01. Best albums
Whether it was Russian rock band Sadme' psychedelic riffs or the nostalgic feeling in the honeyed voice of Barefoot McCoy, whether it was Nordgroove' thoughtful atmospheric mix of electronic music and jazz or the smooth soul-pop vibes of Seth Power, all the albums on the list below contributed to make 2017 an unforgettable year for our ears!
- #pop #soul #singersongwriter
In 2017, our pop scene was marked by the softness of Seth Power' album 'Magnolia Soul'. The album breathes a passionate, fresh soul feeling through soulful vocals, sublime guitar works, and smooth rock accents. It's a classic that will remain in our hearts !
- #electronic #downtempo
At the center of 'Suburban Simphony' lies Nordgroove' truly mesmerizing musical talent. Its hypnotizing electronic compositions seems to be perfectly in tune with the brass sections, resulting in one of the most captivating downtempo album of the year.
- #folk #singersongwriter #americana
Bye Bye Bluebird is a pure American folk treasure that found its place in the heart of Jamendo's country music scene, where Barefoot McCoy roams guitar in hand, bringing his poetic lyrics to life thanks to his touching voice!
- #indie #synthpop
One of Jamendo's most exciting indie releases of 2017, 'Underheart' is an insight into Colaars' universe, undertoned with a rich synthpop unity that immediately grips attention.
- #folk #singersongwriter
From The Ground Up is an album of sincere folk compositions which illuminates one's heart with simple joy and happiness. A beautiful musical ode to the beauty of flight of lyricism!
- #jazz #blues
Proudly crafted from more than 20 years of friendship, fun & fascination for jazz and blues music, "20" from Boom Boom Becket celebrates the glue that holds the band together: the common joy they found by merging their talents and playing together.
- #poprock #folk #rock
This year, we witnessed the birth of Michael Ellis' most beautiful effort to date with 'Tavis Vor', thanks to which he can proudly assert himself as a true pop-rock talent on Jamendo!
- #electropop #indie
In 'Transition', Florens shares his stories of love, courage and fears in an electropop oriented album, reminding us that music can express far more than melodies, harmonies and lyrics.
- #rock #indie
When Martin 'Youth' Glover (producer of The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony", U2, Marylin Manson, Dido..) meets the unshamed and boundless rock of SadMe, it results in an highly explosive and addictive indie rock mixture.
02. Best Newcomers
Introducing a promising wave of diverse acts from the four corners of the world, here's the list of the new entrants who already got our attention in 2017 - and to keep an eye on in 2018!
- #indie #indietronica
The unrivalled softness of Ralph Castelli's voice is delicately superimposed on his subtle guitar chords, creating a heady, entrancing indie atmosphere that perfectly defines his unique musical universe.
For Baltimore-based rapper Wordsmith, hip-hop music is, before anything, a medium to convey a conscious message with an educational and entertaining purpose. The best thing is he does it while killing the beat!
- #rnb #pop
Being only 20 years old, R&B artist Cortéz is a young prodigy and multi-talented musician who grew up in a world of music and creative mindset: his first year on Jamendo already prefigures a promising future!
Once a small town boy, The DLX let his talent and passion for music lead his musical career towards pop music that he surely masters perfectly. With only one song he took us for a ride and stole our hearts. Let's hope 2018 will bring more of his catchy tracks !
- #electronic #electrorock
Duo Teslar is a ball of highly energized electro-pop powered by some huge danceable basslines, which contain funky and upbeat melodies. It's a must-have to set fire to your parties!
- #poppunk #alternativerock
The Spin Wires' dancing-inducing pop rock is enough to drive a ballroom full of partiers into a mass of jumping ravers. They will make you sweat, spill cocktails and rock all night long! Their music has been featured on Showtimes' Emmy nominated series "Shameless", and we clearly understand why!
2017 was a blessed year for our electropop community, with the arrival of many talents including Michael McEachern, who unleashes his beautiful voice on an upbeat electro background.
- #electronic #chillout
Originally from the icy cold landscapes of Alaska, the atmospheric darkness expressed in Fairbanks' chillout music finds its roots in the misty environment the duo grew up in. They are one of the most promising entrants of the year!
Freshness, boldness and youth are the three magic words that immediately come to mind while listening to "Hype", the debut EP of Italian trio Plastic Light Factory. They offer us five completely self-produced tracks full of lively and light sound, strongly inspired and influenced by British Indie Rock.