Sep 03, 2019 | By Jane Boddy
Nov 14, 2017
By WGSN Insider
18-year-old singer/rapper Col3trane (real name Cole Basta) is currently creating a slow-building buzz across the music industry, tipped as one to watch for 2018. With his unique sound, think a mix of Drake and Frank Ocean, the London-based musician is already racking up views on Youtube. The track to know right now? Penelope, with a music video that offers up a mix of a gritty night out with his mates, alongside a more romantic and soft side that sees him submerged in water. The juxtaposition of these soft moments and more lively visuals makes for an arresting video.
He broke on to the scene with his first song, released in the summer called: New Chain, with a video that feels more like a nostalgia music zine, than a traditional music video (and all the better for it).
He has already been spotlighted by DJ Jamz Supernova on the BBC, who is best known for spotting new talent in the alternative R’n’B space. We predict big things for him in 2018, especially as he’s just announced a mini UK tour next February.
Feb Tour Dates
15th Feb Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds Venue 2
16th Feb Leeds, UK Headrow House
19th Feb Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
20th Feb London, UK Birthdays
The Sound: Check out his debut mixtape here
Essential Track: Penelope
Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.