Last year my good self ( Andy Von Pip) Robin from “Breaking More Waves” and Simon from “Sweeping The Nation” were discussing the merits of the BBC’s annual “Sound Of” taste-maker predictions. It was forensically dissected and we expressed pleasure yet also horror at some of the artists long listed – but the question that kept coming back was thus – did they really reflect the zeitgeist? Did they represent the best that new music has to offer? ” I mean seriously, is Jessie J the sound of anything other than a badger going through a mincer or piss-in-my-ears?
We mooted the idea of conducting a poll of the UK’s music blogs and asking them who they thought would be the “Sound Of 2012.” We hoped by having an ‘alternative’ it may throw up some interesting results which we could contrast and compare to the Beebs ‘official’ one. It was felt that an alternative music “Bloggers Sound of …” list could highlight what’s really been going on musically, down at the coalface so to speak. However despite my own disquiet about Ms J winning it is not actually the intention to use this as a platform to criticise the BEEBS own poll, more to contrast and to get people talking about new music.
Therefore we give you The Blog Sound Of 2012- the long-list. In the new year to coincide with the Beebs we will announce the top five and overall winner. How exciting, I mean how will you all sleep at night ?
The Long List ( in no particular order)
The Good Natured.
Lianne La Havas.
Beth Jeans Houghton.
The Blog “Panel” consisted of
A Tidal Wave Of Indifference , Breaking More Waves, My Band Is Better Than Your Band,God Is In the TV, Sweeping The Nation, The Von Pip Musical Express, The Recommender, Faded Glamour, Drunken Werewolf, Flying With Anna, Not Many Experts, Under-classed Idle Ideas, Sonic Masala, Mudkiss, The Ring Master, Both Bars On, Music From A Green Window, Dots And Dashes, The Daily Growl, And Everyone’s A DJ, Kowalskiy! Just Music I Like, Cruel Rhythms, The Blue Walrus, Music Fans Mic, 17 Seconds, Eaten By Monsters, Seven Sevens, Unpeeled, NuRave Brain Wave, Peenko, Music Liberation, Song, By Toad.
Top Five coming in the New Year.
Update– Here’s the BBC’s List
Nice to contrast I think