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Check ‘Em Out: Renders – “I Am Gone”


Kelly McMichael, aka RENDERS, pours her sensitive heart into this debut single, “I Am Gone”. Asserting herself in the discourse of pop music, Renders is a love letter to herself and the state of moving on.

Check out the track, described on SoundCloud as “sounds like Solange and Robyn making out in Washed Out’s studio.”

LOVE the intro. The song was produced by Mark Andrade of the band Paradise Animals (which you should also check out HERE).

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Yowza! Hot Song! Mike Dignam – “Addict”


Listen: Mike Dignam – “Addict”

Following his last hit single “Hurt”, Mike Dignam delivers another dark and sophisticated track off his upcoming album Fight to Forgive. “Addict” showcases Dingman’s talent to tie raw feeling and heavy lyrics into a soulful pop hit. Dignam allows his skills and hard work to shine through in “Addict”. Using the simplicity of drums, bass, guitar, and the haunting vocals of his distinctive voice, to create and own a sound that sets him apart from the average singer-songwriter. Dignam uses his impeccable vocals to carry a forcefulness and yearning within his lyrics, resulting in a song that is full of vulnerability and devotion.

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Download: Back Back Forward Punch – “No Answer”


Listen / download: Back Back Forward Punch – “No Answer”

“No Answer” is the new single from Melbourne electronic duo Back Back Forward Punch (aka BBFP), and it is also just the first taste of what we can expect from their upcoming debut EP.

Written and recorded in their home studio in Melbourne’s inner-west, Andy Liddell  and Laura Boland take us on another wonderful romp through their invigorating electronic soundscapes.

Andy creates a stunning tropical island backdrop with his seamlessly playful production, setting the scene for Laura’s lush vocals to take a gradual stroll down its sun-setting coastline. On the surface “No Answer” seems is like a ray of sunshine with its bouncy tropical beats, warm woody chords, and lush comforting vocals, but as you delve further into the tapestry of its sounds you begin to discover a world of turmoil and sadness.

It’s a song about trying to find an ending amongst indecisiveness, not really knowing what to say when there’s no words left to use.

“When we started writing No Answer, the sounds were light and tropical and fun, but as the vocals and lyrics developed, we realised this song had some dark undertones. If No Answer was a postcard it would picture a tropical island with a storm rolling in, and on the back it would be blank” – BBFP

“No Answer” is available to download for free via BBFP’s Soundcloud, but only until its official release on June 18. We can also expect a few more singles from BBFP  over the coming months in the lead-up to their debut EP.

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Free Download: NOIRE – “Those Days”



NOIRE are a new and exciting band from Sydney. Their second single “Those Days” was recorded with multi-ARIA award-winning producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Youth Group).

NOIRE posses a pop sensibility that is dark as it is colorful and as emotional as it is uplifting.


Listen: NOIRE – “Those Days”

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Check ‘Em Out: Sophie and the Bom Boms


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“I wrote these songs as if I was talking with my best girlfriends,” says Sophie Stern.

Sophie and The Bom Boms

Listen: Sophie and The Bom Boms – “Pray”

Her identity prior to this evocative new pop incarnation was as sought-after songwriter, earning her bread writing hits for A-listers like Britney Spears, British pop star Conor Maynard, and The Ready Set, among others. But make no mistake – this ain’t no wistful follow-your-dream template that Sophie is cooking up now.

What makes the 4 song offering so upbeat and engaging—besides the toppling beats bracing Stern’s sultry swagger—are the songs, themselves; soulfully primed missives like “Woman” —percolating drums and piano skating over Sophie’s empowering vocals.

“The Bom Boms are my backing band led by producer/multi-instrumentalist David Elevator,” Sophie explains. “He is my writing partner and produces all my songs. It’s always a surprise to me which Bom Boms are going to be at shows or rehearsals.  Sometimes it’s a big band, sometimes it’s just him.”

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Check ‘Em Out: Rayvon Owen

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From Richmond, Virginia comes a new pop/R&B artist who is ready to share his music and message with the world. For as long as he can remember, Rayvon Owen has dreamed of a life dedicated to a music career.

Rayvon began his music career at a very young age singing in choirs, touring with gospel artists and performing in local musicals. He continued to pursue a performance career while studying Commercial Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. While in Music City; Rayvon began crafting his skills in writing and performing around town at popular events, venues, clubs and showcases.

Influenced by legendary artists such as Lionel Richie, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Stevie Wonder; Rayvon has developed his own voice as a powerful performer and reflective songwriter.  Rayvonʼs goal is to entertain his listeners and create an immersive experience that leaves his audience inspired. Through hard work and dedication, Rayvon has a bright and promising future ahead of him.


Listen: Rayvon Owen – “Rescue”

The singer has released his latest single “Rescue.” Co-written by Ryan Key, the front man for Yellowcard, and Steve Aiello from 30 Seconds to Mars, and produced by Seth Jones, the track offers big production and bigger vocals reminiscent of Usher’s “Without You.”

The track seamlessly blends together elements of electronic, R&B, pop, and dubstep to create a pop anthem perfect for any time. Rayvon’s EP Cycles is set to release in August. 

Bonus Listen: Check out “Never Knew Ya” below


Listen: Rayvon Owen – “Never Knew Ya”



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Video: Teddybears – “Sunshine”

 I love Teddybears. The group and the bears. And now, the group returns with a psychedelic summer jam, “Sunshine” (out now via Big Beat Records) which highlights their signature—pop x electronica x rock n’ roll x hip-hop x reggae x punk—and arrives with a video to accompany that shares an outrageous mix of themes and color schemes.

Featuring Jamaican dancehall star Natalie Storm and Swedish musician Kee Marcello (hailing from mega-bands Europe and Hellacopters); smashing a drum-kit made of ice, this playful video, combined with equal parts electric guitar, gold lamé, and neon illustrations is simply fun to watch – and definitely not like anything else you’ll see all day.

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Ella Eyre – “If I Go”


Sophisticated, powerful and smart with a voice that’s raw strident and seducing 2014 is primed to be Ella Eyre’s year. Not only has this 20 year old Londoner already bagged a BRIT Award for her killer soulful vocal on Rudimental’s drum and bass stomper “Waiting All Night” but she was also named runner up of the Brits Critics Choice Award, No.2 in the BBC Sound of 2014 as well as being tipped across the board by everyone from Vevo, MTV, Billboard and 1Xtra.
Now she’s about to release her debut single, “If I Go”, a big sexy rousing stormer of a track, asking a lover, “If I go, will you love me when I come back?”. Produced by Jarred Rogers (Lana Del ReyTinie TempahMark Ronson), it’s got stomp and it’s got swing, her all – conquering massive vocal with its gravely rich tone taking centre stage. The single follows the release of Deeper, a collaboration with producer Two Inch Punch made available for fans to download last December. The track went straight to #1 on Hype Machine and has since notched up over 4 million views on Youtube.


Listen: Ella Eyre – “If I Go”

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Check ‘Em Out: The Adversary


Listen: The Adversary – “Ritual Dream”

Together with the electronic mastermind of Bill Laswell (Blur, DJ Spooky, Pet Shop Boys) and beats maker Q of XOQ (Afrika Bambaataa, Erasure), The Adversary releases Chapter Two: Ritual Dream on June 24.
Developed in 2012 by Andre Mistier (formerly of Ism) and producer Angelo Montrone (Matisyahu, Los Lonely Boys), The Adversary is a conglomeration of the sound and pulse of tech house music with the emotional intensity, connection of live musicians, and well crafted songs.

Mixing live, organic performances with modern digital production and technology, The Adversary creates electronic dance/pop that can’t be delivered by a DJ behind turntables. The combination of lights, costumes, special effects and interactivity has become a consistent theme and mind-blowing experience for audience members. The Adversary’s visual effects are striking, featuring LED wings and costumes which interact with the music.

Since The Adversary’s live debut at Burning Man 2013, the band has seen crowds grow from 100 people to nearly a thousand. These fans eagerly anticipates for The Adversary’s Chapter Two: Ritual Dream, out in June!

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Check ‘Em Out: Arum Rae

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“…a smoky, uplifting sound that fuses blues, rock, country and pretty much every genre in between.” – USA Today
“…we’re digging her combination of raw, bluesy vocals and glitchy electronics.” – NYLON
“…sultry cyber-soul.” – SPIN

Brooklyn’s captivating modern day siren Arum Rae is gearing up to self-release her Warranted Queen EP next Tuesday, and in advance, she’s rolled out her dynamic new single “Something’s Happening To Me” with Noisey. “Something’s Happening To Me” is symbolic of Arum’s recent transformation from shedding her traditional singer-songwriter roots, to her entrancing new endeavor under her given name.

Listen/download: Arum Rae – “Something’s Happening To Me”

Her new single follows closely on the heels of her previous stand-out singles “Warranted Queen” and “2001”. Arum’s ability to transcend styles allows the music to resurrect the soul, feel the blues, and then re-invent rock through her deeply rooted foundation as a songwriter. After relocating to Brooklyn from Austin, Arum shed the White Dress moniker and teamed up with producer Sanford Livingston for this new EP (and forthcoming album). Everything Arum has lived through and all of the songs that have been born from it are not meant to impress, they’re meant to lead.

Although being a new endeavor, Arum Rae is no stranger to the stage. She’s toured extensively over the past several years, opening up for and sharing stages with artists like Willie Nelson, Rodriguez, The Kills, Gary Clark Jr., Dan Auerbach, BB King, The Civil Wars, and Peter Bjorn & John, to name a few. With a renewed energy and passion, Arum looks to 2014 to embolden artists and singers like herself to pursue their passions with pause, regret or fear.

Listen/download: Arum Rae – “Warranted Queen”

Listen/download: Arum Rae – “2001”

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