In OVER THE POND Emily Baker gazes across the water to look at some of the best new music from North America.
Discovering LANNDS aka Rania Woodard on SoundCloud , the Florida native singer, producer and songwriter struck a good chord hearing her captivating dreamy electronic indie pop songs with beautifully haunting lyrics. Her songs make you want to repeat them more than once and are amazing enough to be featured anywhere, imagining her smoothly cool vocals played on radio stations such as Beats 1 picked as one of Zane Lowe’s under the radar features is where I see this artist headed and with so much more deserved exposure in the British music scene too and on social media. LANNDS has three songs released in 2016, all individually showcasing the singers talents and credible writing ability. Her single “Metanoia” has already featured on an Apple Musics “Today's Chills” playlist. Other recent songs “Still” and “Wide Awake” are just as captivating with their emotion and contrasting unique bleak artwork visuals setting the mood to LANNDS further creativeness as an artist. Definitely a promising talent worth keeping an eye on and checking out.
It's hard to believe this soul man is still at the tender age of 18. His simple but catchy mellow track "Location" is his first single and has featured on numerous radio stations including Beats 1. His voice is somewhat effortless and wise for his youthful years. Khalid has had a "locational" upbringing himself moving from New York to Europe living in Germany for 7 years then moving to Texas. His music oozes maturity and lyrical content about new beginnings and love. He's one of those artists who has come along that you know is going to be authentic and no matter what will have a humble way about his music. His writing ability is equally as impressive and real as if he's in the room singing out his feelings or a text message he wish he could send to someone. He's now signed with RCA following the single up with more upbeat "Let's Go". Khalid is definitely an artist to watch not just for 2017 but for the future as it looks forever bright. This really is the beginning of a multi-talented teen whose about to embark on something special, his stunning debut album 'American Teen' has now been realised so take a listen and enjoy.