With so many sources for music these days, it’s getting harder to sieve through the tide in your search for truly great tunes. Like, where do you even start? While Spotify is the most popular way to get your groove on, there are also platforms like YouTube, Soundcloud, Pandora and more that are awesome for music discovery.
The answer? Right here, we think. Because we’ve done the trawling for you and rounded up five of our favourite new(ish) artistes that will take you into 2016 on a great note.
No stranger to social media buzz, Troye Sivan is all of 20 with the voice of an angel. Born in South Africa but raised in Australia, the unassuming boy-man first made a name for himself on YouTube (where he has over 3.6 million subscribers and more than 203 million total views). Now signed to record label EMI Australia, he writes some of his own material such as Youth, Wild and Talk Me Down but also does covers such as a mashup of Hands To Myself/Sorry by Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Adele cried listening to his cover of her hit Someone Like You - enough said.
TV presenter Henry Golding drew our attention to this Aussie electronica musician who’s been around the block a few times. His smooth, soulful cover of Blackstreet's No Diggity got him noticed, before he went on to win awards including a Best Independent Single/EP ARIA (Australian Independent Records Awards) for Thinking in Textures. Born Nicholas James Murphy, his stage name is an homage to American jazz trumpeter and music legend Chet Baker.
Don’t let her Playboy bombshell persona distract you from her amazing pipes - this singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington can blow the roof off with her renditions of hits like Bang Bang by Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande or Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do. Joined by bandmates Naphtali Smith and Ajay Marshall, she also covers and mashups such as Wildest Dreams/Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Taylor Swift and Bob Dylan, along with original songs such as I’ll Have You.
Better known by family and friends as Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, Halsey started writing songs at 17. Now 21, the New Jersey native has an EP called Badlands to her name. Fusing indie and electronic pop tunes, her lush vocals remind us a little bit of Lorde, especially on tracks like Hurricane and Is There Somewhere. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine. Not sure about you, but we want to hear much more.
If you like the distinctive sound of the ’90s, check out this American alternative rock group formed in 2013 in Nashville. Lead singer Alicia Bognanno’s vocals go from earnest and winsome to angry in a heartbeat, complemented by tight arrangements from her three band members: drummer Stewart Copeland, guitarist Clayton Parker and bassist Reece Lazarus. They released their first album this year, featuring tunes that remind us of great bands like Weezer.