It’s not an easy exercise to try to sum up a year of music with lists but it’s even more complex to try to guess who’ll make it on those ones a year in advance. Each year, we select 10 international and 5 Belgian artists that we think you should look out for the coming year.
Last year, our RADAR 2017 was predicting beautiful things for Agar Agar, GIRLI, Saro, SONDER, RIVE, and WWWATER amongst others. This year, we have played again with our crystal ball and we’re pretty sure to not commit any mistakes with this list of 15 artists on the rise. None of them has more than 6K listeners on Last.fm, for now at least. Discover them before they shine thanks to our DEEZER and SPOTIFY‘s playlist and read a bit more about each of them below.
In alphabetical order, here’s our RADAR 2018: a selection of artists to watch new year according to the HighClouds‘ staff.
Hailing from a lost house in Vermont, gothic electronic synth-pop artist Black Fly has shared some promising singles in 2017. Even if the mystery remains about who the artist is, we want to place bets on him for 2018.
Cale Hawkins is also a bedroom singer-songwriter and producer but he is located in Brooklyn where he composes poetic pieces of urban folk. We receive so many submissions every day but his unique and singular sound stood out straight away from the mass.
French producer and experimental vocalist Coucou Chloe belongs to this generation who pushes the boundaries of club and electronic music. Besides her amazing productions, the artist also cultivates a strong visual universe and doesn’t hesitate to share her opinions when she has to.
Just like his friend and collaborator Will Toledo from Car Seat Headrest, Gold Connections’ Will Marsh takes his cue from alternative rock bands from the 90s like Modest Mouse, Pavement and Guided By Voices to craft songs that can be sprawling in length and deep in melodic content. His 2017’s self-titled EP is also a solid enough argument to make us care about them in the years to come.
London art-school graduate Jack Ridley already released an EP in 2017 and his fresh, post-The Cure indie music is a perfect blend of guitar music, beautiful synth-melodies, and emotional and epic soundscapes.
Los Angeles-based Egyptian-Italian avant-pop and R&B singer-producer Kidä has been releasing music for some years. Nevertheless, her latest singles got everyone to agree that 2018 could be the year where the rising pop-star could take off with her magic carpet.
Belgian synth-pop duo Mortalcombat channel Lio‘s Jacno-era and Yelle by singing beautiful and quirky chansons. So far, we only got only a single from them but we want more of their pop surrealism in 2018.
As her debut single announced it, Berlin-based artist O-SHiN is “A Revelation”. So far, she released two tracks and her unusual blend of r&b, jazz and electro makes us think that she has still more in stock to surprise us next year!
Based in Gent, Belgian collaborative project OUTER brought us out of time and space with their chill and spatial track “Eyja”. We know they’ll be releasing more music in 2018 and we’re already dreaming of it.
NYC rapper Quay Dash has released an amazing EP this year and proved that she did not come to stay in the background. She knows what she wants and even more what she doesn’t. She is one of the slaying hip-hop artists to watch in 2018.
Norwegian trio SASSY 009 already released an impressive debut EP in 2018 and from what we heard, there’s no doubt these 3 girls who met in high-school will be able to keep up the momentum next year.
In 2017, Belgian singer She Major hypnotized us with her twilight electronic pop songs. We are waiting for more songs songs from her to be fully bewitched.
The avant-pop artist made a remarkable entrance with her debut album earlier this year. If the critics were unanimously enthusiastic, her commercial success still remained low-key. But it won’t last for long.
Brussels-via-US singer and model Tessa Dixson released an infectious debut track in 2017 and we know we can rely on her to repeat the exercise and make it even bigger next year.
Yusuf is maybe one of Belgium’s best-kept secret for the moment but secrets are made to be unveiled. His mix of electronica, neo-choral and minimal pop should deeply strike our hearts in 2018.