// The Men
He has been writing and producing for some of the biggest pop stars in 2013, as well as hitting the #1 spot himself. His debut album is all but wrapped up which means 2014 will be his time to shine.
Sophie is a mysterious UK producer who has been tearing up clubs across the country with her insane slice of electronic music. You can tell there’s an expert behind the boards because his music should really verge on annoying, but we can’t take it off repeat.
Chance The Rapper
With his 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap” the toast of music blogs and media alike in 2013, we are all excited to hear what Chance The Rapper will deliver this year.
Signed to PMR Records (which is the home of the likes of Disclosure and Jessie Ware), Javeon has a smooth and silky vocal which flows effortlessly over kind of productions which are doing big things in the UK charts right now.
The genre blending Jaymes Young used to live in Seattle but uprooted and started a new life in LA, which coincided with the release of his impressive 2013 mixtape “Dark Star“. For those that are fans of Active Child, or James Blake you should definitely keep watch.
Hailing from LA, Gallant is yet another US R&B export who is making some of the hottest records around at the moment alongside his partner in crime Felix Snow. If you’re a fan of the The Weeknd then you will appreciate what he has to offer.
Handpicked by Kendrick Lamar to appear as part of his 2013 UK tour, Raleigh Ritchie had us hooked with the impressive “Bloodsport“, which is an impressive demonstration of hit potential chart power.
Leon Else may have come through the ranks via regular rotation on his regional radio, but his emotive releases thus far have enabled the talented UK singer/songwriter to make a national breakthrough already. 2014 should be big for him if he can maintain the calibre of his future releases.
Yes you may be thinking to yourselves that Tensnake is already a huge name in dance music, and you’d be correct. However, the release of his 2014 debut studio album “Glow” which features the likes of: Fiora, Stuart Price, Jamie Liddell, MNEK, and the legendary Nile Rodgers, will definitely put him on the map as one of the biggest dance producers in the world.
With the shadow of Jai Paul still looming over each of Ben Khan‘s releases so far, we are hoping that he will manage to break free of the media’s stanglehold to deliver an album of epic proportions in 2014.
A lot of the artists on this list may not be ‘unknown’ as it were, but are certainly making the push to establish themselves as artists in their own right in 2014. Sampha is not exception, as over the past couple of years he has been tirelessly working with the likes of SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Drake, to put himself on the map as having one of the most soulful voices around.
His songwriting seems effortless at times, which is always a good indicator for future success.
JMSN already has one studio album and an EP under his belt, but with the release of the “Blue” album in 2014, his loyal and dedicated fanbase should expand exponentially as we are expecting to hear some of his best work to date.
It didn’t take long for a major record label to snap up Astronomyy, thanks to his haunting vocals and resonating guitar riffs which made him a major hit in 2013. If he can follow up with a debut album in the same vein as his previous efforts then we can predict a very bright future for him.
When SOHN isn’t busy remixing, or producing music for the likes of BANKS, he is expertly crafting a set a polished releases for himself, which has cultivated quite a fan following this far. He lives and breathes music, and we just can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us.
Cyril Hahn is our undisputed remix king for 2012/2013, but now he is turning his hand to original productions. We got a taste of it in 2013 with the impeccable “Perfect Form“, which has left us salivating for more this year.