Flo, Cat Burns and Gabriels tipped as Sound Of 2023

By December 5, 2022Entertainment

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Sound of 2023: Listen to all of the nominees
The post-pandemic resurgence in dance music is reflected in the longlist for BBC Radio 1's Sound of 2023, which tips new music for the coming year.
The nominees include hotly-tipped house producer Fred Again, drum and bass duo Piri & Tommy and the Mobo-award winning jungle musician Nia Archives.
R&B girl group Flo and busker-turned-baladeer Cat Burns are also nominated.
Now in its 21st year, the Sound Of list has predicted success for the likes of Adele, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Haim.
This year's longlist suggests that dance music will continue to dominate the charts next year – after club hits like LF System's Afraid To Feel and Eliza Rose's Baddest Of Them All became the soundtrack of summer 2022.
Breakout British producer Fred Again is already a must-see live act, whose electrifying set at London's Boiler Room went viral earlier this year.
Born Fred Gibson, he's been a behind-the-scenes hitmaker for years, producing and writing hit singles for the likes of Ed Sheeran (Bad Habits), George Ezra (Shotgun), BTS (Make It Right) and Stormzy (Own It).
He struck out as a solo artist in 2020, releasing a trilogy of albums that blend house music with everyday samples and conversations recorded on his phone.
Bradford-born Nia Archives is at the forefront of the jungle music revival in the UK, whose fast-paced Forbidden Feelingz EP was praised for its "laser-sharp" songwriting and "electrifying soundscapes".
Real-life couple Piri & Tommy, meanwhile, have become known for infectious, feel-good drum and bass tracks like Beachin' and Soft Spot.
The longlist also features US neo-soul band Gabriels, whose debut album Angels & Queens has "a strong claim to the title of album of the year", according to The Guardian's Alexis Petridis.
The band are fronted by former American Idol contestant Jacob Lusk, who recently told BBC News his time on the TV show had been "treacherous" and "harrowing".
Nigerian star Asake is on a hot streak at home with hits like Sungba and Joha, and looks set to replicate that success in the UK, with a sold out show at London's Brixton Academy scheduled for later this month.
Cat Burns has already scored a platinum-selling single, after her break-up ballad Go went viral on TikTok earlier this year.
The 22-year-old followed that up with support slots on Ed Sheeran's stadium tour, and a nomination for the Brits rising star award.
The longlist is completed by pop-punk singer Dylan, indie songwriter Rachel Chinouriri and alt-pop musician Biig Piig, who has been championed by Billie Eilish.
You can listen to their biggest songs and find out more about their careers to date below.
The top five will be revealed in the new year on BBC Radio 1, with one artist announced each day from Sunday 1 to Thursday 5 January.
The prize is open to new artists, who have yet to score a top five album, or more than two top 10 singles by 31 October 2022. Artists who have appeared on TV talent shows within the last three years are also ineligible.
Last year's poll was won by bedroom pop singer PinkPantheress, with breakout indie duo Wet Leg in second place and emotive pop singer Mimi Webb in third.
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