5 ARTISTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO - JANUARY
Already nominated for a MOBO award, this 21 year old East London rapper is taking the music scene by storm. Describing himself as an artist who doesn't belong to a genre, he has received viral credibility through his remix of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You', and found himself in the Top 10 with his feature on Yungen's 'Bestie' last year. His rapid-fire lyrics, celver samples and thumping beats are tapping into the sound we're all craving - whatever genre that may be.
Spanish born Swedish singer/songwriter Mabel was always destined for greatness. The daughter of Grammy-nominated pop icon Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, she stated in an interview with the Evening Standard that she had always worried that she wouldn't be taken seriously. She needn't have, as Mabel now has her own, entirely self-constructed career. Having crafted a unique and soulful blend of R&B, pop and afrobeats, she cracked the Top 10 with her track 'Finders Keepers', and is definitely the one to watch on the festival scene this year.
Having supported The 1975 on tour and having been produced by them too - Pale Waves are the indie-pop quartet to watch this year. The swirling guitar riffs and poptastic choruses are mixed with dark atmospherics by this Manchester guitar band, and we're sure it's going to send them far.
Teenage singer Khalid is swiftly becoming the latest R&B prodigy, with his debut album 'American Teen' receiving praise from the likes of The New York Times and making No6 on the Rolling Stones '50 Best Albums of 2017'. The attention is well deserved. His realer than real lyrics perfectly encapsulate the life of a post-millenial, covering technology, high school drama and unstable relationships, and capable of unifying millions of teenagers. That along with his soulful, leathery tone and his 80s synth and dope dance beats make it clear this kid is going somewhere.
Ohio based rapper Trippie Redd got the Hip-Hop world talking with the intricate melodies and rock influences featured on both mixtapes released last year. Lyrically there is a confessional feel to Trippie's tracks, which is clearly working - the video for his breakout track 'Love Scars' has been viewed over 28 million times on YouTube. He cites everyone from Jay-Z and Beyonce to Nirvana and KISS as inspirations and his music is versatile and original - in short, he's headed for big things.