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TOP OF EUROPE 2018

by Amorim Abiassi Ferreira & Europavox.com
28 December 2018
TOP OF EUROPE 2018
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2018, the first year in which we were objectively not surprised by any bad news that blew up in our faces. The low expectations have actually delighted us, and showed how we were dying to dance in front of a smartphone for any hashtag challenge that pop stars could throw at us. Sure the tops have never been so filled with depressing lyrics, but at the same time it shows how we all understand the same principle: if it is really this bad, can’t we just dance while we sort everything out?

Europavox kept close to its mission, even while unsure as to when we will lose one of our favorite musical countries. Going up and down the Old Continent has brought us incredible discoveries this year: the sheer strength and vision of San Esteban de Sasroviras-bred Rosalía to the multi-plurality of Superorganism. 2018 has been the year in which European artists have been steadily transcending their inspirations and bringing us new sounds that delighted our souls and made us fans. So, pick a country, pick a genre, or just let it all go and press play. After dancing our hearts away, our team will be getting ready to uncover what 2019 holds for us all.

top of europe 2018
Based in
Belgium, Le Botanique (Brussels, Belgium)
Style
Pop

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, or so the saying goes. And for good reason…. Introducing Angèle! She’s the daughter of actress and comedian Laurence Bibot, and the singer Marka, former member of the legendary 80s group Allez Allez, who recently ...

Based in
Portugal, Porto
Style
Pop

In 2011, newcomers Best Youth released their first EP. It had 5 original songs and 3 live performances and they immediately got media attention because of “Hang Out”. The opening track had an Air vibe with acoustic guitar, a subtle rhythm and an amazing female ...

Based in
Norway, Bergen
Style
Pop
Based in
France, Créteil
Style
Pop

Eddy De Pretto is a singular newcomer in French music. His first single, “Fête de Trop”, has become the new anthem for his generation. He played sold out shows long before his first album, Cure, was released in March 2018. He deservedly gets compared ...

Based in
Ireland, Dublin
Style

Intense Dublin rockers Fontaines D.C describe themselves as “a combination of pub talk and poetry.” They’re not wrong. Drawing on the finest of Irish storytelling traditions to deliver thoughtful, punchy diatribes the likes of Sleaford Mods would be proud of, ...

Based in
Romania, Bucharest
Style

Golan, consisting of Alex, Florian, Iulian, Ernesto and Mihai, was formed in 2014. They named it Golan, meaning "hooligan", but their sound is far from the coarseness the name would suggest. The group has had one of the fastest ascents on the Romanian ...

Based in
Estonia, Tallinn
Style

The Estonian five-piece band makes a virtue out of simplicity: fuzzy guitar workouts and lamenting folky compositions are often suffused in a detached languor that reminisces a ‘90s alternative pop-rock. And, just like their ...

Based in
France, Paris
Style

Twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz didn’t choose their band name at random: in the Yoruba language, Ibeyi means “twins”. Their West African ancestors, who were sent to Cuba in the 1700s to become slaves, spoke this language. Several centuries later, the ...

Based in
United Kingdom, Bristol
Style

Formed in Bristol, IDLES are the socio-political-rock rants of Joe Talbot, and his pantomime band of guitar warriors. Described by NME as leaders of “the positivity punk revolution”, IDLES are brash, loud, full of good humour, and at the same time, stark ...

Based in
France, Paris
Style

Jeanne Added’s 2015 debut album, Be Sensational, announced her as a distinctively vulnerable talent on the strength of the singles “Look at Them” and “A War Is Coming”. Especially the latter, with its black-and-white visuals of crazy up-close shots of ...

Based in
Germany, Berlin
Style

Berlin rapper Kelvyn Colt is part of a wave of hip hop artists from the African diaspora that have lit a fire beneath the German music scene - but classifying him as one thing or another, won’t help us get very far. Born in Germany, spending periods of his ...

Based in
Italy, Torino
Style

He's not even 20 years old, but his talent is a rare gem in the Italian music scene. Perhaps in part also due to moving abroad to Ireland. If nothing else, that's where he got his nickname from – ceol, pronounced "kiol", which means "music" in Gaelic.

Based in
Belgium, Mons
Style

Once in a century there comes a band called The Smashing Pumpkins. In La Jungle, watermelons replace the Halloween staple, but the anger to smash them remains! The Mons-based duo is one of the most exciting live bands in the kingdom since the beginning of the ...

Based in
Germany, Hamburg
Style

“It’s techno, but not like we know it.” The 11-man marching band from Hamburg, dressed in dapper, red jackets take on classic techno hits, turning them into brassband, party fiesta records. No DJ required. With a habit of impromptu, guerrilla street ...

Based in
Spain, San Esteban de Sasroviras
Style

Rosalía is shaking the music industry in Spain and in Europe. "Malamente" has become a musical pandemic entering into Spanish society as few artists have been able to in recent years. It has even crossed musical borders and broke taboos. Her powerful mix of ...

Based in
Poland, Poznań
Style

Rosalie Hoffman, whose musical creativity is branded simply as Rosalie., appeared on the Polish scene nearly two years ago. She's known to be interested in R&B, which still isn't popular in the country and it's hard to say why. While previous attempts by ...

Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style

This is how it starts. Youth and anger have always been a heady combination, and London five-piece Shame are no exception. These brash post-punks wield their instruments like weapons and turn teenage angst into venomous, pointed lyrics that are mature beyond ...

Based in
Sweden, Gothenburg
Style

You can get a pretty good grasp of Shitkid’s vibe just from looking at the artwork of her forthcoming debut album. Retro to the point of parody, it looks like it was cribbed from the early 1950’s; even her Midwestern “farmer ...

Based in
Norway, Bergen
Style
Pop

Born and raised in Ålesund, a small town on Norway's western coast, 20-year-old Sigrid grew up surrounded by the mountains and the sea. She was signed to the Norwegian indie label Petroleum at the age of 16 and recently landed a deal with Island Records in the ...

Based in
Greece, Athens
Style

Over the course of two albums, Σtella has been focusing her vision and sharpening her electro-pop music's edges. Her almost jarringly confident second album Works For You (2017) continues in the same 80s synth path, creating an electronic rainbow of simple ...

Based in
Belarus, Minsk
Style

Many have attempted to take on the legacy and style of Joy Division. Almost all have failed. But Belarus’ own Super Besse have concocted something that goes beyond mere homage, a collection of songs that repurpose the past in new ways, stamped with their own ...

Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style
Pop

Some stories seem to good to be true. Superorganism set the Internet alight earlier this year with ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’, two minutes and forty-five seconds of such brilliant warped and utterly-of-its-time guitar pop than many assumed it simply had ...

Based in
Norway, Oslo
Style
Pop

Susanne Sundfør rose to fame in her homeland in 2005 and she soon earned international acclaim for her distinct musical approach that fell somewhere between Carly Simon’s bare lyrics, Joni Mitchell’s stripped-down poetics, Depeche Mode’s electro-pop ...

Based in
Germany, Berlin
Style

Female rap duo SXTN has already caused a stir with hits such as 'Ich bin Schwarz' ('I am black'), 'FTZN IM CLB' ('Pussy in the club') and 'Deine Mutter' ('Your Mother’'. Their anti-social demeanour depicts a party-hard-rap-harder attitude. It’s explicit and ...

Based in
France, Paris
Style

Just like another French duo, The Blaze choose to be as anonymous as you can. However, while Daft Punk nowadays provide the soundtrack to glamorous lounges and dance floors, this pair possess a darker tone. It’s not just sonic, ...

Based in
Style

Combining Middle Eastern tribal beats with 90s R&B, Justine Bourgeus’s creation, Tsar B, is a mesmerizing endeavor bringing to life her innermost desires. After launching her musical career as violinist for Belgium’s School is Cool, a stark contrast to how ...

Based in
Croatia, Zagreb
Style

Imagine a group of young and curious time passengers who like to travel somewhere between middle and late 20th century and explore sounds of the past like vintage rock, blues, soul, psychedelic, surf and dub records. They came back home in the winter of 2016 ...

Based in
Sweden, Stockholm
Style

It was three years ago that a tattooed man dressed in jeans, tracksuit top and fast sunglasses rose, literally, from the underworld, ripping off Primal Scream’s ”Swastika Eyes”, and sang about ”Research Chemicals”:

Based in
Austria, Vienna
Style

Maybe it's because it simply fit the image of Vienna being a laid-back, high-standard-of-living, nothing-to-do metropolis that cloud rap became such a big phenomenon all over the region in 2015.

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