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10 New Artists You Need to Know: April 2015

Bully, Kehlani, Jidenna, Daktyl and more

Jidenna and Tricot

Jidenna and Tricot

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records signee Jidenna, Nashville's buzzing grunge-poppers Bully, Sherlock composer Michael Price, Kendrick Lamar beatmaker Knxwledge and more.

Michael Price

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Michael Price

Sounds Like: Strings, drones and flickering piano creating clouds of nostalgia and melancholy

For Fans of: Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Nils Frahm

Why You Should Pay Attention: Price is an Emmy-winning composer who co-penned the score to the smash British drama Sherlock. His gorgeous debut full-length, Entanglement, was released this week by Erased Tapes, the heart-string-tugging London label that floats gently between 20th Century composition and ambient music. Within the album's 39-minute drift, there's a slow "Tape Overture," plinky piano raindrops, field recordings and the voice of soprano Ashley Knight briefly calling through the fog. "When I'm making a record, the story is all my own, and I can make a structure that makes musical sense," says Price about recording for Erased Tapes as opposed to a TV show. "And there aren't as many car chases."

He Says: "I really got into recording the sounds of travel, as well as the places I went to," says Price, who uses mobile phone recordings on "Budapest," "so you can hear the crazy musical sound of the Budapest metro announcements and then an awesome street fiddle player at the end of the track. Nobody gets freaked out if you're just looking at your phone with headphones on, like they do if you shove a big microphone in their face."

Hear for Yourself: "The Attachment," off Entanglement, already has more than 35,000 SoundCloud plays — pretty phenomenal for a song made up of patient piano, circling strings and warm sounds from a 1940s magnetic tape reel. Christopher R. Weingarten

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