By Ian Youngs
Entertainment reporter, BBC News
BBC Sound of 2014 winner Sam Smith said Years & Years have ‘such amazing talent’
Soulful synth-pop trio Years & Years have come top of the BBC Sound Of 2015 list, which highlights the best new artists for the year ahead.
The list was compiled using tips from 139 UK-based critics, broadcasters and bloggers. Previous winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
The London group supported last year’s winner Sam Smith on tour in 2014.
Singer Olly Alexander said coming top of the list “means we’ve got a real shot” at making an impact.
“People are going to listen to what we’re going to do, and we’ve just got to not muck it up,” he said. “We’ve got to make the most of it and deliver.”
Years & Years, whose influences vary from Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell to Radiohead and TLC, have won over critics with a string of well-received singles.
“Years & Years have already and will continue to capture imaginations with their electronic melodies and lively on stage sets,” said DJ Huw Stephens, who announced the band’s victory on BBC Radio 1.
“They are a young band with loads of ideas and a clear vision of the music they want to make, and that will take them far this year.”
Among those who voted for the band was Mark Adams, music director of The Box Network, who said: “It’s electronic music that actually has real depth and emotion, which is an exciting combination.”
Alison Howe, producer of BBC Two’s Later… With Jools Holland, added: “This trio are making dance music that wears its heart and soul on its sleeve. Their countless electro pop anthems will fill many a festival tent next summer.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment