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TOP OF EUROPE 2017

by Amorim Abiassi Ferreira
27 December 2017
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Can you feel it? The world is changing and 2017 has been living proof that it’s happening right before our eyes. Still, these changes have been arriving in a mixed bag: the positive news have often been delivered with bitter pills to swallow. Strangely, it seems that uncertain times always make the music sound so much better. Whether artists are embracing a politically active role, making a social statement, or just providing us with plain fun, they are all part in writing history leaving us with a sonic photograph of the times we are living.

The team at Europavox has been working hard to unearth all the different voices that have been sprouting in our continent and has fine picked a selection of 2017’s most notable acts. We split this top by countries so you can go travel the map through the sounds of some of the most talented artists. Get to know Austria through the cloud R&B sound of Wandl or visit the Netherlands through the warm electronic productions of Weval —and that is just the beginning. This year brought forth a lot of undeniable talent, so get ready for this trip. Pick a music genre or a country of your choice or just close your eyes and click randomly. While you’re having fun, we’ll be getting ready to discover everything that 2018 has in store for us.

Based in
Belgium, Brussels
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Over a few years and through various fragmented projects, Tanguy Haesevoets aka Teme Tan became a master in mixing sounds and his influences. In 2011, he touched base in Kinshasa, where he had been born and spent his early years, and auto-produced the album < ...
Based in
Austria, Vienna
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5K HD offers you never seen before resolution - enjoy the highest standard available with subtle nuances and more vivid sounds. 5K HD makes you rethink what you thought of the importance of a good band name. 5K HD - apart from being a technical standard for ...
NLV
Based in
Croatia, Pula
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In the heart of Pula, Istria, young musicians Nikol Cacic (vocal), Luka Sipetić (guitar, vocal) and Vedran Grubic (guitar) began their NLV story in 2012. The group name NLV is just the acronym of their first names Nikol, Luka ...
Her
Based in
France, Rennes
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Last August, tragedy struck the French band Her. Simon Carpentier, one half of the duo, passed away after years fighting cancer. He was 27. Victor Solf, Her’s other half, posted a deeply moving message on their Facebook page: "Simon was my best friend, my ...
Based in
Greece, Anhens
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Theodore will probably get unfairly lumped into the singer-songwriter category along his career trajectory. A multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for the epic. Like if Leonard Cohen sang for Sigur Ros. Softly composed songs on the edge of beautiful, with ...
Based in
Italy, Torino
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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.
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Based in
Lithuania, Vilnius
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Frankly, it's a bit difficult to find ba. using search engines, but don't let that put you off. Benas Aleksandravičius, the singer, songwriter and driving force behind this band (it's called after his initials, if you haven't guessed it already) is one of ...
Based in
France, Toulouse, Perth
Style
Pop
Science is unequivocal: without an event of cataclysmic proportions or the intervention of a god of some kind, turning the world upside down is an impossible task. You want summer in December? There seems to be only one solution: cross the Equator, head south ...
Based in
Germany, Berlin
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Adna Kadic’s music feels as cold as the Baltic at night, painted against a sombre landscape with stirring, heartfelt lyrics. The young Swedish singer’s emotionally-tinged songs bring the softly-voiced star to larger ...

Based in
Iceland, Reykjavik
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Tired of all the ugly shit around us? Feel like fleeing to another place even if just for a while? That place might well be in the arms of Helgi Jonsson’s music. Jonsson is an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter inspired by the vast ...

Based in
Ireland, Dublin
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In art, as in life, the key to success is balance. Disparate elements rubbing up against each other in unusual ways can generate friction, but the sparks have to be controlled. For such a young man, Dubliner Dermot Kennedy understands this remarkably well. His ...
Based in
Iceland, Luxembourg City
Style
Pop
Originally from Reykjavik, Iceland, songwriter and former contestant of The Voice (Germany), Thorunn Egilsdotti has led the charge with Luxembourg-based When 'Airy Met Fairy since 2015. If you like Moloko for instance, the melancholic pop is for you. This ...
Based in
Netherlands, Utrecht / Friesland
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We could tour together as a supergroup called Black Oak,” they once joked. OK, so supergroup might be a too grand a term for these two respected Dutch singer-songwriters. We are talking ...
Based in
Norway, Vikersund
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For years he remained a beautiful well-kept secret in the underground art world. The Vikersund-born artist’s performances – adding a palm leaf and a step ladder as subtle props accompanying his angelic voice – made for emotional live experiences. Building ...
Based in
Poland, Warsaw
Style
Pop

Cutting corners, Buslav could be described as a Polish response to Bon Iver, but Tomasz Buslawski has much more to offer than just bittersweet ballads for sensitive youth. Buslawski is acknowledged as a vocalist and composer who has gained a wealth of ...

Based in
Romania, Bucharest
Style
Moonlight Breakfast label their music as "retro-electro" – a mix of soul, electro, beats, nu-jazz and swing, with an urban, fresh vibe. Their music is glistening and tongue tickling, like life when seen through a glass of champagne, sipped at a roof party in Little Paris.  
Based in
Serbia, Belgrade
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No, this isn’t another one of Snoop Dogg’s alter egos – it’s actually quite far removed from it, both sonically and geographically. Like so many other acts, Stray Dogg started out as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dukat Stray, who soon decided to flesh ...
Based in
Slovakia, Trenčín
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Bulp began as the solo project of Samo Štefanec, but after releasing his first EP, Endian, his sister Jana (vocals) joined as an equal member. ...
Based in
Slovenia, Čadrg, Divača, Beltinci
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"Širom" is an old word for "around" and "širom sveta" translates as "around the world". That is exactly what this Slovenian trio's music sounds like – like it has travelled, listened, climbed and swum, seeking out the sounds of ...

Based in
Sweden, Gothenburg
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All of a sudden it was simply there, the deep, bluesy voice. The sort of voice that cuts through noise and demands you listen. But of course, a voice like that can't just come straight out of nowhere. As a son of an eminent Swedish jazz singer, Albin Lee ...
Based in
Switzerland, Lausanne
Style
Pop
Sandor is the stage name of Swiss synthpop artist Virginie Florey, taking inspiration the 19th century Hungarian countess, Sarolta Vay, who lived, wrote and loved under the masculine name of Sàndor. This ambivalence can be found in her lyrics. Sung in ...
Based in
United Kingdom, London
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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
Croatia, Bjelovar
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What is standard rock music anyway? Certainly not how Them Moose Rush would want you to qualify their playing style anyway. The young musical trio - Nikola Runjavec, Marinko Komlen and Branimir Kuruc  - merges progressive rock and noise with a zest for ...
Based in
France, Clermont-Ferrand
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Reconciling death metal with trip-hop and baroque music: an impossible mission? The answer is yes, at least for most people, but Gautier Serre (the mastermind of Igorrr) is no ordinary musician. Based in the French city of ...
Based in
Greece, Athens
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Omega Ray (known also as Ω-Ray) is the new brainchild of George Karanikolas, the iconic guitarist of Last Drive, who burst into the Greek music scene in early 80s with their uniquely explosive garage-punk sound. In 2015, along with Stefanos Flotsios (The Last ...
Based in
Italy, Modena, Reggio Emilia
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They debuted this year for renowned Rocket Recordings (yes, the same British independent label which signed Goat), but Julie’s Haircut has a long, glorious history behind them, with ten years of international regard and constant touring across Europe. Julie’s ...
Based in
Lithuania, Vilnius
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"They certainly remind me of this band I used to manage, called Pink Floyd", legendary rock manager Peter Jenner said after witnessing these Lithuanians' performance. A comment that should surprise nobody – for Garbanotas Bosistas (which means Curly Bass ...
Based in
Denmark, Aarhus
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Formed around DIY singer-songwriter Mikkel Holm Silkjær, Yung is true to its name: young and compact. The group hails from Aarhus, a gritty industrial coastal city of Denmark and this can be heard in their music – melodic punk which fights its way against ...

Based in
Finland, Helsinki
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What happens when a band swaps instruments around and just starts playing? Well, you get Teemu & The Deathblows – a quartet who are one of the most promising newcomers to the Finnish garage rock scene. The band was only formed in 2016 but they’ve ...
Based in
Germany, Berlin
Style
If it weren’t for some of the German songs in their repertoire, you’d be hard pressed to place this rock n’ roll pairing. With their rugged good looks, long flowing hair, leather jackets and facial scrub, Tammo Dehn and Jascha ...
Based in
Hungary, Budapest
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Gustave Tiger have lots of memorable songs. Ostensibly art punk, they offer catchy indie hymns, short punk attacks (sometimes with punkier-than-thou titles like ‘Clitoris Crucifix’ or ‘Killing a Soviet’),  and everything in between: goth, shoegaze, even some horns.  
Based in
Netherlands, Amsterdam
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Rough-and-ready punk rock has (sadly) become somewhat unfashionable lately, what with the plethora of bedroom pop and glacial R&B artists hoovering up acclaim and column inches. Dutch four-piece St. Tropez didn’t get the memo though; they resolutely plough their own furrow of what they call ...
Based in
Norway, Oslo
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Since the early 1990s and the heyday of the second wave of black metal, the Norwegian metal scene has given us its fair share of great bands. They seem to come out of nowhere and shatter our preconceived notions of what metal music should, and could, sound ...
Based in
Poland, Gdansk
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Trupa Trupa combines dirty guitar sounds with the psychedelic twists of the 60s and 70s. They sound as if they were the product of a meeting between Sonic Youth and the Beatles, as their stifling, grinding style doesn’t interfere with catchy melodies. They've ...
Based in
Portugal, Alcobaça
Style
Pop
20 years ago some boys and a girl from portuguese west coast (Alcobaça) decide to release an independent album. It was a hard task in hands if you consider that they we’re under 20, they ...
Based in
Romania, Bucharest
Style
Chess is math and like chess, Karpov not Kasparov’s sound is a mathematical fusion of electronic music, an early 80’s sound and some jazzy-oriental flavours. Like in chess, the drum machine and the vintage synths take turns on the offensive, wrapping around ...
Based in
Serbia, Belgrade
Style
You wouldn't think it when looking at the two diminutive girls and lanky guy that make up Repetitor, but they deliver a furious sonic beating. Growing up in war-torn Serbia, they picked up instruments and learned how to play ...
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
Switzerland, New York
Style
Gospel, black-metal. Let that sink in for a while. Imagine what you think it sounds like. Right, you’ve got it. Except, it sounds even better. The solo, project of Swiss-American songwriter Manuel Gagneux is the mix of delta-Blues, African-American ...
Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style
Shock tactics are nothing new in music, but it's rare to see a band back up the bluster with brains. London six-piece Happy Meals Ltd – now stylized as HMLTD – have certainly ruffled a few feathers, but there's a depth to their art that sets them apart from ...
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 ...
TOP URBAN BANDS 2017
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.
Based in
Belgium, Brussels
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The son of two Belgian artists (his mother is humourist Laurence Bibot and his father is pop singer Marka), Romeo Elvis couldn’t have done anything else than showbiz, but decided to do it his own way. This young guy from Brussels chose rap to express himself ...
Based in
France, Caen
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OrelSan (real name Aurélien Cotentin) grew up in Normandy, where he was born 35 years ago. As a teenager, he enjoyed listening to metal and rock music. When his basketball friends introduced him to hip-hop, he soon became ...
Based in
Denmark, Copenhagen
Style
Denmark might not be known for its soul music scene. yet D/troit, an honest soul band from Copenhagen is trying to change that. What's D/troit all about? Add a pinch of good ol' fashioned ...
Based in
Finland, Helsinki
Style
Imagine a pitch-black post-apocalyptic world with dark urban tunes howling around and you have View. This mysterious hip-hop act combines modern elements in a fresh and oh-so-dark way. Behind View is 20-something rapper Juuso Ruohonen and producer Joonas ...
Based in
Germany, Hamburg
Style
In one YouTube comment, the Hamburg rapper was referred to as Germany’s answer to American superstar, Future. That is a bold statement, but not one that would ever vex the 1.6-metre tall female rap titan. Owning the ‘emo-trap’ ...
Based in
Ireland, Dublin
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Alex Anyaegbunam or Rejjie Snow as you know him, has been rhyming since he was a kid in Dublin. When the opportunity came to go Stateside for a soccer scholarship, the then 17-year-old headed to Atlanta and found himself falling for music. He later moved to ...
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
Finland, Helsinki
Style
Noah Kin is a critically acclaimed rapper, DJ and producer on the forefront of the urban music scene in Helsinki. Despite only being 22, he’s no newcomer to the business, with three albums under his belt already. His debut album, No Matter the Season, was ...
Based in
Ireland, Limerick
Style
As a country traditionally associated with emigration rather than immigration, it's only in the last two decades that African expatriates have settled in Ireland in significant numbers. And the country's music scene is now reaping the rewards with a new ...
Based in
Norway, Tysvær
Style
He seemed to emerge out of nowhere – almost literally –, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist from a small windblown town. Cooped up in his room, he worked at his craft, making beats for years before releasing his debut album at the age of 19, having already ...
Based in
Poland, Warsaw
Style
The hip-hop scene is one of the biggest in Poland. Every year, there are several dozen projects with different stylistic sections. First, we have lovers of dirty, street-age oldschool; second, there are amateurs of new school; ...
Based in
Portugal, Porto
Style
Corona has been stumbling into weird adventures since 2014. First came the hallucinogens, then detox, and now he finds himself taking care of a brothel. Does he possess the ability to do so? Not a chance! Corona is a fictional character created by producer ...
Based in
Slovenia, Kamnik
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Every now and then, an act so different, provocative, open to interpretation and out of the box appears, that the audience and critics are both confused and excited at the same time, forming two opposite camps. This is exactly ...

Based in
Spain, Madrid
Style
Behind the enigmatic name of John Grvy hides J. E. Edward, a charismatic young man from Madrid with African roots. The elegant producer and mysterious 21st century crooner blends rich, velvety electronic music with contemporary R&B and ...
Based in
United Kingdom, London, Brighton
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As a self-styled « beat slayer, heart breaker » producer, 20-year-old Alex Crossan is one of the pioneers of the Soundcloud generation. Named after an infamous 15th century Japanese swordsmith, Crossan grew up on Guernsey with a guitar ...

Based in
Sweden, Stockholm
Style
First he made a name for himself as Eboi, frequent backup rapper in the Swedish hip-hop collective RMH, Respect My Hustle. After ten years in the game, the rapper from Stockholm's north-western suburbs abandoned English and started rapping in the national ...
Based in
Portugal, Porto
Diron Animal released this summer his debut album through Soundway Records. But he is not a newcomer: for the last 6 years he sang, danced and traveled the world with the act Throes + The Shine. ...
Based in
Slovenia, Ljubljana
Style

Borja Močnik aka Borka is the go-to guy for Slovenian underground electronic music. He might be one of the most regular DJs at venues in the Slovenian capital and further - and a very popular one. But he's also a music journalist ...

Based in
Spain, Barcelona
Style
There are bands who go on stage and play, then there are others who set it on fire and blow the audience away every time. The Excitements are the latter type. One of the few bands, let alone any, that obtains the level of energy ...
TOP ELECTRO BANDS 2017
Based in
Austria, Vienna
Style
"Meow! Meow!" That's what the 'Miezekatze' said, and thousands meowed along in clubs all over Europe. With its smooth synth pads, sneaky beat and cute little paws, the track made ...
Based in
Belgium, Brussels
Style

Let’s start by saying that choosing his name in reference to American artist Keith Haring is proof of good taste. 24 years old Yann Attia aka Haring comes from the small town of Mons, but is based in Brussels and has a special relation with the world of art ...

Based in
Croatia, Zagreb
Style
"Chui" was just a Swahili word for "leopard" when keyboard maestro Toni Starešinić, also known as the creative force behind Zagreb's neo soul combo Mangroove, decided to start another band and play some prog jazz with a modern approach. After a few years of ...
Based in
France, Strasbourg, Paris
Style
Tout est magnifique ("Everything is wonderful"), boldly states Strasbourg-born and Paris-based producer Jacques's first EP, released on his up-and-coming label Pain Surprise. His claim is to be taken very literally; for the young, bizarre, hilarious ...
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
Italy, Leece
Style

Andrea Mangia grew up in Salento, southern Puglia, ground of sun and fun. With the nickname Populous he released his first record in 2002,Quipo, thanks to the Berliner label, Morr Music, which also published the following Queue For Love ...

Based in
Lithuania, Vilnius
Style
Singer Beissoul (that's how Lithuanians pronounce "bass soul", real name – Artūras Žabas) and producer Einius Jarutis came a long way since they emerged on Lithuanian pop scene in 2012. Gigs in Berlin, London and Kiev, energetic festival performances wildly ...
Based in
Czech Republic, Prague / Brno
Style
Midi Lidi wasn’t formed by teenagers rehearsing in the garage, dreaming of becoming famous and playing sold-out tours; it came about more as a joke or perhaps even a comedy sketch of band leader Petr Marek’s. The actor, director ...
Based in
Denmark, Copenhagen
Style
Think of “supergroups” and the mind tends to fixate on indie and rock behemoths; Atoms For Peace, Them Crooked Vultures, The Last Shadow Puppets. The individual members of AVAVAV however, while no less acclaimed, work in an entirely different genre; ...
Based in
Estonia, Tallinn
Style
26-year old Estonian artist NOËP (Andres Kõpper) is an indie-electro pop act signed to Sony Music Sweden. In 2015, Andreas released his debut track ‘Move’ under the NOËP moniker. Almost 7 million listens on Spotify later, the one man band has amassed plenty of ...
Based in
Germany, Rostock
Style
German producers have a tendency to embellish the country’s dramatic environment. Wolfgang Voigt is a classic example of this, his GAS projects depicting vivid woodlands throughout his work. Christian Löffler is of a newer calibre of producers, adding more ...
Based in
Hungary, Győr
Style

Hataah is one of the handful Hungarian producers making global bass music, centered around Babylon Records  (artists include label founder Stas, Aluphobia, Tshabee). Trying his hand at various subgenres ...

Based in
Iceland, Reykjavik
Style
The current modus operandi for aspiring pop stars seems to be align yourself with either an established star or enlist the help of a crack team of hit makers, no surprise really in a genre dominated by once feted band members ...
Based in
Latvia, Riga
Style
Latvian electro beats. Bandmaster is made up of DJ/producers (Rudd), producer Andis Ansons and Baltic battle rapper Vina. Throw in a lot of analogue synths, electro beats and some hooks you will be unlikely to forget in a hurry. Bandmaster announced themselves ...
Based in
Luxembourg, Luxemborg City
Style
Subtle techno and electro music, Cleveland offers dreamy synth waves to beat them all. Known regularly as Andrea Mancini, a recent relocation to Brussels has open doors into the electro scene for the young producer. While Boiler ...
Based in
Malta, Malta
Style
A band splits up and out if its ashes a new one emerges. You’re probably thinking this isn’t an uncommon occurrence,and you'd be right. It is, however, not as common that the demise of an indie rock band gives rise to something ...
Based in
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Style

Since forming Weval while studying at the Utrecht School of the Arts, young Dutch producers Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers have proved to be an industrious pairing. Coolen, whose background is in house and jazz, ...

Based in
Norway, Oslo
Style
Pop
Dreamy Oslo (and part Australian) pop duo, Anna of the North debuted their track,’Lovers’ with an album title of the same name due later this year. But if you did not know them before that, well let us just say that you have to ...
Based in
Romania, Bucharest
Style
Golan, consisting of Alex, Ernesto and Mihai, started in 2013 as an electro project with Cuban and jazz influences, after Alex heard Ernesto play during a trip to Cuba and asked him to move to Romania and start making music together. They named it Golan, ...
Based in
Slovakia, Bratislava
Style

His stage name is supposed to illustrate life itself: ink draws every story, every situation, every moment on a clean slate, making it one’s original canvas.  If you look at ...

Based in
Spain, Valencia, Barcelona
Style
When the young Valencian musician and producer Daniel Belenguer arrived in Barcelona, nobody let alone himself was capable of glimpsing all the hidden talent which was buried inside his head, or the brilliance of his ideas. A versatile, warm, and especially ...
Based in
France, Paris, Bordeaux, Manchester
Style
DBFC is not exactly a newcomer. It is a new band, but both of its members have already shown their skills in other projects. Mancunian David Shaw has played with Blackstrobe and Vitalic. He also started a solo adventure called David Shaw and The Beat, ...
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