CORD Watchlist 2015


Calling which acts are going to break next year is a lottery: the rapidly morphing musical landscape means that ‘on-trend’ acts can be quickly rendered redundant, with the  next big thing appearing just as quickly.

2014 has filled our stockings with some sonic surprises. Commerically speaking, it was a good time for House music, with the likes of Route 94 and Secondcity riding high in the charts, and the Balearic House of Kygo, Klingande etc generating hype in music cyberspace.

Our favourite result of this House renaissance has been the emergence of PC Music – a term first coined by A.G. Cook for his record label which has now been used to describe one of the most eclectic genres we’ve heard in recent times. If you want to find out more, check out SOPHIE, Kero Kero Bonito and Danny L Harle for mash-ups of early-2000s pop cheese, happy hardcore and J-Pop…

With the end of the year setting off the seasonal flurry of  ‘Best Of’ lists, plenty of kudos are given for bravery in 2014. Future Islands’ captivating and highly unusual performance on Letterman seems to have cemented ‘Seasons’ on the top of most ‘Songs Of’ charts, while acts such as Perfume Genius and Against Me! have been duly rewarded for  confronting long-standing issues such as homophobia and anti-transgenderism.

So when considering which acts to back for next year, we’re casting the net pretty wide. This year has hosted infinite amounts of diverse style debuts: from EVVY and Tove Lo‘s penchant for writing massive Pop hits, to the genre bending beats of Jack Garratt, Ang Low and Ruary, to the wonderfully weird Clarence Clarity and Final Flesh… Oh, and PC Music of course.

With 2015 already promising great things, we can only hope this is just a taster of what’s yet to come…


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