Artist: Chance The Rapper
Who: Chicago-based hip-hop wunderkind Chancellor Bennett, who released his free mixtape 'Acid Rap' last year.
For fans of: Outkast, Kanye West.
Artist: Courtney Barnett
Who: Australian singer who showed off her deadpan lyrical wit with 2013's 'Avant Gardner' – a song about having a panic attack while gardening.
For fans of: Liz Phair, Eleanor Friedberger
Who: Publicity-shy west London duo who specialise in dancefloor-ready post-punk disco-funk. Ace single 'The Heat' was released in October 2013.
For fans of: Disclosure, TV On The Radio
Artist: Fat White Family
Who: Britain's most depraved new band, plotting to offend the masses from their south London squat. Debut LP 'Champagne Holocaust' was released last year.
For fans of: The Cramps, The Gun Club
Who: Filipino wonderkid Idris Vicuna, who released his debut EP 'Supernatural' – a gem of glitchy electronica – in 2013. Boasts a mop-top that would be the envy of The Beatles.
For fans of: J Dilla, Joker, Darkstar
Artist: Circa Waves
Who: Beatles and Strokes-loving bunch from Liverpool, who are being hyped as the 'next Arctic Monkeys'. Debut double single 'Good For Me/Get Away' came out last year.
For fans of: The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys
Who: Home-schooled brothers from the US with a penchant for punk riffs and a defiant outsiders mentality. 2013's 'Devil Fruit' EP is their finest release so far.
For fans of: The Germs, Cerebral Ballzy
Who: Leeds-based five-piece who work in jobs they hate and make angry, scratchy punk for a similarly pissed-off lost generation – as witnessed on last year's 'Tough Luck' single.
For fans of: The Fall, Drenge
Who: Mates with Palma Violets, they're four Londoners who combined big pop choruses with psych wigouts on the likes of recent singles 'Solemn Skies' and 'Pinballs'.
For fans of: Real Estate, Deer Hunter
Artist: Public Access T.V.
Who: NYC's most hyped new band, whose debut track 'Monaco' has been sending music industry tastemakers into overdrive since going online.
For fans of: Elvis Costello, Mick Jones' Clash.
Artist: Twin Peaks
Who: Four-piece who, despite hailing from Chicago, are inspired by jangly British rock. Debut mini-album 'Sunken' was released last July.
For fans of: The Smith Westerns, The Replacements
Artist: Joanna Gruesome
Who: Fiercely DIY Welsh band set to become cult favourites with their mixture of indie-pop melodies and hardcore edge, as perfected on 2013 debut 'Weird Sisters'.
For fans of: Veronica Falls, Huggy Bear
Artist: Wolf Alice
Who: Camden-loving group who make grungy and snarling indie – although their debut EP 'Blush', released in October 2013, showed a tender side too.
For fans of: Elastica, Hole.
Who: London four-piece big on fuzzy guitars and finding glamour in gloom, who released their debut single 'Follow' on their own GramGram Records label last year.
For fans of: Roxy Music, Toy
Artist: The Orwells
Who: Hard-living punks from Chicago, who distilled their love of debauchery into dark, smart and thrilling tales of adolescence on 2013's 'Other Voices' EP.
For fans of: Iggy And The Stooges, The Strokes
Artist: Royal Blood
Who: Brighton-based duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. Their fierce blues-rock, shown best on the track 'Figure It Out', is made with just bass and drums.
For fans of: The Black Keys, The White Stripes
Artist: Perfect Pussy
Who: Syracuse noise-punks whose 'I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling EP' was big on squalling sound and startling, disarming honesty courtesy of singer Meredith Graves.
For fans of: Japandroids, Melt Banana
Artist: Tobias Jesso Jr
Who: Canadian newcomer whose simple, sparse 'Just A Dream' demo earned comparisons with John Lennon's 70s output.
For fans of: Christopher Owen, John Lennon
Artist: Vic Mensa
Who: Rapper who roped in Chicago cohort Chance The Rapper for his new release 'Innanetape', which is big on tongue-twising rhymes and swirling beats.
For fans of: Thundercat, Chance The Rapper
Artist: FKA Twigs
Who: Former barmaid Tahliah Barnett, who has moulded hip-hop and smooth R&B into the likes of her breakthrough track 'Water Me' and the more sensual 'Papi Pacify' from her 'EP 2' release.
For fans of: Tricky, Aaliyah, Brandy
Who: Birmingham band who, unlike Peace and Swim Deep, plump for slacker-pop over sun-bleached riffs. They release new EP 'MAM' in February.
For fans of: Blur, Wavves
Who: Jillian Banks is so friendly she speaks to her fans on the phone. 2013's 'London' EP is full of steamy R&B ballads, including the TEED-produced 'Warm Water'.
For fans of: Jessie Ware, Erykah Badu
Who: Copenhagen's Karen Marie Ørsted has been responsible for releasing some of the most dynamic pop bangers of recent months, topped off with her Diplo-aided 'Bikini Daze' EP.
For fans of: Grimes, Nite Owl
Artist: Speedy Ortiz
Who: The Boston band's debut LP 'Major Arcana was one of 2013's brightest treats: low-slung punk-pop with chainsaw riffs and singer Sadie Dupuis' snarky vocals.
For fans of: Slint, Pavement
Who: New York's Ratking broke out with the burbling beat of 2012's 'Wikispeaks'. They're now working on their debut LP, with recent track '100' pointing towards grimier textures.
For fans of: Wu-Tang Clan, Cam'ron
Artist: Chlöe Howl
Who: Buckinghamshire singer whose tales of teenage frustrations, such as the cheeky 'No Strings', have garnered her heaps of praise and a deal with Columbia.
For fans of: Jamie T, Lily Allen
Who: Londoner Ben Garrett, who has slowly been turning heads with the poppy, fizz-flecked electronica from his 'Radio PWR' EP.
For fans of: James Blake
Artist: All We Are
Who: Liverpool-based band who describe themselves as "The Bee Gees on diazepam". Their hypnagogic debut 'Utmost Good' backed up the big-talk.
For fans of: Metronomy
Who: Blackpool's Darlia showed their flair for broodingly discomforting grunge with the guttural snarl of debut single 'Queen Of Hearts'.
For fans of: Nirvana, Superfood
Artist: Gang Of Youths
Who: Sydney's Gang Of Youths penned debut release 'Evangelists' while in a hospital waiting room, and describe their wares as "EMOTIONAL-ASS, 14-TRACK CONCEPT ROCK".
For fans of: The Killers, Bruce Springsteen
Artist: The Amazing Snakeheads
Who: Glasgow's best new band who won over fans with their ragged, country-meets-punk brilliance on 2013's Monster NME Radar Tour.
For fans of: The Birthday Party
Who: Hailing from Copenhagen, Communions make bright but reverb drenched post-punk. Investigate last year's grandiose slow-burner 'Cobblestones' to hear them at their best.
For fans of: Modern English
Who: London-based bunch who, despite their intellectual leanings, are making some of the dreamiest, funnest dance-pop around. New LP 'The Age Of Fracture' is out on January 27.
For fans of: Hot Chip, Talking Heads
Artist: The Preatures
Who: Australian group who channel the cherry-picking spirit of Haim by crossing '70s rock, pop and radio-friendly R&B grooves.
For fans of: Haim, Fleetwood Mac
Artist: John Wizards
Who: Magical, wide-eyed pop from the Cape Town-based band, who mixed traditional African influences, funk and gentle electronica on last year's self-titled debut LP.
For fans of: Vampire Weekend, Parliament
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Who: 23-year-old singer Solana Rowe makes smartly ambitious pop that comes on like cloudy, ethereal R&B with murky beats. Photo: theonepointeight
For fans of: Frank Ocean, Solange, The Weeknd
Who: Last year's late-night vibes 'Dual' LP was electronic musician Sampha's first release in three years. He's previously worked with Drake and Jessie Ware.
For fans of: Frank Ocean
Artist: The Magic Gang
Who: Nostalgia-peddling London-based band who released the timeless scuzz-and-surf beauty 'With My Baby' last year. Photo: Dan Kendall
For fans of: Gross Magic, Japandroids
Artist: Black Gold Buffalo Who: Electrifying live band buried in the studio working on material - expect new songs in spring For fans of: Little Dragon, Empress Of Listen: soundcloud.com/blackgoldbuffalo