What Your Favorite Artists Are Listening To

At Ones To Watch, we love digging through the recesses of the internet and our musically-inclined RSS feeds to give you the latest and best music recommendations. Every once in a while, it’s an artist who will turn us onto our next favorite jam - and luckily, a lot of artists out there are vocal about their current music obsessions. We took a look at some recent shoutouts by musicians that have turned us on to their favorite new songs that soon became ours. 

Sharon Van Etten - Dignan Porch – “Like It Was Again”

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The impassioned songstress can break your heart with her raw and vulnerable lyrics, but Sharon Van Etten took to Twitter to write that she was “so into” a tune by Dignan Porch. The lo-fi rock band from South London has several LPs to its name, with its latest, “Observatory” released this past June.

Grimes - Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – “Hoshi Neko”

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Claire Boucher, the Canadian producer better known as Grimes, has been following the self-described Asian, Indigenous and Diasporic art collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. The band exudes performance, from its handmade instruments to its aesthetic design. Grimes gave the band a nod for its song “Hoshi Neko,” a psychedelic progressive rock jam.

Alana Haim – Grimes feat. Blood Diamonds – “Go”

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Alana Haim, the baby sister of the femme powerhouse band Haim, gave Grimes a shout out complete with fiery emojis. The Canadian musician and producer recently collaborated with fellow Canadian producer Blood Diamonds for a bumping dance track that leans more EDM than Grimes’ other work.

Charli XCX, Ellie Goulding – Woodkid – “The Golden Age”

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Brit pop singers Charli XCX and Ellie Goulding both promoted new material from Woodkid, the moniker for a French folk musician who also directs music videos including Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” The song “The Golden Age” is lush with operatic strings and accompanied by a stirring black-and-white video that the musician directed himself.

Katy Perry

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It seems Katy Perry has been getting good vibes from the multitalented rapper, writer and comedian Donald Glover. The pop icon has tweeted two songs featuring Childish Gambino, quoting lyrics from the single “3005” off his recent LP Because the Internet, and then chronicling her current mod with Jhene Aiko’s “Bed Peace,” which also features the rapper.

Sam Smith – Regina Spektor –“Better” and Frank Ocean – “Thinking Bout You”

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The jury is out on whether posting song lyrics is a pretentious, annoying or justifiable way of communicating your feelings, but it’s also a great way to keep tabs on what British crooner Sam Smith is listening to. It turns out the singer loves fellow power vocalists, from the pristine pipes of Regina Spektor (“Better”) to the smooth R&B of Frank Ocean (“Thinking Bout You”).

Ellie Goulding – How to Dress Well – “Cold Nites”

Ellie Goulding asked her Twitter followers if it was too extreme that she thought How to Dress Well’s tune “Cold Nites” was one of her favorites of all time. Goulding is still hooked on the tune from How to Dress Well’s second album Total Loss, but the neo R&B singer released his third LP What is This Heart last month.

Lorde – Broods – “Mother & Father”

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The teen sensation shared some love for fellow New Zealand and Ones to Watch musicians Broods. When the sibling duo released its single “Mother & Father,” Lorde tweeted that the tune gave her “tummy butterfly feels.” 

Chris Martin of Coldplay

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Chris Martin gave a major boost to soul singer SZA when he name dropped her during an interview and then tapped her to open for his band. The Coldplay frontman has also been known to tag what tracks he’s been playing on the band’s Twitter with his initials. Martin highlighted the solemn lovelorn track “Never Gonna Love Again” by Swedish singer Lykke Li, house single “Wash Away” from the EP of Southern California native John Gold and “To Love and Die” by Jhene Aiko.

By: Alexa Girkout

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