Linus Hablot – Just Call

It’s been a while since we have discovered an artist of this kind of level. His track “Just Call” gives me Tom Misch vibes when we first found his tracks online. Linus who’s based in Singapore has been busy in US to produce new music. (Bandwagon, 2016) His first EP “Coming Down” was released last year with our favorite track “Gone”. Just Call is a more upbeat track showing us how promising this act would be. He’s one of the New Kids on the Block to watch this year. Follow my playlist to see more of our picks.

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Khalid – American Teen

18 yr old Khalid was featured on pigeonsandplanes.com on their Daily Discovery feed. He describes his own music as mood music, but he doesn’t like to stick to a genre. Of all the tracks he released so far, this one hits the gold for me. American Teen has this really great intro especially when the instrumentals start going around 5 seconds of the tune. Took me just one listen to get addicted to this track with its good vibes. Just like the last track I featured “Noah Kahan’s Young Blood”, Khalid’s lyrics also feature personal experiences in his youth. Cheers to this guy making it big with this track!

Louis the Child – Love is Alive

Billboard.com describes “Love is Alive” as a soft and soothing with rolling bass and hefty though sparring drums song. I couldn’t agree more! This song just takes you back to those sunny road trips  with your friends. Elohim joined the whole process writing and collaborating as well. One of my friends introduced her music to me last week. It’s always awesome when acts collaborate with potential future acts. Most end up with awesome hits, like music babies.

Love is Alive based on their soundcloud would be featured as one of the Ultra Music songs. A follow-up to their It’s Strange ft K Flay which also made it to the Ultra 2016 album.

Maggie Rogers – On + Off

Ever since that viral video when Pharrell met her at the NYU studio because of their professor’s idea, she goes on to impress us still to this day. Releasing “Alaska” as an official single afterwards, it instantly hit the radios and playlists. Dog Years I’d say was a track I got right away. The mellow vibes and lyrics bring you close to her. With this new song however, she takes us to yet another different sound without sacrificing her songwriting showing us that she’s definitely deserving of that BBC Sound of 2017 nomination. When is she gonna release an album?

 

Noah Kahan – Young Blood

Came across this track when I was browsing through my music blogs. I actually almost missed it the first time. Then that same night, Young the Giant shared the track on facebook saying their pal has released this awesome new one. Turns out they’re both under the same label.

The way the artist is able to share his personal struggles and at the same time is able to reach out to us. How the track and the beat progresses is also awesome! His 20 right now, feeling lost, unsure if he made the right decision during the process of his writing on Young Blood.

I believe he’s an Artist to Watch this year as after listening to one track, we’re left wanting an album. There is potential here, there is talent. After doing a quick research, I found through musicinjectionwordpress that this artist was signed to Lorde’s producer. No wonder!

Check out my other picks this January/February

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Sigma – Find Me ft Birdy – Stranger Things’ Eleven

I usually look forward to Sigma’s collaborations because they always seem to have an element of surprise, from upcoming talents such as  Jacob Banks and Maverick Sabre to hitmakers such as Rita Ora, These Days, and Ella Henderson. There’s something in common with these guys,  their voices are unique and nothing but ordinary. Birdy’s voice is one of those too. First made noise when she started covering tracks then collaborating with the likes of Ryan Tedder for her first album, she is one of a kind.

Any fans of Stranger Things? Me, my siblings and a couple of friends got addicted to this new netflix show few months back and couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. Can’t get over the fact that the adventure of these kids got us on the edge of our seats. Good news is that there’s a second season. Anyway, check out Eleven’s awesome acting and “singing” for the video.

 

 

Léon – Think About You

Good news from the music gods out there! Léon just released a new track after months of drought. It’s been a a year or so since “Tired of Talking” was released making it in big in music blogs. She was instantly an artist to watch, music production and songwriting was just perfect. “Treasure” and “Nobody Cares” were the singles that came after letting us in deep into her breakup story. It was one of the best EP from an upcoming artist in the past year. She’s Swedish which is why her success is no surprise, evidently more and more artists, DJs and producers are hitting our radios. Best example would be Tove Lo and Max Martin.

“Think About You” doesn’t disappoint at all, the same haunting pain and awesome instrumentals. If this is just a taste of what her album would be like, then we are in for a ride.
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