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10 New Artists You Need to Know: September 2014

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10 Artists You Need To Know

Ho99o9 and Amanda X

Hadas Di; Pete Murray

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: Echosmith's sun-stroked angst-pop, Amanda X's lo-fi chug, Deorro's booming house and H09909's art-hop wig-out.

Ho99o9

Hadas Di

Ho99o9

Sounds Like: The Geto Boys clashing with the Big Boys in a hardcore/horrorcore chainsaw fight

For Fans Of: Death Grips, clipping., Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Atari Teenage Riot

Why You Should Pay Attention: Eaddy and the O.G.M. of New Jersey's Ho99o9 (pronounced "horror") live at the intersection of hip-hop, punk rock and screaming the body electric — their high-octane 30-minute slot at New York's Afropunk Festival in August had them crowdsurfing, spitting, blowing fuses, smashing mikes against their foreheads, playing Bone Thugs' creep-out classic "Mr. Ouija" and rapping over a Dead Kennedys sample. The duo had loved hip-hop in their teens, but fell into punk after hitting up Brooklyn underground shows by bands like Japanther, Cerebral Ballzy and the Death Set. "We've been to a million rap shows and we've been to punk shows. And a lot of rap shows, come on, everybody's just fucking standing around," says Eaddy. "When you get on stage, you gotta fuckin' wig out like you just snorted a line of fuckin' heroin. You gotta make people uncomfortable."

They Say: "I get really drunk and get crazy. A little bit psychopathic," says Eaddy. "I might pull my dick out. It's made some appearances." Though it didn't show up at Afropunk, their antics did include hopping on a cameraman's shoulders and flicking spit into the photo pit. Do they hate being documented? "It's cool, cause if I kick a cameraman or spit in his face or throw my dick on his forehead, my kids' kids' kids' kids will know about it," says Eaddy. "I want them to be like, 'You see your great-grandfather? You see what he used to do?' I'd just have a portrait of me, 20 years from now in my kids' place with me with my dick out. And every time they walk in, they go, 'That's a legend on the wall.'"

Hear for Yourself: This performance of "Blacc Flag Into the Unknown" live at Afropunk 2014 gives some taste of their live insanity. By Christopher R. Weingarten

Angus & Julia Stone

Jennifer Steinglen

Angus & Julia Stone

Sounds Like: Sweet, sun-drenched folk-pop with a sparse, moody lyrical edge — and the Rick Rubin Production Seal of Approval

For Fans Of: Of Monsters and Men, Damien Rice, Feist, the Civil Wars

Why You Should Pay Attention: America is behind the times on this brother-sister duo: They’ve been an award-winning, Number One-record-holding, bonafide established act in their native Australia for almost seven years. But when songwriting for their follow-up to their second LP, 2010's Down the Way, stalled, the duo went their separate ways as artists and kicked off critically-lauded solo careers. That was supposed to be that until Rick Rubin called them up and admitted to being a fan. Since few musicians would hear Rick Rubin calling and not pick up the phone, Angus and Julia began working on their long-awaited third full-length as a duo, which they released earlier this August. Single "Heart Beats Slow" has been gaining steady momentum for months, and the rest of the record is so accessibly catchy-yet-layered that it's only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on.

They Say: "Before this record, Angus and I didn't really have any intention of collaborating again," says Julia. "We were really happy as solo artists. And that's what made it so crazy when Rick Rubin contacted us out of the blue. We started hanging out with him and getting to know him without any thought to it, and then four months into that he said, 'I really want to make a record with the two of you.'" Adds Angus, "He's kind of like the Wes Anderson of the music world. He's very humbling to be around. He'll bring up some story about a guy he's worked with, just talking about it like it's anybody you'd know, and then you find out he's talking about Johnny Cash."

Hear for Yourself: "A Heartbreak" is the perfect example of their songwriting style: California folk-pop that sounds sweet until you realize they're singing about how your home life is a lie. By Cady Drell

Bishop Nehru

Courtesy Bishop Nehru

Bishop Nehru

Sounds Like: Generation Y travels back to the future through hip-hop's second golden age

For Fans Of: Joey Bada$$, Madvillain, Ka

Why You Should Pay Attention: Despite turning 18 in August, Bishop Nehru has already drawn the attention of hip-hop's thought leaders. A widely circulated Fuse TV clip shows Kendrick Lamar giving praise to the young MC whose stage name refers the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, who he admires for helping spread Gandhi's message of non-violence. Nas' new label Mass Appeal Records is in contract talks with the Nanuet, New York artist that writes cold flows for viral consumption, loops head-nod tracks from stacks of vinyl and directs his own YouTube videos. He has released an EP, Brilliant Youth, with 9th Wonder and Dizzy Wright, and September 23 brings NehruvianDOOM, a full-length album with the eccentric verbal mastermind MF Doom. Much of Bishop Nehru's sound is firmly in the current vogue for Nineties butter beats, leading to comparisons with other boom-bap revivalists like Joey Bada$$. But he has broader ambitions, too. Earlier this year, he toured with UK pop-house duo Disclosure and collaborated on a single, "You Stressin'." Meanwhile, his Bandcamp page features a remix of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." "I like all kinds of music — rock, pop, alternative rock. I think that you gain a musical ear from being open," he says, adding that he wants to make a jazz record as well.

He Says: "Meditation is something I do frequently," he says (the first single from NehruvianDOOM is titled "Om"). "For me, meditating isn't a religious thing. It's just breathing. If you think about it, it's one of the most essential things to life. I felt like the fact that we don't cherish our breath enough is the reason why I meditate. I'm not really into religiousness, but I am into spirituality and God himself."

Hear for Yourself: On "You Stressin'," Bishop declares himself "the master of the 16 bars" over Disclosure's dubby glitch-hop. By Mosi Reeves

Max Frost

Catie Laffoon

Max Frost

Sounds Like: Heart-felt soul crooning atop songs that lie somewhere between blues, R&B, hip-hop and electronic pop

For Fans Of: Justin Timberlake, Mayer Hawthorne, Gorillaz

Why You Should Pay Attention: Frost, 22, was a wayward musical soul in his hometown hotbed of Austin, playing in blues and roots bands and collaborating with hip-hop artists before he dropped out of college to focus on solo material. "White Lies," an up-tempo dance-pop number that's super-sized hooky like Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" or Pharrell's "Happy" set music blogs afire with no promotion when it was independently released last spring — Atlantic Records won the subsequent bidding war to sign him. The label released his Low High Low EP last year, with another EP due in November and a full length — which sees him embracing a wide creative palette alongside collaborators like Jeff Tweedy and Benny Blanco — due for release in 2015.

He Says: "I was in a slump after South By [Southwest] 2013 because my instruments and two years of music got stolen with a hard drive in a backpack that got taken. I'd lost everything I'd ever made. Then this blog picked "White Lies" up off of SoundCloud, and then more kept picking it up. I learned about this because I still had my email set up to get a notification every time someone downloads the track. I woke up one morning and I was like "Why the fuck do I have 1,000 emails on my phone?" We were caught totally off guard as the song was taking off. That's when the phone started ringing and we started getting flown to L.A. But here I was about to sign a deal and I had no other songs to show them, and no choice but to move forward. The first EP was old songs I'd had to completely rework."

Hear for Yourself: "White Lies," the song that lit the fuse on Frost's career, starts out with a singer-songwriter strum and then hops on board a beat that chugs it's way straight to the dance floor. By Chad Swiatecki

The Young

The Young

Autumn Spadaro

The Young

Sounds Like: Thin Lizzy on an ayahuasca bender, helping to reclaim the positive connotation of "busy guitar work"

For Fans Of: MC5, Lungfish, Autolux, Silversun Pickups

Why You Should Pay Attention: After issuing two LPs with singer/guitarist Hans Zimmerman in the producer's chair, the Young tapped an outside helmsman — Tim Green, late of Nation of Ulysses — for newly released third album Chrome Cactus, the band's second for Matador. The aesthetic fit turned out to be an inspiringly snug one: Green — plenty practiced at exploring brawn, atmosphere and unbound noodling — helped the Young wrap up an album that blends those sensibilities impeccably, never leaning muddy or masturbatory. And for Zimmerman, the switch was a welcome change. "We needed something bigger and more full range, so heading into a proper studio seemed natural," he says. "Removing that layer of stress — worrying about mic placement or what's going to tape — meant I could just focus on the performance and lock in with the guys."

They Say: An August cover of hometown pub The Austin Chronicle dubbed Zimmerman "a new guitar hero," but the praise doesn't exactly seem to be inspiring an ego emergency. "It was a nice bit of copy, but I don't really view myself that way at all," Zimmerman says. "There are plenty of peers in town that I would nominate for that title before even tossing my name into the mix. For every nice thing someone says about me or the group there are just as many tripping over themselves to diminish what we do. Good or bad, it's kinda just noise to us."

Hear for Yourself: Chrome Cactus opener "Metal Flake" has a muscular growl, chug, swirl and squall. By Nicole Keiper

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