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Earlier today, Philly-born artist Fridayy was unveiled as a XXL Class of 2023 Freshman—cementing his artist-to-watch status. The acclaim exemplifies his trifecta force in artistry, crafting genre-defying music with a R&B melody and Rap flare. Keeping the momentum at a sky-scraping magnitude, Fridayy releases the official music video for “Don’t Give It Away” featuring Chris Brown via Def Jam Recordings today.

Rachel Bochner Reveals New Single “Here For The Drama”

New York-based alt-pop singer and songwriter Rachel Bochner returns with her new alt-pop anthem, “Here For The Drama,” out on all streaming platforms today.

Contrasting Rachel’s sweet melodies with deliciously distorted guitars, “Here For The Drama” is as dramatic as the title suggests. “Sometimes my life feels like a chaotic reality TV show, and ‘Here For The Drama’ is the perfect theme song,” Rachel quips.

PIGEON WIGS — “Radiation Blues” Out Now || ‘Rock By Numbers’ Mini-Album coming 7 July

Cardiff’s PIGEON WIGS are back with the stomping, Stones-y new single: “Radiation Blues”; the latest track to be taken from the quintet’s brand new mini-album ‘Rock By Numbers’ (out 7 July via Clwb Music).

Blusher share visualiser for “Softly Spoken”, debut EP out 14th July via Atlantic / Warner Australia

Originally released last year, today they share a video which offers a further glimpse into the world they’re create with their debut EP, Should We Go Dance? – set for release on Friday 14 July via Atlantic Records/Warner Music Australia.

Neo-Soul collab from THEO x Sophia Thakur

‘There’s Always Something’ is a sweet and soulful track from Irish singer/songwriter THEO, which features the award winning spoken word artist Sophia Thakur.

The soulful string-laden Neo-soul/R&B track captures the essence of emotional exhaustion in relationships. Written during the depths of lockdown, the driving beat and repetition of lyrics create a hypnotic yet restless quality, emphasising “the feeling of being trapped in a cycle of disappointment in a relationship where the same issues re-occur constantly”, in THEO’s words.

FRACTURES drops sonically transformative album ‘Shift’

Australian-based electronic music mogul Fractures showcases the diversity of his artistry in his sonically transformative LP Shift, out on June 22nd along with brooding focus track ‘Secret’. In parts reflecting the same club-stomping energy of his past discography, and in others experimenting with new sounds, the record represents the turning of a new leaf for the musician.

R&B Star LUCIIA ‘SAME THING NEW MAN’ (Opening for Coldplay this summer + Championed by Vogue / BBC LDN)

Grammis-nominee LUCIIA returns this June 22nd with ‘SAME THING NEW MAN’, the enticing first single from her upcoming EP WITH II EYES, set for release in October 2023.

A silky-smooth jam that merges classic 90s R’n’B with LUCIIA’s cutting-edge sound, ‘SAME THING NEW MAN’ is yet another testament to the growth in global interest for the Cuban/Swedish artist, after she was recently handpicked by Coldplay to open four consecutive shows at Ullevi Stadium in Sweden in July.

Norwegian band Freedumb shares a blistering punk/hardcore anthem “War Games”

In 2021, Torstein Eriksen discovered the session files, began writing lyrics for the unfinished songs, and recorded vocals to finally bring this long-lost album to life. Most of these songs have never been released, and some were previously performed live during the 2000s.

Top New Artist // HUNNY BUZZ – “Now I Can Get Over You”

Budding Bristol-based band, HUNNY BUZZ, share their punchy surf-pop banger “Now I Can Get Over You.” Drenched in a rich layer of grungy guitar with lead singer’s Lyd Read’s personality and panache spilling out across every second of the track. Today’s new track is the first of many in the build-up to their forthcoming Pacific Wax EP out later this year.


Alex McEwan’s career to date is a fascinatingly unusual tale of two chapters. The first time around his single ‘Make A Wave’ was playlisted at Radio 2 and praised by Mojo, leading to a major UK tour as guest to Katie Melua. Eighteen years later, he’s in the midst of an unexpected resurgence with his recent releases picking up Single of the Week at BBC Radio Scotland, further airplay from Amazing Radio, Amazing Roots and CountryLine Radio, plus praise from Americana UK, Maverickand XS Noize.

Palehound shares brilliant new single and album highlight in “Independence Day”

Palehound has unleashed the raucous new “Independence Day” single and video today, the latest cut from their new album Eye On The Bat, due out July 14th on Polyvinyl Record Co.

Setting Sun share “Can’t Take It Back” lyric video

Led by frontman and primary songwriter Gary Levitt, the sixth studio album by Setting Sun, The Feelings Cure, was recorded like no other Setting Sun record––diligently. Explaining the creative process and creating the album while now being a father, Levitt says, “I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get in the creative zone with set times of having to turn creativity on and off like a switch. I used to write and record in creative blasts when I felt it come on like a wave or virus. Having kids forced me to write, record, and mix within the gaps of being a father. The maturity shows on this record.”


The song arrives ahead of the 1-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Demi’s net profits from “SWINE” for a period of one year will be donated to the Reproductive Justice Fund at the Demi Lovato Foundation, which will in turn be directed to three non-profit organizations: NARAL Pro-Choice America, Plan C, and The National Network of Abortion Funds.

OUT NOW: Gentleman’s Dub Club Releases New Album “On A Mission”

Some might say that Gentleman’s Dub Club has been on a mission since their earliest beginnings 15 years ago at Leeds University; through constant touring, and a steady release of recordings, the band has become one of the most popular and best-known UK-based reggae groups in the world. However, it is only now that GDC is officially ON A MISSION, which is the title of their 7th full-length studio album, out June 9 via Easy Star Records. After a very successful collaboration with The Nextmen on the Pound for Pound album, GDC brought in The Nextmen’s Bradford Ellis (a.k.a. Brad Baloo) to produce this one. The album also features guest appearances by Hollie Cook, Gardna, Josh Waters Rudge (of The Skints), Eva Lazarus, and Sara Lugo.

SLOPE Signs with Century Media Records – New single “FREAK DREAMS” out now!

Century Media Records are thrilled to announce the signing of SLOPE!

With their pure and honest hardcore/punk attitude, fused with deep influences in funk and Hip-Hop, the band has crafted a truly unique style that captivates audiences and sets them apart from the crowd. This exciting collaboration marks a significant milestone in SLOPE’s journey, propelling them towards even greater heights.

Baby City Club Turns Up The Heat For The Summer With New Album “Copas & Glamur”

Puerto Rican duo Baby City Club is here to take over summer 2023. After releasing four popular singles throughout the year so far, today the pair returns with its highly anticipated album “COPAS & GLAMUR,” out now on all digital platforms.

TEMPLE OF DREAD release lyric video ‘World Below’

TEMPLE OF DREAD unleash the lyric video ‘World Below’ as the second single taken from the East Frisians’ forthcoming new album “Beyond Acheron”, which is slated for release on August 11, 2023.

HIGH CRIME Announce New Single “Succumb” And Live Dates

Heavy quartet HIGH CRIME deliver a huge sound comprised of fuzz-fuelled riffs and groove rhythms in their upcoming single “Succumb”. The band have produce a dynamic track with a vintage vibe that fuses styles of trad metal, 80s, and rock ‘n’ roll.