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: Taylor Bennett
Based In: Chicago, IL
Sounds Like: Heartfelt Hip-Hop
Chicago native Taylor Bennett is more than just Chance the Rapper’s little brother. The 21-year-old rapper-songwriter has pioneered his own unique sound and partnered with artists such as Nico Segal (formerly known as Donnie Trumpet), King Louie and more along the way. Bennett is also very active in his community, donating money from his shows to local charities like Kids Off The Block, a nonprofit aimed towards ending violent crime in Chicago. His debut album, Broad Shoulders, is devoid of samples, making for a truly organic, singular sound. Bennett just released a short film based on the album, also titled “Broad Shoulders,” a companion piece that truly brings the album to life. Whatever Taylor Bennett has planned for his next move in 2017, it will be big.
Name: Tiny Deaths
Based In: Minneapolis, MN/Brooklyn, NY
Sounds Like: Indie Dream-Pop
Minneapolis/Brooklyn indie rock duo Tiny Deaths consists of vocalist Claire de Lune and producer Grant Cutler. Though the two have differing styles, they manage to complement each other quite well, with de Lune’s R&B leanings countering Cutler’s electronica roots. These two styles mesh together with incredible grace, producing a dreamy and divine sound that Bitch Magazine has called “the soundtrack to late night brainstorming.” In anticipation of Tiny Death’s new LP, Elegies, out this Friday, be sure to check out their EP, Night Flowers, in addition to the recent singles “Wrong,” “Downtown” and “Summer.”
Name: Tommy Genesis
Based In: Vancouver, Canada
Sounds Like: “Fetish Rap”
Rapper, model and artist Tommy Genesis has undeniably broken out into the mainstream over the last few years. Describing her own music as “sex-talk art weirdness,” and other times as “fetish rap” – both of which serve as apt characterizations – her debut album, World Vision, is a dark and sexual twist on hip-hop that’s unlike much of what we’ve heard before. Genesis has built a loyal fanbase on social media over the years, with her ever-rising fame earning her a spot in Calvin Klein’s fall 2016 “#mycalvins” campaign. Singles like “Art” and “They Cum They Go” both exemplify her sound and further serve to show how and why she stands apart from her peers.
Name: Ryan Hurd
Based In: Kalamazoo, MI
Sounds Like: Youthful, Adventurous Country
Country music up-and-comer Ryan Hurd has quietly made a name for himself over the years writing for the likes of Blake Shelton, Tim Mcgraw and Jake Owen, among others. The Sony Music Nashville signee is currently preparing to release his debut solo album, and despite being new to the limelight, Hurd’s already caused quite a stir with “We Do Us,” a single that impressively managed to amass millions of streams within just two weeks of its release. Recently named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Artists You Need to Know,” Ryan Hurd clearly stands as one of the scene’s premier emerging talents. While you’re waiting for Hurd’s upcoming album, be sure to check out recent singles “Love in a Bar,” “City Girl” and “Hold You Back.”
Name: Shy Girls
Based In: Portland, OR
Sounds Like: Alternative Pop/R&B
Working under his Shy Girls solo moniker, singer, songwriter and producer Dan Vidmar put out his debut Timeshare EP in 2013 and has remained busy ever since. Over the last few years, Vidmar’s worked with such artists as Junglepussy and Odesza while also performing his own work on large festival stages at Lollapalooza and MusicFestNW. Vidmar released his Shy Girls full-length debut, Salt, just a few weeks ago. From the intro track, to the final track (“Collecting”), Salt is an impressionable and truly emotional work from start to finish. With the release of his debut full-length album and a tour to come, we expect 2017 to be a career-establishing year for Shy Girls.
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