Peter Adams has his finger well on the pulse when it comes to new music. This is who he reckons will be big in the forthcoming year, watch this space…
Ady Suleiman is making waves across the county. Flanked by talented guitarist Ed Black, the soulful rap act is a breath of fresh air ready to break the UK music mould. Last year was a breakthrough year for Nottingham born Suleiman, playing both Glastonbury and Bestival. BBC Introducing and MistaJam rewarded his prowess with session time at Maida Vale.
Listen to Serious.
If you like: Michael Kiwanuka, Maverick Sabre
Nottingham five-piece Amber Run have a big year ahead. Having signed for a record label, which boasts artists such as David Bowie, Everything Everything and Dry the River, the sky seems the limit for Joe Keogh and the boys. With debut EP Noah already out, stage time at Reading and Leeds on their CV’s and Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton a fan – expect big, big things this coming year.
Listen to Heaven.
If you like: The 1975, Coldplay
Brooklyn boy Nate Harar doesn’t get out much. Instead, for the last few months he has been creating a new a range and verve of low-fi pop melodies. Dalton, the solo project, not dissimilar to early The XX and Talking Heads, is as pure-a music you are going to find on the Internet. With all the eerie guitars, eye rolling vocals and garage band reverb, you’re gonna want to put the kettle on.
Listen to New Time.
If you like: The XX, Peter Gabriel
Oh So Quiet
Originally from Argentina, Lucas and Malena Zavala create an earthy, architectural sound. The self-titled debut is a promising selection of songs combining their Latin heritage with the Western world. Laced with strings and bass, the South American duo’s live band echo a tender soundtrack for the sun to go down on.
Listen to: Motorcycle Journey.
If you like: Fleet Foxes, The Lumineers
Hailing from Liverpool University, Soho Riots are a band to keep both eyes on. Having recently received the coveted 2013 Merseyrail Sound Station Prize, big things are expected of the DIY four-piece over the next year. With catchy choruses, mean beats and fierce vocals, put your money on Soho doing big, brash and beautiful things to your radio this year.
Listen to Who’s Your Man?
If you like: The Enemy, Interpol
Anything could happen in the next 365 days. But whatever good does, Ghost Wave are sure to be a part of it. The New Zealand indie five have crazy good beats and a wayfareing shit-hot 80’s summer vibe. Their debut record Ages is out now.
Listen to Here She Comes
If you like: Tame Impala, Deerhunter