Make sure you catch up on these fantastic artists from around the world and pick your favorite by next Friday at 11am EST! Choose from the list below:
Gordon Voidwell (real name: Will Johnson) is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist that’s been in the game since his Voided Checks mixtape dropped in 2009. His most recent EP Bad Études does more than pack a little ‘tude. It’s a simultaneous study in, and deconstruction of, late ’80s R&B and new wave—one that reimagines those genres with today’s production techniques and nostalgic sentimentality.
With the power vocals on Seinabo Sey and her unique sense of style, she truly stands out among the numerous other young, up and coming R&B vocalists. Inspired by fellow distinct talents such as James Fauntleroy, Cee-Lo Green, Donny Hathaway and Kim Burrell, the 23-year-old powerhouse vocalist’s sound is a smoothie that combines elements of pop, soul, and even electronic at times.
Backed by his band of babes, Montreal’s Jef Barbara launches listeners into a synth-laden celestial reverie that echoes the era of starry-eyed, androgynous glam gods David Bowie and Brian Eno. His 2013 LP, Soft to the Touch embodies a cosmic cruise on a luxury starship, fitted with smoky, sensual lounge ballads and electrifying dance tracks.
People die, relationships crumble, but the world keeps spinning. And in the mist of it all, Daimo’s intricate folk derives beauty from a sense of acceptance. “We’re supposed to love then lose,” Daimo reminds us on the meandering ode to youth, “Moon.” “It’s a part of growing up.” Thank you Daimo, that’s something we all need to hear.
The aptly-titled France is a collection of continuations of her original sound, and for that we’re thankful. A robust mixture of dream pop and electronic beats (including just a hint of dubstep where needed) create a solid foundation upon which to build incredible stories. Often compared to the likes of Bat For Lashes and Lykke Li, her vocals and lyrics can be dark—making for a fascinating contrast to the sounds behind them.