Following on from our very awesome Best Tracks of 2012 list, we wanted to provide you with some of our Ones To Watch in 2012. Enjoy! Comment! Share!
The band: Binary
The link: http://www.facebook.com/THISISBINARY
Why: They make cool goth-tinged post-punk and it appeals to our darkest and most excitable side. Here’s a track called ‘Dynamo’ for your pleasure.
The band: Love Ex Machina
The link: http://loveexmachina.com
Why: From the ashes of Scottish crossover mavericks Kid Adrift comes a phoenix in the shape of trippy progressive-electro powerhouse Love Ex Machina. Here are some samples of forthcoming material. Beautiful, emotive and bouncy stuff.
The band: Foe
The link: http://foe-mania.tumblr.com
Why: Hannah Louise Clarke already has a huge buzz about her thoughtful and driven electronic pop sounds. Having toured with the likes of Atari Teenage Riot and Entrepreneurs in 2011, next year is set to be a good one.
The band: Death Grips
The link: http://thirdworlds.net
Why: Hip-hop and electronica clash together to create a delightfully raucous noise here. This is chaos, and you will (probably) like it.
The band: Bassnectar
The link: http://www.bassnectar.net
Why: ‘coz dubstep has never sounded this cool.
The band: We Could Be Astronauts
The link: http://www.facebook.com/wecouldbeastronauts
Why: The Yorkshire collective offer up some majorly addictive and powerful proper rock music that takes elements from some of the greatest artists of all time.
The band: Planes
The link: http://www.facebook.com/planesmusic
Why: Ever-enthusiastic Placebo drummer Steve Forrest has created some truly provocative and accessible indie rock sounds with a dedicated band of his own. These tunes totally standout as some of the best we have heard this year.
The band: Stalking Horse
The link: http://stalkinghorse.co.uk
Why: Because you want to hear about a band featuring some of West Yorkshire’s best musicians! Dinosaur Pile-Up producer James Kenosha, This Et Al’s Neil Widdop and Grammatics’ Owen Brinley are in, and you can check out their first lot of alt-rock aural sex at the link above for free.
The band: Bombs Into You
The link: http://www.facebook.com/bombsintoyou
Why: This Portland, Oregon act create raw and emotive alternative music amalgamating the best parts of Radiohead with a little bit of NIN thrown in there for good measure.
The band: Duologue
The link: http://logbook.duologuemusic.com
Why: Mixing classical influences with rock and electronic music is a hard thing to do well, yet this band (whom we have recently spotlighted, FYI) manage to pack nifty hooks and intense melodies in with great skill.
The band: Various Cruelties
The link: http://www.variouscruelties.com
Why: This is very interesting stuff. Driving anthemic rhythms are complemented almost perfectly by a soulful voice throughout this material.
The band: Django Django
The link: http://www.djangodjango.co.uk
Why: Double D create an effective fusion of indie rock and electro beats.
The band: Proxies
The link: http://proxiesmusic.com
Why: These Humberside natives peddle a magnificent blend of dubstep and rock. Just try it. Seriously.
The band: Mozart Parties
The link: http://mozartparties.tumblr.com
Why: They are the kind purveyors of luscious melodies with an ethereal quality.
The band: Swound!
The link: http://swound.co.uk
Why: Swound! is made up of four Manx brothers armed to the teeth with tightly-paced, powerful tracks.
The band: The Arcadian Kicks
The link: http://www.facebook.com/thearcadiankicks
Why: Mike Chapman production meets energetic punky pop for a blissful combination. Currently The AKs are one of Birmingham’s brightest musical hopes.
The band: Crowns
The link: http://www.crownsband.co.uk
Why: They are an exciting and innovative Cornish quartet infusing the vibrant dynamisms of folk and punk.
The band: LaFaro
The link: http://www.lafaro.co.uk
Why: It’s raucous, high-octane rock from Belfast. That’s enough reason. Trust.
The band: Mother Mother
The link: http://mothermothersite.com
Why: They are making guitar/synth-driven pop respectable all over again.
The band: †HYMNS†
The link: http://hymns.bandcamp.com
Why: Passionate pieces delivered from the soul, yet not of the soul.
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