New acts to watch out for in 2013
Say hello to the bands, artists and producers set to seduce your ear drums this year
Wed Jan 9 2013
The Time Out Music team place their bets on what will be leaking from your headphones this year. Here are 12 acts that we think are set for big things in 2013. If you think there's a hot, new artist that has escaped our radar let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @TimeOutMusic.
East India Youth
Eccentric English electro-pop
London producer/singer-songwriter William Doyle is a rare talent. Not only because his Tim Hecker-esque electronic soundscapes and Byrne- and Bowie-indebted whimsical pop songs are so professionally put together for a bedroom artist, but also because he managed, over two years, to complete an incredible full-length album entitled 'Total Strife Forever' without the music press getting the faintest whiff of its magnificent existence. The record was posted to Soundcloud in 2012. Now those tracks have been hoiked off the internet in anticipation of some proper releases this year, including a February EP. Experimental and moving, strange and tuneful, Doyle's output should be made public again as soon as possible. Jonny Ensall
Hot Track 'Dripping Down'.
File next to Oneohtrix Point Never, Errors, Hot Chip.
Minimalist jazz with flourishes of folk, free improv and contemporary classical
Trumpeter Laura Jurd released her debut album 'Landing Ground' in November. Comprising thoughtfully composed originals and emotive free improvisations, this mature sounding debut would be a proud addition to the catalogue of even the most seasoned jazz pro, but in fact, at the age of 21, Jurd is still studying her craft at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. The impressive maturity and ambient beauty of her compositions belie her young years, making her an important name to watch out for in 2013. Roseanne Hanley
Hot Track ‘Happy Sad Song’.
File next to Dave Douglas, Peter Evans, Kenny Wheeler.
Hip hop like mama used to make
Nas was always going to catch a lot of flack by stating 'Hip Hop is Dead' on his eighth album of the same name. Who better to prove him wrong than a kid who freakishly recalls the rhyme genius in his 'Illmatic' heyday? Aged just 17, Joey Bada$$ released the '1999' mixtape last year to great acclaim. He didn't peddle any of the cornball cliches that currently infect hip hop (rave beats, pitched-down vocals and anthemic choruses). Instead, he just told it how he saw it from his native Brooklyn over beats that gave nods to hip hop's jazzier past. Let's hope Joey's enormous talent starts a trend for a little more realness and less Kanye-esque swaggadocio during 2013. Oliver Keens
Hot Track 'Waves'.
File next to Nas. Big L, Odd Future.
Glowering piano ballads-cum-industrial rock
A former jazz vocalist of Norwegian and Pakistani parentage from the northern coastal village of Whitburn, this 24-year-old channels the towering intensity of ‘To Bring You My Love’-era PJ Harvey with a hint of Philip Larkin-esque humour and the intoxicating sadness of her father’s Urdu ghazals. Horrors producer Ben Hillier helped summoned the sturm und drang for her forthcoming album, ‘Love Your Dum and Mad’. Those ‘Go Nads’ tour t-shirts will soon be sought-after rarities. Bella Todd
Hot track 'Aching Bones'.
File next to Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Scott Walker, Anna Calvi.
Pop sharper than a surgeon's knife
Gabriel Stebbing used to be one third of Metronomy, blessing the band with his gummy and groovesome basslines before flying the nest and starting his own project as Night Works. There were no hard feelings clearly, given that Metronomy's Joe Mount produced recent song 'Long Forgotten Boy'. One listen to his silky, digital-indie will tell you that raging ego isn't on the agenda anyway. Nightworks is urbane and metropolitan pop – funky like Chic, as soft and catchy as Hall & Oates and with an intricate streak that sounds like Television jamming on a Juno synth rather than a Fender. Expect more precision pop when debut album 'Urban Heat Island' comes out on March 4. Oliver Keens
Hot track 'Modern European'.
File next to Donald Fagen, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix.
A year ago, Novella were already rocking the boat – a floating East London studio, that is, where they recorded their brilliantly freaked-out eponymous EP. Their swirling, seductive psychedelic noise echoes Can, early My Bloody Valentine and Jefferson Airplane – especially on their most recent single: three minutes of blissful and blistering shoegaze-pop about the firearm-toting, hard-as-nails Shangri-Las singer Mary Weiss. 'Mary's Gun' left us hungry for much, much more from the London-based trio, even before we discovered their fierce live presence. As Novella steam ahead into 2013, the choice is simple: get on board, or drown in their wake. James Manning
Hot track ‘Mary’s Gun’.
File next to Toy, Dum Dum Girls, Veronica Falls.
A tropical storm
Since Yannick Ilunga emerged with debut single ‘Till We Ghosts’ in August 2012, he’s been drip-feeding us his dark, yet lush electro, slathered in a sultry baritone. We’ve only got three tracks to play with at the moment, but the 21-year-old Cape Town resident has us hooked. And we’re not the only ones – Domino has snapped him up on their Double Six imprint, and he’s just finished touring with Foals. His Facebook proclaims ‘Working on new music!!’, so we’re keeping a close eye on this one, should any more of his simmering electronics leak our way soon. Danielle Goldstein
Hot track 'Disappear'.
File next to Antony Hegarty, Kwes, Foals.
Post War Years
The future of indie-pop, now
This four-piece from Leamington Spa (now Hackney-based) have been around since 2008, but only recently picked up major attention – both Mumford & Sons and Everything Everything took them on tour towards the end of 2012. They released a lo-fi, self-recorded debut LP in 2009 (‘The Greats and the Happenings’) that followed a math-rock formula, but in the past three years, and with backing from Chess Club Records, they’ve honed their sound into something truly gripping. Their follow-up, ‘Galapagos’ is full of polished jazzy time signatures, quirky falsettos and futuristic glitches, and promises to be as beautiful, odd and unique as Darwin's island. Danielle Goldstein
Hot track 'All Eyes'.
File next to Klaxons, Wild Beasts, Animal Collective.
Public Service Broadcasting
A blitz party
Drums and guitar, a whole load of WWII radio samples, and rhythms with such driving energy they could power a dreadnought – Public Service Broadcasting’s music is a compelling nostalgia trip and barnstorming dance party rolled into one. The London duo of J Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth's EP 'The War Room' struck a particularly majestic chord in 2012, but it was their single, 'Everest', featuring narration from a documentary about the world's highest peak, that really got our pulses racing. 'Why should a man climb Everest?' the track asks. 'Because it is there.' The band's history lesson-cum-debut album ‘Inform-Educate-Entertain’ is due in spring. Jonny Ensall
Hot track ‘Spitfire’.
File next to Explosions In The Sky, The Books.
Harp-led modern prog-folk
Producing somebody else’s album was Jarvis Cocker’s idea of hell until he heard this harpist with a First in Music from Trinity, a nose for little trodden melodic paths, a wind-blown English vocal and a grounded sense of humour (whether she’s regretting a trip to Brick Lane or hymning the life-saving properties of disco lyrics) that belies lazy Joanna Newsom comparisons. Cocker’s done a mighty job with her third album, ‘The Moths Are Real’, out on January 14 on Stolen Recordings. Bella Todd
Hot track 'Night Before Mutiny'.
File next to Sandy Denny, Black Box Recorder, all harpists ever.
Indie rock strikes back
Remember The Paddingtons? Former Next Big Things, and east Yorkshire’s answer to The Libertines? Well, here’s a surprise: after they ended with a whimper back in 2009, their guitarist – and Agyness Deyn’s ex – Josh Hubbard moved to New York and joined this decade’s answer to The Strokes. Channeling the Voidoids and occasionally the Velvets, Skaters have got the garage revivalist instincts and lo-fi cool to be very big indeed. Let’s just hope they’re a little more focussed than Hubbard’s last lot, so that in our tips for 2018 we won’t have to ask, ‘Remember Skaters?’. James Manning
Hot track ‘I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)’.
File next to The Strokes, The Drums, The Vaccines.
Synth-pop takes a trip to the Tropics
After a run of performances at last year's Reading and Leeds festivals, and having supported Bloc Party on their 2012 comeback tour, this London-based foursome are relatively, and surprisingly, still unheard-of. Synth-poppers Theme Park head into 2013 having released four storming EPs and two singles, calypso-tinged 'Jamaica' and the more melodic 'Two Hours', leaving over 50,000 Facebook fans reeling for February's debut album (released February 25 on Transgressive). With a string of summer-themed lyrics and perpetual references to the lands of balmier climates, the troupe's tropical tones and jaunty beats offer more sunshine than Thomas Cook. Liz Darke
Hot track 'Jamaica'.
File next to Bombay Bicycle Club, Friendly Fires, Everything Everything.
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