Your first obsession of 2016 has arrived. London-based electro-pop duo Taffy Trouble, comprised of longtime friends Alex and Ella, is the latest act that you’re gonna wanna know before anyone else. Their Facebook lists John Waters and Lil Kim as their influences and that should be enough to perk up your ears.
The air was buzzing outside of Neumos on a chilly Thursday night a youthful crowd decked out in their best festival-friendly garments — flower crowns and flannel tied around the waist — eagerly awaited their idol Troye Sivan, an actor turned YouTube vlogger turned indie-pop sensation.
Joanie Wolkoff (her current incarnation is known best as Wolkoff) is a Canadian synthpop artist whose travels have brought her to Brooklyn after making a few pit stops around the world, this Friday she’ll play the New York CMJ festival and it won’t be surprising to see her following grow even more afterwards.
Wilson’s storytelling vocals combined with poignant Paramore-doing-folk-esque lyrics and a set of solid melodies throughout the album are what allows Fools to rise above unambitious folk-pop ditties rehashing the same instrumentation and base throughout each song, proving themselves to be more eclectic and honed in musicality than your average band.
Damian Ardestani — as he’s known as when he’s not the next big thing in music — may have been raised in Sweden, the holy mecca of pop music, but he grew up in the Tensta, one of the most dangerous places to live in the country. However, it’s from those experience where he draws the emotions he places in his art on songs like “Lucifer” and “Blood Honey, ” both taken from his Lucifer EP which dropped earlier this year and is available to listen to here.
Amateur Best is a music act created by Joe Flory, formerly known as Primary 1. He’s readying his second full-length album The Gleaners to be released in October, a follow up to 2013 No Thrills. His music is slinky electropop, cold and disaffected enough to walk the New York City streets, warm enough to come home to, if music can feel both hazy and crystal clear — this is it.
FM Belfast, Retro Stefson, Sykur… something about the cold Icelandic air just gifts the artists with a knack for good pop songs. Today’s export is Young Karin, a band formerly known as Highlands. They’ve just released their latest effort, a three track set titled PYK, earlier this summer and it’s just solidifies the new bands place in the music industry.
“Like An Arrow” follows a more traditionally pop form of songwriting, using basic metaphors and structure to convey emotion instead of aiming for the Nashville school of storytelling, a bit of a turn from what’s typically expected of folk artists.
UK starlet Jess Glynne already has a couple hits on her hands with multiple top ten and #1 hits across the pond, but US audiences would probably only recognize her as the soulful voice behind last year’s double platinum hit “Rather Be, ” one of the more innovative dance tracks of last year created by Clean Bandit.
Despite having effortlessly bridged the worlds of commercial success and critical acclaim for four albums now, Taylor Swift has always been somewhat of a dark horse in the pop world, never seeming to have aligned stardom with contemporary pop divas. 1989 is where she had enough.
Recording artist Empress Of, the alias of Lorely Rodriguez, is readying her debut album Me to drop September 11th. An artist’s first full-length statement to the world is always exciting, but the stakes are even higher knowing that the entirety of the effort has been fully recorded, written, and produced, by the bilingual Spanish-American herself.
Despite being in the midst of legal troubles, a certain Atlanta rapper has found time to drop a new track for his fans. Hot off the debut of his well-received album, Barter 6, Young Thug has been putting out mixtapes and records nonstop, including features on tracks with Rae Sremmurd, Nicki Minaj, and Juicy J, the omnipresent hip-hop star simply seems to refuse to slow down.
Fans were long waiting for a follow up to indie pop band Chromatics’ 2012 effort, Kill For Love, and with their upcoming record Dear Tommy being continuously delayed and pushed back, it’s hard to tell when they’re going to be quenched. However, the official lead single, “Just Like You, ” that was released in February still retains it’s replay value and effect.
British newcomers Years & Years have been taking the pop scene by storm across the pond, already snatching the title of BBC’s Sound of 2015 at the beginning of the year when their singles “Take Shelter” and “Desire” garnered widespread attention on the blogosphere, only to be bested by “King, ” which deservingly topped the UK Singles Chart.
“When I rule the world, then I’m gonna make you work, ” barks Soundcloud starlet LIZ on her latest single. It’s unclear whether the line refers the ambitious roles she’s taking on, or that she simply wants to make us all dance; either way she’s doing a great job on both.