Flux Pavilion, Skrillex, Frank Ocean among the BBC Sound of 2012 contenders

Now that we’re at the point in the year when lists and predictions are made, the BBC has released its Sound of 2012 long-list. The annual round-up claims its fair share of column inches in the UK, with all the cheering and grumbling you’d imagine. 160 ‘industry commentators’ from across the UK – radio DJs, producers, magazine editors and the like – were asked to nominate their three artists with bright futures. Nominations must not have had a single in the UK top 20.

The top honour for 2011 went to chart-scaling pop star Jessie J, followed in second place by bass music’s crossover crooner James Blake. The 2012 long-list is once again a mix of established names and emerging talent, all ear-marked by the BBC for stellar things in the New Year.

Among the nominees are three acts bound for Future Music Festival next March: Flux Pavilion, Skrillex and Frank Ocean. They’re in the company of a mixed bunch, from hip hop to indie names. The long-list will be whittled down to a top five in the early days of 2012.

Sound of 2012 long-list

A$AP Rocky

Azealia Banks

Dot Rotten

Dry The River

Flux Pavilion

Frank Ocean


Jamie N Commons

Lianne La Havas

Michael Kiwanuka

Niki & The Dove

Ren Harvieu