Every month at HumanHuman tons of discoveries are added, but only a few are featured. These promising 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 very best of last month’s features, as decided by the HumanHuman community.
Tsar B quite literally burst onto the scene a little over a month ago following a collaboration with HumanHuman favourites Oscar And The Wolf in which they covered Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for the trailer of forthcoming film Black. Claimed by the tasteful Leontien Allemeersch, this Belgian starlet was featured just a few days after the initial discovery, but that’s not the end of this newcomer’s story… As her online presence began to grow, so did our community’s interest as we were guided by descriptions like “dark blue oriental r&b” and “The anthem of the dream you had last night” (both taken from Tsar B’s Facebook page), but still there was no more music. That all changed a few weeks ago when her debut single “Escalate” premiered on The Fader. What’s more all the promises of playful R&B and Eastern influences were met and totally beat any expectations - reflected by the flood of new agrees and listeners.
Coming in at a pretty close second for November is Tender, the North London-based duo simply known as Dan and James. Hillydilly was first to the mark four months ago when the pair only had one public song “Legion”, which clearly impressed by the looks of this comment on hillydilly.com: “their first original track suggests that they’ve some decent potential, and we think that you’re going to dig their psychedelic-leaning.” Our users certainly did dig Tender’s sound, because three months and a handful of home-produced tracks later they were featured. Our personal favourite tune is “Belong”, a jangling plea against loneliness; it reminds us of an early Jungle track with a slightly darker groove.
Our November list just wouldn’t be right without this find. Billie Eilish seamlessly floated into our lives just twelve days ago when the combination of a Hillydilly discovery and a breakthrough single let us all know we should be agreeing on this young talent. She might only be 13-years-old, but this L.A. native is clearly serious about her music, shown through previously released tracks “sHE’s brOKen” and “Finger’s Crossed”, but as we all know her moment really arrived with the output of gorgeous, heart-wrenching indie-pop song “Ocean Eyes”. Singing with maturity beyond her years, the poetic narrative and cool electronic invites the listener to join Eilish on her liferaft of song. With hoards of overcome fans and a rework from the talented UK musician Astronomyy, there’s only one conclusion we can come to and it’s the same as her discoverer’s first prediction, Billie Eiish is going to be big.
Although The Indie Curator’s discovery of George Cosby is an impressive two-years-old, this artist’s music can only be dated back to a couple of months ago to epic track “Ritual Blush”. However, it appears that Cosby’s deliberate reinvention has more than paid off as he tipped over the 2K listener mark, gained 26 new agrees (not counting the first agree from Daisy Digital nine months ago) and became a featured artist. His powerful voice, rich instrumentation and evocative lyric themes have wowed us so far and the most recent release “State Of Undress” - from the upcoming Human Touch EP - was premiered by influential publication Clash. As this English musician starts to make waves in the mainstream, like his recently placement on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 playlist, we can safely say that the HumanHuman community found him first.
This band’s self-description is probably the best we’ve heard yet - “Industrial Spiritual” - and it sounds like an impossible concept until you hit play on Pumarosa’s first official single “Priestess”. Discovered by Disco Naïveté two months ago when they had zero listeners, this user helps to explain the band’s mystical sound a little further: “their official debut song Priestess spans over 7 minutes long and takes you *deep* inside their mythic world [...] they bring you in a trance almost instantly and take you along their trip for quite a while.” The buzz around Pumarosa has yet to die down, most likely due to Shura’s remix and never-ending blog coverage, like The Line of Best Fit’s recent selection for One to Watch for 2016. The London five-piece have most definitely bewitched the music world with their hypnotic single and the hope of more to come.