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3 ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2021

Once again bringing you some of the best-underrated talent coming out of the UK right now, our new article series aims to highlight some of the smallest artists making the loudest noise.

 

TOG:

Managing to stay relatively stealthy thus far, TOG has taken his time this year to curate an immensely poignant and genuine E.P that cuts through the surplus components of society focusing on the effects of love and heartbreak.

''For me, it's always been about just having fun, learning and pushing myself to try different things'' TOG tells us as he balances pinpointing his sound and the tribulations of uni work. With 1 singular previous multi-genre project released, the young musician has so far been extremely experimental with his work.


Back on August 15th, TOG dropped his alternative trap fueled, heartfelt mini-masterpiece. 'FEMME FATALE' reaches just over 10 minutes in length yet manages to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions through the wavy, sci-fi tinged production and murky lyrical delivery. A personal favourite of mine from this year, with a futuristic kick to it.


Up until hearing this E.P, we were fully unaware of TOG's movements and that is a crime in its self. Opening with a glitchy, almost robotic sounding introduction, the E.P wastes no time in transcending you into a hazy ensemble of trippy production. TOG, to my surprise, actually used 'type beats' for this project yet his chemistry with the instrumentals throughout this tape is truly spectacular for someone so early in their career. This is best heard on the second track 'Coldest Goodbye' where he raps;


''Always switching when we call it quits

why you gotta do me like this?

tell me that you need a little space,

then you pull me right back,

tell me this was all a waste of time,

now you want to rewind''

'The Depths' is a more spaced out riddim with dreamy synths to carry you through as TOG flirts between rapping and singing with his vocals pitch distortedly. The project carries enough surprises to keep you on your toes with beat switch-ups, a variety of flows and unconventional samples; all whilst not sacrificing the laid back and contemplative integral theme that gives 'Femme Fatale' it's own personal lane.


The final track is more cinematic again with a reminiscent feel to it courtesy of an eccentric electric guitar sample from TOG's personal friend and talented guitarist Jimmy Latham that works really well with the track. Wrapping the E.P up by flexing his compelling word-choice and lyrical capabilities, TOG raps a solid verse laced voice effects and quote-worthy bars.

''Femme Fatale was my first go at just focusing in on one sort of sound and being more concise.''

TOG is still laying his foundations, he currently has 'no concrete plans' for releasing another project anytime soon yet t warns us; ''expect it to sound different to the last one''.

Describing his first EP ‘PERSONA’ more like a ''look book'' of his different styles and abilities, TOG is definitely heading in a unique direction with his sounds and one to keep an eye out for in the close future...