If you like: Halsey
Listen to: Astrid S
Astrid’s cool yet fragile voice goes perfectly with her songs’ dreamlike electronic production and words of pain and longing. She may only be 19, but this Norwegian artist is already killing it with the feels.
If you like: Tove Lo
Listen to: Banks
Banks weaves sensual, moody electro-R&B that uses confessional, sometimes even brazen, language to reveal vulnerability at its core. Keep her music on hand for when you’re feeling antisocial…or horny.
If you like: Nicki Minaj
Listen to: CL
The leader of the Korean girl group 2NE1, CL makes her solo outing with party-starting hip hop jams that go from light and feel-good to brooding and badass.
If you like: Singsong hip hop
Listen to: Dreezy
Hailed the Princess of Chicago Rap, Dreezy wins over fans with singsong verses set to easy R&B beats. In this collab with Jeremih, she even sounds like she sings more than she raps, and boy, does it sound gooood.
If you like: Early Lady Gaga
Listen to: Dua Lipa
The 21-year-old British-Albanian singer has barged into the music scene with her bold, ballsy, in-your-face female pop. Keep an eye out for this one; she’s going to be huge.
If you like: Mariah Carey
Listen to: K. Michelle
This R&B artist—who’s also famous for appearing on the American reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta—unleashes her powerful pipes on radio-friendly hooks set to slick R&B production. It’s surprising she’s not a bigger star.
If you like: '90s female R&B, but with a millennial bite
Listen to: Kehlani
The 21-year-old Grammy nominee had a tough time following a suicide attempt in March this year, but she seems to be doing fine now as she spews hit after hit onto the charts. Oh, and she’s a killer dancer, too. Catch her moves in the vid below.
If you like: More '90s female R&B (also, Kehlani)
Listen to: Kiana Valenciano
Gary V’s daughter follows in the footsteps of her famous father by breaking into the music biz herself. She cites the aforementioned Kehlani as an influence on her electro-R&B sound, which you can hear on “Circles,” a track co-written, co-arranged, and co-produced with her dad.
You can listen to her on Spotify.
If you like: Alicia Keys
Listen to: Lianne LaHavas
The British singer’s rich, deep voice makes her soulful, retro-tinted tunes go down like whiskey. Plus, she’s a protégée of sorts of the late, great Prince, who featured her on three tracks in his 2014 album Art Official Age and got her to perform with him on a Saturday Night Live guesting that same year.
If you like: E·MO·TION-era Carly Rae Jepsen
Listen to: MOONWLK
Made up of Gabbi Buencamino (vocals) and Nick Lazaro (synths and vocals), this local act makes music with the '80s written all over it. The result? Energetic electro-pop you can totally go crazy to.
If you like: Daya
Listen to: Phoebe Ryan
The saccharine-voiced singer-songwriter gained fans with her mashup of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” and Miguel’s “Do You” last year, and she released her first single “Mine” soon after. She’s also featured on The Chainsmokers’ latest single “All We Know,” and we all know what the DJ duo’s magic touch does for up-and-coming acts (see: Halsey and Daya).
If you like: Ingrid Michaelson
Listen to: Reese Lansangan
The Manila-based artist-designer-writer is also a singer-songwriter who pens the most charming acoustic singalongs. Her track “Exploration No. 5” made it to the opening sequence of the film Camp Sawi, which hit theaters earlier this year.
If you like: Kiiara
Listen to: Terror Jr
This buzzy trio is made up of Felix Snow and David “Campa” Singer-Vine—the dudes behind Kiiara’s hit “Gold”—and a faceless vocalist who only goes by the name Lisa. More reason you should be intrigued by this group: Kylie Jenner, who used their track “3 Strikes” in her “Glosses by Kylie Jenner” promo video, is speculated to be the mysterious frontwoman.
If you like: Aaliyah
Listen to: Tinashe
Like Aaliyah, Tinashe is an R&B artist who prefers to chill out rather than belt out, vocals-wise. See her have fun in “Superlove,” which channels the '90s hit “Love You Down” by INOJ.
If you like: Janet Jackson slow jams
Listen to: Yuna
The Malaysian singer-songwriter is blessed with a spine-tinglingly smooth voice that passes over you like glorious air-conditioning on a hot day. Play her tunes late at night and be lulled to sweet, sweet slumber.
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