What's Good: 10 Artists You Need To Know
In this series, we’ll be showcasing both up-and-coming and established artists that are putting their influence on the industry in a way that you need to know about.
He’s a Fool’s Gold artist and one-fourth of the LA-based collective Athletixx With production credits and a wavy remix for Denzel Curry, a high-octane remix of Desiigner’s now-infamous ‘Panda’, and joining forces with game changers such as Falcons & Mr. Carmack - Promnite is someone who should be on your radar.
This 16-year old (yes, 16) is coming up quick in a big way. He’s been bagging features on well-known labels such as Majestic Casual and Proximity for both his originals and remixes. There’s no signs of slowing either, turning out frequent uploads on his Soundcloud page.
Vancouver duo Humans have received high praise for their Juno nomination this year, and for good reason. The reverberating vocals stacked over driving beats makes for a beautifully haunting blend of sound. Get excited about where this project goes next.
7. San Holo
The catalogue of music from this guy runs deep. Whether you’ve heard his ‘The Next Episode’ remix (over 100 million views on Youtube), the ethereal original ‘We Rise’, or his recent work with trap and hardstyle tastemakers Yellow Claw through the Barong Family – there’s no denying the bitbird label head is straight killing it. Don’t miss your chance to catch him at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver on Sept 8th.
6. Alexander Lewis
Alexander Lewis has recharged the trombone on to the mainstage in a big way. The brash brass sound comes from his own studio, recording himself playing and turning melodies by Hudson Mohawke and Mr. Carmack into memorable anthems. When you hear the horns, you’ll know what’s good.
Unheard of sounds, songs structured without structure, and a driven commitment to put the music first – the 21-year old Mau5trap and Nest HQ artist has really been carving a name for herself, earning the nickname ‘The Female Gesaffelstein’. Catch her in Vancouver October 8th at BP19 – Blueprint’s 19th anniversary party.
The mysterious whereisalex has come on the wave of a rebirth of hip hop - taking sounds that shouldn’t be there and putting them there and making use of the space between sounds. His flurry of tracks flow through the sounds of hip hop, R&B, jazz, and undefined rhythms. Oh yeah, and he plays the keys for real.
He’s opening for What So Not on his American tour. A Post Malone feature. Radio mixes and interviews for the likes of Triple J and Flosstradamus. He’s consistently getting Nest HQ and Good Enuff (Mad Decent’s sublabel) premieres. It’s time you knew about graves.
If you don’t know what Ookay’s been up to lately, pay attention. He’s becoming a mainstage regular and spending time with BIG artists – Skrillex, MK, Getter, Marshmello, Borgore, and the likes. Know that he’s very active and entertaining as hell on his socials as well (ookayx). Also check out his side project Coaster for more mellow and alternative sounds.
Nathan Shaw, a.k.a. Ekali is living up to the handle as Vancouver’s hometown hero. Using his west coast influence to shape his sound, remixes of the tracks ‘I Can’t Stop’ and ‘Smoke and Retribution’ have been shared by Flux Pavilion and Flume respectively. His fan base has just continued to grow with his high-energy, bass-driven Coachella set that he’s shared on his Soundcloud page. Be aware.
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