What’s In Store For 2013?

 

So on reflection as we near the end of 2012 I find that there has been a fair amount of decent songs from artists old and new. I refrain from my usual rant about new generation music not being comparable to that in the past but wholeheartedly embrace it’s originality. 

I am pleased to concede that albums from the likes of Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid MAAD City and The Weeknd – Trilogy, raise an eyebrow with some new joints the likes of which have excited me in a similar manner as the arrival in 2011 of Frank Ocean did. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect and Leah Labelle, a former American Idol contestant, make their presence felt and have made me smile. Alongside the fine music from the “new skool” there have been some consistent performances from the “old guard” like Angie Stone – Rich Girl, Jill Scott – Light Of The Sun, Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire, Mary J. Blige – My Life II, The Journey Continues (Act 1) , Public Enemy – Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp and The Evil Empire Of Everything, (two albums from them this year) Marcus Miller – Renaissance and Kanye West – Cruel Summer all with albums for 2012. Sy Smith – Fast And Curious and Finlay Quay – 28th February Road and Freddie Joachim – Fiberglass Kisses all make comebacks to ward the end of the year swiftly proceeded by Arrested Development – Standing At The Crossroads who may all beckon similar behavior in 2013 by other dormant acts. 

As far as the USA versus UK music is concerned it is refreshing to note that there seems to be very little copycat material. Collaborations now of course know no bounds. Take for example the unlikely pairing of Ed Sheeran And Yelawolf for the song You Don’t Know (For F*** Sake). If Ollie Murs can collaborate with Flo-Rida for Troublemaker then 2013 will be even more interesting regarding collusions as exhibited last year and this. The UK is still producing some great original big beat, bass, drum and vocal material pushing the envelope with innovation. It is all there, if you search for it. Although we are still being spoon fed with chart fodder which just sounds like the last “whoever” track…  spend a little time to dig and you will find gold. Daley, Labrinth, Disclosure, Swindle, Josh Kumra, Sway and my favourite female from 2012 Emeli Sande and her heart stopping, award winning album Our Version Of Events are all examples of more great musical fare to come from the UK.

So with great expectation… let us look forward to what 2013 will bring us!

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