Every year, kids who dream of becoming the next Lady Gaga send off applications to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and every year some of them are accepted. While there can NEVER BE another Gaga, the Recorded Music department is brimming with talent, all of whom have been hard at work gathering their own following.
You already know a few: There’s Beast Make Bomb, the band who won a $10,000 contest and traversed the country, there’s the up-and-coming indie pop darling Ducky, and there’s the group of “Afrobeat heroes,” EMEFE. But of course there’s a lot more than that. Here’s the next gaggle of talent to look out for:
Alejandro Ghersi’s deep-space tunes have turned heads at publications like the FADER and XLR8R, and they’ve earned him a spot at the weirdo-dance label UNO NYC. That puts him alongside producers like (Pitchfork Top 100 Tracks of 2011 artist) Jacques Greene and Fatima Al Qadiri (AKA Ayshay). His debut EP Baron Libre, which lurches with undead beats and screwed-down croons, is available for download via Arca’s Soundcloud. He’ll also be playing Public Assembly on April 14 and will be at 285 Kent for UNO’s one-year anniversary party on April 21.
Not many NYU students can rack up nearly 80,000 views on a video they shot in their dorm rooms (c’mon, we all recognize that furniture), but Dylan Owen can. Although he might look like Asher Roth, you can expect more from Owen than a cliche-packed homage to “collegiate life.” His verses find him contemplating having grown up “on the wrong side of the railroad crosslines,” “analyzing this deep world,” and, yes, drinking with friends. He does smack of white boy, but he still has flow.
The rounded beats, gently oscillating bass and shifting low-end rhythms of Cody Williams’ bass project Cody Alan will sound familiar to fans of Flying Lotus, Shlohmo and Hessle Audio. The San Francisco native and current Recorded Music student has perfectly captured the chilled-out post-dance floor (and post-dubstep) mentality of forward-thinking bass producers, with his own sci-fi weirdness.
“Sorry, I’m talking with my mouth full, like a dickhead,” Patrick Lukens says while discussing his various different projects at the 8th St. Au Bon Pain. When discussing Lukens’ career, there’s certainly a lot to chew on. To start with, there’s his good-time hardcore band Cut Your Teeth with fellow ReMu students Sam Katz and Hartley Lewis. Then there’s his work as a Steve Aoki-like pop producer (his reference), plus the song he co-wrote with Japanese artist Hitomi, which he says could “be used for Olympics broadcasts in Japan?”
There are two striking things about Topaz Jones’ appearance: his long dreadlocks and his young, sweet face. However young he may look, the NYU freshman’s music is mature, and not to mention wicked-fast, lyrically speaking. His mixtape Hello My Name Is garnered buzz from hip-hop blogs like 2DopeBoyz - you know, the one Tyler, the Creator attacks in Bastard - and thanks to his head-spinning rhymes and Thelonius Martin’s jazzy beats, Jones’s music can stand the hype.
“Town Hall” can be hard to find on Google, but – lucky for you – we have the trio’s URL. And we made a video about them, too. The band, which is comprised of NYU students Phoebe Ryan, Jesse Kranzler and Stefan Weiner, makes the kind of music reviews often describe as “infectious” due to its wide-open spirit and singable hooks. After dropping a free EP in January and a video earlier this month, Town Hall has an album slated for release next week and a show at the Studio at Webster Hall this Sunday.