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01: Cognizance

Honestly, I can’t get some of these guys out of my head- but, in the best way possible. Below are some off the beaten path artists well worth a listen.

 

Drowners: Okay, so, think of a Beach Boys meets the Vaccines type of sound. These guys are great, and have an authentic, alt-rock vibe that will make me want to bounce around like I’m in a bad 80’s movie.

 

Years and Years: Think electronic meets Rudemental. These guys are not quite as new, but I find them underrated. The London based all guy trio started the band in 2010, and just released their full album in June. Keep your eye on these guys, they’re definitely growing a major fan base and have already been featured on BBC 1.

 

Conrad Sewel: Ok, so this guy is awesome. He has a distinct, Michael Jackson circa 1980s sound, with all of the lyrical expertise of Ed Sheeran. Now, I know what you’re thinking: I am not a teenage girl, and am not a huge Ed Sheeran fan. But come on, can you really tell me that you don’t find yourself singing along to I See Fire and The A Team?

 

Little Green Cars: Think Kodaline meets the Lumineers. This group of three studs and a gorgeous girl harmonizes like it’s their job, while carrying quite the beat. With almost 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, the band is still on the lesser-known side. They are definitely worth a listen.

 

Rihanna: Ok, so she may not be new, but she’s definitely still got it. We’re not talking about “Umbrella,” but think her newer songs like “World Peace,” and “Work” featuring Drake. 2016 is looking like an ode to Rihanna, with the addition of some well placed piano notes and EDM feels.

 

Listen to the only tracks you'll need in this month: 52: February 2016

 

 

- As told by Emily Goldman

 

Collage via Dazed Digital.

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