This is what we reckon your 2014 is gonna sound like – and to spice (girl) things up a bit, we’re supporting the sistah-hood by focusing on the women who’ll be making (sound) waves this year.
So here are 12 females set to OWN 2014…
Sounds a bit like: Amy Winehouse, Adele, Emeli Sandé
Blessed with the Midas Touch of guest vocaling on a Rudimental track, Ella Eyre (pronounced ‘air’) is only 19, but has BIG vocals and even bigger hair. So this year should also be suitably massive.
Sounds a bit like: Grimes, Lorde, Diplo, Purity Ring
Karen Marie Ørsted , better known as Mø, is a Danish singer and songwriter who makes weird ‘n’ wonderful electro pop. With a penchant for wearing her hair in a ponytail a bit like Clarissa (Explains It All).
Sounds a bit like: Adele, 90s dance divas
Jess Glynne is SO fresh for 2014 we actually know sod-all about her, except she’s from London and her dance diva vocals are PHAT. She first pinged onto our radar at the end of last year, providing vocals on the Route 94 track My Love, and you can currently hear her collaborating with classical-dance enthusiasts Clean Bandit, above.
Sounds a bit like: Jessie Ware, Katy B
25-year-old Jillian Banks hails from LA but lives in London and we’re calling her dark, moody sound ‘electronic soul.’ BANKS says she “found music because I felt different.” Ironically, she’s the name on everyone’s lips as the BIG thing for 2014.
Sounds a bit like: Haim, Mumford & Sons
The English equivalent to Haim, the Staves are a trio of long-haired hipster sisters that have taken their own spin on traditional folk rawk. We think their music sounds a lot like the Adventures of Portland Bill theme tune, and that is no bad thing. Expect to see them at a festival near you this summer.
Sounds a bit like: Solange Knowles, The Weeknd, Aliyah
23-year-old singer Solana Rowe sounds a bit like Solange Knowles, and we don’t just mean their first names are sort of similar, oh no. Mixing 80’s pop over slow jams and murky beats, you’ll feel dirty and used after listening to her stuff.
Sounds a bit like: Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith, Kate Bush
Flo Morissey is a talented young thing, currently in the studio recording her debut album. With ornate, slightly operatic vocals and taking inspiration from poetry, photos and experiences, she’s London’s answer to Lana Del Rey.
Sounds a bit like: CeCe Peniston
London-born Andreya Triana has been on the scene since her 2006 collaboration with Flying Lotus, but we reckon her guest vocals for Breach are sure to put her on the hot list this year – just in time for the release of her second album, too.
Sounds a bit like: Chrissie Hynde, Sheryl Crow, Debbie Harry
Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is making quite the name for herself with her compelling ‘slacker folk rock’ and is on the verge of being BIG. See her at a small venue while you can.
Sounds a bit like: Portishead, Massive Attack
The artist formerly known as ‘twigs’ (that explains the FKA bit, then) has a sound as unique as her look; we love her for daring to be different. And for looking like a dainty little doll.
Sounds a bit like: Katy Perry, Lily Allen, 80s Madonna
Thanks to this song featuring in the proposal video that went viral, nobody’s saying ‘Betty Who, who?’ anymore, this Australian-born, New York-based pop singer’s chirpy sounds are influenced by gay culture and the 80s – SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS.