13 For 2013: Angel Haze & Haim

From left to right: Angel Haze, Haim

Following on from my previous posts, here are my seventh and eighth tips for 2013:

Angel Haze

Angel Haze (or Raykeea Wilson to her friends) is a rapper, based in New York. Born into a religious family, Wilson didn’t grow up listening to any music, and was only allowed to aged sixteen. Just under a year and a half ago, she ‘became’ Angel Haze, and has since released numerous mixtapes, most notably last year’s Reservation and Classick. Highlights on the former include New York, a song that is ‘right on the money’ (it reached the Top 20 in my end of year list), and I firmly believe could be huge if released this year. On Classick, she covered Eminem’s Cleanin’ Out My Closet. Her version has been dubbed ‘better than the original’ by many, and it’s not hard to see why; it’s an honest recollection of abuse that not only shows stellar lyricism but also on-point rapping. Obvious comparisons have been drawn to other female rappers such as Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj, but Angel Haze is pure hip-hop, in comparison with Banks’ club-inspired rap and Minaj’s pop. Already having come third on the BBC Sound of 2013 list, as well as having arguably the best flow out of all the current female rappers, Angel Haze is definitely not someone to bet against when she releases her debut album in 2013.

For Fans Of: Azealia Banks, Eve, Iggy Azalea

Haim

Haim are sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim from Los Angeles. Naturally, the girls have been together for a while, and in this time have supported acts such as Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and most recently Florence + The Machine. They released their debut EP Forever early last year, which received critical acclaim. It also showcased their unique sound, which is like TLC at Woodstock. Since then, they released next single Don’t Save Me, a brilliant track which, much like Angel Haze’s New York, also made it into the Top 20 of my end of year list. The track itself is a piece of ‘top-down, road-trip indie’, complete with a high-budget video that still shows the quirks of the band. It’s these quirks that make the band so special. I had the pleasure of seeing them last year and these girls can put on a show: Este gave out her number to a man on the front row and the set ended in a drum off, complete with maracas used as drumsticks. This doesn’t detract from the music though, which is all of the same high standard. Seeing as Don’t Save Me has been almost successful on iTunes for the past month, and the fact they’re on the cover of this week’s NME , it seems these sisters have the makings of something really special.

For Fans Of: Fleetwood Mac, Alex Winston, Mumford & Sons

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