The UK’s JAI PAUL has been making waves ever since his demo was released by his brother in 2010. XL Recordings (Radio Head, Adele, The xx, Tyler the Creator) snatched him up, but his debut album has yet to be officially released. In the meantime, check out the crititcally aclaimed “BTSTU” here.
Vocalist LAURA MVULA was initially influenced by jazz artists Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, but everything changed when she heard The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Mvula’s debut LP Sing To The Moon has been compared to the music of Nina Simone, Gershwin and Fleet Foxes. The album, which was released early 2013, performed well all over the world, and in a world full of culture that’s driven primarily by “popularity”, it’s refreshing to find artists driven by their own beat.
Robin Hannibal, of the Danish duo Quadron, has been a frequent collaborator. So it comes as no surprise that when he heard the music of Canadian artist, Mike Milosh, he was eager to team up. The two worked on material in Denmark and agreed to form the group RHYE. Their songs have garnered a lot of attention, and have even been compared to that of the iconic music group, Sade.
Kanye West’s protégé, BIG SEAN released his sophomore album Hall of Fame to much anticipation and to much controversy. The Detroit native still has his doubters, but he’s definitely proven himself to be one to watch.
Dev Hynes aka BLOOD ORANGE is in what could be called a second or third musical and branding evolution. With writing and producing credits for Florence and the Machine, Chemical Brothers, Theophilus London, Solange and Jay-Z to name a few, the artist who insists on defying connotation seems to be quickly making his way from infamy to celebrity.
Δ$ΔP MOB has come along way. Following notable releases by its members ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg, the Mob plans on putting out its debut album in October 2013. The collective is also breaking boundaries beyond aesthetics with innovative business strategies that are sure to keep the Δ$ΔP name on your tongue and in your ears.
After the release of STALLEY's fifth mixtape Honest Cowboy, it quickly became evident that the Ohio native and Maybach Music Group signee is definitely an artist to watch. His latest boasts more autobiographical tales and features from some of music’s youngest and hottest talents, including Schoolboy Q and Terrace Martin to name a few.
The Detroit native ANGEL HAZE immersed herself in secular music after escaping what she calls “a cult” when she was 16 years old. Her family relocated to Brooklyn where she began to hone her craft. The hard work has paid off, and the world is starting to take notice of the emcee.
Chaz Bundick aka TORO Y MOI was first associated with the chillwave movement of a few years ago. The 26 year old has since explored and mastered many other genres including but not limited to hip hop, electronic and dance music.
Ready to embark on his North American tour, Toro Y Moi releases a special tour-only 7” entitled Campo, along with the B-Side Outside With You. Stream here.
Once influenced by rap pioneers like Aceyalone, Nas, Wu-Tang and Talib Kweli; Ben Haggerty aka MACKLEMORE is finding his own voice and seeing tremendous success with his collaborations with producer Ryan Lewis. The duo won three MTV VMA awards this year.
Herbert Anthony Stevens IV aka AB-SOL is breaking out from hip hop supergroup Black Hippie and has been working diligently on his solo album. He cites rappers Twista, Canibus, Eminem, Nas, Lupe Fiasco and Jay-Z as a template for his sound.