[News] The Blog Sound Of 2015

 

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It’s that time of year again. With the BBC just having released their Sound Of 2015 long list it falls to the UK music blogging community to do the same. Cast your eyes over this year’s collection of artists 62 UK music blogs voted on being their favourites over the past year

As with last year, no-one we voted for made the cut amidst the continuing shift in both the mainstream consciousness, and in the crazy world of blog hype, toward more Folky acts. We would suggest a broader selection of blogs are needed to give certain genres a chance of a look-in. However, with proper music blogging being a dying art, the blogs just aren’t there any-more. So, with some niche blogs having a certain lazy apathy, or indeed snobbiness toward participating if they’ve never heard of the acts that do make the cut, the results are unsurprising swayed toward artists with strong PR teams and mainstream ‘tastemaker’ appeal. But that’s democracy y’all, and we will continue to fly the flag for electronic music in the UK blog community (who despite our musical differences, we consider amazing bunch of passionate music obsessives who we would doff our hat to every time).

Having said that though; there is still some extremely tasty music to be found in the final list to wrap your synth loving ears around. The results will be announced 2nd January 2015.

The Full Blog Sound of 2015 Longlist (In alphabetical order):
All We Are
Black Honey
Chloe Black
Coasts
Deers
Fickle Friends
Flyte
Halfrican
Honne
Lapsley
Prides
Shura
Soak
Sophie Jamieson
Tei Shi

♫ The Blog Sound of 2015 Longlist

The Blogs That Participated In This Year’s Poll:
17 Seconds, A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, A World Of Music And Madness, Across The Kitchen Table, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Beat2aChord, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Bratfaced LDN, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Daisy Digital, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Echoes and Dust, Electronic Rumors, Even The Stars, Everything Flows, Getintothis, God Is In The TV, Hearty Vibes, Hitsville UK, I Love Pie, Just Music That I Like, Kemptation, Like 1999, Lipstick Disco, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Day By Day Music, Never Enough Notes, Not Many Experts, Notes For A Road Sign, One Album A Week, Popped Music, Queen Beetch, Rave Child, Scientists Of Sound, Some Of It Is True, Song By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sound Of Now Music, Spectral Nights, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Paper Penguins, This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Three Beams, Too Many Blogs, The VPME, What If I Had A Music Blog,

[News] The Blog Sound Of 2014 results

 

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We’re taking a quick break from our holiday (yes, we’re still on holiday!) to let you know the results of The Blog Sound Of 2014 poll. The Blog Sound… is mean to represent a grassroots companion to the BBC’s Sound Of list, voted for my some of the most rabid music enthusiasts in the UK. After Decembers announcement of the poll long list, voted for by 59 of the UK’s top music bloggers, we can revel right here the top rankers.

This year’s list is a little odd, compared to the cohesion of last years results. No five placed acts in a list this year, due to such diverse voting trends. Just the winners (The first place goes to two joint winners) and a runner up. The results mostly reflect the trend toward white, public school educated, middle-class blandness, almost AOR, that plagues the British music scene, we’re afraid to say. But that can bee seen as the fault of music piracy leading to labels playing it safe and no one but the independently wealthy being able to afford a career in the music industry, more than anything. Which is a shame as the best music in the UK has always come from the less well-off sections of society, but until there’s more money for labels or artists to take risks with; we’re stuck with identikit privileged folk it seems.

However, it’s nice to see Banks taking the top spot, the only non-British act in the long list. The LA based singer’s ominous, doomy, R&B is pretty sonically disparate and her songs a engaging listening experience. She probably deserves her 1st place ranking and looks set for  a busy 2014. The rest of the list on the other hand….

1st (Joint) Banks

1st (Joint) Marika Hackman

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The UK music blogs that participated in The Blog Sound Of 2014 this year were:

17 Seconds, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Both Bars On,Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Cat From Japan, Daisy Digital, Details Of My Life, Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots and Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Echoes and Dust, electronic rumors, Faded Glamour, God Is In The TV, Gold Flake Paint, Hearty Vibes, I Love Pie, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon, Like 1999, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation,Music Like Dirt, My Band’s Better Than Your Band, My Day By Day Music, Not Many Experts, Peenko, Pop Dodger, Repeat Button,Scientists Of Sound, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Sleep In Music, Some Of It Is True, Sound Influx, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sounds Of Now Music, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus,The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel,The Metaphorical Boat, The Sound Of Confusion, The Underclassed,This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Von Pip Musical Express, When The Gramophone Rings

[News] The Blog Sound Of 2014

 

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It’s that time of year again! Yesterday the BBC released their BBC Sound of 2014 long-list, as voted for by DJs, industry insiders and journalists. Generally a good indication of who you’ll be hearing more about in the coming year…sometimes…and a definite hype boost for artists who make the cut.

If the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll is the voice of the UK music industry overloads, then the Blog Sound Of 2014 is the battle cries from the trenches. More grassroots than industry projection, the Blog Sound list is designed to compliment the BBC’s results with a slightly more fan-based approach. Each blog gets to nominate three acts, not that they cynically predict with be big next year, but who are their favourites for next year and genuinely believe deserve to be big next year..

Anyhoo, the Blog Sound Of 2014 long-list is in. Compared to last year particularly, it’s a variable Rock and Folk fest (a brief glace over the list of participating UK blogs reveals a massive swing away from electronic music focused outlets compared to last year so this isn’t too surprising), with Pop, Hip-Hop and Dance Music very much in absence. Although it also has to be said that no-one other than middle-class, public school educated, white folk can even afford to make music in the UK anymore, so again the bias toward folky singer-songwriters and identikit Indie is unsurprising. Still, nice to see IYES there, and Banks, two well deserved entries.

In contrast the BBC’s list is pretty diverse this year, and features the likes of Chloe Howl, Say Lou Lou and MNEK. Admittedly most finger-on-the-pulse bloggers would probably have tipped those acts this time last year, but it’s nice to see some synths represented in the BBC’s better-late-than-never list.

No-one we voted for made the final list. If you’re wondering, our entries were Goldroom, Kate Boy and Chela. We are actually a bit surprised that Kate Boy didn’t make the grade, especially since Rob Da Bank started championing them. Ah well, such is the price of democracy, and at the end of the day it’s just exciting to see so many passionate music lovers, of whatever genre, coming together like this. Because we love it when people love music, even if it’s not the same music we love. That love is what keeps the music industry burning and exciting.

Here’s the list:
BANKS Sultry electronic music with a hint of Soul from Los Angeles, the only non-UK act on the list.
EMBERS Cinematic and vast Indie Rock from Manchester
GEORGE EZRA Singer songwriter with a Bluesy voice
HELLA BETTER DANCER Dark and fiery Indie Rock band
HOCKEYSMITH Genre hopping sister duo from Cornwall
HONEYBLOOD Raw D.I.Y. Indie Rock two piece from Glasgow
IYES Edgy sweetly melodic Pop duo from Brighton
KHUSHI Endearing East London singer who sits somewhere between Pop, Indie and Folk
LYLA FOY Previously known as Wall, creator of delicate, brooding, intimate Pop
MARIKA HACKMAN Singer songwriter with haunting Folk references
MT WOLF Dreamy sounding band combining electronic and acoustic music with near operatic vocals.
ROYAL BLOOD Brighton duo that play gritty Lo-Fi Rock with attitude
RHODES Stripped back acoustic singer songwriter
SIVU Idiosyncratic singer songwriter
SOPHIE JAMIESON Calm, atmospheric Folk musician
WOLF ALICE Edgy Rock band who take references from Grunge and Indie.

The UK music blogs that participated in The Blog Sound Of 2014 this year were:
17 Seconds, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Cat From Japan, Daisy Digital, Details Of My Life, Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots and Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters, Echoes and Dust, electronic rumors, Faded Glamour, God Is In The TV, Gold Flake Paint, Hearty Vibes, I Love Pie, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon, Like 1999, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation,Music Like Dirt, My Band’s Better Than Your Band, My Day By Day Music, Not Many Experts, Peenko, Pop Dodger, Repeat Button,Scientists Of Sound, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Sleep In Music, Some Of It Is True, Sound Influx, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sounds Of Now Music, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel,The Metaphorical Boat, The Sound Of Confusion, The Underclassed,This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Von Pip Musical Express, When The Gramophone Rings

[News] Futurecop! and New Arcades live this weekend

 

Friday night sees the return of Dreamwave superstars Futurecop! to London as the play a full live set at Surya on Pentonville Road.

But that’s not all, in tow are electronic rumors’ crew members New Arcades, whose self titled début EP we released last month to critical acclaim.

It’s sure to be a night packed with the finest ElectroPop, SynthWave and Nu-Disco, so if you’re in the area get you asses down to Surya, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

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Full details can be found here.

[News] Found: Stellar line-up this weekend in London

 

This weekend if you’re kicking about London town you could do a hell of a lot worst than mooching over to Shoreditch for the Found festival.

With a packed line-up that includes Ms. Maya Jane Coles, Todd Terry, Wolf + Lamb, Shadow Child, Floating Points and many, many more, it’s sure to be a full-on party. Looks like awesome weather for Saturday too.

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Check out more into and tickets here.

[News] Empire Of The Sun announce new single

 

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While we’re all sitting around twiddling our thumbs waiting for the highly anticipated (by us anyhow) sophomore album from Australian ElectroPop duo Empire Of the Sun, they’ve just announced something that will tide us over for a bit. Next Tuesday the first single from the record, Ice On The Dune, will be released.

Titled Alive, the new single drops on Tuesday 16th ahead of the album who release date has also been announced. Ice On The Dune is due to hit stores on 14th June. We weren’t even sure there would be a second Empire Of The Sun Album, so all this news has made our morning. Really excited to hear what the duo have come up with.

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[News] Pet Shop Boys leave Parlophone for Stuart Price produced album

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SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys announced this week that they are parting company with long serving record label Parlophone in order to release their next album, Electric.

They’ll be releasing the album themselves in conjunction with Kobalt Label Services and to mark the announcement the have released a trailer for the album, which has been produced by none other than Mr. Stuart Price.

Pet Shop Bot’s Electric is due out in June.

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[News] Empire Of The Sun dig up second album

 

If you were anywhere our Google+ page last night you would have seen us get all excited about this teaser trailer for Australian Indie-ElectroPoppers Empire Of the Sun’s long, long, long awaited second album, Ice On The Dune.

The clip it titled Discovery, heralds the duos follow up to 2009’s amazing Walking On A Dream. The and is suitably cinematic trailer has a taste of what to expect, musically, in it’s closing moments. It sounds awesome.

Empire Of The Sun’s Ice On The Dune is due to drop in June.

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[News] Mylo headlines crazy Disco line-up in London

Late March sees the 2nd Birthday of Electro superstar Mylo’s Italo-Disco London outings Ecstasy, Passion & Pain. To celebrate in style the man has brought together a crazy good line-up to party at XOYO in the 22nd.

Along for the ride is Morgan Geist in his Storm Queen guise, Daniel Wang, Psychemagik and Gomma’s Moullinex. It’s quite a star-studded line-up and a massive Disco bomb going off in the middle of East London. Be There!

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Full details can be found here.

[News] Scarlet Soho head off on tour with Kosheen

UK ElectroPop heroes Scarlet Soho embark of a European tour next week, which just goes to show how hard working they are having just come back of a European tour. That’s either dedication or an overriding love of Transit vans!

They’ll be taking in a bunch of shows with the amazing Kosheen (you can download Kosheen’s reMix of Scarlet Soho’s Pedal To The Metal here) before scooching back to the UK for an unmissable London finale.

Dates below.

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06/03 Nuremberg* – Hirsch (DE)
07/03 Luzern* – Schuur (CH)
08/03 Bern* – Bierhuebeli (CH)
09/03 Nuremberg – Cult (DE)
10/03 Darmstadt* – Central Station (DE)
11/03 Graz* – Orpheum (AT)
13/03 Salzburg* – Rockhouse (AT)
14/03 Dornbirn* – Conrad Sohm (AT)
16/03 London – Wilmington Arms (UK)
* with Kosheen