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#6Music2013 - Bloggers Picks for 2013 Part I

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:45 UK time, Friday, 4 January 2013


Once again we've asked some of our favourite bloggers to pick artists who they think are going to be huge in 2013 - here's Part I. But do you agree? We want to know who you think is going to make a big impact this year so leave a comment on the blog or Tweet #6Music2013 and let us know.

Arthur Beatrice (picked by The Blue Walrus)
Brimming with pop hooks and catchy rhythms, Arthur Beatrice's first two singles were on heavy rotation in Walrus Towers for much of 2012. But with the recording of their debut album now done and dusted, and a live show that goes from strength to strength, 2013 should be a huge year.

Coves (The Von Pip Musical Express)
2012 has been a fabulous year for new music and whilst Leamington Spa may not be the UK's answer to Brooklyn it has produced one of the most exciting bands of the year in the shape of Coves. The band consist of multi instrumentalist John Ritgard and singer Rebekah Woods, and they look set to put Leamington Spa firmly on the musical map in 2013. In 2012, they released a quite wonderful Cast a Shadow EP, which mixed garage rock with ghostly 'wall of sound' reverb replete with Beck's sublime and dreamily seductive vocals to produce the perfect musical storm.

Arcade Fire (4Clubbers)
For me it's going to be Arcade Fire. For one their last album was amazing, and for two, James Murphy's likely to be on board, and considering what he did on the latest Pulp track (ok, a rework of an old one from We Love Life era) then it sounds like a match made in heaven.

Jetta (Alfitude)
Chances are that you will hear the most about Jetta in the coming months. Her track Start A Riot is just immense.

Rhosyn (Sweeping The Nation)
Rose Dagul has been putting out brittle, heartfelt cello-led chamber folk demos for a couple of years already but an association with Oxford's Blessing Force collective (Chad Valley, Trophy Wife etc) and a full debut EP in February will hopefully bring her cut glass voice, looped foreboding atmospherics and sense of dark drama to a wider audience.

Bastille (Faded Glamour)
Dan Smith's Bastille outfit are on a journey to stadium pop stardom. Wowing festival audiences and producing brilliant free film-inspired mixtapes last year, the band look set to capitalise on their hype with a debut album coming out in 2013 on Virgin Records.

Chvrches (Breaking More Waves)
They've already been lighting up the blogosphere and have made the BBC Sound of 2013 list as well as the Blog Sound of 2013 list, so it seems that I'm not the only one that loves Chvrches. In a year when certain sectors of the media are predicting the rise of the guitar band, this Scottish electronic trio are the perfect antidote. The formula is simply good tunes and Chvrches bang them out big time.

Straw Bear (A New Band A Day)
They've been around for a while, but have been really under the radar, and are now picking up a lot of steam for 2013. Their song Kitty has a hook line as near-melodically perfect chorus and pace with a delicious construction, delightful lyrics and sweet intent."

Paramore (Drowned in Sound)
Following the emoisation of pop choruses in 2012 (Carly Rae, Taylor Swift et al), Paramore will be huge in 2013! I'm also rather looking forward to Factory Floor debut album, I quite like Twigs and I think Chvrches could be something special, given the chance to develop.

Syron (Radio ClubFoot)
There’s a certain French duo who dress up as robots who we are hoping beyond desperation make a return in 2013, but one artist who is certain to make a huge impact is Syron. The South-East London vocalist had two tracks in our Chart of 2012, has worked with the likes of Tensnake and Rudimental, and her dubut album this year is set to propel her on a path which has previously been trodden by Katy B and Jessie Ware.

Want more? Check out Part II.


  • Comment number 1.

    Really? The Arcade Fire? They're a tip for 2013? I'm sure they'll be successful and all, but they're hardly, like, a 'tip' are they? Nor are stadium filling Paramore (sorry DiS). Could I maybe suggest The Beatles? You maybe get my drift... On the other hand, Chvrches, Bastille and Coves are all little known bands that have shown tremendous promise over the past 12 months, so I'm right there with you on those. Keep up the good work

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Mike. Thanks for commenting.

    To be fair I asked the guys for people they are looking forward to in 2013 - be that brand new acts or returning bands like Arcade Fire and Paramore.

    Which acts are you tipping? I suspect there won't be too much new from The Beatles...


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