January 16, 2014
For the first time ever, we've pinpointed artists emerging within our Zeitgeist data.
The two qualifiers: this was their first time on the year's most-blogged list, and they've yet to release a full length LP. Tracks are paired here with select words from some of their reviews. Read more about it here.
"Sam Smith has won the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll, and after already having the fifth biggest selling single in the UK in 2013 with LA La La, his collaboration with Naughty Boy, 2014 is looking huge for the 21-year-old.
— The Blue Walrus
GEMS is a duo hailing from Washington, D.C. who have a gorgeous dream-pop vibe. They are easily one of my favourites in 2013 and I wouldn't be surprised to see them really make it big in 2014.
— Hearty Vibes
What started as a project with mystique has reached full actualisation; with each track shared, Lyre’s venture has gradually seen an unveiling of charming and sophisticated pop music, priming Paul Dixon for grandiose heights.
— The Schoole of Abuse
This Aussie nevers plays a show without suiting up, a great habit that matches his chique pop sound. It hops from here to there and feels so big yet so simple at the same moment. Gifted with a great voice and down-to-earth approach, Josef Salvat is set to win over that same earth with his sound. We’re particular excited for the song(s) he wrote with Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Bat For Lashes, Rihanna, etc).
— disco naïveté
The four-piece originally started as a jangly guitar-pop band before retreating for a couple of years to concentrate on songwriting and recording. The result is a handful of meticulously crafted songs built upon airy keyboards, a drum machine, and shimmering guitars released throughout last year that seem to prove doing so was a right move. For this year Woman’s Hour has plans to release a debut album on Secretly Canadian – we’re holding our breaths.
For Danish electro-pop act Karen Marie Ørsted, a.k.a. MØ, 2013 was a whirlwind of buzz-worthy success... Now, her debut full-length — recorded and produced by No Wav’s Ronni Vindahl in Copenhagen — is poised not only to put both MØ and her appetite for pulverizing, unconventional anthems on the map, but on a path towards a more permanent stay beyond the fleeting, flavor-of-the-month hype.
— Consequence of Sound
Du Tonc exploded onto the scene with their debut single “Darkness,” which has since done over half a million plays on soundcloud. This heady disco-tinged partnership (Van Schie + Mighty Mouse) came about during a chance encounter in the basement of the smoky Parisian ‘Social Club’ where both were playing back in 2010 and as they say, the rest is history.
— Kick Kick Snare
Banks makes seductive, sultry electronic soul music that joins the dots between The Weeknd, Jessie Ware and James Blake. It’s all dark synths and nocturnal beats, it’s music to shed clothes to, it’s music of the twinkling sophisticated city, ready to lure you into bed.
— Breaking More Waves
SOHN: dark, disturbing and gaining momentum like a wheel on a hill.
This time, simplicity is bliss. Love can change us for the better, love can be kind, maybe, I’ll believe it at least when listening to Sydney's Panama. This isn’t new stuff, but this is easy stuff. Another 2013 example of a cathedral-style song that leaves you feeling a little fuller, a little more complete.
— All Things Go
Brooklyn-based trio Little Daylight is next on the list of synth-pop hopefuls, right beside my other faves like St. Lucia, CHVRCHES, Haerts, Ellie Goulding, and deservingly so.
— Pop Labyrinth
Describing their music as “minimal soul”, the Australian trio is influenced by ’90s R&B, as well as a number of more recent acts, including The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and The xx. They have just signed to Modular (Tame Impala, POND, Cut Copy) and have unveiled their debut single “Feel Real”, a seductive late-night jam with Jamie XX-esque production and sultry R&B vocals.
The dynamic duo, Adam Kaye and George Townsend, have been been taking the Blogosphere by storm with their delicately produced and melodically beautiful garage sound.
— Salacious Sound
Sitting alongside the likes of Jessie Ware in the sensual, late-night soundtrackers of the year, Laura Welsh utilises her seductive vocals to pour out above the pristine RnB-inspired production. Welsh deserves to a massive break-through 2014.
— The Line Of Best Fit
Mikky Ekko, the handsome Southern crooner who recently hit the charts with his Rihanna collab “Stay,” has the sort of voice that is exactly two notches above James Blunt-esque. Right where he needs to be.
— J(am) of the Day
Reminiscent of how Zola Jesus’s singing hypnotizes the listener, Fabi’s voice lifts Haerts’ synth-heavy, Fleetwood Mac-esque pop songs to vertigo-inducing heights.
— Gimme Indie
The LA pop trio have all the makings of super star status, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens very soon. Hip hop beats and sleek vocals blended through spotless production, providing us with ear candy of the sweetest degree.
— The Wild Honey Pie
Elektra and Miranda Kilbey, the twin sisters known collectively as Say Lou Lou, are some of our favorite Swedes. Their dreamy pop landed the duo a collaboration with Chet Faker, and their cover of Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” cemented their status as songwriters flexible enough to make music that can function as a morning wake-up or a lullaby.
— Pigeons and Planes
Ever since we were sent ‘Fluffy’, a sweet slice of American-infused garage rock at the beginning of the year we’ve had these guys on repeat, as they continue to show more sides to their sound with each new track they upload.
— When The Gramophone Rings
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