|BEST NEW SONGS: MOSA WILD - SMOKE|
New indie band MOSA WILD are coming at us at full force with their unapologetically epic indie rock debut, Smoke. The track includes all of the necessary ingredients of a delightfully emotional indie-pop anthem: Soft atmospherics, steady drums, guitars, and uplifting backing vocals that you can’t help but feel yourself get sucked into.
Best New Tracks
|BEST NEW SONGS: ABRA - BOUNTY|
Awful Records artist ABRA is gaining some much deserved hype with her sultry hypnotic sound that truly shines on her new track, Bounty. It features a stripped-down ticking beat, soft electronics, and her silky smooth R&B-style vocals that keep you in a hypnotic trance throughout the 5 minute duration.
|BEST NEW SONGS: EMMA SAMETH - 2 AM|
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Emma Sameth instantly won us over with her chilly electro-R&B track, 2 AM. It’s produced by DNTST and Berg, and it features a snap-filled, winding beat that keeps the track going, while her breathy-soft vocals set the track’s sensual tone.
|BEST NEW SONGS: FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS - MY CITY'S GONE|
Francis and the Lights is a Oakland-based musical project led by singer-songwriter-producer Francis Farewell Starlite. My City’s Gone is a beautifully haunting track that’s carried by lonesome piano keys, softly sparkling electronics, and vocal effects that add an extra pinch of charm.
|BEST NEW INDIE POP: JOYRYDE - DAMN FEAT. FREDDIE GIBBS|
Subwoofers at the ready. After a wildly successful 2016, British producer JOYRYDE is getting the New Year off to an explosive start with his latest bass-driven banger. Featuring Indiana hip hop veteran Freddie Gibbs, Damn is a straight up rap-meets-trap juggernaut that'll leave you saying exactly that: Damn...
|BEST NEW INDIE: ECHOS - GOLD|
The meteoric rise of Echos has been something to behold over the past couple of years, with the Portland duo having amassed a total of 20 million streams over their short career. It was only in October, however, that Lexi Norton and Tal Richards gifted their fans their debut EP – a self-titled eight-song collection which houses perhaps their most grandiose magnum opus yet: Gold.
|BEST NEW INDIE: YOUNG SUMMER - OLD CHUNK OF COAL (BILLY JOE SHAVER COVER)|
Washington D.C. singer-songwriter Bobbie Allen aka Young Summer returns to gently pluck at the heartstrings with her devastatingly gorgeous latest offering – a cover of Billy Joe Shaver's Old Chunk Of Coal.
|BEST NEW SONGS: XYLO - GET CLOSER|
When historians look back at this decade in electronic music, they will determine that every band had a male producer and female vocalists. Call it the Matt and Kim Corollary. Which brings us to XYLO and their best new song, “Get Closer.” While it’s not an advert for my favorite Joy Division album like I first hoped, it is heartbreaking pop song with pulse and emotional resonance to spare.
|BEST ALT CHILL: DAEVA - DREAM|
Brooklyn-based new artist Gigi Mead aka DAEVA describes herself as “local demon girl sings songs,” even though her track, Dream, sounds absolutely heavenly. The track opens with glittering electronics and her light and airy vocals that add even more shimmer to the calming dream-pop track.