2014 was a true music treat, however as this year is done we look forward to seeing the following acts blossom and bring some fresh sounds to the 2015 music landscape...
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Formed in 2011, pop-sensible trio All We Are describe themselves as 'the Bee Gees on Diazepam.' A hilarious description, but one that doesn’t fly too far over the truth. Their spellbinding alternative and psych-tinged pop seduces and hypnotises, and drizzled with a blend of sharp harmonies, culminates in a beautifully dreamy concoction.
Their wistful and beguiling debut single ‘Utmost Good’ drew in praise from NME and the Guardian, marking them out as serious ones to watch. Now signed to Double Six Records and support slots with Warpaint and Everything Everything under their belt, the trio are set to release their self-titled debut album on 5 January 2015.
Although often labeled as a heavy grunge band, Wolf Alice dance across a range of genres. Yes, there are heavy pulsating gushes in the likes of 'She' and 'Fluffy', but there are also softer more emotive moments too, which has led to comparisons as far apart as The xx and Hole.
Their latest single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ is a voluminous affair that’s both their loudest cut so far and a heavyweight statement of intent, meaning Wolf Alice sign off to record their album sure to emerge into the spotlight the other side.
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Singing in French, English and the Nigerian language of Yoruba (A language that travelled to Cuba via slavery in the 1700s), French/Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz mix their love of chants and legends, with a sound that encompasses Electronic, Hip-hop and Jazz.
Signed to XL Recordings who have worked with the likes of The Prodigy, Adele and Gil Scott-Heron, early performances on Later With Jools Holland, and a well recieved performance of Oya as part of Vevo's DSCVR Ones To Watch have earnt them early praise, their debut album is due out on 16th February.
Described by the Guardian as "R&B Noir". Sey - whose sound treads across Pop, Soul and Electronic - has stated "Genres don't really exist [in my music] and I love that". With three successful hits already under her belt, the Swedish stars "Younger" was remixed by Kygo and peaked high on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart in 2014.
Performing at both the 2014 Swedish Grammy Awards and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize concert, you can catch Seinabo Sey at 2015's Bergenfest.
Industry Favourites - Acts We've Seen Mentioned In Other 2015 Ones To Watch Lists Quite A Lot
The softy soft acoustic guitarist has recently been named the Brit's Critics Choice and looks set to propel into 2015. Armed with whispery gruff vocals a-la The Lumineers' Wesley Schlutz, Bay's heartfelt folk doesn't push many boundaries musically, but what it does hold is raw emotion in abundance.
James Bay will be releasing his debut album Chaos and the Calm on 25 March 2015, and will be appearing at both Radio 1 Future Festival and Eurosonic Noorderslag in January.
Despite having released three albums since 2008, Young Fathers only really came in from the dark in 2014, winning both The Scottish Album of the Year for their 2013 EP Tape Two and the Mercury Prize for latest album Dead. But maybe the dark is where Young Fathers belong. Their music resists the light, instead leading you blindly down murky and menacing alleys refusing to be pinned down, throwing pounding drums, serrated vocals and psychedelic beats at you relentlessly if you dare enter their intoxicated musical universe.
Young Fathers are due to play Blackbox Festival in Belfast (16 Jan) and Electronic Beats Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia (6 March), with many more expected to be announced.
So there we have it. Who do you think will makes waves in 2015? Tweet your suggestions to @Festicket.