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New Music – Kadhja Bonet, Le Boom, Bad Nerves

New sounds from Los Angeles, Dublin/Brooklyn and London

Kadhja Bonet

Thu, Nov 17, 2016, 09:56


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.

Kadhja Bonet

Far side boogie ahoy. Any act whose bio opens with the line “Kadhja Bonet was born in 1784 in the backseat of a sea- foam green space pinto” is worth some of your time. There’s a bang of Janelle Monae and Solange off the Los Angeles singer, producer and all-round star in the making and that’s no bad thing because the world needs more Monaes and Solanges. For those looking for ethereal, out-there r’n'b, soul and everything inbetween those lodestars, check out “Remember the Rain” or “The Visitor” mini album and swoon.

Le Boom

Another of the acts who impressed at last month’s Hard Working Class Heroes, Dublin/Brooklyn duo Le Boom are producing the kind of infectious, sparkling, up-for-it synth-pop which will always win over a lively crowd in the right setting. They play their biggest headlining show at Whelan’s in Dublin on November 25.

Bad Nerves

Fuzzy, scuzzy, rifftastic garage rock rattle from an east London four-piece who come armed with style and substance. Lastest track “Can’t Be Mine” is full of nervy jangle and youthful surf-punk buzz and bodes well for what the band could produce in 2017.