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Best New Bands of 2013 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #4: Blood Orange

27 Dec
Record of the year and our #4 Best New Band of 2013

Record of the year and our #4 Best New Band of 2013

Best New Bands of 2013 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #4: Blood Orange

Devonté Hynes deserves the Hummingbird for his tenacity and perseverance. He just kept recording in bands like Test Icicles or as Lightspeed Champion, and year after year he just kept collaborating with big names. His eye for taste put him right next to Jay-Z’s Rocawear. When you collaborate with the likes of Britney, Skye and our fave bands Foals you tend to get left behind, but his songwriting could not be denied. He shuttered Lightspeed, stitched his toe back on after an on stage accident with Test Icicles and brought his Blood Orange talents to the studio in 2011 to record Coastal Grooves with Solange. That EP brought him some mild success but it wasn’t until he released Cupid Deluxe that the world turned for him. It wasn’t until mid-2013 when the buzz started around Blood Orange’s track “You’re Not Good Enough” that we all turned our heads and asked who the hell this was. He’s on everyone’s top everything list this year, because he does one thing really really well. He blends Chillwave and hip-hop smoothly together. He brings Prince style vocals to a minimalist Radiohead/XX background sound. This is the album that will start and end many relationships. It’s sexy as hell and I can’t stop listening to it.

Founded: 20?? as Blood Orange 2011
Hometown: New York and LA
Members: Devonté Hynes
Sonic Soulmates™: Prince, The Weeknd,
Trackables™: The album released in 2013Cupid Deluxe
Listen to “Time Will Tell” & “It Is What It Is” & “You’re Not Good Enough”

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Hummingbird Awards – ALL YOUR BEST NEW BANDS FROM 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013:

Hummingbird Awards 2013 RECAP
#13 MS MR
#12 Swim Deep
#11 Holy Milk
#10 Mutual Benefit
#9 Diane Coffee
#8 Haerts
#7 Holograms
#6 Autre Ne Veult
#5 Hookworms
#4 Blood Orange

Hummingbird Awards 2012
Hummingbird Awards 2011
Hummingbird Awards 2010

Best New Bands of 2011 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD: #4 EMA

20 Dec

California dreaming with post punk love music from Oakland, CA's EMA

Best New Band of 2011
#4 Hummingbird Award – EMA

I had a very hard time choosing this spot. There are about 10 bands that deserve to be in our Top 10 Best New Artists of 2011, but truly, we can’t fit them all. The Hummingbird Award is special. It’s for those bands that make a dent in the universe. Do something extraordinary…create a stellar record, great series of singles, great live artist, whatever it is, the artist needs to make an impression, much the like the loveliest bird on Earth, the Hummingbird. EMA made her mark early in the year. She’s a little bit country, a whole lot of 80’s industrial goth and a layering of folky noise that will make you regret falling in love with her. I think she’s the type of woman that just makes you feel regret, but addiction at the same time. You know what I’m talking about. We just adore EMA here at NBD, and by the way, I’m writing this on BART as I pass by her exit here at West Oakland, so take that EMA.

Hometown: West Oakland … originally from South Dakota
Members: Erika M. Anderson, Nicole Anderson, Nicky Mao, Leif Shackelford
Sonic Soulmates™: Zola Genius, Sleigh Bells, Early Hole
“The Grey Ship”

“Milkman” – My favorite track by her!

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EMA – “The Grey Ship”


Original Post: Band of the Day 5.4.11

2011 Winners
Hummingbird Award #13: Lana Del Rey
Hummingbird Award #12: WATERS
Hummingbird Award #11: Suuns
Hummingbird Award #10: La Sera
Hummingbird Award #9: Sun Airway
Hummingbird Award #8: White Denim
Hummingbird Award #7: Dirty Beaches
Hummingbird Award #6: Widowspeak
Hummingbird Award #5: Charles Bradley

Best New Bands of 2010 Hummingbird Award: #4 Chapel Club

25 Dec

Things are looking up for Chapel Club photo by Ben Rayner

Best New Bands of 2010 Hummingbird Award: #4 The Chapel Club

Okay so this was my Christmas present for Arizona Turk. I had them at #10, but moved them up to Christmas Day as a gift to him and all of our fine fans. For the love of the baby Jesus, this band is quite good. They have the Interpol, Joy Division, mood rock down. They’re gonna be very big having just signed to A&M and they can write a great song. Really love their style, it’s new but classic sounding. Listen with pleasure…Merry Christmas

Hometown: London, UK
Members: Lewis Bowman, Michael Hibbert, Liam Arklie, Alex Parry, Rich Mitchell
Sonic Soulmates: Interpol, JJ72, My Vitriol, Joy Division
Tracks of the Year:
“The Shore” – It’s so darn good, you’ll listen to it twice.

Original BOD Post — 9.24.10

2010 Hummingbird Awards
Hummingbird Award #20: Crocodiles
Hummingbird Award #19: Miniature Tigers
Hummingbird Award #18: Gamble House
Hummingbird Award #17: Tame Impala
Hummingbird Award #16: Paper Crows
Hummingbird Award #15: Perfume Genius
Hummingbird Award #14: The Fresh & Onlys
Hummingbird Award #13: Tennis
Hummingbird Award #12: Memoryhouse
Hummingbird Award #11: Karkwa
Hummingbird Award #10: Lord Huron
Hummingbird Award #9: Sleigh Bells
Hummingbird Award #8: Crystal Fighters
Hummingbird Award #7: Efterklang
Hummingbird Award #6: Best Coast
Hummingbird Award #5: Jim Jones Revue
Hummingbird Award #4: Chapel Club