The Music Fix Tips for 2013
2012 marked a more-than-solid year for last year's TMF Tips, which included the likes of Tribes, Dry The River and The Civil Wars. OK, the latter might be going through a somewhat sticky time at the moment but we like to think that's not enough evidence of a TMF curse just yet.
So, as a result, we have yet again trawled through our collective inboxes and scoured the local venues to search out acts that tickle our earbuds in just the right place. Each and every act excited us in the way that only a new act can but this isn't just about us - we think you'll both enjoy them and, whether you like it or not, will be hearing a lot more of them come 2013. Well, if the world doesn't end on the 21st that is...
Want to know more? Then read on for our ten acts that we are tipping for success in 2013.
We know what you're thinking. What a surprise: a female singer-songwriter with a penchant for rock finds herself on our tips list. Well, just go and listen to Findlay's swaggering debut 'Your Sister' and come back to us. Understand now? With vocals that are by turns powerful and fragile, replete with a pleasing gritty edge, this Mancunian means business. A recent support slot with Jake Bugg saw Findlay on a bill of somewhat gentler fare, including from fellow Tip for 2013 Tom Odell, yet from the moment she walked onto stage with all the confidence of a well-seasoned rock star, everyone in the crowd had no choice but to pay attention. We're all ears. (Ian Sandwell)
Guitar rock is dead they say? Well, tell KAV that, I dare you. Leicester born and world citizen Kav Blaggers and his boys make a sound that shakes walls and rattles windows. An imposing figure with a snarling voice that purrs above the crashing riffs of his guitar while the booming bass and drums thunder on from behind, this is proper old-school dirty rock and roll. Already a familiar face on the club circuit, KAV struck gold by bagging an opening slot on Kasabian’s Brixton Academy show this summer. Expect more shows and an album to follow up the gnarly new single ‘King Of The World (Undefeated Champion)'. (Olivia Schaff)
One of the freshest acts on this list, Lowell worked with Grammy award winning producer Martin Terefe on her debut mini album If You Can Solve This Jumble. Released towards the end of October, lead track 'Kids' grabbed us thanks to its exciting blend of percussion and Lowell's stunning, at times ghostly, vocals and enjoyed airplay across BBC Radio from 1 to 6 Music. The sheer variety on the mini album - from the heartbreakingly beautiful 'The Birds' to the tribal leanings of 'Shake Him Off' (not too removed from a certain Florence) - ensured an immediate obsession and even we still haven't quite worked out where Lowell intends to go musically, we're looking forward to finding out. (IS)
Following the unfortunate demise of their well respected band The Tangent, Luke Machin and Dan Mashal have re-joined forces for Maschine, a band that promises to finally breathe a large dose of much-needed freshness into the prog genre. As their live shows have already demonstrated, the sickeningly high levels of musicianship are married with equally complex but cleverly constructed songwriting, a heady and heavy mix that impresses without becoming too showy. (Dominic Hemy)
Exeter's Muncie Girls remind us of Canada's late lamented Fifth Hour Hero for their blend of dual female/male vocals and winning way with indie-tinged punk rockisms. A debut EP, Revolution Summer, was all the taster we needed to confirm them as one of the most enticing prospects the UK scene has thrown up in some time. (Douglas Baptie)
For anyone who's kept an keen eye on TMF over recently, the inclusion of half-Swedish, half-Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt should come as no surprise. Her The Apple Tree EP blew us away with its gentle acoustic ditties and strong, impassioned vocals; follow-up single 'Boy' showed a dab hand at delivering a classy pop-tinged tale of a past love delivered with an assurance that belies Nesbitt's tender years. A sold-out Dingwalls show (see video below), which saw her take to the stage with just an acoustic guitar for company, clinched it and we just knew. With backing from Island and a dedicated army of Nesbians (their word, not ours), the stage couldn't be better set for Nina Nesbitt to take 2013 by storm. (IS)
Young (only 21!) Tom Odell has it made. With that blond hair and angelic face he is sure to make a few hearts beat faster, but once he starts singing expect some serious swooning. Odell possesses a strong, beautiful voice that perfectly captures all the melancholy and and passion of his impressive debut EP Another Love. With the piano-playing skills of a young Elton John and the lyrical prose of troubadours like Ben Howard, this charming young man is sure to make waves when his debut album is released next April. Prepare to be seduced. (OS)
It is remarkably difficult for anyone to creating something new out of the retro, but for the young Rosalie Cunningham and her fabled troubadours now known as Purson, they have taken the airs and graces of 70s psychedelic, prog and doom and brought it all kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Swathed in lush mellotron around menacingly dark guitars, the images of childhood nightmares and medieval witchcraft will delight anyone with a taste for the wicked. (DH)
, pronounced "Cher" for those with less than perfect enunciation, is set stamp his addictive afro-pop all over 2013. Having spent 2012 relentlessly delivering electrifying live shows left, right and centre, the guitar skills he's honed playing for the likes of Paloma Faith and Ellie Goulding are more than enough to carry his double-barreled assault of quirky rhythm led pop and sultry stripped back acoustic tunes. Nominated for his catchy vibes both on stage and on disc, TMF are keeping tabs on the talented Bromley boy (not that it's a difficult task with that hairdo). (Holly Newins)
They’ve been together since 2005, earning spots of praise here and there, whilst predominantly supporting bands across London, from names such as The Primitives to Shonen Knife. No longer set to be just a support band, however, Slowgun are set to record their debut single next January, having recently signed with O Genesis Recordings. Fans of the 90s alternative indie/rock scene - think The Breeders, Belly and Throwing Muses - should feel right at home with the band’s warm guitar pop and quirky lyricism. (Kevin Gilvear)