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7 Australian artists to look out for in 2016

If you’re bored of listening to the same tunes on repeat, then you really need to check out a few unique artists in 2016.

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From electronica to progressive pop, the Australian music scene is growing swiftly and producing some incredible sounds as it does. And below are seven artists who will have you tapping your feet with their melodic tracks.

1. Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland has risen quickly in the music scene and is now widely considered one of Australia’s biggest electronic DJs. She’s made a name for herself with her tracks “I Want U” and “Cold,” and according to her website she’s even earned praise from the likes of Diplo and Annie Mac.

2. Betty Who

Jessica Anne Newham, better known by her stage name Betty Who, was born in Sydney, but she’s already taking on the USA and is currently based in New York City, New York.

Her music is bound to get you ready to party, and that’s exactly what she wants, as her Facebook page says, “I’d just like to make people dance.”

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3. Anna Lunoe

Anna Lunoe is Australia’s multitalented singer, songwriter, producer and DJ, who has already played sets at some of the world’s biggest and best music festivals, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, TomorrowWorld and Hard Fest.

You just need to listen to her stuff!

4. Ainslie Wills

Melbourne singer-songwriter Ainslie Wills popped onto the scene in 2013 with her debut LP You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine, and she’s been going full steam ahead ever since.

Willis’ sound is best described as Neo-Folk-Rock, and she’s currently working on her second album with her “right-hand man,” guitarist and co-songwriter, Lawrence Folvig — which is a major treat for fans.

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5. Chela

Chela, born Chelsea Wheatley, is one of Australia’s rising stars who has earned praise for her electro-pop tunes such as “Plastic Gun” and “Full Moon.”

And music has always been a part of her life — so she’s not going anywhere anytime soon!

“I think I’ve always had that struggling creative inside of me,” Chela said during an interview with PerthNow. “You just know you are trapped for life. You need to create; you’ve got no other option. I have tried to do other things, but I’ve always written music.”

6. Pepa Knight

Pepa Knight hails from Central Coast, NSW, but his music was not inspired by his homeland. Instead, he began writing and recording songs after becoming inspired by a trip to India.

Knight’s music is super relaxing, and they’re great jams to play if you’re looking for a chill session. Plus, the music videos are the perfect combination of hippie and cool.

7. Courtney Barnett

Some could argue that Courtney Barnett has already made it big, having been shortlisted for the Best New Artist prize at next year’s Grammy Awards. But good things are yet to come for the Australian singer-songwriter, who is now gaining attention on an international scale.

Her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was released in March 2015, and we, for one, are excited to find out what else she has in store.

Have you been following any of these artists’ careers? Are you impressed with their unique sounds? Let us know your thoughts on our selection of musicians in the comments below.

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