Sound of and New Artists for 2014 - BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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It’s that time again when musos try to predict the breaktrough acts of 2014. In the past I’ve always led on ’BBC’s Sound of ...’, but this year I have decided to do an aggregate listing of everyone recommended by BBC, GlobalGrind, iTunes, MTV, Spotify and others. The first is the entire long-list, followed by ’Most Hyped’ (most mentions) and finally my 5 top picks - should be something for everyone here!:



  • Banks - Fusing dark R&B with thunderous electronic grooves (BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify)
  • Betty Who - Effervescent synth-pop (Spotify)
  • Bipolar Sunshine - Rhythmic, soulful indie pop (Spotify)
  • Chance the Rapper - On a mission to disrupt the hierarchy of hip-hop (BBC, GlobalGrind)
  • Chlöe Howl - Frank lyrics and electro beats (BBC, iTunes)
  • Circa Waves - Liverpool garage rock revivlalists (Spotify)
  • Dan Croll - Charming melody-led electro-folk (iTunes, Spotify)
  • Ella Eyre - Rudimental vocalist goes solo (BBC. MTV)
  • Elyar Fox - Prodigious YouTube talent (MTV)
  • FKA Twigs - Mesmerizing haunting electronica (BBC, Spotify)
  • G-Eazy - Poppy Hip Hop from New Orleans (Spotify)
  • George Ezra - Bluesy, accoustic ballads (BBC, MTV, iTunes)
  • Glass Animals - Electronic Alt-folkish quartet from Oxford (Spotify)
  • Hozier - Moody / soulful Irish singer-songwriter (Spotify)
  • Isaiah Rashad - Soulful Tennessee emcee (GlobaGrind)
  • Joel Compass - Male singer-songwriter with contemporary appeal (MTV)
  • Joey Bada$$ - Gruff 18 year old Brooklyn rapper (Spotify)
  • Josh Record - Acoustic guitar combined with heavenly vocals (iTunes)
  • Jungle - Enigmatic urban duo (BBC, Spotify)
  • Kelela - LA-based singer at forefront of experimental R&B (BBC, GlobalGrind)
  • Kwabs - ’Electro-synthesized soul’ (MTV)
  • Laura Welsh - Stripped-down soul-pop (iTunes)
  • Lil Bibby - Youthful Chicago Hip Hop (GlobalGrind)
  • Luke Sital-Singh - Dreamy singer-songwriter (BBC, iTunes, Spotify)
  • Mapei - Swedish princess of Hip Hop Soul (GlobalGrind)
  • Marie Naffah - Witty singer-songwriter, winner of MTV unsigned (MTV)
  • Migos - Georgia trap trio (GlobalGrind)
  • MNEK - Hardest working collaborator in UK urban (BBC)
  • - Entrancing Danish electropopper (iTunes, Spotify)
  • Nick Mulvey - Portico Quarted member goes solo (BBC)
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR - Modern urban R&B in the mold of The Weeknd (GlobalGrind)
  • Royal Blood - Riff-heavy power-rock duo (BBC. MTV)
  • Saint Raymond - Summery indie pop (iTunes)
  • Shy Girls - Minimalist R&B Pop (GlobalGrind)
  • Sam Smith - Disclosure collaborator goes solo (BBC, MTV, iTunes)
  • Sampha - SBTRKT and Jessie Ware collaborator goes solo (BBC, iTunes, GlobalGrind)
  • Say Lou Lou - Beguiling electro-pop (BBC, iTunes)
  • Sohn - Melancholic synth-pop (iTunes, Spotify)
  • Sophie - Mysterious blippy electronica producer - resposible for ’Bipp’ in 2013 (SK)
  • Stacy Barth - Songwriter behind Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Katy Perry hits goes solo (GlobalGrind)
  • SZA - The first lady of TDE puts out some seriously smoky vocals (GlobalGrind)
  • Tinashe - Urban soulstress already has great mixtape behind her (GlobalGrind)
  • Tori Kelly - Soulful acoustic Californian singer-songwriter (Spotify)
  • Tove Lo - Sultry Swedish Electropopper (Spotify)
  • The Vamps - Homespun YouTube teenage quartet (MTV)
  • Wolf Alice - Noisy North London four-piece (iTunes)
  • XNY - Punky indie rock duo from Brooklyn (GlobalGrind)

Most Hyped



George Ezra


Luke Sital-Singh


Sam Smith





My Favourite 5

FKA Twigs







Tove Lo

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