Big in 2010

IZZY WILSON predicts the artists that will be everywhere in 2010.

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With the new year upon us, I thought over the next 5 weeks I’d hazard a guess at 10 artists who I think could be going somewhere in 2010. Now it’s only my humble opinion, obviously influenced by ongoing chat on the radio, twitter etc etc, but there are quite a few names that keep popping up, some of which I’ve been enjoying for a while….so here goes!

The Drums
Now The Drums seem to be on their way up already, playing the NME Shockwaves Tour this year with The Maccabees, The Big Pink and Bombay Bicycle Club, and if you ask anyone remotely related to the music industry this band seems to be pretty hot on their tongue. The band is only newly formed, but having released an album this year, “Summertime!”, they look to be all systems go. Try “I Felt Stupid” or “Down by the Water”. You’ll either like them or you won’t. They’re a mix of so many different things I can’t really be arsed to try and analyse it, if you like early Cure stuff, that’s probably a good sign. I’ll be at the NME Tour so I’ll be sure to report back.


Ellie Goulding
This is an easy one. Ellie’s name is everywhere and she even just won The Sound of 2010 Award, past winners including Little Boots and Adele. She has been on tour supporting Little Boots, appeared on Later with Jools Holland, and released her single “Under The Sheets” in September. Ellie has described her music as folktronica and she says her guitar is central to everything she writes, but after working with people like Frankmusik and Mr Hudson she realised she was more than just a folk singer. And so out came some awesome little dancey tracks like “Guns + Horses” and “Starry-eyed” which are ridiculously catchy but not at all too poppy. I’m going to her gig at Dingwalls in a couple of weeks so I’ll let you know if she’s all the press say she is, but my guess is she’s going to be pretty cool. Oh, she’s kind of fit too, always a bonus.