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Ashes Artists To Watch Out For in 2015

If I were a betting woman, I’d bet on these artists to kick some serious ass in the music arena next year. 


James Bay: The Folk-Pop Wonder

The gist: James Bay makes beautifully crafted folk songs with pop appeal. Throw in impressive vocals, a phenomenal fashion sense and a whole lotta soul, and you’ve got the ingredients for next year’s breakout star. 

Standout song: “Let It Go"

For those who like: Ed Sheeran. Soft, guitar strumming. A killer hat. 


Years & Years: The Electro-Pop Pulverizers 

The gist: This wise-beyond-their-years, London trio have already generated a number of dreamy, euphoric masterpieces. Their music is in a word, hypnotic – I dare you not to get pulled in!

Standout song: "Take Shelter"

For those who like: Jungles. Colorful smoke. Making out. 


Tove Lo: The Provocative Pop Queen  

The gist: Sweden powerhouse Tove Lo is in-it-to-freaking-win-it in the new year. With the debut of her raw, gritty & intoxicating album, Queen Of The Clouds, this future pop star is ready to reign. 

Standout song: "Moments"

For those who like: Kesha’s "Tik Tok” video. Clubs. A catchy tune. 


Misterwives: The Indie-Pop Annihilators 

The gist: The only contender I’ve seen live in concert, Misterwives are a group of crazy-talented, quirky singers and musicians. Their energy shimmers and shines through their songs. Hop on their whimsical bandwagon for a guaranteed good time. 

Standout song: “Reflections"

For those who like: High school. Dancing. Emoji’s. 


Kygo: The Take-Me-To-The-Tropics Producer

The gist: Norway’s Kygo is making moves fast over here in the states and around the globe. His sultry, summer-friendly sound is the epitome of originality. Check him out and stay extra warm this winter. 

Standout song: "Firestone” f/ Conrad

For those who like: Palm trees. Poolside cocktails. Sunlight. 


Jon Bellion: The Hip-Hop Troubadour 

The gist: It may sound cliche but I’ve honestly not heard anything like the gems created by Jon Bellion. His music is distinguished – towering high above what’s out there right now. Do yourself a favor and absorb your ears in his artistic awesomeness. 

Standout song: “Human"

For those who like: Originality. Abstract art. Swagger. 



Ashes Picks For the Best Songs Of 2014

Happy December!

Wow. What a year for music. Even though nothing will ever beat the comfy, nostalgic warmth of the late 90’s/early 00’s for me, 2014 was quite impressive (albeit, still not over).

Below is a modified list of the songs that were quite literally music to my ears these past 12 months. I’m 99% sure all songs listed can be found by searching for them on my blog. 


Anything by The 1975. Seriously. But if I had to pick, I’d go with their most recent gem, “Medicine”

It’s a three-way tie for Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” f/ Zedd, “One Last Time” and “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart” This year did wonders for her career. 

Banks “Beggin For Thread”. An understated pop phenom. 

Bleachers “I Wanna Get Better” + “Wild Heart”. Do yourself a favor and go see them live. You won’t regret it. 

Clean Bandit “Rather Be” f/ Jess Glynne. What’s a best of year list without this song? I mean, those strings! 

Damien Rice “The Greatest Bastard”. The feels. 

Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”. The man can sing AND dance!

Ella Eyre “Comeback”. Let that motherfucker burn 🙂

Jessie Ware “Say You Love Me”. The feels part deux. 

La Roux “Sexotheque”. As close to perfect as a song can get. 

O.A.R. “Peace”. Underrated. 

Sia “Chandelier”. Sick.

Tove Lo x2 with “Out Of Mind” + “Moments”. Pop’s newest contender. 

White Sea “Future Husbands Past Lives”. Epic shit. 


Tove Lo “Moments”

Haven’t heard anything post-worthy in a week or so… until now. 

Tove Lo is absolutely killing it with this gem. LOVE the lyrics, especially when she declares “on good days I am charming as fuck.” Can’t wait for her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, to drop in a couple of weeks!

Tove Lo “Not On Drugs”

My favorite Swedish artist at the moment. I definitely recommend her insanely catchy Truth Serum EP. 

Tove Lo “Out Of Mind” (Music Video)

So I just realized the song I literally just posted about from Tove Lo has this pretty brilliant visual accompaniment. This is definitely one of the best song/video combo’s I’ve seen. Gotta love Sweden!!!

Tove Lo “Out Of Mind”

More goods from Sweden.

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