Our Tips for 2013
The twelve acts you need in your life in 2013
Amazing Radio already brings you the best new music 24/7 but it’s that time of year again where everyone takes a punt on who’s going to be big in the next twelve months. We’ve got form. Our list last year included Mercury Prize winners Alt-J along with notable successes for Dry The River, Azealia Banks, Spector and Lianne La Havas and this year’s list is no less special.
Lulu James had us smitten with an early demo of Be Safe earlier this year. It has since had a production rework by geniuses Hostage and Kidnap Kid and a release on the unstoppable Black Butter Records. Her sultry R&B has left us breathless and based on her live shows; we know she’s got a tonne of these hits in the bank. As she drip feeds them out over 2013, we’ll see Lulu James filling the much-needed urban-soul gap.
Post-punk looks all set for a revival in 2013, largely due to this all-girl London four-piece. Channelling the spirit of the late ’70s; Savages’ dissonant immediacy scythes through your consciousness and grabs you without let-up. There’s a controlled aggression that threatens to consume their songs and a nonchalance in Savages’ demeanour that marks them as a stylish and intriguing prospect.
A dead cert for 2013 is Birmingham grime MC, Lady Leshurr. With verve, gusto and an attitude rivalling that of any rapper on the scene, ‘Leesh’ verbally slaps you with immediate, inventive wordplay and an un-matched linguistic agility. Our very own Paul Lester likened the 23 year old to a British Missy Elliot and having spent 2012 featuring on various mixtapes and singles, we’re convinced 2013 will be her year as she breaks out on her own.
As the debate over the death of guitar music rages pointlessly and endlessly on, Birmingham four-piece PEACE are taking no notice and forging their own path to greatness. The band has created a wildly addictive new guitar sound. It’s bold, but not overtly brash. It’s expertly played and innovative but littered with ‘stadium-huge’ choruses. Their EP Delicious is an astonishing introduction to a band who are selling out London shows at a rate of knots. Watch out for their debut album early 2013.
Bondax seem to defy all sense of logic; crafting intricate, soulful, dubby grooves that belies their tender years. Dreamy soundscapes are underpinned with throbbing, sub-bass resonance; interspersed with chattering, garage-esque percussion, resulting in a clutch of blissed-out 2am set closers.
Schizophrenic math core outfit, Marmozets create a brash, riff-heavy juggernaut of aural assault. In parts wiry, rocky and always with both feet planted firmly in metal; this ‘up-north’ five-piece employ dynamic changes in vocals, tonality and rhythm to brutal effect. Live, they’re a raucous and wildly energetic bunch, and simply a must-see. If you can’t wait until their February tour, you can make-do with the two EPs they treated us to in 2012.
Producing an array of the highest calibre sun-spangled pop from a magic bag probably labelled ‘HITS’, Mausi create pristine Italo-European three minute gems. Adeptly romping through live performances with a chic, stylish energy and tightness others can only wish for, Mausi may well be the perfect festival act for next summer. They’ve been on our radar from day one, and in leading lady Daisy, may have the future poster-girl of sassy, danceable indie-disco.
Storming 2012 like an out-of-control bull, the three sisters from LA are already on the lips of every new music enthusiast. Their debut LP might be one of the most anticipated releases of recent times with their hybrid of rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and smooth R&B sounds captivating us here at amazing. The band smashed onto people’s radar as a highlight of SXSW earlier this year, refusing to let go of our consciousness and by the time 2013 is out, there’ll be nowhere to hide from the sisters HAIM.
Heart-achingly beautiful, Luke Sital-Singh’s voice invokes a powerful emotional response in all who come across it. Despite working within a well-trodden genre, he nimbly creates a rich, wintry sound that is utterly unique and captivating. As far as debuts go, his self-produced yet impeccable finished EP gives us a glimpse of we might expect in 2013. The future in Luke’s world looks beautiful.
The Glasgow three-piece have taken the blog-world by storm with their stunning electro-pop sounds. Having only released two singles so far, the band have taken their time and steadied themselves for the rush of attention they’ll receive in 2013. Currently touring with Passion Pit, the band have notched up a total of six weeks at the top of The Amazing Chart this year with their two tracks making them the most The Amazing Chart’s most successful band of the year.
Crafting uniquely hazy slow jams, XXYXX has emerged from the underground in spectacular fashion. His R&B infused beats flow in slow motion while pitch-shifted vocals swirl eerily atop it all. The 17 year old Floridian has already released an album’s worth of material built entirely from his own bedroom. Expect him to be unleashed in a full studio producing for big names in 2013.
M O N E Y
Manchester’s M O N E Y are one of the most breath-taking bands to have emerged this year. Their beautiful, magical tunes have captured our hearts here at amazing. Their arrangements are minimal, yet the emotion they invoke is monumental; cathedral sounding. Their sound is wide with echo and reverb, the vocals haunting and full of mystique. So Long (God is Dead) might just be the single most moving track to emerge this decade.