Sometimes you listen to something and you can imagine it hitting the radio stations almost straight away. Like this. It’s always exciting round this time of the year because you start getting hints on what will be big in 2012 and chances of this group being unheard of next year are slim to none. Check out here.
Big things are tipped for this lad. Think Chris Brown but more badass. Check out here.
Retro/ soul. I think this will be fun to see live. Check out here.
Think of a darker Gym Class Heroes sound and you get these guys. They record inside a bespoke studio with all instruments rigged up to create a sound ready for live stages. Check out here.
Indie pop that reminds me a bit of Chromeo. Check out here.
I like this- it’s sort of Corinne Bailey-Rae but with an even more innocent sounding voice. This track to me is the standout from what I’ve heard so far but I definitely see loads of potential for this lady. Check out here.
I call this indie-disco. It’s amazing and very addictive, but make sure you listen to it on big speakers for maximum effect. Check out here.
This is probably one of the best songs I’ve come across in the last couple of months. Mix 50’s sounds with hip hop from someone that looks a bit like James Dean and you get this. It’s fucking good. Check out here.
Quirky electro-pop from Manchester. Check out here.
This track made me smile, which is a change from all the serious electropop being thrown around my inbox these days. Fresh UK rnb. He’s been working with Neyo, Mario Winans, Jamelia, Wretch 32, Harmony [Chris Brown, Chipmunk, Maroon 5], Hypertone [JLS, RD, Mike Hough], and Fullerfix [Sway, Snoop Dogg]. Check out here.
I see this as the new Röyksopp. Sweetly addictive Norwegian electropop. Check out here
Nothing out of the ordinary from this bit of Swedish pop. It’s just fun. Check out here.
Swedish pop/ funk that’s really easy to listen to and really easy to like. Check out their little bi-lingual video clip. The singer’s got a killer smooth voice. Check out here.
Big, dirty, raw epic sounds from this hotly tipped newcomer for 2012. Check out here.
Well-crafted indie/ electro from Sweden. Check out here.
This has gone viral since early November and it’s a big big dirty rap and I don’t know whether to laugh or think ‘fuck yea’ when she sings ‘hayends in the aeyar’. Check out here.
Don’t be tricked into thinking this is one of those Abercrombie videos – although they do look models. They are, aren’t they? This is pop that sounds like American acoustic indie but it’s actually done by two British kids. It’s pleasant enough. Check out here.
A Chicago based pop duo making some very catchy pop tracks. Check out here.
Destructive, well thought Canadian pop mixing rap and soul. Check out here.
I rather like this. It’s soul and its so refreshing to hear because it just seems like some real genuine talent. Check out here.