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: JP Cooper
Based In: Manchester, U.K.
Sounds Like: Emotional Pop-Folk
Self-taught singer-songwriter JP Cooper hails from Manchester, UK where he’s worked to polish his craft through his involvement both with the city’s indie rock scene and as a part of the Manchester Sing Out Gospel Choir. Influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Björk, Cooper’s impressive vocal repertoire is something to behold. In 2015, he headlined four sold out shows in London and was subsequently hailed as the “Future Sound of 2015” by BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe. Perhaps best known for his appearance on Jonas Blue’s platinum single “Perfect Strangers,” Cooper just released “September Song,” a brand new single of his own. The emotional ballad is reminiscent of a young love that was lost summers ago and is sonically beautiful. Be sure to be on the lookout for his upcoming debut studio album, but check out “September Song” now.
Name: Rag’n’Bone Man
Based In: Uckfield, U.K.
Sounds Like: Storytelling Hip-Hop & Blues Fusion
Working under his Rag’n’Bone Man stage name, Rory Graham is an artist from Uckfield, UK who successfully blends hip-hop with heart-bleeding blues. No stranger to to the music scene, Graham began MC’ing at the age of 15 and was booking his own acoustic gigs by 19. His 2015 EP, Disfigured, featured leading single “Bitter End,” a track that soon made it onto BBC Radio 1′s “In New Music We Trust” official playlist. His first hit single, “Human,” was released via Columbia Records just last year, and has been certified Gold in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands already. Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut album is set for release in March 2017 and features production by Two Inch Punch, Jonny Coffer and Mark Crew.
Name: Kane Brown
Based In: Georgia, USA
Sounds Like: Pop-Country
Born and raised amidst the United States of America’s Southern heartland, Kane Brown is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter with a penchant for pop-country. Though Brown did audition for American Idol and X-Factor back in 2013, the lifelong music fan first made real waves in 2015 when his cover of George Strait’s “Say No or Yes” achieved an impressive 7 million+ views on YouTube. Following the release of “Used To Love You Sober” and a string of successful country hits, Brown signed with RCA Nashville in this year. With his debut studio full-length, Kane Brown, is set for release this Friday, you can listen to his “Learning” single today.
Based In: Toronto, CA
Sounds Like: Shimmering, Introspective R&B
Jahkoy is a Canadian R&B singer from Toronto who’s been into music for a long, long time. At the age of 11 he first began writing poetry that he would then turn into raps, and by 14 he was rapping and recording under the miniker Raheem. His career took off quickly and by the time he was 16 he was performing at prominent events throughout Toronto. Jahkoy’s first album, Forward Thinking, was released in 2015, subsequently leading to his signing to Def Jam earlier this year. His new EP, Foreign Water, is out now and headlined by lead single “California Heaven,” featuring Schoolboy Q.
Name: Hare Squead
Based In: Dublin, Ireland
Sounds Like: Revolutionary Pop Hip-Hop
Hare Squead is a hip-hop trio comprised of teenagers Tony Konstone, Lilo Blues and Jessy Rose, three 18-year-olds who spend their time between worrying about school, creating art and the evolution of their idiosyncratic, secret sonic sign language. Describes themselves as “3 black Irish kids making waves,” this pithy description does not do justice to the fact that Hare Squead has pioneered a new and revolutionary sound that combines elements of pop, hip-hop, and R&B in a captivating and unique way. Their newest single, “Herside Story,” is a perfect blend of hip-hop and pop that proves remarkably refreshing.
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