When looking towards a new year, there are many things to be excited about. New possibilities, new opportunities and most of all, the new music that will come our way. The following artists and bands that make up this list, I truly believe will accomplish great things in the coming year. So be ready…
The Liverpudlian pop singer has grown from strength to strength over the past few years, but it’s not till recently that she’s has been starting to receive the recognition she deserves. With the release of her most adventurous moment to date in ‘Cardiac Arrest’, Radio 1 has started to listen, playlisting the track and continuing to spin it on the daytime shows. Natalie McCool is set for greatness in the pop world and people are finally starting to realise this. It’s like what it must have felt like hearing Madonna for the first time in the 80’s. Watch out for her in 2016.
Hilang Child is the brainchild of Londoner Ed Riman. Misty and windswept is the understated piano pop that he delivers, each note and grazing chord clings on like water vapour to a rain sodden window as it reaches it’s destination. This is grandiose pop of the most magnificent. Hilang Child is the waking moment after a dream, transcendiary yet also suddenly distant. This is a dream you won’t want to wake up from, hit play on ‘Starlight, Tender Blue’.
Daniel Pattison aka HART, has one those voices that once you’ve heard it, you can’t turn back. The way he winds his sweetly-toned melodies under his weightless falsetto is indicative of our generations lean towards the vast expansive sounds of contemporary folk and dream pop. It’s a sound that draws us away from the daily grind and into a world that is complete with escapism and fearless imagination.
California’s FMLYBND again are one of those bands who don’t like vowels, but hey let’s not let that get in the way of their incredible sounds. Making electronic music that’s full of vibrancy and attitude, their new cut ‘Space and Time’ sounds like it’s come straight out of an alternative M83 catalogue. It’s cutting edge but oh so fun. Play this one loud. These guys are ready to get the party going in full swing.
Three wild-child’s from North London making a b-line for our hearts, with their captivating and enthralling guitar-driven dream pop. Sounding like Kate Bush Running Up That Hill-era mixed with the lush spinning soundscapes of Cocteau Twins, Wyldest mix their youthful exuberance and nature ability with the old and sacred to make something groundbreaking.
There’s a storm brewing in Brighton, and at the centre of it is a music scene that is churning out brilliant band after brilliant band. Making gargantuan noise, who’s bellowing call is that of dissatisfaction and despondence, are grunge shoegazers Morning Smoke. Intense and forthright in every fearsome tightening guitar riff, every voluminous strike of percussion and every pluck of stringent bass. Morning Smoke have hit their stride and we’re loving every second of it.
This collective of musicians formed in Liverpool two years ago and continue to produce highly sophisticated and forward-thinking alternative cuts. Case in point their latest single ‘Do Nothing’ and b-side ‘The Great Void’ which also feature on their forthcoming EP out in the new year. Both showcase different sides to the five-piece, the latter offers restraint, it’s slow-building grace turns into a whirlpool of guitar distortion and simple, effecting melodies. Whereas, lead single ‘Do Nothing’ goes straight for the eye-catching boldness of hazy psych-pop. They both combine to make a mean statement of intent for the band, they have taken their music to the next level and it’s time that we all sit up and acknoledge that.
These Tottenham hipsters have been busy building a dedicated and loyal fanbase over the last few years, showing that you can still build a strong backing through playing live. The bombast of their slickly produced electronics combined with the hookiest toplines, and all set to a good pop melody makes ZIBRA an impossible band to ignore. These guys are set for greatness mark my words.
Another of Brighton’s hopefuls, Tigercub practise the loud-quiet-loud formula in abundance, moving between soft crooning verses to heavy monstrous breakdowns on ‘Pictures of You’ like it’s all a game. A perfectly played game that is. Tigercub will be soundtracking our playlists heavily in 2016 that’s for sure.
The Mispers have been off the radar for the most part of 2015, but the good news is that they’ve been locked away working on new music that will become their debut album. Although, the band didn’t depart us without giving us a new taste of music at the top of this year in ‘Weekend’ – their brightest, boldest, poppiest moment to date. A band of misfits that have found each other through music, I think we can all relate to that. Just wait for what’s to come from this band in 2016, it’s going to be magic.