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Dub FX: Cracks In The Mirror (Single)

Dub FX (aka Benjamin Stanford) is an Australian musician, street performer and social activist who mixes live looping, beatboxing and world-class production into one sonic mind-f**k. Genre-bending hip-hop, dubstep, reggae, dancehall, d’n’b and jungle into something uniquely his own, Dub FX has gained worldwide recognition for promoting positivity, unity and social awareness via his distinct and powerful lyrics, with acclaimed full-length releases such as 'Thinking Clear’ and ‘Roots' adding to his reputation.

Sons Of The East: Hard To Tell (Single)

Filled with the Australian three-piece’s trademark exuberance and catchy melodies, “Hard To Tell” is a windows-down, road trip-ready slice of folk-pop that arrives as the first bit of new music from the band since the release of their debut album ‘Palomar Parade’ last year.


Blind Boys Of Alabama: Echoes Of The South (Album)

Echoes Of The South marks the first album that the Blind Boys of Alabama have ever fully made in their home state - a homecoming for the ages. The album’s title takes its name from a Birmingham radio show that the Blind Boys grew up idolizing - tuning into groups like the Golden Gate Quartet each afternoon - before they eventually became guests on the show themselves.

Ghost Hounds: First Last Time (Album)

Get ready to blow out your speakers with the powerful new single from Ghost Hounds, “Last Train To Nowhere.” The rock and blues-fuelled track is the lead single  from the band’s fourth studio album, First Last Time, out July 28.

Caitlin Krisko: Operator (Single)

Born in Detroit, raised in New York City and currently living in Asheville, North Carolina, Caitlin Krisko has been influenced by the sounds of East Coast rock and roll, Motown and roots music. Krisko has been stunning audiences across America and Europe touring relentlessly with her own brand of roots-rock filled with soaring vocals, powerful grooves, emotional lyrics and undeniable songwriting.

Duane Betts: Wild & Precious Life (Album)

Duane Betts releases his long-awaited debut solo album Wild & Precious Life. A collection of songs that fuse swampy southern soul with SoCal cosmic country and dazzling guitar work, Wild & Precious Life has been met with early praise, performances and profiles

Fathom Lane: In The Driftless (Album)

Led by acclaimed songwriter Michael Ferrier, Minneapolis folk rockers Fathom Lane return with their first album since 2017. In The Driftless is a poetic and nuanced blend of country, folk, pop, and rock with lyrics exploring themes of loss, isolation, addiction, discovery, and ultimately: redemption.

Erja Lyytinen: Diamonds On The Road - Live 2023 (Album)

With the pandemic now firmly in our rear-view mirror Erja Lyytinen and her band have been touring relentlessly. With the high-flying Finn in top form, the artist decided to capture the magic of their live performances on their new concert album, Diamonds on the Road - Live 2023.

Chris Pierce: Let All Who Will (Album)

With his new album, Let All Who Will, acclaimed Los Angeles singer and songwriter Chris Pierce delivers a powerful set of songs that amplify unheralded voices and aim to bring us together across the bitter trenches that divide us.

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