Eight of these 11 artists haven’t released an album yet which is a nice little stat isn’t it?
11. Brooke Candy & Sia
Living Out Loud
US rapper and singer Brooke Candy has a very eclectic collection of releases and she’s just diversified it even more with a Sia-featuring pop track Living Out Loud. It’s actually one of the more interesting songs we’ve heard Sia on in a while and despite their stylistic differences, they match perfectly on this track. Candy may have her first commercial hit on her hands.
Ooh Nah Nah
SiR has joined the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and SZA signing to Top Dawg Entertainment and he’s getting the ball rolling with Ooh Nah Nah. The Cali singer has served up some super dark vibes yet breezy vibes on this one. It’s a soulful, late night jam and everything we expected to get from the artist who is going from strength to strength.
9. Annie Bass
Aussie singer Annie Bass impressed us with her debut single While I’m Waiting around this time last year but we hadn’t heard anything from her since, until now. She’s dropped her second single Don’t Want produced by local producer Christopher Port and mastered by Andrei Eremin. The track is beautiful, drifting slice of electronica that perfectly melds together Port’s anxious production with Bass’ impossibly smooth voice.
8. Phebe Starr
They Keep Telling Me
Budding Aussie muso Phebe Starr has just unleashed a monster tune They Keep Telling Me, an anthem for all those who have ever had their freedom stripped from them. The North NSW artist has been notching up an impressive discography but she’s just given us her best yet. They Keep Telling Me is a strong, glittery pop cut that encapsulates Starr’s bursting charisma.
7. London Grammar
London Grammar have followed up their previous demure drop Rooting For You with something far more grand. Big Picture is a sweeping, cinematic masterpiece that might make you well up with just one listen. Where Rooting For You was a straight out ballad, this one picks up the pace and is sure to garner a few more spins on radio.
Felix Snow, the producer who has worked with the likes of Kiiara, Icona Pop and Lil Uzi Vert, has introduced a new signing to his label, TYSM. The Texas-based singer has debuted her first single Honeymoon Phase, an impossibly sweet jam with a glitchy, euphoric chorus. It’s got Snow’s stylings stamped all over it but there is also something alluring to TYSM’s gentle, melodic voice.
Big For Your Boots
Stormzy announced this week that his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer will be out 24th February and now he’s finally dropped a big banger from the record. He’s dropped Big For Your Boots along with a video for the track and it’s as on-point as we hoped it’d be. It’s been nine months since he released his last track and this fierce cut is the perfect return from the London MC.
4. Liv Dawson
Liv Dawson, the talented Brit behind the extraordinary debut Tapestry has returned with an amazingly confident new track Searching. Hitting the same house-driven sweet spot that Disclosure hit on their debut Settle, she’s transformed momentarily into a dancefloor Queen. That comparison is justified too because Disclosure actually produced this banger. Her voice is so slippery and smooth that she could really sing over anything.
SYD dropped her solo debut Fin today, a slinky R&B record that recalls Aaliyah, and this cut is taken from it. Know slides straight on from the album opener and it’s a refreshing wave of easiness. The beat recalls early Timbaland and Syd remains in the upper-echelons of her voice for the entirety of the track. It never tried too hard and that’s the best thing about SYD, she’s a natural.
Sampha’s debut album Process is out today and this little gem is plucked from it. Kora Sings is a world flavoured track that bounds with more energy than any cut on the album. It begins in a beautiful, floating haze and eventually leads us to a frantic, pacing beat.
Sydney muso Gussy has only a handful of songs but every release has been nuanced and individual. Morning is his latest and it’s pretty spectacular. Produced by Strict Face who is signed to NLV Records, it leans slightly towards PC Music but it has a really down-to-earth, human heart that makes it an emotional offering. Gussy is a fearless artist and one is deserved of plenty of attention in this country and abroad.