Sunday, December 3, 2017


A great year for discovering new or emerging acts.

Head of the class:

Sampha: ignored by the North American critics but rightly lorded in England where his outstanding debut, PROCESS, won the Mercury Prize. Now watch this star rise...

The rest, in no particular order:

Brockhampton: daring to release three (3) albums in one year gets you noticed and even they are brash frat guys, there's enough promise here to stay tuned.

Priests: as I stated last year, that voice is gorgeous.

Algiers: interesting proto-rock/funk hybrid going on here.

Rapsody: in light of Lauryn Hill constantly not showing up, I'm all for Rapsody to fill that spot.

SZA: when even the Grammys gets it right then you know the stars are aligning properly.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: all EPs should be this strong and full of heavy rock grooves.

SOHN: chilled out music at its finest.

Sundara Karma: your average shitty US pop-rock band wishes it could rock so nicely.

Billie Eilish: nearly 16 and already she's putting the likes of Lana Del Rey to shame.