The best of BBC’s Sound of 2015 list
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a holiday full of joy and fun.
As is customary for the New Year, the BBC has compiled their Sound of 2015 list and it’s full of gems. If you aren’t familiar with the ‘Sound of’ list, it highlights new artists who are pegged to be big in the coming year. It’s a great way to find out about bands before they come big and then you appear really cool when you’ve already bought tickets to go see them.
Previous winners are 50 Cent, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith, amongst others. A lot of big names of the past few years have appeared on their respective lists, although a few winners have disappeared into obscurity (Little Boots anyone…), more often than not, the list is fairly spot on.
The long list of 15 new artists is compiled by a panel of taste-makers and judges who have all got a bit of knowledge about the music industry. After this, the top 5 are chosen by each judge ranking their top 3 artists in order and then taking the cumulative score. If you want to know more, click on this link.
However, it’s very easy to disagree with their final list as they like to put some rubbish people in there. Therefore, I decided I would come up with my own top 5 (based on their top 15).
So here it is in ascending order (or is it descending because the numbers are going down?!!):
Very chilled, nice and light music with uplifting lyrics like “we’ll never amount to anything”. I like the voice and I think they’ve crafted a brilliantly simple song with B a noBody. Not a massive fan of how they don’t write the word Be though. It’s just one extra letter.
4. Years & Years
For some reason I get the feeling that these guys are slightly cocky. Maybe that’s why I only put them fourth. Despite this, they produce some incredibly catchy tunes using some deep synths and drum machines. Infectious, head bobbingly crafted music.
He’s only 18, whhhaaaaat?! He’s got some big names shouting about him and he’s opened a gig of 20,000 people for Outkast already. I think he’s doing OK. His influences are incredibly varied and his music is supposedly ‘genreless’, with a serious lean towards R&B. He creates good music.
2. George the Poet
This guy’s cool. He originally started rapping but altered his focus to poetry with music behind it, a fairly brave move which 100% pays off. He’s keen on social injustices and creating music which inspires others. His entire Soundcloud profile is someone playing a piano with him reading poetry over it. It’s captivating.
1. James Bay
Mr. Bay is going to be big. He’s in a similar category to George Ezra, Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran et al. but has his own sound. You may know a few of his songs already and he’s had a lot of airplay. Another note, I’ve totally got tickets to go see him. Ah yeeeeeaaaaaah!
A notable mention should go to Rae Morris who featured on my favourite song of 2014 Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club.
I hope you enjoyed my list and I’m sure you disagree, that’s one of the joys of music…