AKIRA’s RISING STARS OF 2015

Ones to watch in 2015. There are some glaringly obvious choices of artists that I’ve left out of this list, many in the BBC Sound Poll for instance – that’s either a) because they’ve already been included in a previous ones to watch list on this site or b) because I don’t think they’re very interesting or original.

At the moment I like at least one song from all of these artists (the song I’ve included in this list), have even worked with a few in the past, and I think the art that they’re creating is on the whole pretty good and is having a positive influence on the music industry. I’m sure many of these artists as they get bigger I will grow to hate – I always do looking back over my ones to watch lists of previous years. Not only is it incredibly irritating when things are over-hyped and rammed down your throat but many of these artists’ choices will be dictated too much by money, getting played on commercial radio and ‘the business’. As a result the music / art will suffer, becoming bland and annoying. Let’s hope most of them make the right choices and become brilliant artists. Time will tell.

1. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

2. Years & Years – Memo

3. Låpsley – Falling Short

4. Ben Khan – Eden

5. TĀLĀ – Alchemy

6. Wet – No Lie (Live)

7. Movement – Ivory

8. Nao – So Good (feat. A.K. Paul)

9. Grace Mitchell – Broken Over You

10. Nick Hakim – I Don’t Know

11. The Districts – Funeral Beds

12. Blood Cultures – Indian Summer

13. Cash+David – Pulse

14. Alice Boman – Waiting

15. Anna of the North – Sway

16. Flyte – Light Me Up

17. Black Honey – Teenager

18. Honne – The Night

19. Sam Sure – Hunger

20. Oslo Parks – The Night

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