Today was the day that the winner of BBC’s Sound of 2012 was announced. Michael Kiwanuka was crowned, which unsurprisingly, I was super happy about! I was also quite surprised, I expected Frank Ocean or Azealia Banks to win (who were 2nd and 3rd).
I have supported Michael’s music ever since May 2011, when I saw him play at Marcus Foster’s EP launch at Hoxton Bar & Grill. He has come such a long way since then, and has released three stunning EP’s through Communion. He isn’t your obvious winner, the first male to win since 2007, and he has a much more rootsy homegrown feel than past winners (which include Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Little Boots). A well deserved win though, proving that all you need is a guitar, a gorgeous voice and some beautiful songs to win over the public/a bunch of industry professionals.
The 4 other artists in the Top 5 were Niki and the Dove, Skrillex, Azealia Banks and Frank Ocean. You can see who a bunch of music bloggers (including myself) listed as their top 5 here. Friends topped that one, and not one artist alike to the BBC shortlist!
I already have a feeling 2012 is going to be a great year for music, and with the Olympics coming to London it’s sure to be a fine year of culture. I am already excited for so many albums to be released, so many festival line-ups to be announced, and to see where artists like Michael Kiwanuka take their sound.