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BBC Sound of 2013: Shortlist


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After announcing the 15 artist longlist, the BBC have given the top five tips for 2013 - as selected by bloggers, critics and radio DJs. 

The shortlist has an eclectic mix, spanning across several genres.

Here’s a guide to the artists.

5) Chvrches. Pronounced 'churches', the Glaswegian

electro pop trio only have two tracks floating about - but two has proved to be enough to give them a place on the list. The band formed in 2011 after singer Lauren Mayberry was invited by keyboardist Iain Cook to sing on demos he produced alongside friend Martin Doherty. Single The Mother We Share is glittering synth-pop track with melancholic yet bright sounding vocals.

4) Laura Mvula. Self described geeky kid of R’N’B Laura Mvula utilises her classical training at Birmingham Conservatoire by underlying her soulful vocals with orchestral instrumentation. After working as a supply teacher and receptionist for Birmingham Symphony Orchestra whilst uploading rough tracks to the internet, the singer/ songwriter finally got her big break signing to RCA records. Her debut album Sing to the Moon is due for release March 4th.

3) Angel Haze. Many would’ve first heard of Angel Haze after her twitter spat with fellow female rapper Azealia Banks last week, but Haze is distinctive artist in her own right. Razor sharp flow and wit, heartfelt and brutally honest lyrics along with an eery resemblance to Aaliyah has her standing out in a way that’s impossible to ignore. Her mixtape Reservation led her being signed to Universal within just a couple weeks of its release and it has just been announced that she be joining Major Lazer on their world tour this year.

2) AlunaGeorge. Aluna Francis and George Reid are truly a 21st century group, meeting over Myspace when George remixed a song by Aluna’s former band, My Toys Like Me. The rest was musical history. Reid’s twinkling electronic productions sits comfortably with Aluna’s sweet vocals. Although the pair has been floating around the blogosphere for a couple of years, their debut album Body Music is set for release this June.

1) Haim. Poll winners Haim comprise of L.A. sisters Danielle, Este and Alana. The band has been described as the indie version of Destiny Child’s as they combine the classic rock of their parents with the 90’s R’N’B they grew up with. Known for energetic live shows with choreographed dance routines and appearances from their parents, the group got our attention with their Forever EP last spring. Following single Don’t Save Me built upon this momentum and their debut album is due for release this year.

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