What’s Next KC Sessions is a new semi-annual compilation of up-and-coming Kansas City artists released by KC-based label, The Record Machine. Volume 1 contains live sessions recorded at Massive Sound Studios with Paul Malinowski.

One of the goals when we started The Record Machine was to create a home for the music we love and help it find its way to more listeners’ ears. What’s Next KC Sessions will feature new recordings revealing the raw talent of these young artists.

Playlist with all sessions


Volume 2


Y god y
Released july 28, 2018

Y god Y is a duo from Lawrence Kansas that formed in the summer of 2017. The project consists of producer Joel Martin and singer / multi-instrumentalist, Garrett Marsh. The two write, record and produce their music entirely on their own. Their sound maintains an electro pop feel with modern R&B influences.

1. All Day
2. Hey


Pageant Boys
Released July 28, 2018

On what was originally slated to be a short trip to Istanbul, Alex Sheppard started recording music with his girlfriend’s laptop and a bluetooth headphone mic. None of Sheppard’s previous musical efforts incorporated electronics in a major way; “It was born of necessity,” says Sheppard.  The songs are a sensual and almost effervescent approach that combine R&B elements with electronic and processed instrumentation.

1. Heaven or Hell
2. For A Moment


Instant Karma
Released July 28, 2018

Instant Karma! is a 4 piece psych/soul rock band from Kansas City, MO. Their influences range from The Black Keys to Syl Johnson to the Wu Tang Clan, if they all went out to the desert and dropped acid. They have been described as "a drug trip through the soul section of your local record store."

1. You Belong To Me
2. Everywhere I Go

Volume 1

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Jake Wells
Released May 18, 2018

Jake Wells is mellow and introspective, evoking an emotional maturity much deeper than his age would imply. He was recently named one of Spotify's Top 20 Viral Artists in the US.

1. Honestly/Girls
2. Spiral

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Chloe Jacobson
Released May 18, 2018

Chloe Jacobson is a singer-songwriter residing in Kansas City, MO. A frequent contributor to the KC music scene, her soulful, bluesy vocals are colored with the unique pop cadence of aughts-era emo.

1. Swan Song
2. Spain

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Belle & The Vertigo Waves

Belle and The Vertigo Waves is the sonic brainchild of Belle Loux. She resides in Kansas City, MO, and is slowly attempting world domination.


1. Verified
2. New York Letter