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Aaron Axelsen’s Favorite New Artists From SXSW 2014

By Aaron Axelsen, LIVE 105 Music Director

1. MØ

Danish rising electro-pop star MO first made a name for herself by contributing her sultry vocals on the AVICII tune ‘Dear Boy’ and has since exploded onto the blogosphere scene as one of 2014’s most talked-about new artists. Her live set from Austin, which was pushed back an hour because of fire marshal issues with the room, was not only well worth the wait but so explosive and energetic that it transformed the capacity crowd of jaded music industry pundits into one big sweaty dance party! MO just announced today she’ll be making her SF debut on June 3 @ Rickshaw Stop at a party I’m stoked to be DJing at.

FOR FANS OF:
Lykke Li, Diplo, Karen O, Kate Boy, Alunageorge, Lana Del Rey, Santigold

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jungle770 Aaron Axelsens Favorite New Artists From SXSW 2014

2. JUNGLE
London indie-dance outfit JUNGLE blew me away at their Hype Hotel party with an absolutely insane and infectious performance that paid homage to the early UK ‘Madchester Rave’ scene but interspersed with more modern DFA Records/nu-disco elements. This new innovative project just inked a record deal with the very reputable independent label XL recordings home to the likes of Vampire Weekend, Prodigy, The XX, Atoms for Peace. FOR FANS OF: The Rapture, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsytem, Toro Y Moi, Stone Roses, TV On The Radio, Holy Ghost!

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith (U Music)


3. SAM SMITH
One of 2013’s biggest electronic tunes unquestionably belonged to Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and contributing the vocals for this dance anthem was none other than new British crooner and nu-soul maverick SAM SMITH! I caught him at the Fader Fort on Thursday afternoon and found myself dancing along to his progressive R&B and UK garage-inspired set which featured a full live 5-piece backing band. Look for his debut album to drop via Capitol Records on May 26 and his SF debut at popscene in April sold out in just a few hours.

FOR FANS OF:
John Newman, Rudimental, Disclosure, Niles Rodgers, Burial, Amy Winehouse, Wiley, Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, Fitz and The Tantrums

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(Columbia Records)

(Columbia Records)

4. HOZIER
Irish emerging singer-songwriter HOZIER is the architect of one of our most requested new songs we play on our Sunday night radio show Soundcheck with his haunting, melancholy, emotive and politically powerful song ‘Take Me To Church.’ (the song itself is a critical commentary and strong anti-Homophobic statement) HOZIER’S live set was captivating and hypotonic and included a full backing band armed with a wide arrangement of instruments to create a very eclectic live experience. (Hozier fun fact: he shares the same U.S booking agent as The Killers)

FOR FANS OF:
Jeff Buckley, Awol Nation, Beck, Bear Hands, Bon Iver, Lo-Fang

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Royal Blood

Royal Blood (Black Mammoth Records)

5. ROYAL BLOOD
My ears are still pounding after by far the loudest set turned in by anyone I saw at SXSW this year as new UK two-piece ROYAL BLOOD banged out a blistering, fierce and gritty 40-minute set to close out the Filter day party series at Cedar Street. I was actually first turned on to this brand new British blues-garage rock duo back in December at NSSN 2013 as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was raving about them backstage. ROYAL BLOOD just released their debut EP ‘Out Of The Black’ last week on Warner Bros records and tapes.

FOR FANS OF:
Middle Class Rut, Nine Black Alps, Local H, White Stripes, Black Keys, Two Gallants, Led Zeppelin.

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