New Artist Discoveries 02: Tank and The Bangas, Roosevelt, Shallou, Moonrise Nation, Allure

It’s been just over half a year since my last ‘New Artist Discoveries’ post, so this one is long overdue. With only a month left of summer and the bulk of festival season done, there’s been a hell of a lot of new artists to discover. Osheaga is this weekend and I finally put Catfish and The Bottlemen on pause to give the lineup a proper listen through and build my dream schedule (which you can never see all of anyway).  This post isn’t about Osheaga artists (that’s coming after the festival!) but it is about some other artists I’ve recently discovered and wanted to share. Instead of background facts, I’ve decided to include how I discovered the artist to give you an idea of some of the ways I find new music as well as some related artists to put you in the mood.

See all my artist discovery posts here.

Tank and The Bangas

Where I Discovered: NPR’s Tiny Desk feature (above). They were the winners of one of the competitions NPR held to feature new artists.

Sounds Like: Soulful Janelle Monae meets To Pimp A Butterfly funky hip-hop. Or as Bob Boilen puts it “This band combines R&B with hip-hop’s poetry and roller-coaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans…at one moment fun-filled funk, the next laid-back jazz, rhythm-driven blues — and it all flows seamlessly. And it’s fun to watch.”


Where I Discovered: Dutch guy’s playlist we blasted while hiking in Ella, Sri Lanka.

Sounds Like: That feeling of automatic happiness and dancing when you hear Chromeo or C2C. Mix in some Holy Ghost!, Classixx and Goldroom. Someone told me this sounded like something they’d hear in H&M. Take that as you will.


Where I Discovered: Facebook Ad. Funny how you don’t tend to notice these as much until you start running them yourself.

Sounds Like: Chilled out ODESZA, Lane 8, Hayden James. Those good ambient electronic vibes.

Moonrise Nation

Where I Discovered: Through a friend who went to High School in Chicago with them.

Sounds Like: VERITE, Vallis Alps, Anna of The North.  All the good GRL PWR feels.


Where I Discovered: The above Majestic Casual video.

Sounds Like: Funky French house. Perfect BPM for dancing your Sunday afternoon away.



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