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Their previous single ‘Real’ dropped in February last year, and since we’ve had Years & Years pretty much on replay Well today the popular trio have treated us to the new single, ‘Take Shelter’.

Take Shelter’ takes place in a forest and sees the band follow a mysterious girl splattered in paint and clad in a coat of matted wool and hair through the trees. Lead vocalist Olly Alexander explained the meaning behind the track: “The song is about a relationship, how I felt manipulated by somebody but sort of liked it.” Years & Years is an English electronica trio founded in London,  The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. Years & Years’ music has been described as electro pop, mixing R&B and ’90s house elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core influences


Soulful synth-pop trio Years & Years have come top of the BBC Music 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.”



Years & Years are a London based electro-pop trio signed to Polydor Records. Current members are frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player/beat-maker Emre Turkmen.
Years & Years formed in 2010, after Mickey moved from Australia and met Emre online through ‘’. Shortly afterwards, Olly joined the band as lead vocalist after guitarist Mikey heard him singing in the shower. Alongside 90s R&B, the band cite Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul as core influences, describing their sound as ‘dance music with heart’.
The band released their debut single,I Wish I Knew in the summer of 2012 through the label Good Bait. Their follow up single in September 2013 was picked up by Kitsuné Records with critical acclaim from The Guardian, Clash Music and The Fader.