Ok, so we know the big guns will be fantastic at this year's Reading and Leeds festival. Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Vampire Weekend... we know all about them. But if you're heading to Reading and Leeds in search of something a little more unknown, step right this way. The smaller stages are packed with brilliant, brand new talent. From the sonic fuzz of The Wytches to Kate Tempest's gob-of-her-generation declarations, the 15 tracks below showcase the very best that new music has to offer right now.
It's been a while since a band brought the kind of electro-punk anarchy The Garden specialise in. 'Cloak', the latest glimpse inside the twisted minds of Los Angeles twins Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, is a rabid, breakbeat-propelled supernova for fans of Aphex Twin and early Prodigy. It's the sort of track that makes you think of Killing Joke rocket-skating through a dark, dystopian metropolis. The pair call their violent bursts of noise "Vada Vada" - a word they invented because no other genre tags seems to get close to their particular brand of aural chaos. Sounds about right to us.
Brighton newcomer Steven Stride specialises in crunchy mope-rock somewhere between Elliott Smith and early Modest Mouse. It's Conor Oberst's Desparacidos his new single 'Everyone's Problem, No One's Problem' most recalls though, weaving a saucer-eyed, disenchanted tale of Generation Y drudgery, pay day loans and small town ennui around jangling guitars, snaking bass lines and snarly vocals.
Honne might hail originally from the British Isles' sleepy south west but you wouldn't know it from the lusty, late night, urbanite feel of 'Warm On A Cold Night'. The latest release from electronic imprint Super Recordings, responsible for early singles from likes of AlunaGeorge and Bondax, this debut single sees the pair - identified in their press release as Andy and James, two music teachers from Somerset and Wiltshire via Bow - pit fizzing James Blake electronics against Frank Ocean style croons honey-dipped in soul.
This week's issue of NME sees us chew the fat with the man who's being tipped to steal Disclosure's crown, Lxury. To celebrate, here's a new remix he's done on 'Time' by Jungle. Pick up the mag to read James Bentley's interview with the man himself.