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Vic Galloway | 15:30 UK time, Wednesday, 11 January 2012

It's that time of year again, so here goes...

Last year I made a list of 50 artists to investigate over the course of the oncoming year. It did seem a little excessive, so this year I've streamlined to... ahem... 35! Ach well...

You may have heard some of them on my BBC shows recently. If not, you will do in session or in recorded form over the next 12 months. Most should have releases out and will be playing a venue near you soon, so check them out live, online or a local record shop soon. From beats, bass and bleeps to strums, riffs and twangs; acoustic, electric and electronic - therein lies a treasure trove of interesting music, right on your doorstep.

In alphabetical order:

1. Asteroids
2. Birdhead
3. Blank Canvas
4. Brown Bear and the bandits
5. Chris Devotion & the Expectations
6. Cleavers
7. Die Hard
8. Discopolis
9. Django Django
10. Eugene Twist
11. Happy Particles
12. Hector Bizerk
13. Holy Mountain
14. Homework
15. Jack Townes
16. John Knox Sex Club
17. Lady North
18. Lenzie Moss
19. Miaoux Miaoux
20. Monoganon
21. Muscles of Joy
22. Olympic Swimmers
23. Part Wind Part Wolf
24. Paws
25. Pronto Mama
26. Rudi Zygadlo
27. Salo
28. Slimes
29. Snowgoose
30. The Imagineers
31. The Machine Room
32. The Mirror Trap
33. The Mouse That Ate The Cat
34. Vasquez
35. Vukovi

I've tipped some of the aforementioned list before (some in 2011 actually, but hey!) and many others in years gone by. Sometimes you can be too far ahead of the curve - 2012 might actually be their year... So stand up Unicorn Kid, Three Blind Wolves, French Wives, Tango in the Attic, Fatherson, Profisee, American Men, Bear Bones, Midnight Lion, Hostage, Bwani Junction, S-Type and Wounded Knee - I salute you all too! (With that lot, I'm almost at 50 again... ho hum...)

Not all of these guys will become household names or celebrities, but that's never been my aim as a radio DJ, tipster, and music pundit. I'm a fan and if an artist is interesting, different and outstanding in this day and age then they're worth checking out, regardless of whether they breakthrough to the mainstream or not!

Enjoy & all the best for 2012!

Vic xxx

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