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 mysterious dystopian duke who has caused a man-hunt throughout the musical world

NME says: Kindness, aka Adam Bainbridge, makes music that's worth tying a man down in a dilapidated warehouse for.
He says: "I want there to be a purity to music, to reject the crassness of contemporary culture."
Free mixtape track: 'Swinging Party'


Dubstep's first supergroup

NME says: Skream + Benga + Artwork = Magnetic Man, the dubstep collective set to destroy 2010.
They say: "We're still all about dubstep, but this is another evolution. We can get creative."
Free mixtape track: 'The Cyberman'


Experimentalists instinctively paving a genre-free future

NME says: "Categorising them is like trying to pin the genre on a bolting donkey. In pitch black. While on ketamine.
They say: "What really interests me is what we'll sound like by the end of next year. I've got no idea." (Alex Hewett).
Free mixtape track: 'Rad Pitt'





UK rap's new don

The south-east London area of Peckham might just have found an unlikely saviour in Nathan Thompsons, aka Hollowman, aka Giggs - currently being touted by his new label XL as UK rap's brightest new hope.
NME says: "You wouldn't exactly call him an angel - last we checked, Gabriel never served two years in prison for gun charges (as Thompson had by his 21st birthday). However, the 27-year-old, , insists he's...


The girl next door who's being tipped for success by everybody

Ellie Goulding is a British singer-songwriter currently signed to Polydor. She is currently finishing recording her debut album with producer Mark Ronson, due to be released in the first quarter of 2010.
NME says: "Ellie's not Lady Gaga. She seems real. You can imagine pouring your heart out to her, and you can imagine her doing the same.
She says: "If I summed up everyone who's sent me a message over...


New York's sunshine-pop pin-ups

There are few things that unite the NME office, bar mild alcoholism, social retardation or the threat of imminent nuclear holocaust. So when we heard The Drums and realised that we all thought they were brilliant, we were suspicious. Surely some trick? This perfect band must be a kind of Trojan horse, a trap to get us all into one venue and then gas us like the vermin we are.
Probe as we might, though, we...

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