Boy and girl, girl and girl or boy and boy - no matter what sexes are in it, duos always seem such a balanced musical affair. We have selected three boy+girl and two same-sex duos for you below, duos you’re destined to hear more from in 2013.
Rhye conquered the scene by storm with their striking debut single Open - comparisons to Sade are inevitable, but this duo’s love-infused mix of funk-tingled, romantic pop is a very modern-day sound. Their second single The Fall is another slice of beauty, we just can’t wait to fall in love with the full-length.
We’ll never ever get enough of dream pop - especially if it’s as beautiful’s as GEMS’ take on said genre. GEMS are Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John from Washington, DC who record their music in an empty beach house (coincidence?) in Kitty Hawk, NC. The result is a truly enchanting, dreamy sound that makes you simply feel like you’re gazing upon stars.
Tumblr Glitch Pop, Soul Fuzz, Electroshock - however you call MS MR’s sultry pop, it’s hard to deny their music is pretty amazing. Aesthetically and musically, MS MR has got it all lined up. After the release of their Candy Bar Creep Show EP, the boy-girl duo will release a full-length Fantasy in the new year, an album we will inevitably put on repeat all through 2013.
AlunaGeorge, the singer/producer duo compromised of Aluna and George, make smart use of the secret formula that always seems to win us over: r&b infused pop. Rather than going for a strict sexy vibe like most r&b-hinted acts do, they keep it playful and rather cute. Pop gets turned into a new direction as well, with influences from two step and the likes.
Saint Lou Lou
Soon-to-be pop stars Saint Lou Lou are the newest “Swedish pop export product” - the kind of product that always promises a certain quality. Debut single Maybe You melted many hearts, but this sister-duo has only got started (just wait until you hear Side By Side!).