Wilderness, the third album from Hundreds, was released earlier last month. Since their debut, the sibling duo’s music has developed to become more open, though without sacrificing its mystery. Two years after their last album, Aftermath, Eva and Philipp Milner have become bolder and more adventuresome. They’ve also became more seasoned on stage, having played sold out tours across Europe, recently supporting ALT-J during their German tour as well as their own “Wilderness” tour throughout November. The Hamburg twosome’s new single, “Spotless,” could be summarized as being lonely at the top. The track is a very rhythmic and danceable song that strays from the same old song structures and flirts with the weakness of mankind’s vanity.
Lauren Waller is a Los Angeles-based artist, singer, songwriter, performer, musician, producer and stage manager. She’s currently pursuing a college degree in Theatre Arts Production and Design, with an emphasis in stage management. Artists ranging from Sara Bareilles and Ron Pope to Marina and the Diamonds and Daughter influence her, musically. Her soulful, compelling voice, with a touch of grit, attracting the listener to come along through this satisfying sonic release of substantive, straightforward, self-penned lyrics and complex arrangements. As a performer, she has previously shared the stage with several world-renowned musicians including Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, The Fixx and Helen Reddy. At the top of the year, Lauren released her Perhaps EP featuring the single “Never Were,” which earned global airplay. Never one to slow down, Lauren has continuously been writing and recording new material. She recently completed two singles, “Down” and “Secret Garden,” with hopes to release a new EP very soon.
STREAM: “Secret Garden”
Brisbane’s Sheppard formed seven years ago and released their debut album, Bombs Away, in 2014. The breakthrough single “Geronimo” spent three weeks at No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5X Platinum in Australia and Platinum or Gold in over thirty countries. The song went on to be a global hit, charting top 10 in Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland and Sweden, in addition to charting in Switzerland and the United States. Sheppard went on to support Meghan Trainor on the North American leg of her That Bass Tour last year and they performed at the biannual Rock in Rio festival, one of the world’s largest live music events. The sextet has spent 2016 cooking up new music and has unveiled an entrée from their upcoming sophomore album with the single “We Belong.” The track was produced by long-time collaborator Stuart Stuart (The Veronicas, Small Mercies) in Brisbane and is featured in the new campaign for the 2017 season of My Kitchen Rules, the Australian cooking game show, reaching an audience of millions. “We Belong” is already proving to be in favor with radio in Australia as the track has reached No.1 Most Added.
STREAM: “We Belong”
Bitter’s Kiss is the current project for New Jersey singer/songwriter Chloe Baker. She garnered international attention for her emotional delivery of poignant songs that deal with such complex subjects as love, religion, suicide and growing up in today’s world. After launching her career a year ago, Bitter’s Kiss has already harnessed more than 970,000 plays on SoundCloud, over 324,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and earned over 65,000 followers on Twitter. Her music has generated support from radio, receiving airplay at KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KROQ Los Angeles, KRQZ Reno, WKQX Chicago, WZRH New Orleans and reached international audiences through radio via 2XM Ireland, Flux FM Germany, Radio Doble Nueve Peru and many others. Bitter’s Kiss has also had success with collaborations as she was the featured vocalist and co-writer on the Bolier & Redondo song “Lost & Found,” a deep house track that has received millions of global listens and she’s the featured vocalist and co-writer of “Rise Up” with David Solano, the 2016 anthem for the international Life In Color festival. Bitter’s Kiss continues to write and record and has just finished another collaboration, this time with Blue Stone, an electro-pop music project formed by producer/programmer Robert Smith and producer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Walters. The brand new holiday track is called “These Bells Will Ring,” and they are currently working on a video for the song.
STREAM: “These Bells Will Ring”
Katéa, an incredibly gifted Helsinki, Finland-based chanteuse, whose musical sounds are often compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lorde, Florence + The Machine, Tove Lo and Lana Del Re due to her dark and husky voice, is one of the most inspiring new female artists to emerge in recent years and is poised for global success. Her music is a unique blend of indie-folk and experimental pop, crafting songs with both piano and guitar-driven tracks, topped with bright, yet strong, warm and heartfelt vocals. This amazingly talented singer signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia and released her debut single, “That Ain’t Love,” co-written with the Swedish writer/producer team Moneybridge, which earned airplay in a number of countries. In April, Katéa released the Louder EP, containing the single of the same name, which reached the Top 50 most viral songs in Finland, found its way into radio Ylex’s playlist and has earned tens of thousands of streams on Spotify. Katéa has been working with some exciting Swedish, Finnish and UK teams on new material lately and will soon be flying to New York to write and record.
STREAM: “California Baby”
Sebastian is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter from Lima, Peru who draws comparison as a young George Michael – due to his vocal tone and style. As a student, he spent time in both Peru and America, where he graduated from Yale in 2014, majoring in Economics. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Sebastian comes from a talented family; his father is a filmmaker and his mother is a singer. Growing up, he shared his mother’s musical interests that saw him introduced to the legendary and influential sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Pink Floyd. His debut single, “Angel Of Light,” belies the fact that he’s only been writing songs for a year, as it displays the lyric sophistication of a seasoned veteran, combined with vocals that show maturity beyond his years.
STREAM: “Angel Of Light”
Originally hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that makes up the indie-pop act The Response. Determined to faithfully translate their expansive albums from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering exactly how a mere two people can make so much noise. The Response has shared the stage with a variety of musicians and acts including Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Big Scary and Kate Boy. After releasing their third album in 2014, North of Nowhere, the pair packed a suitcase and headed for Canada, where they have been working on new material. They released the singles “You Wanted To Go” and “Hours,” which earned them global airplay and has helped build their fan base. Produced independently, all duties from writing, recording, mixing and mastering to artwork are undertaken by the resourceful pair. The Response continue to write and record and have completed a brand new single called “Holding Out For Something,” which has been compared to Arcade Fire, Liam Finn and Grizzly Bear.
STREAM: “Holding Out For Something”
Formed in late 2013, Greater Manchester’s Blossoms is a five-piece indie-pop outfit that in a short amount of time has become one of the hottest live bands around. The band was tipped very early as a “Band To Watch” by UK radio tastemaker and influencer Mike Walsh from Radio X in London, England. Members Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock have mastered their live show and displayed their talents at a number of festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape, T in the Park, Reading & Leads—even shows in Tokyo. Their self-titled debut album (Virgin/EMI), produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey, peaked at No.1 on the UK Albums Chart, earning comparisons to The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys and praise from fans and music critics. Built for the road, Blossoms just wrapped up dates in the U.S. and Canada and recently announced UK dates for November and December.
WATCH: “Honey Sweet”
Lauren Waller is a Los Angeles-based artist, singer, songwriter, performer, musician, producer and stage manager. She’s currently pursuing a college degree in Theatre Arts Production and Design, with an emphasis in stage management. Artists ranging from Sara Bareilles and Ron Pope to Marina and the Diamonds and Daughter influence her, musically. Her soulful, compelling voice, with a touch of grit, attracting the listener to come along through this satisfying sonic release of substantive, straightforward, self-penned lyrics and complex arrangements. As a performer, she has previously shared the stage with several world-renowned musicians including Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, The Fixx and Helen Reddy. At the top of the year, Lauren released her Perhaps EP featuring the single “Never Were,” which earned global airplay. She has returned with a brand new single, “Down,” which has drawn early comparisons to Morcheeba and Feist.
AaRON is a duo from France consisting of members Simon Buret and Olivier Coursier. A few years ago, they received the European Border Breaker Award in Denmark and are supported by a well-deserved national infatuation and international recognition. The twosome released their third studio album, We Cut The Night, an electro-pop composition draped in a striking semi-darkness in France, and in April they released the Blouson noir EP worldwide digitally through Believe. The single “Blouson noir” was chosen for the worldwide campaign of L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, directed by Grammy-nominated American music video director, commercial director and filmmaker Colin Tilley, who also directed music videos for Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj. Presently, the French pair are touring and working on new music; they recently released a new video for the single “The Leftovers,” taken from their latest album We Cut The Night. Talented photographer Damien Blottière directed the video clip, where he took more than 2,000 pictures that he cut, removed and disposed that took six months to make the video, which is his first music video, which can be seen HERE.
WATCH: “The Leftovers”