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PERTH SINGER/SONGWRITER, HELEN SHANAHAN DELIGHTS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘CANVAS’,
Helen’s third studio album, Canvas is a glorious collection of songs, you can really hear how she’s developed and grown further in her craft; previous single and album opener Deer In Headlights powers ahead with a killer chorus, the reflective and contemplative No seethes amidst a bed of strings and percussion, while the edgy Chemical Help takes influence from the pop world. Recorded in Perth with Jon Clements, and produced remotely by Brad Jones in Nashville, Canvas takes influence from the likes of Taylor Swift while still staying true to Helen’s country singer/songwriter roots.
WATCH – TAI VERDES DROPS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘LAst dAY oN EaRTh’ – OUT NOW
“LAst dAy oN EaRTh’s” immediate success has Tai gearing up for another massive year with a brand-new album on the way, and a string of shows at around the music festival circuit in 2022, with performances at Lollapalooza, Reading Festival, and Leeds Festival, among others. This release follows a whirlwind 2021 for the rising star, where he performed on the TODAY Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and capped off the year with a performance of his RIAA platinum-certified smash hit “A-O-K,” at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball from Madison Square Garden.
SQUIGGLES (ex The Spook School) Announce Debut EP ‘Look What We Have Done’ Released 22nd April 2022 via Alcopop! Records
Edinburgh-based indie punks Squiggles are delighted to announce that their debut EP, Look What We Have Done, will be released on 22nd April 2022 via Alcopop! Records.
To celebrate the news, the band have revealed a charmingly lo-fi video for lead single ‘This Is A Wake Up Call’ which is released 8th February 2022 on all good digital service providers.
LeXmo Questions Her Sexuality In Self-Directed Video For ‘GHST’
The self-directed black and white video sees LexMo on DP and editing duties as well as dancing through the intoxicating scenes with different dancers, in her own words “perfectly encapsulating the toxic dark romance that is littered through the song”. Depicting someone stuck between two people, and who ends up losing everything after trying to make what seemed like an impossible choice, “the push and pull that came in waves ultimately left me feeling trapped and alone and questioning everything I thought I once knew about my sexuality. I’m simply not as straight as I thought I was and that was pretty scary for me to discover. In the end I lost both people and lost myself as well. I’d never felt so trapped, confused and alone trying to figure out what I wanted. The black and white, the strobe effects, the back and forth between each person represents the confusion and instability I was feeling at the time,” LexMo enthuses.
On Wednesday 9th February at 12pm, ION festival will go on sale with the remaining tickets for the first-ever event. Having been postponed for two years due to Covid, ION will be taking over the picturesque area of Dhërmi, Albania. The festival location is set amongst crystal blue sea, cold war bunkers, secret coves, and multiple stages covering the seven-day event with more to be announced. Artist highlights include Chaos in the CBD, Maribou State, Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, DJ Stingray, Helena Hauff, Daniel Avery, HAAi, Nicolas Lutz and Pangaea. The stages will include some of the most original on the global festival circuit bringing Junction 2’s legendary sound and light teams with them to create some of the most memorable parties to happen across Europe. The festival takes place from September 7th – 14th 2022 and tickets start at £302 per person which includes accommodation.
On the track, the bass line pulses in between airy guitar melodies as he warns the listener with a commanding flow, “And if you gonna pay me, you better pay me respect.” The momentum culminates on the chantable chorus, “I’m on fire, let it slap.” He channels classic Southern California rap with an incendiary energy uniquely his own.
OUT NOW: Experimental Producer NFNR Unveils Track From Dog Rose Album [FFO: Jon Hopkins, Rrose and Rival Consoles]
Individualist experimental producer NFNR (Neither Famous Nor Rich) has shared her intriguingly dramatic ‘Eros Bird’ track, taken from her latest album, Dog Rose which was released on the 23rd of November 2021 via Corridor Audio. The album has already been supported by Mixmag. The artist is well established on stage, having toured the globe and performing in the UK, most of Europe as well as Japan and creating music for over 20 theatrical plays and performances. One of her latest projects is the international ‘Hooligan’ effort with British director Peter Cant. On the airwaves, the artist has been supported by numerous international stations including Resonance FM (in London) and Rinse FM (in France). NFNR has established herself as a curator of the experimental platform, Women’s Sound for women and non-binary people in Ukraine which launched the v:uncase and WOK sound residencies.
Brooklyn, NY based singer-songwriter Allegra Krieger today shared two new songs from her forthcoming album Precious Thing, releasing March 4th, 2022 via Northern Spy Records. On the two tracks that open up the album—“Wake Me If I’m Asleep” & “Isolation”—Krieger sings about the fear of loss and her hope to live more presently. Inspired by a pang of fear that struck her after seeing the paramedics leave a neighbor’s house, Krieger’s anxiety is palpable, yet her resolve remains strong. Listen to the songs here.
WINGS OF DESIRE release soaring single ‘Perfect World’
Getting fired from my job by email and making a song about my boss
BUSHROD here, London based rapper/musician. I recently got fired from my day job by email so I decided to write a song about my boss.
Hugs of the Sky Shares New Psych-Rock Single “Nirwana Surf” via SPILL, Named Northern Transmissions’ Song of the Day
On the song, bandmate Boris Willems shares: “Nirwana Surf is a critique of contemporary politics, a bit of an ironic version of the question of why anger and hatred are everywhere. The title is an ode to the grunge band, but at the same time there’s the literal meaning of a nihilist ‘flee’ away from the worries mentioned above. Perhaps through music or psychedelia. Finally there’s the layer that the chords are musically kinda surfy and of a simplicity like Nirvana.”
LA’s VELVET STARLINGS channels “Billy Elliot” in ’60s garage-y video for “Can’t Control”
Originally released August 27, 2021, the youthful ’60s-infused garage rock ‘n’ roll band is gearing up for a busy 2022 with the vinyl release of the album and what better way to kick the year off but with a propulsive video? Showcasing youthful abandon in perpetual motion in all its energetic glory, the video features Martin Hughes (brother and bandmate Brian Hughes directed the video) of the Scottish indie band Angelica Mode, who the band shared a stage with while touring in 2019. “Martin is just such a dynamo, he never stops moving,” adds Gisborne.
LATRICE BURNETTE APPOINTED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DEF JAM RECORDINGS | PRESIDENT, 4TH & BROADWAY
Burnette will bring 4TH & Broadway to its new home at Def Jam Recordings, availing itself of Def Jam’s marketing and promotion acumen and resources, while integrating its core staff. The expertise and guidance Burnette has shown in the growth and development of 4TH & Broadway artists Young Devyn, Lil Migo, Pap Chanel, Chiiild, and Kidd Kenn will now be brought to her new post at Def Jam. Burnette, who is based in New York, will apply her vast experience and marketing savvy across Def Jam’s entire roster of superstars and emerging artists, and will report directly to Balogun.
HELENA DELAND shares new “Swimmer” single w/ VIDEO ahead of TOUR DATES w/ The Weather Station and Andy Shauf
Today Montreal’s Helena Deland shares the intimate, heartfelt, chilling new single ” Swimmer. ” The song is dedicated to her mother who sadly passed away last year and comes accompanied by a video that Helena filmed and directed using footage taken while flying over the St. Lawrence River via helicopter.