By Opheli Garcia Lawler
This week, I went to a Chance The Rapper show at Terminal 5, so our bi-weekly column of artists to check out are just going to be three of his opening acts, because if you don’t know about them already you need to have them on your radar right about now.
Described as a future soul quartet, this Australian band will make you feel good, plain and simple. You’ll want to dance: slowly, rhythmically, and with intent. They often partner with hip-hop artists, making a fusion of that cannot be easily categorized but that can be widely enjoyed. Check out their music and more at their site http://hiatuskaiyote.com/
A rapper and artist from Chicago, Towkio is one of those spiritual dudes who has some wild theories about the way life works, but he also has a wealth of talent that gives merit to what he says. Towkio is a part of the SaveMoney crew, 10 musicians from Chicago under the age of 25. His contemporaries and collaborators include Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. You can find his work here on his Soundcloud. Make sure to listen to his new mixtape, “Wav Theory.”
If you’ve heard of D.R.A.M. before now, it might have been in conjunction with the scandal involving Drake, the song “Hotline Bling” and D.R.AM.’s song”Cha Cha,” which is uncannily similar. The reason you should be paying attention to this artist goes far beyond the scope of flash media coverage; a talented indie artist, he writes, raps, sings and produces his own projects. His most recent one can be found on Soundcloud here and is titled “GahDamn.”
Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org