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GRACE LIGHTMAN RELEASES VIDEO FOR SINGLE ‘ZERO IMPACT’

Following on from the recent release of her new single, today sees Grace Lightman release the video for ‘Zero Impact’.

The fantastical new video was co-directed by Alex Lightman and creative director Edwin Burdis[Arctic Monkeys, Wild Beasts, Franz Ferdinand, Alexis Taylor]. The song itself deals with the loneliness and isolation which lead to Grace involving the roller derby team in the video, allowing the team push and pull each other to mimic the impact of the songs dynamics eventually ending with Grace rocking out at the end, free of her skating demons.

Grace explains “this video was an exploration of the world we had all created together based on a dystopia inspired by Science Fiction from the 70s and 80s. Using Edwin Burdis’ intuitive artistic process on one end of the spectrum, versus Alex Lightman’s narrative feature film background – the outcome resulted in an exploration of these oppositions with my other worldly alter ego, the Silver Eater, finding her place amongst the roller derby team.”

DORIAN ELECTRA RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO FOR “FLAMBOYANT”

Emerging popstar Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) release their new single and accompanying video for “Flamboyant” – out now.

Recorded at Live Nation Studios NYC and produced by ABSRDST, the punchy track sees Dorian Electra reclaim the word “Flamboyant”. All whilst paying homage to the legendary Liberace with an over-the-top, unrestrained, colourful, campy video. Co-directed by longtime collaborator Weston Allen (Nike, Refinery29) and Dorian Electra, the video features extravagant costumes inspired by Liberace and his partner, Scott Thorson.

Speaking on the track Electra states: “Historically, the word ‘flamboyant’ has been used as a derisive term to describe over-the-top queer expression. I wanted to reclaim this word in a proud and unapologetic way, while at the same time poking fun at the need for masculine egos to be the centre of attention at all times. Through satire in the video and track, I aim to take down this self-centered-bravado, while also encouraging a healthy level of confidence and self-love within one’s gender expression.”

MATT MARTIANS Releases New Album ‘THE LAST PARTY’, Listen Now!

Producer and sometimes singer Matt Martians has released his brand new album The Last Party via 3qtr – the album is available for stream and purchase HERE.

After going through the hardest time of his life, Matt Martians created the record to heal and come to terms with himself. He found that you have to truly love yourself before you can sincerely give it back. The album features guests include Mac DeMarco and Steve Lacy.

Following years of consistently pushing sonic boundaries as a founding member of both the Grammy-nominated band The Internet and influential outfit Odd Future, Matt released his critically-acclaimed debut solo album The Drum Chord Theory in 2017 which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “pleasingly eccentric”. Now, Matt looks to continue this sense of sonic exploration with brand new eight-track collection The Last Party. A gorgeous blend of modern funk, soul and electronica, the album is a groove-laden testament to Matt’s already impressive influence on the current musical landscape.

PALACE REVEAL FIRST ‘HOXA SESSION’ – ‘HEAVEN UP THERE (ACOUSTIC)’

Following the announcement of their sophomore album ‘Life After’ and a sold-out February UK tour, Palace today reveal the first of four stripped-back acoustic performances, recorded at London’s Hoxa Studios following the completion of ‘Life After’. This first session track is a haunting, delicate rendition of lead single ‘Heaven Up There’, which marked Palace’s first new music in two years and was awarded Lauren Laverne’s ‘headphones moment’ on release in October last year.

The London-based band have also recently announced full UK and European tours for October and November this year, culminating in their biggest live show to date at Camden Roundhouse, as well as Latitude, Truck and Mad Cool Festivals this July. ‘Life After’ follows Palace’s acclaimed 2016 debut album ‘So Long Forever’ and will be released on July 12th. After demoing the tracks at their Tottenham studio The Arch, Palace turned to Catherine Marks (2018’s UK Producer of the Year; St Vincent, Wolf Alice and PJ Harvey) at Willesden’s Assault & Battery studios and Luke Smith (Foals, Slow Club) at Jump Studios in Tottenham to record the album in summer 2018.

‘Life After’ is a stunning album with a clear message; hope. Its eleven tracks are among the finest the band have produced, full of the melodic warmth and rich textures that earned them legions of fans overnight following the release of their debut EP in 2014. It is an album in equal parts about loss as well as a manual to moving on, stronger than before. Having built a dedicated live following through mesmerising shows at some of the country’s finest venues, Palace will play some of the world’s biggest festivals this summer before the autumn tour, with live dates below and more to be announced soon: 

Palace Live Dates:

November

Fri 1st                              NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms

Sat 2nd                           BRISTOL, Anson Rooms

Sun 3rd                           NEWCASTLE, Riverside

Mon 4th                          GLASGOW, St Lukes

Weds 6th                         DUBLIN, Button Factory

Thurs 7th                         MANCHESTER, Academy 2

Fri 8th                             LEEDS, University Stylus

Sat 9th                            LONDON, Camden Roundhouse

VIRGEN MARÍA RELEASES HER DEBUT EP G.O.D.

Hailing from Madrid, artist, performer and musician Virgen María releases her debut EPG.O.D., available from all streaming partners here: https://ampl.ink/7a3NE

An intoxicating blend of trap, reggaeton, hardcore and techno, G.O.D. is a profound reflection of spirituality, sex positivity and censorship and was produced by Virgen María herself, alongside perth Daijing, Yegua and Paul Marmota. Her pioneering vision to mix meditation and sex through music has caught attention across the globe, leading her to perform both in person and as a holograph across Asia and Europe, with more tour dates in the coming months including a special performance at this years Sónar festival in Barcelona.

Meanwhile her aesthetic and conceptual art has already led to collaborations with the likes of FentyGucciVetements and Camper, collaborations with Carlota GuerreroGaspar Noe and Filip Custic, as well as live performances at both the MOMA and MIRA Festival’s ASMR campaign.