The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018


From: Brighton

Sounds like: Glossy but dramatic new wave post-punk for the 21st century. A sweet plate of classic flavours with a modern aftertaste.


For fans of: Warpaint, The Cure

Need to know:They formed their sound from a shared love of Bloc Party, Bombay Bicycle Club, Warpaint and a ‘general distaste for the stale state of the industry’. Heads up: Thyla are
here to ruffle some feathers.

Essential track: ‘Pristine Dream’


From: Los Angeles, California


Sounds like: Thrilling post-punk that’s as moody as their name suggests.

For fans of: Fidlar, Ty Segall

Need to know: Signed to cult indie label Sub Pop, the LA group literally demolished a house for their recent video ‘The Same’. Trust us, it’s as wild as it sounds.

Essential track: ‘Don’t Go’

Dream Wife

From: Brighton, London and Reykjavik

Sounds like: The spirit of riot grrrl, but with a pop perfection destined for the dancefloor.

For fans of: Savages, Le Tigre

Need to know: They formed after creating a fake band for an art exhibition. Luckily, they were too good to not be true and their raucous debut album is very soon.

Essential track: ‘Somebody’


From: Manchester

Sounds like: Lilting barbeque pop with lashings of soul.

For fans of: Joe Goddard, Lianne La Havas

Need to know: They were offered their most recent gig at 2pm on the day – that didn’t phase the duo, though, as it ended up being their best yet

Essential track: ‘Boxes’

Sea Girls

From: Leicestershire

Sounds like: Rousing guitar-pop that is just waiting to be belted back to them on the festival stage.

For fans of: Peace, Swim Deep

Need to know: The band recorded their debut single, ‘Call Me Out’, above a burger restaurant that drummer Oli works in – and was inspired by the ‘dead hippie’ recipe. That’s an onion-heavy, mustardy burger sauce, by the way.

Essential track: ‘Heavenly War’

Tash Sultana

From: Melbourne, Australia

Sounds like: Intelligent, sprawling pop rock with subtle reggae rhythms and rich instrumentals.

For fans of: RY X, Ben Howard

Need to know: Not content with mastering just one instrument, the young talent can play over 10 including the trumpet and saxophone. ‘Mystik’, the funk-laden single from last year showcases her diverse talent in a blistering 4-minute single.

Essential track: ‘Jungle’

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