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: Earl St. Clair
Based In: Cleveland, OH
Sounds Like: Nostalgic and Refreshing Soul
Raised on a mix of blues, funk, soul and modern gospel, Earl St. Clair is a rising artist with fire in his veins. Boasting a rich and incredibly emotive voice well beyond his years, St. Clair is out to make meaningful and moving music that lasts, music that recalls the sound and style of his heroes (Al Green, for instance) that is also wholly contemporary in feel and punch. His debut single “Man On Fire” illustrates this point perfectly, offering a compelling modern rendering of an old school sound that is both nostalgic and refreshing. His debut record, Songs About a Girl I Used to Know, is expected sometime this year. If “Man On Fire” is any indication of what’s to come, Earl St. Clair will rightfully be designated an instant classic.
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds Like: Club Ready Electropop
Better known as Dev, Devin Star Tailes is a singer, songwriter, rapper, radio host and model working out of Los Angeles. After being discovered by the indie hip-hop production collective known as The Cataracs back in 2010, Dev released “Booty Bounce,” a song that would be prominently featured in the Far East Movement’s hit single “Like a G6” and subsequently garner Dev a deal with Universal Republic later that year. Known for her club ready electropop courtesy of tracks like 2014’s throbbing “In The Dark,” Dev is set to release her sophomore album this year with “#1″ (feat. Nef the Pharaoh) serving as her leading single.
Name: Cakes Da Killa
Based In: Englewood, NJ
Sounds Like: Aggressive, Electro-Infused Hip-Hop
Cakes Da Killa is an up-and-coming rapper who first got into making music back in 2011. Born Richard Bradshaw, the once obscure MC is one of the LGBT hip-hop community’s most celebrated emerging talents. Influenced by Remy Ma, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown and Cam’ron, Cakes Da Killa just recently dropped Hedonism, his full-length label debut featuring Peaches and Rye Rye among others, which expertly exhibits his penchant for aggressive, electro-infused hip-hop.
Name: Samuel Larsen
Based In: San Francisco, CA
Sounds Like: Funk-inspired Pop Rock
Samuel Larsen is a San Franciscan actor, singer and songwriter who first broke onto the scene as the winner of the nation-wide Glee Project competition back in 2011. Acting chops aside, music has always been a guiding passion for Larsen: he started playing the drums as a young boy, joined his school’s marching band early on and was the frontman and lead guitarist of a band throughout high school. Following his victory in the Glee Project, Larsen appeared in several episodes of Glee and had a subsequent successful run on Hawaii Five-O before ultimately choosing to pursue music full-time. Most recently, Larsen released his You Should Know EP, a four track effort packed to the brim with funk-inspired pop rock earworms that’ll have you humming for days.
Name: Lucky Moon
Based In: Copenhagen, Denmark & Chicago, IL
Sounds Like: Indie Campfire Songs
Lucky Moon are a Danish-American duo consisting of Christian Hjelm and Sarah Hepburn. Both veteran talents in their own right, with Hjelm best known for fronting the Danish indie rock band Figurines and Hepburn making her debut as a solo singer-songwriter back in 2005. Drawing from a mix of americana, folk and alternative rock, the pair are out with their Feed on the Night EP, a catchy and comforting batch of tunes perfect for campfires and the friends who come to sit and share around them.
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