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BBC Sound of 2015 longlist revealed

Use this article to find out more about these artists and pretend you're cool and knew about them before

It happens every year and occasionally someone massive comes out from it, but not always, like half the time, that's a decent success rate, 50% ain't bad ya know... what we were talking about... oh yeah, it's the BBC Sound of 2015! Here's the ones that we think are worth a good listen.

James Bay

An upcoming singer songwriter, he's sold out shows all over the UK, opened for Stevie Wonder at Hyde Park, toured the US with Hozier and even performed at the Burberry Prorsum runway show as part of London Fashion Week. He's one to watch and did we ever mention we interviewed him the other week?


Novelist is 17 and already one of the best grime mc's in the country. He's also got mad production chops and is the leader of The Square, who have a song called Pengaleng. That alone should make him the winner (Pengaleng is also a banger).


When Wiley says you're the future of grime you're probably the future of grime and worth taking note of. Stormzy has had a massive year, winning the MOBO for best grime artist and playing massive gigs such as Red Bull Culture Clash and 1Xtra Live. In all honestly I don't think him or Novelist will win, but it's good for the scene and shows the strong state of grime that they're on the list.


Short songs, big riffs and being very, very loud are what Slaves are known of. To me they've got a kind of Drenge meets Arctic Monkeys vibe with a nice big chunk of classic British punk to boot. This is a good thing. I also don't think they're going to win, but they're fucking good.


A former jazz student, he's been compared to Jacob Banks and Human League and after a quick listen it's easy to see why he's in such good company. Lovely voice and lovelier synths.

George The Poet

Out of the people I think will win and the people I want to win, George is going to get my vote. A former Cambridge student and spoken word poet, he has long been making waves online for his insightful and socially conscious lyrics and lately has been adding some strong music to his repertoire. If the judges listen to this Kanye West rework with its wonderfully constructed verses and still give the award to fucking Wolf Alice then the music industry is just as stupid as we think it is.

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