Author: Thomas Durkan
2014 has been and gone and with that there are plenty of new faces to get excited about in the urban music world. Whilst last year belonged to the likes of Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and a certain Mr. Pharrell Williams, 2015 promises a lot to get excited about. In no particular order, here are the 5 potential show stealers for this year……..
Bipolar Sunshine (Manchester, United Kingdom):
Adio Marchant, better know by his pseudonym Bipolar Sunshine, has already been making a name for himself for the past couple of years. Previously known for his work with Manchester band Kid British, Marchant has departed from the previous indie-ska style of his former band and now with his hodge-podge soul/hip-hop/indie/pop style expect his star to keep rising and more big things for Bipolar Sunshine.
Listen to Deckchairs On The Moon
Raury (Atlanta, Georgia, USA):
There seems to be nothing this kid can’t do. Atlanta based singer-songwriter, rapper, producer Raury really is a unique talent. Having been compared to the likes of Andre 3000, there are definitely big shoes to be filled. But if anyone can do it, it’s definetly Raury. Having started writing songs at the tender age of 3, the 18 year old already has a good amount of experience in the field. He’s already supported Outkast and appeared on the latest Hunger Games soundtrack and in 2015 it appears the sky is the limit for this young man.
Listen to Cigarette Song
Riff Raff (Houston, Texas, USA):
Riff Raff might not be everyone’s cup of tea but that is not going to stop the Texas native from conquering dance floors all over the world. Mr. Raff has been known in the US for a few years now but has yet to make his way across the pond. Produced by Diplo, Riff Raff is the embodiment of excess. He has no problem rubbing his wealth in your face and sooner or later he will be doing that with his success.
Listen to DOLCE & GABBANA
George the Poet (London, United Kingdom):
London based spoken word artist George the Poet is earning critical acclaim from the likes of MTV, the BRIT Awards and recently placed 5th on the BBC Sound of 2015 poll. George’s music is a running social commentary on what is happening in modern day Britain, reminiscent of the days of Billy Bragg. He has even gone on to state that he is not a rapper or a hip-hop artist and he would rather be called a poet. Expect this man to continue to showcase his talent throughout the next year.
Listen to 1,2,1,2
Joey Bada$$ (Brooklyn, New York, USA):
Now there shouldn’t be many people left who have not heard of Joey Bada$$ by now. The serial mixtaper has been releasing music since 2012 and has gained all the acclaim that he has deserved. But 2015 is set to be the year that Bada$$ ruled. With his debut album set to drop later this month, you can be expecting to see and hear a lot more of the Brooklyn based artist in 2015.
Listen to No.99