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Next Best Thing 2012 Round-Up

Maria Turauskis


Once again, it has been a cracking year for new music, and the Next Best Thing has bought you dozens of tasty new bands over the past twelve months, especially for your ear-holes. Here’s a brief selection of some of the exciting new artists we have previewed in 2012 who have gone on great things this year.


We introduced Friends to you back in January, and since then this Brooklyn band have gone on to release a sparkling debut album to critical acclaim. Tracks for the group’s debut Manifest! can be heard on adverts all over the shop, and their third single ‘Mind Control’  was even declared “hottest record in the world” by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.

Lana Del Rey

Another artist we introduced in January, just as she was on the cusp of international super-stardom. Lana Del Rey appeared to come from nowhere, and she has had a bumpy rid along the way, with considerable criticisms from the music press and audiences alike. Be that is it may, however, Del Rey is a musical force to be reckoned with, and has been a key artist in 2012.

Jethro Fox

Jethro Fox’s music is slowly making waves this year, and the artist has been featured by Clash magazine and BBC Introducing online amongst others. Fox’s track ‘Echo’ has been listed in various “top tracks of 2012” and it was even played on Hollyoaks earlier in the year.


These girls are now pretty big on the indie scene, and their debut album received highly favorable reviews from the likes of The Guardian and the NME. They also toured in the US in 2012 with The XX and Wild Beasts.

Ms Mr

This band is making it big in the US, and are set to be big news here very soon too. We introduced these guys back in June, and now their videos are getting millions of hits on YouTube, and they have also supported Marina and the Diamonds on her recent US tour, and released their debut album in 2012.