The Hidden Gems of 2015

14 tracks released in 2015 that you might have missed

There’s no denying that 2015 has provided us with a lot of brilliant new music- and new bands. But here are a few songs you could be forgiven for missing…

  1. Slaves- Wow!!! 7am

A non-single track on the Mercury Prize nominated debut album, ‘Are You Satisfied?’, this simplistic but noisy punk belter from Slaves is terribly underrated.

2. Vynce- Lust

Like the indie pop baby of The 1975 and Peace, Wirral band Vynce returned from the success of 2014’s ‘Waves EP’ with this tune of a single.

3. The Magic Gang- Alright

Melancholy and atmsopheric, this fuzzy indie tune from Brighton newcomers The Magic Gang popped up in early 2015.

4. Peace- Imaginary

This track is a true hidden gem. Appearing only as a bonus track on the deluxe version of Peace’s January 2015 LP ‘Happy People’.

5. Grimes- Scream

Bonkers, crazy, a little bit scary and Mandarin. This track, produced by Canadian dance artist Grimes and featuring Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes, was one of the forgotten tracks of NME’s Album of the Year ‘Art Angels’.

6. Cherry Glazerr- Sip O Poison

One and a half minutes of pure punk rock brilliance from LA trio Cherry Glazerr.

7. Swim Deep- Hotel California

The spaced out, chill-out anthem Hotel California was the B-side of Swim Deep’s boundary-pushing 2015 single ‘To My Brother’. It also appears on the deluxe version of the band’s second album ‘Mothers’, which was released in October.

8. Inheaven- Bitter Town

This song helped London band Inheaven make a name for themselves touring the UK this year. With an 80s post-punk sound and impressive songwriting, ‘Bitter Town’ is a true gem.

9. Hot Vestry- Parallel To Tomorrow

Drawing parallels to their keyboardist’s Dad’s band New Order, Macclesfield four-piece Hot Vestry release this electronic post-punk track on their April EP ‘A Scene In Between’.

10. Spector- West End

This track from London indie pop foursome Spector is so much of a hidden gem I couldn’t find it anywhere online. Not one of the standouts on the band’s second album ‘Moth Boys’, released in August, but a fantastic indie pop tune nonetheless.

11. Yak- Cumberland Gap

London trio Yak struck gold this summer with an unexpected cover of a 1961 folk song, Lonnie Donegan’s ‘Cumberland Gap’, putting their own noisy, guitar-thrashing, organ-smashing stamp on it.

12. FIDLAR- Drone

LA skate-punk band FIDLAR released this awesome track on their second album ‘Too’ in August. While not being released as a single, it was my favourite track of the LP, reminiscent of the garage-rock days of their debut self-titled album amongst an album of pop-punk songs.

13. Drones Club- Cold Hand

The standout track of innovative London electronic project Drones Club’s second EP of the year ‘Rise’.

14. Rat Boy- Sportswear

A less silly song from Essex multi-instrumentalist and rapper Rat Boy which was quickly (and wrongly) forgotten about. This impressively written and mixed track, released in April on his debut EP ‘The Mixtape’, was socially observant, angsty and brilliant.