With the start of each year brings a fresh start to music, older acts either become greats or fade away. In today’s world, there’s a constant stream of new music being released, with only a few artists making it through to the spotlight. However, over the past couple months of mining through countless albums, I’ve produced this list of rising stars in Hip-Hop, Alternative and EDM.
- Playboi Carti
Atlanta native Playboi Carti is ushering in a new generation of rap. The 20-year-old has already connected with some of the big names in the game, collaborating with A$AP Mob, and touring with Lil Uzi Vert. Carti has made it clear that he doesn’t plan on slowing down till he’s on top. Putting out hit songs like “Telephone Calls” and “Fetti,” you can bet that Playboi Carti is bringing the heat in 2017.
- Jazz Cartier
Jazz Cartier is a rapper out of Toronto, Canada. Coming on to the scene with his album Marauding in Paradise (2015), Cartier has gained a lot of following, very fast. With Cartier producing bangers like “Dead or Alive“, combined with his unbeatable on-stage hype, Jazz is destined for stardom. Don’t sleep on this one, you will be disappointed if you do.
- Jay IDK
Jay IDK is undoubtedly my favorite new artist in the hip-hop/rap industry. His combination of unique word choice and rhyme scheme, and smooth flow, makes for fantastic fresh tracks - it won’t be long before Jay IDK is one of the greats. Although many of his best songs like ”Metro” and ”F/12” have stayed underground, it’s a sign of artistic integrity, and I am looking forward to what Jay puts out next. The pressure on the surface has built up, and Jay is about to pop into the light and onto playlists of rap lovers everywhere.
- Glass Animals
Glass Animals hails from the UK, but they entertain the world with their unique and distinct jams, taking the human consciousness on a journey filled with immersing noise that speak the sounds of the jungle. Their debut album Zaba (2014) was met with enough success to warrant a second LP, How to Be a Human Being, released August of 2016. In the past two years the group has really taken off, both in studio and on stage. Featured in many festivals as an undercard act in their early days, Glass Animals is already being featured as a sub-headliner in festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. If they continue along this trajectory, they’ll be headlining in no time.
- Portugal. The Man
Since 2006, Portugal. The Man has been releasing records one after another, each dabbling in different genres to build to a well diversified discography. What originated as a self-funded group from Portland has grown into a psych/rock powerhouse, steadily climbing up the charts. The group hasn’t produced an album since Evil Friends (2014), leaving their fans hungry for quite some time. But if there is one thing Portugal keeps consistent, it is that their 2017 album, Gloomin + Doomin, will be sure to top its predecessors.
- Steady Flow
Although this name isn’t as recognizable as some of the other artists I’ve named, you’re sure to see the letters on marquees soon; Steady Flow is making great strides with their heavy funk ridden tunes. From Peoria Illinois, guitarist Tanner Brown sweeps the crowd off their feet with his killer riffs and face melting solos. Steady Flow, in my opinion is the best live funk band since Lettuce.
Signed with Deadmau5’s label, producer REZZ has made innovative progress since her 2013 debut. Intoxicating crows with her eerie and dark bass lines, the 21-year-old artist has appeared at several of the country’s biggest EDM festivals, including Tomorrowland. This year she is set to play at countless festivals, Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and Buku to name a few - REZZ certainly stands out from the rest.
- Dion Timmer
Dion Timmer, an artist who proves that age is but a number, has found an early start to his career at 15 years old. The Dutch artist has already proved his worth by collaborating with Excision, one of the biggest names in the game, and is booked for every stop on the now underway tour. Creating grinding dub tracks with addictive hooks and monster drops, it is no wonder how this young DJ has already accomplished so much.
- Ganja White Night
This unique electronic band has deep roots in dubstep, but their sound has grown, drawing influence from all the corners of the “bass-music” community, showcasing this transition in their new album Hybrid Distillery. Billed on many festival lineups this year, this duo is sure to stand out with their unusual entrancing beats. Be sure to keep these guys on your radar, you won’t want to miss out on what they have to offer.
I hope you enjoy these artists as much as I do - Happy listening!