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We’re constantly having our eyes on the future of music, look for exciting new talents and those artists and songs that might change your life. NBHAP’s ‘Ahead’ category is the place for first movers, musical explorers and those of you who’d like to discover new sounds before all your cool friends.

New Artist Encounter: In Conversation With Chez Ali & Solå

After introducing you to some of 2021's most promising new artists a while ago, we went one step further and brought some of those artists together in a virtual room to discuss what it feels like having a career in the music industry right now with ... well, everything's that's going on. This is the first edition of our "New Artist Encounter" talk, featuring Sweden's Chez Ali and Solå from Norway.
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Listen AHEAD Playlist Update: Indigo Sparke

"Everything Everything" teases the songwriter's anticipated Adrianne Lenker-produced debut album "Echo". Experience it now in our newcomer playlist along with music by Alisa Tully, Luke Noa, Do Nothing, Gary, Indiana and other promising artists.
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Listen AHEAD Playlist Update: Lokoy

Sløtface bassist Lasse Lokøy teases his forthcoming debut album with a new Nils Bech collaboration and we interviewed the aspiring artist about it. Our latest playlist update also features music by the newcomers Dolphins, Mei River, NewDad, Rats On Rafts and more.
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Beyond Linearity: Introducing Experimental Producer Ai Fen

The musician and producer Ai Fen released her debut "postforever" early last year before the pandemic hit. Playing with the concepts of time and bending the boundaries of contemporary production, the record is urgently modern. Now the artist teamed up with several other producers for take it a step further: "post postforever" is a record full of experiments, surprises, and questions. NBHAP author Natálie Zehnalová takes a closer look at it.
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10 Exciting New Artists To Watch In 2021

New year, same crisis? Well, not when it comes to new musical talent. We're still amazed by the countless wonderful newcomers that find their way into our inboxes on a regular basis. There are many great new artists out there waiting to be discovered and today the writers of NBHAP would like to share ten personal highlights with you, which we'll be keeping on our radars over the next twelve months.
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Listen AHEAD Playlist Update: Olivia Dean

The soul music sensation from London is the first new talent we like to highlight in 2021. Discover her in our weekly playlist update along with new music by Alfie Templemann, Jesse Markin, TOLEDO, Murdocco, Dopha and more names you should have on your radar.
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Listen AHEAD Playlist Update: Long Tall Jefferson

Shortly after the release of his new record 'Cloud Folk', we caught up with Swiss singer-songwriter Simon Borer to have a chat about the album and the vibrant "(I’m In Love With An) Astronaut", that premieres its brand new music video on this day. Dive right into it along with fresh music from newcomers Greta Isaac, Blossom Caladrone, Zack Teale, ViVii, Lava La Rue and more.
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Listen AHEAD Playlist Update: Darjeeling

The German psychedelic rock outfit returns with a fitting anthem for socially distanced 2020. Check out "Meet U In RL" in our newcomer playlist along with highly recommendable new music by Claud, Chez Ali, Marie Noreger, Alice Ray, KWAYE and more.
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