New Music From The Inbox – Monday Edition! (Sep 06, 2021): The Hawkins, It’s Karma It’s Cool, Forbid and SyBlayz, and more!

Every week, we’re sent dozens if not hundreds of promotional emails from agents, PR firms, and hopeful artists containing the latest releases from around the world. From the biggest superstars to the ambitious self-starters we comb through it all to highlight to you what we’ve been digging, the tunes that caught our eye, and the recommended selections that make the notifications worth it. This is New Music From The Inbox!

Artist: The Hawkins

Song: “Jim & Kate”

Album/EP: Aftermath

A bit of chugging, a touch of swing, and a generous dosage of high-octane garage rock come together in the explosive “Jim & Kate” from The Hawkins. It feels like a lot of ground is covered in this single as it rips from one theme to another in as much time as it takes to finish a verse: syncopated drums give way to muted strutting vocals transforming into dreamy bridges before tearing into scintillating riffs. Like I said, a lot happens and it all absolutely whips.


Artist: It’s Karma It’s Cool

Song: “Coffee Cup Circles”

Album/EP: Homesick For Our Future Destinations

Busily meandering guitars and propulsive drums shoulder reflective lyrics and a whimsical, steadily quavering vocal delivery in “Coffee Cup Circles”. The strength of It’s Karma It’s Cool’s riffs and ephemeral harmonies have the makings of an exciting crowd-pleasing morsel, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it anthem.


Artist: Forbid & SyBlayz

Song: “ZLAY”

Album/EP: Single

Thumping, acidic house with deep melodic bass from producer Forbid and varied, catchy rapping and singing from SyBlayz combines into an energetic and infectious single from the trans-Atlantic artistic partnership. There’s an intense confidence in this one that insists you head-bob along.


Artist: Permafrost

Song: “Restore Us”

Album/EP: Single

Gothic post-punk that slides just into the poppy-ish sonic niche that The Cure regularly occupies, Permafrost’s “Restore Us” makes great use of its reverb-heavy production style to get its point across. Slightly ominous vibes are swatted away by bright synths and optimistic vocals in this Norwegian-UK group’s call for unity.


Mathew Kahansky

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.

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