Top tips for music in 2015

Matt Kent 12 January 2015

We live in a world where anyone can write about music: what they like and what they think will be the next big thing. Must-watch articles and musical picks for the New Year are everywhere, and while generally the good ones get the promotion they deserve, inevitably there are deserving candidates that slip through the net. So here’s a list of “next big things” that didn’t make the BBC 'Sound of 2015' longlist or MTV’s 'Brand New' recommendations, but certainly have all the talent and star quality to make it big this year.

 

Black Honey

This Brighton-based band lit up the blog world last year with a collection of demos that were steadily being released to their Soundcloud page. Their leftfield pop-meets-rock sound combined with their female-fronted line-up has drawn comparisons to cult favourites Wolf Alice, Honeyblood and Warpaint to name just a few of their contemporaries. With interesting lyrics and an interesting sound to match, the band are also said to put on a great live show – you can’t beat a triple threat, right?

Listen to – ‘Bloodlust’ or ‘The Taste’

 

Iris

With just one single to her name this is a little bit of a shot in the dark, but Iris Campo is no stranger to the world of music. Before this solo project Campo was involved with Canadian group Doors and has since been mentored by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. ‘I’ll Wait For You’ is a glittering pop gem with an official release due next month. It’s early days for this pop star, but she’s definitely onto a good thing.

Listen to – ‘I’ll Wait For You’

 

Lany

I have been madly in love with this three piece since I first heard their double A-side debut singles, the highly infectious ‘Walk Away’ and fantastic Siri-sampling ‘Hot Lights’. Since then they’ve released a great debut EP, ‘Acronyms’, and the cooler than cool ‘Made In Hollywood’. Sitting on the genre-fence between straight-up pop and R&B, with smooth synths and huge choruses on just about every track, it’s only a matter of time before they strike single gold. New single ‘Bad, Bad, Bad’ could just be that golden one.

Listen to – ‘ILYSB’ or ‘BRB’

 

Marlene

Swedish songstress Marlene is following in the footsteps of Scandinavian breakthrough artists like Tove Lo and MØ, who’ve seen their pop music with a melancholic tinge reach new peaks the world over. Her Indian Summer EP is a seasonal staple, whether you’ve relaxing on a tropical break or want to warm up on a winter’s afternoon. Along with writing partner Ji Nilsson, the Scandinavian pop music invasion is set to continue this coming year with the pair being just the first of a fresh new cohort of brilliant artists from the Nordics.

Listen to – ‘I Do This For You’ or ‘Love You Anyway’ (with Ji Nilsson)

 

Fickle Friends

Back to Brighton, which is increasingly being recognised as a great place for new British music. Much like Black Honey, Fickle Friends were one of the most blogged acts of 2014 and listening to their singles ‘Swim’, ‘Play’ and ‘For You’ it’s not hard to see why. With more radio-friendly singles on the way, their incomparable signature indie-pop sound stands up against the best in the business. It won’t be long before everyone is talking about this five piece.

Listen to – ‘Swim’

 

Matt is the Head of Music at Cam FM and 'Coup De Main' Magazine’s New Music Columnist.