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Passenger - Let Her Go - Record of the Year

Passenger
Let Her Go - Record of the Year

Nettwerk

This year's Record of the Year accolade goes to Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, whose six-year journey to overnight success is...

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23 Dec 2013
San Fermin - Sonsick

San Fermin
Sonsick

Downtown (US) / PIAS (Europe)

We're excited, before the year is out, to squeeze in a feature for San Fermin, the Brooklyn-based collective helmed by...

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20 Dec 2013
Boy & Bear - Southern Sun

Boy & Bear
Southern Sun

Nettwerk Records

It has indeed been a vintage year for Australian music and Boy & Bear, whose harmony-heavy, folk-inflected classic rock first pricked...

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19 Dec 2013
Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Collapse

Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Collapse

self-released

The name so palpably conveys the glacial, somnolent soundscapes in his songs that it's hard to believe Vancouver Sleep Clinic...

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18 Dec 2013
ZEDD feat. Hayley Williams - Stay The Night

ZEDD feat. Hayley Williams
Stay The Night

Polydor

Radio: make room on your A lists now for the first crossover dance anthem of 2014. Stay The Night, from German...

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17 Dec 2013
Cerebral Ballzy - Better In Leather

Cerebral Ballzy
Better In Leather

Cult Records

Being anointed 'the coolest band in the world' by Julian Casablancas might be about as self-fulfilling as being named 'the...

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16 Dec 2013
EAST INDIA YOUTH - DRIPPING DOWN

EAST INDIA YOUTH
DRIPPING DOWN

Stolen Recordings

East India Youth's stunning debut album Total Strife Forever is so emphatically the sum of its parts that to lift...

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13 Dec 2013
Courtney Barnett - History Eraser

Courtney Barnett
History Eraser

Marathon Artists/House Anxiety

Hearing Courtney Barnett's conversational and tangential Aussie delivery for the first time felt a little like that profound conviction, slightly the...

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12 Dec 2013
FEMME - Fever Boy

FEMME
Fever Boy

Tape

We're late on FEMME, who launched her AA-side single Fever Boy/Heartbeat at White Heat last week, but we're also pleased to...

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11 Dec 2013
Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma - Dare You

Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma
Dare You

Relentless/Revealed

Like Kenya's long-distance runners, we're starting to wonder if the Netherlands' unbeatable track record for turning out world-class DJs originates...

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10 Dec 2013
Saint Raymond - Young Blood

Saint Raymond
Young Blood

National Anthem/Asylum

More than one watcher in Ones-to-Watch season has noted the dizzying plenitude of male singer-songwriters jostling for a share of...

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09 Dec 2013
Eliza & The Bear - It Gets Cold

Eliza & The Bear
It Gets Cold

Mi Familia Music

Anyone tempted to suggest the world has had its fill of rousing indie folk probably hasn't heard Eliza & The...

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06 Dec 2013
The Orwells - Dirty Sheets

The Orwells
Dirty Sheets

Canvas Back/Atlantic Records

There's a 'school's out' vibe scrawled all over the fuzzy garage rock of The Orwells' first album Remember When, hardly surprising...

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05 Dec 2013
Breton - Envy

Breton
Envy

Cut Tooth/Believe Recordings

Possibly the only band more likely to win Nobel prizes than Brit awards, Breton take a lab-based, multi-disciplinary approach to...

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04 Dec 2013
Sam Smith - Money On My Mind

Sam Smith
Money On My Mind

Capitol

No surprise seeing Sam Smith on the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist yesterday, and many agree he's a strong contender for...

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03 Dec 2013
Rhodes - Raise Your Love

Rhodes
Raise Your Love

Hometown Records/unsigned

Incredibly, 24 year-old singer-songwriter Rhodes only started writing and playing his own material this year which, quite apart from the...

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02 Dec 2013