The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018



From: Croydon

Sounds like: Properly massive pop bangers serving lashings of sass.


For fans of: Little Mix, Destiny’s Child

Need to know: Aside from her own tunes, Raye’s co-written songs for Little Mix and Charli XCX. Don’t worry, she’s saved some gems for herself – such as the club-ready pop bouncer ‘The Line’.

Essential track: ‘Decline’

Pale Waves

From: Manchester

Sounds like: Shimmering indie-pop bangers made for young lovers.


For fans of: The 1975, The Cure

Need to know: Initially produced by The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, the four-piece take influence from ’80s pop, grunge and beyond on their debut EP, which’ll no doubt be filling up indie
nights across the nation pretty sharpish.

Essential track: ‘There’s A Honey’


From: Brisbane, Australia

Sounds like: A DIY version of 1990s powerpop. A bit like the sonic equivalent of eating a marshmallow Flump.

For fans of: Charli XCX, Wolf Alice

Need to know: Eighteen-year-old rapper/singer Grace Shaw has been releasing music since her mid-teens; it’s witty, it’s pretty and it’s definitely not s**tty. Expect

a debut album this year from the self-proclaimed “Hannah Montana of the rap game”.

Essential track: ‘Better’

Matt Maltese

From: Reading

Sounds like: He calls it ‘Brexit pop’; we call it dramatic Cave-Cohen majesty.

For fans of: Father John Misty, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Need to know: The youngest crooner in the game, Matt’s only just out of his teens but he’s already singing huge, symphonic ballads about doom, disaster and despair. Glorious.

Essential track: ‘As The World Caves In’


From: All over

Sounds like: Freaky synthpop that balances OTT samples with blasé vocals.

For fans of: Gorillaz, Animal Collective

Need to know: After her London-based bandmates sent her the track for ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ in Maine, 17-year-old Orono wrote and recorded her vocals within an hour and sent it
back. “Well,” she says, “I am a bored teenager.” Thus, the international troupe were born.

Essential track: ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’

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