WHOS' GONNA BE GREAT IN 2008
RETRO is definitely back this year and leading the ladies is Duffy, 23.
This 60s-esque Dusty Springfield type has co-written her album with Bernard Butler, 37, of Suede and the outcome will melt the coldest of hearts.
ANOTHER young laydee embracing retro is Adele, whose sassiness is Winehouse-esque.
The 19-year-old told me: “I’ve been singing all my life but I got signed through MySpace.
“I recorded half my album with Jim Abbiss, who worked with Arctic Monkeys, and I also did a track with Mark Ronson.”
Add to that, the Brits’ Critics Choice Award coming to her in February and Adele is a megastar in the making.
SCOTTISH four-piece Glasvegas make beautiful harmonised rock.
Singer James Allan’s heart-tugging lyrics about growing up on Glasgow’s mean streets ring with epic emotion.
But it wasn’t easy forming a band in a place where most lads get into football and fighting.
James, 27, told me: “I think people thought I was a nutcase because I played the guitar. But when people hear the songs they really get it.”
JOE LEAN & THE JING JANG JONG
HAVING gigged every venue the country has to offer in 07, Joe Lean and The JJJs are ready to release their debut guitar-bop album.
Frontman Joe, 24, told me: “Most bands over the past few years have taken the growl out of their guitars and used a computer to get the drums in time. That’s what’s motivated us – we want to sound more alive.
“Our album will include all the little blemishes.”
Forthcoming single Lonely Buoy should see them catapult into the Top 10.
KISSY SELL OUT
EMERGING from the East End of London, this trendy knob-twiddler, 22, has remixed Gwen Stefani, 38, Klaxons and Sugababes, plus fellow on-fire producers Calvin Harris, 23, and Mark Ronson, 32. He even has his own Radio One show in 2008.
THIS New York fivesome’s preppy afro rock will tattoo smiles on faces when their debut album hits.
DAVID E SUGAR
HE turned down a slot on Kylie’s album because it wasn’t the right time, but 2008 is looking like his year.
Pals with Calvin Harris, the 25-year-old mixes up rock
and electro into a massive disco-cocktail.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
BOOZE-soaked raucous blues brilliance from the darkest ends of Kentucky.
THIS rising folkette will release her debut LP in February.
Wistful and beautiful, Laura, 17, delivers singer-songwriter fare with a dark twist.
SIGNED to the same label as Playlist faves Reverend And The Makers, the London-based weirdo-rockers’ frontman is a superstar in the making. The wittily-worded second single Black Moon is released in April.
SWEDISH sexpot Ida, 23, has got a pair of room-shaking lungs that make Björk sound as meek as a newly born kitten.
Her tunes are catchier than a case of German measles.
Already tipped for the top by fellow Leicester rockers Kasabian, Budd’s Bruce Springsteen vocals and guitar pop will be a winner in ’08.
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH
BUZZING beats and whizzing guitars equal aching feet on the dancefloor. Be ready for that.
BELIEVE the hype with this lot. The funky fivesome, who I told you about in ’07, release their debut album in February.
Contenders for a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
THIS sexy London lass will make a name for herself with her feelgood carnival doo-wap tunes.
SUGAR RUSH BEAT COMPANY
A BOOTY-SHAKING three-piece who sound like Macy Gray, 40, backed by Stevie Wonder, 57.
This 30-year-old bagged a record deal after walking into Radio One and getting Chris Moyles, 33, to play his track on air. His orchestral indie pop is more uplifting than a bunch of helium balloons.
HAVING already worked with Mark Ronson, this New Yorker’s juicy debut single Les Artistes will make her a star in her own right.
THE TING TINGS
PERKY pop boy/girl duo The Ting Tings have got the industry buzzing louder than a narked-off wasp.
NEW Coventry lad-rockers angling for The Enemy’s crown.
PROVING guitars aren’t always the most essential element in a band, Royworld’s piano driven poppiness echoes Talking Heads and Roxy Music.
YORKSHIRE four-piece whose brooding widescreen croon-along anthems are well worth seeking out.
THIS Irish trio have already conquered LA after working with the likes of The Neptunes.
With hip-hop beats and soulful vocals, they’re a funkier, sampled-up Maroon 5.
THIS Denmark-based band’s Rapture-esque dancetastic guitars and vocals are begging for lasers and cowbells.
HAVING recently supported Tori Amos in the US, South African singer Yoav, 28, delivers melancholy and feel-good melody in equal measure.