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Five For 2016

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Without wishing to be obvious (hi Anderson) or way late (Laurie…), here are my picks for 2016.

Hudson Thames – Soul with a Cali Twist it says here, for the one man EDM pop star and with one of the best EPs, Lip Tricks,  four slices of state of the art pure pop to his name, and one song, with Hailee Steinfeld no less, that should’ve hit the charts,  he has made the sort of imprint that Meghan Trainor did a couple of years ago.

Anderson. Paak – Sure, a guy who was on eight Dr. Dre tracks earlier this year is hardly a stretch… but, he didn’t really make it past the gates and his terrific band NxWorries didn’t go pop with their EP, so on to 2016 and I bet he comes through big time, as drummer, rapper, singer, producer… you name it.

Worriers – Yes, Lauren Denitz has been around for years and yes, Downtown Boys is a more obvious choice. But I loved Imaginary Life so much, and I had hoped it might really nail its audience to the wall, if not last year maybe this year. Songwriting this strong can’t wait forever.

Candice Anitra:Dubs herself left of soul, and I agree except for the left side. According to her PR: “Candice Anitra is a Brooklyn-based left-of-soul singer, songwriter, and alchemist. She released her 4th solo project, the double EP “Narcissus || Echo” in Summer 2015. Meshell Ndegeocello says, “Candice’s Voice wins every time.””. Currently in the studio and working on a couple of tracks with True Groove, “Black Body” is gorgeous and sexy and “In Between” is a multi faceted hit job on the heart, going from soul to rock guitar groove and back. If this reaches its audience, expect Candice to join Jazmine Sullivan in the charts.

Dej Loaf – This is probably the most obvious of the lot. Dej’s debut EP is golden, she shows up on so many tracks she should change her name to Jhene, and she is one of the top ten rappers of either sex around today. The album should drop next year.

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