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10 Things that 2013 holds in store

  • By MisterCharlie Author Avatar
  • 3 January 2013


Tipster time! Here’s what we’re looking out for in 2013 – both good and bad -  and thankfully there’s not a Mayan apocalypse in sight.


10) The third My Bloody Valentine Album

I like to measure the wait for stupidly delayed albums with a unit I’ve just made up called the Stone Roses. In layman’s terms, a single Stone Roses lasts 5 loooong years  - so it’s quite something that the new My Bloody Valentine album has taken 4 and-a-flipping-bit Stone Roses to make. 21 years! 21 years since Loveless came out and was better than everything, ever! 21 years – by now the 3rd  MBV album should be old enough to buy a pint of whiskey in Texas, instead it’s still blinking, wobbling, and getting ready to face the world. To say the weight of expectation is a little heavy is something of an understatement, and given the amount of material that’s been shelved (including – allegedly – an album of tracks inspired by 90s jungle…) the signs aren’t necessarily great. But it’s here, and this year, barring a last minute U turn by Kevin Shields (not an impossibility folks) we’ll get to hear it. And we can’t wait.  


9) People completely giving up on the alphabet

Did you notice that last week Facebook took away the ‘settings’ button and replaced it with this symbol: 

Ooooohhhh! That's neat!

It’s part of a trend that we’re seeing more and more of—the replacement of the Roman alphabet and standardized spelling with an increasingly chaotic array of symbols, emoticons and pictures of dancing cats. What does this mean for the future? I have literally no idea, and suspect there’s a PhD thesis in there somewhere. But one things for certain: If someone can work out what an emoticon sounds like it’ll make writing pop lyrics a fuck sight easier.

8) The end of David Guetta’s horrible reign.

Guetta. Your card is marked. You’ve had 3 years of ruining pop and I call bullshit. Admit it, you’ve known all you’ve been taking the piss (and if you don’t, explain this video of you pretending to DJ at some pointless award ceremony), and I get a sneaky suspicion that the world has had its fill. The formula has been scraped to a mean, thin sham, leaving Guetta’s latest tunes papery cacophonies of farting moronic bass drops, crap lyrics and cack handed piano. This may be optimistically premature, but I think that the Guetta Virus may have finally run out of steam. And I’m speaking here as a massive fan of pop. Rude Boy by Rihanna, there’s a good pop song.  I Gotta Feeling.  There’s a truly horrible pop song.

7) Azealia Banks' debut album

And talking of good pop, any day now Azealia Banks is going to release her debut which will (fingers crossed) remind every single one of us that hip hop can be danceable, clever, innovative and, importantly, fun as a bag of chortling Haribo. Everything Banks has done up til now (a couple of pointless twitter beefs aside) has shown that she can live up to expectations, and this should be a cracking debut.   

6) Bullion reshaping music into a bucket of weird

Quietly, Bullion has become one of our favourite new producers. He first came up in the wave of new UK dance producers picking over the bones of dubstep a couple of years back, but quickly turned his back on wubbing bass drops and 2 step retreads, to instead start his own label, DEEK. DEEK has quickly become a home for some seriously innovative new indie tracks, taking onboard synthy soul, disco basslines, shoegaze haze and club music dynamics and throwing them all in the blender marked ‘WTF’ to emerge with something that shares as much with the questing DIY spirit of 80s post punk as it does with any of his contemporaries. To get some idea on the breadth of Bullions visions, check out his mixtapes. The first was a collection of Beach Boys songs, reimagined in the style of hip hop maverick Jay Dilla, and the follow up was an unexpected trawl through 1960s Canterbury Scene jazz prog freakout.  Skrillex he ain’t. Listen to the DEEK compilation below, and look out for releases them all through the year, we get the feeling they're gonna get better and better -



5) No one owning their music anymore

You use Spotify don’t you? Uh huh. Thought so. So does pretty much everyone.  Streaming is the music industry’s great hope, and has a lot going for it. It’s easy, convenient and cheap.  Just a moment though. Isn’t it a bit weird that no one has any control of their music collection any more? Back in the day you bought a CD, a record, whatever, and it was yours. You could play it however many times you liked. You could play it round a friend’s house. You could give it away or sell it if you were broke. Now we’re edging towards a situation where we let this one big unknown kid own all the music, and he lets us play it on his terms, with a couple of ads chucked in every now and then for good measure. I don’t want to pay for the privilege of not hearing adverts, if I’m gonna pay I want to pay to have the song for myself. And even if you buy stuff on iTunes, you don’t own it, you’re just renting it. Try leaving your iTunes collection to someone in your will and see what happens… Admittedly I’m writing as someone with round 10,000 records in the house, so I may be a touch obsessive. Still, in the history of basically everything there’s a lot of evidence that concentrating too much power in one place inevitably leads to calamity, and I do think that Spotfiy’s increasing reach will probably have a vaguely detrimental effect on music. In terms of potential censorship I can already see a big issue. Let’s see what happens, but I’m sure that this is going to be a subject that commands increasing media space over the next couple of years.


4) The Palma Violets album

This year’s new big indie hype/hope, The Palma Violets need to do a fairly tricky thing – make the nuts and bolts combo of bass, guitars, drums and vocals sound relevant and contemporary in 2013. They’ve been ploughing a pleasing 80s referencing furrow, and the NME is onside (for the moment…) so it’s looking good. If The Drums can rip off classic English indie to great effect, then it’s high time we reclaimed our sounds. The album is coming at the end of Feb on the reliable Rough Trade, with the safe hands of Steve Mackey handling production, so here’s hoping to a mini classic.  



3) Returning to Winterfell

Man, I love me some Game of Thrones.  Apparently Season 3 is going to have ultra-long episodes and fatter budgets, which means X amount more dragons, convoluted politics, and completely unnecessary tit shots, and I’m literally quivering with excitement. Does this make me a geek? Yes, probably, but a very happy one.

2) At least one band generating a massive amount of hype without any internet presence

In our information age where mystery is a pretty scarce commodity, there’s bound  to be at least one outfit that tries to generate a whole lot of hype by keeping schtum. The upside of this is you seem like a sexy unknown entity, capable of musical alchemy limited only by the imagination of journalists gushing over your secret shows. The downside of this is everyone suddenly realising that you’re actually crap when they finally hear you (see: Wu Lyf). On the flipside of this, there’s also bound to be a hundred acts that generate a crazy amount of internet hype and discussion without really actually releasing anything any sane person would want to hear— we see you Kitty Pride...

1) Chris Brown doing something stupid.

The sun rises. The tide comes in. People pay taxes and die. Chris Brown makes bad decisions. F.A.C.T.