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Emerging music standouts from a year of our Stack newsletter. Grouped by sound. Subscribe to Stack

Milan-based Chilean producer Paula Tape (Stack №208) returns with an EP for Rhythm Section International. Read →
Following one-offs with Intergraded, R&S, and Leon Vynehall's DJ Kicks mix, London-based Canadian producer and NTS host Serena Passion, aka Peach (Stack №232), joins Peach Discs, run by Shanti Celeste (Stack №131) and Gramrcy. Read →
2021 may be the year of SHERELLE, who has shifted "from being a well-respected, albeit decidedly underground DJ to becoming one of the most kinetic personalities in UK club music," per Loud & Quiet. Read →
NYC DJ and producer Olive T makes her vinyl debut with Goin Up, a 4-track EP packed with deep house grooves indebted to early '90s New York City dance music. Read →
Rising Phoenix-based producer Kareem Ali makes cosmic house music informed by his jazz background and a deep passion for science fiction, space, and Black history. Read →
The latest release on Hamtramck, Michigan-based underground dance label Portage Garage Sounds belongs to singer, songwriter, producer, and DJ Tammy Lakkis. Read →
London-based DJ and producer Emma Kirby, aka Elkka (Stack №219), announces a new EP, her first on Ninja Tune's Technicolour imprint. Read →
On her new EP for AD 93, NYC's James Krasner traverses experimental electronic, folk, and shoegaze, making "Ultra Facial!" even more potent as the "rave-pop centerpiece," per Resident Advisor. Read →
An early standout for dance music in 2021 comes from Berlin-based Australian producer Samantha Poulter aka Logic1000. Read →

Yu Su - Xiu

On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
After a pair of well-received EPs, Kaifeng-born, Vancouver-based producer and Stack favorite Yu Su has reached her debut full-length, out now on bié Records, a label she helped establish in Beijing. Read →
Since her first appearance in Stack (№215) Brooklyn-via-Philly singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tiffany Majette signed to Mom & Pop, released her 2020 LP and now shares "Concrete," the first from her next batch of songs. Read →
NYC-based collective MICHELLE are readying their new album for release early next year. Read →
Following a feature on Drake's latest album, rising Nigerian singer Tems released her new EP in September. Read →
One of the year's biggest breakouts is 22-year-old British-Irish-Bangladeshi musician Joy Crookes. Read →
The second album from Cleo Sol (Stack №216) is making waves with sites in our index. Read →
Manchester producer, DJ, and radio host Anz announces her debut EP with Ninja Tune, out next month. Read →
Portuguese-born, Denmark-raised vocalist/producer Erika de Casier (Stack №268) makes her 4AD debut with the Y2K-styled Sensational, a summer favorite among sites including The Guardian, who writes, "her affinity for the era’s Timbaland/Darkchild nexus of R&B is a welcome throwback." Read →
Portland, Oregon's Graham Jonson, aka quickly, quickly, leaps from beat producer to psych-pop songwriter with his forthcoming LP on Ghostly. Read →
North London's Joviale (Stack №233) announces a new EP, their second release with collaborator Bullion (Stack №197). Read →
Toronto-based singer Ebhoni Cato-O'Garro (Stack №221) returns with a new EP of Afropop-infused R&B songs on True Panther Sounds. Read →
Former Ratking member Wiki (Stack №115) teams with Navy Blue (№267) for one of the year's most soulful and celebrated rap releases. Read →
The new project from Little Rock, Arkansas rapper Kari Faux (Stack №260) proves she's "something of a playful chameleon; but every character represents one of her raw moods, phases, and experiences," says Bandcamp Daily. Read →

Lute - 100

On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify
Released last week, the soulful and introspective debut LP from Dreamville-signed Charlotte rapper Luther Nicholson, aka Lute, features several guests including Stack favorites Saba (№182), Ari Lennox (№212), and BJ the Chicago Kid (№278). Read →
The music video for reggie's "Avalanche" personifies the warm, familial quality of the track, with the Houston rapper and friends, including Smino (Stack №133), hanging in various backyard scenes as he reflects on his childhood and shares gratitude for the present. Read →
Another artist out of Toronto having a big year, rapper DijahSB saw their latest album shortlisted for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize. Read →
Rising North Carolina rapper Mavi (Stack №253) returns with a smooth, introspective new track. Read →
East London rapper-producer John Glacier recorded her debut album with Vegyn (Stack №267) and released it last month on his label PLZ Make It Ruins. Read →
Following her breakout 2020 album Muthaland and a handful of singles this year, BbyMutha shares her latest EP, Cherrytape, which "pairs experimental, club-ready electro beats with the Chattanooga rapper's playful drawl," per The Fader. Read →
As Don Lifted, Fat Possum-signed Memphis native Lawrence Matthews makes languid, introspective music that pulls from R&B, rap, and lo-fi electronica. Read →
"I try to show that jazz itself is a very vulnerable medium," Richmond, VA rapper McKinley Dixon tells Post-Trash. Read →
Lily Konigsberg (Palberta, Lily & Horn Horse) first landed on our radar thanks to a glowing endorsement from Hand Habits (Stack №127) in Hype Machine's 2017 Zeitgeist. Read →
"What Has Happened" marks the welcome return for Floridian psych-rock brother duo Tonstartssbandht (Stack №133). Read →
Hitting the top of Popular today with "insistent guitars and burbling electronics" is the closing track to Melbourne duo Good Morning's new album out now on Polyvinyl. Read →
LA-based songwriter Hana Vu (Stack №190) shares "Everybody Birthday" along with news of her full-length debut on Ghostly. Read →
Manchester band Mandy, Indiana specialize in a "noise-bombed, dancefloor-ready industrial post-punk" (Stereogum). Read →
Known as one of NYC's "hardest working and most reliably fun groups" (BrooklynVegan), Gustaf announce their debut album on Royal Mountain Records. Read →
Among the month's most-posted artists, Brisbane post-punk trio The Goon Sax just released their third LP, Mirror II, via Matador. Read →
This one from Toronto’s Ducks Ltd goes down easy (despite the title). Read →
Luxembourg upstart Francis of Delirium just released an EP on Dalliance Recordings. Read →
Out today on Dull Tools (the label run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts), Nana Yamato's Before Sunrise explores her dreams and feelings of loneliness in Tokyo with "glittering, synthesizer-fuelled-pop via Nippon-indie-electronica," says The Vinyl Factory. Read →
Honest Labour finds Manchester duo Space Afrika (Stack №282) expanding atmosphere with "classical strings, shimmering guitar, and visionary vocal cameos, leaning further into their enigmatic fusion of ambient unrest and cosmic downtempo," says The Slow Music Movement Blog. Read →

KMRU - Argon

On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
Kenyan sound artist and producer KMRU is making waves in the ambient field. Read →
Russian-born, Berlin-based ambient artist Aleksandra Zakharenko, aka Perila, is prepping her Smalltown Supersound debut out next month. Read →
On their debut LP, Music for Living Spaces, Los Angeles-based artist Olive Ardizoni aka Green-House creates airy synth music spiritually connected to plant life, "eliciting joy, unshielded and unabated across nine rivulets of calm," says Raven Sings The Blues. Read →
Sites in our index and beyond are abuzz about the new album from Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer Arooj Aftab, out now on New Amsterdam Records. Read →
Several sites in our index point to the Americana-tinged ambient work of Arizona interdisciplinary artist Karima Walker, whose new LP is out on Orindal Records/Keeled Scales. Read →
Open The Gates, the third studio album by the free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements, was recorded in a single day and "sees them folding poetry, synths and various electronics into their sound," says The Quietus. Read →
Caribbean-Belgian composer Nala Sinephro makes her Warp debut with Space 1​.​8, "a benchmark in ambient jazz featuring outstanding players and delicately woven arrangements," per Pitchfork. Read →
Danish/Tanzanian future jazz trio Athletic Progression celebrate spontaneity on their latest LP, cloud high in dreams, but heavy in the air, pairing "boom bap-nodding, percussive sensibilities with kaleidoscopic, jazz-funk-fuelled keyboard flourishes," says The Vinyl Factory. Read →
UK producer, pianist, bandleader and MC Alfa Mist makes his ANTI- Records debut with Bring Backs, out at the end of April. Read →
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