Autre Ne Veut
Of all the artists on this list, Arthur “Autre Ne Veut” Ashin is perhaps the one most likely to cross over into bona fide commercial success. He’s been purveying his endearingly DIY take on R&B for a couple of years now, but it became increasingly polished in 2012, and it feels like 2013 is the year when things will really happen — so long as his famously intense live performances don’t completely burn out his voice. He has an album out in February, and his collaboration with Mykki Blanco (above) exposed him to an entirely new audience. Watch this space.