This week - featuring a selection of hip hop and electronica that found its way on to our Next Big Sound chart.
Topping the chart this week is electronic hip hop act Keys N Krates out of Canada. The trio, consisting of Adam Tune on drums, David Matisse on synth, and Jr. Flo spinning the turn-tables, have a heavy focus on live remixes and already played alongside some of the biggest names in their genre, including Skrillex, Pretty Lights and Kid Cudi. KNK self-released their second EP Lucid Dreams in the end of January. Since then their numbers have been blowing up. More than 200,000 plays on Soundcloud is a 615% increase from the month prior, and they are also seeing a huge percentage increase in new fans. Facebook page likes were up 500% this month, and new Twitter followers close to 300%, bringing their total up to 6000.
Based in New York, HAERTS may only have a single track release under their belts, but are already making plenty of noise and have fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation of their upcoming debut album. Snagging the seventh slot on the Next Big Sound chart, the indietronica band saw close to 14,000 plays on Soundcloud in the past two weeks, a more than 50% increase from the fortnight before, bringing their total near 150,000. While their fan base is still relatively small, they are close to hitting 5,000 page likes on Facebook, and have seen more than 46,000 video views on their official YouTube channel.
Number 12 on this week’s chart is self-described “ghastly duo” The Doppelgangaz. Matter Ov Fact and EP were childhood friends growing up in New York, and have been working together for several years, but buzz around them is definitely on the rise since releasing the first track off their upcoming album HARK. In the past two weeks, they saw more than a 350% increase in new Twitter followers and close to 100% boost in new Facebook page likes. Since posting “Hark Back,” they have attracted more than 10,000 plays on Soundcloud and reached a total of 1 million video views on their official YouTube channel.
And there’s plenty more where this came from. This week and every week, a chart full of talented potential superstars that are making the music that is causing a stir.
Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Buli is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, The New York Times Local East Village, Hypebot and more.