If you've seen the new issue you'll know it's a new music special, dedicated to the bands we think you'll love in the coming year - as well as a few tips from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon and The xx.

For a hands-on accompaniment to the issue, you can download a free mixtape featuring all the bands we're tipping over on Jaimie Hodgson's Radar blog.

Plus, let us know who you think deserves to make it big in 2010 by posting a comment on the office blog.

Read about all these bands in more detail in this week's NME, on sale Wednesday 6 January.


The man who rescued dubstep from its knuckle-dragging 'wobble' fetishism

NME says: South London's Joy Orbison creates a forward-thinking amalgamation of dubstep, Balearic bliss and UK garage that seems like a logical next step in dance music's evolution.
Free mixtape track: 'Hyph Mngo'


'Grunge-grass' adventurers with the backing of Rick Rubin

NME says: North Carolina's The Avett Brothers cross-stitch folk traditions on to punk dynamics in the way that Mumford & Sons or Goldheart Assembly do in the UK.
Free mixtape track: 'Will You Return?'


Bedroom-bound conjuror of hazy, blissed-out soundscapes

NME says: Washed Out is the prolific project of elusive 27-year-old Ernest Greene, who hails from the deepest depths of America's South, and is now at the centre of a slobbering industry scrum. He appears to have 2010 on lockdown.
Free mixtape track: 'Feel It All Around'




Manchester's boff-pop alchemists

NME says: Theirs is a modern, mathy mongrel pop music where the spirit of contemporary R&B, classical songwriting structure and barbershop harmonies are all ripe for the picking.
They say: "We're trying to avoid cliche at all costs. If it's Girls Aloud or Slint, it doesn't matter."
Free mixtape track: 'My KZ Urbf'


The perfect Prozac pop-punk band

NME says: Equal parts eccentric and anthemic, this Florida fivesome sound like an unholy jam between a demon-less Frank Black, Paul Simon and a sunburnt Rivers Cuomo.
Free mixtape track: 'Swim To Reach The End'


Purveyors of celestial, sprawling pop odysseys

NME says: We've been enchanted by California's hippy-disco mystics Music Go Music since they first emerged as the offshoot of showtune indie-gods Bodies Of Water.
They say: "Maybe the fact that we do other things aside from Music Go Music means it isn't really a reflection of our identities."
Free mixtape track: 'Warm In The Shadows (Villa Remix')

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