The end of the year always results in a wave of fevered list making, but the most exciting part is predicting what will be big next year. So- here’s us peering into a Mystic Meg type crystal ball and crossing our fingers….
1. Rosie Lowe
In collaboration with The Invisible's Dave Okumu (last seen buffing up Jessie Ware's Devotion) and Kwes, Rosie Lowe has created some of 2013's best noctural R&B (along side the new Beyonce album). Like JW's ghostly psychic twin gone feral.
2. FKA Twigs
If we were 50 we'd say 'trip hop-like' but actually FKA Twigs whole audio/visual thing feels more doomy (like a J-Horror film), eccentric and art project-like. The videos are Chris Cunningham creepy and FKA sings like an Anime heroine trapped in the bottom of a virtual world.
Inhabitor of the same swirly, night time landscape as The Weeknd, Kelela's brand of space-bound soul has been okay'd by none other than Solange (Kelela features as a guest vocalist on her Saint Heron comp) and her mixtape is one of our favourites.
4. Real Lies
Classic sounding dispatches from the Haçienda school of existential electro pop. You can imagine Sumner and Tennant nodding furiously over the 12" mix of World Peace back in the day. Like Hurts, before they went bad.
Who do you think will be the breakthrough act of 2014? Let us know in the comments below...