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ICYMI: Abiyah releases contemplative, synth driven single “Mirror Flower”

ICYMI: Cincinnati, Ohio-based songstress Abiyah followed up her February 2019 release of her genre-blending single with Ceschi Ramos, ‘Champion Plaque’, with the release of her latest single, ‘Mirror Flower,’ which is available via Bandcamp, as well as digital streaming providers. On this outing, Abiyah lyrically explores some of her inner emotional contemplations and how to navigate them on a journey to strength, self-empowerment, and happiness, backed by synth-driven melodies produced by electronic musician Warren Harrison. In both its thematic lyrical content and flowing vibed-out music, somewhat reminiscent of UK trip hop group Massive Attack, ‘Mirror Flower’ is highly relatable with strong crossover potential.

Little Wings New Acoustic Album and Live Music Video

Little Wings is the project of Kyle Field, a living legend in the indie music world. Today he premiered a new acoustic video for “Paradise”. In addition comes the announcement of a brand new album, “Rosy’s Own”. As a celebrated musician and painter for a mystic “outsider” style of art, Kyle infuses a magical and surreal quality to everything he touches. The magic continues…

The City of Scottsdale & Molina’s Fine Jewelers Sponsors Jazz Day AZ 2020 Festival (revised)

After four years of planning, Mayor Jim Lane and the Scottsdale City Council has approved funds to host International Jazz Day AZ Foundation (IJDAZF), directed by William “Doc” Jones, as the official Scottsdale Jazz Day Festival celebration. The festival will take place on Saturday April 4th, 2020 noon to 6:00 PM at the beautiful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Fountain Stage.

Scottsdale is excited to have as its first Honorary Chair, Mr. Barry Goldwater Jr. and Alfredo J. Molina of Molina’s Fine Jewelers, Chairman of the Board of the Scottsdale Jazz Festival. Enrique Melendez, Executive Director, of the Consular Corps of Arizona will act as liaison for IJDAZF, and has joined the Scottsdale Jazz Festival Board of Directors.


3x GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper Roddy Ricch is dominating the charts as he currently holds the number one song and number one album in the country. This is his first number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart now that the “The Box” rose from number three on the January 11th chart. “The Box” also ascended to number one on Hot Rap Songs and races 13-3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Wettworker Releases New Single ‘Are You Okay (ft. Cubbiebear)’

Christoph Leon will wake you up through an “angsty experimental punk-infused science-fiction hip-hop” as he defines his music. Through its fictional alter-ego Wettworker, an artist name that carries very personal meanings, he embodies a deep metaphor and a critic about the current state of hip-hop music and its reflection into pop culture.

In his upcoming album The Legend of the Thugeater, experimentation goes hand in hand with his deep knowledge of a wide spectrum of music genres from punk to metal to reggae to dub to rap that mixed with his skills as producer generates different sounds sometimes groovy, sometimes dark and heavy.

Claude VonStroke announces album ‘Freaks & Beaks’ alongside double-single release

With 2020 marking the 15-year anniversary of his label DIRTYBIRD, dance music mogul Claude VonStroke today announces the release of his fourth album, Freaks & Beaks, out 21st February.

Two tracks from the album, the fluttering ‘Youngblood’ featuring West Coast DJ Wyatt Marshall and floor-filling ‘All My People In The House’, have been released as a double-single alongside the album announcement today. Freaks & Beaks illustrates the very best of both the label and VonStroke’s undeniable musical talents across its eleven tracks. Underpinned by frenetic bass and pumping kick drums, the album takes in everything from tech house and minimal, to left-field techno and deep house – a triumphant celebration of that trademark DIRTYBIRD sound.

Big Gigantic announces new studio album ‘Free Your Mind’ with single ‘Burning Love’ feat. Kidepo

Colorado-based duo Big Gigantic make a triumphant return with their enduring new single “Burning Love” feat. Kidepo, an upbeat love song that draws upon their energetic disposition driven by colorful synth work focusing on themes of sentiment and happiness. With the fresh release comes their first studio album in 3 years Free Your Mind set to release February 28th via Counter Records.

Rooted in an emotional palette of sounds, “Burning Love” feat. Kidepo accentuates Kidepo’s soaring vocals making for a timeless anthem. The young Ugandan singer exerts soulful melodies onto the track that pairs with blissful keys and a generous dose of grooving saxophone.

Sanuk Collaborates with Music Producer Rick Rubin on Men’s Footwear Collection

Sanuk, a division of Deckers Brands, today announced a collaboration with music producer Rick Rubin. Rubin, a longtime fan who has worn Sanuk shoes almost exclusively for over a decade, recently joined forces with the brand to co-create a remixed version of their classic slip-on Sidewalk Surfer style. The Rick Rubin collaboration, to be released under the name AUM, will be available exclusively on Sanuk.com beginning January 14.

YAKIMA share woozy ode to quitting cigarettes “It Helped”

Glasgow quartet Yakima have been steadily developing their sound through the release of a handful of ltd single releases and are now finally ready to bring their debut EP “Go Virtually” into the world. In their relatively short gestation period, they’ve shared bills with the likes of Swimming Tapes, Pottery, and played the first ever YALA! Records night to be held in Glasgow. Today, they share lead single “It Helped” which is premiering at CLASH here. They say; “Latest track ‘It Helped’, with its lo-fi instrumentation and hazy vibrations, uses warm yet wistful melodies to explore the angst of fighting addiction.”