Congratulations to Rex Orange County for getting 2nd place in the annual BBC Sound of 2018. Recent winners include Rag’N’Bone Man (2017) and Jack Garrett (2016) plus Sigrid (2018). Congratulations to Sigrid to. We’ve been following her tracks since she released that catchy Don’t Kill My Vibe track. But going back to our man Rex! It’s been a blast for him actually 2017. His Uno song was featured in blogs then followed by my favorite single Best Friend.
Just when we thought we heard everything from him, He releases his super mellow track Untitled which just shows diversity. His last releases before the year end was his single Loving is Easy (His most radio friendly yet, An Awesome Track!) and album Apricot Princess. The album feels like this modern but old hipster album which is evident through his use of lots of instruments and storytelling. I think this is one of those albums that you really have to listen from the start as it feels like you’re going into Rex’s journey to Happiness and Love.
Loving is Easy is featured in my An Awesome Wave playlist. Check it out below!
It wasn’t just long ago when we featured Noah Kahan in our blog. His first track Young Blood was so damn relatable that it gave us chills! -Oh Dear, I’m sorry that you grew up so soon, Cold beer, no high school parties, I’ve been drinking alone…. – And it’s actually the top track on my spotify for 2017 followed by the great Aquilo band.
If you haven’t listened to his EP yet, make sure to check it out now. This EP is entitled Hurt Somebody which is the track he released a few months back. It’s his most radio friendly one I think as this is the track the most of my friends know from him. You get a bonus collaboration with the same track featuring Julia Michaels which is a surprise. No one expected this. Julia Michaels rose to fame last year as well with her Issues track. Is this a sign of more collabs? That’d be great for sure!
Our favorite track of the EP is Please. It has that same lost in the world folky vibe like Young Blood.
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!
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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If you watch Game of Thrones, you probably have seen this guy around. Yes! Greyworm is Raleigh Ritchie. One of my picks for artists to watch this year. His album “You’re a man now, Boy” is kind of a mix tape of his songs,showcasing different sounds but all nonetheless awesome!
The GREATEST is probably the best track for me as it is very relative, kind of like an anthem for us millennials.
Other songs you must check out are “Bloodsport”, “The Last Romance”, and “Cowards”.
Raleigh seems like a very cool guy if you have seen his interviews, shoots and videos. Here’s a video he directed for Topman which features “Cowards”. I do see him joining the ranks of other breakout artists so time will tell.
Ever since the first single “Wrong Crowd” of this album came out, I was instantly hooked on Tom’s new sound. Wrong Crowd had an indie electronic vibe but at the same time seemed like a radio friendly pop song with it’s catchy chorus. Standout tracks include “Somehow” and “Constellations” which showed the artist’s vulnerable side, kind of mellow slow ballads. “Magnetised” has an acoustic version which you must check out! My personal pick is the track “Concrete” because the instrumentals and lyrics are just on point. In one of his interviews with WSJ, he mentions this is one of the first songs he wrote for the album.
They are finally back! The new track does not disappoint at all. Still the same folky sound but this one a bit more upbeat.