Artists To Watch: Skiifall, IDMAN, Hak Baker
Here at Raydar Magazine, we believe in spotlighting emerging creatives across music who have an undeniably irresistible sound and bring something unique to the culture. Check out this week’s list of artists to watch featuring Skiifall, IDMAN, and Hak Baker below!
Skiifall is rapidly consolidating his reputation as one of global hip hop’s most disruptive burgeoning forces. As inspired by the bashment of his St. Vincent homeland as he is the postmodern Atlanta icon Young Thug, Skiifall’s multifaceted output is representative of a musical DNA that crosses cultural boundaries. Pulling from his debut EP WOIIYOIE TAPES Vol. 1, the rising artist shares his latest visual effort aptly titled “Lost Angeles.”
Directed by Guillaume Landry, the black and white video displays Skiifall in the midst of an emotional breakup before his fatal attraction turns into an ominous setup. Watch “Lost Angeles” below and keep your eyes peeled for more Skiifall soon.
Raised in Toronto, IDMAN’s sound is a melting pot of genres with soul-stirring lyrics that connect to the deepest parts of listeners. Mentored by iconic superproducer Salaam Remi, they are musically inspired by artists such as Jazmine Sullivan and Solange, Amy Winehouse, and Janelle Monáe. Establishing themselves as a genre-blending musician with style, they recently unveiled their gender-neutral single “Polytics” about polyamory that is as fun as it is necessary.
Striving to destroy the ways in which we think about traditional relationship styles and turning away from compulsory monogamy, sultry R&B vocals are accompanied by electrifying pop production and explore the sometimes messy and unconventional dating landscape of the current times. “This song is a conversation with the one person we can always hold accountable 100% of the time — ourselves,” they share. Check out “Polytics” below!
Born and raised in east London’s Isle of Dogs, Hak Baker’s thirst and passion for music kept him going and it was in these gritty streets where his true musical journey began. Initially finding himself drawn to rock and indie, he soon discovered the emerging grime scene before eventually leaning towards more melodic and guitar-driven sounds which ultimately allowed him to stand out. Now, Hak unveils his latest single and video “Irrelevant Elephant” and it sounds absolutely amazing.
“He was alone whilst not alone, swallowing his juices of loneliness and intoxication,” Hak shares on the single. “He drunk so much he became loud and disjointed, but appointed. The Irrelevant Elephant.” The Jon E. Price-directed visual effort sees a playful and brilliantly understated performance from Hak, laying bare his emotion surrounding addiction. The video is accompanied by an animated elephant that at first appears harmless but becomes more menacing once the surface is scratched. Tune in below!
Elsewhere in music, check out last week’s artists to watch featuring Eli Derby and Jordan Hawkins!