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TOP OF EUROPE 2017


TOP OF EUROPE 2017

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.

TOP POP BANDS 2017

Témé Tan
Groove /

Témé Tan

“ A new voice in Belgian music, inspired by travelling the world ”

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5K HD
Electro / Austria

5K HD

“ be prepared for a quintet which knows how to improvise and always show different facets of their own songs ”

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NLV
Rock / Croatia

NLV

“ Full of dreams and hope ”

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Her
Electro / France

Her

“ Soul music gets a refreshing makeover ”

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Theodore
Folk / Greece

Theodore

“ If Leonard Cohen sang for Sigur Ros ”

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Kiol

Kiol

“ Sometimes smooth, sometimes a little rude, just like the touch of a lover. ”

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ba.

ba.

“ Intense alternative rock performed by the band that takes no prisoners. ”

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Barbagallo

Barbagallo

“ Pop songs which shine brighter than the sun, by Tame Impala’s drummer. ”

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ADNA

ADNA

“ Guitar-driven, soft and melancholic folk music from Sweden. ”

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Helgi Jonsson

Helgi Jonsson

“ Music inspired by the vast landscapes, sea and mountains of Iceland. ”

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Dermot Kennedy
Folk / Ireland

Dermot Kennedy

“ A new breed of urban troubadour ”

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When 'Airy Met Fairy
Pop / Luxembourg

When ‘Airy Met Fairy

“ If Roisin Murphy was the sister of Thor writing wonderful dark pop songs. ”

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Black Oak

Black Oak

“ Pastoral folk, great harmonies: the Dutch Fleet Foxes. ”

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Nils Bech

Nils Bech

“ Experimental avant-garde pop with a vulnerable falsetto. ”

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Buslav

Buslav

“ Pop music without schematics or predictability. ”

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Moonlight Breakfast

Moonlight Breakfast

“ Nostalgic vocals with a retro-electro jazzy feeling. ”

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Stray Dogg
Folk / Serbia

Stray Dogg

“ Warm Americana, as seen from across the pond. ”

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Bulp
Electro / Slovakia

Bulp

“ The strength of the sibling duo lies in their chilly beats ”

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Širom
Folk /

Širom

“ Avant-garde acoustic folk trance, played on instruments you can’t pronounce. ”

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Albin Lee Meldau

Albin Lee Meldau

“ A Swedish extraordinary singer-songwriter, with an extraordinary voice. ”

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Sandor
Pop / Switzerland

Sandor

“ A lover’s kiss blended with the burning finish of a single malt. ”

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TOP ROCK BANDS 2017

shame

shame

“ Debatable not relatable; the angry riposte of teenage angst. ”

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Them Moose Rush
Rock / Croatia

Them Moose Rush

“ Fresh trio changing the perception of how modern rock sounds! ”

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Igorrr
Metal / France

Igorrr

“ The soundtrack for a glorious apocalypse ”

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Omega Ray
Rock / Greece

Omega Ray

“ Imagine Syd Barrett, Frank Zappa and Sun Ra forming a band… and playing in an ancient Greek tragedy. Psychedelic paganism without catharsis. ”

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Julie's Haircut
Rock / Italy

Julie’s Haircut

“ The most important, and the most adventurous, psychedelic band from Italy ”

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Garbanotas
Rock / Lithuania

Garbanotas

“ Cosmic mix of guitar riffs and dreamy vocals, with a hippyish vibe. ”

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Yung

Yung

“ Anthemic guitars and great rhythms, melodic small town punk. ”

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Odd Couple
Rock / Germany

Odd Couple

“ Germany’s rock ‘n’ roll diehards. ”

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Gustave Tiger

Gustave Tiger

“ Art punk ranging from indie hymns to short attacks. ”

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St. Tropez
Rock / Netherlands

St. Tropez

“ Heady blend of punk rock’s rawness and the French Riviera’s beau monde. ”

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Okkultokrati
Metal / Norway

Okkultokrati

“ Metal with elements of punk. Or the other way around ! ”

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Trupa Trupa
Punk /

Trupa Trupa

“ A friendly drugless meeting between the Beatles and Sonic Youth. ”

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The Gift
Pop / Portugal

The Gift

“ If Pop can be DIY ”

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Repetitor
Rock / Serbia

Repetitor

“ A high-octane blast of loudness and energy, this trio leads the assault of new Balkan rock. ”

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Shitkid
Rock / Sweden

Shitkid

“ Dirty and delectable DIY rock with an attitude. ”

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Zeal & Ardor
Metal / Switzerland

Zeal & Ardor

“ Gospel, black-metal. It sounds even better than what you could imagine. ”

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HMLTD
Punk /

HMLTD

“ The lovechild of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, raised in a squat on a diet of punk and disco. ”

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Super Besse
Punk / Belarus

Super Besse

“ If Ian Curtis had grown up behind the Iron Curtain ”

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TOP URBAN BANDS 2017

Wandl

Wandl

“ Key producer of Viennese cloud rap/post-swag, buzzing big in Europe with his golden voice and lit beats. ”

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Roméo Elvis

Roméo Elvis

“ The most talented Belgian MC, with a deep voice, melancholic beats, clever lyrics and balls. ”

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Orelsan
Hip-hop / France

Orelsan

“ Controversial French rapper strikes again ”

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D/troit
Urban / Denmark

D/troit

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View
Hip-hop / Finland

View

“ Dark, foreboding trap-hop with a Nordic flavour ”

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Haiyti
Hip-hop / Germany

Haiyti

“ Meaningful and authentic, Germany’s answer to American superstar Future. ”

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Rejjie Snow
Hip-hop / Ireland

Rejjie Snow

“ The unique Irish accent squeezes through the hazy, jazz fusion melodies, offering a glimpse into where Rejjie is headed. ”

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Rosalie.
Hip-hop / Poland

Rosalie.

“ The wonder woman with a black soul, white hair and unique voice. ”

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Noah Kin

Noah Kin

“ A force of nature, a rolling stone constantly making new tunes, conquering new stages. ”

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Rusangano Family

Rusangano Family

“ The forefront of a new wave of talented, innovative Irish hip hop acts. ”

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Lido

Lido

“ A self-taught multi-instrumentalist from a small windblown town. ”

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Bitamina
Pop / Poland

Bitamina

“ The freshness piece of Polish hip-hop ”

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Conjunto Corona
Hip-hop / Portugal

Conjunto Corona

“ Linear narrative nonsense hip hop: the groovy but bizarre life of Corona. ”

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Matter

Matter

“ The band that made Slovenian hip-hop matter again. ”

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John Grvy
Groove / Spain

John Grvy

“ The perfect fusion between aged soul and the most up-to-date electronic music. ”

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Mura Masa

Mura Masa

“ The cutting edge of the Soundcloud generation; future hits distilled by post-millenials. ”

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Erik Lundin

Erik Lundin

“ Trap-fuelled local rap storytelling. ”

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Diron Animal
Electro / Portugal

Diron Animal

“ Afro-Something-House-Rock-Beats ”

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Borka
Electro /

Borka

“ Meet Borka – one of Ljubljana’s finest producers, who’s sampling and chopping just to make your heads bob. ”

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The Excitements
Groove / Spain

The Excitements

“ The purity of old soul music, tanned by the Mediterranean sun ”

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TOP ELECTRO BANDS 2017

Ogris Debris

Ogris Debris

“ The duo has prepped for the big stage with a poppy yet artistic club album. ”

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Haring

Haring

“ When electro rhymes with poetry, skydiving and an emotional elevator. ”

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Chui

Chui

“ Jazz for non-jazz audiences. ”

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Jacques
Electro / France

Jacques

“ Crazy, concrete house music by a DIY strange genius. ”

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Σtella
Electro / Greece

Σtella

“ Annie Lennox and St. Vincent got married and had Σtella who is alluring yet unfuckwithable. ”

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Populous
Electro / Italy

Populous

“ Summer groove for melancholic people ”

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Beissoul & Einius

Beissoul & Einius

“ Seductive electronic pop with outlandish visual presentation. ”

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Midi Lidi

Midi Lidi

“ Minimalist electronica and surreal sense of humor: a must-see. ”

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Av Av Av
Electro / Denmark

Av Av Av

“ Euphoric analogue ambient techno ”

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NOËP
Electro / Estonia

NOËP

“ Indie-electro vibes from the Estonian capital. ”

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Christian Löffler
Electro / Germany

Christian Löffler

“ ‘Melancholy with euphoria’: Germany’s electronic music forefront. ”

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Hataah

Hataah

“ Global bass, tribal rhythms and surprising new details. ”

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David44
Hip-hop / Iceland

David44

“ As cold and pristine as the glaciers of his home country, emotive and infectious pop. ”

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Bandmaster
Electro / Latvia

Bandmaster

“ Latvia’s answer to Boards of Canada and SBTRKT. ”

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Cleveland
Electro / Belgium

Cleveland

“ Slow-burning electro waves for calm days. ”

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Crux

Crux

“ Synthpop heaven! ”

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Weval

Weval

“ A stylish and smart musical massage for body and soul. ”

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Anna of the North
Pop / Norway

Anna of the North

“ Blissful Scandi-pop that leaves you dreaming ”

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Golan
Electro / Romania

Golan

“ Dreamy electro pop with a Cuban flavour. ”

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Inkwall
Electro / Slovakia

Inkwall

“ Bratislava guide through a local club scene. ”

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Bearoid
Electro / Spain

Bearoid

“ Musical dreams in form of pop pills written by a young Spanish David Lynch. ”

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DBFC
Electro / France

DBFC

“ Anglo-French duo joins forces for exciting soundscapes. ”

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