So, hello everyone!
I hope everyone's winter (summer for the southern hemisphere?) break has been nice and relaxing.
I'ma quickly go over some artists/bands you should be lookin' out for in 2011.
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Basically. I think the youtube comment regarding Jessie J on one of her videos sums her up the best.
"Well it's like Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga wanted to have a child and the surrogate mother was P!nk."And basically, that person is absolutely right. Jessie J has the bite and somewhat frightening animation of Nicki Minaj, the forwardness and strong vocals like Gaga, and the bad-ass-ness of P!nk. Jessie J is a songwriter from Essex who first began as a writer for Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera. She released a track, Sexy Silk, on the soundtrack for the movie Easy A and later released to tracks on her own, Do It Like A Dude and Price Tag. Do It Like A Dude has been very well received in the U.K. and American rapper B.O.B is releasing his remix of Price Tag in the States. Jessie J has been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2011 list and won the Critic's Choice Award at the Brit Awards. She also has her debut album set for release in 2011.
This lady is gonna be huge, I'm tellin' you.
-The Good Natured
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Basically, The Good Natured is mostly defined by the lead singer, songwriter Sarah McIntosh from Berkshire England. Every time I listen to this band I love their sound more and more. Sarah McIntosh's striking black hair and pale, delicate features create an androgynous ambiance and the lyricism behind all their songs are effortlessly artistic and catchy.
They've been around a while, but I have a really good feeling about this year for them.
You all know that I think the world of Sunday Girl.
It's only a matter of time before she completely takes over with her unique voice and take on electro-pop.
I still can't wait for a debut album, which hopefully will come out next year.
-Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
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Also known as T.E.E.D.
I have no idea where this guy is from, but I couldn't care less, because regardless, his music is brilliant.
T.E.E.D. has this very nonchalant, monotone voice, which, would probably sound bland, but, combined with his ingenious musicality and pin-point house style, it's what sweet dreams are made of.
T.E.E.D.'s Household Goods is a perfect example of this. With monotone, careless vocals with a sense of biting wit smoothly accented by kaleidoscopic blips and bloops which eventually drops into a slightly atari meltdown which couldn't be more perfect. So. Damn. Good.
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In my opinion.
Jai Paul is London's improvement on MGMT. And his song, BTSTU is probably one of the most exciting tracks to come out of 2010.
Sounding incredibly homemade, lo-fi, but still delectably in your face and precisely layered, BTSTU is an undeniable track. It's ironic that I say that though, because I initially didn't like Jai Paul and saw him as another electro-experimental act like MGMT. But upon later listen, I discovered that his music is really spectacular and isn't another one of "those electro-experimental acts" but rather a step towards a new future of electronic music. Jai Paul has also been nominated for the BBC Sound of 2011 award as well.
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If you've been reading Chromatist for a while, you may remember Florrie from a post from wayyyy back in March.
Florrie, since that one Fred Falke remix has really honed a style, her own sound. Interestingly, she has also proven herself to be diverse in releasing her own "Introduction" e.p. She has shown that she can move from moody electro to cheery, fun pop. She is so freaking catchy and although her lyrics are sometimes slightly cliche and cheesy, she still possesses the ears of the listener. I can see her gaining some momentum this coming year.
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Crystal Fighters have been gaining momentum since I first posted about them.
Since then, they've released several singles, been featured on Skins and have released their first full-length album. Their album, Star Of Love, was pretty well received and set them towards a path of critical praise. I'm just guessing, that with all of their growing popularity, their clout of fame will just keep growing.
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The Toronto electro-scene never ceases to impress.
Egyptrixx is a dubstep/dance/electro dj, who is garnering all kinds of praise from various magazines and radio stations. Egyptrixx has this masterful and seasoned approach to simplified, minimal, electronic music. His simple style has garnered him all kind of attention and all of that attention is well deserved when you make music this good.
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He's the future of Scandinavian dance music, I'm tellin' you.
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New Zealand decided to respond to Ke$ha, Gaga, and Marina all in one shot.
The result is Zowie, an incredibly shiny, pop-crystalline artist. Yeah, her music is a little cliche, but who cares.
It's about time New Zealand got more representation in the electro pop scene other than Ladyhawke.
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Cocknbullkid's debut album, I believe, is set for release in 2011. And her upfront and brash take to pop music has been subject to praise in her native U.K.
I just have a feeling.
That pretty much summarizes the artists/bands I have very strong feelings about in 2011.
But, there are a few others that I think could do well in 2011 as well: Esben and The Witch, She Is Danger, and The Naked And Famous.
It's funny though. 2010 was a year of unexpected but not undeserved successes.
I speak mostly of the breakthrough of La Roux, Florence + The Machine and the XX into the American mainstream. I don't know why I find it odd, just, hrmm... I am not sure how to put it.
Anyway. That is all, and I think that pretty much wraps up my blog posts for the year!
A huge thanks to everyone who has joined Chromatist this year and to everyone who has stayed with me up until this point. I love you all and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year!
Cheers! And see you next year!