24
Dec
2014

150 Artists To Watch In 2015

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Tobias Jesso Jr

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Tobias Jesso Jr. has been attracting attention from all over the globe over the past year from all the kinds of media outlets that a new artist wants their name featured on. That’s because the boy has major songwriting chops that inspires the imagination.

He’s announced his debut album (due in 2015), it’s produced by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Tim Anderson, and Ariel Rechtshaid. Most likely to be a certified banger.

tobias jesso jr. – just a dream

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora released her first single at the tender age of 17, and now 18 year old Norwegian artist has over a million listens of her work on Spotify. Thus far we have heard two full pieces of work from the precocious talent, and we absolutely love both of them.

She’s going to make big inroads into the pop world in 2014, but we wonder whether that will be in the shape of an album or not…

Artists to watch in 2015

Paperwhite

There’s no denying that we have some very catchy artists on our 2015 list, but we’re sure that Paperwhite would probably find themselves somewhere within the Top 20 if we were to whittle it down. This duo from Brooklyn works so well together, that the synergy they exude just makes me downright jealous.

Like a couple of other artists on our list, these guys are bringing back a sexy 80s vibe that we can’t get enough of.

Misterwives

Misterwives

We first came across Mandy Lee when she teamed up with The Knocks for a cover of M83‘s instant classic “Midnight City“, but since then she has gone from strength to strength with her four other bandmates in an indie pop project known as Misterwives. Their “Reflections” EP went down a storm in January 2014, and they managed to snag an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live off the back of it.

We definitely expect an album in 2015, so don’t be surprised if they blow up in the media as a result.

Lido

Lido

Lido caught a lot of people’s attention over the past year, and the talented Norwegian is amongst the most promising acts in the industry right now.

He’s already remixed for the likes of Flight Facilities, Alt-J, and The Weeknd, been given a full guest mix on Diplo & Friends, and has snagged a famous partner in the form of Halsey. He’s coming up with some of the most original electronic creations we have heard in some time, and we can’t wait to hear more of it.

Hippie Sabotage

Hippie Sabotage

If you have been listening to the radio at all this year then you will most definitely have heard the career catapulting Hippie Sabotage remix of (Artists To Watch in 2014 alumni) Tove Lo‘s breakout single “Habits“. The brothers have been around for quite a while, but when you get a popularity boost like that it’s often the perfect opportunity to rebrand yourself.

Since then they have gone on to remix a hell of a lot of high profile artists, but their SoundCloud has been wiped of all former traces, with a new experimental track called “Waiting Too Long” standing in its place. We think they have the potential to push forward and make a proper name for themselves with original work in 2015.

Anna of The North

Anna of The North

2014 has been quite a year for Oslo’s Anna of the North, who only started making music in 2014. We were big fans of her debut smash “Sway” which was released back in the summer, and since then she’s dropped another fantastic single called “Oslo”.

Anna’s supported How To Dress Well on tour recently and has been in the studio cooking up some new material ready for us in 2015. We can’t wait.

sound of 2015

Kateboy

If you’re looking for impact tracks on this list, then there’s no denying that Swedish band Kateboy absolutely dominated when they dropped the instantly catchy “Self Control”. And alright, you’re probably saying to yourself that these guys have been around for a while, but we think they are headed for a breakthrough year in 2015 if they continue on their current trajectory.

The songwriting doesn’t lie.

Slinger

Slinger

If we are talking about making an entrance in 2014, then Slinger was the music world equivalent of Stone Cold Steve Austin, when he delivered a stunning remix of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” which premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.

Since then he has gone on to remix the likes of Pharrell, Stromae, Jess Glynne, The Kooks, and Bastille, to great effect. His original stuff ain’t bad either, with “How Does It Feel” being one of our feel good disco tracks of the year.

If he can keep this pace up, 2015 should be a huge one for this mysterious artist.

Lapsley

Låpsley

There’s probably not much me we can say about Låpsley that hasn’t been said by the rest of the media in the UK. That’s fine though, as we can just appreciate her genius without having to provide an in-depth analysis of her sound.

One EP down, and signed to the home of exciting talent that is XL Recordings, we can only imagine that she will be nurtured in the same way as FKA Twigs was at this time last year.