BBC Sound Of 2014 List Announced
Ella Eyre, Sam Smith & more have made the cut! See the full 15 contenders here...
The likes of Banks have been named on the shortlist for the BBC Sound of 2014 accolade.
BBC Sound of 2014 list features fifteen of the hottest new music acts, 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.
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. 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 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 list began 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 also include Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
The top five will be revealed in January, counting down one each day from Monday, January 6 with the BBC Sound of 2014 winner announced on Friday, January 10.
The Sound of 2014 shortlist:
Chance The Rapper
Say Lou Lou