Top 10 Picks for 2014

Aaron Marchant looks at who is likely to make it big in 2014!



LA musician BANKS turned to music to help her get through a period of depression following her parents’ divorce, writing songs with the aid of a toy piano. Six years later, having developed a sound that she describes as “short and powerful”, BANKS is hotly tipped by numerous critics as the artist who will make the biggest breakthrough in 2014.

2. Tove Lo

Part of the burgeoning Swedish music industry, Tove Lo is Stockholm’s latest and potentially greatest pop star. Her various singles so far include the drum-heavy Love Ballad as well as the stripped-back Out of Mind, indicating a depth and variety to her sound. With a debut album in the works, Tove Lo may soon find herself atop the charts both in Sweden and abroad.

3. Hozier

The viral hit Take Me To Church established Hozier at the top of the Irish charts, but he has not yet made a name for himself on our shores. A debut album is bound to change that, and with Rob Kirwan, the engineer behind P.J. Harvey’s Let England Shake, on board, 2014 holds big things for a singer whose infectious songs are sure to be a hit.

4. Chloe Howl

Only 18 years old, Chloe Howl released her Rumour EP in June 2013. Her edgy lyrics are instantly likeable, and she has already been hailed by the Guardian as “the most exciting UK pop prospect since Lily Allen”. Her attitude to all aspects of the music industry indicates a maturity that belies her young years, setting her in good stead for a successful 2014.

5. Luke Sital-Singh

Luke Sital-Singh has written some of the most beautiful songs you will hear, including the simply superb Fail For You. Having released a number of EPs to critical acclaim, such as a BBC Sound of 2014 nomination, his debut album is awaited with bated breath. In 2014 Sital-Singh is likely to firmly establish himself as one of the best singer-songwriters around.

6. Benjamine Clementine

Discovered singing in the Parisian Metro, Benjamin Clementine’s debut Cornerstone EP teems with raw emotion. He taught himself piano and guitar after a troubled childhood, busking for money and sleeping on floors. With a debut album out in 2014, this is not one to miss out.

7. Jaymes Young

Quietly building up a following during 2013, Jaymes Young released his Dark Star mixtape as a free download on Soundcloud. Including a cover of Haddaway’s What Is Love, this was a superb entrance onto the music scene. Watch out for his next offering, although you’ll probably have to buy it this time!


Described as a “tranquil Gotye”, SOHN is a singer, instrumentalist and producer whose melancholic electronica combines subtle rhythms with soaring vocals. Whilst you won’t find him on cheery pop compilations, his sound is similar to recent Mercury winner James Blake’s, so he’ll appeal to those seeking something more laid back.

9. Sam Smith

Having received significant praise from both artists and critics alike following collaborations with Naughty Boy and Disclosure, Sam Smith won both the BBC Sound of 2014 award and Critic’s Choice at the 2014 Brits. With his highly anticipated debut due for release in the spring, 2014 is set to be a stunning year for Smith.

10. Ella Eyre

A promising young singer, Ella Eyre’s husky mix of pop and R&B has already resulted in an excellent debut EP, Deeper. Lending her vocals to tracks by Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa and Naughty Boy will only have added experience to her talent, and she is certain to establish herself as one of the best young musicians around.