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.
Coming off the high of virality and genre-bending acts of June, July's discoveries are all about low-key, brilliant artists. Groove to indie-rock sounds of Bazart. Drift through Fhin’s liquid electronica. Sink into the dark and adventurous atmosphere of Faces on TV. Dance in streams of melancholy with Luna Shadows. Or follow Mononoke down the alternative-pop rabbit hole. These promising discoveries draw from the familiarities of R&B, rock, and pop, while creating their own unique sound.
Signed to PIAS Recordings, Bazart is one of Belgium's astounding indie-rock bands, and won’t come as a surprising Promising Discovery to our Flemish users. Discovered by Iken Dust over a year ago, this five-piece band (made up of Mathieu Terryn, Simon Nuytten, Oliver Symons, Daan Schepers, and Robbe Vekeman) makes other-worldly indie rock that is as seductive as the Arctic Monkeys, evidence in tracks like “Goud” which hinges on that rich and beautifully complex harmony. Another single we should all have on repeat is recent release “Chaos”, which rushes in like a warm summer breeze on a cold night, Bazart lays a foundation that any indie rock fan would love to rest on. Word on the street is that Bazart wants to deliver British-sounding rock, but using the Dutch language, to an audience which is fast expanding beyond the Belgian borders. The fact that they’re singing in Dutch shouldn’t phase any curious ear. In fact, the language barrier actually adds a new layer of fascination for those who can’t speak Dutch. It leaves their lyrics up to interpretation, letting the electronic synth rock vibes tell an untainted story.
Nine months ago, HighClouds discovered Fhin, an electronic artist who has been bringing an addictive mix of elegant, glitchy and digitalised sounds for the last year and a half. This young Parisian producer and multi-instrumentalist, started off by sending his music to YouTube channels before French label Délicieuse Records took notice. One of the label’s earliest blog posts about Fhin’s “Your Heart Sounds Like” compares him to a variety of artists from Louis The Child to Oh Wonder to FKJ to RUFUS. Perhaps it’s this fluidity of sounds that led him to choose the genre listed on his Facebook biography - ‘liquid.’ His music treads between the line of minimalistic and electronic, leaving your body to feel like it’s coasting along soundwaves. It’s the telltale layers of warped vocals and climatic instrumentals that has Fhin cementing his space in the chillwave genre. The online music community has definitely fallen for his A Crack in the Eyes EP, with standout tracks like “Your Heart Sounds Like”, “But Now A Warm Feel Is Running” and “Already Know That” stacking up an impressive number of plays.
The successful discovery of Faces On TV marks a first for HumanHuman user Kimberely who listed the amazing band two years ago, but this Belgian act isn’t an entire enigma to the HumanHuman community. Hailing from the city of Ghent (like the indie-rockers Bazart), Faces On TV’s front man Jasper Maekelberg has worked with dark-pop heroine Tsar B on the mixing of her hit single “Escalate”, which was co-produced by none other than Bazart’s Oliver Symons. You’re starting to see where all the dots connect up by this point. Despite this link to R&B-inflected pop, Faces on TV’s music is in an entirely different sphere. Self-described as “noise-pop with the handbrake on; dark and adventurous tunes from the same universe Radiohead, Portishead and Balthazar come from.” This quartet play captivating songs, all made with intentional beats that ring and draw you in along with Maekelberg’s vocals, supported by the balanced instrumentals from band members Sander Verstraete, Ruben Vanhoutte and Dienne Bogaerts. “Run Against the Stream”, which has been aired on radio stations Studio Brussels and BBC Radio 1, is like chasing and turning corners in dimly lit hallways, and tempting you to follow them into the twilight zone. If you want to get an idea of the alternate, synthpop dimension they’re building, check out the haunting music video “Love/Dead.”
Added by Wonky Sensitive six months ago, Luna Shadows is bound to become your electronic, daydream-pop crush. This Los Angeles producer and singer-songwriter recently started working with Thomas Powers (The Naked & Famous) and Brad Hale (Now Now) to create an ideal blend of bubblegum pop and musical sophistication - and it shows. Her syrupy vocal voice lures the listener onto a virtual dance floor where piano chords and electronic beats sway to lyrics about strength and vulnerability. “Hallelujah California” sounds like a hedonistic mixture of something that could’ve been produced for Selena Gomez, but with lyrics penned by alt-pop goddess Lana del Ray. That melancholy imbued sound continues into “Cherry”, a delectable example of alternative, electronic pop that you’ll unknowingly find yourself singing along to in a couple of listens. After building up a portfolio of choral, carefree songs over half a year, Luna Shadows has launched her debut Summertime EP and with that came one of the best singles to date, “Waves”. Luna Shadows explains the motivation about this impressive track: “This song is a bit of a stern conversation with myself, about letting go of sentimentality and forcing myself to be more vulnerable to all things ephemeral... to have experiences without assigning meaning to each of them, or to risk suffering the consequences of attachment” (via Wonky Sensitive).
From London-via-Liverpool comes Mononoke, who returned from an eighteen month hiatus with a clean slate and some new tracks up her sleeve. This resurfaced talent went quiet not long after Disco Naïveté first discovered her, but Mononoke’s comeback single “Alice” makes up for all of that. In actuality, that song first appeared three years ago, but circling back to old material clearly hasn’t affected the quality, because just one month after the re-release of “Alice”, it was added to Radio 1’s Best of BBC Music Introducing. Enchanting listeners with the familiar story of Alice in Wonderland paired with the universal theme of love; her lyrics track back through memories to where the past hurts the most. It’s a subject she also strikes upon in second single “Silence For You,” through the opening lines, “Let’s take a photograph, it’s the only way to make this last. / Let’s frame a second to retain our past.” Through the accompanying video, in which the British artists quietly meditates in a subtly changing room, Mononoke confirms her ability to entrance listeners into an introspective bubble. The comeback has been good so far and we’re eagerly awaiting her next release.