Atlanta duo Modern Measure has been making serious rounds this year and 2015 should shape up to be even bigger and better. With support dates joining The Disco Biscuits and STS9 to close out 2014, Modern Measure will be definitely be turning some heads. Look out for these guys comin’ in hot for 2015.
Boulder hybrid jam trio SunSquabi will bring the party to you. These guys have been on the road as much as possible for the past two years and appear to have some surprises up their sleeve for 2015. With a plethora of music released in the past 12 months to go along with an onstage performance that will have you grinning ear to ear, the Squabs are ready to take it to the next level. These guys’ best stuff hasn’t been made yet, and once it comes out A LOT of people are going to be playing it. The Squabs are some of the best homies in the game, which is another reason success will be at their doorstep next year. Look out for some huge collabs, big shows, and fat tunes from SunSquabi in 2015.
Chicago groove-masters Woo Park are the real deal. These cats get down, their new EP ‘Smokes’ is the hot fiya (check out our review right here) and their live performance is something VERY worth seeing, and then seeing again. Each band member brings a distinct flavor to the stage, and the live presence from vocalist Emily Nichols is impeccable. From the grooviest licks to the jazziest kicks, Woo Park is going places.
Colin ‘ProbCause’ Grimm has been doing it for a minute, an accomplished artist turned MC, Prob dropped his album ‘Waves’ about half a year ago. The album features beats produced by some of the dopest artists around and is (in my personal opinion) the biggest and best release he has had by far. In 2014, artists from Chance the Rapper to Gramatik started to take notice on his talents. Look for some huge collaborations, tour dates, and festivals bill for Prob in 2015, this could just be his break out year. Catch him on NYE in Milwaukee playing with another member of this list.
**Special Shoutout Cofresi
Cofresi is the live drummer/DJ for ProbCause, bringing the project together and giving it the live element that many hip-hop acts lack. With a debut solo EP that dropped last summer and some large upcoming tunes that will be dropping soon, Cofresi will be making some appearances on his own, showcasing how electronic music and percussion pair together like fine wine and cheese.
peep this video below to see him in action >
Aaron Velasquez A.K.A. Flamingosis might just be J Dilla reincarnated into the offspring of a world champion Frisbee thrower (hence the name Flamingosis, termed after a trademarked Frisbee move invented by the Velasquez brother’s, Aaron’s father and uncle). This homie has beats for days, and it’s just the type of music that you can pretty much play anywhere for anyone and get their head bobbin’. Think 80’s funk with a fat kick and a hip-hop snare made by a dude who just knows how to sample. It seems like he puts out (at least) a beat a week and this is just the tip of the iceberg for what he has in the pipeline. Head over to Flamingosis’ Soundcloud and give it a follow. Caution: it will now be on repeat for an indefinite period of time.
Have ya heard? This funktastic band sprung onto the scene this summer and they haven’t looked back. Their brass section is, dare I say it, world fucking class and these dudes never disappoint. After about a year-long residency at Alive.One, Chicago locals ‘The Heard’ are onto bigger and better things. They’ll be hitting the road with The New Mastersounds starting in January and won’t be slowing the funk down anytime soon.
Son of Jazz legend Bobby McFerrin has some big shoes to fill, but it seems he’s taken a step in the right direction. His debut LP ‘Early Riser’ is truly a masterpiece. His sound has a LoFi Jazz fusion feel, and the production level of the album is top knotch. He’s a maestro behind the keys and his record will attest to his knack for composing dynamic music. Study-up on Brainfeeder’s own Taylor McFerrin, you will not regret it.
Thriftworks (i.e. Jake Atlas) isn’t a producer as much as he is a composer. If you know his music you know what I’m talking about. He has an ability to create soundscapes that form some sort of harmonious frequency designed to make you vibe out and get down on an instinctual level. Think West Coast gangsta beats on acid; his shit is crunk in the most unsuspecting way. If you didn’t already know he just dropped a three-part masterpiece of an album (Fade, Fader, Fadest) spanning 57 tracks and nearly three hours. Crack open a gallon of milk and sip it to some Thriftworks.
This guy might just be the future of pop electronic music, he also definitely is Trippy Turtle. Peder Losnegård is the 22-year-old Norwegian producer, rapper, vocalist, songwriter, and beat prodigy. His sound is massive and his musical style is something new that seems to be catching on like fire. Look out for Lido to be playing on the radio before you even get to see him playing at a festival, mark my words.
The takeover now seems imminent… From a game-changing album to massive tour dates all over the country supporting some of EDM’s biggest and best, to the fact that J-Mac is just a super likeable humble person and good dude at his core, it seems like 2015 is the year that Manic Focus will go from big to HUGE. He’s been incorporating live instruments in many of his sets and songs and it’s been amazing to see him grow on a performance and production level. His ear for electro-funk is undeniable, and even the most hipster’d out EDM hater would get caught groovin’ to his tasty tunes. Wishing nothing but success for the Twin-Cities-turned-Windy-City homie, this dude deserves it.