For the 13th time the music industry experts have
gathered to give us a hint at who to keep an eye for 2016. BBC Music Sound Of 2016 has
launched the careers of many artists and in early Jan, someone else will top the list following in the footsteps of Sam Smith, Adele and Haim to name a few. Being shortlisted can
really put a stamp on your career - just look at the last year’s winner Years and Years who topped the charts with their debut album Communion and last year's runner-up James Bay
whose debut album Chaos and Calm was thebiggest-selling debut album in 2015. So, the future of music looks like
Here are some of our picks....
Despite her young age Izzy Bizu has already toured with Sam
Smith, Foxes and Rudimental. Even though her heroes are fellow soul divas Amy
Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald, the songstress puts her own spin on her songs
mixing soul with digital distortion. Although at first she says she was too shy to so sing in
the public, Izzy Bizu is now a brilliant live performer!
Izzy Bizu - 'White Tiger'
With the likes of Temples and Tame Impala, people are quickly returning back to psychedelia and Blossoms are making sure that psychedelia is
more than a passing trend. Drawing influences from the likes of The Beatles the Stockport five piece are sure to take 2016 by storm; the band is already selling
out gigs for next year, including a show at Manchester’s Albert Hall. For those
dreamers who want to build a time machine and go back to 60s and 70s, Blossoms
is the band for you.
Blossoms - 'Charlemagne'
Jack Garratt is one of the favourites to win The Sound Of
2016 and no wonder. The multi-instrumentalist has been compared to artists like
Ed Sheeran and hails from the same soundscape as the previous winner Years and
Years. Being adored by the BBC veterans Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens Jack Garratt
is definitely the one to watch for next year.
Jack Garratt - 'Breathe Life'
Loyle Carner is breaking the stereotypes of rap for those who
thought rap can’t be slow and fast paced at the same time. Unraveling his own past
the rapper’s intimate lyrics are often accompanied with a jazzy, laid-back sound.
Loyle Carner’s flow is refreshingly chilled, if you want to sleep or dance you can do both while listening to his music.
Loyle Carner - 'Ain't Nothing Changed'
Hackney based NAO is taking the limelight after working as a
backing singer for Pulp and Jarvis Cocker. The media has been raving about the
singer since she started putting her music online; 'So Good' rose to number one
on Zane Lowe’s Hype Machine and Annie Mac chose 'Zillionaire' as her Hottest
Record. It looks like 2016 is going to be NAO’s year!
NAO - 'Bad Blood'
‘Sign On’, the brilliant debut song from Rat Boy put the
media on a frenzy and the hurricane around him is not about to settle any time
soon. Remember the time when Alex Turner’s lyrics were full of charming
arrogance and he wouldn’t apologise for pissing people off? Well, that’s Rat
Boy! The singer dubbed as the new Jamie T is one the most exciting acts at the
moment and he’ll leave you thirsty for more.