“I was in what should have been this huge celebratory moment, I’m 24, 25, my album has not only sold but sold well, globally, the tours were selling out, I was getting all these accolades and awards – I should have felt comfortable, at the very least. And instead I was scared and alone, and desperate for affection. I’d realised that a lot of the pillars of affection were hollow; they weren’t real.”
I love Jack Garratt, so I’m quite pleased to see him top the poll. Overall it seems that 2016 will see a resurgence in soul-pop.
Oh and just a brag… I featured Jack back in February 2014!
As has become tradition, here’s this year’s Random List. A collection of music highlights that have caught my attention in the last year. I spend the whole year featuring new and edgy stuff, so it’s nice to put up the last post of the year as a little fun. For previous years, head here.
Most Underrated Talent Of The Year
Kwabs has been a dilemma in 2015. He’s so good, so talented, and the songs are so on-point. But he’s still not tapping the mainstream the way he deserves to be. Maybe it’ll change in the next twelve months.
Most Random Act To Pick Up Recognition In Sweden
Just before the world was introduced to MNEK’s work with Zara Larsson (one of pop’s biggest successes in 2015 in my view), Sweden took an unexpected liking to MNEK’s ‘The Rhythm’ to the point where the track picked up Gold sales. Which is nice since it hardly made impact in the UK. And let’s face it, Sweden knows good pop.
Most Played On My iTunes
Dua Lipa. Emerging from the same team behind Lana Del Rey only less of the weirdness. This is a fresh slice of pop.
Best Pop Banger That No One Will Hear
Hottest Fans At A Gig
HONNE are a staple on this blog. This year I managed to catch them live and not only was the gig sold out but it was packed with Abercrombie model look-a-likes. Fancy yourselves a hot boyfriend / girlfriend? Catch HONNE live…
Scandi Country Of The Year To Pull It’s Act Together
Biggest Turnaround Moment
Justin Bieber… Where did that come from? Seriously- everyone seems to be on Justin’s side this year with the release of ‘Purpose’ and the random pop gems that are contained within that record. Just goes to show that kid stars can make good as they grow.
Act Who Owned 2015
Act Who Will Own 2016
Jack Garratt. No one’s even pretending that Jack won’t take over the next twelve months. It’s great though; he’s showing off a new style of dark soul-pop that’s touching people in a way I wouldn’t have expected.
So this is a big deal; previous winners have included…
- 2008 Adele
- 2009 Florence & The Machine
- 2010 Ellie Goulding
- 2011 Jessie J
- 2012 Emeli Sandé
- 2013 Tom Odell
- 2014 Sam Smith
- 2015 James Bay
It’s no surprise though… Jack Garratt looks set to be 2016’s breakout star.
MTV Brand New 2016 shortlist:
- Jack Garratt
- SG Lewis
After two months of battling it out to find the winner, MTV Brand New 2016 with Emporio Armani Diamonds, will host two showcase gigs early next year before the winner is announced.
Until then, you can catch playlists for each of the artists in the lead up to the January shows on MTV TRAX.
Jack Garratt’s releases continue to get stronger with each release.
Well. This just has to be shared.
Jack Garratt’s upcoming ‘Synesthesiac’ EP is released on 13th April through Island Records. He’s also released tickets for a second night at London’s Village Underground for May, alongside a full UK headline tour.
Sultry, soulful blues in the form of this new song from Jack Garratt.
Subdued RnB sound. Check out here.