If you’re tired of listening to the same musicians over and over again, join the club. It feels like everyone is listening to the same things, and there’s no room for unknown but great music. But, before you abandon all hope, you should check out these new artists on Spotify, at least before they get too popular too.
A former YouTube personality, the 21-year-old Californian blends trap beats and passionate voice to create music fit for a late-night drive of introspective thinking. Not much is known about the gloomy singer just yet, but with his debut album WELCOME HOME, you better believe you’ll be hearing a lot more in the near future.
2. Tierra Whack
It’s Whack World, and we’re all just living in it. If you haven’t already heard of the eccentric rapper, her colorful and attention-grabbing outfits, or that she’s been included in the 2019 XXL Freshman Class, do yourself a favor and take a listen. Her unconventional but clever lyrics have made a big splash in hip-hop lately, and will definitely brighten up your playlist.
3. Let’s Eat Grandma
Alright, not every band name is good, but this one is just fantastic. But going past the label, Let’s Eat Grandma originates from Norwich, U.K., and is looking to bring what they call “experimental sludge pop” to the world. The pop duo will have you wanting to throw all your cares out the window and let your hair down on a moonlit night, so start listening to the new artists before everyone else feels the same.
4. AUGUST 08
Coming out of Korea-town, LA, AUGUST 08 brings you into his world of emotions with open arms, light beats, and vocals fit for an angel. The singer-songwriter will have you digging up painful memories, but feeling comfortable and approaching them with optimism.
5. Injury Reserve
Try not to hurt your neck as you nod along to the absolutely filthy beats of this Arizona-based rap group. Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie With a T, and Parker Corey are bringing their entertaining blend of industrial instruments and chill verses directly to your doorstep and are not apologizing for it. Keep up with these new artists as they beat up the competition.
She is everything. If you’re looking for someone to quench your funky-soul-hip music thirst, Lizzo is your girl. And she’s doing it with impactful, raw passion with every word. Quietly, but surely, she’s lighting up the charts, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone knows her name.
7. ROLE MODEL
Getting over a bad break-up, depressed, or just need a good cry in the shower? Add the dreamy sounds of the young crooner to your playlist while he still has his DIY-style and diary-like lyrics.
8. KOTA the Friend
This independent Brooklyn-based rapper is bringing his own brand of easy-listening songs to the world, and is doing it with a smile. His lyrics are real, his passion is genuine, and his lyrics are sure to resonate with you on a higher level than most.
9. Sampa the Great
Welcome back to in-your-face attitude and beats that will make you think twice about what year it is. A Zambian-born Australia, Sampa the Great is teaching the world a lesson in culture, spirituality, and femininity, and is waiting for the world to catch up.
10. Ten Tonnes
If you need a fresh face in for your beach playlist, look no further than this England-based singer-songwriter. He’s the younger brother of the acclaimed George Ezra, and is setting your summer soundtrack up with rock & roll and positivity.
Drawing from the neo-r&b sounds of the late 90’s, the Indonesian singer is bringing some much-needed artistry back to music. The first female artist signed to 88rising, NIKI will have you leaving angry voicemails to your ex and going out clubbing immediately after.
12. Arlo Parks
Arlo Parks is the fresh face in music you’ve been looking for. The 18-year-old Londoner has a voice like you wouldn’t expect, and an attention to voicing the problems of our generation one song at a time.