Bigdoe – Cookie (Spotify)

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“Do you want a cookie? Bigdoe releases his new -Cookie- single and is a biggie bigge afrobeats hit. A cookie that cookie monster cannot resist! Beautiful afro fusion vibes and vocal performances, harmonies that fix your mood! ”

Cookie is a smooth Afro beats track by fast rising Afro/English artist BigDoe. Cookie seamlessly fuses African and English lyrics, melody and rhythm to create an afro/english vibe.

MDJ Matthias De Jaeger – Fading Soul (Spotify)

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“If you are too sensitive with melancholic music, not step in as this goes deep. If you are from those that melancholic music works in a cathartic way for their soul, their mood, cleaning the whole inside, then step in and let yourself flow. Fading Soul by MDJ Matthias De Jaeger is very emotional solo piano track which performed with clearly passion, erupting to strong harmonies which work as razor in your heart. Beautiful! ”

This track is an easy listening moving and peaceful piano song expressing feelings like tenderness, regret and melancholi

Becoming Young – For My Father (Video)

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“Becoming Young in an ode for father, through his soulful heartwarming vocals sings reflective in a way which hits you right deep inside. A beautiful song rich in emotional moments and a sound quality which feels like a feather in your skin.

Boulder/Nashville-based pop artist Becoming Young, aka Brandon Calano, has just released the folk/pop ballad, “For My Father.” Stream it HERE.

Lyrically, this song is an honest assessment of a father’s trapped circumstance from a son’s perspective. Musically, it’s Becoming Young’s first piano-driven single.

Calano gets reflective and direct with lines like, “I see your heart and I see your soul, there’s nothing as pure as the man you are. Take a breath, let your burden go, when darkness comes, I’ll still love you so.” Anyone with a close relationship to his or her father will resonate with the song’s empathetic message.

“For My Father” bridges Becoming Young’s most recent pop album, Feeling Single, to a more serious body of work in his forthcoming record, The Songs I Wrote You, which begins releasing on January 1, 2021. The expansion from pop to the singer-songwriter genre began in January of 2020 when he teamed with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) on three singles for the new album.

For those not familiar with Brandon Calano, he writes and records under the pseudonym, Becoming Young. It’s a name he says embodies his journey to let go of everything he is not—and become who he was meant to be all along.

Becoming Young has earned a loyal following, playing sold-out shows from Atlanta to Portland, and describes his evolving sound as Lauv meets Glass Animals. Yet others have likened him to Vance Joy and Dermot Kennedy. Though all of those descriptors ring true, the Nashville via Boulder singer/songwriter has established an enticing pop/folk sound.

Becoming Young’s most recent album, Feeling Single, explores the modern dating landscape as told by an emotionally-reckless millennial. It features the trap-pop banger “High,” a bouncy retro-bop, “The Night I Met You,” and the swagalicious, “Cherry Twist.”

For more information about Becoming Young, follow @becomingyoung on Instagram / Spotify or visit:

Marie Minet – Attendre l’été (Video)

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“Marie Minet with her song Attendre l’été, through a stunning minimal video clip which hypnotize you quickly and a lush of atmospheric melodic harmonic lines, a beautiful choreography with soft brilliant sound mix, and a sensual heartwarming vocal performance with a goosebumps chorus, engages us wonderful into a memorable song. A song we return back to re-listen and add in your favorite lists. ”


Une voix claire et envoutante. Des textes forts aux accents nostalgiques. Des mélodies profondes bercées d’influences cap-verdiennes et africaines. Marie Minet opère une synthèse des genres aussi sublime qu’inédite en racontant de manière crue mais poétique des histoires de vie qui font echo à sa génération.

Son premier single Attendre l’été, disponible à la fin du mois de Novembre 2020, navigue entre slam, musique du monde et références subtiles aux compositions classiques de son aïeul Edward Grieg. Une chanson qui ravive des souvenirs d’enfance, tout en interrogeant l’innocence de cette période et les désillusions de l’âge adulte. Un single qui surprend tant il bouscule les frontières entre les genres musicaux tout en nous rapellant les classiques de la chanson française.

Son premier album, qu’elle compose sur les textes de son frère Paul, est mis en musique par Jon Luz, prodige discret de la musique du monde ayant composé pour Cesária Evora et bien d’autres. Il est attendu pour le printemps 2021.


A clear and mesmerising voice. Powerful lyrics with nostalgic touches. Deep melodies soften by Cape Verdean influences. This is what makes Marie Minet’s mixing of genres is as sublime as it is innovative. In her raw but poetic way, she tells life stories that echo her generation.

Her first single, “Attendre l’Été,” available in November 2020, navigates between French chanson, spoken word, World Music, and subtle references to the classical compositions of her ancestor Edward Grieg. It’s a song that revives childhood memories while questioning the innocence of youth and the disillusionment of adulthood.

Her first album, “Clair Obscur”, is filled with profound lyrics from her brother Paul. She composed the music in collaboration with Jon Luz, a master of Cape Verdean music who composed for Césaria Évora, bringing a Lusafone accent to the French chanteuse. He also produced the album, which is expected to be released in spring 2021.

Lainey Dionne – Skin (Spotify)

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“The first impression you receive with Lainey Dionne on her new single Skin, is the quality and softness of both vocal and music/groove layering. Sensual, elegant and memorable with chorus of saying -Skin- giving you goosebumps, a song where harmonies and qualities are abundant. ”

Skin is about what it feels like to be in a toxic relationship. You are depressed and hiding it, becoming numb, and then being in denial about how toxic this is and you don’t know how to get out.

Lainey Dionne is a Providence based cover artist and singer/songwriter. Her debut record, Can't Refuse - EP, was released in 2016 and is available on iTunes, Spotify, and other streaming services. She writes the "sort of music that immediately makes you forget that you left a burning oven on, or should be doing something productive. Music that will make you forget about everything else and just listen" (Verge Media). Can't Refuse- EP is an honest and vulnerable look at love and life through a twenty-something singer/songwriters eyes.

Her debut album was featured on HomeBru'd, a segment for New England's leading alternative radio station, WBRU. In 2018, Lainey was nominated for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, Best Americana Act, and Best College Act at the Worcester Music Awards, along with Best Breakthrough Act at Rhode Island's famed, Motif Music Awards. She is also a 2016 Semi Finalist for the International Songwriting Competition. Laineys songs "Can't Refuse" and "Even If" have been featured in the Berklee Singer/Songwriter Showcase '14 and an independent film from Harvard University. As a performing artist, Lainey has been invited to play at famed music venues such as The Strand, regional festivals such as The Big E, PVDFest and the Newport Film Festival, private events & benefit concerts, and over 60 venues in Rhode Island. Her band toured the East Coast in the summer of 2017 debuting new material along with her EP. Originally from Smithfield, RI, she has been studying the piano since the age of six, and along the way, has picked up several other instruments including violin, ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, dulcimer, cajon, and guitar. Lainey provides private lessons of vocals and the instruments she plays at True Music Studios.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2015, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business with a minor in Music Production and Engineering. While attending, she had the pleasure of learning from industry professionals such as Grammy Award winning producer, Jason Stokes and Grammy-nominated hit songwriter, producer, and Warner Brothers Records executive, Kara DioGuardi. She was also accepted into Warner/Chappell Publishing Group executive, Judy Stakee's Songwriting Retreat in France and is currently working with a team in Nashville for her sophomore album. Lainey's music is inspired by the lyrics and compositions of Gabrielle Aplin, Vance Joy, and The Lumineers. From her notable education and musical inspirations, Lainey has acquired her own unique sense of artistry.

Epokhé – Everything at Once (Spotify)

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“-Everything at Once- is an ambient chill electronica theme with anything at all. Epokhé brilliantly layers an emotive story which manages to dive you into an ocean of feelings.”

Artist shared with us few words about this song:

"I started writing this song in my analog synth studio after reading the Ancient Greek philosopher Parmenides who believed that time and change were an illusion and everything exists all together at once. I wanted to express what it might feel like to experience the whole universe and all of time as one single thing happening in the same moment."

About the Artist

Epokhé is a composer and electronic music producer born in Canada and based in New York City. He spent his college years studying philosophy, music technology and sound recording.

The influence of both his acoustic and electronic background is evident in the complex sonic textures he creates and the innovative music production and recording techniques he uses to create them. His compositions are often emotionally impactful and can range from subtle and relaxing to tense and grandiose.

In 2017, he launched his solo electronic project and began DJ’ing in the Montréal club scene. In 2019 he began his mark in the film industry by working with academy award winning composer Howard Shore, where he has served as a musical sound designer and programmer to create unique electronic and acoustic elements to accompany Shore’s music.

In addition to his music, Epokhé has been building interactive immersive sound instillations which allow users to interact with music in ways never before seen.

Pretty Pink – Come Back (Spotify)

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“Pretty Pink with their single Come Back under Anjunabeats imprint delivering stunning sound quality, beautiful trance arp harmonies, and heartwarming vocals. A track that tease your ears as a feather and invites sound freaks to explore the mixing qualities here.”

German producer Pretty Pink presents her debut single on Anjunabeats, ‘Come Back’.

Pre-lockdown, Pretty Pink was a sought-after name in the international club scene, known for official remixes of Armin van Buuren and Mr Probz as well as an underground edit of Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky’. She also owns and curates her label Wanderlust, as well as the label, podcast and concept live show Deep Woods, which has hosted the likes of Lost Frequencies, Milkwish, AKA AKA and more.

Produced during lockdown, ‘Come Back’ was debuted on her Deep Woods radio show and was a standout moment in her #AnjunaUnlocked set earlier this summer.

Risen from the deep & dark woods of the Harz in Germany, Pretty Pink made her way through the steaming and raging international club zone to manifest her belief into the most intimate basement raves and the biggest festival stages – ultimately settling into an exclusive group of DJs that have the skill to work both levels of the scene. Her unique performances cultivated a great following across Europe and continue to broaden the horizons of dance music. Pretty Pink never shies away from a challenge as she continues to grow and evolve in her career and in her sound.

Through a regular stream of high quality mixes in her radio show ‘DEEP WOODS’ she has begun to turn heads in underground circles. Within the span of two years, it landed on 30 leading radio slots worldwide and reached 1 million streams via her socials. ‘DEEP WOODS’ consists of DEEP SENSATION and KLING KLANG, Pretty Pink’s self-branded residency and well known event series that have attracted over 8,000 festival guests. After playing alongside respectable tastemakers at a myriad of revered venues in her homeland – Nature One, Sonne Mond Sterne, Airbeat One, New Horizon, World Club Dome and more – her loyal fanbase and bookings began to skyrocket. Pretty Pink has garnered a devoted fan base across the globe through her diverse productions, radioshow and stirring live shows, which launch listeners on an unforgettable musical journey. On stage she is known for her galvanizing stage performances as she continues to impress crowds with her dynamic natural ease, serenity and expertise.

Shifting her focus toward production, Pretty Pink has amply proved her serious talent in the studio as well as behind the decks. Whilst Pretty Pinks DJ sets are very energetic, she also manifests her wandering soul on the producer side. Pretty’s own music has provided her with the chance to reveal a kinetic combination of dark, pulsating house and tech-house, driven beats, and natural energetic melodic compositions paired often with her own vocals. Pretty Pink had her recording debut in 2013 with an unforgettable edit of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, which demanded the attention of the scene with massive national and international support. With her clearly uncanny ability to create instantly astounding records she extended with ‘GUNFIRE’ her follow-up EP on Suara, which climbed to #2 on Beatport Deep House Chart of 2016. Pretty Pink possess a long list of high conceptual tracks like RUN, MY KICK, FLURAMA, TRICK, CHANGE on captivating sounding labels like Suara, Armada Deep, Sony, Warner, and Universal. Forming tracks to uncommercial club anthems was her mission, which allowed her unique signature sound to make remixes for Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies and also for 90’s tastemakers. Gracing the pages of notable electronic publications such as DJ Mag Mexico, EARMILK, Magnetic Magazine and more, Pretty Pink is quickly becoming one to watch on the fronts of the electronic scene.

Things aren’t slowing down anytime soon as Pretty Pink’s most recent single ‘PURE’ topped the Beatport charts for over six weeks at #3 on Progressive House. The single has even caught the ear of uber tastemakers such as CamelPhat, Lane 8, Josh Butler, Monkey Safari and more who have all featured the single in their sets. On a hunt to envelop and solidify her sound, she jump-started her own record label, Wanderlust Music.

For now, with her upcoming releases, studio sessions, ongoing radio show to residencial performances, record label and a packed tour diary, Pretty’s showing signs of becoming a unique individual artist. Pretty Pink blends a tasteful sound with a twist of madness that elevates the crowd to new heights. With years of experience under her belt, the multi-talented workaholic has created a brand built to last. She will stop at nothing to continue cultivating and developing her sound. Time may pass and trends will fade, but the Pretty Pink’s sound will never cease to impress. Her massive accomplishments only mark the beginning of her future conquests.

Moncrieff – AMERICA (Spotify)

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“The beginning of the song captivates us with a familiar melody. Oh yes, this is America! You get up and don't move quickly to the beat. These vibrations are smooth, but they won't make you sleep! Spreads the fun until the morning! Moncrieff knows a lot how to put is in a party with his new single!”

“Начало песни нас подкупает знакомой мелодией. Ах да, это же Америка! Вы встаете и не быстро начинаете двигаться в такт. Эти вибрации плавные, но они не заставят вас спать! Веселье до утра! Moncrieff с своим новым синглом знает толк в вечеринке!”

2020 has been a huge year for Moncrieff, and has seen him featured on a host of 2020 hot lists (2FM ‘Rising Artist of 2020’, Goldenplec ‘Plec Pics’ for 2020 and named as one of’s ‘Ones To Watch’ for 2020 amongst them). Now he is set to release his hotly anticipated new single ‘AMERICA’ on the 30 October 2020, as well as announcing the release of his second EP ‘The Class of 2020’, which is out on the 27 November 2020.

‘AMERICA’ is a satirical social commentary on the big brother of the world disguised as a tik tok friendly viral internet urban pop banger.On the surface, ‘AMERICA’ has no other initial motive other than to make you move and sing along - however the lyrics when read tell a different story. Under the surface of the upbeat production the song’s lyrics hit a deeper note that comments on some of the absurdities of American culture, centred around consumerism and materialism. “We spend money we don't have on things we don't need to impress people we don't like.”

Speaking about the EP, Moncrieff says: “I had planned to release my second EP earlier this year but I felt after all the world kind of came to a standstill that maybe I should hold off. Nobody had a clue what was happening and the music didn’t feel fully right for the time. Then I realised these are the times that I had actually always dreamt about writing songs for and being able to make music that had a voice in this bizarre time we’re in.”

Moncrieff’s debut body of work ‘The Early Hurts’ EP featured lead track ‘Like I Do’, this debut radio single (released in Sept 2019) received extensive airplay across national radio racking up nearly 12 million audience impressions and 5 million streams. The success of the single and EP led to Moncrieff selling out his first headline show in Dublin in less than 3 hours. His growing reputation also landed support slots touring with headline Irish acts Picture This and Walking on Cars.

Having spent most of early 2020 in the solitude of his friend and co-producer Toby Scott’s home studio in Brighton, what has resulted is a collection of songs free and unconfined by genre that capture the zeitgeist of an ever changing musical and cultural landscape. With the current state of world affairs in turmoil, this new chapter sees Moncrieff explore his role and place as a young person transitioning into adulthood in a world that seems to be getting crazier by the day.

‘AMERICA' the brand new single from Moncrieff is out on the 30 October 2020 across all streaming platforms. ‘The Class of 2020’ EP is out on the 27 November 2020.


Dax – GOTHAM (Video)

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“Dax blows your mind with his powerful recitative, you will find yourself overwhelmed by his words. He wants justice in this world in which we are all at the mercy of the digital world! It’s a strong song that definitely deserves top honors.”

“Он взрывает ваш разум своим мощным речитативом, вы окажетесь подавленным его словами. Он хочет справедливости в этом мире, в котором мы все во власти цифрового мира!

Это сильная песня, однозначно заслуживающая высших наград.”

The Bergamot – Make It Last (Video)

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“The Bergamot returns with a new song to raise environmental awareness delivering their usually top notch quality. Through their wide warm soft and abundant vocals and the soulful guitar melodic lines, glue you fast into its groove. The engagement here is such you feel a deja vu, like you knew this track long time now and their performance in this video giving you a feel like this duo not speak – but sing continues – they are born to sing!”

Make sure also to reach our Nagamag interview with The Bergamot

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