimmy Mattingly, Roberts’ fresh, expressive voice delivers each verse in tones of mounting confidence, with each chorus framed by harmonies from bluegrass power couple Kenny & Amanda Smith as the trio evokes the pledge that lies at the center of the song.
Today, rising pop/ R&B crooner Ai Bendr releases her first new music of 2022 with dreamy record “I Never Learn”. The song is an emotional and vulnerable track during which the 18-year-old grapples with the feeling of letting someone go. From the first line, “I tend to believe in falsities”, Ai Bendr allows her fans and listeners to go through the stages of grief alongside her until she whispers her last lyric “I wish I was enough…”.
Donna Missal announces new EP w/ Mura Masa + Sega Bodega collab ‘insecure’
“What does intimacy really mean?” asks Donna Missal. With, in the mirror, in the night, the breakout indie pop star is determined to find out. Written a capella in her bedroom, the collection finds Missal stripping away nearly everything she’s come to be known for—the acrobatic vocals, the blockbuster choruses, the anthemic performances—and instead distilling her work down to its most vital, vulnerable form.
Manny Blu Releases Amped Official Music Video for “Prove Me Wrong” – Out Now
A song of firsts, “Prove Me Wrong,” is the first breakup song that Blu has added to his catalog and the first music video that Blu has had his hand in directing. Produced by Wingman Productions and directed by Blu himself, the music video envelops fans into the storyline of Country Punk EP as it expresses the emotions of a breakup anthem through a live performance video. Overall, the video creates a statement by utilizing strobe lights and vibrant colors to depict the electric energy of heartbreak and angst.
“Gochujang” follows the release of 2021’s “take my time” which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 Radio show as his World First selection. Oda’s music draws from his cultural upbringing and is known for his heartfelt lyricism, tranquil lo-fi sound, and meditative work that’s deeply rooted in self-care and centers on highly relatable themes of self-identity, love, patience, and issues that not only affect the AAPI community but overall generations that find themselves in between worlds. New music to follow soon.
Texas Thrashers XIL To Release New Album
Texas thrashers XIL will release their upcoming album Rip & Tear via Confused Records on Feb 25th 2022.
Blasting out of the savage underground of south-central Texas, the trio unshackle a dynamic sound born out of speed and thrash, with a riotous rock ‘n’ roll edge. Attacking with a powerful brutality, XIL’s new album speeds through the light barrier with intense energy that refuses to let up. “Speedemons” races at redneck speed following the dark entities in their mission to pillage and plunder the human species. “Breakneck” begins with a slower tempo building up to a dramatic transition into hard-hitting percussion and kick-ass guitar riffs. Creating a wall of sound with the instrumentation, XIL’s vocals soar above the utter heavy chaos, bringing their own raw, aggressive impact into the mix. Concluding Rip & Tear with “Equinox” combines the pillars of their sound to an ultimate climax. It’s energetic and filled up on guitar riffs producing a blazing effect.
The future of the Earth may be looking rather bleak as the demonic warrior forces take control, but death by thrash and speed seems like a pretty good way to go. Dive head-first into this epic metal fantasy.
KEVIN QUINN RELEASES AWAITED DEBUT EP AND TITLE TRACK, “IT’S ABOUT TIME”
On “It’s About Time,” the EP, the promising musician offers a holistic introduction to his style and perspective, highlighting his knack for intimate storytelling. Through rich vocals and deeply personal songwriting, Quinn’s lyrics strike a unique balance between growth and vulnerability, as he carries listeners along his journey as a young adult, while giving hope for the future.
corook is a “bad friend”
“I wrote ‘bad friend’ when I moved to Nashville after college,” says corook. It was the first time since college that I moved to a city without knowing anyone. The song is a reflection of my struggle to maintain friendships throughout the different phases of my life. Writing it with my girlfriend allowed me to tap into the vulnerability and insecurity that comes with that struggle.”