In this fast paced world we live in, it’s hard for a lot of readers to sit down and find the ‘needle in the haystack’ of musicians. Platforms such as SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal make it more accessible for us to discover music on the go. What I want to do, is share that needle, the gem amongst the thousands of artists continuously posting to the web. Scouring for those artists that I can’t wait to share. Any genre, new or old, these lists will shed a light of the artists on repeat this week.
Music Discovery January 21-28
*Listed in no particular order*
1. Cam O’bi: If you have heard of Cam O’bi before, it’s most likely from his production credits on Chance the Rapper track, Cocoa Butter Kisses. Cam has also produced some other tracks you’ve probably hear of, including Vic Mensa’s Orange Soda, Mick Jenkins’ Comfortable and Saba’s For Y’all. Cam re-caught my attention with recently released TenderHeaded ft. Smino – a wavey, soulful song that I couldn’t help but have on repeat all week long. Excited to have re-discovered Cam, definitely check out TenderHead below and hit that follow button on SoundCloud. You won’t want to miss his album Grown Ass Kid, releasing sometime in 2018.
2. Jar Jar Jr: Hailing from Cork, Ireland Jar Jar Jr. is by far my favorite gem that I have stumbled upon in weeks. Following suite with the popular concept of re-producing beats and pieces for nostalgic hip-hop tracks, Jar Jar Jr is a step above the rest. Recently releasing a compilation entitled fallen angel; Jar Jar blended together a few choice MF Doom tracks and completely re-invents each beat. Continually updating his SoundCloud about every two-months with new and unique tracks, the Irish producer has yet to disappoint.
3. Father Kari x Okugawa: Hometown find of the week, Father Kari grabbed my attention with the title of his EP, Kari’s DreamLand and the Sauce Mirror. Kari and partner-in-crime Okugawa dance the line between trap music and experimental hip-hop. Tracks Warp Star and Fade Away are the essentials when checking out Kari – definitely someone we’ll be keeping our eyes on in the new year, each song bumps and we can’t wait to hear more.
4. Dana Williams: The word that comes to mind when listening to Dana Williams is ‘mesmerizing’. From the first 30-seconds of song Fragile Ego, I knew Dana would have to be included on this weeks list. Still drifting under the radar, I hope she is recognized in 2018 and if I were to do another Top 10 for this year, she would be apart of it. A beautiful array of both folk and R&B songs fill her SoundCloud, each one a story being told through Dana’s entrancing voice.
5. Bahamas: This one is for our indie rock and alternative readers. Canadian born musician, Afie Jurvanen is a soft spoken guitarist and vocalist, the perfect artist for mornings and winding down in the evenings. Recently releasing album Earthtones on January 19th, the newest release doesn’t disappoint from start to finish. Songs No Harm and Way with Word are the first to check out when exploring Bahamas new album. Working alongside musicians such as The Lumineers and Jack Johnson, this young musicians future is looking incredibly bright.