Here we go again… BBC Sound of has just released it’s longlist for 2020 and I honestly feel this is the first time in years that they have had a list which is actually relevant… Anyhow – here’s the lucky kids (along with the first time most of these were featured on Alfitude):
- Arlo Parks – first featured on Alfitude in November 2018
- Beabadoobee – first featured December 2018
- Celeste – first featured July 2014
- Easy Life – first featured November 2017
- Georgia – first featured June 2014
- Joesef – first featured May 2019
- Joy Crookes – first featured February 2016
- Yungblud – first featured March 2018
My money’s on Yungblud to win this, but my heart is with Arlo Parks and Celeste. The shortlist and eventual winner will be announced in January 2020.
A weird mix of soul, blues, and indie. The chorus is so sublime though, I really can’t stop listening to this song…
A simple, softly delivered pop sound.
Beautifully dreamy, subtle tones with a sense of fragility.
“I lived in 3 different cities, went through multiple break-ups, reconnected with family and old friends, lost myself, found myself, thought I lost myself again and made my first EP.”
This Swedish talent blends gospel, soul and RnB with a polished and finessed beat.
Minimal yet melodic RnB.
“The song itself is about realising that I really can’t be anyone while being in a really dark time of my life. I can only be myself, and if that isn’t good enough for someone, then i need to move on, but in the song i’m still holding on to the idea of what she could be, because it’s hard and I don’t really want to leave, even when I have to.”
“I wanted change in my life, and I reflected that a bit through the music I was making. Over the course of the album, I started getting more comfortable singing, and although the album is not in chronological order, it’s easy to hear in some of the tracks when I become a bit more confident. This past year has been a very exciting one for me. Lots of ups and lots of downs, but the music has always been an up or me. Something I always go back to when I get that sinking feeling in my chest. And then when I listen back to some songs, it’s a cool reminder to myself that I got over these things that at first felt like huge problems. Now I’m already really excited to get started on the next project.”
This cover is just too damn beautiful…