The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Easy Life

From: Leicester

Sounds like: The middle ground of hip-hop, indie and slacker-rock.


For fans of: Jamie T, Beastie Boys

Need to know: They described debut song ‘Pockets’ as a “93 bpm head-nodder born out of the need to give a middle finger to those people who don’t believe in simplicity, and are only
concerned with material wealth”. Bosh.

Essential track: ‘Pockets’


From: London

Sounds like: Pensive psychedelia from a seedy speakeasy.


For fans of: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Black Keys

Need to know: 25-year-old Jacob Read is friends with King Krule, who gave him a shoutout at the start of his 2012 track ‘Rock Bottom’.

Essential track: ‘Voodoo Saloon’

Snail Mail

From: Ellicott City, Maryland

Sounds like: Gorgeous lo-fi garage pop that dares to dream out of small-town life.

For fans of: Angel Olsen, Kevin Morby

Need to know: When Lindsey Jordan first wanted to play shows as Snail Mail just over a year ago – the 17-year-old had to ask her Principal to approve her absence for a couple weeks. She
got it, debut EP ‘Habits’ was born and the next-great American songwriter started her journey.

Essential track: ‘Thinning’


From: London

Sounds like: Hazy indie that revels in the grunge and the gunk.

For fans of: Pixies, Pavement

Need to know: The band celebrated their signing to cult label Domino (home to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand) by releasing a free 28-minute mixtape that flitted from heavy rock to
sickly-sweet pop.

Essential track: ‘Wished’


From: New York, New York

Sounds like: New York City.

For fans of: The Velvet Underground, Television

Need to know: Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz released their debut album at the end of last year. It is guitar-pop at its most catchy and follows in the long line of bands from New York who
sound oh so very much like they’re from New York.

Essential track: ‘Rodeo’

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