Stop talking about the weather! Weve got a new topic of conversation for the water cooler. Wherever you are, whatever youre doing; stop. Log on to a chat room, pull out that phone or simply yell from your bedroom window. Whatever it takes to get the word out. These new artists are funky and fresh and will probably soundtrack Laneway 2018.
After a bit of Soundcloud surfing weve think weve come up with five new artists, that have quite the knack for crafting great songs.
South London singer RAYE has been releasing music on Soundcloud for a year now but Tell Me has to be her most immediately accessible work to date. Shes produced the song with Blood Diamonds, the LA producer whos worked with Grimes, and its an airy, glitchy pop song with really weighty, soulful vocals.
Shes only 17 but it sounds like shes had a world of experience and thats probably because she has. Shes been singing since she was 10 and bumping tunes by jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Expect to hear a lot more from RAYE over the next 12 months.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/arayeofcolours/tell-me[/soundcloud]
All The Rest Is Noise
Formation are two young brothers from South London who are making club-tinged, groove-built tracks that slip right into the ears on the first listen. Zane Lowe debuted The Rest Is Noise on Beats 1 and its a confident, crisply produced track poised to win the duo plenty of new fans. They have a definite LCD Soundsystem vibe to them but the vocals are a little more polished than James Murphys making it just that little bit more soulful.
All The Rest Is Noise is taken from their Under The Tracks EP which is due out 13th November. It sees them team up with house legend Leon Vynehall and if All The Rest Is Noise is anything to go by its going to be one for the dance floor.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/formationmusic/all-the-rest-is-noise[/soundcloud]
Howl is 19 year old Geelong producer James Moriarty whose dense, atmospheric productions are drawing comparisons to producers like Porter Robinson and Hudson Mohawke. Hes racked up over 5,000 followers on Soundcloud with stirring remixes of BANKS, Lana Del Rey and Clams Casino but his latest original Im Gone is his most accomplished production to date.
The songs grows in a wave of hearty synths before taking a lift turn at the drop into something a little more trap-inspired. He slows things down for the mind-blowing finale which sees all the elements come together like the dying moments of a Porter Robinson set if ever youve seen one. The track is free to download so get stuck in.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/howlfinna/imgone[/soundcloud]
Cool Kids (DFWU)
midnight is a singer from Rochester in the US whos married electronica with R&B on his excellent new EP XII Labors. Cool Kids is taken from that set and its been produced by Obey City whos the man behind Kelelas latest jam Rewind. Cool Kids doesnt share many similarities with that Kelela cut, however, taking a darker, heavier root with industrial beats and crystalline synth work.
midnights vocal is feather-light in the best way, using his upper-register to give the song an alluring effortlessness. He find the perfect melody within the hard-hitting beat, softening things up a bit while still bringing the attitude - You dont wanna fuck with me, he sings.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/itsmdnt/cool-kids-dfwu-prod-obey-city[/soundcloud]
GRRL pal is producer Danny K and vocalist Jay Ke Kat who have come together in the aid of making quaint, intimate bedroom pop songs. Theyve collected a pretty impressive back catalogue over the past year and theyre continuing this streak with their latest jam Suggest. Suggest is probably the cutest song youre going to hear all week. It has this really gentle quality to it coupled with lyrics like, tell me that tonight is the night. It feels like its full of first date jitters which also happens to translate into a really sweet melody.
This year GRRL pal have played Listen Out and BIGSOUND charming the pants off everybody. If they keep churning out tracks like this 2016 is likely to be an even bigger year for them.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/grrl-pal/suggest-1[/soundcloud]
Bring It Down
Born in South Africa but now residing in London, Gina Kushka is making electro-tinged pop poised to take on the mainstream. Shes working with Jay Weathers who has produced for Wiley in the past but hes detouring slightly from hip-hop for his work with Kushka.
Bring Me Down is one of two bangers they have released together and its a mammoth pop song. Kushkas voice is slightly reminiscent of Ellie Goulding although she does give a little bit more aggression that Goulding usually would on the bridge. As far as were concerned this track is a smash - get on board radio and take it to the top.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/ginakushka/gina-kushka-bring-it-down-prod-jay-weathers[/soundcloud]