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Ghanaian-Australia Artist, Genesis Owusu Shares First U.S. Single ‘Don’t Need You’

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Genesis Owusu is not only one of Australia’s most exciting breakthrough stars but a name set for imminent international crossover.

The 22-year old Ghanaian-born, Australia-based artist recently released “Don’t Need You,” his first official U.S. single, along with the Bart Celestino-directed video. The U.S. release follows the track’s all-conquering Australian success, seeing the track rocket to become the #1 most played song on Australia’s most influential radio station, triple j and, recently, it received a coveted 2020 ARIA Award nomination for “Best Soul/R&B Release.” The track has also seen him become one of BBC Radio’s rising stars and he’s received early U.S. radio airplay from tastemaker stations including LA’s KCRW, Minneapolis’The Current (“Song of the Day“) and Philadelphia’s WXPN.
Soundtracking one of the most combustive stretches of all modern history, where the planet has been shaken to the core by both the explosions of the global Coronavirus pandemic and the worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd, “Don’t Need You” represents the kind of emphatically empowering musical force that’s needed now more than ever. Genesis describes the track as, “An anthem of independence, a call to action to shed the grip of toxic places, spaces and faces.” There’s no doubting it is the kind of song that you can’t help but clench fists and stamp feet to.

Genesis has been scaling the ranks of Australia’s most talked-about breaking names since his 2017 debut EP CARDRIVE, which boasted collaborations with the Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote. Since then, he’s collaborated with everyone from Anderson Paak’s Free Nationals to Aussie oddball hero Kirin J. Callinan, and evolved a sound that’s as mesmerizingly indefinable as that list of comrades may suggest. His forthcoming debut album–-more details to follow soon–reveals an artist that’s grown up just as inspired by the utopian future-funk of Outkast and the R&B anti-anthems of Frank Ocean, as he is chest-beating classic punk-rock, Jimi Hednrix and the Wu Tang Clan. Indeed Genesis has created his own powerful new space where rap and rock meld instinctively via a groove-driven kinetic pulse. His live shows have become the stuff of legend back home, joined onstage by his notoriously red uniformed ‘Goon Club’ live band, audience members have learned fast to expect the unexpected.
The forthcoming debut album has been several years in-the-making but feels more poignant than ever right now; it explores the experience of a young black man (who moved from Ghana to Australia’s capital city when he was 3-years old) growing up in a very white society. It was co-produced in collaboration with Aussie label, OURNESS, founder Andrew Klippel alongside Dave Hammer, and this international release comes in a new partnership with UK label House Anxiety, the tastemaker imprint known for introducing the world to everyone from Courtney Barnett to King Krule.

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