Jam of the Week // BBC Sound of 2013 Special

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This week I’m straying away slightly from my usual Jam of the Week format. Earlier this month The BBC revealed the 15 artists who have made it on to the Sound of 2013 longlist. The artists were selected by a panel of 213 music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers including for example SBTV’s Jamal Edwards and UKF’s Luke Hood. Each was given the opportunity to give their three favourite artists in order of preference who met the following criteria.

  • They should be the best, most exciting acts, in the personal opinion of the voter. Choices are based on quality, not on hype or size of record deal.
  • The artists can be performers of any description – bands, singers, MCs etc.
  • They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 11 November 2012.
  • They can be from any musical genre and any country.
  • They must not already be famous i.e. generally known by the UK public, (e.g. member of a hit band going solo, or soap star). They must not have got through to the quarter, semi or final rounds of UK reality shows such as X Factor in the last 3 years (i.e. 2010 onwards).
  • They must not have featured in the BBC Sound of list previously.
  • “New” means new to the general public. They may have been around for a while if you believe they are ready to step up to the next level of quality & recognition.
  • Pundits could not nominate any act or individual if they had either a close personal (immediate family & friends) or financial/commercial relationship with them e.g. PR, label, managing, promoting.

This week for my weekly Jam of the Week blog post I’m going to be bringing you music from 4 of my favourite artists from the Sound of 2013 longlist, some of whom have been featured before on my blog and some of whom I’ve newly discovered. So without further or do here’s my first.

Angel Haze

Angel Haze

I first featured Angel Haze on my blog as a Jam of the Week back in September and since then she’s just grown and grown and grown. Fresh from the United States Angel brings a breath of fresh air to the female rap genre. Whether Angel wins the BBC Sound of 2013 or not I’m still tipping her for very big things come 2013. Here’s my favourite track, New York.



I’m not even going to attempt to pronounce this band’s name but the Glaswegian trio of Iain Cook, Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty certainly stand out from the BBC’s list of 15. I love their electro-pop sound and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from them in 2013. Here’s The Mother We Share.

Little Green Cars


Here’s a band with a much more pronounceable name, Little Green Cars are a five-year-old five-piece band from Dublin and are made up of Stevie Appleby, Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch. Little Green Cars are another one of those bands who just stood out for me in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 longlist and are definitely a band I’ll be looking forward to hearing more of in 2013 whether they win the title or not. Here’s a fantastic single from them called The John Wayne



There’s just something about these sisters that I absolutely adore. I first wrote about Este, Alana and Danielle Haim back in October 2012 after hearing them on BBC Radio 1. Since then I’ve seen them live supporting Florence and the Machine at London’s O2 Arena where they put on a fantastic performance. Haim have been one of my favourite new bands from 2012 and I’m really keen to find out what 2013 holds for the sisters. Here’s a track I love by the trio, it’s called Forever.

These were just four of my favourites from the Sound of 2013 longlist, but there are so many more worth taking the time to listen to like AlunaGeorge and The Weeknd to name a few. You can see the whole list here or alternatively the BBC have put together a Sound of 2013 playlist on YouTube for your listening pleasure.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s Jam of the Week Sound of 2013 special as much as I’ve enjoyed putting this blog post together. I’ll be back on Christmas Eve next week with my final Jam of the Week of the year before another Jam of the Week special on New Year’s Eve.


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