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: Nadia Rose
Based In: Croydon, U.K.
Sounds Like: Highly Flammable British Hip-Hop
Nadia Rose first burst onto the scene in late 2015 with the viral hit, “D.F.W.T.” Subsequently stringing together a series of sold-old shows, the 24-year-old rap starlet began performing alongside the likes of Anderson .Paak and The Section Boyz, locking down major brand endorsements from Adidas, G-Star, Beats by Dre and DKNY along the way. What’s more, Rose performed at practically every major U.K. music festival of 2016, including Glastonbury, Wireless, Love Saves The Day, Born & Bred, Reading and Leeds, and The Great Escape. Rose’s brand new EP, Highly Flammable, was released just last week and proves that she is well on her way to becoming a premier hip-hop artist in her league.
Name: Sundara Karma
Based In: Reading, U.K.
Sounds Like: Clever, Anthemic Indie Pop
Based out of Reading, England, Sundara Karma (meaning “beautiful karma” in Sanskrit) is set to become one of 2017’s breakout bands. Made up of members Oscar Lulu (vocals and guitar), Haydn Evans (drums), Ally Baty (guitar1) and Dom Cordell (bass), the group released their debut album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, earlier this month. Garnering over 10 million streams to date, Sundara Karma’s music is anthemic, unique, playful and clever. Put it this way: practically every song on Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect is a must-listen.
Name: Tim Darcy
Based In: Montreal, Canada
Sounds Like: Punk Rocker Turned Philosopher
Best known for fronting theacclaimed Canadian punk band Ought, Tim Darcy’s solo debut, Saturday Night, is due out February 17th by way of Jagjaguwar Records. Saturday Night is headlined by the single “Tall Glass Of Water” which marks a departure from Darcy’s taut approach to post-punk as heard in his work with Ought. Free-flowing, philosophical and filled with more questions than answers, “Tall Glass of Water” is an intriguing track to say the least. If you want to catch him performing live (which we highly recommend), he’s currently on a tour of the US and Europe. We can’t wait to hear the entirety of Saturday Night when it arrives next month.
Based In: Charleston, SC
Sounds Like: Alt-Country Excellence
Susto is an eccentric country-rock band made up of Justin Osborne, Corey Campbell, Marshall Hudson, Jenna Desmond and Dries Vandenberg. Interestingly enough, the Charleston band’s name comes from a medical syndrome that’s specific to Latin American culture, one that roughly translates to the existential “soul loss.” Susto’s sound is reminiscent of a mid ‘60s record at times, filled with gloomy yet somewhat seductive and alluring lyrics. Such is the case with the single “Hard Drugs” off of their newest album & I’m Fine Today. Hot off the heels of that release, Susto is currently on the & I’m Fine Today Tour.
Name: Divine Council
Based In: Richmond, VA
Sounds Like: Hard, Viral Hip-Hop
Based in Richmond Virginia, rap group Divine Council had an extremely successful 2016 and are planning to do even bigger things in 2017. Made up of MCs Lord Linco, Cyrax!, ICYTWAT and $ilkmoney, the group is signed to Epic Records and currently best known for their single “P. Sherman (PS42WW$),” which went viral last year. They also killed at last year’s South by Southwest before subsequently releasing their debut EP, Council World, one they’ve described as a “hard-ass song” compilation, in August of 2016. With an André 3000 and Erykah Badu cosign on record, the sky’s the limit for Divine Council in 2017.
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