Thanks to the internet and social media platforms, musicians today can share their music and develop fanbases online without the big promotional machine of a huge record label and monstrous budgets. There’s so much great music out there today, with new artists arriving daily. In this new series, we’ll be looking at new releases from rising artists with less than 5000 Spotify followers that you need to check out and put your friends on to. Be the first to discover the sounds of tomorrow before anyone else in the group chat…
Artist: C.T | Count: 491 Spotify followers (May 2023) | Release: “Down For Me”
C.T (Contraversial Tekniche) is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more in 2023. This rising artist from Leamington Spa, UK has already been making waves with his unique sound, and his latest single, “Down For Me”, shows just how talented he is. With a laidback trap beat and C.T’s smooth vocals, this melodic track is sure to get stuck in your head after just one listen.
The chorus is especially catchy, with an anthemic hook that will have you singing along in no time. But there’s more to “Down For Me” than just a catchy melody. As C.T explains, the song is about the early stages of a relationship when you’re not quite sure what the other person’s intentions are, and you’re trying to figure out if they’re really “down for you”. It’s a relatable topic that many listeners will connect with, and C.T’s delivery perfectly captures the uncertainty and vulnerability of those early stages of a relationship. He has also just dropped a stellar music video for the track.
Artist: Matt Cleare | Count: 542 Spotify followers (May 2023) | Release: “Evelyne!”
Matt Cleare has done it again with his latest single, “Evelyne!”. The Miami-born, Atlanta-based artist has followed up his critically acclaimed single “4000!” with another genre-fusing track that leaves a lasting impression. “Evelyne!” combines alternative R&B and rock with a psychedelic and nocturnal aura, creating a sound that is uniquely Matt Cleare’s. The haunting electric guitar riffs and immersive drums draw you in instantly, and Matt’s soulful voice sings of a mystical woman and love under the moonlight, transporting you to a different world.
The eerie and captivating music video for “Evelyne!” only adds to the track’s mystique – directed by Almighty Zion, who has worked with Mariah the Scientist and Rico Nasty. Matt Cleare’s upcoming EP, Butterfly Twist!, is highly anticipated, and “Evelyne!” is the perfect track to build anticipation and give fans a taste of what’s to come.
Artist: Jaja Morph | Count: 490 Spotify followers (May 2023) | Release: “My Way”
Rising star Jaja Morph has been making waves on the music scene since his journey as a rapper and music artist began during the 2020 lockdown period. Based in south London, Jaja Morph’s mixed background is evident in his music, with a unique blend of cultural influences that has earned him great early support.
Jaja Morph’s latest release, “My Way,” taps into his Nigerian heritage while maintaining an international sound, making it the perfect summer track. The Afrobeats tune features a catchy hook that will stay with listeners long after the song ends, infused with Jaja Morph’s melodic rap flow and memorable melodies. The accompanying music video was filmed across Nigeria (Banana Island, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja), adding an extra layer of depth to the track’s theme of connecting with one’s roots.
Artist: Robbi Niles | Count: 2960 Spotify followers (May 2023) | Release: “Havana”
If you’re looking for a fresh and exciting sound this summer, then look no further than Barbados-born Robbi Niles and his latest single, “Havana”. With a musical journey that began at the young age of three, Robbi has explored multiple instruments and has now established himself as a talented guitarist, composer, lyricist and producer.
“Havana” is a vibrant and soulful track that explores the theme of new love through the sounds of Afrobeats and Afro house. Robbi’s smooth and effortless vocals are perfectly paired with catchy hooks and sticky melodies, making it the ideal addition to your summer playlist. As a self-produced track, it’s clear that Robbi has a keen ear for production, and this is undoubtedly one of his most captivating offerings to date.
Artist: Nxll | Count: 89 Spotify followers (May 2023) | Release: “One of One”
Nxll is a name that will soon be on everyone’s lips. Hailing from Prince George’s County, Maryland, and now based in Chicago, Illinois, Nxll is a rising rapper who is quickly becoming known for his distinctive style and dedication to his craft. With a passion for music that began at an early age, Nxll has honed his skills as a music producer and rapper, and it’s clear that he’s got a natural talent for it.
Nxll’s newly released single, “One of One,” is a must-listen for any fan of rap music. From the very first listen, it’s evident that Nxll is a rapper who knows how to make an impact. The gritty, atmospheric beat serves as the perfect backdrop to Nxll’s effortless rap flow, which showcases his clever lyricism and unwavering confidence.