4 Dec 2018

5 Artists You Need to Know in December

Check out the 5 artists you need to know in December, as selected by the Instrumental music scouting platform.

Our A&R scouting platform tracks over 460,000 artists and 5 million tracks on Spotify, highlighting artist momentum through dynamic audience reach data. Whilst Christmas tunes are likely to be on the forefront of people’s minds, we've picked out 5 emerging artists that you need to know in December 2018.

1. Walt Disco

Having impressed at Bestival this summer on the back of their debut EP “No Need For A Curtain”, Walt Disco show no signs of easing off on what has been a fantastic year, with the release of their emphatic new single “Drowning In Your Velvet Bed”. Hailing from Glasgow, a city renowned for its rich musical heritage, Walt Disco have set themselves apart from fellow fast-risers with an unpredictability (both on and off the stage) that coincides so naturally with their enigmatic sound.

With a flair for an androgynous aesthetic, it can’t be a coincidence that “Drowning In Your Velvet Bed” meanders so interestingly between varying sounds and emotions. The aggressive, macho, in-your-face tempo and snarling vocals of the beginning, is followed by a softer, more delicate and slowed down middle interlude, which in turn precedes the returning urgent eruption of noise for the climax. Thriving off this chaotic structure, the young four-piece brilliantly present the unpredictability with which they have already become famed for.

With features on 7 influential Spotify playlists including New Indie Mix and Fresh Finds, Walt Disco picked up over 1.6 million playlist followers in release week. Clearly capitalising on Spotify editorial support, their direct artist following is also growing at an impressive rate of 10.13% (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

2. Vistas

Edinburgh indie rockers Vistas have returned with another huge single. "Fade" is a teaser of what is to come from their forthcoming debut 'hello EP', which is expected to drop in early 2019.

Packed with more gritty indie-pop hooks and huge singalong chorus, Vistas look set to capitalise on a growing fanbase after supporting Circa Waves and Sea Girls. The trio are currently on the road with BLOXX and will be supporting The Wombats in January.

With features on 36 influential Spotify playlists, Vistas have picked up over 4.1 million on the release of “Fade”, marking a huge 291% increase to 5,515,425 (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).


Singer-songwriter GOLDN channels angst on his new sombre pop single "Heartbreak Drugs". Born out of Los Angeles, GOLDN doesn't shy away from expressing his emotions via the means of explicit language.

"Heartbreak Drugs" hones in on ridding the heart of all hurt, in exchange for an extravaganza of drug-induced emotional turmoil. But with R&B rhythms, bubbling pop hooks and a chilled acoustic ambience all finding a middle ground, it's sound offers more. GOLDN's gravelly vocals offers up a level of richness and depth, dominating the soothing yet self-assured steel drum beat.

With features on four influential Spotify playlists including Young & Hot, GOLDN picked up over 120,000 playlist followers after releasing “Heartbreak Drugs”, with his direct following is also growing at a steady rate of 3.24% (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

4. Shy Shy Shy

Remember the television drama ‘The Bridge’ and its beautifully intense opening music? If you liked that, then you’ll like this from Astrid Cordes and Simon Kjeldgaard, better known as Shy Shy Shy. This year they have released their first album "Make Up". Detailing human emotions of love, regret, longing, sadness and introspection, this collection of electronic ballads taps into the Scandi Noir many of us have come to love.

Their latest single "Joyride" continues in this trend, with an echoed sonic wash building into a warm and striking cinematic sound. At nearly five minutes, this is a track that purposely unfurls slowly. Astrid has a striking voice - hushed and understated throughout - perfectly fitting the instrumental.

With features on 3 highly influential Spotify playlists including multiple New Music Friday's, Shy Shy Shy have picked up 192,338 playlist followers this week (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

5. Starcrawler

Having recently supported Foo Fighters in London and Morrissey on their home-turf in California, LA-based quartet Starcrawler combine dynamic, skittery guitar rhythms and glam-punk imagery, producing a sound straight out of the 1970s. Arrow de Wilde, the band’s vocalist— as much visual artist as she is performer— met Henri Cash (guitar), Tim Franco (bass) and Austin Smith (drums) during high school and the band formed as result of multiple chance encounters; a sense of youth, spontaneity, rebellion and risk-taking therefore is at the centre of their music. Starcrawler’s short tracks—rarely exceeding three minutes each— exude electricity and echo how the glam-punk aesthetic they pursue comes naturally to their sound.

Both the band’s self-titled debut album released at the beginning of this year— featuring tracks such as “I Love LA” and “Train”— and standalone single “Hollywood Ending” pay homage to the band’s roots and base in Los Angeles. The track combines noisy, muffled guitar riffs with de Wilde’s performative vocals as Starcrawler use the city’s hedonistic, glamourous connotations and its darker side as a lens through which to discuss love and loss.

With features on 8 influential playlists including New Noise and New Rock Only, Starcrawler have picked up 597,494 playlist followers this week. Their direct artist following has also grown to 19,437, as their editorial support has encouraged genuine fan growth (Instrumental Music Scouting Platform).

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