Bands/artists in the last four BBC Longlists who have the most potential.

Here are the artists from Sound of 2014-17 that for me, show the most potential

*Artists such as Sam Smith and Years & Years have been left out is they’re already very big.

Izzy Bizu

“Talking To You” is one of the catchiest songs out at the moment, Izzy Bizu has already appeared on Graham Norton, is that enough? Well her songs are getting plenty of plays on Spotify, with “White Tiger” has over 45 million listens with her second most played “Someone That Loves You” receiving over 22 million plays. While her voice maybe similar to that of Jess Glynne’s, it suits the style of music she sings to.

Maggie Rogers

One of the few international acts to be on BBC Sound of 2017, having recently released her debut EP, “Now That The Light Is Fading”, her most popular song “Alaska” already reaching 30 million views. Maryland-born Rogers’s music is very unique is she mixes folk with synth and dance music which brings a more colourful atmosphere and the BBC Sound of… is helping her get the recognition her music really deserves.

Rag’N’Bone Man

One artist that is blowing up right now, Rory Graham better known by his stage name Rag’N’Bone Man is significant as he differs from a lot of other British male vocalists, who tend to have the same voice, Rag’N’Bone Man’s strong baritone is what I think gives him the edge over other aspiring male vocalists. If you saw his face for the first time, you probably wouldn’t think he looks a soul singer. His new album “Human” went straight to No. 1 on the Official UK Album Chart and has become the quickest selling album by a male artist in over a decade with 117,000 sales across streaming, download, streaming.

Royal Blood

A band with only a bassist and a drummer you say? You would never think Royal Blood are just Mike Kerr (bass/vocals) and Ben Thatcher (drums). If you see their live shows you maybe wondering, where’s the guitar? Well Kerr uses an octave pedal to make the bass guitar sound like a standard electric guitar. They’ve never used standard guitars in recordings but I think their unique set up will give them the edge over other British rock acts.


Like Royal Blood, Slaves also have a unique set up in standing drummer and vocalist Isaac Holman and guitarist Laurie Vincent. Not only that but the duo from Kent the sole current punk act in Britain. Some people consider them to be the Sex Pistols of the 2010’s. Since bursting onto the scene in late 2014, Slaves have had plenty of success, releasing two studio albums in the space of two years and having Beastie Boys’ Mike D collaborate with them on “Consume Or Be Consumed”.

Wolf Alice

With one of their songs featured on T2 Trainspotting, Wolf Alice aren’t really a new band, having formed in 2010 but made it onto the BBC Sound of 2016. The alternative rock band from North London were nominated for the Grammy Award for the Best Rock Performance for their song “Moaning Lisa Smile” the same year. Though originally an acoustic folk act through lead vocalist Ellie Roswell and guitarist Joff Oddie when they formed, the moved towards indie rock once bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey joined.

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