Best New Artists
Isn't it possible to have smart, socially-aware music that still bangs and grooves? Kayo Genesis is here to tell you that it is, in fact, possible. The Palmdale, CA artist has been steadily rolling out singles with a social conscience but also a personal voice and perspective.
Square One is a subtle R&B groover with a message we can all relate to. Seriously, every single lyric is like a direct line into the universal subconscious. Kena’s voice, the real star here, stands out over a smoky, minimal beat that serves its purpose and totally gets out of the way.
It might seem like a song of the week would be a quick, dashed-off affair. Maine singer/songwriter Max Garcia Conover disproves that notion with Streetlights, a gorgeous slice of folkish Indie Pop. Streetlights was written over the span of several months, just getting off of a fall tour.