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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!

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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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Raleigh Ritchie – Artist to Watch

 

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.

Tom Odell – Wrong Crowd

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.

Jack Garratt – Surprise Yourself

BBC’s Sound of 2016 winner is back with his new album “Phase”. Instant favorite track is “Surprise Yourself”. Kind of different from my last year’s top pick “Weathered” but the Garratt sound is all there still.


“I wrote ‘Surprise Yourself’ for a friend of mine who took the wrong train home once,” Garratt tells TIME about the track. “I wanted them to have something uplifting to come home to, something that encouraged and invited to them to be whatever change they wanted to see in themselves and not worry about the journey they’d just had. That was three years ago, and the song has stayed the same since. Read the full article below.

Hear British Singer Jack Garratt’s Stunning New Single ‘Surprise Yourself’