11 new artists for 2015

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day; i-D’s contributors look to the future and predict whose music we’ll be rewinding over the next twelve months…

by i-D Team
05 January 2015, 12:10pm

Rae Sremmurd
'Ear Drummers spelt backwards' are a Rap duo from Mississippi now based in Atlanta, aka the current epicenter of Hip Hop. Hooking up with man-of-the-moment Mike Will Made It (Miley, 2 Chainz, Juicy J) has placed the two firmly in the crosshairs of Hip Hop's new talent target. No Type has had over 74 million views on YouTube, while No Flex Zone has been remixed by everyone from Pusha T to Ms Minaj. The Pink Lady herself appears again alongside Young Thug on Sremmurd's new single, Throw Some Mo. Currently among the most searched new acts on Shazam, it's a given that 2015 is looking to be a good year for Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy. Hattie Collins

DeJ Loaf
This name won't be new to many by now, with Dej featuring on Eminem's recent Shady XV album and receiving shout-outs from Drake, E-40 and Wiz Khalifa. The woozy ruminations of the DDS produced Try Me, taken from the Detroit rapper's awesome Sell Sole mixtape is just one example of her hypnotically intoxicating ruminations. It's a great time for female rappers right now, and alongside Tink, we think Loaf is the best thing since sliced bread….!Hattie Collins

Spooky Black
I am most excited about Spooky Black because he's exciting, new and he's from the middle of nowhere (Saint Paul, Minnesota). Corbin (as he's apparently now known) is simply not your conventional kid. Julia Sarr-Jamois

Djemba Djemba
This kid from Brooklyn is basically the Mad Decent in-house producer. I imagine it works like this: Diplo comes in and points to where he wants the wooshs and drops and then he stays up all night making it happen. Still, It can't be a bad life, in your early 20s and basically being the resident DJ at every Mad Decent roadblock in the US. But now he's starting to step out on his own, and tracks like the spasmic make-out record Macking In The Car (I Don't Drive) suggest a very promising 2015. Diplo might need to start hiring.Sam Wolfson

This London-based female duo - longtime mates Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett - make smart, emotionally literate pop music that you can dance to. Listen out for the wry reference to "signature drinks, so dignified" on their recent single Jaded. Nick Levine

Tom Aspaul
The Midlands-born singer-songwriter Aspaul has already had one of his tunes covered by Kylie. His latest track Good Together is a shimmering midtempo electro jam with shades of late 90s R&B, i.e. very good indeed. Nick Levine

When Solange first introduced the world to Kelela, via her Saint Heron label, it was like being slapped in the face with electro-soul... the really good kind. As artists like Tinashe are proving more and more popular, 2015 may very well be Kelela's year to break as well. Kathy Iondoli

Rochelle Jordan
An R&B singer from Toronto who gives me serious Aaliyah vibes - she's working with Illangelo, the Weeknd's original producer. Hazel Ong

Prince Innocence
A duo who are also from Toronto (gotta rep!), Talvi and her boyfriend Josh have been making music for a while but the stuff they've been putting out lately has been super tight. Talvi has the voice of a fairy princess and looks like one too! Hazel Ong

Isaiah Rashad
It has been a pretty incredible year for Hip Hop, especially those providing the hype club tracks like Bobby Shmurda, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, OG Maco, YG, Rae Sremmurd, etc. But my highlight has definitely been the latest TDE signee, Isaiah Rashad. Kicking off the year with his debut release on the tightknit label that has already spawned the likes of Kendrick Lamar, SZA and ScHoolboy Q, the Tennessee born lyricist lays out his life in rhyme. Throughout his14-track Cilvia Demo album, honesty prevailed as he expressed his ideas on fatherhood, self-harming and discussing the on-going mistrust between the African American community and the police, whilst not forgetting the fact that he's just a young guy trying to live life, partying, getting high, holding down a relationship and learn how to be a dad himself. There have been endless comparisons with K Dot, and with his ability to switch from aggressive trigger-like flows to stripped back conscious streams, it's easy to understand why. After tagging along on tour with ScHoolboy Q, making the XXL Freshman cover and a critically acclaimed debut, he's most definitely next up. Nardene Scott

Do you remember when we all fell for that mythical duo from Japan producing those incredible dreamy R&B hybrids we'd been yearning for since forever? Well, thankfully Jessie Ware thought it was a bit ridiculous for her album credits to include a duo that doesn't even exist, and forced PMR labelmate Two Inch Punch and US pop maestro Benny Blanco to come out (so to speak). The pair have already lent their musical talents to the likes of Sam Smith, Arianna Grande, Maroon 5 and of course soul's new princess Ware. Since then, their sparse Soundcloud account has been updated with the infectious sing-a-long Wasted Love, ethereal Juicy J featuring Four and plenty more experimental goodies to be found via their Men EP. At last, interesting music, that's a little easier on your ears from artists that don't want to be shoved down your throats - it really is Christmas! Nardene Scott


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