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10 New Artists You Need to Know: June 2014

Meet the rising stars of rock, R&B, EDM, pop and more acts shaping your tomorrow


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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: country-rap hybrid Big Smo, the major label debut from folk-rockers Matrimony, the nice-guy R&B of Adrian Marcel, the influential Portuguese rhythms of DJ Marfox and more.

Diogo Simoes

DJ Marfox

Sounds Like: DJ Rashad's hyper cousin, delivering a whiplash update on kuduro, the Portuguese music form that draws on Caribbean soca and zouk. But Marfox also has traces of Angolan house, batida, kizomba, tarraxinha and funaná in his kinetic grooves

For Fans Of: DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, RP Boo

Why You Should Pay Attention: With Radiohead digging on DJ Marfox's Principe Discos label mate DJ Nigga Fox, the insular Lisbon scene is garnering attention worldwide – and its greatest ambassador is Marfox. Just 25, the man born Marlon Silva (to Portuguese immigrants from the island of São Tomé e Príncipe) embodies the ebullient sound of the Afro-Portuguese barrios. He began making music when he was 15 and soon his Fruity Loops-rendered tracks became the soundtracks to raucous parties for Angolan and Cape Verdean African immigrants on the outskirts of the capital city. Marfox's influence in that community is such that the next generation of producers all use "-fox" in their names to pay tribute. Last month, he played his first show in New York City, slotted next to New Jersey club and Chicago footwork DJs, and he regularly plays in Europe alongside the likes of RP Boo and Kode9. His recent Lucky Punch EP on Lit City Trax furthers his sound, hinting at acid house, footwork and new sounds taken in from around the world.

He Says: "Even with getting a lot of international press coverage and exposure, the summer musical festival events and Portuguese media still don't recognize us. I'm an immigrant inside my own country. I feel one day we will get there. I now get an international audience that proves that what me and the other guys are doing is going in the right direction."

 Hear For Yourself: The skittering, tricky and giddy "Funk Em Kuduro." By Andy Beta

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