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I'm a bit surprised the amazing snakeheads aren't on there
fka twigs doing just 3 songs, supporting james blake was because of sound problems, or whether 3 songs was the plan. sounds good recorded, anyway.
list looks better than other years.
swear they've both featured on top 5 chart hits this year?
very cool in fact
This is too much to take in right now. Night!
BBC PRESS RELEASE
Strictly embargoed until 00.01 on Monday 2nd December 2013
BBC Sound of 2014 list announced
Fifteen of the hottest new music acts have been voted onto the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list, annually compiled by BBC News, to highlight the best and brightest rising stars for the year ahead.
170 music industry tastemakers including DJs, critics, broadcasters and bloggers were asked to name their three favourite new acts. The top 15, which this year includes 10 UK acts, are announced today.
The top 5 will be revealed in January, counting down one each day from Monday 6 January with the BBC Sound of 2014 winner announced on Friday 10 January.
The list was started in 2003 and has a history of predicting the acts that will make it big. Last year’s winners were LA pop band HAIM, who went on to have a No.1 in October with their debut album, ‘Days Are Gone’. Previous winners have included Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
The acts on this year’s list are once again a diverse bunch, ranging from Chicago-based hip-hop act, Chance the Rapper to sassy pop from Chlöe Howl, 18, from Maidenhead and rock two-piece Royal Blood from Brighton.
Many of the acts on the list have seen their star rise through collaborations with other artists. 21 year old Sam Smith first came to attention as vocalist on Disclosure’s top 20 single ‘Latch’ in 2012 and hit the no.1 spot as vocalist on Naughty Boy’s single ‘La La La’ in May this year.
Uzoechi Osisioma Emenik, otherwise known as MNEK, is a 19 year old singer/songwriter/producer and remixer from Lewisham, whose writing and production credits have included Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Little Mix, The Saturdays and Sub Focus.
Vocalist and electronic producer Sampha from South London has worked with Drake, Jessie Ware and SBTRKT. He’s joined by R&B singer Ella Eyre, 19, who hit no.1 as guest vocalist on Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’ this year and has also worked with Bastille and Wiz Khalifa.
They’re joined on the Sound of 2014 list by LA-based songstress BANKS, 25, known for combining haunting lullabies with brooding trip-hop and has just supported The Weeknd (a Sound of 2013 act) at the O2 Arena. FKA twigs, 25, hailing from Gloucestershire will also compete for a place in the Top 5. She’s been described as a cross between Portishead, The XX and Janet Jackson. Kelela, 30 is from Maryland but now based in LA. Her mixtape, ‘Cut 4 Me’ released earlier this year was praised for its experimental, synthetic R&B.
Bristol’s George Ezra, 19, performed to a packed crowd on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury this year and has been described as ‘grizzly folk-pop’. Luke Sital-Singh, 25 from South-West London was another familiar face on the festival circuit this summer and has been compared to a British Bon Iver.
Singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey is also in the top 15. Formerly part of the Mercury-nominated jazz band, Portico Quartet, he released his second solo EP in July this year and has toured with Laura Marling. Swedish-Australian twin sisters Elektra and Miranda Kilbey form Say Lou Lou. Their brand of dreamy pop has seen them compared to Goldfrapp and Bat for Lashes.
Best friend duo Jungle from West London complete the list. They gained attention earlier in the year for their single ‘Platoon’, whose video featured 6-year old ‘best B-girl in the world’ Terra break-dancing. They’ve been described as ‘groove-laden, electronic soul.’
The Sound of 2014 long list in alphabetical order:
Chance The Rapper
Say Lou Lou
George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “Unless you happen to have a handy Tardis there’s no better way to get a glimpse into the future of music than the BBC’s Sound Of 2014. The annual longlist compiled by BBC News remains the definitive survey of the UK’s key musical tastemakers and in the highly competitive world of popular music a place on the list is highly prized. This year’s list features a fascinating and diverse range of talented artists, the majority from the UK, and all are definitely worth a listen.”
Hattie Collins, Music Editor at i-D Magazine said: “One of the strengths of the Sound of list is the democratic, diverse range of people that are invited to vote, with people from all musical mediums from the established rock critic to the upcoming urban blogger. This diversity is reflected in the 2014 longlist, which has a broad spectrum of emerging artists from a variety of scenes. While there might be two or three dead certs fighting it out for the top spot, the top 5 is definitely wide open for the likes of Sampha, Chance The Rapper, Chloe Howl and MNEK all looking likely to place high.”
Nick Grimshaw will announce the top 5 acts, counting down to the winner, live on BBC Radio 1 each morning from Monday 6th January. The top 5 acts will be announced simultaneously on the BBC News website and Sound of 2014 website.
He said: “I can't wait to introduce everybody to the Sound of 2014. Get excited to hear some brand new music on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.”
This year, BBC Sound of 2014 has teamed up with BBC Playlister to create a playlist with full length tracks featuring all the artists in the Sound of 2014 longlist. The playlist is available in the BBC Playlister app on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/IvGXZu (playlist will be empty until Monday morning).
A range of music, video, interviews and biographies from each of the Top 15 acts can also be seen on the BBC Sound of 2014 website at www.bbc.co.uk/soundof2014
Twitter users can tweet about the list using the hashtag #soundof2014
Notes to Editors
Any use of the information in this release must credit “BBC Sound of 2014”
Profiles of all 15 artists are available at the Sound of 2014 website.
Last year HAIM were joined in the Sound of 2013 top five by Aluna George, Angel Haze, Laura Mvula and CHVRCHES.
The previous winners are: Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003).
Other artists in the top five in previous years include Frank Ocean and Azealia Banks (2012), James Blake and The Vaccines (2011), Hurts (2010), Florence and the Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Duffy (Sound of 2008), Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Plan B (Sound of 2006), Bloc Party (Sound of 2005), Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004), Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).
The list was compiled using recommendations from 170 influential UK taste-makers, who were asked to name their favourite new acts.
The taste-makers included radio DJs and producers, TV presenters and producers, newspaper critics, magazine and website editors and respected bloggers.
All participants were asked to name their favourite three new acts, who could be performers from any country and any musical genre.
They must not have been the lead artist on a UK top 20 single or album by 4th November 2013. Featured guest vocalists are eligible.
They must not already be famous i.e. generally known by the UK public, (e.g. member of a hit band going solo, or soap star). They must not have got through to the quarter, semi or final rounds of UK reality shows such as X Factor or The Voice in the last 3 years (i.e. 2011 onwards).
Further details of the taste-makers and how the list was compiled are available on the BBC Sound of 2014 website.
BBC Playlister is the new music service from the BBC that allows users to remember tracks that they hear from across the BBC and export them for full playback on our external partners, YouTube, Spotify, or Deezer. Find out more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/playlister
I've heard of none of them. Finally, it's happened.
Sam Smith already have some big hits in his curriculum, like:
Some of them already released EPs or even albums (mixtapes, to be precise).
"The list was started in 2003 and has a history of predicting the acts that will make it big. Last year’s winners were LA pop band HAIM, who went on to have a No.1 in October with their debut album, ‘Days Are Gone’. Previous winners have included Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J."
No shit. An award voted for by industry bods in which they're asked to predict which acts the industry will make big, gets it right sometimes...
(No one from DiS again this year)
It's not a bad list to be honest. Gonna need to check out a few on there though.
"Bristol’s George Ezra, 19, performed to a packed crowd on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury this year "
because everyone was waiting to see the XX's secret set lol
i do like him though
her album this year was easily one of the best. Hopefuly it means shes got another one on the way next year if shes being tipped for this.
Interesting how many in the earlier lists became household names. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_of...
''has been compared to a British Bon Iver.''
that doesn't make sense. who is this British Bon Iver he has been compared to?
but what about proper songs and proper haircuts?
Sampha. Chance The Rapper. Banks. Thumbs up to that lot.
Clearly there aren't many bands on it, but I can't think of any that are particularly missing. Bar Wolf Alice, maybe. Last year you had Haim and Chvrches who seemed like dead certs.
Sam Smith will win, I'll be nonplussed and the world will continue to turn.
are very odd
The Wytches I would also put on.
Others that could've potentially been on there.. Circa Waves, The Amazing Snakeheads, The Creases, Darlia, The Orwells, Southern, Blessa, Blaenavon, Telegram, Los Porcos, Temple Songs, Radkey, Best Friends but most are probably a stretch.
Surely deserve to be there?
They've sold out Shepherd's Bush Empire off the back of 3 low key limited edition singles for starters.
While there's the argument they probably don't need to be on a list like this to attract attention, neither do Sam Smith, Banks or Ella Eyre either.
And Temples have had no Radio 1 airplay.
of acts/groups/people that will be crammed down my throat/ear canal next year then?
I look forward to thinking they are all shit on Jools holland/T in the park/radio 1s big weekend
Looks like they've finally given up on thinking someone is going to "save real rock & roll".
Heres my thoughts/predictions on each act.
Banks: The song on the site is quite nice. Not often a massive fan of this kind of R&B, but the song works really nicely. Would have to hear more stuff to tell if I actually like it. Seems a bit too quiet/subtle to have any real singles chart success, but could easily become relatively sort of indie-famous.
Chance The Rapper: Seems fairly standard for this kind of list tbh. Nothing special. Will probably do alright, still can't see him becoming the next Jay-Z or anything.
Chloe Howl: The song on the website isn't bad. Not a huge fan of her vocals though. Seems perhaps a little MOR though, but nothing ear-destroyingly offensive. Time will tell if she either goes the way of Chvrches or the way of Bastille.
Ella Eyre: Oh yay! Because the world needs more Brit-School electro-soul. I fell asleep halfway through the first verse.
FKA Twigs: Somebody will do an "I luv the 10's" TV program in about 15 years time and electronically manipulated vocal samples will be a large feature of it. This is just really boring and generic to be honest.
George Ezra - Because a bluesy Jake Bugg was definitely what the world needed. Having said, he's not quite as terrible as that description implies. He has a nice voice, and the songs have a bit of character to them. Still not anything I'd actually listen to though.
Jungle: I like what they're trying to do in theory, but by the sounds of it its all very bland, very shoe-shop advert friendly. Blandness is seriously becoming a thing in this years list, even more so than the last couple of years.
Kelela: I feel like I'm being a bit harsh here, but this is comparable The Pigeon Detectives in just how boring, safe, and generic it is. This kind of thing is everywhere at the moment. Theres literally nothing here that jumps out at me and makes me want to listen to it more than once. It just exists.
Luke Sital-Singh: Theres nothing that makes my heart sink more than seeing the phrase: Acoustic singer-songwriter influenced by Neil Young. Hello the one-man Lumineers of 2014.
MNEK: Guy who sings on deep house tracks. I hate deep house. Every drop is exactly the same three note square wave riff. I even prefer stadium brostep like Deadmau5 and Skrillex over this shite.
Nick Mulvey: The video is of the guy busking. This sounds like pretty much every busker I have ever heard.
Royal Blood: I don't remember this kind of thing being on any Sound Of list in recent years. Its not exactly new or original, but at least downtuned QOTSA-esque grunge is very much a welcome change of pace on such a safe, boring list. This is probably the only act on this list so far that I'd actually listen to.
Sam Smith: Hasn't he already had a ton of hits? They really were scraping the barrel with this list. He's the only one I'd actually heard of before tonight. Unfortunately, Smith's oeuvre is pretty much the embodiment of the beige colour BBC have gone for this year.
Sampha: This guy gets a little bit of a pass for singing on that very good SBTRKT single a few years ago. But aside from that, bland, bland, bland.
Say Lou Lou: This does not sound particularly different to a large number of acts on this list, but is a fair amount better thanks to them actually grasping the idea of having memorable melodies to match their quiet electro-dream-pop thing. This one is actually quite nice.
So yeah, this is an even worse list than last year. At least then we had Haim & Chvrches, who went on to put out rather great albums. Nearly everything here is draped in pastel colours, barely memorable.
1. Sam Smith
2. Ella Eyre
4. Luke Sital Singh
5. Chloe Howl
Long shot hopes.
1. Say Lou Lou
2. Royal Blood
4. Chloe Howl
Bit hit-and-miss with some misjudged lyrics but he has some interesting stuff to say about growing up in Chicago.
Not sure what you mean there I did lol tho so fair play. Is it the R&B vocal thing? Is it the beats? I dunno... I really dont think what shes doing is everywhere though. No one has done that clubby grimy R&B since Terror Danjah and I doubt many have even heard that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZV4p-aPzp0 / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oissQFXVSXI most alt-R&B is really dreamy and indie-esq, this kind of kicks. She can do it live over grime beats too: https://soundcloud.com/bokbok/live-grime-set-with-kelela no one really sounds like Night Slugs/Fade To Mind do right now, they're wicked and have beats for days. Pigeion Detectives :')
they really have a way of picking quotes are completely inane
"Masters of mystery, Jungle have been building up a fanbase without ever revealing their names or faces"
just to the right: massive picture of Jungle
It's a smokescreen.
Quite pleased about this
What a load of old bollocks.
I like what I like & I hate what I hate same as everyone else does..
The Banks song waiting game is excellent while one of the Royal Blood songs on there is a totally different band.
I think it's a load of old bollocks and couldn't give a cunting whistle what this list says.
BBC being surprisingly honest with their reasons for inclusion there.
worst support act ever. An even shitter version of Ed Sheeran. Marling didn't acknowledge him or thank him for being support act: I like to think she hated him too.
Any of you fancy doing one-liner reviews of each of the contenders?