NiNE8 are music industry misfits. Since banding together nearly six years ago, the London-based collective, comprised of eight uber-talented late teens and twenty-somethings, has been perfecting its DIY sound.
With a series of alt hip-hop releases and sleek production in their arsenal, NiNE8 have gone from music college pals who liked to jam, to international names found jetting to studios in Los Angeles and winning adoration from the likes of Clairo and pop queen Billie Eilish.
NiNE8 was co-founded by rapper and visual artist Lava La Rue in 2014. La Rue met Biig Piig in music class in college when they were both just 16. Piig is known for her soft vocals, switching between English and Spanish at lightning speed. Also in that music class: Lloyd, aka Mac Wetha, a beatmaker and producer who has worked on solo tracks for Piig.
19-year-old MC and vocalist Nayana IZ first saw La Rue perform at a Grenfell fundraiser, before introducing herself. Then we have rappers, LorenzoRSV, known for his grittier style; Bone Slim, the masked storyteller; Nige, aka DJ Sukha, and model, MC and producer L!BAAN.
Tel Aviv pop auteur Noga Erez has been steadily building steam for years now, and judging from its latest single, her new album KIDS might be the moment she pops off for real. Erez spent 2020 trickling out tracks from the LP — “Views,” “NO News On TV,” “You So Done” — all of them bursting with a zippy, almost cartoonish energy that neatly contrasts her lackadaisical sing-spoken vocals. Influences of Gorillaz, Fiona Apple, M.I.A., and Billie Eilish in the mix among other things.
Politically-minded, socially conscious, and armed with bucket loads of acerbic swagger, Noga Erez has always had her finger on the pulse of the present. Her new single ‘End of the Road’, however, shifts her focus to the future.
Earlier this week, Billie Eilish and Rosalía teased their long-awaited collaboration, titled “Lo Vas A Olvidar”. Now, the song has finally arrived alongside a hazy, atmospheric music video directed by Nabil.
“Lo Vas A Olvidar” marks the first collab between the pair, also featuring production from Eilish’s brother and longtime producer Finneas. The song also sees the “Therefore I Am” singer perform in Spanish for the first time, as she alternates lines with Rosalía.
UK band, Gengahr are currently in the country for a couple of shows in Sydney and Melbourne. While they’re visiting, they’ve stopped in at triple j for Like a Version. Giving us a rendition of Billie Eilish’s ‘everything i wanted’, they’ve put a massive indie rock twist on the 2019 tune.
Celeste has been crowned the winner of BBC Music’s Sound Of 2020 poll. The British-Jamaican singer was chosen by a panel of 170 tastemakers including critics, DJs, radio and TV producers, streaming experts, festival bookers, and alumni artists like Billie Eilish and Lewis Capaldi. In celebration of the win, she’s shared a new song, a catchy and vaguely jazz-indebted uptempo R&B song called “Stop This Flame.” Check it out below.
Benvinguts a Indielandia, el lloc on els vostres sentits abraçaren una nova dimensió sonora. Una veritable muntanya russa d’emocions: els nous reis de les pistes de ball: CamelPhat; els fréres terribles de l’indie britànic: Sons of Raphael; la banda més bizarra del moment: Walt Disco; l’emmascarat cowboy gay del country: Orville Peck o el tàndem britànic del moment: Mura Masa i Slowthai.
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