I was inspired to do this blog post after reading my friend, Mr Brawny’s post on his blog (Brawny: Life, thoughts and drunken ramblings) about the nominees at the Brit awards. So I thought I would do one for BBC Sound of 2014 as this very much applies to my blog.
By the way his blog is very good so once you have read mine you should definitely go have a read.
It’s that time of year again, a short time ago BBC announced their Top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014, including their winner. This is quite an influential list because previous winners have often gone on to become pretty big. Previous champions include; Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. So, this is quite a good indicator of finding out who we are going to be hearing more of in 2014.
So, I thought I would do my own little reviews of each artist as they are all still up and coming. So here comes number 5…..
5. George Ezra
George Ezra is a 19 year old singer from Bristol. I have to admit I do often judge a book its cover and a singer by its looks and this singer at first sight looked like your generic indie/alternative 19 year old. But, when I listened to his single, Cassy O I was very very surprised.
This song is very upbeat with a very catchy chorus. I love the subtle upbeat blues tone to the song and the singer sounds so much older than he is. His voice is very mature but also rather unique. Have a listen to it here to see what I mean:
This is a song I had to download straight away, which hasn’t happened for a while. He is a breath of air in the cloud of generic mainstream music and I really hope he succeeds.
This is another artist who is completely different. I know I am not the only one who looks at a picture of an artist an instantly thinks they are going to a certain genre of music. The picture I saw of Sampha (full name Sampha Sisay) gave me the impression he was going to be r and b (rhythm and bass not blues) or hip hop. I was utterly wrong. This singer has soulful, raw talent and it’s about time we started getting talent like this.
He doesn’t need any synth music or auto tune to make him sound good. On his most recent songs, Too much and Happen he is only accompanied by a piano and it works so well! This is a singer who has a great voice that belongs in the 60s or 70s but has found that balance of making soul contemporary.
Listen to Too much below:
Here comes number 3…
3. Banks (full name Jillian Banks)
Ok, so I guess all the artists couldn’t have been unique otherwise the mainstream music industry might actually start producing better tunes.
I don’t hate this artist but she is your generic overly made up Alicia Keys/Rihanna sound which I guess works for her, it just doesn’t work for me.
But, as I have added videos for the other artists I can’t single this one out, here is “This is what it feels like” complete with generic meant to be emotional video with water running down a window with the artist singing to it. Enjoy, or not!
Let’s just hurry onto number 2 and hope it goes back to someone unique or at least decent….
2. Ella Eyre
Sorry guys, my wish was denied. Ella Eyre, although she has the independent, strong woman image just doesn’t do it for me.
She reminds me too much of Paloma Faith, who, don’t get me wrong, I like but it’s already been done. It just doesn’t do it for me. Her sound is r ‘n’ b/ pop and is just a bit too generic for me. But, on the plus side it appeals to the mainstream music industry so she will probably sell a few records; she does have pretty cool hair though.
Check her out in her video, Deeper and make your own mind up about her:
Finally, we come to top spot. Last year’s winner was Haim who made it pretty big, although not as popular as some of the previous winners. So, will this year’s Number 1 of BBC Sound of 2014 do any better, drum roll please….
1. Sam Smith
So, the first song of his I listened to is Nirvana, and my first thought is “He is a white Usher” but then I listened to other songs of his and I felt I had to retract that statement.
He likes his acoustic songs, which for me is great as I like my acoustic music. He certainly has a good voice and is talented but I can’t make my mind up about him. Perhaps he is a singer I will either grow to love or grow to hate. My marmite singer!
Have a listen to his new single, Money on my Mind (one of the few non acoustic songs and a bit more generic sounding – a sign of songs to come?) and see what you think?
So there you have it, the top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014. For, me the winners should be George Ezra and Sampha as they have a unique sound which would perhaps help other unique artists to break through into the industry.
What do you think of the artists? Who are your favourites?