INTRODUCING: UPCOMING ARTISTS OF APRIL 2024

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The Introducing series showcases the upcoming artists from across Australia that you need to be familiar with. These are acts at the early stages of their careers, without the big follower counts, streaming numbers, or video views, but with that spark of potential, we can see them developing quickly. Follow us on Instagram to stay on the pulse of Australia’s hip-hop, R&B, and Afrobeats scene. Who’s your favourite artist from January? Slam the comments with who we missed…

LIL KET

Lil Ket and Sidney Phillips drop their best collab to date with sobering new single ‘U Can Call’. Produced by 1300’s Nerdie, Meanjin/Brisbane artist Lil Ket shares his candid perspective as an up-and-coming musician and young adult finding sobriety. Sidney Phillips, voted by us as 2023’s Best New Artist, delivers her best performance yet as she laments the impact of drug addiction and her close relationship with Lil Ket. Bookmark ‘U Can Call’ for your Song Of The Year lists.

MAGAJIE

Sierra Leone-born Magajie opens his debut EP in Krio for ‘Kabala’. The Tarntanya/Adelaide artist returns from a two-year hiatus with his vocal inflections and bilingual bars sliding across lavish guitar strings and crisp percussion. The Afro-infused project Transit spans six songs and features Tyla Magic on the second track ‘Ur Door’. Magajie describes Transit as a “homage to the dual worlds between Sierra Leone and Australia, and the growth, opportunity and discipline that comes from navigating the two.”

*** The next four artists have been selected by One Off Traks, a platform that amplifies music made by women, non-binary and trans people. Each artist attended the writing camp this month as part of the 2024 Class. ***

JAMAICA MOANA

Eora/Sydney-based artist Jamaica Moana remixes ‘BREAKSHAKENASTY’ by Louisiana rapper B.Ames. Having toured the East Coast since her debut single in 2018, she has become known for her forward-thinking production choices and, as she raps, “bring[ing] the thunder and bass.” Having attended the most recent annual One Off Traks writing camp, we’re excited to see what’s next for Jamaica Moana.

DEVAURA

Aeoteroa/New Zealand born, Sydney based DEVAURA debuts with Ash Swaze and Chandler Jewels on ‘KETAMINE’. Alongside two more rising NSW artists, DEVAURA opens the heavy-hitting track with her dynamic vocals and some raunchy flexes in her bars. But the best flex is her simplest: “They weren’t built like us, they weren’t made for it.”

MISSGENIUS

First Nations artist MissGenius prepares for her long-awaited album Welcome. Her latest single ‘Window’ showcases her slick bars and beat selection, marking her second release of the year. MissGenius has been performing since 2018, drawing awareness to issues of mental health, drug abuse and the struggles that come with being a single mother. We’re ready to welcome her debut album with open arms.

JADA WEAZEL

One year and EP deep into her career, Jada Weazel has established herself as a hypnotic R&B wunderkind. Growing up in the Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central QLD, the Naarm/Melbourne-based artist released her soulful debut NO PEACE last year. “To be honest, to pull all of the pain and hurt I went through and put that into my music, was such a scary thing to do but being vulnerable in that process is something that is so important to me. I always want to keep that honest in my music,” says Jada.

AEDAN

Sydney artist AEDAN celebrates his 22nd birthday with debut music video ‘Coming In 4’s’. Following the slow-burning rap cut ‘Late Text’ and R&B single ‘Pearly White Hotel’ from earlier this year, AEDAN’s latest offering pays tribute to his lucky number 4. Marking his first official music video, the soulful hip-hop track is paired with meditative and sun-kissed visuals from Katashi Films. Start your day by counting your lucky stars to this one.

YUNG MILLA

Vilified and wrongly accused, NT rapper Yung Milla responds with ‘They Don’t Know’. Sampling Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ and TV segments about his court case, the Marranunggu artist details his troubled upbringing and steadfast resilience on his latest track. Despite being his shortest release in runtime, ‘They Don’t Know’ is his most impactful single yet. Along with his brother J-Milla, Yung Milla is a rising star from the Top End.

TRIP

Sydney producer Trip gathers an All Stars lineup for his debut album WITH OR WITHOUT YOU featuring Dizzy Wright, BLESSED, MKofi and more. From Rick Ross’ first Australian collab to Jai Waetford’s return from hiatus, Trip’s new project is stacked with big moments. The two standout tracks is the Western Sydney link-up between B Wise and Tokyo Vendetta on ‘YOU WILL BE FINE’ and Waetford’s ‘5AM IN LONDON’. Trip is the Iron Man mastermind behind an Avengers-level lineup. 

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