ELLE’s Sound of 2014

The music acts you need to know about.

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A new year can only mean one thing, new talent on the music scene and new tunes in the ELLE office.

We've tracked down the best in up-and-coming musical talent for 2014 and we¹re pleased to say that there's no end of female artists waiting to wow us with their musical talents.

Banks

4 Word Summary Electronic vibes meets R&B.

25 year old Jilian Banks is set to sky-rocket into the charts this year. Not only has she made the BBC Sound of 2014 list but she's got the haunting voice, the sultry looks and her love affair with music began with a toy keyboard. We love her already!

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Listen to This Is What It Feels Like

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George Ezra

5 Word Summary Acoustic riffs and soft vocals

Lying somewhere between Bob Dylan and Paolo Nutini, 19 year old George Ezra sits perfectly with his handsome albeit boyish looks and gravelly yet soft voice. His acoustic performances are both intimate and energetic whilst his lyrics are youthful.

Listen to Budapest

Chlöe Howl

5 Word Summary 80s beats and quirky lyrics

She's the girl with the fierce pixie crop, fresh face and Dr Martens. Chlöe Howl is bringing catchy 80s backing beats to the music scene and combined with that voice, we're certainly sold. Her lyrics are especially relatable for teens going through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

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Listen to Rumour

FKA Twigs

4 Word Summary Ultimate chill out music

If James Blake was to be reincarnated as a woman, FKA Twigs would be that woman. Dubbed under the genre of Trip Hop, her laid back tunes are laced with a tinge of edge created by the occasional sporadic key change. Her signature? The pulsing beat combined with a relaxed, soothing voice.

Listen to How's That

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Lorde

5 Word Summary A voice like no other

September 13 was a good month, mainly because it brought our attention to new singing sensation, Lorde. Since the release of her debut hit Royals we've had her album Pure Heroine on repeat in the office. What a voice! Praise the Lorde.

Listen to Tennis Court

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Say Lou Lou

5 Word Summary An eclectic and electric duo

Swedish-born twin sisters, Miranda and (aptly named) Elektra Kilbey are set to make big waves on the music scene this year with their epic electronic rhythms and catchy dance tunes. Not only do we want to buy their album but we'd also quite like to raid their wardrobes

Listen to Better in the Dark

Ella Eyre

5 Word Summary Great hair, even better voice

You know that catchy summer number from last year: Waiting All Night by Rudimental? Well, you may or may not know it but Ella Eyre just so happened to be the star behind the vocals to that hit. Low profile, no more. Expect big things.

Listen to Deeper

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London Grammar

2 Word Summary: ­Goosebumps imminent!

You know when you listen to a song and the hairs on your arm stand up? The talented trio behind London Grammar have the ability to do just that and their latest single Strong is no exception. A strong ELLE favourite.

Listen to Strong

A*M*E

4 Word Summary Grab your dancing shoes!

18 year old South Londoner and ELLE Sessions discovery, A*M*E (aka Aminata Kabba) is bringing some very catchy dance tunes to the party this year. Her latest hit Heartless is good enough to give David Guetta a run for his money.

Listen to Heartless

Lily & Madeleine

4 Word Summary Beautiful harmonies, slightly folksy.

If you enjoy the sounds of The Fleet Foxes and Simon & Garfunkel then chances are that Lily & Madeleine will cater to your musical tastes. The sisters behind the band - Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz - hail from Indianapolis where they write and produce their harmonious, folk-like tunes about the innocence and beauty of youth.

Listen to Come To Me

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