"Manchester is still a musical hotpot of flavoursome sounds"

Delphic

Just three-strong and somewhat introspective, Delphic were tipped for the top in the BBC's Sound of 2010 shortlist. The trio peddle dreamy pop songs with a euphoric, trance-like beat likely to appeal to indie kids and club bunnies alike. Their 2010 album Acolyte remains an Explorer favourite.

Sound like: Futuristic disco-pop-rave

What the press say: '...crafting a superior brand of future indie that has every chance of rocketing them out of Manchester and into the nation's consciousness' - bbc.co.uk

Info: delphic.cc

Dutch Uncles

Given the thumbs-up by DJ Marc Reilly on BBC 6 Music, Dutch Uncles have been described as 'progressive pop', with lots of rapid changes of tempo and abrupt stops and starts. Not unlike one of their self-professed influences, Talking Heads, then. A new album (their second) is promised in early 2011.

Sound like: Spiky prog-pop

What the press say: 'Wow. Scarily young upstarts with a clutch of brilliant songs' - NME

Info: myspace.com/dutchuncles

I Am Kloot

You can thank the Mercury Prize for introducing the rest of the world to the indie secret that is I Am Kloot. The threesome's shortlisted album The Sky at Night, was recorded in Manchester and produced by Elbow's Guy Garvey. You don't get much more homegrown than that.

Sound like: Ravaged indie-folk

What the press say: '...if critical plaudits were album sales, I Am Kloot would be pulled along in carriages made of gold records. Really special.' - Time Out

Info: iamkloot.com

Hurts

Number four on the BBC's Sound of 2010 list, Hurts adopt a deliberately mysterious stance, with their doleful melodies and enigmatic retro demeanour. Regular gigs, a handful of 2010 festivals and a late summer appearance on GMTV ensured familiarity long before a debut album was released.

Sound like: Mournful synth-pop

What the press say: 'Looking like they would rather be on the cover of Vogue Hommes than NME, the pair resemble Tears For Fears as shot by Anton Corbijn.' - bbc.co.uk

Info: informationhurts.com

Egyptian Hip Hop

Don't be fooled by the name: these teenagers continue the Manc tradition of dark lyrics, dour vocals and bouncing guitars. They've spent 2009 juggling live gigs and college whilst creating a buzz among music journalists who love to spot 'the next big thing' - particularly when it comes from Manchester.

Sound like: Melodic grunge-pop

What the press say: 'Egyptian Hip Hop are in that great tradition of Manchester bands who don't do what it says on the lid, whose names are full of enigmatic references and enticing red herrings' - The Guardian

Info: myspace.com/egyptianhiphop

For details of music events in Manchester (including hometown gigs by local bands), visit prideofmanchester.com

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