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10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2016

Aurora, Daya, Troye Sivan and more

Aurora, Troye Sivan

Aurora and Troye Sivan are two of the new artists you should not miss this month

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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: Top 40 bubblegum R&B singer Daya, grime sensation Lady Leshurr, metal-inflected trap DJ Lookas, critically acclaimed art-rapper Milo and more.

Roly Porter

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Roly Porter

Sounds Like: Unsettling, wordless sonic narratives that are sometimes blissful and sometimes sinister.

For Fans of: Haxan Cloak, Tim Hecker, Philip Glass's collaborations with Godfrey Reggio

Why You Should Pay Attention: The onetime member of dubstep duo Vex'd is returning with Third Law, his first album for acclaimed avant-garde electronic label Tri Angle. Porter's unpredictable forays into composition and narrative make for an album that contains moments of quiet beauty and ominous fury. This is music that's constantly in flux, challenging while remaining accessible. Devotees of heavy metal, ambient and contemporary composition will all find elements to embrace.

He Says: After two albums with relatively clear narrative lines, Porter opted for a slightly different approach for Third Law. "It was more about sonic ideas that I wanted to explore, that had to do with pace and rhythm and things like that, finding new ways to inject speed and beats and rhythmic ideas that didn't fall into any genre ideas but that propelled this soundscape along in a different way," he said. "It's kind of about pace and intensity, but without using any traditional rhythm structures." Porter notes his fondness for metal and noise, both of which can be heard here. "I grew up loving metal, and I'm still listening to a lot of metal now," he says. "But I'm still waiting for some kind of variation on metal that works for me. The intensity and the noise is there, but there's some variation, especially with bass ideas, that hasn't happened yet, and I'm still hoping will happen."

Hear for Yourself: The exhilarating "Known Space," which closes Third Law, embraces the low end and the abrasive before letting in an unsettling chorus of voices and giving way to John Carpenter-like minimal synths. Tobias Carroll

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