CURATOR DUFFSTER'S 8 EMERGING CANDY PICKS - WEEK 21
It's tough to get away from the whole Beyonce & Jay Z circus show that rolled out this week, huh? Have you seen the latest OTT video to promote their forthcoming tour? Jesus wept. With the temperatures rising quicker than a Solange scissor kick, we've filtered through a wealth of new music to highlight some of our favourite Emerging Candy. Artwork by Rudy-Jan Faber.
This week's picks include debuts from Young Rising Sons + OKRAA, with new clips from MØ, Sea Change & a scorcher from Soldier's Heart!
MØ - SLOW LOVE
Can we tag MØ as "emerging," perhaps not? Well, not in terms of the blogosphere, for sure she's done the hard graft here & we've been with her (like many) through that progression. I've just had the pleasure of wrapping my ears around this tomboy's 22-track deluxe debut album, No Mythologies To Follow - show me a better pop album this year! Swerve that hype from Iggy, Lily & co, MØ is in a class of her own. Here we have the delicious Dane's latest visual clip, one that shows her diversity so sweetly.
YOUNG RISING SONS - HIGH
Young Rising Sons are a New Jersey band that you should get familiar with. The four piece have been drumming up a growing fanbase with their gigs, support slots and a name change (formerly Glory Days). Now it's time to take over the blogosphere & beyond with this infectious debut, "High." It feels radio-ready & potentially a chart hit for them -- think American Authors and the rapid rise they had. They're also 1/4 Dylan Scott, who co-wrote & produced that superb debut, "Ghost" from Hasley, that we raved about not so long ago.
ZELLA DAY - 1965 (IYES REFIX)
Zella Day is killing it at present. Her breakthrough came about in March with "Sweet Ophelia," and she's powered on since that release (picked up 16k organic new listeners via LastFM in past 6 weeks too), rightly so. "1965" remains a favourite of mine this year. So good to see IYES drop their refix version for that track, loving it... YUP.
SOLDIER'S HEART - NEW HOUSIE
Belgium's Solider's Heart provide a mesmerizing new visual for the airy "Bridges" track, which leaves us fixated on the dream-poppers lead Bille Kruesch's presence & her hold over us. I say dreamy, but there is much more depth and edge about Solider's Heart than your average run of the mlll outfit. Classy.
LAURA JAE - LET GO
The ladies are absolutely killing it this year, no doubt about it. That does mean breaking through the waves is extremely difficult though, moreso in London, literally bursting with talent. So what is different about Laura? That voice for starters, one that doesn't rely on a cacophony of noise to deliver. LJ carves a minimalistic vibe that weaves somewhere between Hannah Reid & The xx feel, well without being just… another, y'know.
MARLENE - INDIAN SUMMER
You guys are melting in LA, right? Is that unusual? Probably not. Though Bob Lefsetz claims it is for this time of the year, and he knows everything that's anything. I say y'all (Bob inc..) cool yourselves down with Marlene's latest & arguably best offering to date, the aptly named and stunning "Indian Summer."
SEA CHANGE - BRIDGES
It's been a joy for us to watch Sea Change emerge over the past eight months. She's akin to the very nature of these Emerging Candy musings. We highlighted Ellen last year with the debut "Bursting," and noted how her lo-fi talent would sweep the net. Every other blog worth your ears is all over the Norwegian's fetching work. We're loving her new pastel imbued visual for "Bridges." Neat, huh? Album to follow.
OKRAA - HEALING
OKRAA is Columbian musician Juan Carlos Torres Alonso, after recently working with Glasgow's rising producer, Turtle, he's released his debut, "Healing." The latest forward-thinking musician fuses his electronic style with those Columbian roots and it works a treat. There's a Wadelake rework that dropped with the debut - worth checking that stripped back chilled version too & look out for the Dreamachine EP.
See ya next week. Keep it Bitcandy!
Robert Duffy is a Horticulturist. When he's not explaining a Dahlia from a Digitalis, you'll find him pursuing his passion - cultivating new music. He has a moral obligation to share great music, be that to various social platforms, the blogosphere or a random tree.