Tuesday, December 4, 2018
2018 BEST NEW/EMERGING ARTISTS...
another exciting set of talent out for your listening pleasure...
Head of the class:
Kali Uchis: the Colombian-American’s debut showed exactly how smooth Latin-drenched pop can be when done right.
and the rest (in no particular order):
Clarence Clarity: I think the Guardian sums him up best when it said he is “funk played by a swarm of bees”.
Noname: previously best known for a guest spot on a Chance the Rapper mixtape, Noname has now risen to her own acclaim and its stunning.
Gaika: while so many young Brit acts continue to get dancehall horribly wrong, here is a young man who dishes it out like gold effortlessly.
SerpentWithFeet: the black queer brigade marching out of the US increases each year and here’s among the best of them.
Cardi B: sure, you’d have to be outer space not to know “Bodak Yellow” from a year ago but Cardi backed it up this year with an album that forces everyone to pay attention and bop along.
Salad Boys: the Kiwis return and they’ve delivered the goods big time.
Caroline Rose: reinvention is vital, that seems to be the big take-away from Rose’s stunning switch from country to pop.
Virginia Wing: the British band quietly doing alternative goodness.
Cautious Clay: think along the lines of Frank Ocean, without the gay subtext.