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: Dae Dae
Based In: Atlanta, GA
Sounds Like: Atlanta Street Rap
Based out of Atlanta, Dae Dae has caused quite a stir. Dropping out of high school at the age of 14 to focus on his music, the 300 Entertainment claims influenced from the likes of Drake, Andre 3000, 2Pac, Rick Ross and Anthony Hamilton. Dae Dae first began to make a name for himself in 2015 with the release of his “Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)” single, which rose to #14 on U.S. charts and garnered remixes from such artists as Lil Yachty and Young Dro in addition to earning him a performance at the 2016 BET awards. His latest project, The DefAnition, is a collaboration between the rapper and producer London On Da Track. Look out for a chance to catch Dae Dae live on his upcoming “Birth of A New Nation” tour alongside fellow up-and-comers PNB Rock and Shy Glizzy.
Based In: New York, NY
Sounds Like: Psychedelic Pop-Rock Mashup
In 2013, following the dissolution of their band, the former members of The Cassette Kids (Daniel Schober, Daniel Deitz and Jacob Read-Harber) joined up with producer/songwriter Frans Mernick (A$AP Rocky, Mark Ronson, Lykke Li) to form Behaviors. The band has a unique sound that seems to meld R&B, pop, rock and electronic into comprehensive and delightful works of art. After three years of hard work, the group’s self-titled debut studio album, Behaviors, was released to critical acclaim over the summer, following excellent singles “Don’t Fight It” and “Signing a Deal” and featuring additional production by Benjamin Goldwasser of MGMT. Behaviors offers a psychedelic and simultaneously melancholic sound with moments of dreamy reflection that prove thoroughly refreshing.
Name: Virginia Wing
Based In: South London, UK
Sounds Like: Radical Indie Pop
Virginia Wing, an experimental pop duo made up of Sam Pillay and Alice Merida Richards, is back at it again. Their latest effort, Forward Constant Motion, which dropped seemingly out of nowhere earlier this month, is an eccentric mashup of pop, folk, indie and electronic music. Their diverse and distinct sound actually came to life back when Pillay developed Labyrinthitis, a disorder of the inner-ear that causes vertigo and disorientation that would serve to sonically guide the band’s work. Though this sound is at times exceptionally rigid, it’s interesting to hear how sounds that at first may seem bizarre also manage to come together in the most intriguing of ways throughout.
Name: Topaz Jones
Based In: Montclair, NJ
Sounds Like: The Future of Groovy Hip-Hop
Growing up in New Jersey, Topaz Jones was constantly surrounded by funk. Throughout his years in high school his mother, a Harvard graduate, and father, a member of various funk bands, would send him to NYU to study in a program for aspiring music moguls, and he would eventually graduate from NYU’s prestigious and immensely competitive Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Jones has spent the last few years touring, sharing the stage with artists such as Travis Scott, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean and Future and captivating crowds nationwide. Praised for his “charismatic storytelling” (XXL Magazine), and “pure lyricism” (Okayplayer), Jones always manages to stay close to his funk roots while creating new and innovative sounds. His latest project, Arcade, is headlined by his “Tropicana” single and is available now.
Based In: Berlin, Germany
Sounds Like: Electro-Pop/Funk Fusion
Conceived back in 2014, Parcels is an electric pop-funk group made up of Patrick Hetherington, Louie Swain, Noah Hill, Anatole Serret and Jules Crommelin. Originally from Australia, the long-haired funk lovers came together in their final year of high school. Just last year, the group booked a one-way ticket to Berlin on a whim, renting a one bedroom flat between all five members. Less than three months later, Parcels have landed shows at some of Germany’s most profound music festivals, including both MS Dockville and Fusion Festival. Heavily influenced by Chic and the Bee Gees, as well as by their constantly changing environments, the group often records in dimly-lit garages or in bedroom studios to create a raw sound that is blazing through Australia and Europe as we speak. Check out their newest single, “Gamesofluck.”
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