Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Acts to look out for in 2010

2009 saw a host of great acts such as Florence and the Machine, The Big Pink, La Roux and Mumford & Sons burst into the mainstream from relative anonymity. So, in no particular order, here are some of the fresh-faced upstarts that I feel are poised to do similarly in 2010: 

Surfer Blood
Heavily surf-influenced indie pop 4-piece from Palm Beach, Florida, whose Shins-esque sound is especially alarming upon discovery that none of them even surf....either way, their debut album Astro Coast is released on January 19th and if the songs on their MySpace are anything to go by, it should be an absolute blinder.    

From Palm Beach to the marginally less sexy Bangor, Northern Ireland. TDCC were a 2009 addition to the uber-trendy Parisian label Kitsune and, with their combo of buoyant electro beats, angular guitars and triple-threat vocals, you can see why they were so keen to get their mits on them. A March '09 European tour with Phoenix will do nothing to harm their rep either. 

Wolf Gang 
The brainchild of Londoner Dan Wilton, Wolf Gang make contagiously catchy nuggets of indie goodness. As one of exciting new Manchester-based record label Hit Club's first signings, the band have already secured the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Baby Monster for some quality remixes, certain to be imminently coming to a dancefloor near you.

Ellie Goulding
Probably the most obvious choice on this list, Ellie's an absolute shoe-in for 2010 stardom. 2009 was a great year for Female-vocal pop with the aforementioned Flo & the Mac and La Roux achieving huge commercial success, and with tunes such as Under The Sheets having already achieved massive web buzz (Starry Eyed is even better in my opinion), she'll certainly be joining those ranks sooner rather than later.  

Everything Everything
Frenetic indie band from Manchester, combining roller-coaster vocals, jagged guitars and quirky synth. Combine this with subject matter such as digital photo manipulation software and you've got a delightfully unpredictable sound which is as likely to divide opinion as it is to garner the band an army of followers throughout the years to come.

Free Energy 
Foot-stomping rock'n'roll from the US, which sounds like Jet if they were any good, or more specifically Weezer's frat-rock with Strokes-y vocals and The Hold Steady's rock-out tendencies. Oh, and they're part of DFA Records' roster, which pretty much guarantees that they'll be awesome.   

Crystal Fighters
In a musical landscape over-populated by shitty generic pop bands, it's always refreshing to hear something a bit different. Describing Crystal Fighters as merely 'a bit different' is a criminal understatement however, as their fusion of electro and basque-folk needs to be listen to a couple of times just to be understood, let alone appreciated. But once that happens...what a treat. 

Rox
Roxanne Tataei aka Rox is a South London-based soul artist of Jamaican/Iranian descent. The Church and Jamaican family gatherings provided the foundations for her to develop a stunning vocal, and with a Jools Holland performance under her belt and a 2010 full-length on the way, this should be her year.     


Young Guns
Having grabbed the alternative rock scene by the scruff on the neck with debut EP Mirrors earlier this year, Young Guns will be looking to capitalise on this momentum with an upcoming album and stint on the national Kerrang! Tour. They have an epic sound, with crunching drums, nifty riffs, as well as soaring vocals provided by vocalist Gustav Wood.

  
The Drums
Probably the world's coolest band right now, The Drums burst on to the radar with one of the year's best tunes in 50's surf/rock'n'roll number Let's Go Surfing. Surf is making a huge re-emergence as a genre, and The Drums are right at the forefront of the movement.    

 Anyone who you feel I might have left out? Let me know below.

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