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10 New Artists You Need to Know: August 2015

Travis Mills, CL, Halsey, Cold Beat and more

Tunde Olanarian and CL

Tunde Olanarian and CL

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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: One of Korea's most popular female MCs, a social-media sensation turned pop star, goth rock's gravest new pleasure, a Blink-182-inspired party rapper and more.


Jack Wagner


Sounds Like: Urban dreams and nightmares from a young father in Compton

For Fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Vince Staples

Why You Should Pay Attention: Anthony "Boogie" Dixson has established himself on the West Coast rap scene with two mixtapes of impressive depth. On last summer's Thirst 48, he harmonized ruefully over a broken relationship. The Reach, which hit the Internet in June, is one of the best rap projects of the year so far, and finds him rapping with hardened purpose as he critiques L.A. gang culture and acknowledges his past as a Campanella Park Piru Blood. "I ain't in this shit, but I'm still in this shit," he raps on "First Evergreen." Boogie remains proud of his set, but the 25-year-old has evolved since his teenage years. His six-year-old son, Darius, features heavily in Boogie's music. On The Reach cover, Darius lies in bed, sleeping, as an anonymous stranger looks over him from a window. Meanwhile, Boogie pays respect to Darius' mother on "Intervention," a refreshing sign of growth after the frustrated anger he exhibited towards women on Thirst 48. "On this tape, I decided to show that it's cool to glorify the good women that we do got out here," he says. "But I still go through my phases, like 'fuck bitches,' you know?"

They Say: "The title of The Reach came about because, after Thirst 48, I started getting a little more public notification, and my people around me started acting weird, like we made it, reaching into my comfort zone, always asking me questions. It's just a local term that called 'reachin',' when people do that. At the same time, I was reachin' for a different level in my life," he says. "I'm still adjusting [to all the attention]. Lately, I've been letting them know that I'm still working, and I haven't really accomplished what I feel I need to."

Hear For Yourself: On "Oh My," which has clocked nearly 1 million YouTube views, Boogie and his crew get lit over a Jahlil Beats banger. By Mosi Reeves


Atli Thor Alfredsson


Sounds Like: Hard, nuanced techno unaware of its own limits

For Fans of: Nina Kraviz, outside-the-box drum programming, for-the-club bass

Why You Should Pay Attention: Bjarki grew up in northern Iceland and began making music when he moved in with his dad at age 12. "It was his turn to make me do better at school," the DJ says, as he twirls a cigarette in his Copenhagen basement. Bjarki's grades never rose, but he learned his most important lessons from a friend's older brother who demonstrated how to make basic beats — hard trance, then Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy — on a home computer. His break came when he almost met Nina Kraviz at the end of a long night out. After he accidentally got too drunk at an early Tiësto show his girlfriend had forced him to attend — "bullshit," he says — she made it up by passing a USB of his tracks to the Russian DJ. One year later, Bjarki's first single, "I Wanna Go Bang," is the breakout hit from Kravis' new label, Trip.

They Say: "I got into techno because of a promoter in Iceland who brought in Mistress Barbara," Bjarki recalls. "I went to the show — snuck in — and there was this attitude, this anger in the music. I was like, 'I want to make something like this.' Then I made 'I Wanna Go Bang' two years ago. I had come back to Iceland, and I was working a shitty job. Those were really tough months. I guess I was missing the 'bang' I had found in Amsterdam. I finished it in 40 minutes, and it was sitting on my computer this whole time."

Hear for Yourself: "I Wanna Go Bang" finds Arthur Russell's melancholy via DJ Deeon's hard loops, then reconfigures the title sample amid nervous snares and pulsing bass. By Nick Murray