BBC Sound of 2016 Long List Announced
The end of every year is marked in the calendar of every music lover. The BBC Music Sound of reflects what the critics, experts and passionate fans think will be the big acts of the following year. The great thing about the list is that is generally quite an impartial look at music, which is genre independent and not the result of canvassing by big labels.
Previous winners of the award have included the likes of Sam Smith, HAIM, Jessie J, Adele, Jessie J and perhaps most surprisingly 50 Cent. Finalists have included Frank Ocean, Dizzee Rascal, Angel Haze and Franz Ferdinand.
Around 140 influential music industry experts including DJs, critics, broadcasters and bloggers were asked to name their top three favourite new acts from any musical genre. The top 15, which this year includes Alessia Cara, Blossoms, Frances, Jack Garratt, Izzy Bizu, and Section Boyz are announced today.
BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Huw Stephens and Annie Mac will announce the top five acts, counting down to the winner, live on the Radio 1 Breakfast show each morning. The top five acts will be announced each morning from 4th January and simultaneously on the BBC News website and Sound Of 2016 website.
Annie says: “BBC Sound Of is a definitive list of the key artists to look out for and listen to in 2016. It has real results; incredible success stories and I’m looking forward to being able to support these people on my radio shows.”
The top five will be revealed in January on BBC Radio 1, counting down one each day from Monday 4thJanuary with the BBC Music Sound Of 2016 winner announced on Friday 8thJanuary.
Once again the list boasts a diverse range of talent, such as Alessia Cara, the Canadian singer/ songwriter described as a ‘new breed of pop star’, Dua Lipa the singer with a deep, smoky voice and rhythmic flow, J Huswho has shaken up the UK grime scene with his infectious hybrid of road rap and afro-beats, and Loyle Carner thought to be ‘Britain’s most recent new hope in hip hop’.
Several artists on the list have been supported early in their careers by BBC Introducing, including 16-year-old singer Billie Marten. Her track ‘Unaware’ was added to the BBC Introducing playlist last year and the follow-up ‘Heavy Weather‘ was supported by several Radio 1 DJs.Blossoms, a five-piece band from Stockport, represented BBC Introducing at this year’s SXSW Festival, and 21-year-old piano playing singer/songwriter Frances, covered Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Izzy Bizu, whose music is a fusion of soul, jazz and pop, performed her single Diamonds in session for BBC Introducing this August.
The artist-producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt, has been supported by BBC Introducing throughout his career and brought down the house at Radio 1’s Future Festival in January. His first release, the limited edition Remnants EP, married distinct elements of electronica with classic guitar-fronted song-writing. He sold out a UK tour this year and is currently supporting Mumford & Sons on their UK tour dates.
Singer, song-writer and producer,Nao’s single ‘Inhale/Exhale’ was BBC Introducing’s track of the week and she also performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury this year. Her unique vocal skill led Disclosure and Mura Masa asking for sessions and resulted in the collaboration “Firefly” with Mura Masa, which was also playlisted at Radio 1.
Other artists on this year’s list include rapper Rat Boy, who paints a lyrical dissertation of suburban Britain, Section Boyz the award-winning rap group from South London, WSTRN, the musical collective made-up of two rappers and a singer, as well as 19-year-old singer-songwriter Mabel,who had her first radio interview with Annie Mac this year.
The Sound Of 2016 long list in alphabetical order: