Anna Of The North is Anna Lotterud, an electro-pop artist whose work inhabits a warm, hazy atmosphere. A native of Gjøvik, Norway, the musician met New Zealand producer Brady Daniell-Smith at one of his shows while studying in Melbourne, Australia. They hit it off and recorded her debut single, “Sway,” over Skype, and released it in 2014.
After 3 short years since releasing his first track, Hayden James has created his own imprint on the global music community with a sound like no other. Straight off the mark Hayden’s music circulated through Australia’s electronic dance music populace accumulating tens of millions of plays across SoundCloud and YouTube. His individualistic approach to producing delicate yet uplifting summer anthems featuring euphonious and evocative vocals quickly allowed him to find his niche. Today, Hayden leads the way for Australian musicians with a sound incomparable and inimitable to any artists before him.
With her hotly-tipped new album due out in the coming months, Mitski has now dropped the next cut to be lifted from her forthcoming full-length.
The new single ‘Nobody’ follows on from the previously shared track ‘Geyser’ in previewing her fifth studio LP ‘Be The Cowboy’, set to be released on the 17th August via Dead Oceans.
Friend Within is the go-to guy for genre blurring underground party music. Having supported Disclosure on tour and garnered support from the likes of Annie Mac and Derrick Carter, Friend Within will hit the South Beach Dance Stage this year with a magical DJ set guaranteed.
Kali Uchis put out one of the year’s best albums so far with her debut full-length Isolation, a heady, intoxicating blend of pop, old-school R&B, funk, and soul music. In addition to performing her own songs “Just A Stranger” and “After The Storm” during the BBC1 session, she trotted out a cover of Kanye West’s “Paranoid” off of 808s & Heartbreak.
Irish duo, brothers Harry and Alfie, released their long awaited debut album “Singing for Strangers” in 2015. The multi-instrumentalists had honed their craft busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin as well as all over Europe and in fact gained the albums name from their love of entertaining anyone who would stop and listen. Millions of people did stop by and look at their YouTube videos and there were already several well-loved songs on the album by the time it was released. Produced by the band and long-term collaborator Iain Archer with help from Mike Einziger and Danton Supple in London, LA and Eastbourne the record features hit songs “Chasing Rubies”, “Battles” and “Weapons”.
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail”.
“I call it Schizodrift,” she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. “I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel.” Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, and nods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all the while being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush.