02 Oct 16 global artists set to break though in 2019
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: technology is reshaping the musical landscape in more and more interesting ways every year. Fresh new sounds are emerging on a weekly basis, fuelled by the internet’s facilitation of international scenes and collaborations between global artists.
From Mascarene soca to South African gqom, Record-Play’s MusicMap.Global site explores the many shapes that melody and rhythm can take across the world. Today we present a MusicMap selection of 16 genre pioneers who will help define music production trends in 2019 and beyond. Whether it’s a modern interpretation of traditional music or a mixture of global styles, these 16 tracks showcase global artists from Ecuador, Portugal, India, Angola, the Indian Ocean and beyond…
- Mala Fama – This artist’s experimental productions translate the specificity of geographies and communities within Ecuador, while also celebrating his self-directed intersections with experimental electronic futurism.
- Branko – One of Portugal’s most groundbreaking dance music producers. His music is inspired by his travels around Cape Town, New York, Amsterdam and São Paulo.
- Wiwek – Dutch DJ and producer creating his own hybrid style of dance music characterised by offbeat kick drums, dissonant lead synths and tribal drums.
- Guzz – This Chinese creator takes us on an aural trip into the wild of Southeast Asia, mixing traditional Asian sounds and instrumentation with electronic beats.
- Sho Madjozi – South African rapper/poet pays homage to her roots, rapping in her native Tsonga tongue over gqom productions.
Bamba Pana – An artist utilising the acoustic and instrumental Singeli styles of East Africa
- Loya – A native from La Réunion, Loya has extensively researched the sounds of the Indian Ocean and its islands, collaborating with artists and using traditional instruments.
- TrapFunk & Alivio – Their sounds are funk carioca from Rio de Janeiro, afrobeat, and regional music from Salvador, Bahia (Brazil).
- Baq – Sound student who researched Mongolian throat-singing and produced an EP inspired by related styles.
- similarobjects – An artist from the Philippines currently studying at the Red Bull Music Academy, his music features traditional Filipino instruments and chants sung by tribal poets.
- Prabh Deep – Politically conscious rapper who has become one of those most distinctive voices in Indian underground hip-hop, drawing on everything from Punjabi folk to Kendrick Lamar.
- Mitú – Duo whose ‘techno from the jungle’ sound absorbs palenque, cumbia and tropical bass, and has seen them crowned as Colombia’s Best Electronic Act.
- Meuko! Meuko! – Experimental artist whose dense, constantly shifting sound is inspired by the bustling, cacophonous streets of her home city of Taipei.
- Sadat – One of the originators of mahraganat, a heavy electronic update of traditional chaabi wedding music, Sadat continues to develop his sound, recently collaborating with legendary Chicago footwork crew Teklife.
- Clap! Clap! – Alongside the likes of DJ Khalab and Gqom Oh! label boss Nan Kolé, this highly skilled operator is one of a wave of Italian producers who thrive on exotic samples and intercontinental collaborations.
16. Lua Preta – Angolan-Polish duo whose dancefloor bangers span kuduro, gqom and afro-house. They have also recently worked with Lesotho shepherd-turned-rapper Morena Leraba.