2015 seems to be the year where subcultures will cross over more and more. As influences from Punk, Mod, Goth, Ska, 2-Tone and Hip Hop collide, the most exciting artists are those who embrace this, taking the best essence of each and putting their own imprint upon the creative process.
Here at Fred Perry Subculture we have picked a few of such exciting artists, as Ones to Watch 2015.
Starting off the list are our hottest tip; Juce. Composed of three sultry females, they create fresh, groove-laden soul-pop like fellow Londoners Jungle, while elements of Haim and Kindness can also be heard.
Desperate Journalist exude cool. With powerful, urgent female vocals, and sophisticated, layered guitar work, in the image of Savages, their new single 'Control' will certainly stick in your head, in a good way. Their debut album is now digitally, and on CD/Vinyl 26th January 2015.
These Welsh Indie Rockers were intoduced to us by fan and fellow Welshman Jonny Owen. They're brand new for 2014, and their raw, blues-rock 'n roll sound will appeal to fans of Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, and White Stripes.
The Luka State
Cheshire based indie-rock trio released single 'Rain' in the summer of 2014 - a superb, powerful indie ballad covering a solemn subject matter, and which reminds us of Doves and Richard Ashcroft.
With new single, ‘Where The Lightning Strikes’, this cinematic psych-outfit make blues-stomping, dirty rock n roll with psychedelic organs, screaming guitars and haunting harmonica. "This is Tarantino/Lynch style, warped, twisted psychedelic Western inspired music...' Louder Than War
Absolutely winners for 2015. Already counting Alex Turner as a fan, the Glaswegian trio are part bike gang, part all-seasons barfly; all pomade, shades, denim, leather and signet rings. They've the gritty, punk-rock 'n roll energy of The Birthday Party through to contemporaries Slaves and Sleaford Mods.
NW London vocalist Basheba is combines dark, blues influenced vocals with hard edged drum & bass beats, and has a touch of Winehouse about her demeanor. so it’s no wonder that the likes of Rudimental and Lyracis have already asked to work with her on their album projects.
These Londoners make 'future-ska' by blending reggae, hip-hop, ska and punk, whilst spitting truthful lyrics about life's grievances and annoyances. With new music promised very soon, watch this space for more gems from this super-exciting British band.
Fresh on the London scene is alt-soul singer Chløë Black, who calls her style of nostalgic dark pop 'Goth 'n Soul'. With vocal stylings not too dissimilar to Lana Del Rey, the solemn, poignant synth arrangement of Banks, and the cross-subcultural edginess of Amy Winehouse, her debut release is an ode to the musical greats who died at the age of 27; Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
With clear influences from The Smiths and The Coral, High Hazels' 'Misbehave' is a glorious, groove-driven indie anthem, with intricate, psychedelic guitar playing alongside soaring, lustrous vocals.
New Street Adventure
Invoking memories of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack and Smokey Robinson in the indie rock era, London-based band New Street Adventure are a solid new signing to the legendary Acid Jazz Records.
A self-described 'revenge-pop' artist, Catherine Anne Davies, AKA The Anchoress, makes animated pop music with a sinister, obsessive edge. Heading on a major EU tour with Simple Minds, she will be dropping her debut album in June 2015.
Pix is 19 year-old Hannah Rodgers, a young songwriter from the rural climes of Chipstead, just beyond South London, her debut 'A Way to Say Goodbye' sounds like a beautful dream.
Now gaining a fearsome reputation for blistering live shows, sharing stages with the likes of The Charlatans, The Cribs, Frankie & The Heartstrings, The Family Rain, Dexters and Darlia, these Harrow lads make spirited indie-Britrock, and we have been playing their debut album 'In the Blink of An Eye' in the Subculture offices on repeat since its release.