Who's The Hottest Band In The World Right Now?

This week's NME has been engulfed, bushfire like, by the first ever NME Hot List. We've inserted a thermometer under the tongue of music to gauge what's making the most exciting waves, from bands to producers to rappers to comedians to scenes to weird video directors who like buying lapdances for members of Arctic Monkeys.

We've also got a page dedicated to the hot new anthems from some hot new bands about to bubble over. So check out the mag, have a listen to our picks below, and let us know who/what you think should have made the cut.

[subhead number="1"]AlunaGeorge – 'You Know You Like It'[/subhead]
Singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid meld a delightful hip-hop/r'n'b/pop power-cosmic-slop.

[subhead number="2"]Citizens! – 'True Romance'[/subhead]
This is the best song by the Alex Kapranos-produced London lot, whose debut album 'Here We Are' is out already, and is as enjoyably angular as the Franz man's fringe in 2002.

[subhead number="3"]Haim– 'Better Off'[/subhead]
LA sister trio Haim look like Warpaint, sing like En Vogue and swear like Frankie Boyle, and despite the fact that they're still unsigned we reckon this song would fill an arena even more snugly than the ginger-bearded comic.
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[subhead number="4"]Bleached – 'Electric Chair'[/subhead]
This beach bum duo used to be in clattery punk types Mika Miko, now they come out like an all-girl Ramones.

[subhead number="5"]Drop Out Venus – 'Love In Vein'[/subhead]
This is a subtly moody anthem from the not-very subtle (but very moody) London newcomers – and is so compelling we'll forgive it that terrible song title, which sounds like the name of a record label formed by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the new issue for more extremely hot things in music. Subscribe to NME here, or get this week's digital issue


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