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LISTEN :: Diplo shares ‘California’ EP feat. Lil Xan, DRAM & more

California, the new EP and first solo body of work in five years from Diplo, is out now on Mad Decent. Stream below.

Named for the state where he recorded the EP, California is something of a full circle moment for Diplo, who called his debut album Florida for the state where he grew up.

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LISTEN :: Snow Patrol return with new single ‘Don’t Give In’

Snow Patrol return with ‘Wildness’, due May 25th, their first studio album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence.

The album is produced by Jacknife Lee, Snow Patrol’s longtime producer and collaborator. Don’t Give In, the first single from the album, is an empowering song about overcoming depression. Hear the track with its accompanying visuals below.

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LISTEN :: RAYE feat. Mabel & Stefflon Don – Cigarette

Unstoppable babe RAYE has enlisted Mabel and Stefflon Don for her latest single ‘Cigarette’. Undoubtedly three of the UK’s biggest up and coming UK female artists, RAYE, Mabel and Stefflon Don smash into 2018 with the coolest collaboration. These girls are ready for world domination.

‘Cigarette’ is taken from RAYE’s upcoming wider project, set to drop in the coming months. RAYE has curated a culturally relevant collection of music featuring a number of collaborations with her artist friends. This body of work is set to solidify RAYE’s status amongst her fellow pioneers of UK music.

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Mabel, RAYE, Stefflon Don. via Snobette

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LISTEN :: Louis Berry – Stumbling

Louis Berry has released his most personal single yet with the gospel tinged ‘Stumbling’, produced by Louis, Marcus Foster and Koz (Kendrick Lamar).

‘Stumbling’ allows Louis to showcase his tremendous voice, wrapped around emotionally charged lyrics. “It’s a song about when you’re going through things in life and you keep getting knock backs,” Louis says of ‘Stumbling’. “It’s about having the determination and courage to carry on through hard times and get to a place where you want to be.” 

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LISTEN :: Mont Jake – Come Closer ft BADBADNOTGOOD and Gene Fisher

Dalston based, Danish born soul man and Wu Tang collaborator Mont Jake has teamed up with video director Billy Boyd Cape (Kwaye – ‘Sweetest Life’), saxophonist Leyland Whitty of Badbadnotgood and rapper Gene Fisher on new track ‘Come Closer’.

Transporting you into a day in the life of Mont Jake, the track’s video was an organic collaboration with director Billy Boyd Cape, whom Jake reached out to after discovering his work on Instagram. Watch below.

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LISTEN :: Muse – Thought Contagion

Muse have released their brand new single Thought Contagion. “The meaning of the song is about how other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs can sometimes infect your mind, get into your head and change the way you think yourself” Matt Bellamy said.

The accompanying video is available to watch below. Directed by Lance Drake (who also helmed the band’s Dig Down video), Thought Contagion is an ‘80s infectious neon love story.

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LISTEN :: Nathan Ball – Acoustic EP

Since picking up his first guitar at the age of fourteen, Nathan Ball has developed a raw sound with an alternative ambiance and deep, poetic lyrics.

His music creates an engrossing story and everything feels unforced – a natural, calming presence – his music flows through you in much the same way. The acoustic EP, released today (24th January), explores a haunting, self-reflective journey back to how Nathan’s songs were first written; one man and his guitar. Listen below.

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LISTEN :: Mabel – Fine Line {feat. Not3s}

BRITs Critics Choice Award Nominee Mabel has premiered her brand new single, ‘Fine Line’ (ft. Not3s). She has also confirmed details of a UK and European headline tour, including her biggest show yet at London’s Kentish Town Forum on April 25th.

Full of attitude, energy and confidence, ‘Fine Line’ begins Mabel’s 2018 with a bang. Teaming up once again with Not3s, ‘Fine Line’ soundtracks those crossroad moments in a budding romance whilst urging women to take the wheel.

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LISTEN :: George Ezra – Paradise

George Ezra returns with new single Paradise cut from his sophomore album Staying At Tamara’s, due for release on 23 March. The uninhibited, feel–good single from young Geoff has us dreaming of festival season.

Speaking about the new album, George describes it as “songs about escapism, dreaming, anxieties and love”. Just like Wanted On Voyage, Staying At Tamara’s was written, created and inspired by George’s travels.

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LISTEN :: Hockey Dad – Wanna Be Everybody

Australian surf-rock duo Hockey Dad have unleashed new single ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’, the second cut  taken from their sophomore album Blend Inn set for release on 9th February via Manchester Indie label LAB Records.

“It’s about being a bit uncomfortable in scenarios where people just seem so relaxed and worry-free.” Zac Stephenson says of the tune. This self-reflective take on the issue of feeling anxious in social situations where everyone else seems to be totally at ease is paradoxically wrapped up in trademark scruffy, sunny riffs.

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LISTEN :: Sea Girls – Heavenly War

Sea girls are a band making serious waves. For fans of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Nothing But Thieves and The Amazons – meet Sea Girls, a four piece from Leicestershire and Kent.

Latest track ‘Heavenly War’ furthers the bold claim that Sea Girls are one of the most reliable new bands for penning these instant indie-disco, festival ready anthems.

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LISTEN :: Don Broco – Come Out to LA

‘Come Out To LA’ is the latest single from Don Broco’s album ‘Technology’ due out 2nd February 2018.

‘Come Out To LA’ is a commentary on the band’s own experiences in the city: “On our last album with a major label, like most bands when they first sign a worldwide deal, we were shipped off to LA to meet the bigwigs and shoot videos. We had someone taking us to fancy meals, promising us the world, and in our naivety we lapped it all up. It quickly became apparent that it’s just a façade.”

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LISTEN :: AWOLNATION – Seven Sticks of Dynamite

AWOLNATION have announced the release of their third studio album, Here Come The Runts, on February 2, 2018. For those of you who want to slow dance with a rabbit down a hole, listen to the band’s latest release, Seven Sticks of Dynamite, below.

With this record I really wanted to make a rock n’ roll/pop album.” says Bruno. “And I say ‘pop’ how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits orBorn In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty.

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LISTEN :: Ritual & 6LACK – Drown The Lovers

Ahead of their ‘No Escape Out Of Time’ project release on Friday, RITUAL have hooked up with ATL fast riser 6LACK for a rework of their single, ‘Drown The Lovers’.

A collaboration born out of mutual respect, the union came about when RITUAL posted a cover of 6LACK’s ‘ Loyal’ online, and the artists have been in touch ever since. Adding his own vibe to the original, 6LACK places a new slant on the single. Listen below.

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LISTEN :: Lorde – Homemade Dynamite ft. SZA, Khalid & Post Malone

‘All the broken glass sparkling, I guess we’re partying…’ Melodrama set the tone for festival season 2017 – Lorde’s dark pop music and cutting lyrics introducing us to a familiar world, of intense highs and romanticised lows, in the heat of the summer.

Melodrama’s third single; co-written by the brilliant Tove Lo, has now been reworked with Khalid, SZA and Post Malone. Each artist has offered their own chapter in the story of Homemade Dynamite – but the essence of the original remains.

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LISTEN :: Jordan Rakei – Goodbyes

Recalling BadBadNotGood at their laid back best, ‘Goodbyes’ marries Jordan’s exceptional soul vocal with airy strings, under-pinned by an understated funk.

“‘Goodbyes’ is about totally investing your love and energy into someone in the early stages of a relationship, but those feelings might not be reciprocated”, he explains.

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Credit: Hollie Fernando

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LISTEN :: Sub Focus X Rudimental X Chronixx & Maverick Sabre – Trouble

When four of the UK’s best loved artists come together on a track, you know it’s a latecomer for song of the summer. ‘Trouble’ adopts a darker tone than Sub Focus’ previous summer smash, ‘Don’t You Feel It’ featuring Finnish breakthrough act ALMA.

‘Trouble’ shows off Sub Focus and Rudimental’s ability to produce huge anthems ready for festival season, packing real energy from start to finish. Boasting the elevated vocal performances of Chronixx and Maverick Sabre.


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