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Artists To Watch In 2015

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After a great deal of thought and deliberation I’ve managed to nail down a list of five artists that i’m predicting big things for this year. Some of these acts are already fairly well established, while others are most definitely still in their infancy stages. Either way, here goes…

 
Merrick
 
merrick
 

With only one EP to go on, I’m attributing this one to intuition more than anything else. The fact that this young Bordeaux-based producer’s first release arrived two days ago on Local Talk is a great achievement in itself, but to focus on this feat would only detract attention from what is a quite simply sublime project. With the aid of German funk enthusiast Baxley Merrick has delivered three superb club-ready house cuts, with special mention going to the projects opening tune, a dark hip-hop infused track entitled Do That. Eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this talented producer.

 
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Sage Caswell
 
2. sage caswell
 

Perhaps one of the more established artists on this list, but I can only see things going upwards for the LA-based producer. His sound is as rich as it is diverse (check out his contribution to the most recent Youngbloods EP), and is beginning to get the recognition it deserves. It’s been a fairly busy year for Sage Caswell, with releases on House of Silk, W&O Street Tracks as well as the first external artist EP on Archie Pelago…almost.

 
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Brame & Hamo
 
3. brame & hamo
 

After a resoundingly successful release on Dirt Crew back in May the Irish duo took things to the next level, launching their very own vinyl-only imprint in Splendor & Squalor. While the fledgling label’s first release (courtesy of its owners) is slightly overdue, this has only served to mount excitement for what promises to be a true masterclass in eclectic creativity. Together these boys have crafted their own unique brand of house, a beautiful fusion of Chicago, soul and hip-hop influences that is quite simply irresistible. Onwards and upwards!

 
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The Checkup
 
4.the checkup
 

Having clocked their first release in May, this deep house duo from Belgium have enjoyed somewhat of a meteoric rise. Their simple blend of honest chord work and a wide, bouncing low end has proven to be the winning formula, earning them releases on Solo Music, BEEF and Large Music as well as a recall from the latter. Move Me EP, which is due for public release on the 19th of January, is to set the precedent on what is certain to be a most prosperous 2015 for these boys.

 
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Kalyde
 
kalyde
 

The artist I’m most excited about this year only came to my attention a few days ago when I heard his guest mix for Mak & Pasteman on Rinse; 45 minutes of pure fire! With a number of releases imminent, including a three piece EP on MadTech, I’m certain this talented producer is going to be huge in 2015. While falling into the general tech house category, his sound is quite unlike anything that’s come before. The interaction between processed vocal samples and the synthesizer seem to form the basis of his tracks, which also employ a number of effects a low end to be reckoned with. Kalyde’s Switch EP is due for release early in February, and also includes a rework of the title track by Applebottom.

 
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Jamie Kenyon

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