The BBC Sound of 2014 longlist has been revealed, and it contains some pleasant surprises. Good news: the final 15 includes no less than 10 UK-based acts. Even better news: a fair few of them are firm Dummy favourites.
We're particularly thrilled to see Sampha on the list, a London soul singer done good this year by lending production and vocals to Drake's album 'Nothing Was The Same' and making one of the finest EPs of the year for Young Turks; meanwhile Kelela, the Fade To Mind vocalist who stole our hearts and made the best mixtape of the year by a country mile, also pops up on the list. FKA twigs, the fascinating singer-songwriter and audiovisual artist from London, makes the list in light of her stunning 'EP2', while smoky-voiced LA singer Banks, Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith and electronic duo Jungle also crop up.
The shortlist of the final five acts will be revealed at a rate of one a day from Monday 6th January, with the winner being revealed on the 10th, so watch this space. Last year's triumphant act were Haim, who went on to release their excellent debut 'Days Are Gone' this September.
Here's the longlist, in alphabetical order:
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