With the winners of Triple J’s coveted J Awards having be awarded recently, we got to thinking about all the fantastic music emanating from our fair nation that is sometimes overlooked, or at least overshadowed by the “bigger names.”

That’s why we decided to piece together a group of Aussies musicians that aren’t necessarily as popular at the moment, but have most definitely been killing it this year.

From manic metal outfits to ‘80s synth throwbacks, to dreamy shoegaze and good ole fashioned Aussie rock, join us as we take a look at 16 Australian artists that deserve recognition in 2014.