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8 Innovative New Musicians
To Watch For In 2013: Part 1









Not to say we told you so, but we boldly claim bragging rights for our music coverage last year. Throughout 2012, we discovered many new and sensational emerging musicians from around the world who are now nominated for Grammys, shortlisted on BBC’s Sound of 2013, and featured on the best music of the year lists of the world’s biggest tastemakers. Since we love to keep our readers ahead of the curve, we have selected 26 musicians for you to listen to- and who we predict will take over the radio charts, bombard the blogosphere, and keep you dancing throughout 2013.

Since 26 may be too many to handle at one time, we split the list into three parts for your listening pleasure- Part One featuring 8 new artists appearing in this February 2013 issue, Part 2 featuring another 8 artists in March, and the final 10 stars of the future will appear in April. Check it out beginning- right NOW!

Jessie WareJessie Ware - The missing link between Sade and Adele
A sophisticated and soulful pop star from South London, Jessie Ware is currently touring America (which includes a New York show that sold out in less than 10 minutes) and has wowed audiences with her song styling- reminiscent of a  mix of Adele and Sade. Her debut album, Devotion was released as #5 on the UK albums chart, and was featured on numerous Best Album of 2012 lists including Billboard, Pitchfork, Complex Magazine, BBC, and The Guardian. Fans were first introduced to Jessie Ware when she teamed up with SBTRKT and his frequent in-studio and live collaborator Sampha. In 2011, Ware recorded the beautiful duet "Valentine" with Sampha, and she was also featured on two songs on SBTRKT’s self-titled album. Record label PMR/Island, has crowned the singer as leader of a group of uber progressive R&B and pop singer-songwriters, who were strongly influenced by UK garage, soulful pop, and 90’s R&B. For example, Disclosure's remix of her single "Running" is widely considered one of the best remixes of last year. Her recent US debut release, If You're Never Gonna Move EP, was released this January.

Alt J
Alt (pronounced Alt-J) - Mercury Prize winners and the next hipster superstars
We all know hipsters love triangles and Alt-J are obsessed with triangles, writing lyrics like “Triangles are my favourite shape” to their band’s name, which is the keyboard shortcut for the delta sign on Mac keyboards. If you don’t consider this hipster catnip yet, Alt-J also directly refers to the children’s book and Spike Jonze directed film, Where The Wild Things Are in the song “Breezeblocks”. Their debut album An Awesome Wave won the British Mercury Prize and American fans have taken notice, with the band selling out shows across the country.

Inc (formerly Teen Inc) - R&B for art school kids
Whether you call them Indie R&B, PBR&B or Intelligent R&B, the only thing we know about Inc for certain is that they will be leaders in the upcoming new wave of R&B in 2013. Longtime fans of Andrew and Daniel Aged will remember when the brothers were called Teen Inc. Even bigger fans can recall the time they played separately, when they recorded and toured with everyone from Robin Thicke to 50 Cent and even Sir Elton John. Compared to other art-school- chic crooners like How To Dress Well and Twin Shadow, the Los Angeles based duo released their EP, simply called 3 in 2011. They also caused the indie music community to salivate when they released their single “The Place” from full length debut, no world, which will be released on February 19th, 2013 on the hipster powerhouse label 4AD Records.

Frankie RoseFrankie Rose - That girl from your favorite chick rock bands
Former member of many of your favorite all girl indie-pop bands Dum Dum Girls and The Vivian Girls, Frankie Rose broke out on her own in 2010 by releasing her first record with her touring band Frankie Rose and the Outs. Last year, she found herself on the radar of lovers of the micro-genres jangle pop, dream pop, and C86 when she released her Night Swim EP and her sophomore album Interstellar on Slumberland Records. With an impressive “Best New Music” co-sign from Pitchfork, her unique brand of breathy, catchy indie-pop tunes is perfect listening for those nostalgic for new post-punk that is similar to Cocteau Twins or early work by The Cure. Her album was featured on the Best Album of 2012 lists by The Boston Globe.

Ryan HemsworthRyan Hemsworth - Electronic producers can love hip-hop too
Who doesn’t love an electronic producer that appreciates the latest banger in the electronic community, as well as more mainstream street music by bands like Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Future. Following in the footsteps of Chicago’s Flosstradamus, The Hood Internet and Supreme Cuts, Canada’s Ryan Hemsworth made some of the best remixes of 2012 with his fine-tuned ability to ignore genre boundaries. In addition to releasing rap sample heavy Last Words EP, he has collaborated with rappers Main Attrakionz, Shady Blaze and Deniro Farrar and remixed Frank Ocean, Grimes, and even Craig David’s "Fill Me In".

Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit - Violins, cellos, and electronic music, oh my!
Clean Bandit work as a collective with an instrumental core of string quartet, keys, electro-acoustic drums and various vocalists. In shows, they play every single note live, which, for songs with synths as rich as "Mozart’s House" and "UK Shanty", is a spectacle in itself. This band brings a breath of fresh air to those who have seen too many bands pressing buttons at the start of songs. They have been lucky to have had their first performances on huge stages in Cambridge, directly supporting the likes of Big Boi, Ellie Goulding, and Disclosure on their sold-out tour.

DisclosureDisclosure - Sibling duo who will make your favorite UK based dance music  
Last year, we featured this British electronic production duo’s four-song Face EP as one of our favorite underrated releases of 2012. But this year they plan to gain even more momentum by singing on their songs. The brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence began playing instruments at the age of four, and in their teens they began to imitate the music of their favorite post-dubstep, house and UK Garage musicians like Burial and Joy Orbison. As they began to hone in on their own unique sound, they quickly set themselves apart from the majority of UK Garage producers who simply chop up sampled R&B vocals, by releasing melodic lyric heavy songs with talented but still unknown vocalists. The appeal of their catchy hooks has allowed Disclosure to be appreciated beyond their niche, and surpass similar vocal heavy UK Garage artists they previously opened for on tours like the 2011 DJ Magazine Best of British Awards’ Album of the Year winner SBTRKT. Disclosure received extensive play on UK radio when they released the first single on their upcoming album on PMR Records called "Latch" featuring Sam Smith. The single reached the 3 spot on the UK dance chart and the 11 spot on the UK Singles Chart. They also gained attention for their remixes, most notably their rework of Jessie Ware’s “Running”. Their duo’s album will be released in March 2013 and it will feature vocals by Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence as well as other emerging singers. Disclosure’s taste for mainstream friendly songs and youthful exuberance for live show experimentation might gain them American radio play as electronic listeners grow tired of aggressive dubstep and begin to favor the brilliant chord progressions, basslines, and soulfulness of UK producers like SBTRKT, Jamie xx, James Blake, and Jacques Greene.

OkmalumkoolkatOkmalumkoolkat - Weird name and weirder rap music from South Africa
Okmalumkoolkat may be a hard name to pronounce, but the lively Johannesburg based rapper makes witty, upbeat music with the best producers from around the world, including M.I.A.. In his songs, the self-proclaimed tastemaker makes numerous references to American streetwear brands, that will impress the biggest fashionistas in Bushwick as well as listeners in Africa. The music video for the title track of the South London production trio LV’s Sebenza album features Okmalumkoolkat’s colorful personality and animal print clothes. Last year, LV also collaborated with Okmalumkoolkat on an entire dance floor ready EP, called Get A Grip for Hyperdub Records which featured an eclectic blend of South London deep garage, UK funky, soulful dub and South African kwaito. He is also a member of the performance art duo Dirty Paraffin with Dokta Spizee and last year they released the 6-track Dirty Paraffin EP. Though this pair may be from a different continent, SPIN Magazine considered them one of the 5 best artists of July 2012. Dirty Paraffin’s sound is a mixture of French electro, their own Zulu culture, West African and East African music. Fans of American house music, grime music, and classic hip-hop revivalist groups like The Cool Kids and Das Racist, will surely be intrigued by what Okmalumkoolkat has coming up with his various new projects for 2013.

Check out Melanie’s list of even newer artists to watch for in 2013, right here!

Honorable Mentions in Rock/Pop:
Electric Guest, MØ, The Neighbourhood, Savages, FIDLAR, CHVRCHES, Charli XCX

Honorable Mentions in R&B:
Syron, The GTW, Rochelle Jordan, Ango, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Johnny Rain, JMSN, Jacob Banks

Honorable Mentions in Electronic:
Cashmere Cat, Perseus, Roses Gabor, Rudimental, Maya Jane Coles, Two Inch Punch, Melé

Honorable Mentions in Hip-Hop:
Kilo Kish, Chance The Rapper, G-Eazy, Pro Era, Kids These Days, 100S, Kitty Pryde / Issue 143 - September 2018
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