Uncharted Territory: Paradise Fears Unplug; Far Too Loud Cranks Up The Volume
Another week, another massive leap for a previously low-placing Uncharted artist: This time around it's pop-punkers Paradise Fears who leapt from No. 45 all the way to No. 9 thanks to a big showing on PureVolume. The South Dakota-based group is prepping an acoustic EP, and recently posted their cover of Gym Class Heroes' new hit, "Stereo Hearts," to their PureVolume page, which has already notched over 5,200 plays, bringing their PV total to over 13,500 for the week.
Just as impressive is electronic artist Far Too Loud, who made his very promising Uncharted debut this week at No. 13. Hailing from Brighton, England, Far Too Loud has been building buzz since he premiered his latest EP, "Ready To Stomp" on SoundCloud on September 11, and has since earned almost 150,000 plays. On October 24, he posted a new dance-floor ready banger aptly titled "Megaloud" that already has over 27,000 plays. As we know, such leaps can be deceiving, but having spent the past two months building a fan base-one big enough to launch Far Too Loud so high on the Uncharted-there's a good chance he'll be sticking around.
It's been a minute since we last heard from Brazilian electro duo, Felguk, who jumped up the Uncharted when they released their song "Jack It" back in September. Since then they've fallen off the map, but are storming back this week, re-entering at No. 25. The group has been hitting the road hard and their new remixes EP drops on Tuesday, for which they posted a 3-minute preview on their SoundCloud on November 2. The preview itself just has over 3,000 plays, but overall the band notched over 22,000-nothing like new music to remind people of your old stuff.
Also debuting this week is blessed-out electronic producer Emancipator, who landed at No. 47 this week. Emancipator's been releasing music for several years now, dropping his first record back in 2006 when he was just 19, and it's been a slow but successful build since then. Just this past weekend he played Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina alongside artists like Flaming Lips, Chromeo, and M83. It must've been quite a performance, because in just seven days, Emancipator racked up over 50,000 Last.fm plays, topped off with just over 2,500 SoundCloud plays.
And last but not least, French beat-maker Onra re-enters at No. 41. Back on October 20, Onra debuted "A New Dynasty," the first taste of his new record, "Chinoiseries Pt. 2," on Pitchfork; and on Tuesday he followed that up with a second track on the taste-making site, "No Matter What." With that little boost, Onra scored over 19,000 Last.fm plays and over 10,000 on SoundCloud. With "Chinoiseries Pt. 2" dropping on November 15, don't be surprised if those numbers keep rising.
Elsewhere on Uncharted, the Top 5 looks pretty similar with DJ Bl3nd taking the top spot this week, followed by Traphik, Tyler Ward, Maddi Jane, while guitar virtuoso Sungha Jung bumps Noisia to take the fifth spot.