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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Artist: Sir the Baptist
Based In: Chicago
Sounds Like: “Church Pub Rap”
Born Sir Williams James Stokes, Sir the Baptist is a Chicago-bred musician originally hailing from the South Side’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Heavily influenced by his father, a Baptist preacher and activist of note, Stokes’ music proves socially conscious without being overbearing or “preachy.” Musically, the young artist on the rise successfully manages to merge a multitude of genres not unlike fellow hometown hero Chance The Rapper, and thus his shifting, multifaceted sound often eludes categorization. But therein lies the appeal of Stokes’ work, work that’s simultaneously contemporary, classic and wholly worthwhile.
Artist: Kevin Garrett
Based In: Brooklyn, New York
Sounds Like: If vocals ran in the family, he would be John Legend’s brother and Adele’s second cousin
Singer, songwriter and producer Kevin Garrett has made a name for himself as one of most soulful, young artists on the scene. Born in Pittsburgh, and based out of Brooklyn, the artist has been compared to distinguished talents like James Vincent McMorrow and Norah Jones. Perhaps the biggest feather in Garrett’s hat yet is a songwriting credit for the opening track of Beyoncé’s LEMONADE, “Pray You Catch Me,” but big-name collabs don’t define this artist’s work. Despite his talent for writing and producing, heart-wrenching vocals are the core of Garrett’s work. Drawing influence from Sam Cooke, songs like “Control” and “Coloring” – featured on his 2015 Mellow Drama EP – reveal a raw emotional sound kindred to that of the ’50s legend. Currently touring with X Ambassadors and Skylar Grey, Garrett is said to be working towards releasing his debut full-length.
Artist: The Shelters
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds Like: The Stones and early Zeppelin
There’s nothing like good ol’ classic rock ‘n’ roll. Faded in sound but not in spirit, L.A.-based band The Shelter’s bring ’60s and ’70s rock back to form. Guitar-driven and reminiscent of the Rolling Stones and early Led Zeppelin, The Shelters are uniting contemporary rock with the old vibe we all know and love. And if you’re looking for an endorsement, The Shelters’ self-titled album, as well as a 4-song EP released last fall, was co-produced by the band’s very own musical hero, Tom Petty. Opening for names like Gary Clark Jr. and the Struts, the band is currently finishing of their nation-wide tour in California next week, but we’re sure we’ll be hearing more from them soon.
Artist: Terror Jr.
Based In: Unknown
Sounds Like: Cashmere Cat and AlunaGeorge
Known for their premiere in Kylie Jenner’s “Glosses” video, mysterious act Terror Jr. made a booming entrance as the soundtrack for the young fashion icon’s short film, and so far the track has racked up three million spins since its debut. Although there has been speculation of Terror being a stage name for Kylie herself, Terror Jr. is on our watch list regardless. With only two official releases, “3 Strikes” and “Sugar,” the masked trio is said to be produced by Kiara’s super-producer Felix Snow and their sound is infectious.
Based In: Ventura County, California
Sounds Like: Cosmic American Music
Loosely based in Ventura County, California, Deepakalypse is a self-taught musician more deeply rooted in America’s freewheelin’ troubadour tradition than in any physical place. Musically influenced by the likes of The Subhumans, Elvis Costello, the Pixies and Modest Mouse, Deepakalypse’s guiding mentality is one of D.I.Y. ethics as evidenced by his decidedly lo-fidelity, low-stakes sound. But for all of its alluring and laid-back charm, the young Californian’s music proves literary and even spiritual at times, reminiscent then of long and silent coastal drives. His debut full-length release, Floating On A Sphere, is set for release by way of Everloving Records later this summer.
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