I’m always trying to find new artists, new bands and new sounds. Thanks to a premium subscription with Spotify I’ve really been able to delve deeper and discover artists I’d never heard of or would possibly even consider this year.
Shura – Touch
I’d only hear of this song because of comments on Youtube, when Jessie Ware revealed Tough Love, people were comparing it to this. At the time I’d never heard of it. After listening to it I quickly became obsessed and it was on repeat for weeks. Shura has gone on to release 2 more tunes this year; Just Once, and Indecision. Both of which I also love, and cannot wait for the album. Big things from this chick in 2015.
Wet – Dreams
Came across Wet through a friend who posted ‘You’re the Best’ which I instantly fell for. The Wet EP consisting of 4 tracks is one of the best EP’s this year. Had a little snigger to myself after seeing one of the tracks was called ‘Dreams’. Wet….. Dreams. Great song, really hoping they release an album soon.
Jessie Ware – Tough Love
Jessie’s debut album ‘Devotion’ is one my all-time favourite albums, so expectations for the sophomore were high, but weary. So when ‘Tough Love’ was released, I was SO happy. It was the perfect start to a new era. Tough Love the song is broody, beautiful and spacey. The album displays growth, progression, emotion and class whilst retaining that Jessie Ware signature sound.
Jessie Ware – Cruel
This is also one of many highlights on the album for me, as soon as that beat kicks in…. it’s like ‘oooooh dayaaam’. It’s a perfect tune, and carries Devotion vibes.
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Banks – Brain
I can’t even remember how I came across Banks, she gained a fair bit of hype early this year with tracks like Goddess, Waiting Game and Brain. I wasn’t really sure about her at first, I suppose I compared her too much to Jessie Ware. However, after listening to debut album Goddess, the nuances starting to appear, songs sounded better in context and her tone is much darker overall. I love the final part of Brain where she’s practically screaming.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse
You could easily mistake Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s vocals for Bon Iver, the similarities are uncanny. To me personally though, VSC’s style of music suits me more. The marriage of a good beat, nice vocals and a steady tempo are a beaut. Best of all, you’ll be surprised to find out that that vocals are of a 17 year-old. 17!
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Becky Hill – Losing
Becky Hill as come quite far since missing out on Voice glory 3 years ago. She was one of my favourites to win, her smokey vocals made a big splash when covering John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’. But alas with televised singing competitions the bests tend to always go before the finals. Although this didn’t set the charts alight (who cares), this is a great start with a retro vibe.
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Danity Kane – Lemonade (Ft. Tyga)
Danity Kane reformed last year after a 5 year hiatus, returning with only 4 members. 5 months later they lose another member due to family commitments. Down to 3. Another 5 months later, one girl punches another other in the back of the head whilst in the recording studio and they disband….. again. *sigh* it makes me sad actually. Back when P Diddy first formed them, they were an emerging R’n’B/Hip Hop girl group with enough swag and fierce to swipe any girl group off the charts. So when they reformed and released Lemonade, I was like….. THIS IS IT, THEY’RE BACK, and it’s gonna be killer. But it kinda didn’t happen. 2 months after disbanding for the 2nd time, their final album ‘DK3’ is quietly released with single and video ‘Rhythm of Love’. Which, even though doesn’t feature any of the girls in the video, is a really funny/sweet vid. The album itself is pretty decent, it could have been stronger, but I guess we’ll never know how much better, or how far they could have gone, if they had stayed together. Oh well, Lemonade is a killer tune imo.
Grimes – Go (Ft. Blood Diamond)
Grimes isn’t an artist I usually like to be honest, on her last album she kinda just whisper mumbled over every track. You can’t work out what she’s saying on anything. So when Go came around, it was a nice surprise. Not only could you HEAR what she was singing about, but the tune has an almost dubstep like flavour to it, accompanied by a beautiful fantasy-esque video.
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Kiesza – No Enemiesz
Canadian red head ex-ballerina, ex-Navy sniper Kiesza (pronounced Ki-ser) burst onto the scene in the summer her #1 smash hit Hideaway, and has since gone on to claim another Top 10 hit with ‘Giant in My Heart’. Kiesza’s songs possess a real early 90’s pop vibe, and her debut album ‘Sound of a Woman’ is one of the best pop albums of 2014.
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
Born to Die (ignoring the awful Paradise edition) is one my all-time favourite albums. Ultraviolence is one the most disappointing albums of 2014 though. It might be a step up lyrically, but overall it’s like 5 steps back. West Coast is a great track though, easily the best track from it, unfortunately.
Lights – Same Sea
Lights returns with her 3rd album ‘Little Machines’ after the über cool 2nd album Siberia. My initial impression of the album was that it was a blend between her debut ‘The Listening’ and ‘Siberia’, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It’s a grower though, after many listens each song seems to come into it’s own, giving Little Machines a distinctive edge. Making it a worthy addition to Lights’ collection. Lights is the hottest geek on the internet, check her out.
Fifth Harmony – Bo$$
I literally witnessed this American X-Factor group on TV a couple of days ago when they performed on the UK X-Factor. They come onto the stage one by one, click their fingers, show off their vocals. It gets to about 45 seconds into the song and I’m beaming from ear to ear. I’m thinking to myself ‘This is the next big girl group’. I go to iTunes instantly to download the song they’ve just performed – ‘Bo$$’. An hour later they’ve risen to #7 on iTunes. They’re like a mix between Destiny’s Child and hints of Danity Kane. I’m excited to see what they do…
Azealia Banks – Chasing Time
Oh Azealia, where do I even begin with you….
It was almost 3 years ‘212’ was released, since then we’ve had the ‘1991’ EP which was amazing, the Fantasea mixtape, countless Twitter beefs, gets released from her record album, but no album. Until last month, when she FINALLY surprise released her debut album ‘Broke with Expensive Taste’. Although I don’t like the entire album, it was worth the wait. With great tracks like JFK, Wallace, BBD, Ice Princess, Yung Rapunxel, and of course 212 and Luxury. Chasing Time serves as a single from BWET; the video
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AHA! But wait…. there is one more, and it is hands down my ultimate favourite song 0f 2014
Jessie Ware – Champagne Kisses
Yes, another Jessie Ware track. It is unreal. That will be all. Goodbye