In 2014 we’ll be seeing album releases from the likes of Frank Ocean, Little Dragon, Solange and Caribou; and on top of that, there are some really exciting artists coming out of the woodwork. There is a continuous development of new genres and themes throughout the industry, and here are some of the new artists contributing to that.
Andreya Triana has been around for a few years. She collaborated and toured with Bonobo in 2009, a tour I was lucky enough to catch in Leeds. Her debut album ‘Lost Where I Belong’ came out in September 2010 via Ninja Tune. But, after a successful collaboration on Breach’s ‘Everything You Never Had’ in November and a new album on the way, I think 2014 may be her year.
21 year-old, Icelandic singer-songwriter, Asgeir, released his debut album in his native language back in 2012, but last week released an English version, titled ‘In The Silence’. His music is bone-tingling, falsetto-full acoustic folk with cleverly placed hints of electronica.
Elli Ingram’s fantastic debut ‘Sober EP’ came out in July, and we’re (impatiently) waiting on the release of her most recent single ‘When It Was Dark’. Her music is jazzy and colourful, and her vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Amy Winehouse.
Kwabs is an unusual talent; his vocals totally consume me. I have no doubt we’ll be hearing lots of him, not only in 2014 but for plenty of years to come. His debut EP is out on Tuesday, I have done the geeky thing and pre-ordered it (super fan).
Rosie Lowe’s music is a brilliant kind of alternative-soul, with some R&B vibes.
Rubee Rayne, Moko and Lulu James all hint at similar concepts, with smooth, soulful vocals.
There is another common theme throughout this list, with artists such as Glass Animals, Solomon Grey, Oceaan, SOHN and Jungle. These guys are all British-based producers who are pushing new kinds of electronic music; combining synth-driven, funky instrumentals and refined vocals.
We should not forget the likes of MNEK, Laura Welsh, Banks, FKA Twigs, Marika Hackman etc., who are all well and truly on the route to success. I could ramble on for hours about how great these all are, but I won’t bore you with that; have a listen for yourself.