I still vividly remember the first time I discovered Bruises by Lewis Capaldi. I became an instant fan. Every song he released from that EP then stuck on me, especially Fade and Mercy. With how Spotify, Youtube and Facebook helps push new artists on the wave plus of course the artist and his team’s hard work, it wasn’t surprising that he would end up being nominated for the BBC Sound of 2018 List. On the other hand, Jessie Reyez went up my radar when she was featured on Calvin Harris’s track Hard to Love.
The pair brought a new kind of mix especially with these new generation of sound. Capaldi’s dark voice will haunt you from the very first word that he sings then Jessie Reyez’s voice who seemed like only fit for R&B pop came out so powerful but mellow at the same time. When they sing the chorus together,it’s just surreal!
Check out my playlist Late Night Blues 2 for more tracks like this.
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.
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?
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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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.
Take a listen
Here’s a live bonus
A great comeback for the singer-songwriter!