From bedroom-crafted bouts of pop wonderment to hyper-futuristic takes on the genre, watching Grimes evolve over the past eight odd years has been nothing short of fascinating. Today sees the art-pop auteur releasing her highly-anticipated new single, “We Appreciate Power.” The experimental and addictive single, which features HANA, marks the Canadian artist’s first new release since her acclaimed fourth studio album, 2015’s Art Angels. It is crazy to think that it has been over three years since we last heard from Grimes, outside the context of unexpected K-pop collaborations and dating a certain tech entrepreneur, but we’re certainly happy to have such a visionary artist make her welcomed return.
And while we wait for what is hinted to be a new album, we have just the thing to keep you occupied until Grimes delivers more pop magic unto the world. These are seven artists you ought to know if you are a fan of Grimes + a playlist for continued listening pleasure.
Truth be told, we’re still figuring out K-pop girl group LOONA ourselves, but we know one thing for certain–their music is beyond infectious. Comprised of a dozen members, which then breaks down into three subunits, Loona 1/3, Loona Odd Eye Circle, and Loona yyxy, Loona’s sparkling style of pop combines ‘90s R&B and hip-hop influence with electronic dance music to wonderful effect. Then there’s also the fact that subunit yyxy released their first ever track with the help of none other than Grimes herself.
Southern Ontario singer-songwriter Nicole Dollanganger has carefully developed a cult-like following with her self-released gothic dream pop songs. Most of Dollanganger’s earliest work was first released on her blog, but it was her fifth album Natural Born Losers that would result in Grimes creating Eerie Organization for the sole purpose of seeing the album released. It’s no wonder why Grimes and the Internet has taken to Dollangager so much, as her music strays the line between childhood fairytale and the macabre in perfectly beautiful fashion.
Kailee Morgue is not your conventional pop star in the making. The tattoo-adorned, anime-obsessed artist first struck upon success when a video of her performing a previously unreleased single went viral overnight. The viral demo would turn out to be “Medusa,” a hypnotic pop meditation on a misunderstood mythological creature. And “Medusa” has proven to be no one-chance fluke for Morgue, as she continues to impress with her penchant for crafting into existence dark spellbinding works of pop magic, including the most recent to-date single, “Siren.”
Gothic starlet Alice Glass first came to prominence as the electrifying frontwoman for Crystal Castles, but it is her recent endeavors that are turning heads. We originally praised Glass for striking such a perfect balance between meticulously crafted pop and chaotic, dark production in her self-titled debut EP. An intoxicating mixture of volatility and vulnerability, Glass’ solo work moves at a breakneck speed, launching between moments of candid introspection and spine-tingling darkwave at a moment’s notice.
Kero Kero Bonito
Sung at times in English and Japanese, combining underground UK dance, indie rock, and twee pop, it’s difficult at times to pin down Kero Kero Bonito. The effervescent project of Sarah Bonito, Gus Lobban, and Jamie Bulled, the London trio manage to bridge a wealth of influence and inspiration into a singular project that is nothing short of a resoundingly amusing time. Even with the release of their sophomore album, Time ‘n’ Place, earlier this year, we’re still never sure what to expect from Kero Kero Bonito. But therein lies part of the reason we’ve come to love the band so much.
Yaeji’s meditative and dream-evoking house numbers provide a different sort of solace found on the dance floor. Sung softly in English and her native Korean over production that sways between dream pop and slow-burning underground club music, Yaeji’s music proves that the dance floor can be a place to both reflect and lose ourselves. From a melancholic remix of Drake’s “passionfruit” to two phenomenal and critically-acclaimed EPs, Yaeji has shown us in just the span of over a year why she is currently one of the most innovative figures in dance music.
The American producer and songwriter BloodPop® ranks amongst one of the most listened to artists in the world, but chances are you’ve yet to hear of him. Previously going by the name of Michael Diamon, Blood, and Blood Diamonds, the Grammy Award–nominated producer found his start collaborating with the likes of Charli XCX and Grimes and would spur on Grimes’ earliest shift into experimental dance music with the track, “Go.” Today, BloodPop® works alongside the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and most notably, Lady Gaga. Although, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss the occasional past collaboration between BloodPop® and Grimes.