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BBC Sound Of 2009

7 Dec

The long list for the annual BBC Sound of 2009 poll has been reveled. For those that don’t know, every year the BBC commissions a list of artists who are tipped for great things in the next 12 months. The list has been going for a while and has had mixed success. Whilst the list correctly predicted Little Boots, Duffy, White Lies, Keane and Mika would be huge the vast majority of the acts named in the past have vanished without much a trace. Maybe that would be a good thing this year as the initial acts named are a sorry-looking bunch of Florence and the machine rip offs and dull electro groups. If this list is to believed then it looks like 2010 will be a musical washout.

fortunately there are one or two acts worth checking out. The Drums are a band I really love at the moment (see my review of Summertime) and they are by a mile the best thing on this list and also my tip for next year. My second place would go to Joy Orbison, the dubstep artist who will hopefully bring the genre into the mainstream. Delphic (a 21st century New Order), Stornoaway (for fans of Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons) and Golden Panda (lo-fi ambient soundscapes?) are the other acts worth listening to whilst Marina and the Diamonds are the act that will probably find the most success.

The list is a bit pointless and frankly a bit rubbish, but as a first prediction for next years bright young things it gives food for thought.