Welsh music tips for 2010

Now, there's always the danger of hype steamrolling reality (see Terris) but we're not ones to go against tradition, so here are some of the names you may be hearing more of in 2010.

The Radio 1 Introducing In Wales show team reckon that Marina And The Diamonds are one of the more obvious choices as she builds on the success of her 2009 EPs, but they also go for Vanguard.

"Young West Walean DJ/production duo, doing french Electro better than the French," says Producer Ed. "Already getting love from Kissy Sellout, Grimmy, Jaymo and Andy George (and us of course) on Radio 1."

Vanguard:

They're also hot for Islet. "NME went head over heels for them before they'd recorded anything, just signed to Turnstile music and off on tour with Los Campesinos! and Swanton Bombs early next year. Our session with them was the first material they'd ever recorded," says Ed. Our own Adam Walton's also been singing their praises in this very blog.

Ubiquitous Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens goes for Y Promatics.

Our Twitter friends wrexhammusic go local with Gallops who are readying an EP and album.

Another of our Twitter friends, _Telenovela is looking foward to both the second Kids In Glass Houses album and the debut album from Straight Lines.

While not new artists, the new albums from Funeral For A Friend and Bullet For My Valentine are exciting some more of our Twitter friends.

Cardiff-based music journalist and contributor to BBC Wales Music Noel Gardner reckons that North Walian psych-poppers Race Horses will break out in 2010, and also suggests dubstepping ex-Optimas Primer Stagga for your attention.

Stagga:

For us, we like the loopy math rock action of Right Hand Left Hand, the straight-ahead pop rock of Attack! Attack! and the crunking loon rock of Exit International.

Also worth a listen:
Tiger Please
Swathes
9Bach

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