There’s nothing better than discovering (or rediscovering) music; it is after all, part of what makes us human. As a shared experience between artist and audience, music has the power to take us where we let it. And in these troubling times filled with uncertainty, it’s as important as ever to find ways to get away — even if it’s just in our heads. Take some time to travel through the world with a playlist of these rising international artists, all of whom are ready to take you on a global sound trip like no other.
1. Sirup (Japan)
Japanese R&B has become a recent addiction; you get into it once, you can’t get out of it anymore. A fan favourite is Sirup, a Japanese singer whose mellow yet upbeat hits are sung sometimes in Nihongo, sometimes in English. His hit “Do Well” has garnered over six million views on YouTube and features Sirup in an impeccable red ensemble dancing it up in a forest with a disco ball. Quirky, yes. For a more laidback listen, check out “Loop” — it’s a great listen for when you’re deep in thought, about to go to sleep, or simply at a cafe (maybe somewhere in Akihabara?).