First up is Sohn, a soulful white brother from Vienna who was born in London just like James Blake. Why do I bring up Blake? Because they are similar in so many ways; however when I first heard the comparisons between the two, I was instantly ready to write Sohn off due to the fact that I didn't think anyone could match Blake's unique ability to make dark soulful indie music cool. But just like with so many other things in life that aren't related to the Cosby Show, I was completely wrong. While his beats aren't as dark and quirky as Blake's, they are synth heavy and have spastic drums that make you think that he listens to a lot of Timbaland in his down time. He makes depressing songs about crazy exes that he keeps going back to like the Offspring's Self Esteem (when's the last time you heard a reference to that song) and songs about chasing girls that don't love him. Now this is stuff that scrubs like me can relate to. Check out his highlights in Lessons and Bloodflows as I rate Sohn and his music as FRESH!
Next up is Drenge, two kids who are from Northern England that seem to have a desire to keep the grunge movement alive and kicking. Just try and imagine what Silverchair's sound would be like after they went through puberty and didn't become anorexic. The only thing is, I actually listened to some post puberty Silverchair and Drenge doesn't suck like they did. I would listen to Face Like a Skull and Backwaters to get a sense of what they bring to the table. I rate them as FRESH!