Producer/Songwriter Christian Berishaj aka JMSN has been on my radar for as long as I’ve been digging for music. Since I discovered his music in 2012 he’s dropped multiple projects and all of them deliver.
Australian producers Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell come together as the electronic music duo Flight Facilities.
Their first original song just happened to be what pushed them in to the lime light. Crave you, written and performed by Giselle Rosselli. Crave you is a poppy house track about being interested in someone who doesn’t know you exist.
Lips is a girl with giant lips for a head.
New Zealand born and Brooklyn raised Stephanie Brown performs under a mask of bright red lips. Her mysterious wardrobe keeps the focus away from her looks and back to what’s important, the music.
New York Native Aaron Maine dropped his his third project “The House” Under his PORCHES monicker. His downtempo synthpop style is great for rainy nights and long introspective walks.
19 year old Boston native Clair Cottrill burst into the scene last year with her DIY music video for “pretty girl” ever since then she’s been hailed the queen of Lo-Fi bedroom pop.
This song includes two people previously introduced on my playlist. Which I try my hardest not to do for the sake of variety. But sometimes rules are meant to be broken. The reason both of these artists are back is because of their exceptional bodies of work. Every project released by them have equally resonated with me in some way or another.
20 Year old Mac Ayres exploded quickly with his first EP “Drive Slow”. As a kid from Sea Cliff, NY. He moved to Boston to attend the Berkeley College of Music. Being around so many different artists allowed him to explore different styles until he found the grove for his EP.
Matthew Tavares or Matty as he’s known by friends and family is the keyboardist of BadBadNotGood who has taken time away from touring to work on a solo project. Fear not, he’s very much still apart of the band and his colleges support him 100%. With the blessings of his bandmates and a temporary leave of absence Matthew had time to work on his first solo EP Déjàvu as Matty.
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...