Scrimshaw Sessions ➳ Top 10 of 2016

2016 was been a wild one, across the board. But luckily, the music world has been overall exemplary. After some serious filing down, we were able to sift through the hits, to find our favorite tracks from the past year. Some artists have been around for sometime, and others had their debut year, but at the end of the day, these acts are all doing what they love, which is producing quality music. We hope you enjoy our top tracks and that you all have safe and awesome New Years celebrations -- see you in 2017! Enjoy!

 

1) "Dog Years" by Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers, a Brooklyn based artist who just had the year of her life, is a name to remember. Maggie is probably best known for her song “Alaska”, which by itself could have launched her career, but was only enhanced when it was played for Pharrell in his Masterclass at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute where his reaction was: “I’ve never heard anything that sounds like that. That’s a drug for me.” Fortunately, this gave Maggie an outlet we were all hoping for in bringing her music into our homes. While “Alaska” is brilliant, our favorite song of hers thus far is “Dog Years”. The way she mixes sounds under her unique voice is something refreshing to the music industry. It sounds so raw and genuine when she sings, which is only heightened by her lyrical depth.


2) "Same Drugs" by Chance the Rapper

One’s bound to lead a thoroughly impressive life with the first name Chancelor, and Chance the Rapper’s musical intelligence is nothing shy of greatness. Immediately upon release in May, Chance’s third mixtape, "Coloring Book", gained universal praise stacked with incredible tracks and phenomenal production. The sixth track’s intimacy begins with a sole piano, and grows incrementally by incorporating gospel-inspired vocals, drum beats, strings, and so on. Age effects change, and Chance dances with Wendy in reflecting on the past while realizing the present.


3) “ILYSB” by LANY

“ILYSB” (I Love You So Bad) is beautiful and sure to make you feel cool, nostalgic, and sexy all at the same time. Taking it a step further, LANY released “ILYSB – Stripped”, which is a slower, vocal rendition of the song that the world deserved. Even though LANY released their latest album, “kinda”, more recently than this song, it deserves all the recognition it can get, and more.  Not only does LANY put on a killer live show, but their coolness exudes style and lyrical finesse.


4) “Friends” by Francis and the Lights ft. Bon Iver 

Released as a single in early July, before “Farewell, Starlite!”’s full-album release in September, Francis and the Lights joined forces with Bon Iver & Kanye West, plus producers such as Rostam Batmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid and Cashmere Cat (to name a few) to crank out a killer track, “Friends.” The synthetic sounds and whimsical beats really create something. The entire album is gold, but this track is such a powerhouse it’s unfair. Advice: blast this song in the car with windows down (slow-motion-wind-in-your-hair style), or in some real quality earbuds (not the cheap ones).


5) "The Middle" by Wet

“The Middle” exemplifies Wet’s ever-cool aspirational pop music. Earlier this year we were lucky enough to photograph Wet as they mesmerized the crowd with a performance that can only be described as magical (check out our article here). The talent and vocal range of lead singer Kelly Zutrau is a beauty that must be listened to. “The Middle” is one of their most recent songs and captures the essence of emotion in a two-minute time frame. It’s simple depth in the beat and a tempo change between the chorus and bridge of the song, takes you for an addictive ride. Not only should you be listening to “The Middle” but Wet’s entire discography.

6) “Aloha” by Møme ft. Merryn Jeann

The French DJ Møme broke out in huge success with his track “Aloha” featuring the mesmerizing voice of Australia’s vocalist Merryn Jeann. The duo’s roots extend from Nice, FR to Byron Bay, AUS, and their song has covered the globe from pole to pole. If you don’t already know this track, you’re welcome. You should learn something real while listening, and maybe… even a few good dance moves.


7) “Bruce Wayne” by Memorecks & Jenna Pemkowski 

Jenna Pemkowski teamed up with producer Memorecks to create a powerhouse album called “Follow”. One song on this album, “Bruce Wayne” stands out instantly. Jenna’s voice flows perfectly over Memorecks’ beat creating a song that is meant to repeat. Guaranteed, the first time you listen to it will not be the last of the day. Memorecks’ already solidifying himself, but keep an eye out for Jenna Pemkowski, as her voice is meant for greatness, with this track as her amazing jumping-off point.


8) “Show Me Love” (Skrillex Remix) by Hundred Waters ft. Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney, Robin Hannibal

First start with a collaborative feat for the ages, then remix it further by one of EDM’s most recognizable names, and you get this beast of a track. Skrillex’s remix of “Show Me Love” is an ultimate feel good song, and gets any crowd on their feet. From house party, to beach bash, this crew knows how to release a great song, and we know you’ll love it just as much. The beats on the backend, keep me the poppy vocals aloft for a great time.


9) “Tilted” by Christine and the Queens

“Tilted” is as gorgeous as it is unique. Christine and the Queens is a vocal phenomenon who uses her French style and background to dive in and out of multiple languages while creating songs with silky melodies and insanely catchy verses. This track is addictive as hell; it lures in the listener so they can hear the deep-rooted sexuality and pureness within the lyrics.


10) “Someone That Loves You” by HONNE ft. Izzy Bizu

The true beauty of HONNE’s style is that, they’re combining an electronic style of keys, drums and other instruments with emotional lyrics, which in turn produces a deeply sexy sound. And what better way to keep that going, then add Ms. Izzy Bizu into the mix. This trio produces a sultry song which will result in repetition; playing it over, and over, and over again. Make sure to listen to their Late Night Version of the track, and read our piece on the act with shots from a gig in Brooklyn earlier this year!

HONNE || Cool On All The Nights

HONNE performing 10.05.2016 @ Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY.

Brooklyn was heating up on a mildly cool night two weeks back, as Britain’s grooviest duo took the stage at Greenpoint’s Warsaw concert hall. HONNE, made up of the widely talented Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher, truly got New York’s party started as part of their North American tour. HONNE creates soulful baby-making beats, fused with electronic elements that make for a new generation of sensual sounds. Andy & James started making music together back in 2014, under their name HONNE, which translates to “real intention” in Japanese, and realness was what they were bringing. When they opened the night with “Treat You Right”, the energy was already high and it only got better as the show went on.

Scrimshaw featured HONNE in a piece at the tail end of 2015 forecasting the duo as one of the top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016 - and we’re still firmly standing by this. With a number of EPs out at that time, we are excited to share that HONNE released their first studio album Warm On A Cold Night this past July, and have been touring to promote that beast. The album features some of their biggest tracks such as “Someone That Loves You” featuring Izzy Bizu, “Warm On A Cold Night,” and “Good Together” (all of which they played at the show). They wrapped up their North American leg last night on the west coast, and are heading back to Europe and Japan over the remaining fall to complete the tour.

The crowd at the Warsaw was hundreds of people, but still felt rather intimate. Fans were fairly close to each other, all inching their way towards the front, but nothing that put people off. I don’t recall seeing a single interaction that wasn’t a smile being exchanged or lyrics being sung along in reply. The true beauty of HONNE’s style is that, they’re combining an electronic style of keys, drums and other instruments with emotional lyrics, which in turn produces a deeply sexy sound; a sound that everyone in the venue was getting down with. At one point during the show, frontman vocalist Andy looks out into the audience and exclaims: “I can tell you, we are never ever going to forget this. I’m speechless.” As at that moment, as they burst into their next song, you could really tell that this creative duo was just as excited to be there as the lucky New Yorkers that were in the room that night.

If you haven’t already started listening to your new favorite band, we’d highly recommend getting on board. Check our their Soundcloud linked at the top, plus two music videos of their’s that we absolutely love! Enjoy the music and turn up that volume, as HONNE is here to stay - and is just warming up your cold nights ahead.

HONNE performing 10.05.2016 @ Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY.

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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2) LION BABE

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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6) HONNE

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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10) GLADES

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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