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We were kindly asked to take part in Breaking More Waves’ ‘Blog Sound of 2013’. Its concept was a simple one: an alternative to the BBC’s Sound of 2013 based on bloggers votes and not pseudo celebrities.

Obviously we were hesitant about being included, not because we didn’t like the idea – but we knew it would end up being a list of names we have no interest in, and our suggestions would almost certainly not appear on the final list.

Not surprisingly, we were right, none of our nominations made the final cut, and to be honest we’ve never really heard any of the acts on the final shortlist, apart from the odd one in passing. But from the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be any dance music.

So what does this mean? Well, one of three things: we have no idea what were talking about and have terrible taste in music. 2: we haven’t got our finger on the pulse of emotional indie buzz-bands. Or 3: we should take part in a list where theres clearly there’s going to be a bias towards indie or rock music. Still, the concept was commendable, and we can all now check out some new talent, and who knows maybe we’ll like what we hear.

Now that the shortlist has been narrowed down, the five acts with the most votes, including the winner of The Blog Sound Of 2013, will be announced on January 3 next year to coincide with the BBC’s announcement.

In case any of you where interested in our nominations, they were: A.N.D.Y, Attar!, Blende, Jupiter and Mumbai Science.

AlunaGeorge – Infectious R&B influenced pop from London
Curxes  – Dark industrial-pop electronic duo from Brighton and Portsmouth
Chvrches – Scottish electro pop trio formed from a variety of other bands
Daughter – Minimal / ambient sounding folk
Haim – Classic rock from LA with pop sensibilities
Laura Mvula – Jazz / soul singer hailing from Birmingham
 – Hip soulful female vocal electronic pop from Denmark
Palma Violets – Raw and energetic indie rock band
Pins – Edgily cool and raucous all female indie band from Manchester
Randolph’s Leap – Glasgow based indie folk pop with a twist of brass
Rhye – Smooth and blissful pop duo
Savages – Intense post-punk with female vocals
Seasfire – Modern rock band from Bristol who mix electronic beats with guitar
The Neighbourhood – Atmospheric Californian 5 piece rock/pop ban
Tom Odell – Piano based singer songwriter originally from Chichester

The UK music blogs involved are:

A New Band A DayA Pocket Full Of SeedsAll NoiseAlphabet BandsBoth Bars On,Brapscallions,Breaking More WavesBrighton Music BlogDetails Of My Life So Far,Don’t Watch Me DancingDots And DashesDrunken WerewolfEaten By Monsters,Electronic RumorsFaded GlamourFolly Of YouthFlying With AnnaGod Is In The TV,Harder Blogger FasterHowlIn Love Not LimboJust Music That I LikeKilling Moon,Kowalskiy,  Love Music : Love Life,  MudkissMusic Broke My BonesMusic Fans Mic,Music LiberationMusic Like DirtMy Bands Better Than Your BandNot Many Experts,PeenkoReal HorrorshowScottish FictionSkeletory,  Song By ToadSounds Good To Me Too,Storm’s BrewingSweeping The NationThe Blue WalrusThe Electricity Club,The Mad MackerelThe Metaphorical BoatThe Music HoarderThe RecommenderThis Must Be PopVon Pip Musical Express,17 Seconds

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.