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2016 was great for growth from several artists that we mentioned on last year’s list with most either gaining a demographic outside of Canada or preparing their next major release. With that in mind we’ll be highlighting new artists we haven’t covered that are new or re-branding themselves, check it out below!
We caught on late into the year for bbno$ aka Alexander Gumuchian’ flamboyant underground trap tracks that get several thousand plays with a growing fan base but better late than never. There’s a sense of humour that tags along with it all but its undeniable that he’s made some catchy bangers, yuh… dat way.
It’s been a steady pace of releases from Rapper DaamCP consistently handing out Trap influenced tracks with the content only getting more raw and intriguing. We’re sure people will be catching on and seeing him open for acts soon enough.
There are a lot of electronic acts coming out of Vancouver but duo Diana Boss aka Sam Steele and Josh McRae have definitely honed the playful house they’ve been putting out for the last year. Their latest EP West Coast out on Groundwerk gives you a taste of their potential and where they can take it.
Musician Christopher Smith started Dralms in search of something different and in 2015 they released their debut LP Shook which blended Alternative Rock with electronic undertones resulting in a beautifully unique 10-track project. We’re hoping to hear new material from them this year.
One of the most underrated rappers to have come out in 2016 is ESES, he was steadily releasing music through out the year ranging from Trap, R&B to Dancehall. We first heard of him through his Withinroots feature but his solo material assures us his diverse presence.
We were waiting for music from them since 2012 and in 2016 they suddenly released their debut LP Breaking (King Deluxe) consisting of all the smooth elements we wanted from Evy Jane’s vocals and Jeremiah Klein’s production which perfectly compliment each other. We hope they don’t take a long break again and continue to release in 2017.
Violinist/singer Hannah Epperson has made waves after her performance award from Peak back in 2013, since then she’s gone onto lend her talents to several collaborative projects based in New York. Her lushes debut album UPSWEEP carries a unique screenplay through out which is supported by Electronic Pop to more down-tempo vibes.
Coming from an acting background Hayleau aka Hayley Law had been quietly working on her debut solo project for most of last year. Hayley eventually opened for Bibi Bourelly this past year followed by releasing her debut self titled EP which included 6 seducing tracks. If you haven’t heard of Hayleau yet we highly suggest catching up because we see big things for her in the new year.
Persistence is key especially in a time where art can get filtered through so quickly, that’s why Immerze continues to impress with every release growing his sound and style. His latest single “Ying Ying” and music video for “2 Cents/Black Bond” stand out from his previous work and gives us a glimpse into what he has coming from his next project My Momma Knows I’m Trappin EP out February.
With only 5 tracks released this past year R&B act Jay Branks caught our attention with “Ain’t Playin'” and “4 The Love” which really demonstrated his vocal range and bumpin’ production. His latest single “For You” which came along with visuals is the perfect way to start off the new year. We hope to see a debut project from him, check out the music video below.
Vancity’s nicest is well known and is definitely not a new comer but is setting up quite the release following up his Sneakers & Video Games mixtapes from back in 2010-2012. The up coming project titled Bonus will surely remind everyone that JayKin is not to be forgotten or shoved aside, we can’t wait to hear it.
Quickly rising electronic producer Juelz made some waves in 2016, putting out his debut EP on Flow-Fi got him some traction but his continuous releases were really heavy, complex and literally unavoidable. Accompanied by his collaborations with Falcons, Andrew Luce and being featured on Anna Lunoe’s Hyper House on Beats1 it’s easy to say people are paying attention to the kid.
Originally coming from an Opera and classical background 19 year old singer Matthew V released his debut 7-track album Sounds infusing his previous knowledge with a modern Pop/R&B style. We hope to hear more from this young act.
Trio band Mother Upduff have been at it for quite some time having released three EP’s last year with their latest The Decay blending all the musicians tastes into a soulful psychedelic lo fi rock project. With the now established members we hope to hear a more full body project this new year.
We had a feeling ninetyfour aka Tevin Douglas would be end up on this list once he released his debut project It’s Yours: a bass heavy Rap/R&B album. He has stayed consistent with material including several music videos and his two latest, we’re excited to see where he takes it from here.
From working with Brevner to his contribution to Kai Sky Walker’s work Stevie Ross has finally released his debut album Something In Wonderland and it’s neo-soul/indie vibes will keep you warm this winter. With this project being in the vault for 5 years and still sounding relevant today is a statement in itself.
Coming from a DJ background Tails started to produce his own remixes that ranged from Trap, R&B to Boom-bap with most of it gaining over 100k plays on Soundcloud. After linking up with music collective Film Noir he collaborated with several producers including Alexander Lewis, Maximus MMC and graves. which really gained the proper attention. It’s been awhile since he’s put something out so we’re sure this year he’ll be unleashing some crazy stuff.
Singer Willa definitely polished her sound in 2016 releasing two heavy singles that carried a more darker undertone to her approach on Pop. Gaining over 1.9 million plays on Spotify is a solid statement for her work.
R&B act Withinroots released an exquisite debut 6-track EP titled Two Years Back ranging from Soul, down-tempo and flat out smooth R&B. Eventually an exquisite music video was released for “Clouds” followed by “Strėėts” and “Chåkra” giving us a great taste for what’s to come.
Indie Pop band Youngblood released their first single titled “Feel Alright” last year which was a dreamy introduction to a group that had surely caught our attention. In September they released their debut EP by the same name consisting of 5 catchy Pop songs that had us wanting more.
Local duo Withinroots have been perfecting this 6-track EP for the last two years and it really shows since every single song on this project is a crisp R&B sound. We had the pleasure of having them perform at Winnie Cooper & Friends and we highly suggest checking their future shows out because they are a talented group with potential of taking their vibes much further. Purchase the project here or stream below along with the music video for “Clouds”.
With only a couple days until our next event in Fortune Sound Club’s project space we’ve put together a mix/playlist for Happy Ending Fridays showcasing sounds relating to our event including several local acts such as Withinroots, So Loki, Dave Fields & Seth Kay among others. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with “WINNIE & FRIENDS APRIL 29TH” in the subject line and your first and last name in the body for discount guest-list which includes Virgil Abloh in the main room, click here for more info on the event. Stream + tracklist below or download the mix here.
Tennyson – Like What?
Ibeyi – Stranger/Lover (Mura Masa Remix)
Stevie Ross – Too Much
Jai Paul – BTSTU
I M U R – Bad Neighbourhood
Dave Fields – Way It Is
Erykah Baduh – Phone Down (Seth Kay Remix)
dvsn – Too Deep
Tontario x Lucas Nord – Rewind
J. Robb – Say What
Withinroots – All Night
Martin J. Ballou – Can You Fill Me In?
The Code – Mood (Find You)
Gallant – Weight In Gold (Ekali Remix)
Raiel – Take Time
Noah Slee – Sink
So Loki – Lil Ma
Harrison Brome – Pools
Kuma – Do I Wanna Know?
After our crazy main stage takeover at Fortune Sound Club we’re taking our local party back to the project space for an intimate performance from up&coming duo Withinroots plus support from So Loki. Breaden & Nico DT put out quite the soulful jam titled “Cherish” 8 months ago featuring Hayleau which had a catchy guitar sample from Sade’s “Cherish The Day” from her 1992 album Love Deluxe.
Since then they’ve been working hard on their debut project while still showcasing their talent in Brevner’s latest EP. Their sound with only a few tracks released is undoubtedly solid, crisp and just about ready to be showcased for you all. Click here for more info on the event and email us at email@example.com for discount entry with “Winnie & Friends April 29th” in the subject line and your first and last name in the body, this also includes Kanye’s art director Virgil Abloh in the main room. Stream some of the artists music below and join us to support local talent!
Vancouver duo Withinroots gave us all a peak to their sound 8 months ago with “Cherish” featuring Hayleau which did set a tone and had us intrigued.
The group consists of singer Braeden Vanderzalm and producer Nico DT who have worked with several different local artists which has really showcased their versatile style. From what we know they’re putting the finishing touches to their debut project with “Clouds” being their latest offering. Stream below and stay tuned for a collaboration between Winnie & Withinroots announcing soon!