In this week's NME, 23-year-old Detroit rapper Dej Loaf talks about her rise to stardom and getting co-signs from her heroes like Nicki Minaj, DMX, Eminem and more. She's due to head out on tour with Nicki Minaj soon while she's also been busy recording her debut album, which promises to be just as vital as her new single 'Try Me'. To give an even greater insight into her music, she's put together a playlist of some of the songs that have had the biggest influence on her. Listen below and read on for her comments on why five of the tracks have had such an effect on her.
Perhaps it’s easiest to start with what Dive In are not. They are not the latest in a long line of professionally disheveled, Velvet Underground-cribbing bands here to save rock n’ roll. They are, at first blush, the very antithesis: a band unafraid of big pop choruses, soaring falsetto, and bright, gleaming production. And yet, Dive In’s inherent uncoolness has a strangely paradoxical effect in 2015. It’s refreshing to hear a band so willing to stand alone and apart from the rest, to compete on a completely separate plane.
SXSW festival has been taking place in hundreds of venues throughout Austin, Texas over the past week. Below, NME's writers on the ground there offer their best new discoveries. Pick up this week's issue of NME to read our full review of the new music mecca. Matt Wilkinson, New Music Editor US newcomers Seratones are still so small that they're only able to play the places everybody else shuns here at SXSW.
"We can be seven hours into some tune and realise we've written a Christina Aguilera song," All Tvvins singer Conor Adams tells NME in this week's mag, shortly before becoming the first and last musician to cite Pearl Jam, Wild Beasts and disco don Todd Terje as influences in the same breath.
Nai Harvest are a Sheffield two-piece so full of joyous give-a-fuck abandon and pop-punk glee that I’d liquidise their music and have it plugged directly into my veins via intravenous drip, if only that were scientifically possible.