The BBC have their list, I have mine. Since I am not bound by trends and hitmaker status, I have a collection of artists who I think will make a creative impact in 2013. My hope is that they come to the U.S. at some point to make a lasting impression on your musical tastes.
Before we do, let's look at my collection from last year -- Spector, The Damn Jammage, Django Django, Two Wounded Birds and Stay +. Spector are somewhat a big deal in the UK. Unfortunately, U.S. tour plans were scraped. Damn Jammage still plugging away, but not much buzz stirring. Django Django had a boffo year, even name checked recently in Entertainment Weekly. Two Wounded Bird I was going to see in Scotland last year, but their plans were scarped as well. I am still holding out hope for Stay +, who have been teasing new material and remaining in the shadows.
Here's who I think we'll be buzzing about in the UK this year. Obviously, Palma Violets and Savages are bands we are already giddy about:
5. Public Service Broadcasting -- If you miss the early days of Fugiya & Miyagi, than Public Service Broadcasting will get you believing again in lo-fi, but catchy electro-pop. The added angle from the duo of J. Willgoose and Wrigglesworth is their heavy use of vintage voice recordings to give the music an artistic edge. They also kind of reminds me of Man or Astroman? Check out their single: Everest --
4. Plantman -- One of the lesser known Marvel comic book superheroes or an up-and-coming UK artist? You decide. Plantman is the nom de plume of singer-songwriters Matt Randall and Adam Randall of the band Beatglider. They can filed under, "Sounds like Badly Drawn Boy" but without the neuroses. Their debut LP, Whispering Trees, already has received rave reviews in Mojo and Uncut. Have a go at Lunaria:
3. Stubborn Heart -- I've mentioned this London duo a couple of times before. Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald take the dubstep genre into tolerable realms. Need Someone was just a little package of wonderful that I've played on repeat. So here's something that will get you to sit upright. This soul/dubstep ditty is called Penetrate:
2. Jagwar Ma -- I love when my fellow music friends forward me a track, and then I shoot them back a post on said music. Like this week, one of my London peops was like, check this ish out from Jagwar Ma. and I'm like pfft that was so January 2012. i haven't forgot about them, just hoping more blissed out vibes comes from them in 2013. Looking at their twitter, they are ready to play their debut gigs.
1. Society-- I've mentioned a few times that the trend for new bands is not to reveal much about themselves. This helps suppress any undo hype and stem high expectations from a novice band. Check that with Stay + and Wu Lyf. Now comes Society, who's debut song, All That's We've Become, is just to good to ignore. I'm going to post this video every month until you people start paying attention. In the meantime, still no official site, but The Horrors and La Roux are big fans. He or them, are the masterstroke melding of Portishead, The Verve and Daid Axelrod