19 year old Pablo Muńoz struck gold with a song called Everytime off his first EP Roy Pablo. His song only got a few thousand views at first but got 30,000 views because it was posted to reddit page r/listentothis. After that a YouTube algorithm put his music video in everyone’s recommended list and the rest is history as his track shot up to a million views in over a month.
Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust combine as Soft Hair to release their self titled EP. Once mortal enemies after both Connan and Sam’s bands were accused of stealing a very expensive fiberglass pig from a mansion party they both were booked to perform at. Fights ensued and it was later found out that Connan’s bassist was the culprit and he was fired on the spot.
Vancouver band Winona Forever is one of my favorite discoveries of this year. With two EP’s under their belt and a new EP on the way, “Heads Or Tails” is Proving to be their strongest single yet. With jazzy horns, a groovy bass line and some of the best drumming I’ve heard from an indie band in a while. Winona Forever is rising fast.
Sean Nicholas Savage is Canadian singer by way of Arbutus Records and is one of my greatest discoveries since diving deep into the indie scene. His voice has so much character to it. Even after listening to him a few times, every song is full of sophisticated energy. And with six projects under his belt your sure to find the right vibe for the occasion.
Where do I start? Nick Hakim’s soulful voice hit me like a truck. So
much so that I remember where I was when I first heard him. I was
trying Japanese shaved ice for the first time (Not a fan) and this
song was playing in the store. Me being a music nut I got up out of my
seat and politely demanded the name of the song. I immediately put it
into my playlist and had it on repeat for days.
This is Jerry Paper. His unique style of indie synth pop is something I can only describe as “Toy Box Music”. The aesthetic is very lo-fi and minimalistic with child like instrumentals that could brighten any mood. His happy go lucky style brings out your inner child as he sings with an awkwardness you can’t help but love.
Tommy Paxton-Bexley AKA Toronto artist River Tiber has been making waves since early 2013. After growing up studying music and playing multiple instruments as a child he began to show his talents not only as a producer but as an vocalist as well. Let You Go blends electronic R&B with downtempo and lo-fi for a chilling blend of late night vibes...
Sebastian Carandang is the Asian American artist known as Yeek. With less than $1000 in his bank account he packed his car and set out from Florida to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a musician. Now on his second EP Sebastian he’s found his rhythm. Mixing electronic, hip hop and indie music in refreshing way...
Let’s talk about Steve Lacy. California native, guitarist for the the Grammy nominated band the internet and now solo sensation. After honing his skills working on the Internet album Ego Death He dropped his first solo EP Steve Lacy’s Demo.
Zack Villere first caught my attention with his video for his song cool. A wonky electronic jam about feeling uncool. Zack paints the relatable picture of not being comfortable in your own skin and the self acceptance of owning yourself. Not only is the song super catchy but the video is the most awkward thing I’ve seen all year...
With spring break right around the corner I feel obligated to give you all an appropriate song for the week. Today I have The Drums - BloodUnder My Belt. A sun filled track filled with with your typical breakup lyrics.
Let’s talk about the Toronto based band Badbadnotgood. You’ve definitely heard them even if you didn’t realize it. They’ve worked with pretty much every big name artist. Kaytranada, Tyler The Creator, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis and even the Wu Tang Clan. These four Toronto boys have been busy pretty much since 2012 as they gained popularity being the go to guys when it comes to authentic jazz or R&B...
When I first discovered this song I was blown away. With me recently getting into the indie scene I had a lot of ground to cover. This song always stood out to me and set a standard of creativity in the genre that I look for in other artists. This jazzy Lo-Fi electronic fusion was an undeniably great mix. Which was why Homeshake chose this as the lead single for his album Fresh Air.
I’m back with more UK goodness this week with Jorja Smith & Preditah. On my mind is a groovy club track track with enough groove to make you move your feet.
The UK is is stacked with musical talent. So much so that I believe they have America beat in almost every genre. The next wave of great young artists will be mostly be from the UK. I could go down the list but I want to save some of these artists for future posts.
Daniel Caesar broke onto the mainstream scene with his breakout hit Get You. But for some including myself the song Violet. Now I’m not going to pretend that I knew Daniel Caesar before everyone else. Violet was one of those songs that I stumbled upon and enjoyed but never payed attention to who the artist was. Two years later I put the pieces together and realized this was not an artist to overlook.
If anyone was around for the Spooky Black era you’ve see how far this kid has come. He went viral with his hit song Without You at 16 years old. At the time we haven’t seen a kid look like him and sing like that in a while. He was our special little gem. Unfortunately he disappeared not too long after that...
I don’t know why I like this song. Maybe it feeds into my inner need to have haters. Everyone likes me to my knowledge. Or maybe I’m exactly the demographic for this song. People who are unapologetically themselves without thinking who they are annoying. I’d like to think I have the self awareness to know when I’m being an ass but based on my lack of knowledge of who hates me I’m probably wrong..
There are certain songs that define a genre. When people think of the short lived chillwave genre people think of Washed out - Feel it all around.
Kaytranada's At All was my first introduction to the future bass genre and the first time a genuinely enjoyed house music. This song singlehandedly made Kaytranada a cult favorite and a one of the OG's of the future bass genre. Everyone wanted to be Kaytra, everyone had a house song but nobody had that Kaytranada flair. His swing and basslines were unmatched and those classic Kaytra synths couldn't be replicated.