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10 New Artists You Need to Know: March 2016

Zara Larsson, Moxie Raia, Young Greatness and more

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Moxie Raia and Zara Larsson 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: New Orleans rapper Young Greatness, Scandinavian EDM star Zara Larsson, Brooklyn alterna-punks Big Ups, Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, Justin Bieber tour opener Moxie Raia and more.

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Calum McMillan of GingerSnaps Scotland

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Sounds Like: The world's ugliest math problem

For Fans of: Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, the Austerity Program

Why You Should Pay Attention: "It's the aim and desire to just write stupidly heavy music," says Frontierer noisician Pedram Valiani about his band's next level tech-metal. The band achieves their unique brand of heavy by mixing abacus-melting time signatures, shards of rattling jungle techno and heaving slabs of blackened distorto-scuzz. The extreme nature helped make their debut LP, Orange Mathematics, a hit on Bandcamp. These four social media buddies — two in Scotland, one in Portugal and vocalist Chad Kapper screaming from Missouri — are planning on meeting in the same room for the first time, to rehearse for their first ever live show at U.K.'s Tech-Fest in July. "We only spoke over Skype for the first time in eight years a couple of weeks ago," says Valiani. "Baby steps." 

They Say: "I want to make albums that I will listen to as a fan as well as the creator…. Being able to get a kick out of my own songs was the main driving factor," says Valiani. "I like the concept of 'random' and i'm trying to incorporate it a lot more across my music. There are whole Frontierer songs I wrote without looking at what I had previously. I would just write each part over the timescale and add to it so by the time I got to the end I had no idea what I started with.

Hear for Yourself: Orange Mathematics bonus track "Lightshow Paralysis" is a grab-bag of terror: brittle breakbreaks, whining and wirring noise, throat-shredding screams and an ever-shifting riff-bludgeon. Christopher R. Weingarten

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