Happy New Year folks! Hows it going on the other side? Feels great doesn’t it? We’re just as much excited and ready to kick off 2016, and in particular the bundle of new music that’s waiting to be heard. But first, it’s the return of our Ones to Watch feature where we choose 10 artists who are set to make some serious noise in the new year.
2015 was indeed a great one and some of the artists we predicted including BRIDGES, HOLYCHILD, Fickle Friends and Spectres all enjoyed successful campaigns. This time around is no different as we’ve chosen 10 artists who we think are going to dominate 2016, so scroll down and see who we’re tipping for success this year.
Glaswegian duo Julie Eisenstein and Suse Bear caught our attention last year with their dreamy fuzz pop energy. Most recent EP Dregs was shoe gazing goodness with captivating words that made it a real treat. The band are due to release their debut album Resort this month, and with Lost Map Records firmly by their side, there’s no doubt we’ll be hearing and see a lot more of Tuff Love throughout 2016.
Why We Love
Since the release of their debut EP Fake A Death, Bristol’s indie pop quartet Why We Love have been gigging relentlessly and working on new material, picking up new fans along the way and praise from BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and more. The group have just signed to My Little Empire Records and are ready to present their new songs to the world. If you haven’t fallen in love with these guys yet then 2016 might just be the year to do so.
2015 was indeed a great year for singer/songwriter Sam Brockington, which saw him conquer festival season with live performances at Glastonbury, Dot to Dot, Reading & Leeds and Bristol Harbourside Festival. Not to mentioned sessions with Daytrotter, BBC Introducing, Bristol Music Show…the list goes on. Sam’s powerful tones and timeless songwriting has captured plenty of attention, with new single “Follow” being the catalyst to what could be a breakthrough year for the Bristol based artist.
The Japanese House
Moving on to the nationals and an artist who’s ready to take her music around the world. London’s Amber Bain aka The Japanese House has enjoyed a blistering career which has seen her dreamy electronic pop reach global masses. A spot on Radio 1’s “Hottest Record”, releasing her EP Clean to rave reviews and selling out her debut UK headline tour are just a few highlights to an incredible year. 2016 is going to be a big one for touring, with another headline UK tour scheduled in February and European shows as well. We recommend that you to catch The Japanese House live and intimate while you can, she’s going to be huge!
Talking about blistering careers, 2015 was indeed a breakthrough one for Brighton’s psychedelic pop four-piece Black Honey. Sold out shows, check! Festival season, check! Major love from Radio 1, Guardian, DIY, NME and more, check! And to top it off, the most blogged about artist in 2015. There’s no stopping them, with 2016 set to be even bigger.
New music is always a treat and Bristol based pop artist Stevie Parker has no doubt caught many people’s attention. Formed early 2015 with her four-piece band, Parker’s ambient electronic pop has been adored by everyone across the South West. Support slots with Dream Wife, Meadowlark and Aero Flynn, plus her full house performance at BBC Introducing In The West’s September Live Showcase – this is an artist growing in confidence and with new music set to be released very soon, we could be in for a surprise or two in 2016.
Toronto’s grunge rockers Dilly Dally are ones to watch without a doubt. The band fronted by Katie Monks released one of 2015’s most powerful rock albums (Sore), whilst putting Toronto’s rapidly growing rock scene on the map. UK critics have also shared their love for the Canadian group and debut album, scoring high on many people’s end of year lists. Dilly Dally come to the UK this month for their debut headline tour, and one you would not want to miss!
Another US artist on our list is LA singer/songwriter Miya Folick. Her debut EP Strange Darling released in December was truly stunning (read our review). Thought provoking stories on love, tension and emotions – it’s honest music straight from the soul. Topped by her highly impressive performance at CMJ’s Music Marathon, we’re potentially witnessing one of the best songwriters of our generation. Listen below, you’ll not be disappointed.
B O A
No matter the time of day or season, Bristol three-piece B O A will take you back to those beautiful summer days. The band formed 6 months ago but already have clocked up an impressive CV, including their debut performance at Dot to Dot Festival, supporting Saint Raymond on tour and picking up rave reviews across the blogosphere. Their debut single “Holier” is pop heaven, with shimmering rhythms and pulsating synths that instantly melt your heart. B O A are only going to get bigger so be sure not to miss out!
We’ve saved the best till last and it’s no other than Bristol post punk juggernauts Idles. Last autumn saw the Bristol five-piece return with their explosive EP Meat after a short hiatus. Topped with live shows across the south and head pounding sold-out EP launch show at The Louisiana, it’s fair to say that Idles are back in business. Their debut album out later this year is going to tear everything apart and claim their dominance in the music scene. We’re so ready for the album, can’t wait!