24
Dec
2014

150 Artists To Watch In 2015

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// Part 5

Panama Wedding

Panama Wedding

Panama Wedding make exuberant, synth-heavy pop music that is made to brighten and uplift. Tracking the course of their kindred predecessors Foster The People and Passion Pit, their debut EP “Parallel Play” has already launched them into a similar trajectory.

Huge things are on the cusp of the horizon for this band, and it’s frankly not hard to see why.

AMAN

Aman

Aman is an LA native that still seems to be relatively unknown, which is a surprise to us since his songwriting pedigree is incredibly easy to discover. Seductively crooning over his small catalogue of laid-back instrumentals has left us zoning out into a state of karma that seems unimaginable at the moment.

If that isn’t a talent to be praised then we don’t know what is.

RAYE

Raye

Sometimes you feel incredibly proud when a local from our hometown is on the come up, especially when they are bursting with talent and energy. Since the age of 10, she’s been writing her own music, and along the way has become confidently adept at various different instruments including: the cello, flute, guitar, and piano.

Put that all together and what do you get? An incredibly strong debut EP called “Welcome To The Winter” which managed to turn a lot of heads in 2014. Looking forward to seeing what else she has in store for 2015. CROYDON4LYFE

Abhi Dijon

Abhi//Dijon

Abhi//Dijon are a singer/producer duo out of Maryland, arising from the R&B wasteland post-Jasmine era Jai Paul. The duo has been working on carving their own niche in the newly crowded indie R&B space, and have been doing it well, so well in fact that they are producing for other artists who have appeared on this very same list.

Expect more enticing material from these guys in 2015, as quantity and quality for them has never been an issue.

Jakil

Jakil

Imagine if Patrick Stump was fronting a brand new indie pop band that actually sounded like they were hungry to make fresh catchy music. That’s exactly what we hear whenever we listen to Jakil who are a five piece that contain members from Edinburgh and London (presumably responsible for the 2014 failed Scottish independence vote).

We are only two songs down with these guys, yet both show great promise for a poptastic 2015.

Jimmy Napes

Jimmy Napes

We pretty much knew that Jimmy Napes was eventually going to embark on a solo career at some point, but then there was another part of us who thought he might be happy to remain as a prominent background feature in the careers of Sam Smith and Disclosure. It seems as though the allure of fame was too much though as we received the first taste of “The Making of Me” EP (released March 9th through Method Records), just a few weeks ago.

It’s kinda hard to deny someone with such obvious songwriting talent.

George Maple

George Maple

George Maple adopted her pseudonym in late 2012, after appearing on Flume’s down-tempo electro track “Bring You Down”, which has since seen her popularity grow exponentially. During the 18-month process of recording her sophomore EP, “Vacant Space,” Maple began to describe her seductive blend of genres as “future pop”, collaborating with the likes of singer/songwriter Kilo Kish, Kwes, Russ Chimes, and Flume, to hone her sound to perfection.

2015 could be a big one if she has another huge release planned.

Huntar

Huntar

It’s no secret than London is constantly brimming with new music from a multitude of genres, so when you make a breakthrough over here then you must have some serious talent. Huntar, who has been compared to the likes of FTSE, James Blake, and Laurel, has exactly that. We previously described Huntar as “captivating” and “ethereal”, and we’re not about to back down with 2015 brimming with so much potential.

Racing Glaciers

Racing Glaciers

Originally intended as a one off collaboration, Racing Glaciers produced their debut EP over five days in a living room. The EP quickly gathered attention, which was quickly followed up by another impressive bit of work with their “Ahead of you Forever” EP.

We believe the 5-piece are currently putting the final touches to their album, and we are damn well looking forward to it.

Kyan

Kyan

Starting off 2014 by supporting London Grammar on their UK tour, and finishing 2014 with an appearance on Madeon‘s comeback single “You’re On” – it has been quite a ride for singer/songwriter Kyan who was steadily building up his impressive catalogue of music prior to that.

Currently cruising off the high of his amazing Madeon collaboration, we can certainly imagine there will be a conceited effort to push his solo career forward in 2015