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The best and brightest sounds are usually being made by those who are not afraid to splice and bend genres. Like wild-eyed scientists tinkering with the very fabric of existence, Hawk Eyes are one such band. They hail from Leeds, the same part of the UK that gave us Gang Of Four and Hookworms. They’ve been chopping and musically evolving for a few years now, starting out as grimy riff-manglers Chickenhawk before becoming the soaring, fully-fledged rock proposition they are today.
In the fierce market of K-pop, new artists are in a constant struggle to achieve stardom. The story of WINNER begins with the music competition program WIN: Who Is Next?, a 2013 show where trainees at the agency battled for the opportunity to get their big break. WINNER emerged as the victors that year, becoming the first boy band launched by YG Entertainment since Big Bang broke out in 2006.
Tink was just a junior in high school when she dropped her heavenly 2012 mixtape, Winter’s Diary. In collaboration with DJ Hustlenomics, Tink assumes the role of both MC and one-woman choir in Winter’s Diary, delivering snappy, playful bars and soulful, confessional slow jams with the same finesse. Two years later, her rhymes would catch the attention of renowned hitmaker Timbaland, who described his chance encounter with her music as an act of divine intervention.
A seven-piece offshoot of Fernando Santullo’s previous musical projects, such as rap-rock outfit El Peyote Asesino, or electro-tango collective Bajofondo, Santullo is fully immersed in Río de la Plata’s culture and vernacular slang. In a sense, it perfectly represents the sound and idiosyncrasy of this part of South America where rap is now such an important aspect of the youth’s folk culture as rock and tango were for previous generations.
Repping Atlanta’s robust garage scene, Black Linen’s Tarantino-esque, cinematic vision began as a recording project for former Booze members Randy Michael and Pietro DiGennaro. They eventually built a formidable live lineup, adding Jonah Swilley (brother of Black Lips’ Jared Swilley) and Adam Anzio. Whether they reach new heights together, or at the very least cement themselves as an underground fixture, Black Linen’s continued blurring of the lines between classic Hollywood class and throwback teenage trash deserves to overshadow most current music marketed as garage.