2013: One's To Watch

It's that time of year, everyone wants to turn round in a year's time saying they told you so. Rather than try to predict who's going to dominate the charts next year the Drums Eat Everything 'One's To Watch' is a list of some of the most exciting breaking bands you're going to want to know about. No chart positions, just great new music to explore:

The Neighbourhood
How this California five piece aren't on more 2013 hit lists is beyond me. Started as a band with guitars playing hip-hop, they are quick to dispel the indie band tag, seeing themselves as much more genre blending, with hints of the so-hot-right-now R 'n B revival. The Neighbourhood sound like the only guitar band who could shake dance music's dominance, just a little.

Their debut album comes out on Columbia in March. 


The Neighbourhood

Joey Bada$$

17 year old Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been causing a huge stir over the last few months, with many declaring him one of the most talented emcee's to emerge from New York City in years. Unlike fellow New Yorkers A$AP and Odd Future, Bada$$'s tracks are heavily sampled and make no claims to be futuristic boundary pushers, with actual-back-in-the-day 70's and 80's hip hop samples giving his tunes a vintage feel, albeit with reprogrammed beats. His flow is natural and the high school kid's name is getting more renowned.

Joey Bada$$

Santiago Street Machine
Manchester trio mixing hooky songwriting craft with dance beats, deep bass and soaring synths. 

They strive to be different with their live band/club mash ups and extra curricular activities, which include; label bosses (Hijacker Records), promoters (Santiago Street Machine Presents), festival coordinators (UV Festival), remixers (credits include Alt J and Beardyman) and DJ sets.

With their debut album set to drop in the spring on Hijacker Records, expect exciting things.

Santiago Street Machine

Saint Lou Lou

Not the first Scandinavian pop act to feature on this blog and no doubt not the last, sisters Elektra and Miranda Kilbey have grown up flitting between neighbouring Denmark and Australia. Darkness and summer consequently influence the music they're making now that they're bored since finishing school. Strong cheekbones, thunderous yearning and 'a depressed tATu' are all tags quite rightly thrown at them and their rich melodic mastery.

They plan on moving to London to finish their album which we can expect some time in 2013, courtesy of Kitsuné.

Saint Lou Lou

DJ Carnage
Collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, Chris Brown and Dev have helped LA based Carnage get his name about. Couple that with the rise of Trap as the next chapter in EDM's world domination and you've got a guy who's already been labelled the next super producer. Half time beats, hip hop vibes, drops and heavy bass = Big.


There's an air of Fleetwood Mac-y folk infused retro-pop from these LA sisters, mixed with some warm organs, percussive jitters and wide-as-you-like breathy vocals. Effortless pop which sounds like it's come from a sunny place. Funny than.

Haim's debut album is out in the spring of 2013 on Polydor.

.... and that's your lot. See you on the other side.

2012 - The Top Ten.

So here we are at the end of our maiden year; reflecting on a years music with a fondness in our hearts, a whisky in our hand and a taste maker in our ear, already enthusing about 2013's next big thing. Before indulging in that particular spot of bandwagon mounting we present our views on the most exciting music to tickle our enthusiasm through the year just past (or passing).

This is our first ever chart which lists, in reverse order for maximum tension and anticipation, our favourite songs of the year. No reviews, no justification, just numbers, itunes links, beats and melodies. Get your popcorn, we go in at number 10:


Santigold, 'Disparate Youth'.

Disparate Youth - Master of My Make-Believe


Solange, 'Losing You'.

Losing You - Single - Solange


Foals, 'Inhaler'.

Inhaler - Holy Fire


Bat For Lashes, 'Laura'.

Laura - Single - Bat for Lashes


Aluna George, 'You Know You Like It'.

You Know You Like It - You Know You Like It - EP


Kendrick Lamar, 'Swimming Pools (Drank)'.

Swimming Pools (Drank) - Single - Kendrick Lamar


Sky Ferriera, 'Everything is Embarrassing'.

Sky Ferreira


Polica, 'Dark Star'.

Dark Star - Give You the Ghost


Frank Ocean, 'Lost'.

Lost - Channel ORANGE


The Neighbourhood, 'Sweater Weather'.

 Sweater Weather - I'm Sorry... - EP

So there we are. Some painful emissions from that list include Grizzly Bear, Dott Rotten, Polica (Lay Your Cards Out), TNGHT, Jessie Ware, Jai Paul, M.I.A. and Mac Miller. If we weren't so brutal we would have done a top 20 but faffing gets you nowhere.

Drums Eat Everything's tips for 2013 will be up soon. Re-stock your popcorn and whisky as appropriate. 

SBTRKT and Frank Ocean, Whip Appeal

SBTRKT described this as something he just threw together before a Williamsburg show. Big crashy balls-out drums, filthy bass synth, fat production and one of the finest R'nB voices out there. If you're a fan of these guys this doesn't disappoint. Get involved.



Geroge Ezra, It's Just My Skin

Acoustic singer-songwriters haven't featured in Drums Eat Everything yet because we've been waiting for something special to break our duck. Bristol based George Ezra brings his sublime song and husky, smoke filled voice to you for free when you visit his website and drop an email address in the box. Stream below, download here.


Metric, Breathing Underwater

Toronto based Metric are probably too famous to feature in a new music blog like this. But, when you consider the independence with which they've carved out huge success and hear the monster hook of the chorus for 'Breathing Underwater', the editorial process becomes much less selective.

Metric self-released their last album on five continents without a record label and earned multiple radio hits around the world in the process. They went on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide. They have featured in the soundtracks to Scott Pilgrim v The World and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the later earned them a Grammy nomination to go with the Academy Award nomination they got for co-writing the theme song for the same film. All with no label. Impressed? Me too.

'Breathing Underwater' is out now on Metric Productions.

Breathing Underwater - Synthetica


Game ft. Scarface and Kendrick Lemar, Murder

Game's new album 'Jesus Piece' drops today and this track, featuring Scarface and man of the moment Kendrick Lemar, won't be on it. He's giving it to you for free and wants you to subtly jam it into the album when you get it, as indicated by the red marker pen arrow on the artwork. 

A strong year for hip-hop comes to a close with something good for free. Maybe it's not true what they say about rappers...

'Jesus Piece' is out now on DGC/Interscope.
Jesus Piece - Game

Jessie Ware, Sweet Talk (Cyril Hahn Remix)

It's been a whirlwind year for Jessie Ware, from go-to female vocalist for beat makers in the ascendancy to first lady of UK dance 'n B (yes I did just coin that genre). 

It's also been a big year for those remixing Ware's beats. Disclosure's huge remix of 'Running' pretty much put them on the map earlier this year.

Cyril Hahn will be hoping his strong but simple 4/4 house remix of 'Sweet Talk' has similar success, although the Swiss born Canadian resident isn't short of fans himself with his much celebrated remix of Destiny's Child's 'Say My Name' raking in over half a million Soundcloud plays. His version of one of the song's of the year, 'Losing You' by Solange is well worth a free download too.


LULS, Young

For anyone who fancies a Foals-Silver Sun Pickups mash up, 'Young' has an anthemic chorus and haunting guitars and is yours for less than the price of, well, anything.

The London trio have recently toured with Spector and Crystal Castles, expect to see them in a few 'Sound of 2013' lists. Good new band.

Swing Low/Young is available now from paradYse recordsSwing Low / Young - Single - LULS


Niva, Dirty Water

The amount of great, melodic, electronic pop music to have been coming out of Scandinavia  more specifically Sweden, over the last couple of years is frightening.

Ambient, ethereal, lazy disco, chillwave, dream pop, escapism; 'Dirty Water' is singer-producer Niva at his creative best.

'Dirty Water, is available now through Something In Construction.  
Dirty Water - Single - Niva nivamusic.com

The Death Rays Of Ardilla, Daggers

We've posted a fair bit of production-heavy dance music and grimy hip hop lately but have been crying out for some sleazy, gritty, filthy rock to keep guitarist and drummers inspired and in turn keep guitar and drums shops in business. It all comes back to basic economics, you see? 

Sheffield brother duo 'The Death Rays Of Ardilla' have a gloriously intriguing name and a sound which is well made, energetic, compelling and yet still total dirt. They are a hairy, tattooed salmon with ten distortion pedals swimming against a tide of EDM. Good luck, the economy is on your shoulders.

Double A-side Diamonds/Daggers is available now from Rough Trade as a limited edition 10".