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Five need-to-know acts, decked out in the season's best emerging designers

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    SZA

    Ella Fitzgerald and Björk might sound like unlikely role models for an artist whose iTunes genre is “glitter trap.” But one listen to SZA’s extraordinary voice and it makes sense. That voice earned the New Jersey native a spot as the first R&B artist (and female) on Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment label – a signing SZA claims happened organically. She brings the same unpretentious attitude to her music: candid lyrics, heartfelt vocals, and beats that do, in fact, sparkle.

    On SZA: Simone Rocha, Dion Lee, Christopher Kane.

  • Until the Ribbon Breaks

    Remember the days when gifting mixtapes was the definitive romantic gesture? Pete Lawrie Winfield does. This Cardiff native, who just wrapped his first North American tour supporting Lorde, was inspired by the act of playing a cassette until the ribbon breaks. People have called his productions "avant-R&B," but don’t let that fool you – his music is haunting and decidedly honest. For a kid who grew up dreaming of galaxies and outer space, it’s no surprise his EP, A Taste of Silver, is full of futuristic, cosmic beats.

    On Until The Ribbon Breaks: Tim Coppens, A. Sauvage, J.W. Anderson, Nicholas Kirkwood, Thamanyah.

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  • Ian Isiah

    From bedroom jams to club-ready bangers, Ian Isiah's productions have one thing in common: soul. Rhythm runs in the man’s family. His grandmother was a singer, his father plays the steel pan, and Isiah spent his youth honing his chops singing in church. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Isiah is a creative consultant for Hood by Air and a member of NYC’s GHE20 G0TH1K crew. His debut effort, The Love Champion, dropped last week on UNO NYC - home of Mykki Blanco.

    On Ian Isaiah: KTZ, Umit Benan, Alexandre Plokhov.

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    Jessy Lanza

    You might recognize Hamilton, Ontario’s Jessy Lanza from her recent collaboration with Ikonika: her melismatic vocals appear on "Beach Mode." But don’t pigeonhole her as just a singer. Despite classical training in jazz piano, Lanza prefers to be known as both a songwriter and producer – titles she earned fair and square on her debut album Pull My Hair Back, produced in tandem with Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan. Hear her take on club-ready R&B in the mix she edited for us this week.

    On Jessy Lanza: J.W. Anderson, Yang Li, Arielle de Pinto.

  • Prince Innocence

    Loft party music: the phrase conjures up the kind of dark synthpop familiar to anyone who’s ever walked into a smoke-filled afterhours at 4 A.M. It’s a milieu familiar to Prince Innocence, the electronic project of Josh McIntyre and Talvi Faustmann. The couple split their time between Toronto and Montreal – both cities with no shortage of lofts or parties – and composed their first EP, Lapse, with nightlife in mind. Think chilly vocals, spare Italo synths, and moods only conjured after dark.

    On Josh McIntyre: Cy Choi, AMI, Public School, Strada.

    On Talvi Faustmann: Jonathan Saunders, Ostwald Helgason, MSGM.

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