Finding new artists is easier than ever, but this creates a problem: it's harder than ever to filter through it all and keep tabs on what's really good.
With so many artists popping up every day, it's impossible not to miss out on some fresh faces and new sounds. With that in mind, we'll be highlighting our favorite new acts each month. Here are the best new artists of November.
Scandinavia produces incredible pop music. If you've been following P&P for a while, you'll already know how many times we've said this, and it remains true. The latest to impress us is SIBA, a singer/producer who debuted with the Fruits EP earlier this year.
Now he's back with a new EP and the lead-off single, "I.D.C.B.U.," is a bouncy, memorable song about about heartbreak. There are hints of PC Music's electronic madness to the production, but the song stays firmly rooted in pop, with that chorus sticking after one listnen.
Second single "Trumpets Sound Good For Endings" is equally vibrant and SIBA's My Life With Jessie, My Friends & the Rest Of The World is out December 9.
Soulful R&B usually signifies a throwback sound, but London's Aaron Taylor brings that warm, clean soul into 2016 with D'Angelo-like textures and streamlined songs that lean just enough toward pop to be immediately impactful. He got hit up by Apple before he even had management, but he's staying humble for now. "I'm still trying to do the best I can and make music the best I can," he told us. "I don't know if I've gotten to that point." He says he's got more music coming soon, but there's plenty to dive into—check out his recent Better Days EP here.
London singer Tara Carosielli only has one song on her SoundCloud, but "Leave You Lonely" is such a promising first step. It showcases a great voice and delivery, a restrained modern pop songwriting ability, and a partnership with producer Kito that packages everything beautifully. We talked to Tara earlier this month, and she told us she's been listening to Portishead, Young Thug, and Lana Del Rey. Enough said—we can't wait to hear what she comes up with next.
After introducing himself with the slinky dance gem "Test," London's Saro came back strong with "Looking." Both songs start prettily enough, luring the listener in before Saro strikes with razor-sharp hooks. "Test" connects with a bouncy, metallic clang, while "Looking" plays with time signature to create a dazed, unmoored feeling that reflects the song's origin story.
"I wrote 'Looking' as a letter to myself from the perspective of a past lover," Saro told us. "The final words exchanged were, 'I hope you find what you're looking for.' Equal parts hopeful and hopeless, genuine and bitter. I have yet to find anything."
Whether Jhon Myquale represents the first tilt in a swing back towards a classicist style of rap remains to be seen. What's already apparent is his way with words—Myquale ("mike-well") spreads slippery syllables and stacked rhymes over dusty samples, sometimes for 14 minutes at a time.
The Milwaukee-born, Queens-based rapper has released track after quality track, and "While You Were Sleeping" is his latest. Myquale ponders the best and worst of humanity over a dreamy bongo beat, finishing things off with a free-form verse that swings from George Bush to Frantz Fanon. He's taking chances, and it's working.
naji was raised in a family of creatives—Dad was a drummer, Mom was a photographer—so music was always a viable route. He would tag along to his father's gigs and rehearsals, and you can hear the deep musical roots in the resultant music. naji is a musician's musician, but his gorgeous, swooping voice will reach any type of listener. More releases through Fête Records are forthcoming, so keep an eye out—naji's been working.
As for "10 Cubed," naji said he's "been pumping out songs... but they’re all in reserve so I can release them the best way. But all this behind-the-scenes work doesn’t look like anything from the outside. I just seem like a recluse! So, frustrated with looking like I’m just doing nothing, I sat down and made that little ditty in two hours. I’m a stickler about mixing most of the time, but I just wanted to get the vibes out, so I grabbed my iPod headset and laid some vocals out. Simple, sweet, and honest."
It's the production that sets London artist Couros apart on his debut EP, Jupiter, which came out this month. Ranging from jagged, Jai Paul-esque synth backdrops ("Again") to the housey "Circles," Corous' electronic wizardry provides an ideal backdrop for the vocals.
"Around the time when 'Breathe Again' was written I felt like a lot of new music I was hearing being released sounded very clean and polite," he told us. "I wanted to make something feel more aggressive and in your face. This song is kind of about an imperfect relationship and it has a deliberately imperfect sound to match."