Our Next Best Thing section has had another exciting year highlighting some of the most dynamic and interesting emerging acts, including Pawws, Candy Says, and the spectacular Lorde, amongst others.

But what about the burgeoning year that is about to be 2014? Here are some of our predictions for artists we will all be talking about soon.

FKA Twigs

This much talked about lady creates utterly bizarre yet wonderful trip-hop that is enticing and challenging in equal measure. Her curious videos have been knocking around the blogosphere for months now, with her video for the single “Water Me” chalking up an impressive 1.2 million hits on YouTube. Good for fans of Grimes, or anyone likes music that’s a little bit interesting.

https://soundcloud.com/fka-twigs/intro

In The Valley Below

Creating ballsy pop-rock with hints of country, duo Angela Gail and Jeffery Jacob make sexy, dirty music that could only herald from the US of A. With a lot of early support from Radio 1, this gorgeous LA dream team sound like Fleetwood Mac meets Haim – what’s not to like?

https://soundcloud.com/inthevalleybelow/peaches

Say Lou Lou

This cool, dark, pop duo from Sweden are made up of twin sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey. Vaguely resembling ABBA in looks and vibe, these girls make sweeping, rich dream pop, shimmering with electro beauty. They are currently recording their long-awaited debut in LA and London.

https://soundcloud.com/sayloulou/sets/better-in-the-dark-ep

Fake Club

This frantic all-girl punk band from London offer plenty of fun and charm alongside their classic grrrl rock style. Taking influence from the likes of the Runaways and – ahem – the Spice Girls, these ladies rock hard. Look out for their debut early in 2014.

https://soundcloud.com/fakeclubband/beauty-queen

Foxes

This little lady has been everywhere the past few months, and with her charismatic sky-scraping, melancholic tunes, her popularity is sure to flourish further in 2014. Name-checked as one to watch by the great Katy Perry herself, Foxes has garnered a lot of interest across the pond, and she has also appeared in a recent track with Rudimental. Pre-order the album now.

https://soundcloud.com/iamfoxes/warrior-1

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