· By David Millar

Ten Artists we love to add to your classic Vinyl collection.

Previously, we have looked at the challenges of discovering new music for those who love old school classic rock and jazz.

Investigating new sounds can be daunting, with unknown artists waiting to be explored, it often feels like a journey too challenging.

To help with this discovery, we have decided to come up with a list of music our team at OnVinyl have discovered on our own journey curating our top-notch selection. So, let's dive in. All the music we're about to explore is contemporary (some of the artists have been doing it for awhile), and released in the last few years. You may already know some or all of these artists, so please share your favourites.

We think it’s a great list and welcome some feedback.

For a Serene Sunday Afternoon:

Tiny Ruins: Hailing from New Zealand, Tiny Ruins is a perfectly formed jewel for aficionados of beautiful singer-songwriter compositions. Their latest album, "Ceremony," is the quintessential soundtrack for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Tommy Guerrero: Transitioning from pro skater to musical maestro, Guerrero's albums offer a fusion of cruisy rock, jazz, funk, and soul. With predominantly instrumental tracks showcasing his mastery of the guitar, albums like "Road to Nowhere" and "Soul Food Tacqueria" deliver chilled vibes worth savouring.

El Michels Affair: A multi talented group led by Leon Michels, drawing on several influences, and a fascinating output of funk/soul/ hip hop and jazz. Hook into “Yeti Season” or “Enter the 37th Chamber” for a fresh taste.

Elegant R&B Vibes:

Leon Bridges: With echoes of Jill Scott and a touch of Otis Redding, Bridges epitomizes modern R&B sophistication. "Gold-Diggers Sound" is a testament to his smart production and bass-driven melodies, and a treat for your turntable.


Rock Classics Reimagined:

Wilco: Catering to classic rock aficionados, Wilco's extensive catalogue boasts superb musicianship and timeless tunes. While their 2002 release "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is a classic, any of their albums promise a musical journey worth embarking on.

Khruangbin: Hailing from Texas, this enigmatic trio seamlessly blends soul, dub, rock, and psychedelia into spellbinding compositions. Albums like "Con Todo el Mundo" and "Mordechai," along with their latest offering "A La Sala," showcase their creative prowess.

Exploring New Frontiers:

The Smile: Featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame, The Smile offers a fresh take on classic and progressive rock infused with jazz influences. With albums like "A Light for Attracting Attention" and "Wall of Eyes," they reinvent sounds for a new generation.

Lana Del Rey: Dark, brooding, yet undeniably captivating, Lana Del Rey's discography is a testament to her status as a modern music goddess. Dive into dreamy pop with an edge through albums like "Ultraviolence" and "Honeymoon."

Jazz Journeys:

Samara Joy: A shining star in the modern jazz scene, Samara Joy channels the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan with her immaculate voice and production. At just twenty-three, she's already making waves in the industry.

Kamasi Washington: A phenomenal talent in the jazz realm, Washington's latest album "Fearless Movement," released in 2024, is a masterpiece. With a background playing alongside legends like Thundercat, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock, his music is a testament to his virtuosity.

 Hope you have enjoyed the list and we welcome feedback. We also would love your suggestions for new music to explore.


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