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.
My birthday is in May, so it’s a special month for me. It feels like the whole 31 days are blessed, with the weather warming up and festival season starting. With so much exciting music released this last month, HumanHuman users were spoiled for choice. Eventually, the community landed on Cehyrl, Emotional Oranges, Charlz, FYEO and Two People as this month’s most promising artists. These five picks span the pop spectrum; from electro to alt, from dreamy to dance - there’s something for everyone here. - LL
Two years ago, HumanHuman hit-spotter Matthew Kent discovered Cehryl, an emerging Los-Angeles based producer and songwriter who had just released a single called ‘Tunnel Vision’. It got the blogs talking, amassing 29K streams on soundcloud - a pretty big deal three years ago, when hype machine ruled the waves. Since then, Cehryl has released two well crafted EP’s, ‘Wherever It May Be’ and ‘Delusions’; the two records have garnered over 2 million streams on Spotify, showing a clear appetite for Cehryl’s unique brand of textured synth-pop. Her vocal is sumptuous and smooth evoking shadows of BANKS; with melodies hanging just behind the beat and effortlessly charming inflections. As Valentina Carillo wrote for Ones To Watch, “cehryl’s songs inspect lost relationships through a refreshingly non-traditional, yet still poetic, lense”. This month’s most promising discovery has an exciting future ahead of her. Consistently great output suggest that her stand-out singles are no mere fluke, but rather the product of an extremely talented songmaker - one in charge of all facets of her craft, producing, singing and penning her tunes. - LL
We stay in Los Angeles for this month’s second pick, an R&B duo drenched in soul. Emotional Oranges were discovered by HighClouds a month ago, rising fast on the back of their debut single ‘Motion’. Released on May 4th, the track has already hit 450,000 Spotify streams. Amelia Maher described the track for The Line of Best Fit, writing: “they create a flirtatious dialogue that is ridiculously fun and intoxicating, but it's the way they work the irresistible groove through tantalising R&B hooks that makes them an exciting prospect”. Their bass driven sound is somewhat reminiscent of AlunaGeorge, with a slightly more nostalgia laced bend to the production. The sound slips somewhere between 80’s electronic pop and 90’s R&B; melodically, there are clear soul influences - a raw blend of emotion and personality. Emotional Oranges ooze charisma, a rare characteristic that will carry the pair far - keep an eye out for these two in your favourite playlists. - LL
Charlz is an Australian songwriter and artist who broke onto the scene a year ago, having released ‘About Last Night’ - a collaboration with Maths Time Joy. This month’s bronze medalist was discovered by HighClouds, and has generated an impressive 19 agrees on HumanHuman. Beat-driven and full of force, Charlz’ music is tantalisingly effervescent; her dream-like vocals are blanketed in reverb, performing cascading melodies with perfect clarity. Her new single ‘Colors’ follows this tested combination, where fizzing percussion meets confident melodic writing. Luca Pasi reviewed the track favourably for Italian outfit Going Solo, writing, “Intoxicating and full of classy electro dream-pop tune, Colors brings you to another dimension thanks to the impressively hypnotic intensity of Charlz’s vocals.” ‘Colors’ is currently sitting just above 100,000 streams on Spotify in less than three weeks; the sky’s the limit for Charlz, with her cinematic pop soundscape and dizzying vocals colliding to great effect. - LL
The next artist to take a place in May’s Most Promising is FYEO, an international duo who have taken the blogosphere by storm. With one member in Stockholm and the other in Brooklyn, FYEO have all the buzzy pop bases covered. They were discovered by Matthew Kent three months ago and are comprised of members Viktor Persson and Jenny Björkqvist. Their debut single ‘I Wanna Dance (Like You)’ saw positive reviews from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Hillydilly and Plastic Mag; with the latter describing the track as, “a downtempo and ambient indie pop track demonstrating their songwriting and production craft. Delicate vocals float above the dreamy soundscape of the instrumentation creating an atmospheric track full of graceful charisma.” FYEO’s follow up single ‘Tigress’ was released earlier this month, seeing the pair garner enough community interest to be labeled as promising. It’s another display of the pair’s alt-pop prowess, with furtive melodies carefully dancing in and out of subtly rolling production. If they continue to release music of this quality they’ll be everywhere in no time, don’t sleep on FYEO. - LL
Perennial tastemaker Niels Bruwier added Two People to the site over two years ago. The Melbourne based duo had just released their debut single ‘Fading’, a stunning piece of alternative electronica drenched in texture and analogue warmth. The track ended up generating almost a million Spotify streams and received significant support from respected publications such as Indie Shuffle and The Line of Best Fit. The project is headed by Phoebe Lou and Joey Clough, two members of a now divorced Australian five-piece called Snakadaktal. Their dream-pop pedigree is audibly clear, with complex harmonic instrumentation laying a bed for Lou’s joyously enigmatic vocal performance. ‘I’m Tied, To You’ is the pair’s new single, released earlier this month. Pilerats wrote, “A slow burner in the purest sense, it's a track that continues to grow throughout it's over-too-soon 4:30 run time, teasing saxophone, gentle percussion, ravey synths, and Phoebe Lou's soothing vocals to devastating effect.” It’s characteristically subtle, with electronic elements weaving around organic sounds that add depth to an already tangible energy. I’m excited for what’s to come from Two People over the next few months - be sure to catch them live, I’ve heard they put on a serious show. - LL