The evolution of Carmouflage Rose has taken the hip-hop industry in Australia by force. A leader of the new wave of sounds in a genre once defined by a very specific language and accent, the Brisbane-based artist has fashioned himself into one of the most formidable young forces in the game.
Since ‘Late Nights’ brought Carmouflage Rose to wider attention in 2017, the Zimbabwe-born musician has become a fixture on the Australian live circuit, touring with the likes of A$AP Ferg, Alison Wonderland and Wiley, selling out his own headline tours, whilst quickly adapting to festival life courtesy of lucrative spots on the Spilt Milk, FOMO and Groovin’ The Moo stages.
‘Late Nights’ proved to be an industry turner, becoming ARIA-certified Gold in 2018 after landing over 8.5 million streams and charting in Triple J’s Top 30 Most Played Songs of 2017. Similarly, follow up single ‘Wildflowers’ has amassed over 2 million streams and led into the successful release of the debut Carmouflage Rose EP, TASTE.
Featuring the breakout singles ‘Late Nights’ and ‘Wildflowers’, not to mention his lauded George Maple-collaboration ‘Let Me Down’, Carmouflage Rose’s first offering to fans and newcomers alike was delivered dipped in decadent production, effortless flow and fresh charm.
Still, it would seem that Carmouflage Rose is still skimming the surface of what he can do. Proving himself to be a studio dynamo, the music that forms Carmouflage Rose’s body of work is not only consistent in its insatiable beats and dancehall/R&B fusion, but the creative direction he is heading down as 2019 enters its second half shows a never-ending curiosity about how far his musical talents can stretch.
Returning to his Zimbabwean motherland for the first time in a decade, Carmouflage Rose reconnected with his roots and a music culture that turned out to be a completely different beast from the studio sessions Australia had been offering. Returning inspired and charged up for new music, Carmouflage Rose released 2019 single ‘Sele’ as a conceptualisation of the energy he felt in those Zimbabwean studio sessions, where each artist is kept consistently on their toes – driven to reach their best selves.
Carmouflage Rose – along with the likes of Tkay Maidza, Manu Crook$, Sampa The Great and others – has lit a fuse beneath those in the Australian music community who perceived ‘hip-hop’ to be one singular lane. An exciting new era awaits with the emergence of this young group of artists and already, they’ve kicked the door down with music that is at once mature in its development, yet spirited and forward looking.