Remember their names: this week, we’ve sifted through an inundation of indie hopefuls to uncover the six virtuosos you’ll be hearing from soon.
By Caroline Moore
Over the past year, 20-year-old Max Seethaler, better known as SAINT WKND, has rapidly become a blogger favorite for his genre-subversive smooth synths and blended beats. The German producer is already making a name for himself, having produced flawless mixes of artists like M83, Chet Faker, Two Door Cinema Club and Destiny’s Child. Recently, Seethaler has begun his foray into original work, releasing the solo track ‘Positive Vibes’ as a part of Big Beat Ignition’s Miami compilation earlier this year.
Oh Wonder was “dreamt up on a snowy night in Amsterdam” by classically-trained British songwriters Anthony and Josephine: fast forward a year later, and the dream had amassed a cult-like following, with sold-out shows along their November debut tour. With a unique distribution (they are releasing a new song each month for a year) and dreamy tracks carried by softly stirring vocals in the vein of James Blake and the XX, the unassuming band possesses a unique but potent recipe for success. Be sure to keep an eye out for the release of Oh Wonder’s debut album, compiled from their monthly releases, in September.
Los Angeles natives Riley Knapp and Casey Barth comprise RKCB, which is, in our opinion, the most underrated act on this list. The duo possess a light, sensual tone and masterfully blend electronic melodies with smooth R&B vocals. Their debut album is set for release later this summer, lead by current single “Ignite”—a fitting title to usher in what we hope will be a blazing ascent for this talented pair.
MILK AND BONE
Throughout the content and presentation of their work, this electro-pop duo from Montreal present a stunningly modern, minimal, and cohesive aesthetic—to say nothing of their cool, buoyant sound. Every detail, from band name to track titles to artwork, reflects andcomplements the music itself, which is at once raw and breezy, melodic and crisp. The duo released their first studio album Little Mourning last year, which hopefully means they’re due for another.
“Emotional music” is the unique concept behind artist Addal. The Italian producer has released individual remixes, “EMOTIONAL” compilations and original tracks, but despite the diversity of sources and mélange of material, every piece he mixes and crafts has one thing in common: it is designed to “satisfy the human needs of emotions, passion and feelings,” to give love a sound. To that end, Addal succeeds spectacularly.
MADE IN HEIGHTS
Another genre-fluid Los Angeles duo, Made In Heights synthesizes elements of hip-hop, electronic and pop, most recently in their sophomore album Without My Enemy What Would I Do. The partnership of a notable producer and artful vocalist, MIH finds success with a standout image and clear aesthetic; it even has an online store where fans can purchase jewelry and accessories depicting the band’s simple geometric logo. What makes this musical pair truly exceptional, though, is their unique sound. Minimalist beats underlie airy, playful vocals, producing alluring melodies we could listen to for hours on end.