As hotly tipped acts such as Haim, Jake Bugg and CHVRCHES dominated our radio stations and Spotify playlists, you could say 2013 has been quite the year for emerging talent. Well, you’ll be pleased to know, it’s that time again. Where we pick out our eclectic mix of the top 5 bands we’ll be watching out for in 2014.
Secrecy is definitely this bands forte, where their unknown identity has enthralled and fascinated listeners since their track Platoon first went viral overnight. With their absorbing urban disco feel and anticipated 2014 tour, we expect to hear a lot more from the West London hailing vigilantes.
Listen to:Platoon, Heat
Spunky enough for the indie crowds and polished enough to appeal to the masses, Chloe Howl certainly seems like she’s got it sussed. With a similar sound and quirky appeal as Kate Nash and Lilly Allen, it’s definitely expected that Howl will be packing a feisty punch to make sure she appears in the 2014 charts.
Listen to: No Strings, Paper Heart
Who said Grunge is dead? Well underground alternative four-piece Wolf Alice don’t seem to think so. Imploding resonances of indie-folk-grunge, pieced together with Ellie Rowsell’s haunting vocals, the band have made way for an enthusing new sound.
Listen to:She, Blush
In 2014 we expect pigtails to have another fashion moment, and why may you ask? Well that’s because there’s a new superstar on the block called Moko. So far her trendy South-London vibe hasn’t gone unnoticed, however we expect much bigger things from the urban/garage/soul singer next year.
Listen to:Hand on Heart, Honey Cocaine
Stunningly simple, yet oh so charming, Wet deserve every accolade they obtain. Not since Daughter have we heard such motivationally pleasant sounds. Where the Brooklyn based three-piece have so far received rave reviews from across the pond. Let’s hope in 2014 they cross international waters and cast the UK under their graceful spell.
Rattling round our skulls this week is Merseyside five-piece The Sundowners new track ‘Move With Time’. After their Glastonbury set on the BBC Introducing stage, the band made up of siblings and friends, begun work on new material. One of these new tracks was performed for the first time during soundcheck for their Queen of Hoxton gig in London last week.
Their latest offering is another sneering number. It’s a slice of howling rock that begs to be heard and is guaranteed to get any crowd bopping along to their old school styled beats and frills. The riffs are gorgeous and there is not a single downbeat moment.
In the same vein as the Fleetwood Mac inspired trio Haim. The Sundowners also contain the same qualities we could liken to the Californian descendants; however they do things a little differently, pursuing a different kind of groove, one that definitely rocks harder. Conditions are ever-changing for this band; it won’t be long before they’re playing much bigger stages at Glastonbury, and headlining venues twice the size of Queen of Hoxton. By Lauren Wade
Summer has FINALLY arrived, and long may it last! This past week and a half has been so glorious we almost can’t handle the heat (we said almost…), sp we’ve put together a scorching summer playlist so you can listen to fitting tunes without so much as moving an inch.
Irrefutably the wintertide does not disrupt our journey of musical discovery from which we share the latest music mavericks that grace our audio player – and we guarantee this week is bound to give some of you of what the band themselves describe as an ‘eargasm’.
Rhythm and blues beats, momentary interludes of drums and claps that converge with folk and acapella vocals. Who dares to fuse R’n’B and folk? The answer: three young albeit bold and ruthless sisters from Los Angeles who go by the names Danielle, Este and Alana Haim.
The girls are already educated scholars in the business having originally been in a family band called Rockinhaim from when they were nippers, then what only seemed a natural step to take, four years ago the girls formed their own band Haim. These sisters are interchangeable when it comes to playing their instruments and all three sing with the eldest sister Danielle on lead vocals; although Dash Hutton is Haim’s de facto assigned drummer.
Witness their unique sound that we are smitten with on this clip from their EP entitled Forever that was released in February earlier this year.
Haim are supporting Florence and the Machine in the UK until December 10. Book tickets here