Awkward silence: China official speechless after question on protests – video

China’s foreign ministry has defended the Communist party’s zero-Covid policy amid rare protests within the country. The foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, paused for a long time when asked by a reporter if China would reconsider the policy given people’s widespread ‘anger and frustration’. He eventually asked for the question to be repeated and then … Read more

I Was A King Share New Single ‘Sweet Things’

Norwegian band I Was A King have just shared their brand new single Sweet Things, the latest single to be taken from their 9th studio album, Follow Me Home, which is out now through Coastal Town!    What I like the most about this song is how warm and comforting it sounds, instantly making me … Read more

Scientists of Sound: Dizzy – Barking Dog (Official Video)

Credit: Boy Wonder Ontario’s Dizzy have made their excellent return today with the dazzling new single, ‘Barking Dog’. Soft to start, the track’s slow build is a pin-point cathartic release as swirling angelic vocals soon meet crashing percussion and its driving energy in a wondrous explosion of sound. Singer Katie Munshaw leads Dizzy into its … Read more

Life Esidimeni inquest: Ex-Gauteng Health official denies misleading Qedani Mahlangu | The Citizen

A former Gauteng Department of Health official has denied misleading and withholding information from her former boss, MEC Qedani Mahlangu, when Life Esidimeni patients started dying. Former director of Gauteng’s mental health services, Dr Makgabo Manamela continued with her evidence on Monday at the Life Esidimeni inquest. The inquest is probing the deaths of 144 … Read more

Lucky Choice Shares New Single ‘I Need You’

Ukrainian DJ and music producer Lucky Choice has just shared his brand new single I Need You, a melodic synth-driven house cut out now via Solardish Records.    I am really enjoying the female vocals and how they give the song a dreamy, somewhat ethereal touch that is beautifully paired with a groovy, danceable beat … Read more

J. Graves and the pressure cooker release of ‘Mad’ (Official Video)

  “I need you / To know the truth / I need you / To know the truth…” I have had the pleasure of writing about, learning about J. Graves this past year, enough that I could hear a dramatic distinct difference with their track ‘Mad’. The track still possesses the signature sound that feels … Read more

FR3SH TrX & XEDM Share New Single ‘Taipeh’

German producer Sven Hessel a.k.a. FR3SH TrX has teamed up with Taiwanese newcomer DJ & producer XEDM to deliver a killer piece of Future/Bass House music called Taipeh.    What I like the most about this song is its euphoric, feel-good atmosphere and how it instantly gave me the urge to get up, close my … Read more

Jim and Sam and the burning haunting waltz of ‘House on Fire’ (Official Video)

  “the rooms in your house / pitch black and cold / the lights won’t turn on / you’ve tried every bulb / on the kitchen counter / there’s a rose bowl matchbook… The burning waltz of ‘House on Fire’ by Los Angeles folk singer-songwriters and husband and wife duo Jim and Sam is a … Read more

Family rejects official Iran findings on Amini death – lawyer | The Citizen

Lawyers for Mahsa Amini’s family have rejected an official Iranian medical report that found her death was not caused by beatings, they said in comments published on Thursday. Amini, 22, died on September 16, three days after falling into a coma following her arrest in Tehran by the morality police for allegedly breaching the Islamic … Read more

Von Venn Share New Single ‘Constant Girl’

Von Venn, the Dublin-based indie group, are back with their new single, ‘Constant Girl’. The single follows the highly-lauded previous release, ‘Ghost’ and will be part of the next LP, ‘Jeanie Is Out’. Gary Cox, the group leader, takes us on an unforgettable voyage for all the right reasons. He performs with great enthusiasm and … Read more