HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Last #snaxpack of 2021!!
Last month, I had the opportunity to do a presentation for a major label. Through my research for it, I discovered many amazing artists from all over europe.
Some of them stayed with me through the month and made it to this month's #snaxpack.
!!!!!! #snaxpack playlist will be renewed on the 1st of each month. !!!!!!
so save your favourite tracks before it's too late!
For those of you that are new here, WELCOME, this is #SnaxPack, a list of my monthly highlights/recommendations!
(It's not a requirement for any of the songs to have been released on the following month. The only requirement is for me to enjoy listening to it enough to recommend it!)
1. Sen Senra - Globo
Genre: Alternative R&B/Art Pop/Synthpop
"Born in Presqueiras, in the province of Pontevedra, he grew up in Vigo, in the Castrelos neighborhood. He was just another student at the Santa Irene institute when "a guitar fell from the sky." His parents gave him "a stratocaster of a lifetime" and everything changed.
At home, his parents supported him when he decided to stop studying to focus on music and they did it again when he went to live in Madrid, although, he says, “it took them a little more to accept it”. His compositions add up to millions of reproductions on digital platforms and C. Tangana has collaborated with him on his new album. Deep music without rules that makes him one of the most powerful voices of the new urban sounds." el pais
2. Joesef - Fire
"Enigmatic and paradoxical: that's Joesef – the 24-year-old musician from the "bit of a shit hole" East End of Glasgow who takes you by complete surprise. His songs are packed with unflinchingly honest and impassioned lyrics and soul-warming, jazz-inspired lo-fi pop instrumentals, describing his sound as "sad boy music". He owes his confidence in his sexuality – and the emotional transparency of his music – to Glasgow’s liberality. His music accurately depict the wonders, woes, the trials and tribulations of being in love." Vogue
3. Frank Ocean - Bad Religion
Genre: Neo Soul
"Frank Ocean was born in Long Beach, California, on October 28, 1987. He grew up in New Orleans, but moved to Los Angeles in his late teens to pursue a career in music. Ocean started out ghostwriting tracks for such pop stars as Justin Bieber and Beyoncé, but soon achieved fame as an artist when, in 2011, he released a mixtape of his own music, titled nostalgia, ULTRA. His next effort, channel ORANGE, was unveiled in 2012 to both critical and popular acclaim, and he followed with the back-to-back releases of Endless and Blonde in 2016." biography
4. CKay - Emiliana
"CKay is the artist to know right now. The self-defined Afrobeat star is soaring up charts across the globe thanks to a viral remix of his single Love Nwantiti, and the UK is no exception. The Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer, whose real name is Chukwuka Ekweani, originally released Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) back in 2019 as part of his debut EP CKay The First. It wasn’t until Summer 2021 however that the track began to really pick up steam. In late July, a TikTok user remixed the single, which quickly went stratospheric across dance challenges, stan edits, makeup reveals and more - 2.5 million TikToks currently exist using just that particular mix (with hundreds of thousands more across other versions) - and users soon began seeking out the original." officialcharts
5. RAY BLK - Lovesick
Origin: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Genre: R&B/Soul/Neo Soul
"Rita Ekwere (born 2 August 1994), better known under her stage name of Ray BLK, is a British singer and songwriter who was born in Nigeria, and grew up in Catford in London. She won the BBC's Sound of 2017, and was the first unsigned artist to do so. At the age of 13 she formed a music group with her school friend MNEK called "New Found Content". On 28 October 2016, she released her debut mini-album, Durt, and in January 2018 signed to the UK branch of Island Records. Her stage surname BLK stands for Building Living Knowing, which she describes as her three main values." wikipedia
6. Bad Gyal - Flow 2000
Genre: Dancehall/Reggaeton/Hip Hop/Trap
"Bad Gyal is a Catalana artist that rises from the underground urban, alternative scene in Spain known for her catchy dancehall fusions. She draws inspiration from a number of global dance-culture moments, from dancehall in Jamaica to Panamanian reggaeton. She rose to prominence after her cover of Rihanna’s “Work” went viral in 2016. Farelo’s rendition, titled “Pai,” adapted the lyrics in a blend of Catalan, Spanish and English. In April 2019, Billboard exclusively announced that Bad Gyal signed a worldwide exclusive recording deal with Aftercluv, the dance and global cultures division of UMLE and Interscope." billboard
7. Khalid, Majid Jordan - Open
Genre: R&B/ Pop
"Khalid is an American singer and songwriter, who rose to fame with his debut single 'Location' which peaked at No. 16 on the 'US Billboard Hot 100' chart. His debut studio album 'American Teen', which was consciously named such to combat stereotypical views on 'proper American', was equally successful and reached No. 4 on 'US Billboard 200' albums chart. Raised by a single mother, who worked in military, he moved from one place to another and often paints painful pictures of teenage loneliness, as well as of love, through his songs. While talking about fragile relationships, the millennial makes generous references to technology – cell phones, photo albums, GPS, ride-sharing apps – and sometimes to marijuana. According to him, even though he has written songs about friends who dealt with suicidal thoughts, he did not feel the same way, but has wanted to “disappear” at times. " thefamouspeople
"Majid Jordan is a Canadian R&B duo, composed of singer Majid Al Maskati and producer Jordan Ullman. They are the latest member of the OVO Sound. Working between Ullman’s dorm room and his parents’ basement, they launched their first joint EP titled Afterhours on SoundCloud under the pseudonym Good People. In 2013, Majid Jordan co-produced and were credited to be featured on Drake’s track “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, and then become his most successful single-charting. In February, 2016, the duo released its self-titled debut by OVO Sound, featuring a song with Drake, called “My Love"." Vogue
8. Little Simz, Obongjayar - Point and Kill
Origin: United Kingdom
Genre: British hip hop/soul/afrobeat/ neo soul/ grime
"Born and raised in north London, she was a shy performing arts kid who found her voice at St Mary’s Youth Club in Islington. As a teenager, she starred in TV shows on CBBC (Spirit Warriors) and E4 (Youngers), all the while making music and uploading it on SoundCloud and Bandcamp. By 21 she’d written, recorded and released four mixtapes, five EPs and an album (A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons), all on her own label, Age 101 Music. After a brief stint at the University of West London, she decided to pursue music full-time. In 2017, Kendrick Lamar described her as “the illest doing it right now”. In his 2019 headline set at Glastonbury, Stormzy shouted her out as a legend and one of 52 essential British artists coming through. Simz describes that year as the best of her life; she landed a recurring role in the Drake-sanctioned Netflix show Top Boy, and released her third album, Grey Area, to critical acclaim. In 2020, she won an Ivor Novello." theguardian
"Nigerian-born, London-based musician/singer/songwriter Steven Umoh creates haunting but intense sounds under the Obongjayar moniker, drawing on inspiration from both his Nigerian upbringing and futuristic hip-hop and electronic influences. After contributing to Richard Russell's Everything Is Recorded project, Umoh readied more solo material, releasing his four-song EP Bassey in 2017. Steven Umoh grew up in Calabar, Nigeria, living with his grandmother until he moved to London at age 17. Active in both the Nigerian music scene and his new home in England, Umoh began posting songs online as Obongjayar around 2014." allmusic
9. Morad - Cuando Ella Sale
Origin: Morocco, Spain
Genre: Rap/Hip Hop
"There’s a new name bubbling up in the Spanish music landscape and we’d better learn it well and fast: Morad . Spain’s Most Streamed Artist, Hailing from the La Florida neighborhood in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, the rapper has connected with young audiences in his country, thanks to his tracks about personal experiences that take inspiration from French hip hop. He recounts his encounters with the police and time he spent in juvie, bringing an openness and honesty to the table, as well as a relaxed flow that opens a window into his life and struggles." remezcla
10. Evangelia & Eleni Foureira - Fotiá
"Evangelia Psarakis grew up commuting between her grandmother’s small farm on the Greek island of Crete and her parents’ home in New Jersey on the American East Coast - two completely different musical worlds, both of which influenced her style. An Evangelia song blends modern urban pop music with sounds from her Greek roots, contemporary club beats and catchy melodies. By fusing American pop culture with traditional Greek elements, Evangelia honors her ancestors while also creating a legacy of her own. Her art connects to people through a message of being confidently in love with yourself, with someone else, and with what is most important to you." nvsc
"Eleni Foureira is a Greek singer. She began her music career in 2007 as a member of the Greek girl group Mystique, before pursuing a solo career after the group disbanded in 2009. Eleni Foureira signed a solo contract with Universal Music Greece and released her self-titled debut album in 2010, which received a platinum certification in Greece. She represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Fuego". On 8 May 2018 she qualified from the first semi-final to the grand final, where she finished second with 436 points, the best result Cyprus has ever achieved in the contest." wikipedia
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There you have it my fellow music explorers!
My top 10 for December 2021.
(The order is completely random)
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