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Martin Jensen × Cheat Codes × Theresa Rex – Running

Producer/DJ Martin Jensen kicks off 2022 with new collaboration “Running” alongside Los Angeles-based electronic trio Cheat Codes and Danish singer Theresa Rex. The single is the follow-up to Martin Jensen and Theresa Rex’s hit “Solo Dance.” Listen to “Running” HERE, out now via Astralwerks

The musical synergy from the collective artists on the collaboration is palpable as “Running” ignites into a primed dancefloor player. Addictive and memorable, thanks to warm piano tones and Theresa Rex’s vocal, which is snappy and is striking from the first listen.

Cheat Codes have expertly crafted countless electronic music anthems, spanning dance, pop, hip-hop, and alternative. A formula has seen them excel in the streaming world, clocking in over 6 billion total streams, amounting to them being one of the “Top 200 Most Listened to Artists in the World”. The LA-based trio that consists of Kevin Ford, Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell has also collaborated with a string of high-profile artists that include Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, Travis Barker, Tove Styrke and Demi Lovato.

Cheat Codes said, “We are excited to kick off 2022 with ‘Running’ alongside our friends Martin and Theresa, we wanted to bring as much positivity and vibrance into the production and accomplish something anthemic! We hope everyone had a Happy New Year and are ready to hit the ground RUNNING in 2022.”

Danish singer Theresa Rex is the voice behind numerous hits, working with great artists like Jonas Blue, Alle Farben, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. However, perhaps her most significant success came in her team up with Martin Jensen on the wildly popular “Solo Dance,” Martin’s breakthrough single, which stands at over 653 million streams on Spotify alone. 

On the collaboration, Rex says, “It was so special working with Martin and the whole team again. It has been a moment since ‘Solo Dance’ came out, but I think that ‘Running’ is the perfect follow up and adding Cheat Codes to the mix has made it pure magic.”

Martin Jensen added, “The energy working with this whole team was incredible. Reuniting with Theresa meant we had to do something extraordinary, so who better to do that with than our good friends Cheat Codes.”

Jensen enjoyed a stellar 2020, capping off the year with two epic homecomings Me, Myself, Live shows in November, a year in the making and the evolution of his Me, Myself, Online shows launched during the lockdown to keep connected to his fans. Martin also returned for his second series as a judge on the Danish X-Factor series, where he remains the first DJ to do so. Martin also had a great year on the music front, receiving BBC Radio 1 support on his single “Can’t Come To The Phone” with Amber Van Day and N.F.I and releasing “Make My Mind Go,” with Rompasso, FAULHABER and JONASU.

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Tierra Whack × Pop?

Grammy-nominated rapper, singer, songwriter and poet Tierra Whack has just released her second EP, Pop?. Pop? comes only one week after the release of Tierra’s first EP of 2021, Rap?. Tierra also debuted the new music video for “Body of Water,” which comes exclusively from the new EP Pop?. The music video was directed by the award-winning Cat Solen, who has directed the videos of Tierra’s other hits “Link” and “Unemployed.”

Watch the video for “Body of WaterHERE.

Pop? showcases production from one of Tierra’s regular collaborators J Melodic. As a pair, Tierra and J Melodic were recently profiled in NPR for “The Formula.” Sierra’s three-song EP showcases her witty and captivating personality as she navigates through love and relationships. The Pop? EP comes just one week following its sister EP, Rap?. Rap? has gained the attention of such outlets, with the Rolling Stone commemorating the “succinct distillation of Tierra Whack’s hypercompetitive spirit, enriched by some smart, introspective gems.” Consequence even named “Stand Up” their “Rap Song of the Week.” With such commotion surrounding Tierra’s work, the sky is the limit for her future pieces.

Tierra has, too, just launched a collaboration with the one and only Vans on December 3. Tierra and her stylist Shirley Kurata set out to create a 1980s-inspired collection that encapsulated Tierra’s unique attitude and style that she carries with her in all her endeavors. The collab is depicted as a “mélange of colors, shapes, patterns, and phrases that explores limitless creativity.”

Pop? Tracklist

  1. “Body of Water”
  2. “Dolly”
  3. “Lazy”
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Culture Wars – teche

Austin, TX trio Culture Wars share the release of their debut EP, teche, along with their latest single “Lose Money” from the EP.  The band, Alex Dugan, David Grayson, and Dillion Randolph have amassed over 7 million streams independently, inciting a flurry of activity on TikTok charting a top 30 on Alternative radio.

The band shares about the track, “’Lose Money’ is one of those songs that could have easily not have happened. After I tracked a handful of vocal ideas at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, it took our producer Caleb and bandmate David to point out the chorus section, otherwise, I would have completely missed it. Thanks to them, and some insane prophet sounds from Dillon afterwards, Lose Money came to life. A testament to the strength of working as a team, this song stands out as one of my all time favorites.”

Earlier this year, Culture Wars released the single “Hunger,” a twist and turn of warbling bass, shimmering synths, and a hypnotic high register hook before dissolving into a cathartic drum and key freak-out punctuated by otherworldly guitar. “I was at a weird place in my life,” Alex Dugan admits. “For me, it was a release of energy. Retrospectively ‘Hunger’ could be about distancing yourself from emotion in a relationship where you’ve had to disassociate due to dysfunction.”

Inspired by seeing New Order live in Houston, the band recorded a series of demos in 2016. Those demos eventually morphed into Culture Wars‘ self-titled 2017 debut EP. The lead single “Lies” eclipsed 2.2 million Spotify streams followed by “Bones” peaking at #43 on Alternative radio. In 2019, they retreated to the famed Sonic Ranch Recording Studio in Tornillo, TX, which sits on a massive pecan farm thirty minutes outside of El Paso directly on the Mexican border. Over the course of “drunk summer camp, as Alex describes it, they brought teche to life with producer Caleb Contreras. The isolation, yet intimacy of the locale seeped into the push-and-pull of the music. They recruited ten-time GRAMMY Award winner Manny Marroquin [Kanye West, Imagine Dragons] for mixing and put the finishing touches on the EP just as the Global Pandemic set in. Throughout the next year, they teased out teche.  “Faith,” which Alex describes as “a rock song, an electronic song, and country song,hinted at the scope of the project. Meanwhile, “Leave Me Alone” quickly approached 1 million Spotify streams as it generated a flurry of activity on TikTok fueled by videos from mega-influencers such as Bella Poarch, Nessa Barrett, and Sienna Mae. Not to mention, it landed on the GRAMMY Award-nominated Bill & Ted Face The Music Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and ascended into the Top 30 at Alternative Radio.

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FEDERICO BARONI RELEASES DOUBLE VERTICAL MUSIC VIDEO

The Italian singer Federico Baroni is the first artist in the world to release on YouTube a double vertical music video, for his brand-new record “JACKPOT,” available on all digital platforms via Warner Music Italy. You can stream the song HERE.

The double vertical music video is a special format in which two different music videos are both shot vertically and uploaded on YouTube separately as side right and side left. When two smartphones are close to each other and the videos start together, the viewer can see the full story, in which scenography and animations result in one single video. The left version is available HERE, and the right version is available HERE.

In the “Jackpot” music video, shot by Davide Bastolla (Bastimotion), Federico meets Chricchio (Christian Dei), an average teenage boy going through the typical problems of his age, such as love troubles and fights against school bullies. When Federico runs into Chricchio, he gives him a special walkman that completely changes Chricchio’s life. Chricchio overcomes all of his fears and manages to win the girl of his dreams over—played by the famous Italian TikToker Jennifer Preda.

“The double vertical music video idea came to my mind even before writing the record. During the pandemic I set myself the goal to create something completely innovative, capable of bringing people together through social platforms,” Federico Baroni says. “I tried to tell the story behind the song through the music video. My life as a teenager was very similar to Chricchio’s: music changed everything for me, and this happens to him as well. I wanted to show how it is best to simply enjoy life, rather than letting social and psychological factors become our own limit. Music can save us in difficult moments, and I hope that my song ‘Jackpot’ can make people smile.”

“Jackpot” was written by Federico Baroni and Federico Sambugaro Baldini and produced by Riccardo Scirè. The song was released two years after “Non pensarci,” Federico’s first album which peaked #22 of the FIMI (the Italian Weekly Music Chart of the bestselling albums) on its release date and was presented to the public with the first Italian “outstore.”

“Jackpot” is a pop song, reflecting on the importance of freedom in our life. Behind a funky rhythm, there is a deep analysis of what life has been during the past year, with our own freedom being strongly limited.

Federico Baroni states, “In the first part of ‘Jackpot,’ I sing about how sometimes we only have futile desires and go after appearance rather than substance. Thanks to music, I realized that the most important thing is sharing moments with our loved ones—this is what the second part of the song is about. Freedom is fundamental to live happily with ourselves and others. With ‘Jackpot,’ I want my listeners to think about what we have taken for granted before and what we really learned to appreciate in the past year.”

ABOUT FEDERICO BARONI:

Federico Baroni was born in Rimini in 1993 and he is the most followed Italian busker on social media (+40K follower on Instagram, +2 million streams, +27K subscriptions and 4 and half million views on YouTube, +20K on Facebook). At the age of 18, he moved to Rome, where he studied Economics and Management and attended the master’s in music business at the LUISS University. At the age of 21, he began to write music and to perform as a busker. In 2015, he embraced a Summer Tour, busking all over Italy and documenting the experience on his social media. In 2016, he participated to the auditions for “The X Factor.” During the same year, Federico was the guest of “Edicola Fiore,” the show of Fiorello, one of the two presenters of Sanremo 2020 and 2021. In 2017, he was one of the cast members of “Amici,” the most followed Italian talent show. After this experience, Federico released his debut single “Spiegami,” performed for important brand and events such as Bulgari and Grand Prix Formula E, and shared the stage with Emma Marrone in Rome. In April 2019, Federico released the song “Profumo” and “Non pensarci,” his first album, which was presented to the public with the first Italian “outstore” in Milan and peaked at #22 of the FIMI (the Italian Weekly Music Chart of the bestselling albums) on his first week. In the same year, Federico was the opening act for Max Gazzè and James Morrison. Federico is currently writing his second album, which is produced by the multi-platinum producer Riccardo Scirè.

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Anjulie – Big Bad World

Canadian pop musician Anjulie released the official music video for “Big Bad World” with Canadian director Dan Lemoyne. Dan created a world of stunning projection-based tableau for me to emote against; a personal existential crisis within a planetary existential crisis. Heavy social commentary hidden inside the levity of a whimsical melody on a bed of cinematic sound design. Watch and share on YouTube.

“Big Bad World” is a dark nursery rhyme, nodding to the fairytale concept of the wolf. The chorus is sung as a condescending rationalization to the worst kind of person who justifies their bad deeds by burrowing in the womb of ignorance. Stream on your preferred platform now.

Anjulie said about the song, “Navel-gazing narcissism is rewarded in this constantly connected, depersonalized, and performative world. It’s about turning a blind eye to the horrors of humanity like ecological collapse, terrorism, school shootings, and crippling economic inequality while being distracted by shiny new tech, social media and the incessant gamification of social status.”

About Anjulie

Anjulue Persaud, known professionally as Anjulie, is the youngest of four children and was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. She became obsessed with music after watching Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour. Her first big break came in 2009 when she opened for Jesse McCartney. While she’s had plenty of success with songs such as “Boom,” “Love Songs” and “Rain,” she’s also found some major success in TV, and her songs have been featured in shows such as Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaries. Thus far, she’s only released one self-titled album, which came in 2009.

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Caroline Polachek – Bunny is a Rider

Caroline Polachek returns today with brand new single “Bunny Is A Rider“. The track is her first release since her recent cover of The Corrs’ “Breathless” and her first original music since her critically acclaimed 2019 debut solo album PANG. “Bunny Is A Rider” is a sonic departure for Polachek after the crystalline sentimentality of 2019’s PANG – the single takes a spicy and absurd new turn. The track premiered today as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 

Caroline on the song: “‘Bunny Is A Rider’ is a summer jam about being unavailable. Bunny is slippery, impossible to get ahold of. Maybe it’s a fantasy, maybe it’s a bad attitude. But anyone can be Bunny, at least for three minutes and seventeen seconds. The song features a scorching bass performance from producer Danny L Harle, plus his baby daughter’s first vocal cameo.”

Upcoming Performances

Polachek will grace stages at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (August 5th) with support from Alex G & Molly Lewis, The Roundhouse in London (October 28th) with support from oklou before closing out the year at Terminal 5 in New York (December 2nd) with support from oklou and Arooj Aftab, notably historic in LA as one of the first shows booked after it’s 2021 reopening. Tickets are available now HERE.

Polachek picks up just where she left off after the release of her critically praised album PANG, with a live set sure to highlight singles “Ocean of Tears“, “Door” and “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings“, the latter which she performed on her late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Through 2020, Polachek released four new remixes as single b-sides from the album, an extended version of the track “Gate” and a cover of The Corrs’ 2000 hit “Breathless”, performed live on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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Jack Newsome – All Dressed Up

25-Year-Old Singer, Songwriter and Producer Jack Newsome has released his debut EP, All Dressed Up, via 12Tone Music. Listen HERE. The track highlights his signature style with catchy vocals and his high-pitched voice with some catchy tracks.

Critics have been loving him so far. EQ Music stated: “Stats are all well and good but let’s get talking about Jack Newsome because quite honestly the tracks are stellar and need to be backed up with your words of praise for this on-the-cusp and rising music artist as well.”

The Track List

  1. All Dressed Up
  2. Friends
  3. Hurt People
  4. Easy On Me
  5. Arms
  6. The Year The World Stood Still
  7. All Dressed Up (Hot Mix)

About Jack Newsome

Attending Berklee College of Music, Newsome grabbed the attention of reality songwriting competition series Songland. Jack was a part of the first season, working with Country singer/songwriter/producer Shane McAnally as his episode’s coach turned mentor in real life. As a finalist for his episode, Jack and Shane cut the smooth song “Lying (Next To You)” which cracked the one million mark on streaming platforms. The cut had elements of everything from Country to Trap, which truly displayed Jack’s versatility.

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Grace Aimi – Rainbow

Japan-born songstress Grace Aimi (eye-me) released her new video for “Rainbow” off her debut EP PICNIC. Watch HERE. “Rainbow” is a haunting and hypnotic love song. The video is directed by Takuto Shimpo is eerie and spellbinding as Grace’s vocals charm a hotel’s naive bellhop. The song is complemented by trap-pop beats. “Rainbow” is a darker take on PICNIC which showcases Grace’s knack for creating airy pop-fused R&B music. The song is at the same time catchy and beautifully strange.

Merging the intimacy and imagination of bedroom-pop with the lush and languid grooves of R&B, PICNIC includes previously released singles like “True Feelings” (a sweetly melancholy piece laced with bluesy acoustic guitar work), and “My Eyes” (a piano-driven song that landed on Apple Music’s New in Pop playlist). In addition, PICNIC opens with Grace‘s debut single “Eternal Sunshine,” a gorgeously quirky meditation on the meaning of happiness. All throughout the EP, Grace shows her gift for crafting unforgettable melodies, as well as her soft and subtle but endlessly commanding vocal presence.

About Grace Aimi:

Twenty-year-old biracial songstress Grace Aimi began her career with her brother posting covers in both Japanese and English on their YouTube channel, “Gracie and Gabe.” Grace’s radiant but raspy voice complemented her brother playing his ukulele as they performed covers of artists like Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, and Post Malone, among others. Their videos quickly garnered buzz, earning over 10M views in total before Grace made her debut as a solo artist. In August 2020, Grace released her summer-y debut single, “Eternal Sunshine” (a track produced by Chaki Zulu, who’s known for his work with Japan’s hottest hip-hop artists). With her debut EP due out soon, Grace’s global upbringing and angelic yet husky vocals make her a force to be reckoned with.

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Culture Wars – Hunger

Austin, TX trio Culture Wars announced the release of a new song, “Hunger,” from their upcoming EP teche which will be released later this year. The band, Alex Dugan, David Grayson, and Dillion Randolph have amassed over 7 million streams independently, inciting a flurry of activity on TikTok charting a top 30 on Alternative radio.

“Hunger” twists and turns through warbling bass, shimmering synths, and a hypnotic high register hook before dissolving into a cathartic drum and key freak-out punctuated by otherworldly guitar. It’s a surreal yet nevertheless satisfying track. “I was at a weird place in my life,” Alex Dugan admits. “For me, it was a release of energy. Retrospectively, ‘Hunger’ could be about distancing yourself from emotion in a relationship where you’ve had to disassociate due to dysfunction.”

Inspired by seeing New Order live in Houston, the band recorded a series of demos in 2016. Those demos eventually morphed into Culture Wars‘ self-titled 2017 debut EP. The lead single, “Lies,” eclipsed 2.2 million Spotify streams followed by “Bones” peaking at #43 on Alternative radio. In 2019, they retreated to the famed Sonic Ranch Recording Studio in Tornillo, TX, which sits on a massive pecan farm thirty minutes outside of El Paso directly on the Mexican border. Over the course of “drunk summer camp,” as Alex describes it, they brought teche to life with producer Caleb Contreras. The isolation, yet intimacy of the locale seeped into the push-and-pull of Culture Wars’ music. They recruited ten-time GRAMMY Award winner Manny Marroquin [Kanye West, Imagine Dragons] for mixing and put the finishing touches on the EP just as the Global Pandemic set in. Throughout the next year, they teased out teche. “Faith,” which Alex describes as “a rock song, an electronic song, and country song,” hinted at the scope of the project. Meanwhile, “Leave Me Alone” quickly approached 1 million Spotify streams as it generated a flurry of activity on TikTok fueled by videos from influencers such as Bella Poarch, Nessa Barrett, and Sienna Mae. Not to mention, it landed on the Bill & Ted Face The Music Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and ascended into the Top 30 at Alternative Radio.

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Duncan Laurence – Small Town Boy Deluxe Edition

Skyrocketing to the top of the global conversation with nearly two billion streams and widespread acclaim, Gold-certified international phenomenon Duncan Laurence expands his full-length debut album, Small Town Boy, with a very special Deluxe Edition. Stream the Deluxe Edition of Small Town Boy HERE.

He re-upped and recharged the record with three brand new originals and the Sam Feldt Remix of his runaway smash “Arcade.” Among the originals, “Stars” pairs his emotionally charged vocals with a celestial hum and soft piano, while acoustic guitar glistens over a string-laden beat as his nostalgic lyrics echo on “Sad Old Me.” Then, there’s “I Got You.” Harp shimmers as his delivery volleys between vulnerable verses and vibrant echoes with heavenly power. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Laurence ultimately presents the definitive vision of Small Town Boy with Deluxe Edition.

In other big news, “Arcade” just picked up a gold certification from the RIAA. It notably made history as the “First Eurovision Song Contest Winner to Hit the Billboard Hot 100 since 1976.He also recently opened up Eurovision 2021 with a showstopping performance of “Feel Something.”

Arcade” took the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s Global Viral chart last year and has since received radio airplay in 58 countries. With nearly 350 million U.S. streams included in the song’s near 2 billion combined global streams tally, the Dutch artist has already had remarkable success stateside. The song won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. 

His second single, “Love Don’t Hate It,” appeared on 16 New Music Friday playlists, including the U.S. Premiering the official video, Billboard observed, “[Laurence] mediates the battle between love and hate to a peaceful truce. As the growling guitar and low, thudding piano in the verses are stacked up against Laurence‘s impactful falsetto, the song embodies the confrontation of polar forces with the singer elevating the brightest moments to a decisive victory.”

About Duncan Laurence

Growing up in the tiny Dutch town of Hellevoetsluis, Duncan Laurence discovered the healing power of music. Holed up in his bedroom avoiding the bullies who harassed him for his love of theatre and art, Laurence sang, turning his darker moments into a light he could spread to anyone who’d listen.

With his debut album, Small Town Boy, Laurence makes his younger self proud, writing the next chapter in a story that’s become a vision of perseverance and love. And he creates the cinematic scores to back it up, mixing the rich instrumentation of alternative rock, the delicacy of folk, and the dynamic swells of modern pop.