24
Dec
2014

150 Artists To Watch In 2015

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// Part 4

Ten Walls

Ten Walls

It’s crazy to think how easy it was for Ten Walls to walk straight into the UK public’s consciousness last year when he dropped the “Unfinished Sympathy” inspired “Walking With Elephants“. Incredible that a song with little to no promotion managed to peak at #6 in the charts, but this just goes to show that there’s a talented artist behind the boards.

We look forward to seeing what else Marijus Adomaitis can cook up under his Ten Walls moniker, and we think it could be special.

Zak Abel

Zak Abel

We previously heard the vocal talents of Zak Abel on Gorgon City‘s debut album and subsequent single release of “Unmissable“, but he also managed to drop one hell of a solo single in 2014 too. Crooning over a stunning instrumental from Bristol-based badman Joker, “These Are The Days” had us proclaiming that “Justified” era R&B was back with a 2015 twist.

Big talk. Let’s see if he can delivery on that for us.

Frances

Frances

Let’s all admit that there’s a gaping wide hole in our hearts that is longing to be filled until Adele returns with a steamtrain of a comeback album. And while Frances might not have the same powerhouse voice, she definitely exudes the same songwriting chops that Adele’s team manages to muster time and time again.

Prepare to get emotional.

KStewart

KStewart

Some of you may have heard of KStewart already as she has already released impressive tracks produced by the likes of TCTS and Karma Kid, and has had a Top 10 single in the UK with Oliver Heldens. Meanwhile she has been touring all over the place with UK duo Bondax, whilst locking herself in the studio from time to time with the likes of Shift K3y and MNEK.

The potential is all there and it could fully be realised in 2015.

Aquilo

Aquilo

Aquilo first caught our attention with their debut release “Calling Me“, which was released back in 2013. We didn’t hear much since then but in Q2 they orchestrated a re-emergence from the musical wilderness to deliver an amazing self-titled EP.

The duo have really impressed with their own brand of ethereal soul, and we suspect a debut album might be on the horizon (hopefully).

Zola Blood

Zola Blood

When we were first introduced to Zola Blood, we compared them to the likes of Delphic, Foals, and Alt-J, which isn’t exactly a bad list in itself. Since then the band have smashed out their “Meridian” EP, and heavily impressed with a couple of choice live shows in late 2014.

Guitar centric music will never die so long as we have talent like this coming through.

Kwabs

Kwabs

If there was an artist that was almost guaranteed to be appearing on “Sound of 2015” lists across the world then it had to be Kwabs, who put in some major work during 2015. Backed by some seriously impressive production by SOHN and Plan B, our boy from London was putting up some serious SoundCloud numbers in 2014, backed by the release of his critically acclaimed “Wrong or Right” EP.

He has the kind of voice that makes you stop in your tracks with his simply effortless talent. Soul is here to stay.


Osca

Osca

‘Newly’ formed in 2014, Osca really managed to impress us in H2 of 2014 with four stunningly crafted singles that were so good that we considered them a regular feature on Radio 1. With their exceptional songwriting ability, we can’t see why these guys won’t be household names in 2015.

Talos

Talos

When Talos has exploded out of nowhere in 2014 with his synth heavy debut single called “Tethered Bones“, we were very excited to say the least. Although we only have two original tracks to date (taken from his “Tethered Bones” EP), production is always right on point and his tracks really come to life when they need to.

So, so desperate to hear more from this talented Irishman.

Georgie Mason

Georgia Mason

Georgia Mason is expected to follow in the footsteps of artists such as Sia and Amy Winehouse after being discovered by Jimmy Hogarth, the Grammy Award-winning Scottish producer who worked on their critically acclaimed albums “Colour the Small One” and “Frank“. We were certainly inclined to agree when we first caught a listen of her surprise knockout single “Running Blind” in mid-2014.

We’ve seen her play live since then, where she dropped a stunning rendition of Flume‘s “Holding On” and were impressed to say the least.

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