January 3, 2014

hmv tips for 2014… All 31 new acts in one place
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hmv tips for 2014… All 31 new acts in one place

Every day throughout January we vowed to introduce you to a new act who we think are going to everywhere in 2014. Here they are all in one convenient location...

 

#1 Eliza And The Bear

 

Who Are They?

Eliza And The Bear are a London five-piece who consist of vocalist/guitarist James Kellegher, keyboardist Callie Noakes, guitarist Martin Dukelow, bassist Chris Brand (bass) and drummer Paul Kevin Jackson. They've been going since 2011, but it's only in the latter months of 2013 that a buzz began building around the band, helped by their recent support tour with Paramore around UK arenas.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

They are cut from the same cloth as US indie types like The Flaming Lips and Broken Social Scene in how they arrange their tracks with varied instruments and bursts of brass and percussion, but there's more exuberance and jubilance to Eliza And The Bear. They have the same ability to build to epic choruses as a young Coldplay did, which is quite something. Everything they create is insanely hummable and very, very heart-warming.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Aside from the outstanding quality of their tunes and excellent stage presence, last month they headlined London's Garage, a venue with a capacity of 600, and damn near sold it out. This is a band who've released two singles and couple of support tours, that never happens.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can indeed. You can hear 'It Gets Cold' below and check out the rest of their catalogue in our download store here:

 

 

#2 Annie Eve

 

Who Are They?

Annie Eve is a singer-songwriter who has quietly, but assuredly began to turn many heads over the last few months. As well as undertaking support tours with the likes of Daughter, Fionn Regan and Matt Corby, her debut self-titled EP has been warmly received and excitement is building about what she'll do next.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

Imagine the bleak majesty of Bon Iver combined with the wit and spark of Regina Spektor and the verve of early Laura Marling, all welded together perfectly. Sounds pretty good right?

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because there's so much raw beauty in these songs, so much depth, so much life and there's clearly so much more to come.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Of course you can, 'Bodyweight' is below for your listening pleasure. She tours with Eliza And The Bear, Luke Sital-Singh and Farewell J.R as part of Communion Music's 'New Faces' tour in February next year.

 

 

#3 Jungle

 

Who Are They?

They are a duo, they are from London, and yeah, that's about all anybody knows. They're incredibly enigmatic, they're in none of their own promo shots and their shows are so dimly lit it's to make out any of their faces at all. They won't be able to get away with that at festivals mind…

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

Imagine Disclosure if they'd grown up listening to post-punk and deep house rather than Ibiza club bangers. All Jungle's track are rooted in tribal rhythms and intense grooves, which build to lilting bridges. They're quite reminiscent of early DJ Shadow and there's more than a hint of a young Massive Attack in there.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Each of the tracks they've released so far has been outstanding and, with the added intrigue they've already created with their enigmatic behaviour thus far is all to the good. You'll want to follow this band and see how they grow.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Yes, yes you may. Below you can wrap your ears around their recent single 'The Heat', which is also available to buy here. They're on tour early in the New Year supporting Haim and playing a few headline shows.

 

#4 Bloum

 

Who Are They?

Bloum consist of Paul, Leo, Bastien and Max. Paul and Leo make the music; Bastien and Max do their eye-popping visuals. They hail from Paris and have been building quite a buzz over the last year with their dreamlike electro soundscapes and unique live shows.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

If you've fallen head over heels for Kavinsky and his ice-cool synths, or you love the low-key, soundscapey electronica that Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Polica produce, then you will adore Bloum.

Other comparisons are a bit more obvious, you can hear a lot of Nicholas Jaar in what Bloum do, Fourtet and XXYYXX too, bits of Burial and Matthew Dear as well. None of this is bad news.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because they make achingly cool electronica, backed by some amazing visuals, two things one can never get enough of. Their debut album will emerge in early 2014.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Of course, they put out a new single titled 'Faith' two weeks ago and you can hear it below.

 

#5 Lonely The Brave

 

Who Are They?

Five-piece Lonely The Brave hail from Cambridge and consist of guitarist Mark Trotter, bassist Andrew Bushen, singer David Jakes, guitarist Joel Mason and drummer Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley. They've been plugging away quietly for the last few years, but things got serious in early 2013 when they inked a deal with Hassle Records (home of We Are The Ocean and Cancer Bats) and subsequently released the brilliant and critically lauded Backroads EP

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

Imagine Biffy Clyro at their anthemic best singing over the top of a whirlwind of guitars reminiscent of vintage Smashing Pumpkins and you're about halfway there. Mix in some Pearl Jam, a bit of The National, a drop of Foo Fighters here and there, maybe some Queens Of The Stone Age when they go for the jugular and you've got a fair idea. If you like rock with big choruses and big ideas, you'll be all over this.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because Lonely The Brave are definitely the real deal, they do big, heart-swelling rock without pretension or knowing glances, they're going to won 2014. Their debut album The Day's War is done and ready to go. You can read more about it here in our interview with the band.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You certainly can, below you'll find their recent track 'Black Saucers' for your listening pleasure, which you can also buy now in our download store. 

 

#6 Luke Sital-Singh

Who Are They?

London native Luke Sital-Singh is a 25-year old singer-songwriter who's been building up a devoted fanbase for the last three years. Three EPs later and he's become one of most promising new artists in the UK.

 

Who Does He Sound Like?

As with lots of singer-songwriters, especially one's that rely like on their voice and little else to tell their stories, the comparisons are fairly obvious. You can hear plenty of Bon Iver in Sital-Singh's delicate verses, lots of Josh Ritter too, there's also a large splashing of Americana with Kurt Vile and Andrew Bird in there too.

That's not say he's a hack or a singer devoid of originality, there's plenty of that in how Sital-Singh arranges his songs and the beautiful poetry he spools over the top of his bare instrumentation.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because Sital-Singh's songs are things of beauty and poise, you'll be falling asleep (in a good, relaxing way that is) to his debut album when it emerges later this year. He tours with Eliza And The Bear, Annie Eve and Farewell J.R as part of Communion Music's 'New Faces' tour in February next year.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You most certainly can, his recent single 'Nothing Stays The Same' is below for your listening pleasure. It's also available to buy here from hmvdigital.com. 

 

#7 Slaves

 

Who Are They?

Slaves are Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent and they hail from the garden of England, Kent, although there's almost nothing pleasant and ethereal about the noise the two of them make…

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

Imagine The Black Keys transplanted to the South of England, given guitars that sound like they've been tuned by The Clash in their early days and ordered to run through tracks at the most furious pace there is. Then you're about halfway to capturing the intensity of what Slaves do.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Their live shows are ferocious; the energy they bring is phenomenal and their songs, as well as being bile-soaked thrill rides are also supremely catchy. Get out to see them as soon as you can.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Why of course! You can hear their new single 'Where's Your Car Debbie?' below.

 

#8 Chance The Rapper

 

Who is he?

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, 20-year-old Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, has been steadily building a rep for himself over the last 18 months, beginning in 2012 when he uploaded his first mixtape, 10 Day, to online platform Datpiff. The mixtape was conceived while Chance was serving out a 10-day suspension from school – hence the title – and he followed up last year with another free mixtape named Acid Rap. Despite the fact neither has been released commercially, Acid Rap has been downloaded more than 250,000 times and was voted at no. 5 on Rolling Stone’s ‘Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2013’ list.

 

What does he sound like?

His style of flow has drawn comparisons to Kendrick Lamar, but it’s actually pretty unique – Chance also has a pretty good singing voice and on Acid Rap he swerves from acrobatic, stream-of-consciousness raps to soulful melodies, against a backdrop of beats by a range of producers from Jake One and Nate Fox to more unusual choices like Swedish TV composer Ludwig Görransen. The range of production styles on offer have a lot in common with the smooth, soulful beats of the likes of Common and Outkast, much of which has a distinctly Acid Jazz flavour.

 

Why should I be excited?

Acid Rap is being hailed by some as the most important Hip-Hop project to come out of Chicago sine Kanye West’s The College Dropout – high praise indeed – and mainstream artists are beginning to wake up to his talent, with even the likes of Justin Bieber jumping on the Chance bandwagon: the rapper recently featured on Bieber’s track ‘Confident’. Don’t let that put you off though, Chance has been busy on his ‘social experiment’ tour, as well as appearances last year at a host of festivals including Reading and Lollapalooza, and has plenty more projects lined up for 2014.

 

Can I hear something?

Yes you can – in fact, both 10 Day and Acip Rap are still available to download in full, for free, at Datpiff. Grab them now. 

 

#9 Ella Eyre

 

Who Is She?

Ella Eyre is a 19-year old singer songwriter from our nation's capital, like Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Adele before her; she's a graduate of BRIT School with a big voice and even bigger future.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

The comparisons are fairly obvious, with a powerful voice that dominates tracks; she brings to mind the likes of Katy B and Laura Mvula mixed with influences from early 90s R'n'B like Aaliyah and TLC, in short, she's very cool indeed.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because she has an amazing voice, the kind of voice that stays with you and feels completely unique, she is going to own 2014!

 

Can I Hear Something?

Sure thing boss, you can hear her new single 'Deeper' below. 

 

#10 The Hype Theory

 

Who Are They?

The band hail from the heart of Essex and were formed in 2010, they've spent the last two years touring relentlessly and released their debut album Captives, which came in the middle of 2013. 

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

With their anthemic choruses, guitar riffs that feel like they've been soaked in red bull, huge sing-a-long breakdowns, the comparisons between The Hype Theory and Paramore go beyond the fact that they are female-fronted pop-punk bands, but there's plenty of other stuff in there too. There's some Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Weezer and plenty of classic pop-punk in there too.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because they write superbly catchy pop-punk tracks and are an incredible live band. What else do you want?

 

Can I Hear Something?

Of course, you can hear the band's single 'If You're Going Down (I'm Going With You) below. 

 

#11 Rat Attack

 

Who Are They?

Rat Attack are well travellers rockers Mike Hodges (Vocals), Charlie Wesson (Guitar), Dan Wilson (Bass) and James Flavell (Drums). Formed in 2010, they've gigged relentlessly for the last three years, supporting countless bands and gracing the smaller stages at many of the UK's festivals.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

They sound like the exact moment where the angular ends of indie rock and the full thwack of hard rock meet. Beastie Boys, Refused, Fugazi, The Hives, The Gaslight Anthem, all hurled together in a fury of sound, energy and dynamite riffs.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because they write grimy, but naggingly catchy rock songs and dominate every stage they take. That enough for you?

 

Can I Hear Something?

Naturally. Their single 'A Bird In The Hand' is below for you to take in. They tour with the Blackout later this month too.

 

Luke Sital-Singh
Luke Sital-Singh
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Jungle

#12 Bad Rabbits

 

Who Are They?

Bad Rabbits are a fivesome who hail from Boston and have been going in various forms since 2007. Now consisting of singer Dua Boakye, drummer Sheel Davé, guitarist Salim Akram, bassist Graham Masser and guitarist Santi Araujo, the band released their debut album American Love in the mid-part of 2013.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

On the surface, Bad Rabbits seem like any other soul band, cut from much of the same cloth as The Roots, but there's a lot more to them than that. In amongst the classic soul references points like vintage Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, you'll find a hearty slice of rock and punk. The snarl of Bad Brains, the graceful licks of the Smashing Pumpkins and the power of mid-period Deftones are all in there. Lots to chew on…

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because Bad Rabbits have crafted an amazing album with a completely unique take on soul music. Also, it feels like they're just getting started…

 

Can I Hear Something?

Course. You can hear the band's single 'Can't Fool Me' below.

 

#13 Neck Deep

 

Who Are They?

Neck Deep hail from Wrexham in the heart of Wales and consist of singer Ben Barlow, guitarist Lloyd Roberts, guitarist Matt West, bass player Fil Thorpe-Evans and drummer Dani Washington. Formed in 2012, the band have gigged themselves into a frenzy over the last 18 months, recording as they went. Eventually, in the autumn of 2012, they released their debut EP Rain In July, which brought them to the attention of Hopeless Records (home of All Time Low, We Are The In Crowd and Yellowcard amongst others). They were duly snapped up and got to work on their debut album, which is out today. You can read our chat with them about it here. 

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

Imagine a perfect fusion of New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, vintage Green Day and Descendents. Yup, that's about the size of it.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because Neck Deep are the most exciting pop-punk band the UK has produced for quite some time. Their album is packed to the gills full of massive choruses, nagging hooks and buzzsaw riffs. You'll be hearing lots more from them this year.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can hear the band's recent single 'Crushing Grief (No Remedy)' below.

 

 

#14 Gunning For Tamar

 

Who Are They?

The foursome consist of D'arcy King, Dan Pollard, Joe Wallis and Ben Green and hail from Oxford. Formed in 2009, the band have released a series of extremely well-received EPs, including last year's 'Camera Lucida', which featured in our EPs of the year.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

Raw, rhythmic alt-rock, which is full of invention and power. Think Future Of The Left with much bigger choruses, Mogwai without the need to be so epic all the time, early Biffy with better riffs, all of this and more.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because their songs are full of innovation, powerful grooves and big riffs, what more could you need?

 

Can I Hear Something?

Course you can. You can listen to 'Swallower' from 'Camera Lucida' here and you can preview/download the whole EP over at our download store.

 

 

#15 Sam Smith

 

Who Is He?

21-year old Sam Smith first came to public prominence, as so many singers seem to at the moment, through collaborations. He's the man behind the sultry voice on Disclosure's supreme single 'Latch' and on Naughty Boy's 'La La La'.

In the last few months, he's released his debut EP Nirvana and completed work on his debut full-length effort In The Lonely Hour, which is due for release in May.

 

Who Does He Sound Like?

Smith's voice is lush and full of passion and verve, marrying classic soul with R'n'B production. Think The Weeknd if he'd grow up listening to Marvin Gaye, Janet Jackson and D'Angelo.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because if his shows with Disclosure are anything to go by, then Smith's live shows will be unmissable. Also, did we mention his voice? It's bloody gorgeous!

 

Can I Hear Something?

But of course! You can listen to his single 'Nirvana' below and pick it up from our download store now.

 

#16 The Family Rain

 

Who Are They?

The Family Rain are William, Ollie and Timothy Walker, they're all brothers, hence the name they've opted for. Previously they opted under the name Rock Pirates with their friend Tom Johnson, but ditched that moniker back in 2011 and formed The Family Rain. Since then they've released a series of well-liked singles and EPs and have now completed work on their debut record Under The Volcano, which comes out next month.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

They play the kind of bluesy rock that the Black Keys have taken into arenas, full of soul and vigour, but still with plenty of raw edges. You can hear Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors and lots of other classic stuff in there.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

They're an incendiary live band, full of power and passion and their debut album is seriously good. That'll do for now...

 

Can I Hear Something?

For sure! Please find the band's single 'Reason To Die' below for your listening pleasure.

 

#17 Little Matador

 

Who Are They?

Little Matador are the brainchild of Nathan Connolly, guitarist in Snow Patrol, they're his quicker, thrashier, escape from his arena filling day-job. Along for the ride are Bell X1 drummer Paul Brennan, Gavin Fox, former bassist with Idlewild and Turn, Troy Stewart, a member of Tired Pony and The Windsor Player, and LaFaro guitarist Magee. They formed in 2012 and have been working on music together in snatches ever since.

Late last year they took their first major steps as a live band, supporting Queens Of The Stone and will took with Band Of Skulls in the coming months, all in support of their self-titled debut album, which is due out later this year.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

This is raw, hearty rock n'roll, stripped of almost everything bar the absolute essentials. Think early Nirvana wrestling with The Cribs and you've got a fair idea of what we're dealing with.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because it's five men who are used to making some of the most studied and refined sad songs of the last decade letting loose and blasting out tunes. It'll certainly be fun…

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can hear the band's debut single 'Liar Liar' below, if you like…

 

 

#18 Evarose

 

Who Are They?

Evarose hail from Oxfordshire and consist of singer Dannika Webber, guitarist Imogen Leslie, bass player Connie Raitt and drummer Robyn Griffith. Formed in 2010, they've gigged on and off throughout their four years together, touring with the likes of LostAlone and Straight Lines as well as releasing a series of incredibly promising EPs.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

A perfect cross-between the classic chest beating emo of Taking Back Sunday and Brand New and the power pop rock of bands like Motion City Soundtrack, Tonight Alive and mid-period Jimmy Eat World.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

They're a great live band and they've got better and better with each EP they've released, all of which points to their debut album being something special.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can my friend, their track 'Vice' is below. 

 

 

#19 Basic Vacation

 

Who Are They?

The trio consist of singer/guitarist Chris Greatti, bassist Jon Paul and drummer Mike Montalbano. Formed in 2012 when Greatti and Paul began rehearsing together, the band soon recruited drummer Montalbano and began to gig around New York. After securing management, some of their demos were picked up by producer David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor), who invited the band to record their debut EP 'I Believe' with him.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

This is pure, American, pop rock. Think Jimmy Eat World, Foster The People and Tom Petty mixed in with the confidence and assuredness of Queen, Zeppelin and Aerosmith. It's a heady, addictive brew.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because every track they've placed online is a total banger, incredibly catchy and full of life and vitality. Their debut album will come this year and it's going to be brilliant.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You most certainly can. The title track from their debut EP 'I Believe' is below for you. 

 

#20 Jhene Aiko

 

Who Is She?

Jhené Aiko, or Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo as she's known on her birth certificate, is a 25 year-old rapper from downtown Los Angeles. Despite her relatively tender years, Aiko has been a professional musician for the best part of 15 years. She appeared as a guest vocalist on a number of tracks from the boyband B2K, beginning in 2002 when she was just 13 and has contributed guest vocals to a number of other tracks, including cuts by R'n'B singer O'Ryan and P.Y.T.

Her debut album (a radically different debut album) almost came out in 2006, but was shelved after a disagreement with Epic, who were then Aiko's record label. Following this, Aiko took a hiatus from music and resumed her education.

Then, in 2011, Aiko made a shock return to music with a mixtape Sailing Soul(s). The tape featured contributions from the likes of Kanye West, Drake and Miguel and quickly caught the attention of Def Jam Records' man No I.D, who signed her to the label. Her debut EP Sail Out followed in November and her debut full-length Souled Out is set for release in May.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

Aiko's new direction is a mixture of low-key hip-hop beats and soul, with clear influences from gospel and R'n'B. Think Frank Ocean, Miguel and Drake (when he's in one of his more reflective moments) and you get the idea.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because her debut EP Sail Out was tremendous and her album promises to be even better.

 


Can I Hear Something?

Course you can, her recent single 'The Worst' is below for you.

 

#21 Real Friends

 

Who Are They?

Real Friends consist of bass player Kyle Fasel, guitarist Dave Knox, singer Dan Lambton, drummer Brian Blake and guitarist Eric Haines. They hail from the suburbs of Chicago and formed back in 2010. Since then, they've earned their stripes by spending weeks on end in the back of a van opening up for the likes of The Wonder Years and Man Overboard and released two EPs, 2012's Everyone That Dragged You Here and 2013's Put Yourself Back Together. Their debut album will come later this year.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

Look at the bands they've toured with and you've got a pretty good idea, they share an earnestness with The Wonder Years, but have the same driving riffs and power pop melodies as bands like New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Their early UK shows have been incendiary, as, people learn more and more of their songs, they're sure to get even better.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Naturally. 'Late Nights In My Car' is below for you.

 

#22 Courtney Barnett

 

Who Is She?

Barnett is a 25 year-old singer-songwriter from Melbourne, who's begun to attract considerable attention in the last few months. Thus far she's released two EPs, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris and How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose, both were lauded and she combined them to make The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

Imagine Regina Spektor if she ditched her staccato piano playing, spent a lot more time listening to Neil Young and picked up a battered acoustic guitar. She's a funnier Laura Marling and a less raucous Patti Smith as well as a more tuneful Neutral Milk Hotel. All good stuff.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because she's incredibly witty and knows her way around a chorus. You can never have too much of that…

 

Can I Hear Something?

Naturally. Check out her single 'Avant Gardener' below.

 

#23 Moose Blood

 

Who Are They?

Moose Blood are a four-piece from Kent who formed back in 2012. After constant touring, a few juicy support slots, they released their first full-length EP Moving Home in 2013 (it made into our EPs of the year along with some choice others) and quickly found themselves being named as one of UK rock's brightest hopes, with good reason too.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

They take all the best bits, the elaborateness, the epic build-ups, the drive and the power that the best of post-rock (think Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead) and distil it down before adding in chunky choruses and hummable melodies. It's dead good.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

They're a brilliant live band, and, if their debut album matches up with the promise they've shown on Moving Home, then it will be a damn fine piece of work.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can indeed, 'Evening Coffee', the standout track from their Moving Home EP is below. You can check out their back catalogue in our download store now. 

 

#24 BANKS

 

Who Is She?

BANKS, or Banks, is actually called Jillian Banks. She came to prominence in 2013 when she posted her early versions of her work on Soundcloud and was soon snapped up by Good Year Recordings. Two brilliant EPs followed along with a tour supporting The Weeknd and now she's ready to own 2014.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

There have been plenty of sultry voices throughout musical history, Nancy Sinatra, Peggy Lee, more recently Lana Del Rey, but Banks takes it to a whole new level of sultriness. Imagine the same disparate, haunting electronics that define The Weeknd and mix in the elegance of Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill you get BANKS.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because she's a stunning performer and her EPs LONDON and Fall Over have both been flawless.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can and you should. Her track 'This Is What It Feels Like' is below for you and you can check out her releases in our download store now. 

 

 

#25 MØ

 

Who Is She?

MØ is Karen Marie Ørsted, a 25-year old singer-songwriter from Denmark. She released her debut single back in 2012 and has since signed to major label RCA for her debut album No Mythologies To Follow which is due for release on February 24. She's also worked with big name producers Diplo, who produced her single 'XXX 88' and Aviici, who recruited her to record vocals for his smash hit single 'Dear Boy'.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

The comparisons are quite obvious with MØ, she has a haunting, yet distinctive voice that's woven in amongst electronics and triggered beats. If you've fallen for Grimes and Twin Shadow's charms, then you're more than likely going to love what she has to offer.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because all the songs she's put out so far have been hooky as hell and full of intrigue. We can't wait to hear more of them…

 

Can I Hear Something?

Certainly. Her collaboration with Diplo 'XXX 88' is below for you.

 

#26 Denai Moore

 

Who Is She?

Denai Moore is a 19-year old singer-songwriter who hails from East London. So far she's out two EPs, one titled Saudade and the other titled The Lake and toured with the likes of Tom Odell and Volcano Choir, setting her up very nicely for 2014 when her debut album will emerge.

 

Who Does She Sound Like?

Moore sounds like exact mid-point between Bon Iver and Lauryn Hill, full of clever, witty lyrics, influenced by the best of hip-hop from the last decade and the most innovative music from the world of folk, with the likes of Feist, Joni Mitchell, The Civil Wars and Laura Marling definitely in the mix.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because tender, elegant, witty folk songs never go out of style and Moore's got lots and lots of those.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Sure. Her single 'The Lake' is below for you to check out.

 

#27 Royal Blood

 

Who Are They?

Hailing from Brighton, Royal Blood consist of bassist/singer Michael Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher. They formed in early 2013 after Thatcher returned from a trip around Australia with a hunger to form a band and have gigged relentlessly ever since. They're now signed up and working away on their debut album, which is due out later this year.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

As raw as The Black Keys, as muscular as vintage Queens Of The Stone Age, as tuneful as the White Stripes at their best and as loud as My Bloody Valentine. It's a heady brew…

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Because they've already proved that they're an incendiary live band and every track they've released has been a stormer. Get excited.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can indeed. The band's recent single 'Out Of The Black' is below for you.

 

#28 Natives

 

Who Are They?

Formed back in 2012, Natives are a five-piece who hail from the New Forest. After lots of gigs and a few well-received releases, the band were suddenly contacted on Twitter by John Feldman (Goldfinger frontman, producer and songwriting maestro) who invited them to Los Angeles to work with him on some new songs. 

The result is their debut album Indoor War, which drops on March 17th.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

This is pure, unadulterated, unconcerned pop-rock. The choruses are the size of small countries; the melodies are smooth as freshly woven silk and the production is clean, as you like. Think early Jimmy Eat World, vintage Taking Back Sunday, Bruce Springsteen when he really goes for it, all mixed up with some Oasis-style huge production.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

If the slate of influences cited above isn't enough, they're also a damn fine live band.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can for sure. Check out their new single 'This Island' below.

 

#29 SKATERS

 

Who Are They?

SKATERS hail from New York and formed the early part of 2012. They gigged around the city for a while and put out their debut EP Schemers back in February of last year. Quickly gaining a metric tonne of attention due to their frenzied live shows, the band were soon signed to Warner Brothers and have completed their debut album Manhattan which is due for release on February 24.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

As raw and full-on as you like and steeped in the best that rock n'roll has to offer. The Stooges, Nirvana, The Clash, MC5, The Strokes, Pixies, it's all in the mix here.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

As if the above wasn't enough then you'll also be glad to know that they kill it live. Get excited.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You can indeed. Their previous single 'I Wanna Dance (But I Don't Know How)' is below for you.

 

#30 James Bay

 

Who Is He?

James Bay is a 22-year old singer-songwriter who hails from the humble beginnings of Hitchin. He's been gigging for the last couple of years and has released a couple of much-liked EPs, with a debut album now on the way in 2014.

 

Who Does He Sound Like?

He's managed by the same people who have helped mastermind James Morrison's career and that's probably not a bad place to start. There's something rawer about Bay though, something more earthy and bluesy, there's plenty of Bob Dylan in there, splashes of Fleetwood Mac and lots of Simon and Garfunkel too.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

We caught an intimate London in late 2013 and he was extraordinary, full of passion and with a voice that absolutely cut through the chatter of a sweaty pub basement. Catch him live as soon as you can.

 

Can I Hear Something?

You most certainly can, Bay's new single 'Move Together' is below for you and you can also preview his EP 'The Dark Of The Morning' by clicking on the icon on the right of the page.

 

#31 5 Seconds Of Summer

 

Who Are They?

5 Seconds Of Summer consist of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin and they hail from Sydney. Formed in 2011, they came to prominence when they posted a cover of Justin Bieber's hit 'Next To You' which drew over 600,000 views on YouTube and brought them to the attention of major record labels. They were soon snapped up and have since released a series of singles and built themselves an enormous fanbase. A tour with One Direction (who they're firm friends with) across the world in 2013 certainly helped matters too and sets the band up nicely for the release of their debut album, which will emerge later this year.

 

Who Do They Sound Like?

This is pure, sugary pop music. Think early Take That, the rockier bits of the Backstreet Boys mixed in with a few bits of All Time Low and Blink-182.

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

If you love all of the above, then you'll love 5 Seconds Of The Summer, that's all there is to it.

 

Can I Hear Something?

Course. Their recent single 'Wherever You Are' is below for you.

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