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New Music – Aadae, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Porter Ray

New music to check out from London, Sydney and Seattle

All Our Exes Live In Texas

Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 09:40


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.


“River Of Tears” is a track to truly stop you in your tracks. The debut from London artist Aadaee, it’s inspired by both modern urban pop and her parents’ stack of classic reggae, Afrobeat and gospel records. A clarion call for living large in difficult times, “River Of Tears” sounds like a fully formed anthem.

All Our Exes Live In Texas

The brilliantly named All Our Exes Live In Texas are an act featuring on a lot of pre-SXSW checklists. Featuring Sydney songwriters Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, the Exes specialise in bad-to-the-bone folk harmonies which they’ve honed on tours with the Backstreet Boys, Passenger, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and others. Their debut album “When We Fall” comes out this week and it’s one to check out, especially with tracks like “The Devil’s Part”

Porter Ray

Seattle calling in the shape of Porter Ray, a dude whose sound will remind you of those recent Sea-Town seers and sages like Shabazz Palaces and THEEsatisfaction. Not surprisingly, you’ll find reps from both on his forthcoming Sub Pop album “Watercolour”, a collection which is rich with woozy space-age sounds, soulful griot waves and Ray’s hazy narrative. Check out “Arithmetic” from the album below and expect to see him featured in much post-event SXSW 2017 coverage.