What a year it’s turning out to be for Kidsmoke! The Welsch band are preparing for their debut LP after a successful US debut at South by Southwest, which caught the attention of Austin label Big Indie. They teamed up with EARMILK earlier this week to share their first single for the label, the driving, dream pop gem “She Takes You Under”.

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The latest export from New Zealand is coming to us by way of Auckland band Miss June. Described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre,” the four-piece harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of front-person Annabel Liddel, guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett.

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On August 23, Merge Records will release the much-anticipated Redd Kross LP Beyond the Door. Redd Kross have shared Beyond the Door release details as well the title track which premiered at Stereogum and is available on all streaming platforms. Beyond the Door can be pre-ordered now on CD, digitally, and on limited-edition opaque purple Peak Vinyl in the Merge store.

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Norwegian punks The Modern Times have shared their trippy animated video for new single Am I Losing Touch at Clash Magazine. Coming on with the propulsive energy of Parquet Courts, the sharp-as-a-tack nous of Gang of Four, and the effervescent spirit of The Hives, Am I Losing Touch is a hybrid of jangly and jagged post-punk, snotty punk rock and garage-infused power pop. The accompanying animated video was painstakingly put together by the band, taking 1 hour to complete each second.

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Following the success of the international talent search, Global Remix Battle Powered by PMC Speakers, the team behind the event is launching a second edition, which will run from 30th May to 12th September 2019. One lucky individual will win a pair of PMC result6 nearfield monitors as well as a management contract and mentorship from Afrojack.

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Wharfedale’s D300 series of loudspeakers were pretty amazing for the price anyway, in fact, when we reviewed the Wharfedale D320 standmounters, we liked them so much, they got our ‘Outstanding Product Award’ and both Harry and Stuart bought a pair!

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M2Tech has revealed the new Marley MkII Headphone Amplifier, designed, says the Italian company, “to take the intimacy of headphones listening to new heights of pure pleasure”.

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Elite Audio have added another international Hifi brand to their UK distribution portfolio,  Manley Laboratories, who are well known for their vacuum tube Hifi equipment and pro studio gear.

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Swim Deep herald their return today having been Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio One last night –  sharing To Feel Good and announcing details of their new album Emerald Classics, on their newly formed label imprint Pop Committee through Cooking Vinyl on October 4th, 2019 across all formats.

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San Francisco-based Air Apparent has released his latest single, “Do I Forget”, via Ground Sounds. Praising its “smooth, slick” songwriting, writer Jake Craney hailed that “it’s time to add Air Apparent to the list of great artists like Lauv or Troye Sivan.”

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Texas-based synth-pop duo Secrecies premiered “Life We Live,” the soaring opener to their upcoming self-titled album, via GroundSounds and Vents Magazine.

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Moon Panda, the moniker under which the duo of Californian songwriter Maddy Myers and Danish guitarist Gustav Moltke collaborate – have revealed a bewitching video to accompany their latest single ‘Gun’ which was released at the end of 2018. They have also announced a free show in London at The Old Blue Last on August 1st with support from White Flowers and Auld.

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Arliston have revealed a stop-motion animated video for their new self-produced track ‘Loud’. The style has been described by The 405 as “Ray Harryhausen meets Robot Chicken” who also said, “the mixture of serene landscapes and stop-motion monsters is tons of fun and demonstrates the trio’s charismatic charm.”

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V-MODA has introduced new customisation options for their Crossfade range of headphones. You can choose from the new collection of multicolored designs, or opt for their ‘concierge service’ to have your own design specially made for you.

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Acoustic Energy have announced the launch of the AE308, an all-new active subwoofer, featuring DSP modes.

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Cyrus Audio Ltd has completed a wide-ranging commercial agreement with SMS – Smart Made Simple, a Nottingham-based, Electronics Manufacturing Service Provider with 100 years of experience producing high-end electronics for a variety of global Original Equipment Manufacturing brands.

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Focal has introduced Astral 16, a multiroom audio-video processor and amplifier, the result of a collaboration with Immersive Audio Technologies, a French specialist in ultra high-end electronics.

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Ian Ringstead reports from the Munich High End Show and mentions a few things that caught his eye and ear. More »

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