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Thread started 07/29/14 11:24am

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Who are your favorite present-day artists?

I'm all for talking about how badly music sucks now as well as the people who make it while listening to the vastly superior and quite frankly, comparatively untouchable music of the past but despite the severe nosedive in quality with today's music, there are a literal handful of current products that keep me on myv toes. With that, I have to ask who are your favorite artists of today? I know I feel the same way as most of the org when it comes to the present day music scene but all the same I'm curious, who are the artists today that maintain a glimmer of hope for you that music just might get better?


For me, those artists are:
-Bruno Mars
-Janelle Monae
-Big KRIT
-Childish Gambino
-Justin Timber-PSYCH! razz

Who are your personal aces in the hole?
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Reply #1 posted 07/29/14 12:17pm

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Todays music isn't as "Horrible" as everyone says.. Todays mainstreem pop music is for the most part not very good, it's very uninspired and disposable in my opinion, but there are artist currently out there making really great music. Some of my favorites are:

Daft Punk

Arcade Fire

Chance The Rapper

Frank Ocean

Jack White

Kendrick Lamar

Kanye West

LCD Soundsystem

Vampire Weekend

Sufjan Stevens

I'm starting to get into a few new Electronic artists too, artists like Holy Ghost!,Grimes, Crystal Castles, and a few others

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Reply #2 posted 07/29/14 1:18pm

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dm3857 said:

Todays music isn't as "Horrible" as everyone says.. Todays mainstreem pop music is for the most part not very good, it's very uninspired and disposable in my opinion, but there are artist currently out there making really great music. Some of my favorites are:



Daft Punk


Arcade Fire


Chance The Rapper


Frank Ocean


Jack White


Kendrick Lamar


Kanye West


LCD Soundsystem


Vampire Weekend


Sufjan Stevens




I'm starting to get into a few new Electronic artists too, artists like Holy Ghost!,Grimes, Crystal Castles, and a few others

Kendrick is an artist I somehow forgot to mention in the OP. I didn't really like him at first but then I gave GKMC a true listen and enjoyed it; the dude is great although he is overrated to a certain extent. Chance I really haven't listened to but what little I've heard of him makes me feel nothing.


Frank Ocean may have a hand in helping to revive R&B as a big time mainstream genre; the man is definitely talented even though I wasn't feeling anything other than sleepy when listening to Channel Orange. Kanye is really a veteran artist, he still makes music and is one of today's top names but he's been in the game for 10 years now! Overall, his discography is solid and varied but if Yeezus is anything to look at when it comes to what you can expect from Kanye's music moving forward then I'll pass. That album was wack in every sense of the word and only served to highlight just how far Kanye is up his own ass.
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Reply #3 posted 07/29/14 1:23pm

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I'd also like to add Adele to my list. She's still riding off the success of an album that can best be described as her "Thriller" so she has her work cut out for her with her next album. So long as the media and society don't do her like they did MJ and base the quality of her music on how many albums she sells and she doesn't cave into that pressure like MJ did she'll be fine. The woman has soul and she brings a sense of authenticity and vintage-ness to the current music scene that is needed.
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Reply #4 posted 07/29/14 2:39pm

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Reply #5 posted 07/29/14 4:11pm

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Jack White....... By a mile!

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Reply #6 posted 07/30/14 12:00am

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Reply #7 posted 07/30/14 6:09am

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-Alice Smith

-Eric Gales

-Liv Warfield

-Bruno Mars

-Jill Scott (although I feel like she's been away too long)

Are we counting old-school artists who are still producing music? smile

-Prince (for the most part)

-Cher

-Elton John


"Love Hurts.
Your lies, they cut me.
Now your words don't mean a thing.
I don't give a damn if you ever loved me..."

-Cher, "Woman's World"
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Reply #8 posted 07/30/14 7:05am

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Kendrick Lamar
Jack White
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Janelle Monae
Esperanza Spalding
Fiona Apple
Coldplay
Bon Iver
Alabama Shakes
Mumford & Sons

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Reply #9 posted 07/30/14 8:34am

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chocolate1 said:

-Alice Smith


-Eric Gales


-Liv Warfield


-Bruno Mars


-Jill Scott (although I feel like she's been away too long)



Are we counting old-school artists who are still producing music? smile


-Prince (for the most part)


-Cher


-Elton John

I'd rather talk about more recent artists because it's a lot easier to list which old school acts you like.
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Reply #10 posted 07/30/14 8:41am

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Shawy89 said:

Kendrick Lamar
Jack White
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Janelle Monae
Esperanza Spalding
Fiona Apple
Coldplay
Bon Iver
Alabama Shakes
Mumford & Sons

Interesting how I forgot about Miguel, another artist who will help bring R&B to the forefront if allowed. I think my forgetting him comes from him not making a great enough impression on me yet. Outside of Adorn (and the leg drop incident, the only thing he seems to be known for now), there's that weak song he did with Mariah and he's been off the radar since. I don't know if he has yet but I would rather he continue the path of only collaborating with other R&B artists if he is to collaborate with anyone and not rappers.
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Reply #11 posted 07/30/14 8:50am

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The dearth of well-written songs is killing young talented artisis, also...

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #12 posted 07/30/14 10:13am

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purplethunder3121 said:

The dearth of well-written songs is killing young talented artisis, also...

Agreed. It's all about the hook now. There are a few mindless songs that I like but it seems that with few exceptions, this memorable anthems are missing from this generation.

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Reply #13 posted 07/30/14 10:57am

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MotownSubdivision said:

Shawy89 said:

Kendrick Lamar
Jack White
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Janelle Monae
Esperanza Spalding
Fiona Apple
Coldplay
Bon Iver
Alabama Shakes
Mumford & Sons

Interesting how I forgot about Miguel, another artist who will help bring R&B to the forefront if allowed. I think my forgetting him comes from him not making a great enough impression on me yet. Outside of Adorn (and the leg drop incident, the only thing he seems to be known for now), there's that weak song he did with Mariah and he's been off the radar since. I don't know if he has yet but I would rather he continue the path of only collaborating with other R&B artists if he is to collaborate with anyone and not rappers.

Yeah I agree. I like Adorn and How Many Drinks w/Kendrick Lamar but I can't seem to really stay interested in Miguel for some reason. He's kind of forgettable in a way. What leg drop incident? biggrin

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Reply #14 posted 07/30/14 12:23pm

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I'll read "present day" as artists debuting within the last several years:


Janelle Monae
Mayer Hawthorne
Jessie Ware
The Stepkids
Kendrick Lemar
Frank Ocean
Gretchen Parlato

I've also liked some of what I've heard from Mr. Barrington, Full Crate, Aluna George, Ras G, and others.

I dig Gummy Soul's remixes too.

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Reply #15 posted 07/30/14 1:04pm

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Always been something of a mainstreamer, my current favourite singers/bands include:

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Bruno Mars

Adele

Sam Smith

Disclosure

Reva Devito

London Grammar

Ariana Grande (lot of talent, but I've yet to hear something she really puts that emotion into)

JoJo

Jamie Woon

Stromae

Jason Derulo (huge red flag for most of you guys, definite guilty pleasure for me, and he seems like a nice enough guy)

...

Haven't been listening to all that much hip hop, though I've liked what I heard by the emcees some posters mentioned above (Kendrick, Gambino), as well as the 3 albums that came out last year by veterans Jay, Em, and especially Ye.

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I don't want your rhythm without your rhyme
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Reply #16 posted 07/30/14 3:29pm

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ginusher said:

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Always been something of a mainstreamer, my current favourite singers/bands include:


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Bruno Mars


Adele


Sam Smith


Disclosure


Reva Devito


London Grammar


Ariana Grande (lot of talent, but I've yet to hear something she really puts that emotion into)


JoJo


Jamie Woon


Stromae


Jason Derulo (huge red flag for most of you guys, definite guilty pleasure for me, and he seems like a nice enough guy)


...


Haven't been listening to all that much hip hop, though I've liked what I heard by the emcees some posters mentioned above (Kendrick, Gambino), as well as the 3 albums that came out last year by veterans Jay, Em, and especially Ye.


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Ariana is another artist I forgot to mention that I like. Man, my 20 year old memory just ain't what it used to be :-P

She's somebody I didn't expect to like either but the girl really has a voice and I think she can do things with it one day like finally convince me to put a ring on her finger... OH, and make good music of course! The one thing I don't really like about her and it is not her fault are the comparisons to 90s Mariah. Should've seen it coming but it's still annoying af.
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Giovanca

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Reply #18 posted 07/30/14 6:13pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

chocolate1 said:

-Alice Smith

-Eric Gales

-Liv Warfield

-Bruno Mars

-Jill Scott (although I feel like she's been away too long)

Are we counting old-school artists who are still producing music? smile

-Prince (for the most part)

-Cher

-Elton John

I'd rather talk about more recent artists because it's a lot easier to list which old school acts you like.



Fair enough...


"Love Hurts.
Your lies, they cut me.
Now your words don't mean a thing.
I don't give a damn if you ever loved me..."

-Cher, "Woman's World"
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SeventeenDayze said:



MotownSubdivision said:


Shawy89 said:

Kendrick Lamar
Jack White
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Janelle Monae
Esperanza Spalding
Fiona Apple
Coldplay
Bon Iver
Alabama Shakes
Mumford & Sons



Interesting how I forgot about Miguel, another artist who will help bring R&B to the forefront if allowed. I think my forgetting him comes from him not making a great enough impression on me yet. Outside of Adorn (and the leg drop incident, the only thing he seems to be known for now), there's that weak song he did with Mariah and he's been off the radar since. I don't know if he has yet but I would rather he continue the path of only collaborating with other R&B artists if he is to collaborate with anyone and not rappers.

Yeah I agree. I like Adorn and How Many Drinks w/Kendrick Lamar but I can't seem to really stay interested in Miguel for some reason. He's kind of forgettable in a way. What leg drop incident? biggrin

Miguel is like a John Legend chewing gum but with longer lasting flavor razz Not someone you hate but not really someone you can really claim to like without saying why; talented but not compelling.



You seriously never heard of the leg drop incident Dayze?! It happened last year at the BMAs:
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Reply #20 posted 07/31/14 12:21am

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MotownSubdivision said:

SeventeenDayze said:

Yeah I agree. I like Adorn and How Many Drinks w/Kendrick Lamar but I can't seem to really stay interested in Miguel for some reason. He's kind of forgettable in a way. What leg drop incident? biggrin

Miguel is like a John Legend chewing gum but with longer lasting flavor razz Not someone you hate but not really someone you can really claim to like without saying why; talented but not compelling. You seriously never heard of the leg drop incident Dayze?! It happened last year at the BMAs:

That was the worst thing in music history I have ever seen in my life lol

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SeventeenDayze said:



MotownSubdivision said:


SeventeenDayze said:


Yeah I agree. I like Adorn and How Many Drinks w/Kendrick Lamar but I can't seem to really stay interested in Miguel for some reason. He's kind of forgettable in a way. What leg drop incident? biggrin



Miguel is like a John Legend chewing gum but with longer lasting flavor razz Not someone you hate but not really someone you can really claim to like without saying why; talented but not compelling. You seriously never heard of the leg drop incident Dayze?! It happened last year at the BMAs:

That was the worst thing in music history I have ever seen in my life lol

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Hahaha at thid rate, this will be his career highlight. Rumor also has it that he was told backstage not to do it which only helps to hurt his case that much more.
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Reply #22 posted 07/31/14 8:40am

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MotownSubdivision said:

SeventeenDayze said:

That was the worst thing in music history I have ever seen in my life lol

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Hahaha at thid rate, this will be his career highlight. Rumor also has it that he was told backstage not to do it which only helps to hurt his case that much more.

This clip validated why I was always so indifferent about this dude. I was just too lazy to dig deeper into his music and it looks like I haven't missed much! lol

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SeventeenDayze said:



MotownSubdivision said:


SeventeenDayze said:


That was the worst thing in music history I have ever seen in my life lol


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Hahaha at thid rate, this will be his career highlight. Rumor also has it that he was told backstage not to do it which only helps to hurt his case that much more.

This clip validated why I was always so indifferent about this dude. I was just too lazy to dig deeper into his music and it looks like I haven't missed much! lol

Precisely lol

Adorn gives me Marvin Gaye vibes so that shows me that Miguel is indeed talented and has potential and I've heard nothing many a person say that Kaleidoscope Dream is a great album (I have yet to hear it) and while I'm sure it's good, not much has really been done in order to make me want to listen to it or expect KD to simply be more than a good R&B album. If the music itself isn't just that damn awesome or flawless/ nearly flawless then there better be something appealing about the artist in order to draw me in and there's nothing really appealing about Miguel since thus far he's nothing more than "R&B singer that leg dropped a girl during his performance". For an album to truly be great, the artist has to intriguing somehow IMO.
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Reply #24 posted 08/01/14 6:59am

dm3857

I saw someone list Disclosure, I'd have to agree, I have been impressed with everything I've listened to from there so far.

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dm3857 said:

I saw someone list Disclosure, I'd have to agree, I have been impressed with everything I've listened to from there so far.

What's Disclosure?


I'll also add Lorde to my list. While Pure Heroine is praised everywhere I turn, the album makes me feel nothing except how musically gifted this girl is. One thing I did like about her first album though is the subdued counter-cultural message it had which goes against the current mindset that has polluted mainstream music in recent years (this also seems to be her persona which I also appreciate) but it's monotonous beats are a drag to listen to and the album is quite boring. Hopefully her next album is more upbeat and sonically interesting but retains the message and elegance of Pure Heroine.
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What's Disclosure?

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British duo of producers/DJs; electronic music with a strong leaning toward pop. They're brothers, as well.

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This is one of their songs off their debut album Settle, which they released last year (this single features another dance music duo, AlunaGeorge):

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I don't want your rhythm without your rhyme
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Reply #27 posted 08/01/14 2:43pm

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I know this is a bit off-topic.

I don't have favorite artists, per se, more so favorite songs.

Latch

Sail

Royal

Radioactive

The Worst (Jhene)

I Want You and Make Love to Me (James Luke)

Tightrope (Older song by JM, but I still love it)

Okay, back on topic

Jill Scott

Kendrick Lamar

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Reply #28 posted 08/01/14 3:05pm

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ginusher said:

MotownSubdivision said:

What's Disclosure?

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British duo of producers/DJs; electronic music with a strong leaning toward pop. They're brothers, as well.

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This is one of their songs off their debut album Settle, which they released last year (this single features another dance music duo, AlunaGeorge):

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lol

Janelle Monae

Bruno Mars

Maxwell

Erykah Badu

Jack White

Esperanza Spalding
Fiona Apple

Mint Condition

Brandy

Anthony Hamilton

Fantasia

Melanie Fiona

Chrisette Michelle

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Reply #29 posted 08/01/14 3:08pm

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Not very often I pop into this forum as I find the taste in music limited, Americacentric and uninspiring.
This thread hasn't done a lot to change my thoughts on that. Lol :)

A Winged Victory for the Sullen,
The War on Drugs,
Real Estate,
Smoke Fairies,
Rodrigo y Gabriel,
Band of Skulls,
Paul Johnson,
Wolf Alice,
Todd Terje,
St Vincent,
Letta Mbulu,
Ibibio Sound Machine,
Tune-Yards,
Gary Clark Jr,
...the list goes on. Open your ears, open your mind. There is a wealth of music, more so than at any other time. There are too many albums released each week than I have time to listen to. By a long, long way. Just because you don't like something does not mean it lacks merit smile
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