Scrimshaw Sessions ➳ 10 Artists to Watch in 2016

Despite El Niño’s success at messing with our usual wintry weather, the holiday spirit is still in full effect and we wanted to share an early gift with you.  Scrimshaw Collective’s Spotify profile is now LIVE, and our first feature highlights our favorite artists to watch in 2016!  From funk to neo-soul, plus tastes of indie-pop and tropical house, there’s a little something for everyone.  We’ve had these artists on repeat the past few months, and can say without a doubt, they’re all going to have stellar 2016s.  Hit play, start scrolling, and peruse down our count of the 10 Best New Artists for the New Year!


1) Cleopold

Hailing from Melbourne, and now based in Los Angeles, the Australian singer-songwriter, Cleopold, produces a truly refreshing sound.  His debut EP was scooped up by fellow Aussie, Chet Faker, and is part of Faker’s boutique label, Detail Records, Co.  Cleopold’s also done some incredible work with the likes of Cassian and Miami Horror, and we hope there’ll be more collaborations in the New Year.  We’re really digging his single “Scarlet,” released last month, and can only see this guy becoming huge.
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LION BABE, a ferocious neo-soul duo, create funky tracks with powerfully soothing vocals and a beat that gets you grooving.  LION BABE is made up of Jillian Hervey and Astro Raw, who hail from New York City and bring a new vibe and tone into modern soul music.  Working with artists such as Childish Gambino and Disclosure set Lion Babe up for a meteoric 2016.
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3) Tom Misch

Tom Misch is expanding the defined lines of geners with his silky chord progressions, smooth melodies, and colorful collaborations.  Misch is a London based composer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and violinist who is going to have a monster 2016.  At his young age, he is composing polished tracks with ease.  If his recent album, Beat Tape 2, is any indication of things to come, than we are stoked to see what is next for Misch.
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4) Lostboycrow

You may have heard his latest single “Love Won’t Sleep” on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist last week, but if you didn’t… NOW YOU KNOW!  Described as “an idea that pays homage to new beginnings and a poignant heritage” in his Facebook profile’s bio, Lostboycrow drops some serious beat and brings a soulful voice to his music.  We think he’s from LA, and don’t know his name, but regardless, his style will 100% get you hooked
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5) Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller has been taking the R&B / Hip Hop game by storm since his album, T R A P S O U L, dropped in October 2015.  Tiller, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, organically grew his Soundcloud and musical abilities, only to be discovered by some of his idols, Drake and Timberland.  Tiller is going to make a splash in 2016 if he continues to spit this hot fire.
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HONNE, a British-Electronic Soul duo, create velvety tracks incorporating aspects of funk and trance that evokes emotional electricity.  HONNE's recent EP, Gone Are the Days, show their true artistic vision and we cannot wait to see where this path leads in 2016.
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7) Frances

The UK’s next leading lady is here, and we’re absolutely stoked about it.  The singer-songwriter & talented pianist Frances is on the scene, and taking charge.  With two EPs released this year, and a brand new single “Borrowed Time,” co-written with Howard Lawrence of Disclosure, France’s powerful voice knocks everything out of the park.  We’re thinking she’s the girl next-door meets total badass, and it’s difficult not to loop her songs on repeat.  #TeamFrancesUK is what you didn’t know you’ve been missing, and we’re very pleased she’s here.
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8) Vulfpeck

Originally from Ann Arbor, but now in California, the group Vulfpeck was founded in 2011 and is just fuckin’ great.  With the release of their fifth album this fall, “Thrill of the Arts” is thirty-two minutes of pure goodness.  Funk oozes through all of their songs, bringing back essences of the 70s and 80s.  Track #2 off the new album “Back Pocket” just makes you want to strut your stuff down the street KC & The Sunshine Band status.  Get jamming – you’ll be glad you did, and be sure to watch their recent performance on The Late Show with Mr. Stephen Colbert!
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9) Troye Sivan

Joburg born, Perth raised, this 20 year old prdoigy is going to have the best. year. ever.  Originally starting out in acting, with a strong presence on YouTube, Troye Sivan just released his first studio album “Blue Neighbourhood” earlier this month.  If you haven’t already heard his name from peaking on the Billboard 200 this summer, you will soon enough.  With a powerhouse of CAPITALIZED tracks from “YOUTH” to “TALK ME DOWN,” it seems Troye’s been cleaning up since day one.  With a tour set for 2016 across the US, Australia, Canada, the UK and Europe, many of the gigs have already sold out – sorry Webster Hall fans.  Get “WILD” for Sivan’s music and turn up the volume.
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The alternative pop trio from Sydney is blowing up the internet with their epic track “Her (Loving You),” and we can’t wait to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves.  Karina Wykes provides sultry vocals, with Cameron Robertson & Joseph Wenceslao producing and playing guitar/synth.  Pulling influence from Broods and CHVRCHES, these musicians provide a unique sound of indie pop that we’re sure will continue to impress.
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