The Blog Sound Of 2013

Every January the beeb publishes their BBC Sound Of (insert year) list. The fact that they don’t ask our help in compiling this list isn’t a problem, it’s really not. I mean, we are the world’s most respected authority of new music criticism AND we are, like, the best and all but, we don’t take it personally that they didn’t ask us (chumps).

To sorta complement the BBC’s list (but not in a ‘why didn’t you ask us?’ way, seriously we’re OVER it) a group of bloggers have taken it upon ourselves to create our own list; The Blog Sound Of 2013.

The Blog Sound of 2013 poll (it first took place in 2011) has expanded with 49 UK blogs nominating their 5 favourite emerging artists. Just over 170 acts received at least 1 vote. The winning act received votes from around 25% of all bloggers.

Thanks to Robin Seamer (Breaking More Waves) and Andy Von Pip (The Von Pip Express) for making this happen. Top chaps. Robin writes:

“Each blog was allowed to vote for five acts and the diversity of the nominations was staggering. Based on the evidence of the spread of votes anyone that says that music bloggers are sheep and are all writing about the same artists has got it wrong. However, the results of the poll show that certain artists do have a lot of support and love from a significant portion of UK bloggers and those artists make up the Blog Sound of 2013 list,”

So, without further ado (suffice to say this is a mighty fine list), here follows The Blog Sound Of 2013 long-list of 15 artists. The winner will be announced on the 3rd January.


We featured AlunaGeorge on the blog back in April. Listen to Your Drums, Your Love

Get Your Drums, Your Love on Amazon.


We first wrote about Curxes in July this year. Listen to Spectre:

Get Spectre (Single) on Amazon.


We blogged Chvrches back in September. Listen to The Mother We Share:

Buy The Mother We Share (Single) on Amazon


We’ve been raving about Daughter since January 2011. Enjoy Medicine:

Buy His Young Heart (EP) on Amazon.


We wrote about Haim back in May. Listen to Don’t Save Me:

Buy the Forever EP on Amazon.

Laura Mvula

We’ve never featured Laura Mvula on SGTMT. Still, don’t let that put you off.

Buy She on Amazon

We’ve not featured MØ but we really should have done. Enjoy Pilgrim:

Palma Violets

Get Best Of Friends/Last of the Summer Wine on Amazon.


Randolph’s Leap


Buy The Fall (EP) on Amazon.


We instructed everyone to Keep an eye on Savages back in June. Listen to Flying To Berlin.

Get Flying to Berlin on Amazon.


Get We Will Wake EP on Amazon.

The Neighbourhood

Tom Odell

We wrote about Tom last Friday.

Buy Songs From Another Love EP on Amazon.

The 49 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