With New Year just around the corner, everyone’s talking about the ones to watch for 2014. And while our NEWGEN designers are the latest fashion names to know, we’ve got our money on Laura Welsh as the next big thing in music.

Blessed with a mesmerising voice that could be described as Adele meets Jessie Ware, Laura’s minimal electro-pop has landed her huge props from music critics already, as well a support slot with Topshop band crush London Grammar. Following the release of her beautifully sounding EP ‘Cold Front’ (complete with an equally beautiful black & white video) – we chatted to the Staffordshire-born singer about her style and sound:

How would you describe your music?

There are two sides to my sound – one is more minimal electronic soul and the other has more of a euphoric raw feel.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

To trust your instincts and don’t be pulled about by other people’s opinions.

Tell us what’s in your wardrobe.

I tend to wear a lot of classic clothes that are both feminine and boyish at the same time. I like tailored jackets and suits teamed with flats shoes.  I own a lot of different coloured brogues!

What’s the most flamboyant piece of clothing you own?

I’m drawn to the more minimal look so I don’t really own anything too flamboyant. I have some really cool patent crop trousers from Topshop that I wore for a gig recently – they are most definitely a bit of a statement piece!

Tell us about the first single you bought.

The first tape that I got was Michael Jacksons ‘Bad’ which I remember playing over and over. It was stolen from my sisters record collection!

If you could record a track with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

There are so many, but right now I would probably say D’Angelo. I love his records and the rawness of his voice. Every time I’ve been to see him play he just gets to me like nobody else.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Finishing my record was a definite high! Being able to work with some amazing musicians and producers has been a truly humbling and inspiring experience.

Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played.

Playing the iTunes festival was amazing this year. It’s such a great venue and it was the first time I heard people singing lyrics back to me. My band and I felt totally locked in with each other and the audience that night.

Keep up with all things Laura Welsh on her Facebook page.