2014 is already shaping up to be another eclectic mix of fresh music with new artists and groups hoping to make a big impact with their own unique sound. We’ve picked out our top 5 musical talents to look out for this year.
Sampha – Most will know vocalist Sampha from his hook up on a number of tracks with SBTRKT on the electronic producer’s self-titled debut album back in 2011. Since then Sampha has been busy with collaborations with the likes of Jessie Ware and Drake and the 24 year old singer has recently released his ‘Dual’ EP. The EP is receiving sterling reviews and Sampha’s distinctive/elegant vocal style is something that needs to be heard to truly do it justice. Could be a big year for the Londoner.
Sam Smith – The 21 year old enjoyed huge recognition on two of the biggest dance hits of last year. Smith’s vocals were featured on Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’. The singer from Cambridgeshire is now focusing his attentions on a solo career and has been releasing a small back catalogue of his individual work over the web.
Banks – Jillian Banks is originally from LA but is now residing in London. The 25 year old possesses a beautiful haunting voice, which she combines with a combination of electronic/R&B mellow grooves. The result is a deep sound that gives a stunning clarity to her lyrics. She sites Lauren Hill as one of her biggest influences and 2014 could be a big break-out year for Banks, with her debut album expected to be finalised soon.
Ella Eyre – 2013 gave 19 year old Ella Eyre a taste of musical stardom with Rudimental, whom she fronted the vocals for on smash hit ‘Waiting All Night’. The Londoner is now ready to try her hand at the solo game. Her new single ‘Deeper’ is a drilled down dance groove with husky lyrics. It will clearly be hit with commercial radio but it’s refreshing to hear Eyre’s vocal talents dominate the track and she should be hot property this year.
George Ezra – At the tender age of 19, Bristolian George Ezra’s rugged bluesy tones are already gaining recognition from BBC 6 Music and he performed at the BBC Introducing stage at last year’s Glastonbury festival. Citing his heroes as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, Ezra has already produced some gritty acoustic classics such as ‘Did You Hear the Rain?’ but he isn’t just 2014’s Jake Bugg. Ezra has a powerful presence on stage, which gives the impression that he’s been performing for years. Look out for his shows throughout the year.
There’s our top 5 tips to strike it big in the 2014 music scene. To hear more of these artists and more new sounds of the year pick up one of our deezer vouchers to listen anytime, anywhere through the music platform. Enjoy the tunes this year.