At the end of last year, I penned my predictions for artists who looked likely to take 2014 by storm. This week on Fuse News, we're going to be looking at some of those artists in more detail, along with some late additions. Here is everything you need to know about our picks, and more importantly, what they sound like.
BANKS emerged mid-2013 and has been hard to ignore ever since. From touring with The Weeknd to being the soundtrack of the Victoria's Secret holiday campaign, expect to see and hear plenty more from the sultry LA soulstress this year.
Very little was known about BROODS until recently. At the end of last year, the debut single from the New Zealand duo seemed to appear on every blog ever. Since "Bridges," momentum has been relentless. The brother-sister team has since been signed by Capitol Records here in the US and has worked with Lorde’s producer on gems like their latest, "Never Gonna Change," which I have listened to circa 8 billion times in the past week.
This Brooklyn duo went from strength to strength in 2013, refining their sound and building the most epic and intricate wall of noise possible for two people to create. Born performers with a deep-rooted friendship that creates a frankly mesmerizing energy on stage, XNY are set to make a real difference in 2014 with their unique but accessible brand of indie rock. Your new favorite band.
Danish pop singer MØ burst into our lives in 2013 with the track "Waste of Time" before putting out her debut EP Bikini Daze and a brilliant collaboration with Diplo. The Diplo track, "XXX 88," will feature on her highly anticipated follow-up EP, No Mythologies to Follow, releasing February this year. Electropop with attitude at its absolute finest and catchiest.
5. Sam Smith
Sam Smith is one of a number of emerging British artists who rose through the ranks of soulful R&B vocalists from across the pond last year. From the likes of Sampha to Jessie Ware and John Newman, these artists were featured on tracks by Disclosure, SBTRKT, Rudimental, Naughty Boy and other groundbreaking British producers before starting to showcase releases in their own right. This was Smith’s silky smooth debut, with an album expected this year.
6. FKA Twigs
Glitchy and intimate, FKA Twigs is making music unlike anyone else is at the moment. Her 2013 debut is both intelligent and beautiful, but don’t watch this video if you’re hungover. It just sort of makes you feel weird because her face turns into an alien. Definitely listen, though—whatever your state of mind.
With one of the most addictive pop tracks to surface in 2013, Javeon is just now gaining momentum as an artist in his own right after being a go-to vocalist these past years. This seems to be a real theme with talent emerging from the UK this year, and if "Give Up" is anything to go by, Javeon's 2014 debut album will be worth the wait.
A Brooklyn-based three-piece creating simple, beautiful, addictive R&B-influenced pop perfection, Wet have a somewhat sparse online presence and aren’t the easiest to find, but it’s worth the longwinded search when they sound this damn good.
9. Chloe Howl
There is plenty of hype surrounding this feisty young electropop singer from the UK at the moment, and it’s obvious why. With high energy and no excuses, this is angsty pop music for the now. Howl tells it like it is.
10. Nimmo & The Gauntletts
Packing out huge London shows and being tussled over by every major record label there is, Ninmo & The Gauntletts had quite the eventful 2013. The indie pop outfit from London via Brighton break the mold and aren’t afraid of some sax. Incredibly charming. Incredibly talented. Immediately appealing. Your other new favorite band.