INTRODUCING: UPCOMING ARTISTS OF JANUARY 2024
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…
The Eora/Sydney based rapper finished her 2023 freshman year off in style with ‘Beirut Summer’. The 22-year-young queen has spent the last 12-months touring interstate and refining her storytelling and flows on a collection of singles. This one’s her biggest bop to date, accompanied by visuals equipped with aeroplanes and camels. Keeping her work rate up, G Rebel has already returned in 2024 with an ode to her father on ‘Long Overdue’.
MUDRAT (fka KVNYL) debuts a powerful punk statement on ‘MUD’ featuring Emile Battour. Having cultivated a reputation for his raw energy and versatility, the Naarm/Melbourne artist has been reborn with this new track from late last year. For fans of Genesis Owusu, ‘MUD’ is a creatively fearless and booming critique of Australia’s contributions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One of the most important local releases from last year, and its message still rings true today.
Cherry Rype preps fans for her new EP with ‘Smoochie’ in collaboration with Gian Santoro. Debuting last year with her debut album GOODGIRLSGETLUVBOMBED, the Sydney based sonic angel keeps her foot on the gas with more genre—fluid hip-hop and R&B. “I grew up on EDM and alternative rock, it allowed me to be able to distinguish genres with the help of my father and start making my own music.” Her latest project THAT’S WHY I LUV YOU is out now.
DUGE delivers a poetic stream-of-consciousness on his pensive single ‘The Test’. Originally from Tweed Heads, the Melbourne-based artist made his full-length debut on Fruit Of The Children last year – entirely produced by JK-47’s partner in crime, Jay Orient. Drawing inspiration from acts like Earl Sweatshirt and Alex Jones, ’The Test’ is a heart-wrenching single from his upcoming album I’M EVIL that he describes as “a refreshing take on rap in Australian youth culture.”
Artist and illustrator YUKIMURA has been carving out his own lane in more ways than one. Stripped from his four-piece EP Worldbuilding, ‘Posted’ finds him gliding across elements of hyper-pop and break core. From cover arts to song production to music video editing and SFX, the Melbourne rapper has got it all on lock in his distinct style. Having worked animation with artists like NBA Youngboy and Bishop Nehru, YUKIMURA is the upcoming multi-faceted creative you should be checking out right now.
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