Best New Artists

L.A.’s Kat Leon have issued marching orders and a battle cry with Orphans, the lead single off of Holy Wars’ Orphans EP.
B O K E H has one of those voices the whole world could get behind, if they could only embrace that honesty often comes with a side of darkness. With stark lullaby production and a sing-songy way of belting out her dreary sadness, B O K E H has all the makings to be something really special.
Raye started making waves last summer when she was featured on tracks from Jonas Blue, Jax Jones and Charli XCX. But now a year later and she’s got a whole bunch of her own original music for us to pay attention to.
Nashville’s Bien are dragging Music City into the future, with glittery beats and emotional synthpop. Bands like Bien are performing a valuable service, making world class Indie Pop out of Music City that bears not a trace of Patsy Cline or Merle Haggard.
We wanted our August indie music playlist to portray that mixture of fun and the fear that comes with the most carefree season's end. It was no easy task. We hope you enjoy the thoughtfully layered motions of this playlist as much as we do.
Baynk comes straight out of New Zealand with some of the grooviest summer time bliss out tunes I’ve heard in a long while. Come Home, Baynk’s newest collaboration with Shallou, is bound to be on every single chill vibes playlist this side of 2018.
Starting off under the pseudonym Småland, Griffin Oskar took the internet by storm with a demo turned remix turned viral sensation. Before he even had any music mixed and mastered he had an EP deal signed, sealed, delivered to Republic Records.
London alt-singer/songwriter Freya Ridings is wise beyond her years, with a voice as warm and weathered as early Nina Simone and the primal, howling emotionality of Adele, minus the melodrama.
Frank Gamble isn’t a real name. It’s actually a band name. In fact, a wonderful future sexy-bass R&B production and singer duo from London. Frank Gamble make killer tunes and I’m very pleased to bring them to your attention.
Weslee’s lead single, Gassed got some momentum after being featured on the comedy series You’re The Worst. BBC DJ Mistajam and Radio 1 took an interest in their spartan, elegant beat-driven r&b/pop, naming Gassed the Hottest Record In The World.
New York musician, model, and fashionista Mallory Merk defies convention, doing things her own way in both music and fashion, RULING the game instead of playing it.
NLSN has got quite the emotive future-house tune on his hands and we are absolutely in love with the positive sense of emotions and endearing self-love laid all over this deep house track.
Every music blogger worth his weight in mediocrity is going to draw comparisons between Lou the Human and Eminem. This Staten Island rapper and producer deserves to stand on his own two feet.