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New Music – Grace Joyner, Hazel English, Noname

New music to cheer to the rafters from Oakland, Charleston and Chicago

Noname

Thu, Sep 8, 2016, 09:29

   

Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips with us or check out all past New Music selections here.

Grace Joyner

Having made her bones in a string of bands around her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Grace Joyner has been following a solo star for the last few years. New track “Dreams”, the standout from her debut album “Maybe Sometimes – In C”, shows that she made the right decision, a broody tune which glitters with intrigue and dark, nocturnal moods.

Hazel English

Originally from Sydney and now based in Oakland, Hazel English is one for those who dig hazy, sunny, atmospheric pop with a certain look in its eye. From her new “Never Going Home” EP, “I’m Fine” is a golden tune with oodles of smarts, from its shimmering melodies to the way in which English doles out the emotional wordplay.

Noname

You may know vibrant and eloquent rapper Fatimah Warner from her work with Chance the Rapper on “Acid Rap”. Seen on stages this week with Lauryn Hill on the MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling tour, the Chicago native’s debut mixtape “Telefone” has been one of the treats of the summer. She’s one to watch with her superb poetic flow, great observational eye and strong ability to pen lyrics about personal heartbreak and the bleakness of the Windy City which captivate the listener.