V Magazine’s music issue is about to drop and PHEW — it just got real hot in here.
Each of the four covers of Issue 93 (on newsstands January 15th) includes one of today’s rising stars of pop, soul and R&B. These are the string pullers, feeling makers, gut punchers and beat droppers of 2015, y’all, so pay attention, and get ready to swoon your brains out.
The Voice: SAM SMITH
At this point everyone (including priests and grandmas) has had their underwear melted by the velvety-rich voice of Sam Smith. His demographic reach is boundless, mostly due to the fact that his songs wield such heart power that they position themselves to become every breakup, makeup, hung up and meet up songs we’ll ever need until the end of time.
Recommended Listening: Latch - Acoustic
The Vision: FKA TWIGS
She’s the future of experimental pop music and any of her whispery-voiced, ethereal tracks could place you in a dreamlike trance. Alternatively, with the volume cranked up, her use of punk-influenced beats and industrial sounds could blow the clothes right off your back.
Recommended Listening: Two Weeks
The Vixen: TINASHE
Tinashe describes her musical style as an amalgamation of “urban, rhythmic and pop.” With influences from indie, alternative and hip hop added to the mix, she’s a modern witch of sorts. Her sound is reminiscent of the smooth R&B of the late 90s/early 00’s, but with the effortless swag of today.
Recommended Listening: 2 On
The Vibe: JESSIE WARE
GAH. This girl is where it’s fucking at. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out, or staying in instead, Jessie Ware makes music for naked people. It’s inevitable, so don’t fight it.
Recommended Listening: Champagne Kisses