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10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2015

Maluma, Dilly Dally, Dawin and more

Julien Baker, Dilly Dally

Jake Cunningham, Pooneh Ghana

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: reggaeton sensation Maluma, raucous Toronto indie rockers Dilly Dally, dreamy vaporwavers 2814 and more. 

Yak

Jibber

Yak

Sounds Like: A shambolic mix of psychedelic blues and manic punk, ripping open the cushions of a vintage paisley couch and lighting the stuffing on fire

For Fans of: The Birthday Party, A Place to Bury Strangers, Kurt Vile

Why You Should Pay Attention: London trio Yak's introduction to Jack White's Third Man Records was a 10-minute stoner rock take on folk standard "Cumberland Gap," a distant cry from Lonnie Donegan's frenetic skiffle version that was a hit in the Fifties. According to the group's gregarious singer-guitarist Oliver Burslem — an ex-thrift store operator who used to host jam sessions in the shop's basement — the performance video reached White's friend Ben Swank of Soledad Brothers and the rest is garage-rock history. Following up hard-charging Fat Possum singles "Hungry Heart" and "Plastic People," the No EP just arrived on Third Man. Its three songs capture the group's blistering live energy and sinister melodic leanings in just over seven minutes. Produced by Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, the EP was recorded while bassist Andy Jones was in denial about a broken finger, which didn't slow him a bit. 

They Say: "[The No EP] didn't take much time," Burslem says. "We got it mixed, sent it to Third Man and they were really into it. It was kind of a painless experience. We tried not to fuck around with the initial live recordings we had that day. All of the bands we like, it's not too edited, I suppose. Once you start editing conversations or editing anything, it can kind of lose the charm of it. I always have loads of ideas. I sit at my desk here with notes, loads of nonsense. I try and fill my brain with as much clutter as possible, and then we get together as a band and vomit it all out.

Hear for Yourself: Loaded with amp-rattling feedback and Burslem's unfiltered musings at the top of his lungs, "No" is a sludgy garage stomper. Reed Fischer

2814

Dream Catalogue

2814

Sounds Like: A late night cruise through the cyber-future dream highway

For Fans of: Boards of Canada, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kavinsky

Why You Should Pay Attention: The Internet-birthed "vaporwave" aesthetic — highly nostalgic, highly reverbed, highly sampled — seemed like a trend destined to die in the place where irony met #feels. But as 2814, London performer HKE and his fellow enigmatic SoundCloud dweller Telepath have captured all the romance and wistfulness through bold, original compositions. "We wanted to show how the whole vaporwave vibe could be made as original music rather than just relying on the same muzak and kitsch-pop samples everyone else had been using for years," says HKE. "While I thought the whole idea of playing with samples was cool … I've always been more enamored by its thematic concepts — its focus on dreaminess and surreal futurism and on painting a narrative through music." The next-level gambit paid off with second album 新しい日の誕生, an unparalleled success within a small, passionate pocket of the internet. The album is a staple of the Bandcamp charts, the purple cassette version goes for $40 on Discogs and an Indiegogo campaign recently launched a 2xLP vinyl version. In short, it's the most popular release the genre has produced in four years.

They Say: "I don't take any kind of drugs. But my whole worldview has always been that of a "dreamer" though, and a lot of what drives me spiritually in life would probably be considered esoteric and obscure by most," says HKE. "I sit in a dark room lit by a red light almost every night these days and I just take inspiration from the world around me. I have pretty vivid dreams and nightmares often and have suffered from recurring sleep paralysis and hallucinations since I was a teenager. I've been reading a lot about dreams, philosophy, history, religion, science, etc. and have developed my own theories on music being some kind of objective divine language of the universe that I could and will probably write a book on one day. Ultimately it all comes down to trying to understand the human condition."

Hear for Yourself: 新しい日の誕生's opening track, "恢复," is a dreamy, gorgeous cascade of deep drone, cascading piano and distant sirens. "The track's name in English is "Restore," explains HKE. "It's about reliving the same story in another time and space … again and again. Not so much reincarnation but the endless cycle of the universe as it expands and contracts forever, time repeating itself." Christopher R. Weingarten

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