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Emerging as a proven creative disruptor, critically acclaimed R&B enchantressIndiaShawnpresents her anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Before We Go Deeper, via Epic Records today. Listen to BEFORE WE GO DEEPERHERE.

Flaunting a myriad of moods, her spirt shines on the single “CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. Clean throwback guitar threads through a head-nodding tambourine-driven beat as she relives the ups and downs of a rocky romance in a call-and-response chorus. At the heart of the track, she flexes her expansive vocal range, stretching from intimate intonation into moments of heavenly high register.

Stay tuned for the premiere of a cinematic music video to accompany the track.

BEFORE WE GO DEEPER evokes every side of INDIA’s inimitable style. “WHEN I CALL” glides on an otherworldly bounce as she urges, “Give me love, when I call, pick it up. Her voice flutters above acoustic guitar on the intimate “SAME FLOOR, while “JUST YOU” serves as sweet conclusion punctuated by a funky riff, swooning strings, and organic percussion. On the finale, she assures, “All I wanted is just you. Meanwhile, the project boasts fan favorites such as “CALI LOVE,” “DON’T PLAY WITH MY HEART, “TOO SWEET” [feat. Unknown Mortal Orchestra], “NOT TOO DEEP” [feat. 6LACK], and “MOVIN ON” [feat. Anderson .Paak].

Monsta X have teamed up for a brand-new global facing collaboration with multi-platinum selling electronic artist and producer, Sam Feldt, on his latest hit single, “Late Night Feels.”

Late Night Feels” is the true definition of a “feel-good” record, with Monsta X’s smooth and sultry vocals complemented by a groovy, disco-filled production from Feldt that encapsulates just about everything that can come from a great night out in less than three minutes.

The single has been released alongside an official video, which sees a range of star youngsters from the social media world, including Leenda Dong, Brooke Monk and Alan Chikin Chow, transported to a magical world of “Late Night Feels,” full of joy, dancing and laughs.

Sean “Diddy” Combs released the official music video for his new hit single “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller directed by Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor.The video made its broadcast premiere on BET Jams, BET Soul and the Paramount+ Times Square billboards The single, which was released earlier this month skyrocketed the global charts and has 40 Million Global Streams And Over 20 Million US Streams. The new single marks the music mogul’s official return to music. The single, now available across all major music platforms, is the first to be released from Diddy’s highly anticipated new album under the newly established LOVE RECORDS imprint, in partnership with Motown Records. 

The visual ushers audiences into the world of “Club Love” for the first time—a place of visionary fashion, elevated community, black excellence at the highest level, and unabashed and unadulterated sex appeal. As the clip opens, Diddy and a massive crew pull up to the club and stroll to the velvet rope as they’re greeted by Tiffany Haddish. Bathed in red lights, their magnetic pull captivates the entire dancefloor. While the action unfolds, Diddy and Bryson Tiller bring the song to life with slick swagger and sharp style joined by an A-list cohort of equally fly friends, namely London on da Track, Joie Chavis, Serayah, KenStarrrz, Diddy’s sons Quincy BrownJustin and Christian “King” Combs. Fittingly, the last shot hints at much more to come. Allow Diddy and Co. to invite you to party at “Club Love”…

 NYC-based recording artist Ayla D’Lyla has released the official video for new single, “Anywhere But Here,” out now via Snafu Records.

Watch the video now here.

Discussing the video, Ayla notes, “This video is a casual take on escaping the city. ‘Anywhere but here’ embodies the freedom of leaving a place that feels like a vicious rat race to nowhere. I wanted the video to convey a sense of freedom whether that be riding in the bed of a truck with no destination, or …..”

Check out an exclusive on the release with Wonderland Magazine here. The track was also listed as part of V Magazine’s ‘best music of the week’ feature here.

As their second studio album inches into sight, BANDAID BRIGADE release a fresh taster of what to expect with: “Perfect”.

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The latest sneak-peak into the band’s forthcoming second album Sex Is Terrifying (out 26 August, via Xtra Mile Recordings), new single “Perfect” is a stomping, glam-rock tinted, feel-good anthem just ripe for the summer. It comes hot on the heels of carefree recent singles “Abacus” and “Hit The Buck”.  

A “Perfect” track born from a less-than-perfect start to the recording of their new album, Brian Wahlstrom remembers of writing the single:

“Luckily, due to our miscommunication skills, we accidentally showed up two days early in New Orleans to record the album. We all of a sudden had a few days off to ‘get acclimated’ to the city, and write a few more songs in Zach’s living room. Rucker had this one in his back pocket, it was perfect.”

Senses Fail’s highly anticipated eighth album ‘Hell Is In Your Head’, which Upset magazine (UK) calls“dark, brooding and brilliant” is out now on Pure Noise Records. 

To celebrate its release, the band has shared the video for its emotive title track.

Less Than Jake have released their new single Fat Mike’s on Drugs (Again)“, about none other than NoFX’s very own Fat Mike. Accompanied by a hilarious animated music video, created by Punchline bassist Chris Fafalios, the track receives Mike’s full blessing and support, making the joke all the more fun.

Along with the new single, the band has launched pre-orders for a 7″ Flexi and a new t-shirt design. The Flexi will be limited to 1000 pieces and made available in both US and UK stores. Fans can pre-order HERE.

Speaking on their latest offering, bassist and co-vocalist Roger Lima comments: 

“Just having fun with it! Fat Mike is a great friend and we are all fans of Nofx.”  Exclaims Lima. “This song came together over a few jam sessions and we recorded it without too much overthinking. Hopefully, everyone finds the humour in this track and remember kids, don’t do drugs!”

When DJ Premier recently posted an ambiguous 10-second clip on socials from his studio where you could hear Nas rapping “rocking with Preem is nothing short of amazing,” the internet was understandably set ablaze.  What were Premier and Nas up to?  Traditionally, anytime they decided to activate the bat signal, it was an immediate indication that something monumental was about to transpire.  

Now, that those lingering questions have been answered, it’s only right that the culture’s foremost architects set off Mass Appeal’s Hip Hop 50: The Soundtrack with the first installment Volume 1.  

With his first proper project since the release of Gang Starr’s historic and chart-topping, One Of The Best Yet, DJ Premier’s new project celebrates the sound of Hip-Hop’s pre-eminent producer and he tapped a star-studded list of esteemed guests for DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 Volume 1, which includes appearances from Nas, Lil Wayne, Run The Jewels, Joey Bada$$, Remy Ma, Rapsody and Slick Rick.  

Having spent the past few weeks cementing himself as one of the UK’s brightest new lights,  Ray Laurél today reveals his hotly anticipated debut EP, ‘Manic Pixie Dream Boy’. 5 eclectic tracks showing the young polymath in full bloom, the EP features unheard lead single ‘Unconditional’ and Pride anthem in waiting ‘Johnny’, rounding out a body of work which serves as further evidence as to why Ray has sent tongues wagging. With support from 6 Music, The Line Of Best Fit, Notion, Ones To Watch and with an opening slot for Jeshi and Gglum collaboration under his belt already, the next few months look exciting for Ray. Speaking on the project, he states:

I had spent 3 years on a project and was about to drop it in early 2021, but post-lockdown everything was different. The person I had become was worlds apart, so I scrapped it completely and started from scratch. There was only one thing on my mind when making this EP and it was identity.

Bubbling up out of the Windy City with an inimitable sound and intriguing story, 16-year-old vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and Chicago phenom Yung Divide drops his anxiously awaited debut mixtape Chi Kidvia Epic Records today.

Listen to Chi KiddHERE.

The seven-track project illuminates the scope of his fiery four-dimensional style. The opener “Love Ain’t Free” rides an upbeat groove towards a chantable declaration as he reminds, “My love ain’t free!” Elsewhere, guitar wraps around 808s on the catchy and confessional “Losing It.” This trip concludes with the glassy eighties-style synths of “Secrets” where he urges, “Tell me all your darkest secrets, before a shimmering instrumental bridge.

multi-talented singer/songwriter Melii independently releases her new EP Medusa via Stem. The 6-track project finds Melii harnessing her powerful, feminine energy.
 
 “The Medusa EP was inspired by the desire for women to reclaim their ability to rage without the fear of losing touch with their femininity,” says Melii.
 
Last week, Melii dropped “Mala” – the debut single off the EP. As a part of ‘Melii Mondays,’ the Dominican singer released the single’s accompanying visual on Monday 7/11. Melii will continue to release new music videos every Monday.

South Florida-based artist/producer Mad Kelly returns with a new rock single and video titled “Stuck,” out today via Uncomfortable Records. The track, produced by Salem Vex of Bloodbather, was recorded in one day and finds Mad Kelly in search of an escape from the monotonous routines of everyday life over steady drums and driving, fuzzy guitar riffs. The accompanying video features a performance of “Stuck” along with snapshots of the rocker alone in an isolated room, trapped by his own thoughts and insecurities.

Sometimes love can be so blinding that you don’t see the red flags which are right in front of your face. You can end up being just another notch in someone’s belt or another person added to a long list of people they’ve screwed over.

My new single, “Limbo,” wrote itself. It’s a stream-of-consciousness summer jam which reflects on being with someone who is indecisive, the type of person who strings you along and then disposes of you when you’re no longer needed.

🟢 Stream my new Beach Boys-inspired single, “Limbo,” on your favourite platform 🟢

I felt like in order for the song to really hit hard, there needed to be a complete contradiction between the lyrics and the production. This is a bit of an f-you song, but instead of being angry and aggressive, it’s melodically playful.

There’s a lot of power in being able to say, “Fuck, that hurt, but I know I dodged a bullet here.” Just because it hurts doesn’t mean it was good for you to begin with.

Anyone that treats your heart as disposable garbage ain’t worth your time anyways.

I hope “Limbo” inspires you to find someone who treasures what you offer.

Thank you for taking the time to check this song out,

Theo Tams

Email: neill@outloudculture.com

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