What’s big in our box // We predict the next big music thangs for 2013 (ahead of the BBC)…

It’s that time of year again, where every music rag, blog and shitcake sandwich throws their two pence into the ring to stake claim on the fresh young meat soundtracking your 2013.

Well here’s another tedious predictions list for you, so go ahead and chow down on this lot like a box of Cheerios. Chyeah!

Roses Gabor

Signed to Toddla T’s label, this Londoner might seem like she’s fallen from the sky (straight into your arms) but Gabor’s actually been knocking around for a hot minute with features on tracks with Gorillaz, SBTRKT and Shy FX.

Touting this heavenly voice and cooking up some promising solo stuff, 2013 is looking like Rose’s time to shine like tha star she are…er, is.

Roses Gabor – Stars

Tom Odell

Anyone sat at a piano, singing earnestly into a mic like they’re tashing on with it reminds me of David Sneddon, so I’m predisposed to dislike this guy straight off the bat.

However, I probably need to stop living the lie (yeah LOL) and just admit he’s probably going to do alright for himself.

Big with the fashwan, Stylist reading crowd – his cry-wank anthems have already graced the Burberry catwalk AND he’s a contender on the Brits Critic’s Choice list. Which MEANS SOMETHING.

Tom Odell – Can’t Pretend (Live at Dean Street)


If you dig bright colours, ’90s house music and girls born with the name Daisy, then you’ll drool all over Syron. And you’d be in good company.

The xx gave her their golden seal of approval by reblogging her Breaking video and peeps like Rudimental, Solo and DJ Tensnake have fallen over their Air Maxes to work with her.

Check out this video for Mainline, which directly channels an episode of The Clothes Show presented by Caryn Franklin and beautifully crap ’90s dancing.

Tensnake ft. Syron – Mainline

Joey Bada$$

While A$AP Mob spawned hipster girls in Commes Des Fuckdown beanies and Odd Future encouraged bearded old blokes to hang around skate parks in Supreme hoodies (ugh), next year will see next-gen rap troupe Pro Era step into the spotlight.

Led by 17-year-old Joey Bada$$, the teens make A$AP and Odd Future look OAP ancient and usher in an age of conscious rap that pokes a proverbial stick at gun glorification and slut-shaming.

What. A. Bada$$.

Joey Bada$$ – Waves


This is exactly the sort of easy bet the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll will make, and hey, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.

Brothers Guy and Howard might sound like they’d be better off introducing a Springwatch segment on badgers, but the pair have actually been turning out some of the most danceable, innovative garage beats of the year.

After transforming Jessie Ware’s romantic ballad into a nightclub staple, the two have found mainstream success in the radio-friendly Latch. Watch out for the album in March.

Disclosure – Latch


Yep, it’s shaping up to be another year for the wymmens, and this girl is just one more doozy to add to the list.

Despite there being little to no information about the chillwave chanteuse, Twigs has already had her boat race all over the cover of i-D and is bringing back bull-ring piercings to the masses.

While I’m not sure how I feel about the latter, I’ll take as much of that haunted robot lovemaking music as I can get, fanx.

Twigs – Breathe

Mikky Ekko

Not to be confused with the also brilliant, Mykki Blanco or the dreadful MIKA or erm, even Madonna for that matter, Mikky Ekko caught the attention of hip-hop producer du jour, Clams Casino, who took time out from producing joints for Lil B and Mac Miller to bring his magic to Ekko’s Pull Me Down.

It wasn’t long before old Mikky was getting into bed (METAPHORICALLY) with an emosh Rihanna on her Unapologetic album track, Stay.

I think it’s safe to say that next year is gonna be a big one for this Louisiana boy.

Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down


  • Comments

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    Spot on as ever, Karmel. Funnily enough that Mikky Ekko chap recently pinged onto my musical radar recently and I’M ALL OVER THE 90S SOUNDS OF SYRON!!!! FANKS!!! x

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    Joseph Dent

    Wicked List! Cheers from Manchester, UK!

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    Fuck me that Syron song is SICK!!!!!

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    Thanks for this. I love these sorts of lists. Now I know who to name drop in an attempt to sound cool and ‘in the know’!

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    Zoe T


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