The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Madison Beer

From: New York, USA

Sounds like: Catchy pop made for giving your s**tty ex the middle finger.


For fans of: SZA, Bryson Tiller

Need to know: Aged just 13, Beer was given her big break after Justin Bieber highlighted one of her Etta James covers to his Twitter followers in 2012. Six years on, her own material has
come on leaps and bounds – with ‘Say It To My Face’ proving Beer won’t back down for anyone.

Essential track: ‘Say It To My Face’

Sudan Archives

From: Los Angeles, California


Sounds like: Rhythmic R&B given a classical makeover.

For fans of: Kelela, Lykke Li

Need to know: Brittney Denise Parks would perform pop classics on her violin outside church as a teen. Her debut EP, however, showcased an artist who now smartly blends her funk
influences with her expert violin skills.

Essential track: ‘Come Meh Way’

Jessie Reyez

From: Toronto, Canada

Sounds like: Brutally honest R&B imbued with soul, sadness and sass.

For fans of: Halsey, Kehlani

Need to know: Much of the world first heard of Jessie when she featured on the track ‘Hard To Love’ from Calvin Harris’ ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ last year, but 2018 is the year she
steps out from under Calvin’s shadow. Her EP ‘Kiddo’ was full of emotionally raw offerings that’ll have you sobbing/nodding along.

Essential track: ‘Figures’


From: London

Sounds like: Super-slick R&B with an infusion of funk.

For fans of: Blood Orange, Solange

Need to know: The Zimbabwean-born prodigy was first discovered in an Uber driven by a former music industry exec. Now, Kwaye is on a journey of self-discovery with his joyous and
colourful videos and music.

Essential track: ‘Sweetest Life’

Caleb Kunle

From: Dublin

Sounds like: Ethereal R&B with a folk twist.

For fans of: Miguel, D’Angelo

Need to know: The winner of 2017’s Thatchers Haze x NME Emerging Artists Project, penned his delicate ‘Eden’ EP in his garden shed, and touches on isolation and introspection but with an appeal that’ll extend far beyond those four walls.

Essential track: ‘Life Online’

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