Next Big Thing
Be our crystal ball: we’re taking bets on Sydney’s next big thing. Which of these artists has shot to the top of your favourites list? Who have you been bugging your mates to hurry up and check out? We want to know who you think is on the cusp of hitting the big time.
The past few years have seen women absolutely owning the traditionally male-dominated realm of guitar music… Angel Olsen, St. Vincent, Waxahatchee, Mitski, Frankie Cosmos, Girlpool and now scuzzy Sydney four-piece Body Type. Blending dream-pop rhythms, jangle-pop guitars and lo-fi aesthetics, Body Type arrived fully formed with last year’s debut single ‘Ludlow’, before cementing their reputation with 2017’s follow-up ‘Silver’. With a 100% hit rate Body Type are carving out their own space in Australian music for years to come.
Jikuroux (aka Jess Lavelle) creates the kind of electronic music that brings entire worlds into existence. Following on from 2016’s debut ‘Ruptured Pulse’, Jikuroux invited listeners into these worlds this year through her second EP, ‘Cradle Bay’, a conceptual piece tackling the very personal theme of anxiety. The EP marries serene synth melodies and lush nature samples with warped vocals and pounding metallic drums. A fixture of the queer club scene, her forward-thinking, inclusive dance music achieves real emotional depth and poignancy. The result is versatile dance music that transcends the club context, suited to soundtracking the mundane to the extraordinary.
After teasing us by dropping track after excellent track, Ghanian-born Sydney-based Manu Crook$ has finally unveiled his debut EP, ‘Mood Forever’ – the most fully-realised statement of his artistry to date. The EP is the culmination of a slow but steady rise, where Manu’s lyricism, flow and deep, wavy beats have set him apart. At only 23 years old Manu is right on the crest of a breaking wave of first-generation Australian immigrants and refugees reshaping Australian hip hop, and Manu is doing more than anyone to change perceptions about what hip hop can be and do in this country.
Odette began songwriting at the ripe age of 8 and internet digging reveals original compositions posted to Youtube as far back as 2012. This experience shows. The now 20-year-old singer-songwriter unveiled her breathtaking debut single, ‘Watch Me Read You’, earlier this year, quickly followed by her second, and equally extraordinary ‘Collide’. Atop a bed of classy piano pop and a minimalist beat, ‘Watch Me Read You’ focuses in on the remarkable rhythms of Odette’s spoken word verses, while the chorus explodes with her full-bodied soulful voice. With a debut album in the pipeline, there’s no more hiding in the corners of Youtube for Odette, she is ready to go front and centre.
Rebecca Hatch is a 16 year old from Sydney’s west with a voice to be reckoned with. Wringing the soul from the streets of Campbelltown and wearing her Aboriginal and Pacific Islander heritage on her sleeve, Rebecca has been making a name for herself in her local community, lending her talents to events like Tracks – an industry showcase of Western Sydney artists and Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool. Now with the release of a brace of sophisticated singles (‘VIBES’ and ‘Down For Me’) Rebecca has announced her arrival to the wider community, and this is surely just the beginning.