If you still haven’t got a New Year’s resolution set in stone yet, here’s one to start you off: start keeping up with these great new acts. A New Year always calls for a new itunes library, so why not let us give you a head start? Here are the ten artists to keep your eye on throughout the start of the year and to have a listen to before their music gets big.
With a band name inspired by the 1992 Suede single, this Brooklyn-based band are sure to make waves in 2014. The band channel a lively, retro-rock vibe into their free-spirited, playful lyrics. With their debut LP coming out on January 28th, Drowners are definitely ones to watch this year.
Drowners – Luv, Hold Me Down
Those garage and dance music fans among you definitely need to a watch for the new house DJ, Lxury, this year. The bold tones of Lxury’s tracks caught the attention of Disclosure, the two brothers who practically claimed the crowns for kings of the garage and dance genre in 2013. With their bulging dance beats and a variety of vocal samples, Lxury’s tracks are must-haves for your 2014 party playlists.
Lxury – J.A.W.S
Sivu, otherwise known as James Page, is definitely one destined to catch attention this year. The London-based singer certainly knows how to stand out from the crowd – he filmed his first single inside an MRI scanner. The singer’s music has been thought to be a more mellow take on that of the indie-rock band, Bombay Bicycle Club. With his tracks fully saturated with delicate yet euphonious tones, his upcoming album set for this year is one to get excited for.
Sivu – Bodies
The recently formed Scottish band have just released their first single: Out of the Blue. The track makes the powerful, ballad-type personality of the band clear from the first beat. The band also proved that they are no amateurs when it comes to channelling heightened emotions into their music through a captivating cover of Katy Perry’s Roar at Studio One, BBC. Prides know exactly induce a powerful presence through their music, so it is fair to say that big things are to be expected of them in 2014.
Prides – Out of the Blue
5. Foster the People
Anyone remember Pumped Up Kicks? That phenomenal track that no one could get out of their heads for the whole year of 2011? Although Foster the People have been pretty dormant for the past two years, the band took to twitter to tease us about their upcoming album, set for release later this year. With their previous album, Torches, being an ultimate success, one cannot help but get pumped for a whole load of new Foster the People tracks.
Foster the People – Coming of Age
This surf pop band are certainly set to make a splash in 2014. Their music is filled with calm, summery vibes and their tracks are the perfect way to escape the cold chills of winter and to start getting even more excited for summer (which we’re all admittedly waiting desperately for). The band released two incredible EPs in 2013 and have announced that they are recording a full studio album this year.
JAWS – Gold
7. Rejjie Snow
With Ireland being known for signature folk and indie music, it came as a surprise to see the Dublin-born, 20 year-old Alex Anyaegbunam (under the stage name Rejjie Snow) take a turn for the hip-hop category. Rejjie Snow’s sleek, rumbling beats have already been compared to those of OFWGKTA and Joey Bada$$, so it’s only fair to predict that hip-hop fans will be falling head over heels for the warped and distorted vibes of his tracks.
Rejjie Snow – Lost in Empathy
The electronic-chillout music fans among you may have probably already got a few Bondax tracks on your ipod, if not; these are the tracks to download this year! The English music duo have managed to weave the electronic tones of dance music into a more relaxing take on garage music. Last year prompted four new fantastic Bondax singles, making the wait for their new 2014 material (the duo have hinted at a new album through their online presence) all the more unbearable as we all wait in anticipation and suspense for even more of their ear candy.
Bondax – Gold
Jillian Banks, better known as BANKS, is certainly one to watch after being nominated for BBC Sound of 2014. The beautiful and talented alternative R&B singer saturates her soft and dreamy anthems with intimate lyrics and edgy yet laid-back undertones. The London based singer is only at the start of the music career (with her first releases only a few months ago) and has promised her rapidly growing fan base to make her first year full year of music one to remember.
BANKS – Warm Water
10. Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Vancouver Sleep Clinic have already participated in a sold out tour along with both London Grammar and Daughter, so it doesn’t come as any surprise that we can expect big things from the young, up-and-coming musician. His tunes manage to capture a transfusion of chilling vocals and eerie lullabies. Vancouver Sleep Clinic has already been referred to as ‘the next Bon Iver’ and has taken to his online facebook page to allusion his upcoming EP set for release in the early months of 2014. The young musician’s wintery tracks are must-haves for our music collections as they aid us through the bleak and crisp early months of the year.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Vapour