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.


You want a new scene? You got one!

NME says: Darwin Deez's debut single 'Constellations' zooms between the louche vocals of Julian Casablancas and the best '80s staccato fret-fluttering.
He says: His plans for 2010 include "opening for Passion Pit, kissing girls and bringing my homemade jams to Europe - musical jams, not jelly."
Free mixtape track: 'Constellations'


Brooklyn rapper with a maverick streak not seen since the arrival of Andre 3000

NME says: London bravely ditches macho posturing for poetry, ice-cold beats, recycled '80s electro and no wave snippets.
He says: "I'm a voice over raw beats with blaring synth and dancing bass lines."
Free mixtape track: 'Humdrum Town'


Tyneside's new DIY poster-boys

NME says: A neater amalgam of pop, post-punk, art-rock and indie you'll struggle to find.
They say: "'Biology' by Girls Aloud is better than anything in Radiohead's back catalogue." (Pete Gofton).
Free mixtape track: 'Possibilities'


The Manchester band creating 2010's most authentic indie-dance crossover

NME says: Delphic could end up a world-conquering band. Their anthemic brand of house music enhanced with arena-sized guitars has the potential to define a summer.
They say: "We're trying to recreate that 5am feeling when you're wandering round after a club."
Free mixtape track: 'Counterpoint'


Pop's untameable Trojan horse

NME says: Hers is an almost unnervingly absorbing pop personality, one so strong that it seems to have its own gravitational pull.
She says: "Fuck being cool, I'm living my absolute dreams!"
Free mixtape track: 'Obsessions'





Tailored Manchester duo wiping music's slate clean with glacial synth-pop

NME says: If you took Joy Division at their starkest, and gave it to the Pet Shop Boys to perform on The X Factor, you'd be getting somewhere close to Hurts' songwriting process.
They say: "I'm very much of the opinion that you can say a lot with a little." (Theo Hutchcraft).
Free mixtape track: 'It's A Wonderful Life'

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