The clock is ticking on 2014 and we would like to present to you some artists that, with no full length album under their belt yet, have found a prominent place on the Last.fm community libraries and have been featured on our tastemaker’s Hype Chart. We hope you’ll find an artist from the list below that will become a regular in your 2015 libraries!
We’re especially looking forward to kicking off the new year with Iain Woods‘ (aka Psychologist) debut album “Psychologist”, released just after the stroke of midnight. With an already impressive two EPs out there, Woods introduces a “bigger rockier” sound to his songs, which we think is a sign of things to come during the next twelve months. Judge for yourself by listening to the first single off the album “Worlds Away”.
After the outstanding “Outlaws EP” released last spring and featuring on a Chase & Status single, we have included an album by Ed Thomas on our 2015 list. Another male artist we would like to see breaking in the near future is Ofei. His “London EP” and single “Wow” are raw and full of passion without touching any of the urban-soul cliches coming from both sides of the Atlantic. Very promising.
Onto the ladies, then. Already with 10 tracks scattered over two EPs, Ellie Ingram has delivered a serious tune this year with “When It Was Dark”, a track included on “The Doghouse”, which could easily resume the urban-soul revival of 2014. Moko has also had a well deserved good year, helped by some spot-on live performances during the summer festival season and the dancefloor/radio friendly “Your Love”.
At the other side of the spectrum we also expect good things to come from Sophie Jaimeson. Having learned her craft through the folk scene around Cambridge University, her sound has now expanded to a four-piece. It has also being a long time coming for Findlay; do not hesitate to catch her explosive live shows if in a town near you.
Just as electric on the stage, Dolomite Minor haven’t been the most prolific in terms of recorded music, but their festival appearances have certainly caught your eye and interest. Check their single “Let Me Go” for a taster of things to come. Klo, another duo (this time from down under) burst onto the radio playlists with the subdued “Make Me Wonder”. With another EP on the cards for 2015 and visits to Europe during the summer, we are looking forward to their new output.
On a very similar tip 14th, pioneers of the UK 90s house and garage revival, have recently collaborated with Mao Ra Sun on the track “Ways Of Seeing”. Lastly, on the guitar front, the six piece Haus, the Scottish trio Tuff Love and Spanish bands Wild Bambina and Deers (pictured above) bring to a close the list of the fifteen acts we hope blossom in 2015.
If you would like to dig deeper on the artists who made it to the Last.fm Hype Charts in 2014, press play below … Have a good holiday and a great year!