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In December we unveiled the long-list for The UK Blog Sound Of 2014, a poll of around 60 music sites who each choose their candidates for acts that we hope will be worth following closely in the coming year. The poll is designed to compliment the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll, with the choices being made purely on who we think will be making the best music, not necessarily selling the most records. This year 139 acts received a solitary vote, showing just what a wealth of talent there is out there and the diversity of the blogs involved. Unfortunately our three choices were among those 139 acts, so the winners weren't on our list. To show the contrast between this set of voters and the BBC list, seven of their choices failed to register a single vote from all the sites involved.
To the winners! This year there was a tie for first place, with two acts receiving the exact same number of votes. Here's the top 3:
1) Marika Hackman
Who: A British solo musician who writes haunting and captivating songs that feature her ethereal vocals and instrumentation that that has been pigeonholed as folk but often offers much more. She was the 8th most blogged artist by UK based Hype Machine listed bloggers in 2013.
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Who: An American musician who makes sultry modern sounding electronic R&B-influenced pop. She was the 9th most blogged artist by UK based Hype Machine listed bloggers in 2013.
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Who: Rising British electronica/alt-pop star who opts for a more alternative sound than many electro-poppers and also dabbles with acoustic singer-songwriting. Has recently worked with the aforementioned Marika Hackman.
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A full list of the blogs that took part:
17 Seconds, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Cat From Japan, Daisy Digital, Details Of My Life, Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots and Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters, Echoes and Dust, Electronic Rumors, Faded Glamour, God Is In The TV, Gold Flake Paint, Hearty Vibes, I Love Pie, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon, Like 1999, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation,Music Like Dirt, My Band’s Better Than Your Band, My Day By Day Music, Not Many Experts, Peenko, Pop Dodger, Repeat Button,Scientists Of Sound, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Sleep In Music, Some Of It Is True, Sound Influx, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sounds Of Now Music, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel,The Metaphorical Boat, The Sound Of Confusion, The Underclassed,This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Von Pip Musical Express, When The Gramophone Rings
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