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10 New Artists You Need to Know: September 2016

Blackpink, Noname, Dua Lipa, Young M.A and more

10 New Artists You Need to Know: September

Dua Lipa and Serpentwithfeet are two artists you need to know in September.

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: Chance the Rapper cohort Noname, K-pop trap crew Blackpink, "Ooouuu" hitmaker Young M.A and more.

New Artists to know September Sarah Potenza

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Sounds Like: A sleek and trendy party without an exclusive invite list

For Fans of: Amy Winehouse, Nelly Furtado, Jessie Ware

Why You Should Pay Attention: "Hotter Than Hell" is a hit in the U.K. and the Warner Bros.-signed synth-popper will be touring with Troye Sivan soon. At 15 years old, Dua Lipa moved back to her hometown of London on her own after living with her family in her parents' hometown of Kosovo. "That was just when I really decided to take my fate into my own hands and was like, 'Okay, I'm actually going to try and do this,'" she recalls. Thanks to a manager she found through social media, Lipa spent five days a week in the studio in between a job as a restaurant hostess. Now, the 21-year-old is ready for the release of her self-titled debut album in February 2017. "[I remember] being like, 'I really want to get up on stage and perform these songs. Now I'm currently living that and actually doing what I always wanted to do."

She Says: Lipa's music fuses together everything from soul to EDM but there is one genre that has always had her heart. "I've always been such a fan of pop music," she says. "The first album I was given when I was quite young was the Whoa, Nelly! album by Nelly Furtado. After, I also got the Missundaztood album by Pink. That's when I was like, 'Oh my god, I want to be just like them!' I love the way Pink has especially grown in her career. I admire her a lot. I feel like whatever they do or put out, I'm a fan of. I'll always listen to it. I think because I loved them when I was so young, that has left such an imprint that really inspired me in what I do right now."

Hear for Yourself: "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" is a sassy kiss-off. Brittany Spanos

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Sounds Like: Swooning falsetto, leftfield R&B and dark electronic drama

For Fans of: Björk, Anohni, Arca

Why You Should Pay Attention: Brooklyn-based Josiah Wise is a unique personality living in the worlds of both future-soul R&B and post-club electronic music. For his commanding EP, Blisters, he teamed with the Haxan Cloak – the artist/producer known for booming ambient doom as well as studio work with Björk – and Tri Angle Records, the hip label behind crinkling, creeping music by Evian Christ, Lotic and Rabit. Wise also tips his cap to R&B star Brandy and the legacy of gospel – not the first points of reference one might imagine for an artist with a pentagram and the word "suicide" tattooed on his head.

He Says: On the moniker: "The name is my passport, my license, my permission to be the most seductive being that I can be. People ask what pronouns I use – I typically use "he" for myself – but that conversation is not that interesting to me, even though I think it's important. To me it's important to see how I can be seductive as a person. It's not about gender, politics or sexuality. When I think about snakes and serpents, I think about fluidity and resourcefulness – this agility to move through spaces in a powerful way."

Hear for Yourself: Earthy piano sounds commune with alien electronics in "Flickering," a song in which Serpentwithfeet's sweet but venomous voice unfurls. Andy Battaglia

Pure Disgust

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Pure Disgust

Sounds Like: A "Hulk smash" to white supremacy

For Fans of: Fucked Up, Negative Approach, Bad Brains

Why You Should Pay Attention: There is a new wave of D.C. hardcore – referred to as NWODCHC, which NPR confirms is a real acronym – and Pure Disgust is at the helm. Formed by a group of teens in 2013, the band's self-titled debut offers a crash course in Eighties hardcore, from the gnarly buildups of British punks like Blitz to the boot-stomping righteousness of Dischord's founders. Yet, whereas Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye wrote "Guilty of Being White" from his experience in majority-black D.C. schools, frontman Rob Watson writes of being black at those same schools in "Pipeline": "School to prison/Raised to fail/How do you escape/The poverty that you're in?" Although Watson asserts his songs are driven more by personal experience than political protest, he speaks uncompromisingly, through gritted teeth, to the harrowing position of being a hyper-criminalized black youth in the United States. Perhaps in homage to their D.C. punk predecessors, Bad Brains, the cover of Pure Disgust's new album illustrates bombs raining down on the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. 

They Say: Regarding D.C. punk legends who got their starts in the 1980s, "They're mythologized to the outsiders of the city," says 23-year-old Watson. "Like, Alec MacKaye [of the Faith] comes to shows semi-regularly and it's no big deal for us. We all try really hard to be as inclusive as possible. The bands that are coming up and are a part of the [New Wave] are amazing and spectacular. … Stand Off, Red Death, Protester, Kombat, Guilt Parade, Genocide Pact, Stuck Pigs, and every other project that's about to come out. I'm excited to be a part of that."

Hear for Yourself: Guitarist Ace Mendoza slinks into "White Silence" with some tidy, retro licks before stirring up a gyre of thrashy mayhem corralled by drummer Robin Zeijlon. Suzy Exposito

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