Year In Review: Tips For 2014 Revisited

on Friday, December 26, 2014
Words: Saam Das

We delivered our tips for 2014 in a fashionably late manner at the end of February, and now we've deemed it a suitable time to reflect upon our choices. If anything, it was our additional tips that really hit the heights - with Jack FG suggesting Jungle and Royal Blood, while I also tipped George Ezra. Check out how our main ones to watch did below.


Having released a well received self-titled second album, the American trio toured pretty solidly over the course of the year taking in their homeland as well as venturing across Europe. Standout track 'Cruel City' was perhaps rightfully re-released, although still doesn't seem to have found the audience it richly deserves.


Probably the most hyped member of this list, Jillian Banks appeared on the Blog Sound Of 2015 list as well as coming third in the BBC Sound Of poll. Her debut album 'Goddess' emerged earlier in the year, to reasonable fanfare from critics, and broke into the top 20 album charts in the UK and the US. And she rather impressed Raman FG at Koko in April.

Circa Waves

We recognised at the time of tipping these Liverpudlians, that success in 2014 might be a tad optimistic - which has come to pass, in a way. Certainly, their stock has increased but the acid test will come next year, with the release of their debut album in March.

Marika Hackman

Another act who has been quietly (but far from spectacularly) impressive in 2014, the singer-songwriter's long player is scheduled for release early next year. She has been fairly prolific in the meantime, and even appeared on alt-J's latest album.

Her album 'No Mythologies To Follow' may not have been much of a commercial hit, but it was sufficiently embraced by many a critic. She also appeared on an Iggy Azalea single, as well as writing on the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One' soundtrack, rounding off a pretty successful year.

The Orwells

Having build a fearsome live reputation, it was a case of quality over quantity for The Orwells in 2014. Tour dates were carefully chosen, while second album 'Disgraceland' was met with a mixed response. Perhaps a more forceful year is around the corner.


Andre Allen Anjos's two-part debut album was easily one (or two?) of my favourite records of the year, with electropop hit after hit after hit. He also combined effectively with his other half, Pink Feathers to deliver the sparkling smash 'Keep Pretending', as well as creating plenty of his usual top notch remixes.


Despite coming in a strong fourth in the BBC Sound Of 2014, Sampha Sisay seems to have taken a backseat this year - his most prominent appearance being a guest slot on a Katy B album track, which he also co-wrote and produced. Let's hope he doesn't pull a Jai Paul, who's still yet to put out an (official) album, after appearing in the BBC Sound Of 2011.

Sons & Lovers

Not quite their breakthrough year but their anthemic pop sound reached plenty of new ears, thanks to big support slots with the likes of Kodaline and The Naked And Famous. We're really excited to hear and see more from this band in 2015.


Finishing the year on a high by releasing a track featuring film star Jena Malone, we can't help but feel a tad underwhelmed with the duo's output in 2014. While we did enjoy catching the band at the Camden Crawl (which was sadly overshadowed by subsequent liquidation news), debut album 'Galore' didn't quite match the expectations laid by such fantastic tracks as 'Sound Of Screams'.

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