The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Billie Eilish

From: Los Angeles, California, USA

Sounds like: Carefully created pop that finds inspiration in hip-hop’s thundering beats and uncensored attitude.


For fans of: Lana Del Rey, Banks

Need to know: She may only be 16 years old, but she’s already released a staggeringly consistent run of singles over the last three years, appeared on the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack and
collaborated with the mighty Vince Staples on recent track ‘&burn’. Making us all look bad, really.

Essential track: ‘Bellyache’


From: Ålesund, Norway

Sounds like: Fiery pop that’ll have you in ass-kicking mode in no time.


For fans of: Lorde, Robyn

Need to know: After dominating the summer with her globe-conquering call to arms ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, she recorded a version of it in nonsense language Simlish for The Sims 4. Yes, it’s
that good.

Essential track: ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’

Kali Uchis

From: Alexandria, Virginia

Sounds like: Wicked Latin-flavoured pop that refuses conform to any rules.

For fans of: Charli XCX, Stefflon Don

Need to know: Born in Colombia and raised in Virginia, Kali Uchis has already worked with everyone from Snopp Dogg to Diplo, Katranayda and Gorillaz. This February she’ll be supporting
Lana Del Rey on her US arena tour dates and she’s also up against SZA and Kehlani for Best R&B Performance at the Grammys, for her guest spot on Daniel Ceasar’s ‘Get You’.

Essential track: ‘Tyrant’ feat Jorja Smith


From: Little Rock, Arkansas

Sounds like: Swooning synth-pop.

For fans of: The 1975, Phil Collins

Need to know: Neither of Joan’s two members are called Joan. The singer’s called Alan and the drummer’s called Steven.

Essential track: ‘Love Somebody Like You’

Tove Styrke

From: Sweden

Sounds like: Flawless electro-pop that keeps the party going and makes summer last all year long.

For fans of: Charli XCX, Lorde

Need to know: She came third on Swedish Idol in 2009. Since then, she’s been honing her craft to perfection and winning hearts across Europe – namely her pan-European hit ‘Say My Name’.

Essential track: ‘Say My Name’

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