The music gurus at Sofar Sounds round up the best new international artists to add to your playlists this month.
Having reimagined the live music experience, Sofar Sounds is here to help us reimagine our own playlists. Every month, they’ll round up their current obsessions from around the world and share why these global artists deserve a spot on your Spotify rotation.
While there’s nothing wrong with listening exclusively to Mariah Carey during December, if you get burned out on holiday jingles, it might be nice to mix it up with something a little more unique. Get a head start on broadening your musical horizons in the new year and check out these six international acts.
Genre: Indie Pop
A groovy indie-pop group with boy band charm? We stan. This Nashville-based group erupted into the music scene this year with catchy melodies rooted in stunning songwriting. Add their song “Mask” to your in-my-feelings playlist ASAP, and press play on their recently released debut LP First Place.
Genre: Hip-Hop / R&B
Remember her name, because there’s a good chance she’ll be topping your 2020 Wrapped list next year. Ivy Sole brings southern soul to jazzy chords and indie emotions. Play her debut album Eden and find a lo-fi love song for every day of the week.
This Brighton-born talent has blown up in the past two years with a timeless voice, groovy jazz, and a nod to the reggae beats of her roots. Her latest single, “Cake,” has quickly climbed its way into our favorite tracks of the year.
Make room on your favorite playlist for Japanese star Iri. Her playful songwriting and soulful voice have a “cool girl” quality that has landed her international shows and high fashion recognition. Looking to add a little joy to your everyday commute? Listen to her first album, Groove-It.
Location: New Delhi, India
Listening to the mesmerizing voice of India’s favorite singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad is a little like falling in love with music all over again. His soft melodies and enchanting chords have entranced Indian audiences and have recently won over North American listeners in sold-out shows and music festivals everywhere.
Location: Milan, Italy
An Italian Ariana Grande? Thank you, yes. Margherita Vicario is a rising actress and pop singer with the talent and charm to woo audiences with her dancy beats and irresistible energy. If you need us, we’ll be listening to “ABAUE” on repeat.