The Best New Artists of 2013


The past decade has been exciting for up-and-coming artists. While the internet has given them a new kind of power and the ability to get exposure without the help of labels and money, it presents its own set of obstacles. Most importantly: the barrier to entry is lower than ever, and this means more competition and increasing difficulty standing out. But in 2013, plenty of artists managed to pull it off. This year was filled with Soundcloud hits taking off out of nowhere, acts jumping from one-hit wonders to internet buzz bands, and artists that figured out how to translate online chatter into IRL success.

For this list, we're celebrating the emerging artists who came up big in 2013. Some are acts that have been making music for a while and broke out this year, and others are brand new. All have proven that they're worth paying attention to in 2014 and beyond. Here are the best new artists of 2013.

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  • cmonson

    no ibn inglor?

  • #Larry

    <3 <3 <3

  • #Larry

    <3 <3 <3

  • Kanye east

    You guys would suck Mapei’s dick

  • SandroMoscolini

    Disclosure didn’t make the cut?? smh

  • Constant Gardner

    we’ve been covering them since mid-2012 so don’t count as new this year

  • Andrew

    Hahah, do your research PnP. Lorde is from Takapuna. No such place as Mount Eden North.

  • Andrew

    HAH! Admittedly, her soundclound name says Mount Eden North, but still.. there is no such place (From Auckland)

  • PigsAndPlans

    You sure?

    “I really enjoyed writing the new Able Tasmans enty for Audioculture, not least because it brought back some fond memories of living and hanging out at the house in Marlborough Street, Mount Eden, with Graeme Humphreys et al.”

  • PigsAndPlans

    Ibn is great, but I think he’s still finding his lane.

  • PigsAndPlans

    Yea tru

  • bling blao

    Why you gotta say don’t let the “trap” in the title Alternative Trap fool you? Does that scare some white folk off? Seems a pretty apt title for what Lucki does

  • PigsAndPlans

    The thinking was if people are fans of the trap sound, they’re probably expecting something more aggressive. Sonically, Lucki isn’t on that vibe. Ha, maybe “scared” is the wrong word.

  • PigsAndPlans


  • Edreece

    You all need to check out 17-year-old artist Robbie Leone’s debut project. He will be included in the discussion for best new artist in 2014.

  • cmonson

    i feel he has his own lane, plus he has made a pretty solid mark in 2013 so far, especially making the Complex Top 25 list.

  • andrew

    Mt Eden is a suburb yes, but Mt Eden North isn’t – Google maps returns a prison… to be honest It was nitpicking. Good article otherwise.

  • j.seibs

    Always appreciate the love you guys are showing Young Thug one of my new favorites this year.

  • Bleeping Bobby

    Oh my, they just missed one LUCIA.I really think people should listen to Lucia. 8 million views and not a single of her under 100.000 views.

  • Perger Bence

    Lucki and Lorde are fire and FKA Twigs is great too.

  • modernbox

    this is dope, thanks!

  • modernbox

    kwabs! man I love that dude

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