Signed to rightly revered label Captured Tracks and formed by part-time Beach Fossil live guitarist Zachary Cole Smith with ex-Smith Western Colby Hewitt on drums, DIIV’s sound is as dreamily reverb-heavy and ridiculously cool as you might expect. But there’s a compelling depth to their playing and ethos that marks them out as more than just another bunch of cute, well-connected Brooklynites. Debut album Oshin offered us many highlights but it’s with the swoonsome melodies of ’How Long Have You Known’ that really had us smitten.
- Camilla Pia
We’ve been smitten with Louisa Rose Allen – aka Foxes – since she release of her flamboyantly brilliant Warrior EP earlier in the year, but it’s with ‘Echo’ that turned our perpetual crush into a full blown love affair. Featuring anthemic production and a chorus line so defiantly huge that the induced goosebumps can be seen through clothes, this young Londoner may have accidentally produced one of the most perfect pop songs of 2012.
- Rich Thane
For a roster so heavily influenced by the sound of Sweden, World Tour are one of only two Swedish acts on the Cascine label’s increasingly impressive roster. ‘Believe’ is a glorious piece of transcendental pop: as wintery and desolate as the surroundings the band write and record amongst, yet brought to sparkling life with dreamy reverberating vocals and mesmerising synths. A staple of Best Fit DJ sets from now until eternity.
- Rich Thane
Teenage production duo Bondax have quickly made a name for themselves dropping dancefloor obsessions throughout 2012 . ‘Baby I Got That’ laces Bondax’s signature waves of booty slapping effects through high pitched snaps, coupled with an uncanny ability to build up beats and cleverly let them drop, like a water balloon on the pavement on the hottest day of summer. Looping snippets of soul-drenched vocals through brazen piano keys, twinkling percussion clicks and atmospheric bass, Bondax have delivered one of the hottest tracks of 2012.
- Andriana Albert
One of the prime cuts from her world class album Tramp, ‘Serpents’ find Sharon Van Etten in angry, animated mode. Reflecting the sibilance of the eponymous snake, she spits accusations at a former lover, who she venomously and vehemently accuses of “sucking on dreams” at the dramatic core of the song. A furious diss, that hits its target to devastating effect, while still rocking out, this compelling and driven track serves as very clear notice: Sharon is not to be trifled with.
- Jude Clarke