Artist: The Present
From: New York, US
Sounds like: Freak folk/ Experimental
Reason to listen: Rusty Santo, one third of The Present has produced some of my favourite albums ever including Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs, Panda Bear’s Person Pitch, Born Ruffians’ Red, Yellow & Blue, and Dent May’s The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. If this is not a good enough reason, I don’t know what is!?
From: Brooklyn, NYC
Label: Captured Tracks
Sounds like: Dreamy haze rock
Reason to listen: The band includes former Smith Westerns drummer Coby Hewitt and Beach Fossils’ guitarist Cole Smith. They were also one of my favorite live performers at SXSW this year!
Artist: Damu (Sam Schorb)
From: Manchester, London
Label: Silverback, Local Action, Keysound
Sounds like: Electro/Funkstep
Reason to listen: Damu is THE upcoming British producer with artists like Ghostpoet and Peaking Lights requesting him to remix some of the tracks.