Jan 23, 2015
LessThan3’s Top Artists To Watch In 2015
After crowning various genres’ top 15 songs of 2014, the time has come to make predictions for the upcoming year. Each writer on the LessThan3 team was faced with a daunting challenge, considering a variety of factors to decide which act he/she believed showed the most potential for growth and success in 2015. From house, to indie, to trance, the final choices represent a wide range of musical tastes, each as satisfying as the last. We encourage you to get more acquainted with our top up-and-coming artists, and please don’t hesitate to share your favorites with us as well!
Ari Evans’ Pick: Zeros
Zeros - Space Noir (Original Mix) [Sotto Voce]

At LessThan3 we love watching artists develop into the stars they are destined to become. Sometimes that means starting off with a different name and sound and then rebooting when the time is right, which is precisely the story behind young up-and-comer Marcus Modlinski, aka Zeros. He originally released tracks as Falinox under Lifted–Spor’s label–and has continued that relationship as Zeros, dropping an unbelievable debut album called Space Noir on Sotto Voce–Feed Me’s label. This 12-track album boasts deep variety, ranging from funky electro to deep and minimal tracks with production value that will have you listening on repeat for days. We’ll definitely be keeping our eye on him as 2015 unfolds.

Mike Davies’ Pick: Philip George
Philip George - Wish You Were Mine (Extended Mix) [3beat]

From an almost unknown bedroom producer in 2014, to hitting #2 on the UK singles chart in the first week of 2015, young British producer Philip George has had something of a rapid rise to the top with his debut release Wish You Were Mine. Touted as a hit by Liverpool-based DJ and 3Beat records manager Anton Powers for several months, the track ended up on the BBC Radio 1 playlist, topped the iTunes dance chart, and was the most Shazam’d track in the UK throughout most of December. Off the back of his recent success, Philip is DJing at various major events and clubs across the UK in the coming months, including Sankeys and Cream. It’s surely only a matter of time before he goes international.

Nathan Codd’s Pick: Jauz
Jauz - Feel The Volume (Original Mix) [Mad Decent]

LA’s rising house-and-bass star Jauz began his climb in 2014 with a remix of Breach’s Jack and a release on Buygore (with whose management firm he remains today), making the label jump to Mad Decent in November with Feel The Volume. After securing not one, but two tracks in Jack U’s Diplo And Friends mix on BBC Radio1 followed by a slot of his own shortly after, Jauz has locked in his destination for 2015: further.

Jon April’s Pick: Durante
Durante - Slow Burn (Original Mix) [NEST]

It’s easy to fall in love with Durante, from the classic house sounds of his single Slow Burn to the slightly deeper air of his latest release Full Moon. The LA-based producer is set to have a huge 2015 after proving to listeners around the world that he’s got the musical talent to be successful. With support from the likes of Skrillex and Sleepy Tom, Durante is set to have a gigantic year.

Chris Porter’s Pick: M-Boogie
M-Boogie feat. Jessica Wilde - Running Back to You (Original Mix)

M-Boogie might not be a household name yet, but the East Londoner is poised for a monumental 2015. On the radar of meteoric label Black Butter, M-Boogie cites producers that range from Todd Edwards to Frankie Knuckles as influences. The fledgling DJ/producer has already shared the stage with such acts as Rudimental, Gorgon City, and My Nu Leng, to name a few, and his DJ resume includes venues like Space and Amnesia in Ibiza and the massive Glastonbury Festival. M-Boogie recently released a funk-inflected house number called Running Back To You, and his forthcoming tune Here And Now will undoubtedly claim the praise of the masses. Click here to listen to an early version of Here and Now on M-Boogie’s SoundCloud page and be sure to follow him while you’re there.

David Kim’s Pick: Hayden James
Hayden James - Something About You [Future Classic]

Australia has yet another budding superstar in the ranks in Sydney-based producer Hayden James. After a remix for Dillon Francis back in 2013 put him on the map, James capped off an impressive 2014 with an official remix for ODESZA’s Say My Name and a solo release on Future Classic, home to fellow Australian Flume and widely considered one of Australia’s finest labels. James’ style generally features seductive vocals and a deep bassline, all wrapped up in a sexy, funky package. Generic EDM is in dire need of an injection of soul, and we believe Hayden James is the right man to do the job.

Yasmin Damoui’s Pick: SAFIA
SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds

I’ve chosen three-part Australian band SAFIA as ones to watch in 2015 for two reasons. The first: they clearly value quality over quantity. Lead singer Ben Woolner’s voice is hypnotically unique and the group’s production style is tastefully subtle, undeniably distinct, and highly skilled. The second: SAFIA represents not only quality genre-defying music, but more importantly the integral ability for a particular song to have a deeply emotional and spiritual effect on its listeners. Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds is that song for me, and many others, as witnessed by its SoundCloud comments. From the profound lyrics, to the carefully-crafted buildup, to the overwhelmingly powerful drop, The song is truly something special. Listen to the rest of their tunes here and purchase their music via Beatport here.

Shea Kopp’s Pick: George Maple
George Maple - Talk Talk (Original Mix)

It’s no secret that Australia is a budding hub for new music. From Anna Lunoe to Flume to Flight Facilities, the Land Down Under is making a business out of quality music exports, and George Maple is next in line. She got her start after lending her vocals to Flume’s Bring You Down and quickly released a string of singles to follow up on her newfound acclaim. Currently calling Future Classic her label home, she adds her name to an impressive roster that includes Chet Faker, Cashmere Cat, Jagwar Ma, and Panama.

Jungle Terror
Josh Bennett’s Pick: Wiwek
Wiwek & Gregor Salto - On Your Mark (Original Mix) [G-REX]

You know you’re doing something right when your music creates an entire new genre that artists around the world begin producing. That’s exactly what happened with Wiwek, the Dutch upstart who took Dutch house, threw heavy tribal drums and animal noises in it, and out popped “jungle terror." The genre has been championed by DJs like Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Chocolate Puma, and the central label home is Rimbu, which is run by Wiwek himself and features a bevy of new producers influenced by the jungle terror sound. You can hear his best-known track, On Your Mark with Gregor Salto, below, but be sure to listen to more of his releases here. There’s a lot more full tilt jungle madness where that came from.

Nu Disco
Megan Murphy’s Pick: Jerry Folk
Jerry Folk feat. BB Diamond - So Long (Original Mix) [New Wave]

Jerry Folk first turned heads about a year ago with his addicting disco take on ZZ Ward’s 365 Days, but in the months since, this young Norwegian star has proved he’s no one hit wonder. Between remixing everyone from Baby Bash to Chromeo and releasing his first original track So Long on New Wave records, Jerry Folk was busy generously spreading his sound around the electronic music world in 2014 in the form of free downloads. At just 19 years old, he’s already mastered the craft of creating sophisticated dance music with just the right amount of funk.

Jesse Champagne’s Pick: Mind Against
Mind Against - Strange Days (Original Mix) [Life & Death]

If you’re a fan of Tale Of Us, chances are that you’ve already lost your, ahem, mind to a Mind Against track without knowing it. The Berlin-based brotherly duo’s particular brand of techno carries a heavy dose of dark emotion and a deep, palpable atmosphere. Their latest release is the three-track Strange Days EP, and the title track encapsulates everything great about the duo, from a dark, driving bassline to their signature quirky synth play.

Michelle Gardner’s Pick: Jason Ross
Wrechiski & Jason Ross - Atlas (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]

Chosen as Above & Beyond’s Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2014, Jason Ross tops my list of artists to watch in 2015. Thrust onto the radar with his remix of Parker & Hanson’s Gravity, his real introduction came during ABGT100 when two of his originals, Elements and Atlas, were premiered at a sold-out Madison Square Garden. As Audien, Arty, and Mat Zo continue to carve their own niche outside of Anjunabeats, 2015 will be Jason’s time to shine. Keep up with him on SoundCloud and be sure to pick up Atlas when it’s released on Jan. 26.