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10 New Artists You Need to Know: May 2014

Meet the rising stars of rock, hip-hop, EDM, roots and more acts shaping your tomorrow

10 Artists You Need to Know May 2014

Piper Ferguson; Ren Radka

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: Kitten's Eighties rock makeover, Kristina Train's Springsteen-approved croon, K Camp's slow-rolling Atlanta rap and Ben Frost's deep drones.

Dayne S

Matheus Fernandes

Dayne S

Sounds like: Peak hour at that unmarked club you had to convince your friends to travel to.

For Fans Of: Moodymann, Art Department, Kerri Chandler

Why You Should Pay Attention: A European producer whose cavernous, soulful house music would sound equally at home in a Berlin warehouse or a New Jersey roller rink, Dayne S draws equal inspiration from deep house and Steve Vai. "It's all really popular music," he explains, and a recent move to Berlin suggests that in the coming years Dayne's music will open up even more.

He Says: On the subject of his unusual composition process, Dayne explains, "I often jam on my guitar to bluesy backing tracks or to house music,​ or I just play something random, and when I get a nice melody or riff it's the magic moment where I can see nearly the whole track in my mind's eye. There's so much you can do on that instrument, from simple rhythms to bassline ideas and complex chord arrangements. It's just a great tool to translate feeling into music, and for me it's easier than just shifting midi blocks. I find that pretty uninspirational."

Hear for Yourself: "How I Do," the Tapesh collaboration that layers bass, keys and vocal snippets from your parents' favorite Marvin Gaye record until it once again becomes something fresh and powerful. By Nick Murray

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