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2022 promises to be a huge year for music; Building on the successes of 2021, there are plenty of up-and-coming artists to get excited about this year. Now that it’s February and we’ve had time to reflect on the chaotic music industry of 2021, we’re proud to bring you our top artists to watch this year. Better late than never, huh?
Jaguar Jonze (aka Deena Lynch)
Through Emma Pope, Assistant music co-editor
Enigmatic artist based in Brisbane, Jaguar Jonze’s latest single “CUT” was released on January 7and, starting the year with fierce new indie-rock. With a first album promised soon as well as rumors of representation from Australia at Eurovision 2022, Jaguar Jonze is one hell of a year ahead. An incredibly versatile performer, Deena Lynch isn’t just musically talented, with side projects to the upcoming album ranging from genre-subverting photography to narrative illustration.
You might recognize Jaguar Jonze in a few places: the triple-j cover Like a Version of “Heart-Shaped Box” with fellow Australian electronic hip-hop duo Hermitude, his partnership with Stüssy or, more recently, his appearance in the TEDx talk series on mental health where she talks about how music helped her overcome PTSD.
Jaguar Jonze’s smoky voice is a fierce but fragile glimpse into his personal vulnerability and allows listeners to speak from their own experiences. The punchy sound of ‘Who Died and Made You King?’ is a brilliant collaboration with Shungudzo, who describes their lyrics with incredible precision as “weapons of love”. Provocative and determined, ethereal pop has a big impact. Her new single “CUT” is already one of my best songs of 2022, and I can’t wait to see what the year brings for Jaguar Jonze.
Through Mia Smith, music editor
Tiktok loves discovering terms and running around with them without having a clue what they mean. Recently it was “Industry Plant”, and Wet Leg is apparently just that. But the duo’s sudden success didn’t come from nepotism – it just came from being downright cool. People seem to be bitter that lyrics like “Is your muffin buttered? / Would you like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?”, taken straight from Mean Girls, can make good music. Lines like these come into their own when compared to classic indie guitar riffs, and Wet Leg’s formula proves particularly intoxicating. Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers talk about everything from complacency to regret looking at your notifications. Playful innuendos (“I went to school and got the big D”) are piled between clever rhymes (“You’re so awake / Diet Coke”), all wrapped up in the loveliest fantasy ever. Isle of White. If you need more convincing, the band have just been nominated for 5 NME awards – more nominations than songs they have released. While waiting for their debut album to be released in April, learn the lyrics to ‘Chaise Longue’ – Thekla Thursdays can’t get enough of it.
[ K S R ]
Through Josh Templeman, digital music editor
Heavily influenced by artists like Erykah Badu, Miguel and Frank Ocean, [ K S R ] has crafted and evolved its own sound, one that skillfully combines elements of R&B, neo-soul and hip-hop. The release of his latest EP, Peace + Harmony, the end of 2021 saw this consolidation of its sound bear fruit with six titles of undeniable brilliance. From the smooth, soulful vocals of ‘Lily Apart’ to the brilliant storytelling of ‘Born in 98’, the Manchester-born artist shows off his musical versatility, making him one of the most exciting artists of the next wave of neo. – artists of the soul. Unexpectedly, [ K S R ] even has a few tracks in which he raps over frantic drum and bass instrumentals in his catalog, only further showing the diversity of his skills.
This year has already been huge for [ K S R ]. I first discovered his music earlier this year when he was touring the country supporting the brilliant Pip Millett. One thing is for sure, if he can keep dropping mind-blowing performances like he did that night and keep churning out exciting projects like Peace + Harmonythe future is more than bright for [ K S R ]. Expect to hear a lot from him this year and if you do, expect greatness.
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Who are you looking forward to seeing new music from this year?