After a jam packed few days of amazing music at SXSW in Austin, TX, here is our list of the TOP 10 acts we enjoyed and are worth checking out!
1. Meg Mac – Hands down my favorite from the festival. The 23 year old songstress is from Melbourne Australia. The rising success of Meg Mac over the past twelve months can largely be attributed to her genuineness. The music feels as though it’s a natural extension of her own thoughts and, more importantly, her soul.
2. SonReal – The Juno nominated rapper from Vancouver has been grinding like crazy the past year since his project “One Long Day” took off. He has been hard at work from touring all over Canada and the States while working on his upcoming album “One Long Dream”. Like most of his videos “Preach” has you hitting the replay button as soon as it ends.
3. Heems – Eat, Pray, Thug is Himanshu Suri’s first major release since his satirical art-rap trio Das Racist disbanded in 2012, is travelogue, break-up diary and political rant.
4. Ibeyi – The 19-year-old French-Cuban sisters are currently putting their musical sixth sense to good use as Ibeyi, adding an electronic edge to their piano and percussion compositions to produce what they describe as “contemporary negro spirituals”. Much of their inspiration comes from Yorùbá tradition, from the chants brought over to Cuba from Nigeria and Benin on slave ships.
5. Zella Day -Zella’s debut self titled EP has just been released, and she is receiving all kinds of love from critics and listeners alike — and it’s no wonder. Her EP is nothing short of magical, and in addition to being one of Spotify’s Top 10 Rising Stars to Watch, her new single, Hypnotic, just spent time as the iTunes Single of the Week.
6. Big Data – Describes as a paranoid electronic music project from the Internet, formed out of a general distrust for technology and the cloud (despite a growing dependence on them).
7. Courtney Barnett –Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett just released her debut album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” this week after three momentum-building EPs.
8. Leon Bridges -Fort Worth soul singer Leon Bridges, who skyrocketed from relative obscurity late last year when two songs posted to SoundCloud helped get him a deal with Atlantic Records, was the winner for Developing U.S. Act.
9. Run the Jewels – An American hip hop duo, formed by New York City-based rapper-music producer El-P and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike, in 2013. They released their eponymous debut studio album, Run the Jewels, as a free digital download in 2013. This video captures some drama that went down at the Spotify House last week where a crazed man jumped on stage and attacked the duo.
10: The Beaumonts -With one foot in the honky-tonk and the other in the gutter, the quintet makes country & western as imagined by Andrew Dice Clay. Lubbock is known for being the hometown of Buddy Holly. But the capital of the West Texas plains has produced another, more deviant, act: the raunchy, dirty country band known as The Beaumonts.