Rey Pila

They’re signed to Julian Casablancas’ label, they’re on tour with Albert Hammond Jr, and they sound like an ’80s synth-rock Strokes. Hometown: Mexico City. The lineup: Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco and Andres Velasco. The background: Rey Pila...

Rainer

Hometown: London. The lineup: Rebekah Raa (vocals), Nic Nell (music). The background: This year’s BBC Sound Of… poll has had the usual mixed reaction. We think it’s a pretty strong lineup, even if just on the basis of FKA Twigs and Kelela, but...

Sampha

He’s the new piano man with the husky voice whose stark confessionals have made him the go-to balladeer for hip hoppers and dubsteppers. Hometown: Morden, South London. The lineup: Sampha Sisay (music, production). The background: Sampha first made a cameo in...

Royal Blood

Buzzworthy Brightonians channelling Zep and Pixies using the tried-and-tested two-piece format. Hometown: Brighton. The lineup: Mike Kerr (vocals, bass), Ben Thatcher (drums). The background: Although Drenge, Southern, Ruen Brothers and now Royal Blood have their own...

Naked (On Drugs)

Franco-Manc duo with an artful combination of sleaze and menace. Hometown: Manchester. The lineup: Sebastien Perrin (vocals), Luke Byron Scott (guitar). The background: There’s a photo of today’s new duo, naked, although whether they’re on drugs we...