2018 has been a stellar year for local music. While we’ve got a fair share of established acts making a name for themselves, they’ve also paved the way for a new crop of young, promising talents to enter the scene. Meet these new kids on the musical block who are poised to shake up your playlists – you can thank us later when you’re able to say you’ve heard of ’em first.
J.M3, otherwise known as Jamie Lau, is not your typical rapper. A rebel at heart, the rap diva infuses an enthralling blend of rhythmic grooves and lyrical poetry into her discography. Have a listen to her newest earworm ‘TRY’ – a self-empowerment anthem that we never knew we needed – and let her music speak for itself.
The 22-year-old bilingual rap prodigy is undoubtedly the next big artiste to watch. With his penchant for fusing elements of hip-hop and R&B, Fariz Jabba has been making waves in the scene with his distinctive, genre-defying sound. His latest music video for ‘Ape Sia’ is testament to his rising popularity, chalking up over a million views since its release last August.
Some of you might be familiar with the homegrown songbird, who has been steadily earworming her way onto the top of the charts with her addictive tunes. But it wasn’t only until recent years that she really took charge of her own music, trading her indie roots for a more stylistic approach to contemporary pop – and the formula works like a charm. Just take her latest bop ‘Talking Insane’ for instance, which easily chalked up half a million streams on Spotify within the first three months of its release. Look out for her upcoming debut EP slated to drop in March!
No stranger to the hip-hop circuit, the ‘Mustafa’ rapper shot to fame with his hugely popular remixes of Gucci Gang’ and ‘Bartier Cardi’. Despite finding viral success, the self-made star has been hard at work honing his songwriting chops and even recently dabbled in acting (you might recognise him from local zombie flick Zombiepura). A rapper, songwriter and now a budding actor – what else can the man not do?
If you have yet to check out Ysa Yaneza, drop everything and hit her up stat. Not only does the millennial pop powerhouse serve up some of the most thought-provoking tracks we’ve heard in today’s digital age (her sizzling singles ‘Tea’ and ‘IRL (If You Really See Me)’ are proof), she also doesn’t shy away from lyrical themes such as social media, online dating culture, as well as LGBTQ. Oh, and did we mention she’s got a nod of approval from Troye Sivan? Homegirl’s definitely going places.