2016 Preview: Artists to Listen out for Part Four

11 Dec

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We continue our look ahead to next year with three more acts we are particularly excited to hear more from in 2016. This part of the countdown actually includes a couple of acts we’ve got all excited about before, but then they went and hid for a year or so, so with new music just released or on the horizon, we’ve allowed ourselves a little indulgence and a lot of giddiness in writing about them again.

Don’t forget, you can also look back and see who else is getting us hot under the musical collar for next year in the previous parts of our 2016 Preview.

Part One (here)
Part Two (here)
Part Three (here)

#6 – Avec Sans

Avec Sans

After a storming and highly enjoyable 2013, Avec Sans found their way onto our 2014 preview. At the time we, and Popjustice, were jumping up and down on the bed in anticipation of their debut album. Sadly the album didn’t arrive but the pair have been in the studio recently so we are allowing our hopes to get up for 2016.

The reason we are so excited, as we pointed out back then (and it still holds true now) is because we absolutely adore their fantastically upbeat and danceable tunes. Electro sparkles and beats flash and pulse like a grand firework display against a night sky of synths and melody. Choruses are made to be sung along to while your feet tap and shuffle, heads nod, arms twist and bodies convulse in rhythmical movement; sprung into life by the infectious and compelling sounds.

Stalk Avec Sans: Facebook / Twitter

#5 – Embers


Another band we included on our 2014 preview list was Manchester based Embers. They too had a great 2013 after bursting on the scene in explosive fashion at the end of 2012 with the remarkable “Hollow Cage”. They released a couple more tunes, played some incredible live shows (including one we saw at The Great Escape that nearly melted our face off) and then, with the world waiting with baited breath for them to own 2014, they vanished.

While that was disappointing for all us fans, the good news is that they are back, once again bursting into life as the year ends with a fantastic new tune (“The Bitten Tongue) and this time there is the promise of much more. Tunes have been written and, we hope, are ready to go. Expectation levels are high once again but we’re sure these guys can more than meet them. It might be a couple of years later than we thought, but this could be the year of Embers.

Stalk Embers: Website / Facebook / Twitter

#4 – The Japanese House


With a Zane Lowe premiered debut track a place on the Dirty Hit roster and The 1975 on production duties, The Japanese House appeared in 2015 feeling fully formed and sounding beautiful. Her two highly acclaimed EPs, Pools to Bathe In and Clean took us on magical journeys of gorgeous emotional highs and lows, all set to wondrously intricate electronic compositions.

Amber Bain dazzled us with her multi layered melodies and beguiling androgynous vocal. Icy production freezes crisp digital beats and hearts before melting away in the warmth of the synth lines and those near distorted harmonies. It is utterly gorgeous stuff and no wonder that she has appeared on many a list this year, including the Blog Sound of 2016.

Expect to see her on more before the year is out and with rumours of an album to come next year, expect to find her on many a Best Of… list in 12 months time as well.

Stalk The Japanese House: Facebook / Twitter

4 Responses to “2016 Preview: Artists to Listen out for Part Four”

  1. name not supplied January 3, 2016 at 21:33 #

    i heard of japanese house 🙂 🙂
    i listened to all of their songs on soundcloud very recently in fact 🙂

    • Adam H January 3, 2016 at 21:34 #

      Did you like them?

      • Name not supplied January 3, 2016 at 21:56 #

        If I remember at the time I thought….mmmmmm if katsuhiro otomo had written music, he might have sounded like The Japanese House. In my head it was all shades of light and dark like Akira.
        It sounded very cyberpunk ish

        I coulda just said yes couldn’t I

      • Adam H January 3, 2016 at 21:59 #

        You could have, sure, but where is the fun in that? I prefer this as an answer, much more evocative and interesting and I know exactly what you mean about the light and the dark.

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