Toppa Top 20: LargeUp’s Artists to Watch For 2016

February 1, 2016

Noah Issa (Jamaica/USA)

Photo: Justin Pallack

We’ve known about Noah Issa for a years now, through his remixes and original productions (for Mr. Lexx and others) blending dubstep, trap and other EDM vibes with the sounds of his native Jamaica. (Though he first came to our attention in 2013 withย this remix of Bunji Garlin’s โ€œDifferentology.โ€) Now based in Brooklyn, he’s set to step out from behind the boards as an artist himself. We’ve heard the first two singles from his upcoming debut project, and we can assure you that the kid is onto something big, carving out his own lane with a sound that’s all his own. We can’t give away too many details just yet, but we’re positive you’ll be hearing his name a lot more right here in the coming months. For a slight hint at what to expect, check out his remix of indie band Mainland’s song “Outcast,” below. โ€”Jesse Serwer

How would you describe your sound?

Future Ambient Psychedelic Gypsy Dub.

Tell us a little bit about the place you come fromโ€ฆ

Kingston, Jamaica. I grew up listening to reggae and dancehall so thatโ€™s definitely had a big impact on the sounds I create.

Tell us about the moment where you knew you had broken through as an artistโ€ฆ

At birth.

What were your highlights in 2015?

Getting ready for 2016!

What should we expect to see and hear from you in 2016?

I have a lot of unreleased music that i have been working on.. so you can expect to hear some original songs very soon. Weโ€™re in the process of planning out our first releases of this year so Iโ€™m really excited.