This week on The Weekender we’re shaking things up! Since we’re about to enter 2014 in a couple days, we thought we’d jump on the end-of-year-lists bandwagon and give you our own personal picks for who to watch out for in the new year.
Wave Racer – Wave Racer’s music and remixes are infectious and euphoric, how can anyone not enjoy it? Having seen him put on a first-class performance at The Plot, I’d imagine you’ll be seeing his name pop up on festivals and gigs everywhere in 2014.
The Kite String Tangle – The Kite String Tangle creates music that gets under your skin and in your head for days. Both Wave Racer and The Kite String Tangle have spent 2013 gathering speed and acquiring fans. I feel like 2014 is the year for their takings.
Lily Allen – Lily Allen is at a different level as she’s simply returned from her 2009 hiatus with an already large fanbase and exceptional backlog of music. I hope her album that she’s predicted to release in March next year is as fantastic as the first single “Hard Out Here” (which we reviewed here) promises. Lily Allen > Miley Cyrus. Let 2014 be the year of better music taste.
Wave Racer – Pretty sure I’m not alone in loving “Rock U Tonite”, and especially with Flume‘s recent explosion in popularity, this kind of music seems to be on the rise. He was also nominated for Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year, so I’m clearly not alone in expecting big things from him.
Ta-ku – Having released an epic album this year (reviewed here), and with praise from fellow Aussie Flume as one of the “top dogs” bringing the Australian sound to the world, I expect Ta-ku to continue to rise in 2014. He’s worked with lots of up-and-coming and big names, such as the aforementioned Flume, Chet Faker, and Childish Gambino.
Willow Beats – With a slot at Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne and Byron Bay, a post on Lorde’s tumblr, and two nominations for Triple J’s Hottest 100, Willow Beats’ experimentalism sounds like the future.
Remi – With three nominations for the Hottest 100 and an Australian tour lined up for February, Remi is likely to ride the new wave of R&B and hip-hop, alongside Frank Ocean, Miguel and The Weeknd.
NONONO – This Swedish trio formed in mid-2012, took the world by storm with their anthemic hit singles “Pumpin Blood” and “Like The Wind” in 2013, and is looking set to release their first album in 2014.
Harts – Harts, an electro-pop artist who can aptly be described as the love child of Daft Punk and Prince, has broken onto the music scene in 2013 with his single “Leavn It All Behind”, and shows no signs of stopping. The Melbourne-based stand alone man Darren Hart writes, creates, arranges, records and produces all his own stuff; no mean feat considering his tender age.
Motez – This guy from Adelaide only has a handful of original productions, yet what he has done is amazing. The remixes he has created are just incredible. Taking songs from Sage the Gemini, as well as Justin Timberlake, and Owl Eyes. He is definitely one to watch out for in 2014, with what I hope is an EP on the horizon.
Bondax – This duo from the UK have produced a few great original songs, such as “Gold and “All Inside“. Their tech sound has given them a solid fan base over the past two years, and since teaming up with Snakehips, this team has really taken off. I would expect an EP next year or a serious collaboration.
Smallpools – An EP from small US based band Smallpools came as a big surprise and a huge hit this year, dropping two of my favourite songs; “Dreaming” and “Mason Jar“. Their indie pop had a huge impact on both the mainstream and independent crowds with a fun and upbeat style of playing. I am expecting a huge album next year that should make top 10 internationally.
Jakubi – This 5 piece band from Melbourne has the most original sound I have heard all year. An indie pop rock funk electronic sound that gets up and grabs your dancing shoes for you. They have released 3 singles; “Can’t Afford It All“, “Holiday“, and their most recent dance epic, “Feels Like Yesterday“. An EP is bound to drop in 2014, and I’d look out for an international tour too.
Who’s got the best prediction powers? Have a sweet as new years and we’ll see you on the other side.