6 music artists we’re listening to right now

2018-06-15 12:36
 
Jessie Reyez

Cape Town – Are you still listening to that same playlist (probably made by an ex) from years ago? 

Listen, we’re all been there, music reminds you of where you were when you heard something and listening to something you love, for whatever reason, can be nostalgic in an awesome way. Like wearing a T-Shirt with holes in it, because it’s comfy. 

But, finding a new artist – that you might not have heard of - and falling in love with their sound can be just as incredible, because as the saying goes: A change is as good as a holiday. 

So, to help refresh your listening library, we’ve rounded up all the artists that we’re listening to right now (that you might like) to give you something new to press play on. 

HERE ARE 6 MUSIC ARTISTS WE’RE LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: 

1. HARRISON STORM 

(Available on Spotify)

I discovered the music of Australian singer/songwriter Harrison Storm through the “similar artist” function on Spotify. As a fan of artists like Ben Howard and Angus & Julia Stone, Harrison’s music was a wonderful find and a perfect fit to my musical taste.

His soulful voice and finger-picked guitar playing ensured that I instantly added him to my daily playlist. It’s the perfect music to listen to while I’m writing at my desk or relax to at home after a busy day at the office. 

One of my favourite tracks is Sense of Home – a slow and sincere song with moving lyrics. If laid back, indie, heartfelt music is your vibe then you’ll also enjoy Harrison Storm’s music.   - Herman Eloff | Editor

HERE’S HARRISON STORM PERFORMING SENSE OF HOME LIVE HERE:

2. CARDI B 

(Available on Spotify)

Cardi B takes on the haters in her debut album Invasion of Privacy, and I’m here for it. 

The chart-topper attacks each track with brutal honesty, wit and what can only be described as sheer Cardiness. She is funny, fierce, out-spoken and in-your-face. She makes that very clear in the opening track, Get Up 10.

Cardi B got me belting out “All my chains got diamonds in it. My account got commas in it,” driving down Adderley street in my 1999 Toyota Conquest, knowing very well I’m about to buy the value meal at Burger King.  - Graye Morkel | Editor of The Juice

WATCH CARDI B PERFORMING BE CAREFUL HERE:

3. JESSIE REYEZ 

(Available on Spotify) 

I am always on the lookout for new artists to listen to. I came across Jessie Reyez via a

I am always on the lookout for new artists to listen to. I came across Jessie Reyez via a Billboard article. And since then I haven’t stopped listening to her. 

I am a big R&B/Hip-Hop fan so Jessie’s new brand of soulful, angst and anger wrapped up in a unique tone ticks all the right boxes. Not only is she a good singer she also has mad rapping skills too. Her extended EP

I am a big R&B/Hip-Hop fan so Jessie’s new brand of soulful, angst and anger wrapped up in a unique tone ticks all the right boxes. Not only is she a good singer she also has mad rapping skills too. Her extended EP Kiddo is the perfect teaser that keeps me coming back for more. It is a great listen as it shows off her versatility as a singer and songwriter. 

My favourite track is Figures – it’s a sombre tune of a woman who is lovesick and shows off a soft melodic side to her as an artist. - Leandra Engelbrecht  |  TV and Movies Editor

HERE’S JESSIE PERFORMING FIGURES LIVE: 

4. JESS GLYNNE 

(Available on Spotify) 

I have to be honest, I loved Jess Glynne’s music before I even knew who she was. It was a ‘I know and love the songs but don’t know who sings it’ situation – pretty sure we all have those.

Anyway, it was Rudimental’s smash hit These Days - which includes vocals from Jess, Macklemore and Dan Caplan - that had me asking, ‘Who’s beautiful husky voice is that?’  Upon searching her name on Spotify, I was pleasantly surprised to know and enjoy the English singer/songwriter’s music from her 2015 debut studio album I Cry When I Laugh. Sure, a lot of her lyrics are filled with clichés but her classic, soulful voice and fun, upbeat tempos make up for it.

Jess is always playing when I’m getting ready to go out with friends or do something fun. Her voice and fast tracks would also totally fit in at a cool summer pool party vibe. But if you’re feeling chilled or sentimental then her slower tracks are perfect, too.

While she is still working on a second album, her latest single I’ll Be There is well worth a listen. - Bronwyn McKay | International Entertainment News Editor

WATCH JESS PERFORMING I’LL BE THERE HERE:

5. JP COOPER 

(Available on Deezer)

When it comes to listening to music on Deezer, I generally don’t venture into the unknown – I like to stick to what/who I know. So, I usually find myself digging up old tracks by the likes of Queen or No Doubt. Maybe even a little Celine Dion every now and again (don’t judge me).

I discovered JP Cooper by accident. My favourite playlist on my app in one called ‘acoustic pop’, and that’s where I first heard his track, September Song. Which led me on a hunt to find even more of his work. 

JP is an English singer/songwriter best known for his feature on Jonas Blue’s Perfect Strangers. His raspy tone and laidback vibe reminds me so much of James Morrison.

I’ve got quite a few favourites by this star, but funny enough, the one I love the most is a cover he did – Mercy, originally done by Shawn Mendes. Make sure you also listen to his tracks Wait and Birthday Song

Side note: If you’re going to listen to JP, you have got to listen to his acoustic stuff. - Nikita Coetzee | Juice Content Producer

HERE’S JP COOPER PERFORMING WAIT:

6. PUSHA T

(Available on Spotify)

I know everyone is talking about Pusha’s beef with Drake (or rather how the former annihilated the latter on his diss track) but aside from all that drama, I like Daytona. If you don’t know, Daytona is Pusha’s latest album and if you haven’t heard it yet and want something powerful to get through your long day, week or year, this is it. It’s so perfectly edited and mixed so that I feel like it might just be the best album in quite a few months. 

I like it because it has that classic Kanye West production value and mixes classic samples/hooks with fantastic flow and lyrics that I might not always relate to but that definitely do hit hard. It’s a cohesive piece of art that I hope will stand the test of time unlike so many popular rap albums of the past two decades. The track that I feel best captures why I’m feeling Pusha right now and specifically this album is If You Know You Know- Alex Isaacs | Music Editor

WATCH PUSHA T PERFORM IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW HERE:

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