The Blog Sound of 2013

Every year the BBC announce an unspeakable abortion of a list of bands who they tip to ‘make it’ in the coming year, and with a very few exceptions the contents of that list can be summed up in the phrase ‘where music goes to die’.

Ask people like me, however, and what you get is indubitably the Right Answer. After all, I wouldn’t bother writing this blog if it wasn’t obvious that I am the only person in the world who knows what good music actually is. Or, erm, something like that anyway.

Or, to rephrase that slightly, ask a different group of people and you’ll get a different answer.  And a bunch of other bloggers are far more likely to give an answer which I personally am going to find interesting, and with this year’s Blog Sound of 2013 list, so it proves.  I voted in this, along with the other blogs in the list at the bottom of the page, and the shortlist itself was assembled by Andy from The Von Pip Musical Express and Robin from Breaking More Waves.

The winner will be announced in the new year, and I am interested to see who it’s going to be.  There are plenty of bands here I don’t know but some, like Daughter, who I know and like but didn’t actually vote for.  Awesome to see the excellent Randolph’s Leap in there as well.  A full list complete with Soundcloud samples can be found below the break.

Aluna George – Infectious R&B influenced pop from London
Curxes  – Dark industrial-pop electronic duo from Brighton and Portsmouth
Chvrches – Scottish electro pop trio formed from a variety of other bands
Daughter – Minimal/ambient sounding folk
Haim – Classic rock from LA with pop sensibilities
Laura Mvula –
Jazz/soul singer hailing from Birmingham
MØ – Hip soulful female vocal electronic pop from Denmark
Palma Violets –
Raw and energetic indie rock band
Pins – Edgily cool and raucous all female indie band from Manchester
Randolph’s Leap – Glasgow based indie folk pop with a twist of brass
Rhye – Smooth and blissful pop duo
Savages – Intense post-punk with female vocals
Seasfire – Modern rock band from Bristol who mix electronic beats with guitars
The Neighbourhood – Atmospheric Californian 5 piece rock/pop band
Tom Odell – Piano based singer songwriter originally from Chichester

AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love

Curxes – Spectre

Chvrches – The Mother We Share

Daughter – Medicine

Haim – Don’t Save Me

Laura Mvula – She

MØ – Pilgrim

Palma Violets – Best of Friends

Pins – Shoot You

Randolph’s Leap – Hermit

Rhye – The Fall

Savages – Flying To Berlin

Seasfire – We Will Wake

The Neighbourhood – Let It Go

Tom Odell – Another Love

Blogs involved: 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

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