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Guest post – Annie Mac’s three acts for 2015

The BBC Radio One DJ, who plays Dublin next week, selects her three acts to watch in 2015

Thu, Nov 27, 2014, 10:06

   

It’s that time of year when thoughts begin to turn towards the acts to watch for 2015. Here are three acts which BBC Radio One’s Annie Mac reckons she will be raving about in 2015. Annie plays Dublin’s Academy next Wednesday night (tickets available here) and Belfast’s Limelight next Thursday (tickets here). Her new album “Annie Mac Presents 2014″ is out now on Island Records (review here) and she’s also getting into the festival business with Lost & Found in Malta next April.

Lapsley

Lapsley

18, Scouse, sassy, self-taught: there is nothing not to love about Holly Fletcher. She stayed up late at night learning GarageBand while her mum thought she was studying. Her sound is very considered and her songs – like “Painter (Valentine)”, “Station” and most recently “Falling Short” – are heart wrenchers, moody r’n'b with loads of space inbetween the sonics for her voice to shine. I’m excited for what she’ll be bringing out on XL recordings next year.

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

He’s got the Rick Rubin stamp of approval in America and has an incredible one man band set up with synths drum machines pedals etc. His sound is impossible to pinpoint, but suffice to say the man can SING and he has a pop sensibility with none of the formulas. Sometimes, his music reminds me of Sohn, sometimes of Jai Paul, but mostly it feels like nothing I’ve ever heard before. The songs will stick in your head.

Little Simz

Little Simz

Another sassy young lady who makes rapping look completely effortless. She’s been doing it since she’s nine and she’s now 20. She has a crew of fellow rappers and pals called Space Age. She’s very focussed and ambitious and crucially America is starting to love her. she’s loyal to her crew, hasn’t picked any big name producers and has shunned major label deals to put our mix tapes and eps on her own label AGE 101. I think she’s really got what it takes.