2016 is already off to a rollicking start in terms of new music thanks to some amazing out-of-the-blocks singles from shimmering New York sensations Sunflower Bean, the Shamir-approved lo-fi indie kids Joy Again, Liverpool tykes Trudy and returning Smith Westerns mainman Cullen Omori.
We’ve also already had one of the best garage rock albums in recent memory courtesy of Spanish newbies Hinds, while the slightly more established Savages and Fat White Family are set to return with new albums before the month is out. Not bad at all for what’s traditionally a bit of a dull month, eh?
So which new act is for you, then?! If you’re wondering who to get behind over the next 12 months, there’s only one thing for it: you’re gonna have to take NME’s ultimate new band quiz to determine which of our ones to watch for 2016 you should be listening to right now. Into post punk? Dance? Soul? Hard rock? Indie-rap? Then click this way…
Illustrator: George Yarnton
Find our more about each of each of the bands featured in the quiz:
If you still want more new music, don’t fret: we’ve rounded up the 25 new acts it’s essential you need to get on board with here, lest you wanna be left behind when they inevitably strike gold a few months down the line. And while you’re at it, why don’t you have a listen to our New For 2016 playlist:
Watch our Ones To Watch 2016 round-up video below: