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After the amazing success of SZA’s multi-platinum album Ctrl, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) partners with RCA Records once again for the release of R&B sensation SiR’s new album Chasing Summer. The first single, “Hair Down” featuring TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar, will be available at all digital music providers on August 8. The release date and more information about Chasing Summer will be announced soon.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity my hard work has provided me,” states SiR. “I’m more than ready to share what my team and I have been working on, and we’re more than excited to see what the future holds.”

JACKNIFE Arrives on New Noise with Breakthrough Banger “Visions”

Encompassing hard-hitting bass stabs and dynamic twists and turns, Aussie producer JACKNIFE jumps right into it on his New Noise breakthrough banger “Visions.”

Born and raised in New South Wales, the Australian producer cut into international fame in 2018, catching the attention of Skrillex, Dj Snake, Zeds Dead, Malaa, K?D, 4B, and Dr. Fresch. Since his past career of being a professional surfer, JACKNIFE, also known as Jack Duggan, has traded his surfboard in for a DJ rig and has since developed a unique blend of dark, underground mid-tempo electro house music. Embodying the persona of a blade, delicate yet diligent, the Australian native is the next producer to keep an eye on as he makes his way to Dim Mak. This November, JACKNIFE is set to perform at Our:House Festival in New Zealand where he’ll showcase his hard-hitting tracklist live for an eager audience.

The Evening // 90’s Neon Vibes – “Obsession”

Created in 2018 as a studio project, The Evening quickly blossomed into a full-blown band with singles and cameos charting on Billboards hot singles charts. With many more singles to come, The Evening has a whole new album on the horizon that will surprise and mystify listeners.

Phourist & the Photons – ‘We’re All Born Screaming’ LP

“For me, songs are like a musical exorcism—they come out screaming and I interpret them later on,” says Nick Phourist, of the Louisville, Kentucky-based quartet Phourist and the Photons. The band’s aptly-titled latest, We’re All Born Screaming, offers forth a viscerally distilled edition of the group’s stately and tuneful indie-rock allowing for maximum cathartic impact.

It’s no surprise Nick is cagey about the meaning of his songs, preferring the listener to have his or her own interpretations. Yet, he does acknowledge that a death in his family last year played a big role in the album’s creation. He also cites existential angst, and day-in-life struggles as artistic fodder.

VERSUS ME Release Official Music Video for “Far Behind”

Wisconsin based Metalcore band VERSUS ME has released the official music video for “Far Behind,” the first single off of their upcoming LP, CONTINUOUS, due out 9/13/2019.

Jom Comyn – Listen/Watch – “Chapel of Chimes”

Don Zimmermon, “Chapel of Chimes” video director:
Jom and his band learned and played every take backwards. When I reversed the backwards footage, it created this disjointed, slightly off-tempo rendition of the song – a quality that reminds me of the fractured recalling of old, distorted memories. The blurriness of a lot of the images and the intentionally out-of-focus foregrounds are nods to the insignificant yet poignant moments you hold onto. A lot of details are fuzzy, others are sharp. Sometimes the things you remember clearest seem to serve no purpose at all. Why can’t I remember that person’s face? I can remember those power lines so well.

Sabino, The One and Only Sab-Hop Exponent Released The Official Video For “Tu”

The new rapper and main exponent of the Mexican #SabHop movement, Sabino, presented the official video for his latest single “Tú”, a track that explores love and describes feelings towards an idyllic character, confirming the existence of intense and pure love.

The endearing video for “Tú”, follows a couple and their simple acts of love being with one another that from the outside look like every day commonalities but root from a deep sense of comfortability with each other. With “Tú”, the Tapatío (Guadalajara native) rapper and musician continues to demonstrate his quickly increasing capacity as an artist, reaching already over a million views and streams on digital platforms in only three weeks since its release. This new video was directed by previous collaborator Jos, for the production house “El Chiste es Hacer” in his home city of Guadalajara.

KNAAVES: BrooklynVegan Premieres New Track From Metallic Hardcore Unit

“It’s the kind of dark, heavy hardcore that should appeal to fans of Converge and Integrity, and KNAAVES do a good job of putting their own twist on this sound, especially thanks to Andy Parmann’s and Amanda Daniels’ piercing dual vocals.” — BrooklynVegan

Kayla Diamond – New Single, New EP – ‘Next X’

Dirty Laundry is a dark pop record that hums and buzzes as it propels one to dance. “My last album was more upbeat pop, more major chords. Happier and depressing. This one is more attitude. Kind of like ‘I miss you but fuck you,'” Diamond says with a laugh.


GospelbeacH is back with a set of great new songs. Let It Burn is the follow up to their acclaimed 2017 album Another Summer of Love (Shindig! magazine Record of the Year 2017) and the third proper studio album by the infamous Los Angeles rock combo. It features the return of virtuoso guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood). Let It Burn is an album of West Coast rock and roll, redemption and guitar solos!

Nordic pop singer Johanna Kuvaja presents debut upbeat single ‘Shower’

Bringing summer vibes, today I present you ‘Shower’, the debut solo offering from Nordic pop singer JOHANNA KUVAJA. Hailing from Tampere, Finland, this track was inspired by a long-distance relationship with an Australian lover, composed during the peak of their relationship. Jammerzine calls this “a cheeky song”, noting that it “makes the energy behind the song all so much more enticing. With sensual innuendo combined with a musical conviction Baby Spice style, Johanna sells the subject with a smirk and a wink in the eye and power in the voice”.

First Listen: Johanna Kuvaja – Shower

Communicant Release First Single And Official Music Video “Spotlight”

“Spotlight” fuses the group’s playful mix of trippy electronics, R&B and pop and debuts the multi-instrumental, multi-tasking talents of Dylan Gardner, leader and brainchild of Communicant. The hotly-tipped, psych-pop trio who bridge the gap between 60’s psychedelia and R&B-tinged indie pop will release their self-titled debut LP on October 25, 2019.

Odyssey S makes a melodic and impactful introduction with ‘Even When We Let Go’

A single marked by a sweet and emotive charm, ‘Even When We Let It Go’ from Melbourne indie-pop artist Odyssey S makes for a strong introduction to this young, non-binary artist. Demonstrating great pop sensibilities and writing knack, Odyssey S strikes at the heart with melodic depth.

A song as much about personal growth as it is about finding the right person to build a relationship with, ‘Even When We Let It Go’ is endearing and with Odyssey S taking charge with a vocal reminiscent to Ruel, Cub Sport and Dean Lewis, the listener is enveloped instantly by warm sonic texture and tone.