2016 saw me clocking 10,972 listens of 2,238 different tracks from 1,344 unique artists. If anything, these numbers indicate that I spend a lot of time with my Marshall and V-Moda. But as a wise statistician once said,

Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

these numbers fail to register the great artists, both new and old, and their awesome music, that I discovered in 2016. For the sake of fellow enthusiasts, the 7 best new discoveries:

Sickick

Spotify · SoundCloud
Toronto based with R&B, hip hop and melodic roots, he is the alter ego of Lomaticc from Culture Shock. Sickick recently opened for Drake with a live mix of the feedback from a mic among other offerings.

Swell

Spotify · SoundCloud
Melbourne based, 16 year old Swell is part of the Baewave collective. His style borrows from producers like Haywyre, What So Not, Kaytranada and Baauer among others. Expect a fusion of R&B, deep bass and jazz instrumentals.

LRKR

Spotify · SoundCloud
The majority of music I listen to is lyric-less and it’s great in the sense that it allows you to get lost in its rythms and beats. The music speaks for itself. Brooklyn based producer, LRKR, gets it absolutely right with an amalgam of hip hop and electronica with traditional woodwind interludes.

Darius

Spotify · SoundCloud
French producer heavily inspired from the likes of Daft Punk, Mr. Oizo and Sébastien Tellier. His music is layered with heavy percussive beats and a gentle, calm melody.

The Deli

Spotify · SoundCloud
All I know about this guy is that his real name is David Pryor and he is based out of Austin. He mixes sharp percussive beats with slow, jazzy melodies and a serious amount of awesomeness.

Skott

Spotify · SoundCloud
Scandinavian artists usually know what they’re doing. With her R&B vocals and approvals by the likes of Lorde, Katy Perry and Bastille, she is all set to become the next queen of pop. If I might add, she looks as gorgeous as she sounds.

Stephen

Spotify · SoundCloud
Los Angeles based producer, singer-songwriter Stephen Swartz, known by his stage name Stephen, combines indie vocals with dark distorted bass lines. His cover of Adele’s Hello is second only to the original.

Playlist on Spotify
Playlist on SoundCloud