The BBC’s Sound of 2015 winner has been announced. Taking first position is electronic-pop trio Years & Years, who recently premiered their new single “King”. Consisting of Olly Alexander (vocals and keyboard), former architect Emre Turkmen (synths) and Mikey Goldsworthy (bass), the group was formed in 2010.
Their sound is a fusion of electronic, synth based pop with strong nods towards contemporary R&B and house music. Performed through live instrumentation with influences ranging from Radiohead to Flying Lotus, their sound has been described frontman Olly as “dance music with a heart to it”.
After releasing early singles and then their EP Real, the band was picked up by Polydor Records who put out “Take Shelter” in August. Reaching number 1 on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart, the group has since gone on to support Clean Bandit on tour, perform at festivals including Bestival and The Great Escape, and will be embarking on shows in Brazil and the US this January. Check out the Years & Years new single here and see the full BBC Sound of 2015 list here.