TIDAL Rising: This Week’s 5 Artists To Watch

TIDAL Rising: This Week’s 5 Artists To Watch

TIDAL Rising is a dedicated showcase for today’s emerging and independent artists. Curated by the TIDAL Editors, Rising highlights artists just beginning to make waves. We’re continuously updating the Rising section’s album and track lists, but each week we highlight five special picks you really shouldn’t miss out on.

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Name: Nause
Based In: Stockholm, Sweden
Sounds Like: Progressive Electronic Pop

Nause is a breakout Swedish duo that continues to push the boundaries put forth by the conventional electronic music scene. Made up of childhood friends Jacob Criborn and Leonard Scheja, Nause has garnered an impressive 80 million collective streams to date with fans on every continent. In fact, their hit single “The World I Know,” has impressively racked up over 11 million streams to date. 2016 has been an especially big year for Nause, with the outfit signing to Warner Music and headlining festivals throughout the summer. Their first single on a major label, “Dynamite,” is a masterful blend of dynamic pop and intoxicating house.


Name: Jorja Smith
Based In: Walsall, UK
Sounds Like: Refreshing R&B

R&B singer-songwriter Jorja Smith has undeniably had a big year, as making the BBC’s Sound of 2016 annual list and being nominated as one of VEVO’s 2017 artists to watch are far from small accomplishments. But the 19-year-old from Walsall, England is no stranger to the music industry: her father was in the band Second Nature and the young up-and-comer has worked in studios as often as possible during her holidays and half-terms. With influences such as Amy Winehouse and Rihanna and the music industry at her fingertips, the sky’s the limit for Jorja Smith. You can listen to her recently released Project 11 EP now.


Name: Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Based In: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds Like: Lively, Melodic R&B

Brooklyn native Gabriel Garzón-Montano is out “Sour Mango,” his latest single as a signee of the respected Stones Throw Records. The R&B artist has been steadily climbing the music industry’s ranks over the last few years now. In 2014 he released his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, and opened for Lenny Kravitz in Europe. Garzón-Montano is also well-known for his song “6 8,” which Drake sampled on his song “Jungle” off of the critically acclaimed work, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Be on the lookout for more from Gabriel Garzón-Montano in the near future.


Name: Menace Beach
Based In: Leeds, UK
Sounds Like: Indie Rock

Menace Beach is a five-person indie rock group hailing from Leeds, England. Made up of members Ryan Needham, Liza Violet, Matt Spalding, Nestor Matthews and Nick Chantler, they are currently signed to Memphis Industries and are on track to release their second studio album in 2017. Theor recent single, “Maybe We’ll Drown,” is an impressive and catchy ballad with dark undertones seemingly perfect for a long drive. Additionally, the group is getting ready to embark on a tour of the UK in early 2017.


Name: EMP
Based In: Toronto, Canada
Sounds Like: Contemporary Urban Hip-Hop/R&B

Made up of Eestbound, Milly, and Pree, EMP is quickly becoming the face of a sound some call “New Toronto,” which incorporates many genres: hip-hop, pop, rock, R&B and more. Eestbound, the group’s producer, is best known for his work on Travis Scott’s hit single “Antidote,” and the group cites Kanye West, Rihanna, ScHoolboy Q, and Kid Cudi among their most significant influences. The group’s newest single, “Perfect Timing,” was released just a few weeks ago and is a must-listen. Although EMP may be an up-and-coming group for the time being, you’ll want to watch them grow.

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