Ah, yes -- the coveted Sound of Insert Year list compiled for the BBC by British tastemakers. This is the group of acts that anyone who is anyone will be listening to for the next year. You are not allowed to listen to anybody else in 2012, just these 15 bands or singers. Face it, without this list we will be lost. We'll just put in our headphone and listen to nothing.
Before we get to the 2013 list of "yeah, we know them", "too obvious" and "who the fuck are they?", let's see how 2012 shaped up for the Sound of listers:
- A$AP Rocky -- he got to feel up Lana del Rey's ass in that National Anthem. Let a playah play.
- Azealia Banks -- Is it me or is her debut album suppose to come out three years ago. What's the hold. I've listen to 212, 212 times
- Dot Rotten -- who?
- Dry The River -- Not exactly the next Mumford & Sons as the BBC hoped they would be, but their debut album had some good moments
- Flux Pavilion -- who?
- Frank Ocean -- your winner for the Best New Artist grammar. It might be distain for popular music, but I just don't why his music is so special. It's instantly forgettable
- Friends -- Pfft. Wake me when they break up.
- Jamie N Commons -- who?
- Lianne La Havas -- Performed during the Olympics
- Michael Kiwanuka -- Impressive debut album
- Niki & The Dove -- Played plenty of times around these parts, as headliners and support act for Miike Snow
- Ren Harvieu -- She's actually pretty good. Wouldn't mind seeing her.
- Skrillex -- Go away, douche bag
- Spector -- Still in limbo, as the release of the debut was pushed back, as well as their live dates.
- Stooshe -- who?
As you can see, the list was mostly misses. They didn't notice Django Django, Alabama Shakes or Lumineers early last year.
Moving onto this year's list, the obvious choices were Palma Violets, Savages and R&B singer The Weeknd. Yes, The Weeknd, the guy who looks like he's going to fall asleep to his own music while he's performing it.
The list will hopefully give a decent push for electro-pop revivalists Chvrches (who I wrote about in October) and Irish youngsters Little Green Cars, who played a handful of CMJ shows. They're on the Glassnote label with their empowering, Arcade Fire-like brash pop. Large harmonies and driving rhythms are part of their sound on The John Wayne. Listen/watch it below:
The list, some of these are like the bastard step child of other, more established artists :
- AlunaGeorge -- a less appealing Ms Dynamite
- A*M*E -- R&B, dance pop that should avoided
- Angel Haze -- weaker version of Banks
- Arlissa -- another is long line of Adele wannabes
- Haim --these girls have been the next big thing for two years, come on, do something!
- King Krule -- creepy looking teenager with the shakey voice
- Kodaline -- for those who think Bon Iver is too wild
- Laura Mvula -- gospel-fueled pop
- Little Green Cars
- Palma Violets
- Peace -- touring with Palma Violets
- The Weeknd
- Tom Odell -- for those who think James Blake is topp uptempo.