June 30, 2022 – With a seismic and showstopping voice, larger-than-life presence, and fearless fashion sense, 17 year old singer-songwriter Benicio Bryant releases his new single and video “I Can’t Dance To This” today via Arista Records.
In the track, Benicio laces his enigmatic pop R&B sound with a much deeper message to be your authentic self. Benicio adds, “Creating everything for ‘Can’t Dance to This’ was absolutely magical. When we were writing this song, I kept thinking about a music video for it and what I wanted to wear. For me this song is powerful in a way because it’s really about confidence. To be our true self and not worry about what others think. In the song, when I say ‘watch me’, I feel like that says it all. I’m so grateful for everyone who helped put it all together, sonically and visually.”
Frenna comments on the collaboration “I always respected Headie and think he’s a great artist, we linked and it just clicked in the studio. We made a lot of shit happen and eventually ‘Bigger Than Life’ was born.”
Frenna made his breakthrough in 2014 as part of the rap formationSFB (Strictly Family Business) and has had numerous #1 in the Netherlands including ‘Francis’ and ’’t Album Onderweg Naar ‘Het Album’’. His fifth solo album ‘Highest’ featuring breakthrough hit ‘Come Thru’ had a host of international artists on including Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade, British rapper Young Adz (D-Block Europe) and King Promise.
Headie’s as yet untitled new tape will be released over the summer and features rappers from a number of different European countries including France, Germany and the Netherlands. Each have their own unique story behind them and proves the King Of Drill’s ever increasing influence outside of his native UK.
Fresh off the heels of his first headlining US tour, Fivio Foreign is back with the highly anticipated 2000s meets drill inspired music video for “What’s My Name”. The Benny Boom directed visual filmed in Brooklyn, NY also stars featured artists Queen Naija and Coi Leray.Watch HERE.
After captivating fans across the globe and earning widespread acclaim, buzzing Nashville-based singer and songwriter Stephen Sanchez unveils the release date of his highly-anticipated upcoming EP, Easy On My Eyes, set for release on August 5th via Mercury Records/Republic Records. Pre-order/pre-save Easy On My Eyes HERE.
Stirring up excitement for its arrival, Stephen recently shared the 1950’s-inspired music video for his breakthrough viral smash “Until I Found You”—watch it HERE. Rolling Stone exclusively revealed a first look of the video, which features a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, describing it as a “fun, throwback visual.” The song recently debuted the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has impressively gathered nearly 185 million streams and counting. Additionally, it catapulted to #27 on the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart and #41 on the Spotify US Top 50 Chart. Taking over airwaves, it currently sits at #14 at AAA Radio. Gathering over 2 million streams per day, Stephen now averages over 15 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Last night, Stephen took the stage on The Late Show with Stephen Colbertfor a show-stopping performance of “Until I Found You,” which was inspired by Elvis Presley’s iconic 1968 “Comeback Special” and resulted in a standing ovation from the studio audience—watch it HERE.
On Easy On My Eyes, Stephen says, “If my bones were emotions, it’s my entire skeletal frame ripped out for all to see; my best and most vulnerable work to date.” He continues, “I wanted this record to feel a lot more personal than anything I’d done before. Naming it ‘easy on MY eyes’ rather than the well known ‘you are easy on THE eyes’ phrasing, feels like I’m directing it towards the people I wrote the record for. This record is all over the place. Thematically it’s all cohesive, but sonically it’s as if you’re listening to three different records within the 25 minutes.”
Stephen recently concluded a series of sold-out live shows in New York, Los Angeles, and DC, along with a soaring performance during his Bonnaroo debut. He’s set to perform co-headline shows with Em Beihold across the UK and Europe next month, as well as a headline EP release show at Nashville’s The Basement East on August 4th. Check out the upcoming dates HERE.
Texas based gothic band OCEANS OF SLUMBER release their new track and music video for “The Lighthouse” today via Century Media Records. Directed by Angela Herr and Bianca Greene, OCEANS OF SLUMBER teamed up with FirstSight Agency to produce this cinematic music video following the emotional journey of a charismatic post-apocalyptic cult leader. Watch the video, HERE.
“In true story-telling fashion, ‘The Lighthouse’ evokes the frenzied emotions of the evangelical south’s dangerous religious leanings. Leading with an ominous gospel, ‘The Lighthouse’ is a song as dark and atmospheric as the humid air that hangs heavy in our region,” states vocalist Cammie Beverly about the song and video.
Fronted by the inimitable power, range, and grace of vocalist Cammie Beverly, Starlight and Ash posits OCEANS OF SLUMBER in a league of their own. This is as much eloquent extensions of famed singer-songwriters Nick Cave and Chris Stapleton as it is the heartbreaking pulse of Type O Negative and Katatonia. Starlight and Ash isn’t Metal, but its edges are. The album, which is set for release on July 22nd, was produced by Joel Hamilton (Violet Road, Battle of Mice) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yes, Voivod). Its stunning artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Heaven Shall Burn and many more)
The album is available to pre-order, HERE, and can be found in the following formats:
Ltd. CD Digipak
black LP & LP-Booklet
300x transp. light blue LP & LP-Booklet available at CM Distro Wholesale EU, CMDistro.de and EMP
300x dark green LP & LP-Booklet available from the band
1000x transp. orange LP & LP-Booklet available in the US
Oceans of Slumber have also just announced The Lighthouse East Tour. The band will be hitting the road this Fall for a handful of headline shows starting in their hometown, Houston, on August 27th and wrapping in Austin on September 11th. Tickets are on-sale starting today and can be purchased, HERE.
Oceans of Slumber Tour Dates:
6/18 – Houston, TX @ Black Magic Social Club
8/27 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
8/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
8/30 – Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
8/31 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro
9/02 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
9/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
9/04 – Providence, RI @ Alchemy
9/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving Underground
9/07 – Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
9/08 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
9/09 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
9/10 – Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
9/11 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
OCEANS OF SLUMBER is Cammie Beverly (vocals), Xan Fernandez (guitar), Jessie Santos (guitar), Mathew Aleman (synth), Semir Ozerkan (bass), Dobber Beverly (drums and piano).
Known for his production work behind some of today’s biggest stars, KayCyy is ready to strike out on his own. Following the release of his highly anticipated tape GUTI, the East African global star shares the visuals for “Hold You Up” featuring Annahstasia & Steven Bamidele. Directed by Kajal, the new visual presents an artistic and abstract performance between KayCyy & Annahstasia evoking the lonely memories of falling in love. Watch the new video here.
The new visual for “Hold You Up” comes following the release of KayCyy’s latest project ‘GUTI’ (Get Used To It). The newly announced XXL 2022 Freshman was also recently featured on platinum superstar Fivio Foreign’s new album ‘B.I.B.L.E’. After dropping a slew of bangers and showing off his slick bars through each new track, KayCyy continues to test the limits of what he’s capable of accomplishing and having fun while doing it. Stay tuned for more from the young artist, including his forthcoming performance at Rolling Loud Miami this summer.
Hailed as “the soul of Philly,” storied rapper Kur releases his next single and video “Seasons” via Meek Mill’s DreamChasers and Roc Nation/Republic Records.
Listen to “Seasons” HERE. Watch the music video for “Season”HERE.
Unloading an unbreakable cadence of rapid fire bars, Kur uses his lyrics as an opportunity to peel back the layers on the different seasons he’s endured in life. Staying true to himself, his confessional lyrics start with detailing his humble beginnings then catch up to his present-day luxuries.The vivid wordplay jumps through the screen of the music video directed by Terrius Mykel with their grimy storytelling.
Drumming up palpable buzz, this release follows Kur’s bundle of songs entitled The Hold Over which included single “For My Fam.” Watch the music video for “For My Fam”—HERE. Receiving critical acclaim, another standout was “Road To The Riches.”HotNewHipHop described him as a “talented lyricist,” and Essence highlighted it among “New Music This Week.”
The project also boasts previously released “Sheist,” “Let’s Talk,” and “Play It Cool.” About the bundle, Passion of the Weiss noted, “Kur has leveraged his natural ability to think as a buffer between the things that could be and the things that are.” Raydar Magazine further applauded Kur as,“Philadelphia’s Beacon of Possibility In Hip-Hop.”
To kick off the summer Kur delivered a hometown performance at the Roots Picnic on June 4th. About the performance he told REVOLT, “performing at this event was a dream come true and represents a stepping stone for what’s to come in his career.”
As the story goes, Kur first cut his teeth by leaving the competition speechless during lunchtime cyphers at W.B. Saul High School. Projects such as theStraight From The Kur mixtape and Upside Down Cake EP (where he murdered the beat for Drake’s “Poundcake” in multiple ways) led to the biggest hometown endorsement possible…Meek Mill shared lyrics from “33 Shots” on Twitter as Kur went on to participate in the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher with Sam Black, Ms. Jade, Dave East, and Young M.A.
Around the same time, he joined forces with New York phenomenon Dave East for the EP,Born Broke, Die Rich. 2019 saw him approach critical mass. His project Shakurspawned the infectious “Crack” and powerful “Soul” [feat. Mozzy], eclipsing 10 million cumulative global streams.
On its heels, “Spare Me” vaulted to #14 on the Apple Music Hip-Hop and Rap Chart and #20 on the All Genres Chart. This prompted Meek Mill to proclaim Kur as “the soul of Philly”.
Signed to DreamChasers in partnership with Roc Nation and Republic, the 2021 LP It Shouldn’t Be Like Thiselevated his total streams past 77 million.
Fresh off an entrancing set at Bonnaroo, flipturn today releases the official music video for “Whales.” The latest single from their upcoming debut album Shadowglow, “Whales” holds a magnifying glass over the effects of seemingly insurmountable pressure. After amassing over 50 million streams on Spotify alone from previous EPs and singles, the band’s debut album will be released in its entirety on August 19. Stream the official video for “Whales” HERE.
Directed and edited by longtime collaborator Amanda Laferriere, the video for “Whales” incorporates the motif of dark versus light which appears across much of Shadowglow. Shot in black and white, the band performs in an isolated room – perhaps the most intimately one can experience a flipturn performance without the roar of fanfare – like at their recent performances at Bonnaroo, Shaky Knees, Hangout, SunFest, and countless headline shows. Clean and understated, this video keeps things direct, while conveying the weight of the song’s subject matter.
Along with the upcoming release of the band’s debut album, comes the Shadowglow Tour. Beginning tomorrow, the tour will run through the rest of the year, moving from coast to coast. Tickets for all shows are on-sale now and all tour information can be found here and below.
Mainstays of this Summer’s festival circuit, flipturn will be making upcoming stops at Levitate and Lollapalooza, giving fans plenty of opportunity to experience the magnetism of a flipturn live show. Followingtheir debut albumrelease, the band will be putting on their own curated festival, Playground Music Festival, in Gainesville, FL – one of the cities that was deeply important to their formative years as a band.
Turning up the heat again this summer, GRAMMY® Award-winning Atlanta hip-hop titan Future just uncovered the music video for “HOLY GHOST.” Watch it HERE. It remains yet another standout from his gold-certified chart-dominating blockbuster #1 album, I NEVER LIKED YOU—available HERE.
In the visual, Future pulls up to Cuban neighborhood in Miami. He raps to the camera with a laidback intensity as a family wearing ankle monitors looks on at him. Once again, he delivers a cinematic clip worthy of a long history of unforgettable visuals. With over 9.9 million Spotify streams on the track, the arrival of the video satiates a widespread demand from fans for more off I NEVER LIKED YOU.
In other big news, the platinum-certified Billboard Hot 100 #1 smash “WAIT FOR U” [feat. Drake & Tems] just vaulted to #1 at Rhythmic Radio nationwide as the 3rd greatest gainer this week.
It’s just the beginning though. Expect more from Future soon…
Future further secured his place in history with this magnum opus. Upon arrival, he emerged as the 5thartist in history to simultaneously debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 with I NEVER LIKED YOU atop the 200 and “WAIT FOR U” at #1 on the Hot 100. On Spotify, he captured #1-10 on Top Songs Debut USA Chart in addition to landing a #1 US and Global Album Debut. Not to mention, he became the most-streamed artist on Spotify worldwide on April 29. The album notably demolished the record for highest first-day streams for an album released in 2022 on Apple Music worldwide and the record for highest first-day streams ever for a Hip-Hop/Rap album released in Spatial Audio on Apple Music Worldwide.Plus, “WAIT FOR U” vaulted to #1 on the VEVO Top 20 US Chart.
Setting the pace for the culture, he sold out the red hot highly exclusive I NEVER LIKED YOU merch capsule designed by DONDA and Cactus Flea Market.
I NEVER LIKED YOUcrashed the charts as the biggest debut of the rapper’s career, landing at #1 on the Billboard 200 and moving a staggering 221,512 units first-week in the US alone. This notably marks Future his 8th#1 album on the Billboard 200with the most seven-day sales of his illustrious career so far.
“The best rapper alive,” according to GQ, has taken over 2022, and he’s not stopping…
Brooklyn-based alt-rocker Moon Walker shares gritty single “The Price of Life Itself,” a track that beneath reverberated vocals and grainy electric guitar wrestles with the deeply flawed structures that lay at the foundation of American society. The sophomore album from Moon Walker, TheAttack Of Mirrors, is due out October 21, 2022 and available for pre-order now, including a limited run on vinyl available for pre-order here.
“The Price of Life Itself” sheds light on the institutional failures and the racial injustices that plague all facets of American society. Moon Walker says the track is lyrically one of his proudest moments, written in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, upon seeing a militarized police response to anentirely peaceful protest with his own eyes. Moon Walker explains, “It was a moment where I really realized how much my sense of safety, freedom and protection was a facade. Our country’s institutions are all so deeply broken and flawed, that not only do none of them actually accomplish what they set out to, they likely have the opposite effect. The entire ethos of the song can be summarized in one of the final lyrics: “We can stay above the water, while still lending a hand to those who sink.” That is the price of life itself.”
Channeling Alice in Wonderland, Moon Walker brings viewers into a sinking rabbit hole, around a home with ivy lining the walls seen through a fisheye lens and spinning camera donning a bright, patterned suit in typical Moon Walker fashion. With lyrics that don’t sugarcoat the truth, Moon Walker gazes into the camera throughout, determined that the message is heard.
On the latest video, Moon Walker reunites with director Madison McConnell, who directed the previously released surreal, The Shining-inspired “I’m Afraid I’ll Go To Heaven” video. McConnell adds, “I wanted the video to feel like you were descending further into the rabbit hole along with Harry, slowly losing your sense of reality. I also wanted the cool tones of the room to juxtapose the warm tones of the outfit.”
The video brings the track to life, and Moon Walker is thrilled with the result. “I love how this video has an “Alice In Wonderland” feel to it. The location was incredible and the video really puts it on display. I think the video is a great accompaniment to the song.”
“The Price of Life Itself” follows the dark, synthy, “I’m Afraid I’ll Go To Heaven,” a track that comments on religion as it pertains to the modern political system and like much of Moon Walker’s music, strikes a balance between sarcasm and sincerity.
Moon Walker’s highly anticipated, biting sophomore album, TheAttack Of Mirrors, finds the musician elevate his nostalgic, alternative garage rock sound over ten eclectic tracks. Springer expands on the poignant, timely lyrics and the thrashing garage rock sound that made his first offering such a success, while also introducing multiple new elements into the fold.With his second LP, Moon Walker recognizes his growth, explaining, “On ‘Truth to Power,’ I really just played to my strengths,” Springer says. “Write a guitar riff, a bass line and drum part, and double the guitar. I approached things the way you would on an eight-track, when you’ve got limited resources and limited space.” Where Truth to Power may have employed a “less is more” ideology, The Attack Of Mirrors sees Springer favoring a more experimental, maximalist approach. The results are an undeniably exciting, thought-provoking and well-rounded record that will be as rewarding to hear for the 100th time as it will be on a first listen.
Formed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, HarrySpringer created Moon Walker initially as a way to pass time and make extra money through selling songs to sound libraries. Today, Springer composes, produces and performs under the moniker after Moon Walker’s debut album, Truth to Power, turned the heads of several tastemakers and garnered millions of streams on Spotify.
Westword called Moon Walker’s work, “Fuzzed-out 70’s rock bliss…politically charged rock music with a sound akin to the White Stripes. Lyrically, the songs are confrontational and sarcastic.” New Noise Magazineencouraged listeners to, “Envision a beautiful marriage between The White Stripes, The Talking Heads, even Wild Cherry…there’s a depth to Moon Walker’s music fueled by an old-soul feeling.”
Written, produced, and played pretty much entirely by Steve, Gemini Rights is an incredible leap forward for an artist who has already established himself as a true cultural force. At the ripe old age of 24, Lacy already has a veteran’s resume: Wired Magazine Tech Visionary, Time Magazine Most Influential Teen, Grammy-nominated for his debut album, Apollo XXI, multiple world tours, walked for Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton show in Paris, gave a TED Talk in NYC, produced a track on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN (“Pride”) on his iPhone.
His list of collaborators is a who’s who of game changing artists, all of whom look to Lacy to bring his signature brand of cool to their sonic table: people like Tyler the Creator, Solange, J.Cole, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, Kali Uchis, Thundercat, and Mac Miller, not to mention his guitar, bass, songwriting, and production with his bandmates THE INTERNET. His song “Dark Red,” which he literally made on his iPhone, just went platinum a few months ago as well.
None of this will prepare you for the sprawl and scope of Gemini Rights, however. Like Lacy himself, the record is an amalgamation of a crazy array of references and influences – everything from Caetono Veloso to Andre 3000’s The Love Below to the Beatles to Sly Stone to his friends/band mates in THE INTERNET and much more. Processing his first real heartbreak of his early 20s, Gemini Rights explodes with emotional breadth, with some songs calling out his ex (see: the first lines of album opener “Static” – “Baby you got somethin’ in your nose / sniffin’ that K, did you fill the hole?”) to others fully lamenting the loss (“Buttons”) and bouncing back with indignance (“Sunshine” featuring glorious vocals by Fousheé) and more. It is an album that’s savage, hilarious, tender, sexy, gender fluid, heartbroken, forthright, polyamorous, full of longing, and wears its heart on its sleeve in the best ways possible. Like its title, it is dichotomous but singular, and you will not hear another album like it in 2022.
Viewed as a whole, this album is a window into a day in the life of Richie – without over-embellishing anything or cleaning up any of the stains. With the privilege of helping lead the way for the new generation of the indie scene, Richie has called together quite the roster of collaborators for this project. Influence from Anna Shoemaker, Morning Silk, Middle Part, Blonder, Sur Back, Andreas Stavropolis and Tabitha Aryn Ellin are woven into the fabric of I Want Some! Everything Richie does is about community, and his debut body of work is no exception.
In celebration of his debut album release, Richie will be hosting an album release party at Brooklyn, NY’s Baby’s All Right on July 20. This will be his first ever headline show, in none other than the city that shaped him. Fans can expect a turnout of Richie’s close collaborators, as well as a performance by Beau. Tickets for the release party show are available HERE.
Summer 2021 saw the acclaimed release of Quake’s sophomore EP, VOYAGER, available for streaming and download HERE. Like the spacecraft of the same name, VOYAGER is a journey into the unknown, one that begins with a pursuit of knowledge and ends with connection.
Quake – whose boundary-busting work as both artist and producer recently saw him featured on Spotify’s hugely influential Lorem playlist – has earned a wide range of critical applause from such high profile outlets as VICE, PAPER, NYLON, Pigeons and Planes, KCRW, Lyrical Lemonade, EARMILK, and The FADER, to name but a few.
In recent months, he has released singles off of his debut album including “That’s Not Love!”, “Crawl” and “Cherry Red.” His first full-length album I Want Some!is now available on all DSPs via Mass Appeal.