FOREIGN EXCHANGE: SMALLGOD, NYKKI, WOLFACEJOEYY
Halfway through 2022, and here is this fortnight’s batch of emerging global acts that you need to be across! From all corners of the planet, these emerging stars should be on your playlists right now! Keep it locked to FOREIGN EXCHANGE; your home to find new talent on the reg. Stay locked via our socials, and if you’re outside the AU and keen on some AUD’$ love, be sure to send us your latest drop via Submithub.
EMOTIONAL ORANGES – MAKE ME WANNA
Emotional Oranges have been one of the most consistent duos within the underground R&B world for a while now, and ‘Make Me Wanna’ is no exception. Referred to as A and V with their real names a mystery, A previously-worked as an engineer for Drake and V was a vocal coach for Adele. The LA-based artists formed in 2017 after meeting at a bar mitzvah and released two volumes to their The Juice album series in 2019. ‘Makes Me Wanna’ is the duo’s first release since their 2021 project The Juicebox featuring Vince Staples, Channel Tres, Becky G and more. Its a smooth R&B track that showcases their chemistry across dynamic melodies and production by Azad Naficy and Dante Jones.
NYKKI – RIGHT PLACE WRONG GUY
Nykki has loved music since she was a young child, listening and influenced by pop icons like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Shakira. The Czech-born artist debuted in 2019 and combined the striking similarities to her influences with R&B production. Nykki details her recent heartbreak and spins the ‘right person, wrong time’ narrative on her first track of 2022, ‘Right Place Wrong Guy’. Produced by Stefan Abingdon and John Foyle, Nykki sings her undeniably catchy and energetic pop hook with R&B sensibilities throughout. As she continues to improve as an artist, Nykki’s showcases her diverse artist palette alongside her vocal range on ‘Right Place Wrong Guy’.
CHARLIE NOIIR – POLTERGEIST
Emerging alongside a bucketload of promising rising stars popping up in Canada, Charlie Noiir is the latest to make noise in the 6. Finding a lot of recent success through singles like ‘Beside Me’ and ‘Masters’, Charlie is the definition of getting out what you put in. He’s been grinding for years, recording, travelling, scheming, networking and doing life in the lead up to his most recent project, On My Sleeve. The 15 track project features Vory-like production as Charlie effortlessly raps and pulls in melodies from every direction. ‘Poltergeist’ is no different, a valiant display of his strengths as an artist and a good indication of the calibre of music he’s is capable of making. The video highlights the cold Canadian winter, as it contrasts with his story of an upward grind to achieve his goals as well being authentic to himself.
DAISY SIMO – LENSES
Mexican-American rapper Daisy Simo immigrated to the US, and always had a love for music but understood the financial needs to prosper in the industry. She eventually broke through, quitting her job as a bank teller. Daisy talks her shit on ‘Lenses’, an energy fuelled and braggadocios track from her newest album, La Daisy. Signed to GStarr Entertainment alongside artists like J.I The Prince Of N.Y, she gained a helping hand from French Montana and has since been plotting and executing her own success. ‘Lenses’ has all the qualities of a great modern day rap song, with Daisy incorporating some Spanish slang into the single.
WOLFACEJOEYY – SHAKE IT
Very much a product of the SoundCloud era of hip hop, Wolfacejoeyy has gained an
underground following since his emergence from Staten Island. He’s able to glide through various production styles such as Brooklyn drill, R&B, rage and hyperpop. His voice is relaxing and phenomenal at finding pockets for melody and flow. Aside from being a recording artist, Joey is an accomplished producer and has an incredibly fast turnaround for music, already releasing 8 singles and a 3-track EP in 2022. ‘shake it’ is a laid back melodic rap song, with Joey’s harmonic ad-libs intoxicating the ears of listeners as he effortlessly glides over the wavy production. More and more artists blow up overnight, and with his output it wouldn’t be a shock if he is a name that expands in value over the next year or so.
SMALLGOD – GIDI GIDI FT. BLACK SHERIF & TONY LANEZ
Smallgod is the definition of a music industry vet. He’s had a career in almost every major aspect over the board including A&R, artist management and publishing, and obviously most recently, an artist. His mission? To elevate the African music industry, which he’s been actively doing for 15 years now. Smallgod was raised between the Netherlands, Ghana and London, which hugely shaped his appreciation for global music scenes, styles, and cultures. He dropped his debut album last year and has recently followed it up with ‘Connecting the Dots’, which featured a wide variety of artists including Vic Mensa. ‘GIDI GIDI’ is his latest single, enlisting Black Sherif and Toronto’s own, Tory Lanez as the features. It’s a blend of afrobeats and drill, and is easily one of the hardest drops this year. It might go under the radar but each artist does extremely well. The production is silky, and the flows from each artist are incredible. Strong contender for song of the year.