Friday 18 December 2009, 11:43
With my colleagues at BBC Wales Music having already suggested a range of acts to keep an eye on in 2010, I thought I'd pitch in with a few ideas of my own.
It could be a breakthrough year for Penarth's Pete Lawrie. His forthcoming debut on Island offshoot Field Records should see a lot of people falling for his convincing and instinctive combination of blues, soul, jazz and hip hop.
Yr Ods have been making some of the finest pop music sung in Welsh for a couple of years, now. Moshi Moshi invited them to play their night at 2009's Sŵn Festival. Rumours are that other labels have been sniffing around.
Resolven's El Goodo might have the work ethic of a hibernating bear, but their long-awaited second album Coyote (Dell'Orso Records - 25 January) organically samples the very best sixties psych pop from both sides of the Atlantic with great affection and authority, but most importantly - in great torrents of melody that'll wash you to a far better place.
The Lowland Hundred's debut album would bewitch any of the highbrow music mags who might stumble across it. Klaus Kinski will release a debut album that won't sound like any other. Straight Lines could light the valleys up by re-energising the area's predictable pop metal with something cleverer and less inward-looking. There's a lot of talent out there. But it's the ones I've never heard before that I'm most excited about.
Who are your tips for 2010?