Asante Phenix: Nameless

Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

Brooklyn’s own Asante Phenix stood out amid a slurry of new acts that this year’s CMJ brought into the city. The MC effortlessly blends witty yet heartfelt bars with buttery smooth vocals on his latest track “Nameless.” A downtempo beat puts Phenix’s vocal range at the forefront of the single, while kaleidoscopic sonic textures create a lush soundscape to get lost in. A must listen for fans of The Weeknd’s early work, Phenix’s track draws on elements from some of the most celebrated (and subversive) hip-hop and R&B in recent years. Keep an eye on the young artist as tracks continue to drop via Soundcloud.