AKIRA’s RISING STARS OF 2014

Ones To Watch in 2014, in a particular order. The shrewd amongst you will realise some of these artists and songs were in Akira’s Best of 2013 list this year. I guess it just shows that a lot of my/our favourite music is not ‘big’ yet, and often as soon as it becomes ‘big’ it loses it’s cool, and it’s credibility, and then you end up hating it. I wonder if I’ll end up despising some of these artists like I have with my tipped artists of years gone by? [The likes of Bastille, Tom Odell, Jessie J spring to mind.] I would have thought so…

Maybe it’s because these artists ‘sellout’ – and by my definition of ‘sellout’ I mean when an artist conforms to what Labels/Management tell them to do in order for them to appeal to a wider audience, and therefore lose all artistic credibility. AND the fact that Major Labels are so desperate to make money they choose to market the mediocre/middle of the road over-produced songs of these artists in an effort to create ‘hits’ – and any decent or slightly more interesting songs they had before they were big were discarded or left as album/EP tracks – and the press shots/music videos become so cringe, because it’s all trying to appeal to teenage girls and the ‘mainstream’… Or maybe I’m just a pretentious snob. I think it’s probably a bit of both.

ANYWAY here we go now.

1. Sam Smith – Nirvana (acoustic)

2. Banks – Waiting Game

3. Sampha – Too Much

4. FKA Twigs – Water Me

5. Chloe Howl – No Strings

6. George Ezra – Budapest

7. Until The Ribbon Breaks – Pressure

8. Kwabs – Last Stand

9. Jungle – The Heat

10. Bipolar Sunshine – Fire

11. Nick Mulvey – Fever To The Form

12. Arthur Beatrice – Grand Union

13. Wolf Alice – Bros

14. Marika Hackman – Bath Is Black

15. Rhodes – Raise Your Love

16. Lovelife – Your New Beloved

17. Phoria – Red (Live at Soundscreen)

18. Laurel – Fire Breather

19. Shura – [Hiatus – We Can Be Ghosts Now (feat. Shura)]

20. The Mispers – Coasts

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