With International Women’s day falling this Tuesday, we’re kicking off this Music Monday with another sweet playlist and the scoop on the cool ladies behind it. From sultry to experimental, and chill-funk to electro — these women are upping your playlist game and having all your homies beg you to “send me this song!” Follow us on Spotify at vavasound and get the weekly update on these artists (and more) on our playlist “Wavy Women’s Month”.
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Midwest native Kiiara debuted her glitchy, vowel-stressed track “Gold” on the Fader last year and the song now has over 40 million Spotify plays. With a relatable impatience and straightforward lyrics, “Gold” makes young love humorous and even more so when you think about Kiiara’s background. This 20-year old artist made beats on the low while working as a hardware store clerk! We imagine she might be humming her next hit near the power tools aisle.
Probably the most recognized artist on this list, Claire Boucher or Grimes has been heavily praised in the past few years by media and blogs alike since her debut album of Visions. With the Juno Award for 2012’s Electronic Album of the Year and a slew of “best of” nominations under her belt, Grimes’ newest project Art Angels trumped everything by snagging her a No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative Album Chart. Her range of influences (Mariah Carey to Marilyn Manson) are a clear reflection of how UN-clear her music really is. Like a goth-fairy queen, Grimes brings back the punk-ethereal, Björk-esque sound this generation seriously needs.
Well technically The Internet is not just one woman. Comprised of Odd Future members Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians, as well as members Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige, Christopher A. Smith, and Steve Lacy – this neo-soul band has been making waves on the internet (ha) for their jazzy and chill funk songs. Despite Odd Future being known for their explicit and horror-core rap style, lead vocal woman Syd Tha Kyd’s airy voice doesn’t try to stand out against her band’s music. Syd’s voice simply blends like another instrument in each song…and damn does she play it well. The Internet’s current hit is “Girl” featuring DJ/musician KAYTRANADA.
We can’t handle all the talent coming from our neighbors across the water. Sam Smith is done touring? Adele got us! Now she’s on hiatus? Look at that sweet Ed Sheeran. Want those raw pop vocals? Come at me Jessie J! All aboard the train to Great Britain! Anne-Marie is yet another talented act to come from London town. RnB, electro, or pop – her voice fits it all. She’s bad a$$ and her funny narratives (in “Boy” she’s into a guy but can’t tell if he’s more interested in her or his bro besty) are reminiscent of the cheeky Lily Allen. While Anne-Marie isn’t on tour with multi-platinum band Rudimental, she’s busy being a three-time world KARATE champion. That’s right, her super sick song “Karate” is actually sort of literal.
The deep clarity in DUA Lipa’s voice has made her a huge emerging artist in 2016. Her mature sound brings a warmth to her synthpop singles and upbeat dance tracks. She may be only 20 but DUA Lipa is no stranger to the adult world. While her mother and father resided in Kosovo, the teenage DUA Lipa worked nightclubs as a hostess while finishing up school in London – which makes for some pretty colorful song lyrics. Watch out for this rising artist and check out some of her most popular songs including “Be The One” and “Last Dance”. Did we mention she rocks at live singing? Peep her BBC Radio 1 performance below.
If you got the Travi$ Scott Rodeo album you may recognize Kacy Hill as the only female featured artist amongst notable acts such as The Weeknd, Schoolboy Q, Future, 2 Chainz, Chief Keef, Juicy J and Toro y Moi. Are we forgetting someone? Oh right, the man Kanye West himself. The former Yeezus tour dancer turned G.O.O.D music rookie caught the attention of Mr. West after releasing her single “Experience” (a collab project with Akon’s “Beautiful” Songwriter). The single’s video was reportedly shot in just ten minutes. Watch it here:
Tink teeters on that edge of smooth 90’s RnB singer and the quick rap stylings of Azealia Banks and Da Brat. The Chi-town native has released several mixtapes over the years but is most recognized for her and Timbaland’s sampling of Aaliyah’s hit “One in A Million”. Her comparisons as a new age Lauryn Hill or TLC member are just the right people you’d want to be compared to. Now that she’s working with mega-hit maker Timbaland, we can’t wait to hear what her silky vocals will do over those beats. Watch out for Tink’s meteoric rise this coming year.
Enjoy our playlist!