Artist Watch – 2016 (Part 2)

Continuing on from Part 1, I’m sharing my picks (and hopes) for the artists that could break out in 2016. Again, list is in alphabetic order.

6. Movement —


Movement are another in the line of this haunting, minimalistic, vocal-driven sound that either is my new fascination… or is just what’s popular right now for emerging artists.I feel like these guys have nailed down their sound, and now are just that one big single away from being the next one.

#7. R I T U A L —


I know very little about R I T U A L. Is that dude up there him? (It’s a picture form their/his Facebook page). Is it a just one guy? Is it a group? Granted, I could probably find the answers if I searched, but ain’t nobody got time for that! Besides, I could care less how many members comprise R I T U A L. As long as they keep churning out nothing but breathtaking music, I’m a happy camper. Next to ACES, R I T U A L is the act I next hope to really make it big. I absolutely love their sound, production, vocals… all of it. Wonderful.

#8. Roy Wood$ —

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If I was a betting man, Roy Wood$ is the next breakthrough hip hop act. He is a member of the OVO crew afterall… but it’s more than that. He’s got this gritty flow that is… in my very official opinion, quite unique in today’s world of hip hop. Hoping that we hear a lot more from him next year… and maybe even a few mix tapes that include some cuts from Drake himself.

#9. Skizzy Mars —


Pretty sure that everytime I post a new Skizzy Mars cut, I claim that he feels like a guilty pleasure. I’ve given up trying to pretend I don’t like Skizzy Mars. His stuff is consistently so goddamn catchy that some days I end up JUST playing Skizzy Mars music. His stuff is totally radio-ready, and frankly I’d be surprised if he isn’t a big deal in 2016.

#10. VÉRITÉ —


I still remember the first time I heard Weekend. It is everything I love about catching an artist on the first few days of releasing a song you just know is going to blow people’s minds. Ever since that release I’ve been sure that VÉRITÉ was on the fast track towards the same types of success that Lorde, Ellie Goulding and other hot shot female acts have had. Really hoping I’ll be lucky enough to see VÉRITÉ live next year.


That’s it! Thanks for following along the journey this year everyone, and hopefully you’ll join me for another great year in 2016!






Artist Watch – 2016 (Part 1)

As the year winds down and people around the world are forced to drink with their families over the holidays, the release of new music takes a bit of a hiatus. As such, everyone takes this opportunity to send out their “best of the year” lists for artists, songs, albums, toothpaste types, cat videos and basically anything else that they can rank… so I guess I might as well do the same. However, I thought I’d switch it up a bit. Since I already have a running list of my top 10 songs of the moment, I am going to take the BBC “Sound of” idea and share the 10 artists or bands that I think will (or should) blow up in 2016. Some of these artists debatably already have blown up, but whatever it’s my blog and I do what I want.

Onto…the list! (in alphabetic order)

1. ACES —


Disclaimer – I may or may not be madly in love with the Alexandra Stewart (lead vocals). Even despite this, ACES may be the band I most hope “break out” (I hate the term, but it conveys the general idea well enough that I guess it works). I think they have a beautiful, charming sound. In the best way possible, ACES are the perfect “background” music. Something that can be played that doesn’t interrupt or take over the party, but still does enough to capture the attention of the few people at the party who recognize brilliance when they hear it.

2. Allan Rayman —

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If Aces are the band that made me start blogging again, Allan Rayman is the artist that made me realize how much I love the discovery part of new music. Hearing Graceland for the first time blew my mind, and since then it’s been nothing but amazing releases from Allan Rayman. Expecting big things in 2016!

3. Aquilo —


Aquilo may be the most debatable entry on this list because I’d argue they may already have “made it”. That said, I’m adding them anyway. I’m a very picky music listener. Often I like maybe 2 or 3 songs (at most) by a single artist. Aquilo must be batting at 0.900+ right now, as almost every single track they’ve ever released is on my playlist. Not only that, but I rated the songs exceptionally high (we be talking 4 stars+). I am constantly amazed by everything they put out and hope for huge things for them next year.

#4. Gallant —


There’s definitely an appetite for more hazy RnB, a la The Weeknd. It seems to be a bit of the “in thing”. Gallant hits those notes, and hits them well. If there was an award for the most remixed song of the year, I imagine his Weight In Gold track would be somewhere near the top. When you have a voice like his (and the confidence to nail those falsettos), there’s no where to go but up!

#5. Leo Kalyan —

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This is my second best bet to make it big (next to Aquilo). No real reasoning though… I just feel like Leo’s sound is safe. It’s radio-friendly, but not TOO experimental (like Allan Rayman). It’s got some groove to it, and it feels like stuff I’d see a music video for on TV. Also similar to Aquilo, I’ve loved almost everything Leo Kalyan has put out.


Part 2 coming tomorrow!