INTRODUCING: UPCOMING ARTISTS OF MAY 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…

JAMAHL YAMI

Soulful and deadly, Jamahl Yami makes an impactful solo debut on ‘Blood Majik’. Hailing from Far North Queensland as a founding member of the Water Streets collective, the Waanyi/Gangaliida rapper now steps out on his own with a hard-hitting gospel rap offering. ‘Blood Majik’ is the first single from Yami’s upcoming and untitled debut album, and serves as one of the strongest debuts in recent memory. Like BARKAA fittingly says at the end of the track: “We taking yas to church!”

NAUTI

Aotearoa/New Zealand artist Nauti cools down his 2024 hot streak with his new track ‘WINTER 98’. Heading across the ditch this week, this Introducing artist has become a heavyweight in New Zealand’s underground rap scene. Produced by Josh Blair, Nauti spits game in his composed vocal cadence over the shimmering trap instrumental. ‘WINTER 98’ is his 8th release this year, that’s a different type of work rate.

KOBE WHITE

Singer-songwriter Kobe White shares a ‘Beautiful’ acoustic performance. Born in Naarm/Melbourne, the 2024 Australian Idol contestant was a crowd favourite from this month’s Digilogue collab event Now Playing Session. Although he’s yet to drop an official release this year, White has been busy on YouTube with covers and a live acoustic performance of his 2020 track ‘Beautiful’. Vocalists like this are special, and we’re very excited to see what he’s got in store for the rest of the year.

EMALIA

Emalia drops her latest EP SUPREME and visuals for the empowering title track. Including previous releases ‘Sofa’, ‘Angels All Gucci’ and ‘Stacks’, the new project packs a whole lotta self-belief and self-love into its short runtime. On the final track ‘Supreme’, produced by Beso Palma and Chelsea Warner, Emalia realises no one will treat her better than she does. Outside of the music, she was the lead star in 2023’s Australian drama series Paper Dolls – what can’t she do?

LEE.

2024 welcomes Australia’s youngest superstar, LEE. The Eora/Sydney teenager wunderkind has received co-signs from artists of Arrdee and DDG, and brands including Effn and Street X. LEE. debuted with ‘Up’ earlier this year as part of winning 2023’s Triple J Unearthed High, and he’s wasted no time with his second release. With its Rush Hour-inspired cover art, ‘STUCK’ features Tommy Gunn and comes equipped with a pristine music video by Ari Riley and Rejjie Fanning. LEE. season has arrived.

ALLI KATE

12-year-old singer-songwriter Alli Kate unveils her latest single ‘Not Anymore’. These Introducing artists are getting younger by the week but don’t let that discredit them – Kate has been playing music for a decade, since starting piano at the age of 2. Not even a teenager yet, and already three projects deep, her recent release ‘Not Anymore’ has already achieved over 25,000 streams. With incredible vocals and songwriting skills beyond her years, add Alli Kate to your shortlist of young stars.

REECEY

The Sydney-via-London newcomer Reecey shares his first single ‘ZONE’. Model and now artist, Reecey slides on his debut over the heavy trap synth and bass production by Mansus Knight. The single is accompanied by an equally lavish music video directed by Quentin Foulley. ‘ZONE’ is set to be the start of many new tracks coming in 2024 from the Eora-based rapper.

MIKEYY

This week’s feature artist is a three-in-one with last year’s ’Trust’ by Mikeyy, Shehatesjacob and Kamiyada+. Blending hip hop and hyper pop, the 21-years-old Iraqi-New Zealander linked with his partner in crime Shehatesjacob and Maryland rapper Kamiyada+ on the 2023 track. Adding to the hype of his ‘Yalla’ hit, Mikeyy achieved his biggest single yet with ‘Promises’ and has kicked off the new year with the guitar-driven, R&B-tinged cut ‘Tesla’. He’s been one to watch for a couple of years but now more than ever.

MAYA HIRASEDO

Japanese Australian Maya Hirasedo shares the ‘Side Piece’ POV on her latest single. Following last year’s ’42’ with Lil Jaye, this Liam Thomas-produced R&B cut welcomes the Melbourne singer into 2024. With her sultry melodies and confessional lyricism, ‘Side Piece’ is the perfect main course for any fans of SZA and Larissa Lambert. Paired with a music video by Zac Harris, Hirasedo takes the side piece terminology to a threatening (albeit still seductive) degree.

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