Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year, as We Are: The Guard never takes a holiday when it comes to music, but the spirit of celebration is away shinning through. For your consideration is one called The Last Song I Ever Wrote U by the increasingly-popular singer-producer, Mija.
Dance music gets introspective and glowing on Maybes, by San Jose’s Giraffage, starring Japanese Breakfast.
One Thing will make you want to remain rooted in the present. You won’t want to check out and miss a single catchy keyboard hook or memorable sugary vocals. One Thing might be considered digital dancehall glitch hop, as San Holo turns in a dancehall beat similar to the reggae mutations of recent Drake or Rihanna.
Gordo’s Sad Hot Girls is a lo-fi post-wave indie bliss-out tune unlike anything we at We Are the Guard have heard in far too many years. Sad Hot Girls has that chill-stoned-on-the-beach sound but also twinges of psychedelic distortion, plus a modernized pop sensibility.
The chill future vibes from Paratone and the otherworldly vocal chops from Norweigan singer/songwriter Katrine Stenbekk make for two artists worth their weight in internet gold. They're about to POP like a champagne cork on a surprise birthday party on New Year's Eve.
Though it might be wintertime down under, Flight Facilities proves it is constantly a red-hot summer in their home of Australia. Arty Boy meshes uplifting house beats with Louise’s voice, which is well-versed in the indie pop genre.
Los Angeles-based electronic artist Jennifer Lee, better known by her stage pseudonym TOKiMONSTA, has spent the better part of the decade establishing herself as the top musical act in a thriving genre, and with her newest single featuring the sweet vocals of Yuna, Don’t Call Me is set to continue that trend.