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Welcome to the latest edition of “Introduce Me” (catch up on the first batch here), where we present 5 new artists that you should be listening to. For the last few editions, I decided to switch it up and focus on 5 new artists — all from the UK and Canada, all helping to define the sound of 2018. So today we’re traveling all the way to my second home in Australia to get to know 5 emerging artists ahead of the game. Get familiar. Jump to the bottom for the complete playlist.

Let’s begin, shall we?!

Do you know these artists? Here are 5 up-and-coming Australian artists defining the #soundof2018. Add these ladies to your playlist now featuring @aliceivymusic @okenyomusic + 3 more. Click to find out who else made it #newmusic… Click To Tweet

1. KAIIT (Melbourne, Australia)

kaiit-australia-heaps-good-bangers-sound-of-2018The 20-year-old released her debut single, ‘Natural Woman‘, last year and it’s hard to believe that it’s her first single as she masterfully blends R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. The result is a massive tune that we can’t help but relax and vibe to whenever the track comes on. Her second single, ‘2000 N Somethin’ (below), is still on heavy rotation over here at HGB and was a standout track for 2017. To say that we’re excited to hear even more from Kaiit would be quite the understatement. Keep your eyes on this one.

Especially bangin’ if you enjoy SZA, Jorja Smith, and Amy Winehouse.

Follow Her: FacebookInstagramSpotify. Soundcloud.

2. WAFIA (Brisbane, Australia)

wafia-australia-heaps-good-bangers-sound-of-2018Wafia was born in the Netherlands and raised amongst Syrian and Iraqi culture and is also a queer artist. She began to write songs as an escape from studying biomedicine at university. Signed to forward-thinking label Future Classic, Wafia frequently collaborates with labelmate Ta-Ku, including on her debut single ‘Heartfelt’. Her latest EP, VIII, features standout tracks ‘83 Days‘, ‘Bodies‘ and ‘Only Love’ (below). What we love most about Wafia is her ability to create upbeat, accessible and empowering pop that is often about dark subject matter. She has a unique story and perspective and we’re damn happy that she’s singing about it.

Follow Her: FacebookInstagramSpotify. Soundcloud.

3. ALICE IVY (Melbourne, Australia)

alice-ivy-australia-heaps-good-bangers-sound-of-2018The 24-year-old Melbourne artist/producer is what you would call a “genre-defying” artist, though I guess if I had to choose something I’d say her music resembles electronic soul, and so much more. We loved her jazzy summer anthem, ‘Be Friends‘, and are obsessed with her latest release- her debut album titled I’m Dreaming. We imagine you’ll be hearing her name a lot more in 2018. Alice Ivy is making moves and definitely one to add to your rotation.

For fans of  J-Dilla, Confidence Man, and Saatsuma.

Follow Her: Facebook. Instagram. Spotify. Soundcloud.

4. OKENYO (Sydney, Australia)


“I’m a very busy woman with a lot on my plate,” states Sydney’s latest emerging hip-hop/R&B artist OKENYO on the stand out single ‘Woman’s World’. And definitely check the rework featuring fellow Aussies Miss Blanks and Jesswar ‘Woman’s World 2.0‘ and you’ve found your newest unapologetic women’s anthem. Easily moving from hip-hop to R&B to a bit of everything in between, OKENYO just opened up for Billie Eilish in Australia and plans to release her EP The Wave early next month. In the meantime, she’s blessed us with the fun and bassy single ‘ISO’, that she says has, “been so fun playing live and it gives you a taste of my upcoming EP co-produced by Lionel Towers and myself.” We can’t wait for more.

Especially bangin’ if you’re into Janelle Monae, Ray BLK, or Sampa the Great. 

Follow Her: FacebookInstagram. Spotify. Soundcloud.

5. ZELLOW (Melbourne, Australia)

zellow-australia-heaps-good-bangers-sound-of-2018It’s no secret that we are massive fans of Zellow here at HGB. Her sound is heavily influenced by soul, vocal harmonies, and electronic music. I think that’s what first drew me in; how Zellow is able to take something so familiar and make it sound so fresh. The deep and brooding build-up of ‘Be Down, the jazzy and ethereal ‘On You, this is just the beginning. The other thing I love about Zellow is how each song of hers is a journey, a journey through a beautiful soundscape. And her lyrics or vocal samples tell us the story of said journey. This lovely lady is extremely talented and on that coveted edge of being the next big thing. If you wanna know even more, peep our interview with Zellow here.

Especially bangin’ if you enjoy Tycho, yaeji, and Kaytranada.

Follow Her: Facebook. InstagramSpotify. Soundcloud.

Introduce Me: A Growing Playlist Featuring the Best New Artists from Around the World

Damn skippy Australia! You are really bringing it in regards to new artists that are the future of pop and R&B music and we thank you 🙏. Click the link above to listen to the Spotify playlist and be sure to click “Follow”, as we’ll be updating the playlist constantly with heaps good bangers from emerging artists!

Much love,


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