Best New Artists
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.
Playing up to his mixed heritage of Japanese and Mexican roots, Chicago-based hip-hop artist Towkio can spit rhymes with the best of them. Ready to trend upward, Towkio is really a rapper to look at. Don't be surprised if you hear more about this artist in the near future.