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Ellie Goulding – Life Round Here (Feat. Angel Haze)

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I can’t tell you how epic this piece of music from Ellie Goulding and Angel Haze. What a talent.

BBC Sound of 2014 longlist released!

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bbc sound of 2014 list

I wait all year to see this list get published. Only because it’s interesting to see how many people have already been featured on here.

The BBC Sound of 2014 is often a predictor of what music acts will launch big in over the next twelve months, and has featured the likes of Adele, Jessie J and 50 cent.

This year’s mix is a lot better than last year’s in my opinion, and is definitely more pop-orientated than previous ‘Sounds of’. Here’s the full list:

The top 5 will be revealed daily starting 6th January 6th 2014, with the winner crowned on the 10th. I’m not putting any guesses on who will win this time round though!

Haim win BBC Sound of 2013

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Haim

The winner of that big music predictor, the BBC Sound of 2013 has finally been announced as the all-sister group Haim.

While it’s an interesting choice to win, personally I haven’t been much a fan of this band although I did suspect that they would top the poll going by the amount of buzz that’s been going around in the blogosphere.

Having formally predicted the rise of artists such as Jessie J, Adele, 50 Cent and Ellie Goulding, the ‘BBC Sound’ poll is generally seen as one of the more accurate new-music predictors, so it should be interesting to see how Haim pan out over the next year.

First Watch: Ellie Goulding ‘Figure 8’

This is the glorious new video for Ellie Goulding.

New Music: Zedd

New dance from one of the major labels, so chances of this blowing up are close to definite: specially as the chap has over 200k followers on Facebook already. This track preview features Ellie Goulding and I think it’s a brilliant way to kick the week off. Check out here.

This new Ellie Goulding track…

… it ain’t too bad. I like that she’s moved on from her debut sound, but still managed to keep those catchy choruses she’s so good at.

Did you ever like Diana Vickers?

I won’t lie- I liked her album which she released from the back of the X Factor. She ditched that really annoying cat-noise she did on the shows and worked with Ellie Goulding to make a pretty cool record.

Then she got dropped, and not one to give up, has a new team behind her and has just released this track. Credit given where it’s due- this is a cute track.

New Music: Rosanna

Carrying along in the same vein as Ellie Goulding, Rosanna (signed up by the web’s greatest blog PopJustice’ new label, HiFi), has that trademark Swedish sombre vibe mixed with an amazingly uplifting kind of beat. Check out here.

Sugarcubes vs Diana Vickers

Sugarcubes (i.e. Baby Bjork) had a little hit called ‘Hit’ back in 1991. That same year, a girl called Diana Vickers was born who ended up being on the UK’s X Factor a couple of years ago. If Norah Jones was a cat, she would sound like Diana Vickers. Diana didn’t win the X Factor, but she ended up making an album anyway that was released earlier this month (which got to number 1, and I must admit, I did buy it… sorry… it was made by Guy Sigsworth and Ellie Goulding and I couldn’t resist). Diana has a cover of ‘Hit’ on her album, which I actually really like. See which one you prefer…

New Music: Jamie Woon

I really don’t know much about this guy, other than he’s supporting Ellie Goulding at this summer’s iTunes festival in London. He’s got a smooth, haunting, soulful voice about him. His Myspace is a little empty, but his first single is on Youtube. Be sure to give ‘Spirits a listen too. Check out here.

Live: Erik Hassle, Ellie Goulding, Tinashe at Relentless Garage

I saw these guys at The Relentless Garage (it’s a venue in London that isn’t a garage nor is it relentless in any way) for HMV’s Next Big Thing festival. I am a bit obsessed with Erik Hassle, the ginger big haired skinny Swede with a really good voice and even better music. His album is out on Monday and you should really get it because it’s amazing and I haven’t stopped listening to it for the last few months. His first single here kind of tanked though:

Ellie Goulding was really good too, although she can’t shake her hips to save her life- how can someone with banging beats be so bad at dancing?

Tinashe was OK, his songs all sounded the same but he was friendly to look at.