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: Gavin Turek
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds Like: Soulful, Disco Pop

Singer, songwriter, dancer and actress Gavin Turek has been making waves in the industry with her fiery performances and soulful voice for some time now. The Los Angeles native has been performing since she was 3. Originally working to become a professional dancer, she travelled the world, spending months in countries like India and Ghana while honing her skills and learning how dance is far more than some mere physical movement. With the help of fellow artists TOKiMONSTA and Mayer Hawthorne, Turek returned to singing and songwriting upon coming home, soon performing at legendary festivals like Coachella and Outside Lands in addition to releasing multiple singles. Turek’s brand new Good Look For You EP, is out later this week but in the meantime, be sure to check out “Good Look For You” and “The Distance.”


Name: Rationale
Based In: London, UK
Sounds Like: Worldly Synth-Soul Pop

Tinashe Fazakerley, the Zimbabwe-born singer-songwriter previously known as Tinashé, is now working as Rationale. Moving to the UK at age 9 without hardly even knowing English, learning the guitar proved a pivotal moment for Fazakerley. Although he originally found success strictly as a songwriter, he was convinced by his friend Dan Smith (of the British band Bastille) to become a singer and hasn’t turned back. Fazakerley work has received praise from legends such as Pharrell and Justin Timberlake. As we await his debut studio album, be sure to check out his new EP, Vessels, released just last week.


Name: Sigrid
Based In: Ålesund, Norway
Sounds Like: Intoxicating Pop

Norwegian popstar Sigrid is gearing up to take over the world with her long-time-coming major label debut. Her new single, the stirring and amorphous “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” was just released on Island Records and we’re sure you’ll be hearing it everywhere real soon. Although this may be the Scandinavian 20-year-old’s first record, Sigrid’s work to date demonstrates that she’s more than ready for the big leagues. With her intoxicating voice flowing smoothly over just about any conceivable melody, we feel she’s primed to be one of the biggest breakout stars of 2017.


Name: THEY.
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds Like: Dark, Upbeat R&B

Eccentric R&B duo THEY. has consistently enthralled music fans since getting started back in 2015. The duo, made up of Dante Jones and Drew Love, first achieved commercial success that year with their “Working For It” single in collaboration with Zhu and Skrillex. Their debut EP, Nü Religion, was released soon after to equal acclaim. In 2016, THEY. secured a spot touring with fellow R&B breakout Bryson Tiller, in addition to releasing singles “Say When” and “Deep End.” At times, their music seems to be a sort of mutated hybrid of rock, hip-hop and R&B that always manages to sound great. The duo is scheduled to release their debut studio full-length, Nü Religion: Hyena, on February 24. While you’re waiting, watch the new video for their single “U-RITE” today.


Name: Will Heard
Based In: London, UK
Sounds Like: Folk, Soul, Funk

British singer-songwriter Will Heard was thrust into fame following his featured appearance on Klangkarussell’s 2013 single “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine).” Peaking at number three on the UK Singles Charts, the song’s success led Heard to record an acoustic cover of the track with longtime friend (and supermodel) Cara Delevigne, one that’s impressively garnered 9.8 millions views on YouTube to date. Heard’s collaborations with other artists such as Kygo, The Aston Shuffle and Rudimental are often stunning, but newer work like singles “Beep Me” and “I Better Love You” mark a sort of a solo-oriented shift for the spirited 25-year-old on the rise.

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