Our definitive list of singers, producers, bands and musical trends we think you should be keeping a firm eye on over the next 12 months.
As with everything in life, music goes round in cycles. At the end of the day, there’s only so many notes, and that’s not even mentioning the human inclination towards nostalgia. 2012, over anything else, will be remembered for its fascination with R&B. As with the year prior’s reconfiguration of 80s synth-pop into the over-subscribed and swiftly ridiculed micro-genre of chillwave, these last twelve months have seen many rummaging through their old mix CDs up in their parents’ attic, finding beloved compilations of years past. With home recording and uploading easier than ever, the past few years have seen a whole host of bedroom producers blossom into stars before our very eyes, with The Weeknd and Frank Ocean just two of these examples.
AlunaGeorge are also indicative of this, and a lot closer to home. The London-based pair have grown over the past year, attracting excitement on the back of debut track ‘Just A Touch’ – laid back, seductive and silky smooth but laden with glass-shattering levels of bass. But more than just R&B nostalgists, the pair (comprising, unsurprisingly, of Aluna Francis and George Reid) have bloomed into one of the brightest new sparks in the ever-merging worlds of pop, grime and electronic music. Their tracks render 90s car-mixtape R&B through a modern filter of dub and glitch production whilst packing irresistible airwaves-friendly choruses.
2013 should prepare itself for more of the same, but on a far greater scale. Their upcoming debut record is destined to propel the pair closer to Radio 1 than 6 Music, if they’re not halfway there already. “3 things you will definitely hear on the album”, the band portend. “1. Explosion sound FX. 2. A Bad – ass synth solo. 3. George on a talkbox. Hopefully it will prove that those who’ve got behind us so far aren’t wrong.” We, for one, are ready to be proven right.
“Bad-ass bitches who know how to shred”. Their words not ours, but we can’t (or wouldn’t possibly dare) argue with them.
Meet Deap Vally. The house-band for some yet-to-be-scripted Tarantino movie where the two Californian gals sweat out the spirit of rock n roll in short, gin-soaked bursts while fists fly and blood stains the floorboards. While the band has only existed for just over a year, Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards already sound like they’ve been playing together for several lifetimes. Lindsey used sing for The Troys (alongside her sister) while Edwards is a veteran of the LA music scene, clocking up half a decade with Pity Party (as well as a stint drumming for The Raveonettes). The duo apparently met in a needlework class.
Producing brilliantly raw rock n roll that soars in all of the right places, it was lust at first listen when the pair fell into our laps earlier on in the year. Completely smitten with debut single ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’, we simply had to film them for our series of sessions and, upon encountering their vivacious personalities and face melting riffs first hand – they were always destined to be an important part of this year’s Ones To Watch list.