Aydan – Grow up

Australian singer-songwriter AYDAN returns today with his brand-new single “GROW UP!”, a song representing a defining moment in his life as he steps into adulthood. AYDAN has left his teenage years behind with a newfound maturity that he is learning to embrace. But one thing the 20-year-old wants to hold on to from his youth is the carefree energy he has always been drawn to. It is the perfect track for AYDAN to hold onto that playful spark and deliver richly with his impressive signature vocals.

AYDAN explains, “I think I’m quite a carefree kind of guy and I try not to let things affect me too much. I’m loving moving into this next phase of my life and music career, but I want to make sure I hold on to my sense of fun. This song really captures this, and I hope that others will relate to the vibe and the freedom of this song.”

With over 30 x Million Streams, 400,000+ social following and Sold Out shows AYDAN says he is still on his self-discovery journey adding, “I am finding my feet with who I want to be in the world, and who I want to be as an artist. I feel like I’m starting my career and learning who I am along the way.”

“GROW UP!” was written by Jack Gray, Austin Zudeck, Justin Thunstrom, Zev Troxler and produced by PARKWILD. It’s a song that’s been a little while coming since his last solo release but worth the wait as he honed his craft and artistic vision. While working on music AYDAN starred in the musical “Fangirls”, playing the lead role Harry to rave reviews which wrapped up a national Australian Tour in May 2021.

As AYDAN steers his way into this new chapter with the release of ‘Grow Up’, his feet are firmly grounded on the floor with a growing maturity that perfectly contrasts his playful youthfulness that his dedicated large fanbase have fallen for over the years.

Jack Vidgen – Goodbye

Jack Vidgen, the boy we fell in love with at 14 when he won Australia’s Got Talent, is now 10 years older, 10 years wiser with an incredible story to share.

Jack dances to the beat of his own drum and continues to push limits with his honest and raw lyrics, supported by his incredible vocal talent.

Over recent years Jack has featured in music and reality ‘TV shows including The Voice 2019’, ‘America’s Got Talent – The Champions 2020’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here 2021’. During this time Jack has also been on the road with his band headlining shows in capital cities.

On Jack’s recent appearance on ‘I’m A celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ he discussed his journey as a proud member of the LGTBIQA+ Community. He was celebrated on the show for creating great mate-ships with the likes of footy player Dipper, who loved Jack and all he stood for. Jack has grown a fan base of like minded people in Australia who are absolutely real, and love to call out the bullshit.

Jack featured as part of the 2021 Sydney Mardi Gras, and has been confirmed to headline and feature on various other festivals and LGTBIQA+ events over the coming year.

Jack has recently re launched his music career as an independent artist. His recent single “Pray” debuted at No. 1 on the Independent ARIA Charts in Australia. The following single “Lonely” was a lockdown banger in Australia.

Jack’s latest single “Goodbye” is a very personal song, a heartbreaking reflection of his recent relationship with drug abuse and how he feels looking back at what has been an incredibly hard time.

Jack’s full story is being told through his music, and “Goodbye” captures the emotion Jack experiences as he journeys down a road less travelled.

“Goodbye” is written by Jack Vidgen, Matt Riley and Justin Martins and Produced by Matt Riley and Justin Martins. “Goodbye” is released on 10 September 2021.

CLAPTONE and SEAL – JUST A GHOST

TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM CLOSER OUT NOVEMBER 12 VIA DIFFERENT RECORDINGS

“The deep sensuality in Seal’s voice has always kept me under its spell, and of course the mystique around his persona. No doubt the stars aligned when Seal and I were working on ‘Just A Ghost’ – his first original material in 6 years. By introducing him to the deep, emotive and powerful sound of Claptone my aim was to lead him back to his very own roots, to an electronic club infused but soulful sound. And I needed to do that without sacrificing the strong musical identity he built for himself over the past decades” – Claptone

Closer, is Claptone’s third album, co-produced by Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna), a body of brand-new and innovative work showcasing the next chapter in the masked man’s exploration of House with a pop music flavour.

He has now released the lead single from the album ‘Just A Ghost’ feat the iconic Seal out now via Different Recordings / [PIAS].

Claptone continues his mission to embrace and share his musical vision with a plethora of rising and iconic musical talents. He now works alongside one of the most successful and instantly recognisable singer / songwriters of our generation.

‘Just a Ghost’ is a fluid and dreamy production layered with the classic, instantly identifiable velvet vocal which hooks you in and has you sing along before you know it. Building to a crescendo but maintaining the emotion throughout, ‘Just A Ghost’ is a big song fitting perfectly for late summer festivals and your favourite playlist at the same time.

Seal needs little introduction, he is the internationally respected singer-songwriter and record producer, best known for his songs ‘Killer’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Kiss From A Rose’ which featured on the blockbuster movie ‘Batman Returns’. Having won multiple awards, including three Brits, four Grammy’s, two Ivor Novello’s and an MTV Video Music Award he is one of the leading artists of our time.

“Even though I know you are a little curious about how Seal is in the studio’ as a person and how I look without a mask and what slippers we have been wearing in our spare time during sessions. There’s not gonna be any gossip from either of us. NDAs have been signed. I speak no more. Just listen to the single, let the music speak.” – Claptone

‘Just A Ghost’ is released alongside an official music video directed by Alexander Brown, inspired by the mythical world that surrounds Claptone, dark in essence and feel.

The announcement of ‘Just A Ghost’ follows the release of album singles ‘Zero’, ‘My Night’ feat. APRE and ‘Wake Up’ feat. James Vincent McMorrow which were all unveiled earlier this year.

Away from the studio, Claptone continues to build upon his already momentous global appeal, performing over 50+ live-streamed sets across 2020/21, with a staggering total of 63 million combined views on YouTube. There are also plans to return to the most famous club in the world, Pacha Ibiza, with his now internationally respected and much-loved event series, The Masquerade.

The Rolling Stones – Troubles A’ Comin’

THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD TRACK ‘TROUBLES A’ COMIN’

The Rolling Stones today release the previously unheard track ‘Troubles A’ Comin’ via Universal Music. The never-before-released song is set to feature on the upcoming, newly remastered 40th anniversary editions of chart-topping, multi-platinum 1981 album Tattoo You.

Originally recorded by the Stones in Paris in 1972 and now released for the very first time, ‘Troubles A’ Comin’ is an infectious and multi-faceted cover of the Chi-Lites original. The guitar-driven track is a true gem for fans around the world, giving an irresistible taste of the nine newly completed songs and rarities featured on Tattoo You’s unmissable Lost & Found disc.

Anticipation for the new editions of Tattoo You will be high among Stones devotees and new admirers alike, as the rock’n’roll legends have returned to the road for the critically acclaimed US ‘No Filter’ tour, which kicked off in St. Louis last Sunday, September 26. It follows the huge success of the 2020 reissue of the Stones’ 1973 landmark Goats Head Soup, which took the album back to No.1 in the UK.

The newly remastered Tattoo You (40 th Anniversary) will feature the original 11-track album, including such enduring favourites as ‘Hang Fire’, ‘Waiting On A Friend’ and of course the opening track that has been a band signature ever since, ‘Start Me Up’. ‘Troubles A’ Comin’, released September 30, will be included on the box set and deluxe CD and vinyl editions of the forthcoming multi-format release. Tattoo You, restored to its full glory and more, will be released by Universal Music on October 22.

Jamie Payet – All You Need Is Love

Melbourne Singer Songwriter Jamie Payet pops his cherry with his first ever cover. His spin on his favourite Beatles song. Many people have said this may be one of the best Beatles covers they have heard.

This version has a modern upbeat and happy feel with synths and modern production values while still paying respects to the original song.

It was Recorded at Straw Horse Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Thomas Ross Johansen producer for Angus & Julia Stone, Bruno Mars, Sarah Blasko and many more.

Anthony King, guitarist for Buffy Sainte-Marie lends his licks to this slick homage to the fathers of modern pop and rock.

In These crazy times, maybe “All You Need Is Love”.

Matt Goss – Somewhere to Fall

Matt Goss is leaving Las Vegas. After 10 years, thousands of shows and hundreds of thousands of happy concertgoers, the British musical legend has decided to come home to where it all began and is set to release an incredible new single, ‘Somewhere to Fall’ available now.

‘Somewhere To Fall’ is the first taste of new music from the pop icon and acts as the curtain-raiser to his forthcoming studio album ‘The Beautiful Unknown ‘, which is slated for release towards the end of the year.

‘Somewhere To Fall’ bears all the markings of a true Matt Goss classic with the star’s unmistakable vocal adding raw energy as it soars throughout, creating euphoric pop perfection. The track’s powerful, emotive lyrical impact is woven against modern, contemporary production that feels instantly anthemic and uplifting. This is a song that existing and new fans alike are going to rejoice in. ‘Somewhere To Fall’ marks a return to a genre that made Goss a household name and is a power pop anthem that feels like a hit single in waiting.

Matt explains; “With ‘Somewhere to Fall’, I wanted to write an intelligent pop song, and I’ve disguised quite a heavy lyric within a joyous pop song. ‘Somewhere to Fall’ is about finding a safe place to rest our strength. That might be with a partner, in your home, a park bench, I don’t know where it is. But it’s somewhere for you.”

It was 6 months into the pandemic that realisation eventually pushed Goss back to his first love – songwriting. This next chapter sees Goss baring his soul for the world to see as well as emerging from a turbulent year stronger and more determined than ever before.

Early on Matt had a title for this new collection of songs that were pouring out of him, ‘The Beautiful Unknown’ was a phrase that came from the poetry Goss likes to write away from his musical projects. Explaining the phrase, he says: “We have been conditioned to fear tomorrow, to fear next week, to be fearful of next year certainly. Because there is this unknown energy around all of us – no time more than now. And I’ve been through the ringer during Covid, betrayed by some people, uplifted by others. So,’ The Beautiful Unknown’ is a request to people to come along with this philosophy that tomorrow is going to be a good day and a good place.”

Produced at the storied Record Plant in LA, with additional recording in Nashville, ‘The Beautiful Unknown’ is the album Matt Goss needed to make now.

“I wrote this song called ‘Shipwreck’ at 3am. It’s a song about not wanting to give up, about feeling broken, the analogy of a shipwreck underwater, the image of everything being slowly dismantled by the tide. And I kept writing the next night, and then I called Babyface. And him being a wonderful human being said he loved it and that I should come to his studio in LA and record it.”

That note of encouragement from Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, one of the all-time great producers, un-stoppered a new burst of creativity for Matt Goss. He also began collaborating with Jacob Bunton, the Emmy-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with everyone from Mariah Carey to Steven Tyler, Smokey Robinson to Akon.

Goss will still be based some of the time in Los Angeles, his home (alongside Las Vegas) for almost three decades. But his focus looking ahead is more on working and performing in the UK, the place that rocket-powered the teenage Goss to the top of the charts, cultural phenomenon status and a headline gig at Wembley Stadium – a feat that made Goss the youngest male ever to headline the legendary venue, a record he still holds today.

“I want to go back to my people and to my world,” he concludes. “I have to get back to pop. I’m so happy to say I’ve fallen back in love with pop music, and the power of pop music. There’s no hiding that on this record.”

CORNELL & CARR – WHATCHAWANNA

Cornell & Carr celebrate the release of their new single WHATCHAWANNA their third release for 2021.

“Ironically, this song is all about freedom and throwing caution to the wind.Something nobody has been able to do for quite a while now ” Mike laughs.

But where exactly did the the inspiration come from for “Whatchawanna”?

“We wrote the song way before lockdown was a thing. The song was more reflective of the journey Mike & I were on at the time. We were deep in thought about ” Cornell & Carr ” and the direction we were headed as a duo” Matt says.”We decided the best thing for us to do ,was to be ourselves no matter what and let the music do the talking for us” Mike adds.

“Whatchawanna” comes hot on the heels of the boys previous release “Beertalk”and continues to shape Cornell & Carr as “the feel good” act of 2021.

The song was recorded with well known producer Matt Fell and displays all the wonderful bits and pieces he brings to a song. Especially a country song !

It’s a vast new landscape for artists moving forward with live performance coming to a screaming halt , and the uncertainty of it’s future. Being the main source of income , for independent artists especially , Cornell & Carr are relying on the strength and appeal of the song , as well as a strong fan base for a successful release…just like the old days!

Diane Arkenstone – The Healing Heart

For well over 20 years, new age musician Diane Arkenstone has gained worldwide acclaim with her extensive repertoire of distinctive instrumental recordings. Since first composing music to help herself get through her many health struggles, Arkenstone has developed a body of work that traverses Celtic and Native American and world musical traditions alike.

Her new album, The Healing Heart, channels a wealth of unique life experiences, including everything from the joys and heartbreaks of love to a lifetime of hardship and survival due to various medical ailments related to the complete AV blockage in her heart.

Arkenstone has never let genre restrain her musical exploration, and her music continues to resonate with audiences everywhere from at home to in the yoga studio.

Chalcedony – Shark Eyes

Vancouver, BC based DIY indie label Aura Aurora Records releases debut single “Shark Eyes” by Chalcedony this Friday, September 24th.

The 90s may have happened 30+ years ago, but Chalcedony and Aura Aurora Records’ founder Cate Horsley – along with her cohort & bass player Gillian Callander – are unleashing a musical cauldron of smoke & shimmer which harkens to their muses while leaning towards the future.

Recorded with producer and lead guitarist Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds in Vancouver, BC, “Shark Eyes” is the lead single off of Chalcedony’s forthcoming EP “Do You Really Wanna Know What the Fuck Goes On Inside My Head” which is set for a Spring 2022 release.

WHOOOSH’s Katy Krassner (Simon Le Bon’s podcast co-host) said “Wow wow!!!!” after hearing very early mixes of the EP. Check out the in-depth bio she penned below.

The music video for Shark Eyes drops Friday September 24th and has what Cate describes as a “trippy Forest Witch aesthetic” – just in time for spooky season. The video was produced, filmed and directed by visual artist Chris Rekrutiak of West Coast art collective Black Parachutes – who also created the single art from a still. “I wanted to capture the band at night lit by spotlights which created noisy textures and moody shadows. I used tangible filters on the lights and lens to create natural effects…fragmented light and refracted flairs, which are influenced by the lyrical content and are layered with floral fabric. The video is grunge magic, you have spotted the coven and are left spellbound having witnessed the supernatural.” shared Rekrutiak.

Georgia Straight and NOW Magazine’s Mike Usinger had this to say upon seeing an early cut of the video “magickal!”. Sounds like Black Parachutes nailed it on the head.

For those who love a good Easter Egg, the video was filmed on location at Klee Wyck Park, which has a storied history. The location was selected not only for its variety of natural backdrops, but for its palpable spirit. Having been a much-loved community site that was gifted by Dr. Ethlyn Trapp, to be utilized for the arts. Klee Wyck, also happened to be the nickname given to renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr, by the First Nations people of Ucluelet. Klee Wyck means the “Laughing One”.

The video will be released on Aura Aurora Records YouTube channel.

Chalcedony is currently busy rehearsing the EP tracks along with 3 new songs and a secret special cover tribute to support the upcoming EP release. The live incarnation of the band features Cate (vocals/baritone), Gillian (bass/vocals), Felix (lead guitar) along with drummer Phil Filion and back up singer Rachel Layne who also performed on the recordings. Stay tuned for dates.

Chalcedony is set to record three more songs this winter and will be shooting the music video for follow up single “Permanent Marker” very soon.

Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PS1 Remix)

A late contender to the song of the summer discourse, “Cold Heart” is almost a mad libs of pop music: What happens when you take one of the greatest hitmakers of all time (and several of his songs), pop’s current It Girl and a much-loved Australian dance music trio? You get a roller rink-ready jam that feels as if it’s been around for decades. PNAU provides the four-on-the-floor backing track to a remix that seamlessly splits vocal duties between modern disco queen Dua Lipa and Elton John; she sings the refrain of “Rocket Man” while the latter lends vocal samples from “Sacrifice,” “Kiss the Bride” and “Where’s The Shoorah?” It’s a song of flips that feels warm and familiar, as if your best friends were standing at the door to the dance club, pulling back a curtain and welcoming you inside.