Sounds like: Sky-reaching but streetwise soul-pop from an artist wise far beyond his years.
For fans of: Jamie T, Rag’n’Bone Man
Need to know: You may recognise him from his guest spot on Chase & Status’ ‘All Goes Wrong’, or Charli XCX’s already iconic ‘Boys’ video. Now we get to have Tom Grennan on his own terms.You’ll be hearing a lot from him in 2018.
Essential track: ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’
Sounds like: Unabashed, production perfect pop that’ll take you back to the early ‘00s.
For fans of: Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen
Need to know: Whilst at Cambridge University she was in a hip-hop group called Lazy Lion alongside Wolf Alice’s Theo Ellis.
Essential track: ‘Alterlife’
From: Easton, Maryland
Sounds like: Aching and crystal-cut pop with an arresting alternative edge.
For fans of: Angel Olsen, Lorde
Need to know: She got her big break when her track ‘Alaska’ was played to Pharrell Williams at a masterclass at New York University. His response? A stunned silence before he replied, “I have zero, zero, zero notes for that”. Us neither.
Essential track: ‘Alaska’