The sharp end of the stick, 2012 edition

Tipping season, we’re in it. Any music scribe with a couple of column inches to rub together has, over the past couple of weeks, seen their inbox fill with ‘ones to watch’ messages from major labels, tiny indies, management companies and PR officers alike. For some reason, I get asked to contribute to a few of the more high-profile polls – I’ll let you guess which ones (at least one is completely transparent when it comes to who’s involved, so that won’t take long if you care enough to have a sniff). Apparently some people think I am a voice worth hearing when it comes to This Sort Of Thing. Well, I did nod the way of James Blake last time, so one outta three ain’t bad.

Anyway, here are some names to look for next year. I am not saying they’ll set the charts aflame; neither will they be selling out the o2 this side of Christmas 2013. Well, probably not. They’re just acts I like the sound of right now, acts that just might go some better in the next 12 months and take what can only be described as The Next Step. So long as none of them become The Next Steps, I think they’ll all be okay.

No order. No blurb. (Beyond the above, anyway, promise.) Just clips and links. Listen. Watch. Share? That’s some sort of ident for Radio 1 isn’t it? Bands and stuff…

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The Weekndofficial site / Twitter

Video: The Birds (Part 1) – from the album Thursday (BBC review)

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Frank Oceanofficial site / Twitter

Video: Novacane – from the album nostalgia, Ultra

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Pandr Eyezofficial site / Twitter

Video: Eyes On You – from the EP Eyes On You

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Stumbleineofficial site

Track: Ember – from the EP Rose Tinted

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Bretonofficial site / Twitter

Video: Edward the Confessor – from the forthcoming album Other People’s Problems

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Jessie WareMySpace / Twitter

Track: Strangest Feeling – released as her debut single on November 28

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Cloud Boatofficial site

Track: Lions on the Beach – the duo’s debut single on R&S

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Trophy WifeTwitter

Video: Wolf – from the EP Bruxism (BBC review)

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Niki and the Doveofficial site / Twitter

Video: The Drummer – from the EP The Drummer (BBC review)

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Track: Love – taken from the EP The Wild Youth

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