New Music – Axel Flovent, Amir Obe, AE MAK
New acts to wow about from Iceland, Brooklyn/Detroit and Dublin
Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.
From the tiny town of Akureyri in northern Iceland, Axel Flovent is a singer-songwriter with many charms to beguile newcomers. His voice is a sweet aul’ swoon of a thing and it works really well with cosy, pure, gentle, effective songs like “Forest Fires”. Indie-folk with a very special spark amidst the acoustic bare bones.
It’s probably time for Amir Obe to grab some shine for himself. Having worked on Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” (and got some love from Drizzy on his Beats 1 radio show), the Brooklyn-born and Detroit-raised rapper formerly known as Phreshy Duzit is suddenly very much in play. Like last year’s expansive “Detrooklyn” mix-tape, the latest release “Project Housing Can’t Kill Spirit” with long-time producer NYLZ is similarly well endowed with forceful rhymes and a strong, magnetic sound.
Dublin-based duo Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon have been working together for a few years and you can certainly spot a growing sense of synchronicity between the two vocalists on a dramatic, theatrical track like “I Can Feel it in My Bones”. They’re one of the acts in the running for the Play the Picnic competition from 2fm and Oxfam.