No matter what happens in this world, the sun will always rise and set—a comforting and reassuring fact that mxmtoon’s new EP dawn embraces with astounding clarity. The first new music since her critically acclaimed debut album the masquerade last year, dawn finds the 19-year-old singer/songwriter pushing her sound further than ever before, embracing lush soundscapes and pulsing beats. It’s body-moving music for the heart and soul, a soothing and intimate collection of songs inviting us further into mxmtoon’s fascinating, quixotic sonic world.
On her fourth studio album, Jessie Ware looked to tap into the club sounds that inspired her. The result is What’s Your Pleasure?, a musical time capsule of sorts that chronicles decades of house. This ode to the ’70s-, ’80s- and ’90s-era club sounds fuses together under the watch of collaborator James Ford to create a cohesive collection of dance-inspired tracks.
Jessy Lanza is a producer, vocalist and DJ from Hamilton, Canada who currently lives in Queens New York. She has released three studio albums. Jessy has crafted a new and vibrant pop aesthetic that is both universal, energetic, yet personal and introspective. The material exists on a distinct polarity of big and small, global and local, populist and personal; and clarifies a modern and crucial voice in pop music.
On her third album, All The Time, Lanza and long-time collaborative partner Jeremy Greenspan (of Junior Boys) have created her most spare and alien-sounding set of songs yet, further moving her music away from the maximalism of mainstream pop.
Having collaborated with the likes of SBTRKT and Kwes, toured with Kindness, as well as running her own vegan Jamaican supper club ‘Dee’s Table’, and crafting sublimely intricate, cascading electronica Denai Moore is a truly multi-talented and singular creative force.
Denai Moore has released the astonishing new album Modern Dread , which finds the convention-defying singer/ songwriter exorcising personal demons while also voicing her concerns for the world at large, a daring exercise in micro versus macro that pays off richly in what is a dazzling step forward in artistry.
The musician and model has long drawn inspiration and aesthetics from the internet. Technology was the focal point of her first mini-album RINA, released in 2017. Hits like “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” and “Tunnel Vision” helped catapult her to the center of the indie pop spotlight with their relatable lyrics and nostalgic, early 2000s production.
Her music is also concerned with concepts around identity. That same year, Sawayama dropped “Cherry,” a pansexual anthem that put queer love at the forefront. Now on SAWAYAMA, the 29-year-old artist’s major label debut, she delves deeper into questions of personal truth, and painful loss. With this record, Sawayama moves from sweet, lo-fi pop into a whole new realm: she’s creating music that’s energetic and loud, that could fill stadiums with her story.
Ego Ella May is a songwriter and vocalist. Hailing from South London, she has an all-encompassing love of music, which she channels into her own neo-soul and contemporary jazz compositions.
Soothing, heartfelt and heavy, hauntingly intimate and painfully honest, Ego Ella May’s debut album is a transcendent experience. May gets us deep in our feelings in all the right ways, burning the midnight oil with smooth, golden vocals, compelling instrumental work, and lyrics whose vulnerability cuts to the soul. Hers is a musical immersion of neo-soul, jazz, singer/songwriter, and more “worlds” blended into one cohesive, grooving, and expressive outpouring.
Born in Louisiana, Julianna Barwick took her first steps into the world of music as part of a church choir, a fundamental fact since her tracks integrate her own vocal recordings into the loops that she creates. Barwick self-produced her first album, ‘Sanguine’, in 2006, in which improvisation, overdubs and vocal percussions began to define a style that she has continued to evolve.
This was followed by ‘The Magic Place’ and ‘Nepenthe’, always self-produced. But it was ‘Will’ (Dead Oceans, 2016), a piece that she will perform live at MIRA 2017 along with a visual set, which cemented her image as an electronic idol thanks to its production and to its immersive and atmospheric elements, full of soft synth sounds, loops and vocals that define her musical exploration.
Julianna Barwick has teamed up with Jónsi for her new single ‘In Light’, which arrives with a gorgeous visual from Joel Kazuo Knoernschild.