Elyar Fox - 'A Billion Girls'
After scoring a Top 5 hit with the EDM-pop of 'Do It All Over Again,' the latest teen to make the transition from YouTube to the charts now changes direction with his follow-up. Beginning with a 60s-inspired blend of bluesy guitars and soulful backing vocals, 'A Billion Girls' then launches into a driving rock-tinged chorus which suggests the Josh Hutcherson lookalike hasn't left his punk-pop roots entirely behind just yet. His forthcoming debut album promises to be anything but predictable.
Kiesza - 'Hideaway'
Following Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' Route 94's 'My Love' and Duke Dumont's 'I Got U,' previously unknown Canadian Kiesza looks set to continue the run of classy dance anthems storming to the top of the charts in 2014 with 'Hideaway.' Combining the thickest and most addictive bassline you're likely to hear this year with flashes of fizzing EDM synths and an impressive powerhouse vocal, this future deep house classic is the perfect mix of the old and the new.
Shift K3Y - 'Touch'
Having supported Skrillex as a DJ and remixed the likes of Tinie Tempah, Bastille and AlunaGeorge, 20-year-old Londoner Lewis Jankel, aka Shift K3Y, now showcases his pop star credentials for the first time on 'Touch,' a joyous slice of old-school garage whose bouncy two-step rhythms and falsetto-led melodies recall Craig David at his turn-of-the-century peak.
Meridian Dan feat. Skepta, Professor Green, Bossman Birdie and Rizzle Kicks - 'German Whip'
Looking likely to score a surprise Top 10 hit this week, former Meridian Crew member Dan teams up with his old bandmates Skepta and Bossman Birdie as well as Professor Green and Rizzle Kicks for a who's who of British grime/hip-pop remix of his 2013 comeback track, a hard-hitting trap-inspired production which impressively sees every guest artist bring something different to the table.
IV Rox - 'Case Of The Ex'
Continuing the recent trend of reviving late 90s/early 00s R&B classics, London/Essex quartet IV Rox give Mya's no-good boyfriend anthem, 'Case Of The Ex,' a new lease of life by swapping its staccato percussion and juddering synths for an atmospheric blend of brooding piano and slow-burning beats and then out of nowhere, a blistering burst of drum n' bass. A highly promising start which suggests that Neon Jungle may have some competition for the best new girlband on the block.
Jon is a music and film obsessive from Wigan. His current favourite acts are Haim, AlunaGeorge, London Grammar, Disclosure and Jessie Ware. He has tried but he still doesn't really get the fuss about 'Blurred Lines' or 'I Love It.'
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