You can call his sound soul mixed with reggae with a retro feel, but James Hunter prefers to call his sound timeless. This British crooner is one of the only soul singers to come out Europe in recent years.
The Austin, Texas band Sound Team are D.I.Y. kind of people. They began making their own cassettes to hand out, silk-screening t-shirts themselves and still enjoy shooting videos to accompany their music.
The English indie-rock duo Psapp (pronounced sap) feature Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant. Their collaboration creates a poppy mix of electro-beats and sultry singing. Their 2006 release The Only Thing I Ever Wanted provides a more focused look into their quirky song-writing.
Singer/songwriter Juana Molina is best known in South America as a comedic television actress, but her unique, surprising, and atmospheric songs have brought her comparisons to Lisa Germano and Beth Orton.
Small Sins began as a solo project for multi-instrumentalist Thomas D'Arcy as a way to get back into playing the music he truly wanted to write. Originally called "The Ladies and Gentlemen" and performing in all-white suits in support of their debut album, Small Sins were signed by Astralwerks in 2005.
Iowa native Desdamona is the premier female hip-hop artist in the Twin Cities. She's also creating opportunities for many other Twin Cities artists, helping to produce the Twin Cities first-annual women in hip-hop conference called "B Girl Be Hip-Hop Summit" in 2005.