So much music from established artists comes our way each day that it’s easy to get distracted from the vast amount of gold that’s being churned out by new artists. This is a collection of eight songs that are brilliant in their own right but also introduced us to the artist and mark them as ones to watch in 2015.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/onlygirlmusic/remains-1[/soundcloud]
London singer-songwriter Ellen Murphy, going by the name of Only Girl, has a pretty interesting story behind this track Remains. As she told The Fader, it was written after her boyfriend had spent two years recovering from a brain injury. It’s about getting back to her old self and learning to love her boyfriend again and as such it has this beautiful feeling of regrowth to it. It’s like London Grammar have been taken to church, with the stunning lyric “I will rebuild this heart, with what remains of me.” Her voice coupled with those lyrics hit you right in the heart, exactly where it should.
Can’t Give A Fuck
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Kranium is a New York-based, Jamaican-born reggae-dancehall artist who has been gaining momentum in the US this year. In January he signed a major label deal with Atlantic Records and last month Ty Dolla $ign jumped on his single Nobody Has To Know. He has arrived at exactly the right time with Popcaan making waves stateside and Rihanna looking for dancehall artists to work with. Can’t Give A Fuck is his latest drop and it’s a breezy, easy tune with an effortless flow.
Pray For Me
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/espamusic/pray-for-me[/soundcloud]
London-based Espa. has been popping songs on her Souncloud for the better part of a year but she’s really struck gold with this latest one. Pray For Me treads a careful line between kooky pop and throwback RnB stringing us along for the stellar chorus which shimmers. Her voice carries some serious wait but it’s also textured enough to some sweetness to her runs. It’s as if BANKS has come out of the darkness and re-emerged wearing crystals.
Just Like Honey
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Sydney has its fair-share of happy-go-lucky alt-bands but it has a dark, underbelly that is often unexplored musically. Thank goodness for four-piece NOIRE who are crafting haunting, brooding tunes that sounds so far away from a soundtrack-to-summer song. The Just Like Honey basically describes the song with a simile that’s hard to beat. It’s rich and smooth but also steeped in black and white tones which make it dark but also classy.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/vvvigilantes/elasticity-1[/soundcloud]
As soon as you hear a song has live saxophone on it, you press play straight away, no questions asked. That’s exactly how we hooked onto Elasticity by Sydney duo Angela and David who go under the moniker of Vigilantes. Elasticity is born from ‘80s pop but it still manages to sound completely current with RnB undertones finding their way into the melody. That saxophone solo we were talking about comes in at the end and elevates the track to another level, one that could define the festival season if Vigilantes play their cards right.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/rytmeklubben/girlfriend[/soundcloud]
A Norwegian four-man producer-club Rytmeklubben may confuse you a bit but don’t let that put you off this track Girlfriend. Rytmeklubben consists of producers Henrik The Artist, Hi Tom, Torjus and DJ Karaoke who have all come together for a collaborative EP which will feature this track and their own solo tracks. Girlfriend is a saccharine, pop-drenched club track which follows closely in the footsteps of PC Music. It’s so sweet and full of melody that it’s hard to believe that it came out of a country that spends basically six months of the year without sun. Whatever the climate of their country suggests, the climate of this song is hot, hot, hot.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/foolsgoldrecs/bosco-seventh?in=foolsgoldrecs/sets/bosco-boy[/soundcloud]
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, allow us to let you know that the electronica/RnB crossover genre is hot right now (heck, even Daniel Johns is doing it), but only a few are really nailing it. Here’s one of those arists that’s really nailing it - Atlanta-based singer BOSCO. She’s just realised her BOY via risk-takers Fool’s Gold Records and it’s a refined, daring collection of songs which established her as a real force to be reckoned with. Seventh is one of the finest songs from that collection. It’s a breathy, slow-burner that draws comparisons to FKA twigs and Kelela yet still manages to portray her as an artist in her own right.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/mr-jacob/grace[/soundcloud]
We’ve become overly used to hearing soulful electronic songs but none like this. London-based singer Jacob Banks’ voice goes deeper than that. He channels Muddy Waters territory (the singer, not the terrain) as he grunts over an organic instrumental that adopts beats in the second verse. It may take you a few listens to get your head around it but once you do it’s rewarding. It feels like there’s a real density to the track and at the same time it’s a spiritual listen.
Here are all the songs in a handy Soundcloud playlist: