Blog Sound of 2012 (Long-list)

Alongside a host of UK based music blogs (amongst them The Von Pip Express, God Is in the TV, The Blue Walrus and Pigeon Post), DrunkenWerewolf has contributed to the Blog Sound of 2012, a poll designed to showcase musicians that we think deserve every ounce of praise available to them in the coming year.

The name and release date of this poll is no coincidence – this is as an alternative to the BBC’s traditional Sound of 2012 list, but it’s not a criticism. We all recognise that at the very least the Sound of 2012 will get tongues wagging, and you may find a new favourite amongst their shortlist.

Instead consider this an experiment to see if blogs can come up with some interesting alternatives. Blog Sound of 2012's aim is to give a different impression of the fruits of Britain’s musical tree. Like a compote to the broadcasters jam, or Crunchy Nut cornflakes to accompany your toast. It should also help to indicate whether Britain’s taste-makers really did vote Jessie J to the top last year...

With no further ado I can announce that our long-list, in no particular order, is available to scavenge below. Our shortlist will be announced in due course, to coincide with the Beeb!

Houdini Dax

“Their charming [...] take on indie-rock retro-jangle is a refreshing change from the blustering swagger of the chindie notables” – The Dreaded Press

Houdini Dax - Struggling in the Sand by TheMMP

Lianne La Havas

Her forthcoming debut EP [...] is a burning, building epic that references Corrinne Bailey Ray in its soul, whilst addressing Laura Marling in its heartfelt loneliness” – Music Broke My Bones

Lianne La Havas - Forget (Live in LA) by Lianne La Havas

Theme Park

“Here is a London band who sound very much like they are from some impossibly idyllic American coastal town – but not in an irritating, Drums-esque way. More in a ‘young David Byrne meets Blaine Harrison’ way” – The Line of Best Fit

Theme Park - Milk by The Line Of Best Fit

French Wives

“Boisterous beats combined with folky Scottish vocals create a sound unique to French Wives” – Rave Child

French Wives - Covered in Grace by Red Hat Records

The Good Natured

“Recently signed to Regal / Parlophone Records, offer a catchy Gothic twist on Electro-Pop” – God Is in the TV

The Good Natured - Skeleton by The Good Natured

Alt J

“They throw reverb-wrapped blues/soul vocals over a variety of skittish percussion and discordant melodies, but then create a beautiful soft guitar and drum-brush ballad in Matilda” – The Blue Walrus

Tessellate (demo) by alt-j

The Jezabels

“If it’s Hayley’s vocals that draw your enormous flapping moth like ears to the Jezabel flame you’ll soon discover that the band are also as tight Kylie’s hot pants replete with ominous thundering drums that sound like the presage to a great storm” – The Von Pip Express

The Jezabels - Endless Summer by thejezabels

Lucy Rose

“Like Laura Marling, she combines a melancholy vulnerability with a noticeable underlying toughness that gives her voice a captivating edge” – Silent Radio

Lucy Rose - Scar by Lucy Rose


“Bastille strip away the flaws (ahem) and irregularities of underground pop to reveal something so basic and obvious, it’s strangely unique” – God Is in the TV



"She’s got everything: pop, Australian blood, pop, glitter, a jazz background and a slightly eccentric haircut. Most of all, she has the tunes" - DrunkenWerewolf


“This is summer’s music — sultry dance pop fit for, and a reminder that soon there will be, rooftop parties” - Stereogum

Friends - Friend Crush by LuckyNumberMusic


“Some superb songwriting, and the intensity and energy that many of their songs have [gives] you a heady brew that just gets better and better the more it’s consumed” – The Daily Growl

Meursault - Flittin' (Demo) by Song, by Toad


“A beautiful, ballad laden project that could cause heart murmurs amongst even the healthiest of listeners” - DrunkenWerewolf

Daughter - Love (taken from 'The Wild Youth EP') by ohDaughter

Beth Jeans Houghton

“Live they completely throw away the (always unjustified) folk tag that’s tarnished Beth’s career to date, brandishing instead a rough, punk edge full of choral harmonies and odd sound effects. It’s intriguing, addictive and a brilliant glimpse at what we can expect of debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose” - DrunkenWerewolf

Beth Jeans Houghton - Dodecahedron by Mute UK


“Outfit trade in the sorts of breaking-wave guitars, feedback, and hooky vocals that one imagines Daniel Miller is a complete sucker for” – The Line of Best Fit

DD007 A1: Outfit // Two Islands by Double Denim Records


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