INTRODUCING: UPCOMING ARTISTS OF FEBRUARY 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…

AUBYT

Vietnamese-Australian artist Aubyt offers the heartfelt ‘Hand Me Down’ as his 2024 debut. Following his only release last year, ‘Leave It All’, the North East Queensland singer and rapper chooses to be sentimental over superficial on his new single. Mixed and mastered by himself, ‘Hand Me Down’ is a grounding reminder of what’s truly important in life – purpose, family, and living in the moment. While we’ve been kept waiting between each R&B and hip-hop release, Aubyt’s allure as a talented vocalist only grows stronger.

CHIRINE

Chirine takes off the rose-coloured glasses on her latest single ’Skyfall’. The Western Sydney artist/producer has been soundtracking those brooding late nights since her debut year in 2021, where she released a string of solo tracks and featured on BLESSED’s LOCKDOWN TAPES VOL.1. Teasing plenty of demos in the past few weeks, 2024 is shaping up to be the year she signs her name next to Aus R&B’s best like Billymaree and Larissa Lambert. As two of the scene’s hottest up-and-comers, Chirine x Lithe is one our biggest dream inter-state collabs. It needs to happen.

JJ4K

“Who’s That? Who’s This? Who’s That?” It’s Brisbane’s next promising star JJ4K. Released via his independent record label, the artist and producer has made his 2024 debut with new four-track EP I’m Talking featuring Brayden Jay. On ‘Who’s That?’, JJ4K exudes a contagious confidence similar to some of Queensland’s best like Lisi and Juwan. On what else he has planned for 2024, “the people should expect a good balance between solo tracks and collaborations with some of Brisbane’s best artists,” JJ4K says.

RISSA

RISSA reassures her lover on the uplifting gospel R&B cut ‘DEEP’. Stripped from her debut project Made To Feel, the prayer version of the track lets her and the choir’s soulful harmonies take centre stage as RISSA laments on unconditional love. She exercises a range of R&B sonics across her EP, landing it among the best local R&B releases of last year. Having collaborated and recorded with plenty of other artists over the years, RISSA has officially arrived on her own.

ALLCAPITAL

Adelaide emcee ALLCAPITAL drops ‘Acid Rain’, kicking off 2024 with his best release yet. Featuring on Benny Zenn’s GOOD GRADES and his own project TWEAKING PT. 2, he continues his hot streak with this jazzy heater. Like if Isaiah Rashad was raised in South Australia, ALLCAPS brings his raspy vocal delivery, hazy melodies, and of course, plenty of bars. His three-track collab EP with TommyyTerror is coming soon, and each track will be accompanied with visuals.

EKENE

Ekene puts the whole R&B scene on notice with his Y2K inspired debut ‘Us 2’. The 21-year-old R&B and rap artist ruminates on unreciprocated love on his new record. Hailing from Western Sydney, the creative rollout includes Area favourites BeatsWithSheph on the mix and master, and BlindsideHein handling the visuals. ‘Us 2’ might be the debut track of the year so far, and Ekene is definitely one-to-watch in 2024 and beyond.

ELENA

ELENA slides into her sophomore year with Afrobeats and R&B track ‘Mood’. From across the ditch, the 18-year-old singer broke out last year with her a trio of sophisticated and soulful singles. Produced by EDY & ASTRO, ELENA holds on to the moment on ‘Mood’, and encourages you to do the same: “No time for no distractions, I really want your focus.” Following a strong debut year, and with plans to visit Australia and USA soon, ELENA continues to level up in 2024.

DAYANÍ

Dayaní debuts with her Spanglish club-ready single ‘Signs’. The Ecuadorian born artist, now residing in the Central Coast, delivers an EDM and R&B hybrid for her first track. Engineered by Deja Miru, ‘Signs’ is a bilingual offering about listening to one’s intuition. Following its release up with her first live shows only a few weeks ago, Dayaní joins artists like Lamira and Dani Padrón as the new guard of South American-Australian talent.

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