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10 (More) Rising Artists You Need to Know in New York City

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Music Editor
Updated: 26 September 2017
The New York music market is a seemingly bottomless bucket of talent. We’ve previously noted 10 of the city’s hottest acts on the rise, and now we’re back with 10 more, tapping everything from gnawa music to math emo and underground hip hop.

Innov Gnawa

Comprised of members from across Morocco, but formed in New York, this collective is bringing the country’s gnawa sound to the Big Apple. But with features like that of “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” the standout cut from Bonobo’s Migration, it won’t be long before Innov Gnawa starts making rounds throughout the rest of the U.S.


A record of sorrow and grief, centered around her mother’s sudden death during its recording, L’Rain’s self-titled debut is loop after layer of experimental pop, each song pulling you deeper into a galaxy that’s entirely her own.

Banda Magda

How does one define the music of Banda Magda? If you browse through the collective’s Facebook biography, you get something like Brazilian bossa meets cinematic scoring meets French pop meets gypsy jazz meets samba. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly “world” music is, it’s probably Banda Magda.


If American Football’s surprise return in 2016 has you hankering for more math emo records, look no further than Hakanai. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Matt Scherbatsky, the band’s five-track, self-titled debut is full of varying time signatures, glitching guitars, and warm, earnest vocals.

Nick Hakim

Since the release of his Where Will We Go EP’s in 2014, soul artist Nick Hakim has been turning heads, and his 2017 debut LP is nothing short of spectacular. Filled with track after track of soft croons and static-filled production, Hakim provides modern twists to the influences of the genre’s greats, making Green Twins one of 2017’s sleeper releases.

Names You Can Trust

Actually an independent label located in Brooklyn, Names You Can Trust is dedicated to importing both modern and vintage records from across South America, spanning from Afro-Latin to disco and reggae, serving as a “connection between New York City’s immigrant population and its global roots.”


If Rosehardt’s music sounds familiar, it might be the fact that he recently changed his name from CE. Making the switch to honor his family, Rosehardt has rolled out his first track under the new moniker, and it’s right in line with the alt-R&B vibe that is currently having its moment in the spotlight.

Amelia Airhorn

Take rocketing electronic duo The Knocks and vaporwave pioneer Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi) and you’ve got Amelia Airhorn. While the individual catalogues of both artists are more than worthy of exploration, the tag team effort is a cannot-miss disco affair.


It’s hard not to fall in love with the quirky indie of Long Island’s Ryan Camenzuli, shortened to Zuli. New single “kubadiver” expertly demonstrates his ability to transition from pleasant guitar pop to chaotic pysch-rock on the drop of a dime. Expect the band’s debut LP, On Human Freakout Mountain, to make waves across the blog circuit when it drops in late October.


Half-Irish, half-Puerto Rican, and sporting an unmistakable crooked smile, Wiki is the New York hip-hop underground’s next greatest product, boasting bars above all. If you live in NYC, it is required that you spin his 2017 debut, No Mountains in Manhattan, at least once while walking through its streets.