I consistently have to apologize for Artists on the Dashboard being an irregular feature, but this month there are three that I just couldn’t stand not to write about. As blogs start compiling their bests of the year lists, many of the big stars are put in the spotlight, but I want to be sure that some of the smaller artists get shouted out, too. You will likely see one of these artists on several blogs’ Best Albums of 2011 lists, and he absolutely deserves it. This month, we’ve got three solo artists who are deserving of your attention and are about to hit the big screens, in my opinion. The three artists of choice this month are Skizzy Mars, Youth Lagoon, and Luck-One.
Skizzy Mars has been–hands-down–one of my favorite artists to get familiar with in 2011. He’s a young rapper who tends to sample popular songs and flip them into something that suddenly seems all his own. He has a unique voice and a great flow, but what might make Skizzy stand out from the disgustingly oversized pack of wannabe rappers is his ability to say whatever the fuck he wants and still have it sound professional and sonically pleasing. He also possesses a bit of Kid Cudi’s mojo in his melodic style of rapping, which captured my attention from Day 1. To put it simply, this guy is a must-have on your iPod, iPhone, iPad, and everything else you own. Skizzy for life.
The first time I heard the music of twenty-two year old Trevor Powers, also knows as Youth Lagoon, I knew I was witnessing something special. The first track off of his album, The Year of Hibernation, reminded me a bit of Perfume Genius. Perhaps the lyrics aren’t quite as shocking, but they’re still a glimpse into Powers’s life. When I was seventeen/ My mother said to me/ ‘Don’t stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die.’. I was immediately blown away by the sophistication of the music–its ability to gradually build into something orgasmic–and the mature sound of the creator behind it all. The music is absolutely gorgeous. I’m in love.
MP3: “17” – Youth Lagoon
Luck-One is a hip hop artist who I don’t believe has gotten any publicity at Sunset as of yet. I’m amazed, though, that we’ve let him slip through the cracks for so long, because he’s the type of rapper we all love here at Sunset. His flow and his lines sound matured, yet clever. On top of that, he’s a very humble young man who is a joy to talk to, and that always means something to me, as I interact with so many young artists. I am really looking forward to seeing how Luck-One makes a name for himself, and I can tell you right now that I do believe he’ll be doing just that.