Cut + paste to generate? Reimagine & recreate? Stay up late to innovate? We celebrate 5 original acts that have each arrived at stellar songs through unique approaches to songwriting. From dark beats to bright bleeps, this is the third artist of our rhythmic rundown of ear essentials for the fall!
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Harry Robinson is developing quite the buzz. He’s admired by Juno-winning producer Ryan Hemsworth and been applauded by indie darlings Broken Social Scene. For a 19-year-old kid who got into funk music through his parents record collection, it’s all pretty impressive. Based in Toronto, Robinson―who operates under the name Harrison―has only been uploading music to SoundCloud for a little over a year, and in that time he’s already been invited to share the stage with bigwigs like Cashmere Cat and Star Slinger.
While he’s still emerging, it seems like everyone agrees that Harrison is unleashing tasty remixes and killer originals. His music has hints of French touch, house and synthpop but it isn’t merely pop pastiche, it’s legitimately fresh stuff. It’s why he’s described his music as #FutureFunk, a term that simultaneously expresses his appreciation for old sounds as well as his desire to blaze new trails- something that’s evident in “Akira,” his breakout hit with its crazy thick, stop-and-stop beat. And, it isn’t just the song that caught people’s attention, its music video was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick and watched over 300,000 times in the first two weeks that it was posted to YouTube. As such, Harrison’s on fire and given he just passed through the Red Bull Music Academy’s Bass Camp accelerator program, it’s only just getting started!
4,000+ combined followers on Facebook and Twitter
‘Sunshine The Street Cat’ has 45,000+ streams on SoundCloud
Check out Harrison’s website
Illustration by Hisashi Okawa