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: Maggie Rogers
Based In: New York, NY
Sounds Like: Intoxicating, Electronic Indie Folk
Maggie Rogers is a singer-songwriter who modestly describes herself as “a banjo player from the Eastern shore of Maryland,” though this characterization is far too simple for an artist so nuanced, pure and unique. Spending the last few years finding herself traveling between Maryland, New York City and France and crafting her sound, she’s a recent graduate of NYU’s Clive Davis Institute. She is most well known for her upbeat debut single “Alaska,” which blew up thanks to viral video featuring Pharrell Williams shedding tears while critiquing the song. Williams can be quoted as saying “I’ve never heard anything that sounds like that. That’s a drug for me.” Her newest single, “Dog Years,” is out now, with talk of a full-length release coming in early 2017.
Name: Manuel Medrano
Origin: Cartagena, Colombia
Sounds Like: Latin Pop
Colombian artist Manuel Medrano began writing songs at 16, eventually establishing himself in the Bogota music scene. In 2014 he began to gain wider attention in Colombia while using YouTube to reach an even broader audience. Medrano credits a diverse set of musical influences in helping him to create guitar and vocal-driven pop ballads, such as recent singles like “Una y otra vez,” “Cómo hacer para olvidarte” and “Si pudiera.” With his self-titled debut album, Medrano was propelled to breakout stardom, earning him a 2016 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and leading to a run of tour dates alongside Ed Sheeran. You can listen to his exclusive gust playlist of recent here.
Name: Injury Reserve
Origin: Tempe, AZ
Sounds Like: Personal Street-Wise Rap
Injury Reserve is a hip-hop trio from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2014, the trio is made up of producer Parker Corey and rappers Steppa J Groggs and Ritchie With a T. The group self-released their debut album, Life From the Dentist Office, in 2015 to critical acclaim with The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano calling the project “genius,” “one of the most impressive hip-hop debuts of the year” and “one of the best overall albums of 2015.” Their sound can be described in a plethora of ways: comical, thought-provoking, personal, real. Be sure to be on the lookout for more new music from Injury Reserve soon and, in the meantime, check out their new single “All This Money.”
Based in: Sweden
Sounds Like: Emotional Indie Folk
Skott is not your average singer-songwriter. Growing up in a small, isolated forest commune governed by outcast folk musicians in Sweden, it was practically inevitable that one day she would grow up to make music of her own. However, most of of her influences and feedback during her formative years came from those in her village, and as a result she didn’t experience contemporary music until she visited urban centers for the first time as a teenager. Her unique upbringing has produced a sound that is as wholesome as it is original. Check out her latest single, “Lack of Emotion.”
Name: Ari Lennox
Origin: Washington D.C.
Sounds Like: Neo-Soul/R&B
Ari Lennox is a gifted R&B singer-songwriter from the Washington D.C. area. Despite not having a full-length album to date, she boasts an astonishing amount of absolutely beautiful music both on her EPs and on her Soundcloud. As demonstrated on such tracks as “Bound,” her soulful vocals combine perfectly with her noteworthy lyricism to produce a vivid sound like no other. Currently signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, a label known for its versatility and unique personal sound, check out her newest EP, PHO.
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