[News] The Blog Sound Of 2013 results

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So the votes are in and counted and we can now reveal the winner, and the top five, of The Blog Sound of 2013. ‘The Blog Sound Of…’ is the mirror universe, goatee sporting, evil twin of the BBC’s Sound Of … poll. A parallel list, taking in the zeitgeist of grass-roots music commentators, to compliment the BBC’s more industry focused panel. 49 UK blogs took part in the voting, including some on the BBC’s committee, initially resulting in a long-list of  15 acts. That list has now been streamlined into the top five, and the result surprised us a little. We were relatively sure Glasgow ElectroPop trio Chvrches were going home with the top spot. Winners Haim are immensely popular right now with the music blog crowd and one of the biggest hype generators of 2012, but only one vote separated the sisters from runners-up Chvrches.

Anyhoo, there’s more analysis over at Breaking More Waves. We’ll be back properly next week with your regularly scheduled waffle and tunes. See ya’ then.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, our particular nominations for The Blog Sound Of 2013 were Chvrches, Avec Sans, Strangers, Queen Of Hearts & Jupiter. One out of five ‘aint bad, considering 170 artists were nominated. That means one of five of our fingers is on the pulse!

1st Haim

2nd Chvrches

3rd (Joint) Savages

3rd (Joint) Pins

5th The Neighbourhood

The UK music blogs involved were:

A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Both Bars On,Brapscallions,Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Details Of My Life So Far,Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Electronic Rumors, Faded Glamour, Folly Of Youth, Flying With Anna, God Is In The TV,Harder Blogger Faster, Howl, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon,KowalskiyLove Music : Love LifeMudkiss, Music Broke My Bones, Music Fans Mic,Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Bands Better Than Your Band, Not Many Experts,Peenko, Real Horrorshow, Scottish Fiction, SkeletorySong By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too,Storm’s Brewing, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Electricity Club,The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Music Hoarder, The Recommender, This Must Be Pop, Von Pip Musical Express,17 Seconds

[News] The Blog Sound Of 2013

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What’s The Blog Sound Of 2013 then? Well, as you’ll no doubt be aware, every year the BBC deliver their ‘The Sound Of 20XX’ list, a round up of who is likely to be making not just music waves, but something musically interesting too, in the coming year. It’s voted on by DJs, Industry insiders, journalists and bloggers and whist tending to be a bit hit or miss, is a respected barometer of the musical zeitgeist.

But wait, there a parallel list, compiled by UK based music blogs (including some featured on the BBC judging panel), not in an effort to belittle the BBC’s poll at all, but to offer a different perspective, a view from the musical frontlines. The list is drawn up governed by the same rules as the BBC’s version and, as such, we can today reveal the ‘long-list’ (the BBC’s is due out on Monday). The 15 acts who received the most nominations from the 49 blogs invited to participate, ourselves included. It’s a list that includes a couple of nominations we are pretty pleased about. Nice to see some electronic rumors regulars in there (glad that our votes didn’t go to waste).

The five acts with the most votes, including the winner of The Blog Sound Of 2012, will be announced on 3rd January next year to coincide with the BBC’s announcement.

AlunaGeorgeInfectious R&B influenced pop from London
Curxes  – Dark industrial-pop electronic duo from Brighton and Portsmouth
ChvrchesScottish electro pop trio formed from a variety of other bands
DaughterMinimal / ambient sounding folk
HaimClassic rock from LA with pop sensibilities
Laura MvulaJazz / soul singer hailing from Birmingham
Hip soulful female vocal electronic pop from Denmark
Palma VioletsRaw and energetic indie rock band
PinsEdgily cool and raucous all female indie band from Manchester
Randolph’s LeapGlasgow based indie folk pop with a twist of brass
RhyeSmooth and blissful pop duo
SavagesIntense post-punk with female vocals
SeasfireModern rock band from Bristol who mix electronic beats with guitar
The NeighbourhoodAtmospheric Californian 5 piece rock/pop ban
Tom Odell – Piano based singer songwriter originally from Chichester

The UK music blogs involved are:

A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Both Bars On,Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Details Of My Life So Far,Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Electronic Rumors, Faded Glamour, Folly Of Youth, Flying With Anna, God Is In The TV,Harder Blogger Faster, Howl, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon,KowalskiyLove Music : Love LifeMudkiss, Music Broke My Bones, Music Fans Mic,Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Bands Better Than Your Band, Not Many Experts,Peenko, Real Horrorshow, Scottish Fiction, SkeletorySong By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Storm’s Brewing, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Electricity Club,The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Music Hoarder, The Recommender, This Must Be Pop, Von Pip Musical Express, 17 Seconds

Exciting stuff!