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Emerging Picks of the Week: Bipolar Sunshine Sees Bright 'Future'
Just in time for the weekend, Billboard brings you another set of artists who secured noteworthy debuts on our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart this week. These are all tracks that preview new releases. Give them a listen below, and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects.
"Future (Part 1)," Bipolar Sunshine featuring GoldLink
Cresting on an energetic, thumping beat, Bipolar Sunshine's "Future (Part 1)" could be a feel-good hit. The singer, who hails from Manchester, England, lets his falsetto flow early in the song, as he coos, "My future looks brighter, in your eyes." GoldLink drops in for an early verse, with a quick storytelling style that resembles Andre 3000's delivery.
The addictive track was uploaded to Bipolar Sunshine's Soundcloud channel on Sept. 16 and registered a splashy debut at No. 5 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140. Bipolar Sunshine is currently working on his first full-length debut (following three EPs), but no release date has been announced. But if the album boasts a Part 2 of "Future," count us in. "Kaleidoscope," Kasbo
Don't try singing this one at karaoke night -- there aren't any words. "Kaledioscope" is an entirely EDM song that still infects listeners despite the complete absence of lyrics or vocals. The track anchors itself with future bass before switching into heavy synthesizers. Kasbo cleverly alternates between heavy synth and a mellow drum-backed beat to keep it interesting before ending the track with a piano. Listeners have certainly responded, pushing the track to a No. 16 debut on Trending 140. The 18-year-old Swede released the track with Monstercat, an EDM-focused label based in Vancouver, Canada. "Secondhand Smoke," Your Old Droog
He's laid the Nas comparisons to rest, but Your Old Droog flashes the same dexterity as the hip-hop veteran in "Secondhand Smoke." What the track lacks in length (clocking in at 2:46), it more than makes up for in content. After a 10-second scratch introduction, Droog launches into a rapid-fire verse brimming with confidence and attitude, spitting such rhymes as, "Who am I? The relative unknown, who killed 8,000 birds with one stone / Who you? Son, you just a waste of breath, and I don't give a eff." Droog eases off the gas pedal, though, and lets a Jimi Hendrix-style guitar solo wrap up the track.
After the song premiered on Sept. 18 on Sway's "Shade 45" morning show on SiriusXM, it debuts at No. 30 on Trending 140 chart. Other new music may be on the way from Droog. "Smoke" marks his first release on his SoundCloud page since uploading his first EP in June.