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Most Promising Artists of December

Our monthly overview

Every month at HumanHuman tons of discoveries are added, but only a handful, are labelled as promising. These artists are agreed upon by our users as ones to watch and are well on their way to becoming the next big thing in music. What you see below, are the top five promising artists, as decided by the HumanHuman community.

Of course, every month we have five finds that rise to the top as the agrees for their emerging notoriety pours in. This time around, our users just couldn’t get enough of Kudu Blue’s marvelous brand of trip-hop, Warhaus’ sultry musings, rising producer Garren’s eclectic sounds, Ama Lou’s powerful pop and Kiara Nelson’s arresting voice. Read more about why these five Promising Artists are so good and be sure to listen along to all of December’s unearthed gems in our playlist.

Kudu Blue

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Comprised of Tom, Owen, Clementine, Dale and Creeda, the Brighton based quintet Kudu Blue were first introduced to us two years ago thanks to The Indie Curator who fell for their vibrant trip-hop debut “Bones”. Over the past few years, the band have continued to impress with a slew of lush pop cuts like “Vicinity”, “Call Out” and most recent offering “NGFM”. What’s more evident, is the progression in sound as elements of electronic, synth-R&B and even touches of light pop-rock seep into their instrumentation. These swirling soundscapes serve as the perfect backdrop for lead singer Clementine’s magnificent vocal prowess to shine through; soaring and diving in tune with the band’s atmospheric sounds. Having sat atop our Promising Discovery chart for two straight weeks, it’s no surprise that Kudu Blue also find themselves as the most promising discovery of December. Oh, and if you haven’t already, check out which artists the band recommends in our new article series. - DS

NGFM by Kudu Blue

Warhaus

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Unearthed by Leontien Allemeersch three years ago, Warhaus is the solo recording project of Maarten Devoldere, who fronts the soulful Belgian rock band Balthazar. Or, as his SoundCloud description simply puts it: “Warhaus is Maarten Devoldere (Balthazar).” Crafting sonic worlds brimming with a dramatic air of tension and intrigue, Devoldere showcases a carnal almost hypnotic side to his artistry. The title to his debut album We Fucked A Flame Into Being (a direct quote from Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence) which was released this past September beautifully sets the tone to a record packed with mysterious, gloriously rich array of songs that grab your attention from the get go. Apart from a wonderful sense of storytelling and songwriting, what strikes a chord with us in songs like “Bruxelles” and “Memory” is that whiskey-and-cigarette-toned, sultry and warm voice of his which charms its way into your heart. - DS

Memory by Warhaus

GARREN

22 agrees

The first song that the Californian producer Garren Langford (aka GARREN) uploaded to his SoundCloud was a remix of “Sunday Candy” by Chance the Rapper and Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment. Fast forward a year and just like the earth’s orbit around the sun, everything has come full circle, as GARREN has produced a track (“Smoke Break” featuring Future) for Chance the Rapper’s Grammy nominated mixtape Coloring Book. It’s with his breakthrough single “There She Go”, however, where GARREN marks his spot as one of the most exciting producers around. Effortlessly merging elements of pop and funk into a vortex of alt-R&B, a colourful array of warbling guitar lines packed with groove, dazzling synths and drums pave a path for his soulful musings. Tipped by Robert Roose two years ago, GARREN is set to release his debut album GARREN, LP later this year. - DS

There She Go by GARREN

Ama Lou

21 agrees

There’s more that meets the eye when it comes to “TBC”, the startlingly poignant and politically charged debut single from South London’s Ama Lou who was discovered by Niels Bruwier just over two months ago. Behind the curtain of subtle electronics and marching drums courtesy of mysterious London producer Exmoor Emperor lies a profoundly deep and powerful message in regards to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. In his article of 2016’s Best Music Video Debuts for HumanHuman Adam Alexander writes: “‘TBC’ examines both the idea of the media’s tendencies to associate ‘craziness’ with activism and the history of injustices suffered by minorities everyday”. Lou’s follow up single, the more upbeat “Not Always” further cements her promising status and we can’t wait to see what she does next. - DS

Not Always by Ama Lou

Kiara Nelson

20 agrees

18-year-old pop newcomer Kiara Nelson was first introduced to us six months ago thanks to Going Solo’s quick discovery. An exciting prospect with just her debut single “Cool My Rush” online back in July, it’s this summer-ready sound that saw the rising star likened to future pop icons Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson. Based in Helsinki, in September Nelson took to the stage at the 13,000 capacity Hartwall Arena in the city as a guest of New York based duo The Knocks to support Justin Bieber on his Purpose World Tour. Having found early support from one of Finland’s largest radio networks, YleX, the airplay and her early singles have seen Nelson included on a poll to be named the country’s best breakout star. December then saw Nelson release her second and most recent single “Bulletproof”, slowing the tempo the track sounds like Zara Larsson covering a Låpsley track, which is evidently a good thing. With more singles set for release this New Year there’s no word on a full length project yet, but Nelson is already riding the Nordic pop wave which will hopefully break on shores worldwide in 2017. - MK

Bulletproof by Kiara Nelson

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