Bands to Watch in 2016

Playlist 2016

With 2015 behind us, it’s time to get excited about what the new year has to offer. Unlike many others, when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st, I don’t think “new year, new me,” I think, “new year, new music!” 

Following all of the “Best of” lists leading up to New Year’s Day, there are always new trends to watch out for in the upcoming year. This doesn’t just go for fashion and hairstyles, it goes for music too, which is why I’ve put together a playlist of songs from bands that will have a very bright 2016.

  1. San Diego – Hinds

Four chicks with a very punky, youthful sound – what’s not to like? With an EP and a couple of festival experiences already under their belt, Hinds has been busy writing exuberant songs like San Diego, their most recent release. The song is raw and simple and showcases that these girls are a lot of fun and have a lot of fun making music. I can’t wait to see what other hits they come up with.

  1. Move Systems – Georgia

When I was 21 years old, I could barely do my own laundry, so it’s no wonder that London based, 21-year-old Georgia Barnes, who wrote and produced her own album, is one to watch in 2016. Inspired by Missy Elliott, Georgia’s EP is full of electronic vibes and looped lyrics. The song that made its way onto my playlist, Move Systems, has an M.I.A feel to it and is absolutely impossible to ignore. You can hear her passion for music in each lyric she sings and each beat she creates in Move Systems and I can only imagine that passion will continue as she skyrockets in popularity this year.

  1. Gone Are The Days – Honne

I guess 2016 is going to be another big year for electronic-pop, as Honne, yet another artist exploring synth, finds his way into my ears. The voices of Honne are so smooth that singing just sounds effortless for them. There’s something sexy about their song Gone Are The Days; it’s probably the combination of their lustful voices and the soft percussion. There’s no doubt that Honne’s creations will be making their way around the world in no time.

  1. Suicide Saturday – Hippo Campus

If you like Vampire Weekend, then let me introduce you to their long-lost brothers, Hippo Campus. These indie-rockers have a soft, mellow vibe that is easy to get down with. Their music could be described as “adorable” pretty easily, until you really listen to their lyrics. “with the power of a tin and a bottle of gin,” and “cocked her father’s gun, like her oldest son” are a couple of lines from Suicide Saturday. I wonder what other morbid thoughts they’ll hide within their toe-tapping rhythms in 2016.  

  1. Clothes Off – Ria Mae

Ria Mae’s Clothes Off could run on repeat in my ears for months and I don’t think I’d ever get sick of it. The Canadian native has only released two songs so far (Clothes Off and Gold), but they’ve both been pretty big sensations so there’s no telling how stoked music lovers will be when she releases an entire album. Clothes Off could be the anthem of every single person’s Saturday night – everyone’s just looking for someone to love…for a few hours. The song is honest, sexy and fun. and her newest single, Gold, shares those characteristics.

  1. Too Small for Eyes – Mothers

Need a good cry? Toss this one on your iPod and grab a box of Kleenex. It’s a softly picked, painful single with crackling vocals and the most sincere lyrics: “I hate my body, I love your taste,” and “we lived unloved, in unmade beds,” are just a couple examples. Being able to create something so stripped down and so painful shows how ballsy and seriously talented this band is. I can’t wait to weep over everything else they pour their souls into this year.

  1.  Whiskey – Marian Hill

With an EP that intoxicated the ears of America in 2015, the duo that is Marian Hill is expected to do big things in the coming year. They’ve been touring since September and will continue into the new year, sharing their sultry, minimalist sound with most of the U.S. Whiskey is one of my favourite Marian Hill songs and it just happens to be the first song the duo wrote together. The song is essentially just about a woman who’s really “feeling herself” – comfortable in her own skin. The duo has brought a new genre of music to our world – “sax-ual,” a sexy, jazzy, sound – and I’m excited to hear even more of it.

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