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Just in time for Pride Month, Kailaya speaks on embracing her own sexuality with her new single, “Outrageous.” Blending elements of pop and hip-hop for her newest song, the queer artist uses an up-tempo trap beat to provide the background for her strikingly powerful vocals. “Outrageous” is now available on digital music platforms worldwide.

Kailaya proves with this recent single that she is unafraid to open up about her experiences coming out. The R&B artist addresses her previous lovers, revealing that past relationships didn’t fulfill her because she had yet to get to know herself. Kailaya describes “Outrageous” as “my coming out journey and looking back light-heartedly at all the little hints throughout my life.” Promoting individuality and self-love is a central theme of Kailaya’s music, and this latest single is no different. “’Outrageous’ is my story of the acceptance, love, and strength that followed me out of the closet,” Kailaya explains. The single was produced by Aubren Elaine, co-written with Paulina Levitan, and mastered by Dariush Apfelthaler. Kailaya will be releasing a music video for the single on June 14th which features an talented queer dance crew as well.

Solidly embossed within the music business, Brooklyn based artist stevexcooper has credits in writing, recording and performing, with his experience spanning nearly 20 years. His former projects have secured both an indie deal and a major deal (Atlantic Records), as well as collaborations with Grammy nominees (Ricky Reed, Nolan Lambroza) and supporting artists like M.I.A., Royal Blood, Incubus and Biffy Clyro, verifying his incessant drive and indisputable skill.

Launched in 2020, the stevexcooper artist project was created as a companion piece to his production work in New York, London, and Los Angeles, with Cooper sharing, “My goal is to develop an international sonic identity across the production work and artist releases.” Best described as left-wing pop and rap, his music bends stereotypical genres, creating dynamic beats and a uniquely exclusive sound. “I grew up on Aphex Twin and Squarepusher and other artists who captured the sound of worlds breaking,” Cooper says. “I’d like to think my music does that, too.”

Following the release of “Never silent.” with LIFEOFTHOM, Cooper unveils “WATER WINGS” with acclaimed artist, Rothstein. The track is off of the pair’s upcoming collaborative EP, What Are You Made Of? Showcasing open-hearted tales of human connection in all its glory, romance, awkwardness, and uncertainty, the music was written in Brooklyn over the course of a year and a half. 

Cooper shares, “This is my first producer project release that’s about relationships. I’m excited about the prospect of not only switching genres with abandon, but also switching message and content.” The uptempo “WATER WINGS” demonstrates Rothstein’s polished pop songwriting over Cooper’s off-kilter anthems. Cooper continues, “They’re pop tracks but without straight up pop sounds. The structures are familiar, but the guts of the place are new.” Delicate chiming synths and syncopated beats provide the backdrop for Rothstein’s glossy vocals, as he sings “It’s contagious, the way that you’re so sure we’ll be alright.”

Nearing 100 million career streams Gavin has quietly asserted himself as a pop maverick with a sharp pen and an even sharper voice. His 2019 debut EP Long Game” has over 50M streams and yielded the fan favorite anthem, “The Way I Am” feat. Ella Vos. The 2020 follow-up “Unfolding” EP boasted Tati feat. Yung Pinch, which caught the attention of Blink-182’s Travis Barker, who contributed a scorching remix. “Unfolding” gained over 1-million monthly listeners on Spotify with over 3M streams in the first 2 weeks of release. In its wake, People hailed Gavin among “The Talented Emerging Artists Making Their Mark on the Musical Landscape”. Gavin has toured with ASHE and just wrapped up a tour with Tate McRae in North America (March 2022). Check out the first two singles from Gavin’s upcoming debut album: Body Language and “Cliche

“Jacquees never misses. The single “Say Yea” out now can definitely become the summer anthem for all the smooth talkers….” – ThisIsRNB
 
Say Yea” rides a sexy and slow beat towards a climactic chorus from the powerhouse vocalist. He flaunts his dynamic range with a falsetto-fueled crescendo.  Once again, it showcases his raw vocal prowess. – Bayou Beat
 
“…if “Say Yea” tells us anything then we know that we’re in for some sticky sweet R&B goodness.” – HipHopNMore
 
“Quees has selected ‘Say Yea’ as the newest taste of gems.” – The Grape Juice

HEADSHRINKERS are pleased to present the official video for new single: “The Sea Has No Friends”. 

WATCH HERE

A stately slice of poetic rock, it arrives in tandem with the release of the band’s debut EP: ‘Doorway Conversations’ – out now. 

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Expertly tapping into and memorialising a certain place and time in history, the latest single from the Black Country-based newcomers is a lofty expanse of a track that merges spoken-word lyrics with velvety vocal harmonies and opulent stretches of instrumentals. 

As gentle acoustic guitar strums and skillfully-crafted poetry descend into an exhilarating crescendo of steady and majestic drums, jubilant riffs and increasingly urgent vocals, “The Sea Has No Friends” ingeniously boasts the band’s breadth. Straying slightly from the rip-roaring post-punk of their earlier singles, the new track stays true to the band’s knack for capturing the imagination and evoking the sights and sounds of a specific — and at times long forgotten — moment in time. 

Of the story behind the track, vocalist and songwriter Garran Hickman explains:

“It was quite the reflective day when I wrote that piece. Words and melody were both written in half an hour. It’s just two entwined memories really: one is of my older relatives sharing stories of their loved ones in the war, and secondly the opening line, ‘the sea has no friends’, are words my dad used to describe the sea.”

Produced and mixed by Gavin Monoghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton and engineered by Liam Radburn, the track comes as an astute follow up to the band’s most recent single “Monocle”

German-Swedish Sisters Mimi (18) and Josy (16) together form the exciting new duo, HAVET, who today launch their impressive, sleek debut song  “Child” along with an official video.  

Watch the video now via Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxRlZMsVZn0

Speaking about today’s release, the duo said “Child is an ode to your heritage. It’s about being proud of your past and your roots and trusting the future because of it.

Speaking of heritages, HAVET was Born and raised in Bavaria, Germany, to their singer & multi-instrumentalist parents, so music has always been a part of their lives.  Their sound draws upon influences in pop, R&B, folk, and indie styles along with their experiences playing in bands with their friends growing up. They cite Billie Eillish, Billie Marten, Daniel Caesar, Bruno Major  and  Tyler The Creator as artists they are inspired by. 

New York artist, the quintessential Hood Gospel whisperer, Trav sets a staggering tone for the month with the release of his official music video to “Cain” via Money Bag Boyz Records / Team Eighty Productions. The music video premiered earlier today via YouTube and is available to watch HERE.
 
“Cain” finds the Jamaica, Queens-born artist in his element, displaying his signature melodic style. The mind-bending music video calls on the city of dreams to act as a background as Trav is backed by a close circle, including a cameo from his fellow East-coast confidant Meek Mill.
 
Produced by Juvy Catcher and Reon, “Cain” commands attention with his infectious flow and unleashes a chantable anthem for the streets as he sets the stage for his forthcoming new project set for a 2022 release. The single released a few short weeks ago and acts as a follow-up to his rising track “Toxic,” featuring Rowdy Rebel.

Dutch songwriter Tomas Ferdinand shares his Lover, i’m down for it. EP. This four-song collection is a meticulously crafted set that celebrates patience and sensitivity and it slowly uncovers its heart to the listener. Relying almost exclusively on acoustic instruments and tonal shades delivered by Rhodes or synth, the EP creates soundscapes that match the raw honesty and vulnerability of Tomas’ lyrics. From the patience-urging piano ballad swell of “Rush”, to the starkly reassuring honest title-track, to the gentle percussive insistence of “Liquorice”, and the closer “Crossroads”, which finds salvation in the hands of a special person. (Watch the live sessions to Crossroads and Liquorice HERE)

Following on the heels of a series of single releases, “Rush “ is the final EP track to be revealed and showcases the sensitivity and spaciousness that surrounds Lover, i’m down for it. Tomas describes it as “a song about standing still and evaluating what you have. If you keep living in the future you might just ruin what you have right now. The troubles floating away is a message of hope I tried to tell myself, but it was time to end things, for the better.”

“Talking To Myself” is the latest release from Talkless following previous offerings Mind Games with Marwang, Why,” and debut single While I’m In It which have been quickly adding to his more than 1.1 million global streams as he uses his music as an outlet to dissect personal topics on intimacy, heartache, mental health, and addiction. Garnering media support from the likes of Apple Music’s The Travis Mills Show, Flaunt, Spindle Magazine, and The Luna Collective among others, the rising artist has been quickly making waves for his ability to pull on nostalgic heartstrings by incorporating early aughts rock into his sound. 

rising NYC based artist RICH continues his ascent with the reveal of gorgeous summer groover  ‘You Don’t Care’ and a cover of Outkast smash, ‘Ms Jackson’.  An R&B cut showcasing RICH’s dreamy vocals atop intricate beats, ‘You Don’t Care’ is another example of the dulcet tones that have seen RICH develop a passionate fan base. Alongside the release, his take on the iconic ‘Miss Jackson’ is the perfect accompaniment to your summer playlists.

More on Rich…

With his Tiktok now standing at over 400k followers and subsequent cosigns from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), James Blake, and Elton John, Rich has been blowing up seemingly out of nowhere. Recent press includes Complex, Wonderland, and Flaunt. Recent radio play includes BBC Radio 1 and KCRW.

Stefano is a singer, songwriter and piano virtuoso who fuses soul, pop and classical for an enthralling musical journey. The talented songwriter’s music is marked by hope, love and connection in the aim to heal. 

Born in Soveria Mannelli, Italy, Stefano took to music at an early age and began classical piano  training at age seven. He quickly gained notoriety by performing on popular Italian TV shows, and since then has collaborated with famed songwriters, as well as the famed director Franco Zeffirelli. Honing his craft further, the musician and singer has ultimately composed and scored motion picture soundtracks under the guidance of award-winning filmmaker Jamal Joseph. 

2019 marked the beginning of his solo project, when Stefano began collaborating with famed producer Chico Bennett (Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Prince). His debut single “Prayer” highlights the songwriter’s warm and confessional vocals brimming with such passion, and yet such delicate vibrato tones. Stefano’s otherworldly vocal delivery glides with memorable melodies over intimate piano. The moving lyrics detail the act of loving again after hardship and disconnection. With comparisons to Sam Smith, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Bublé, “Prayer” marked a graceful and exciting debut for this generational artist on the rise. 

In Stefano’s single “We Are The Power,” the songwriter invites us all to take part in healing the world together. The glorious composition features soulful vocals, a soaring melody, and a vivacious chorus complete with a gospel choir for a most heartfelt demonstration of love, optimism, and vitality.  Stefano confides, “It is a song that describes the importance of every person’s mission to use their individual gifts to unify the world in harmony and peace.” After almost two years of collective hardship and widespread disease, “We Are The Power” is the perfect anthem to inspire bright beginnings for the new year ahead.

Brand new alternative-rock duo – GRAMMS – erupt onto the scene with their debut single: “Shut Up A Second”.

Biting through a massive mix of aggressive guitars, thunderous reverb and vociferous vocals, GRAMMS aren’t ones for a polite introduction.

Flecked with classic alt-rock stylings but taking an innovative approach to production, their debut single “Shut Up A Second” calls to mind a blustering row between Royal Blood and The Black Keys. Touching on decaying empathy and the power divide between ruler and ruled, the track is an immense anthem with a sting.

Of the story behind the song, GRAMMS explain:

“The song explores what partisanship is doing to our ability to empathise. We used the trope of ‘Rich man / Poor man’ to explore the issue in the verses: the first verse depicts a disgruntled underclass, while the second focuses on a nervous ruling elite. The chorus is about how incessant partisan noise from the media ultimately erodes our natural empathy.”

Music has taken Moonlight Jones to many corners of the globe and from coast to coast in the United States. A self-taught guitarist, he was fascinated with how easily music could open up whole worlds of creativity and inspiration. He promptly learned as much as he could from every musician he knew in his hometown of Tampa, Florida and set off on his musical

journey.

Born to an Egyptian father and an American mother of Czech heritage, MoonLight Jones’ introduction into the world of music was wide ranging and has influenced his musical style ever since. Latin, Middle Eastern and World music was always playing in MoonLight Jones’ household, as was Blues, Bluegrass, Asian, and Folk music. 

The sound of the flamenco guitar in particular inspired him to move to Spain and learn as much as he could about the style while living and studying in Barcelona and Granada. Trips to Puerto Rico, Cuba and Colombia further opened up his world to the rich musical cultures of those countries and many others.

His professional music career started in Los Angeles, CA. His first job in L.A. was working for famed graphic designer Kyle Cooper, in Malibu. Shortly after, Jeff decided to pursue sound engineering to round out his growing musical experience. Whilst working with many local bands he got an opportunity to tour with the 100 Monkeys, which was “Twilight” alum Jackson Rathbone’s band and headlined shows at The Whiskey-A-Go Go, The Mint, The House of Blues on Sunset and The Viper Room, to name a few. He also produced hip-hop for The Jugernox, with Scott “The Scientist” Coslett and Jerry “J-Strong” Armstrong for artists like James Jr, a Memphis rapper and also H-Town rapper, Rock.

Moonlight Jones’ love of film music eventually landed him a job with Heitor Pereira, famed film composer, who had a studio at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Studios in Santa Monica. Moonlight Jones
also lived in Nashville, TN. where he plied his trade in Southern Rock band, Suthurn Swaggur, with the talented lead vocalist and lyricist, Joseph Dawson.

Brooklyn-based alt-pop singer-songwriter, Sabrina Song, shares her first single, the contemplative track, “Doors” and its accompanying video, from her forthcoming EP due out this winter. The tune finds Song reckoning with the desire to hold on to herself in the midst of an unhealthy relationship trying not to let one small action lead to its demise. “Doors” also features Song’s own writing and production, and instrumentation, including the bass lines and drums.

Sabrina Song, who cites Mitski, Lucy Dacus and Carole King as inspirations, has released two EPs–Undone, and How’s It Going To End?, in 2019 and 2020 respectively, consistently transcending her prior work with the next. She made a splash in 2021 with her single, “Thaw,” which caught the attention of acclaimed indie singer-songwriter, Phoebe Bridgers after Song performed it on NPR‘s 2021 Tiny Desk Contest and led to a feature in NPR’s Top Shelf series on All Songs ConsideredSong has also performed regularly around New York City, including a successful string of opening slots for Moon Kissed at Elsewhere Zone One, Hannah Jadagu at the Sultan Room, and Sarah Kinsley at Mercury Lounge. She finished 2021 with NYLON‘s premiere of “Good Night,” who wrote the track is a “lovely, delicate electronic-pop track,” inspired by nights out in Brooklyn and the transition in and out of isolation, and in 2022, Song performed as an official artist at SXSW. Today, Sabrina Song, who is the sole writer and producer behind her work, is ready to bring listeners into her promising world, on her terms.

Alexa. is a 23 year old singer/songwriter with an innate musical ability. Originally from New York, she began singing at the young age of three and started writing music when she was ten. Alexa. has earned many accolades including an American Songwriting Award and a Music City Songstar Award and is consistently featured as an up and coming singer/songwriter in publications such asMedium.com, Buzz Music LA and Musical Notes Global. Alexa garners substantial attention and play on terrestrial and internet radio stations, and her catalog includes hundreds of songs in a variety of styles and genres, including her single “Still Yours”, which was viewed over 2 million times on TikTok

Sena Kana, the first solo female Japanese pop artist to hit gold status in the United States since Yoko Ono in 1984, follows the success of her latest EP “Show Me” ft. executive producer Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, Usher, Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran), with the unveiling of “Silver Lining.” Produced and Mixed by the Production Duo Katalyst (Kanye West, Bruno Mars, J.Cole, John Legend), “Silver Lining” is about “struggling through the pain of the loss of love, and trying to find a ray of hope so that you can reflect on the days spent together, not only as painful, but as hopeful.”

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