Bastille are big fans of Damon Albarn.

The 'Pompeii' hitmakers were impressed with the Blur and Gorillaz musician's long-awaited first solo effort, 'Bad Robots', and think his comeback was a stroke of genius.

In an interview discussing the musical highlights of the last year, the band's frontman, Dan Smith, told ''I really love Damon Albarn's debut solo record. I love the fluidity with which he changes between really varying projects - yet it's nice to see him take the weight of an album release solely upon himself.''

Dan also admires Critics' Choice BRIT Award-winner Sam Smith's ability to write a killer tune and thinks 'Latch' was the catchiest song of the last 12 months.

He said: ''Sam Smith has a knack for writing brilliant hooks and I heard a stripped-back version of this song that made me listen to songwriting itself a lot more closely. But I love the Disclosure version and it gets lodged in my head on loop for weeks.''

Dan is proud a growing number of British artists are getting the recognition they deserve overseas and hopes it's a lasting trend.

He said: ''It's nice to see British music having continued success all over the world. And it's great to see more and more people seeming to buy music on vinyl.''