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Get to know some of the names and faces that will be soundtracking your 2015. Featuring Kstewart, Blonde, Kwabs and more, these are the artists to watch out for in the year ahead.
You might recognise Stormzy from when he picked up the award for 'Best Grime Act' at the MOBO Awards this year. His debut EP 'Dreamers Disease' was released in July this year and has been catching everyones attention, including Manny Norte's, who will be having Stormzy in as a special guest on The Norte Show End Of Year Special. Expect big things in 2015.
You won't believe the up and coming star Zafi B is just 16-years-old. She has been around for a while but as an actress rather than a singer, appearing in shows such as Doctor Who and Holby City when she was just 11. A graduate from the Sylvia Young Performing Arts School, Zafi B's debut single Number 1 is well worth a listen. Read more at http://www.capitalxtra.com/artists/fuse-odg/lists/similar-afrobeats-artists/zafi-b/#os2L0jJyykieFwKE.99
London based singer Kwabs is fast becoming a big name in the UK. The 24-year-old's first two EPs 'Wrong or Right' and 'Pray for Love' were released this year and his debut album is due to drop next summer. How does he describe his music? "I think of it as being ultimately soul but it's music that throws back and throws forward. It's like taking from the things I love and that I've been listening to all my life while having a place in the future." Picture: PA
After coming third on the US version of The X Factor in 2012, the five ladies got signed to Simon Cowell's record label and have been soaring ever since. Their debut single 'BO$$' is being played on Capital XTRA, which is a good way to round off the year for the new group.
Any avid hip-hop fans will already know the name August Alsina from his collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. The up and coming star even performed at the BET awards this year alongside Breezy and Trigga, so you can't deny he's in with the right people. Picture: Getty
Makonnen Sheran, better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen, was the name on everyones lips this year after Drake remixed his song 'Tuesday.' In July 2014, the singer released his self-titled EP ILoveMakonnen and Miley Cyrus shared one of his songs on her Instagram, catapulting him in to the public eye.
Bristol boys Adam Englefield & Jake Manson met on the internet after hearing each others work and began making huge house tunes together, including 'I Loved You,' which is getting tons of airtime. If you haven't heard of them yet, get to know.
Up and coming duo Wayward are beginning to turn heads with their smooth remixes, including their biggest to date - Basement Jaxx's 'Never Say Never,' which was huge this year.
Signed to 'Spinnin Records' along with some of the worlds biggest DJs, French DJ and producer Tchami has began to make a huge name for himself after supporting Skrillex, Diplo, DJ Snake and more on tour. We're expect a house hit from him in the year ahead.
London based singer Kstewart, real name Kate Stewart, is the voice that you've been hearing on Oliver Helden's hit single 'Last All Night (Koala)'. If Becky Hill is anything to go by, 2015 will be her year.
Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman make up New York based duo Lion Babe, who have been making waves in the underground scene for a while now. Their debut EP was released this month (December) and has a track featuring Childish Gambino.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ released his debut mixtape in 2012 and has been slow but steady on the scene ever since. His debut album 'B4.DA.$$' is due for a January 2015 release date, so maybe it will be the year he finally blows up?
What a year it has been for Bobby Shmurda. The rapper had nothing less than a viral hit on his hands when he released 'Hot', with the song's music video currently scoring over 32 million hits on YouTube. We think 2015 could be the year Bobby proves he wasn't a one-hit-wonder but is sticking around for the long-run.
London electronica trio Years and Years is made up of keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. They've already been nominated for the 'MTV Brand New For 2015,' se expect big things.
When Gorgon City, who was on our 'Ones To Watch' list for 2014, released their 'Sirens' song 'Unmissable' back in the summer, everyone wanted to know more about the man that provided the stunning vocals, Zak Abel. Now he's branching out on his own with 'These Are The Days.'
Little Simz, real name Simbi Ajikawo, is an English rapper, musician, actress and singer. Her fourth mixtape 'Blank Canvas' was released via JAY Z's Life+Times website and she recently released her debut EP "E.D.G.E".
Mila J, real name Jamila Aiko Chilombo, is the big sister of Jhené Aiko, who you'll know for her collaborations with Childish Gambino, Drake and other huge US artists. Now it's Mila J's turn to rise to prominence. She's already appeared on Trey Songz and Omarian songs and released her debut EP 'M.I.L.A' which stands for Made in Los Angeles in October. Picture: PA
French deep house and electro music producer The Avener, came out of nowhere this year with the track 'Fade Out Lines' which went to number one in Austria, Germany and top 10 in Denmark, Italy, Belgium and more.
18-year-old Atlanta singer Raury had the honour of opening Outkast's shows in their hometown earlier this year. Now, he's featured on SBTRKT's new song 'Higher' and surely that's only the beginning.