The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018


From: London

Sounds like: The sticky meeting point between icy art-pop and warm jazz


For fans of: BadBadNotGood, Pond

Need to know: Singer Lucinda says her autotuned vocals on ‘Patience’ were “a half-joke at first, channeling Kanye West”. One stunning EP down, and those vocals are here to stay.

Essential track: ‘Patience’

Yellow Days

From: Surrey

Sounds like: Sweet, soothing indie-R&B.


For fans of: Mac DeMarco, King Krule

Need to know: Latest album ‘Is Everything Okay In Your World?’ was recorded in his parents’ shed. He says his neighbours gave him “a lot of leeway” with the sound restrictions.

Essential track: ‘Lately I’ (feat. Rejjie Snow)

Mina Rose

From: London

Sounds like: Dubby, urban pop with reggae and ska roots. A future soundsystem queen.

For fans of: Jessie Ware, Massive Attack

Need to know: 2017’s ‘Lemons And Limes’ and ‘Kingdom’ were the perfect soundtrack to sunny strolls. She also collaborated with Tricky last year – but expect even bigger things in 2018.

Essential track: ‘Lemons And Limes’

Amber Mark

From: New York, New York

Sounds like: Achingly honest R&B wonders that’ll act as your own self-help guide.

For fans of: Rihanna, Aaliyah

Need to know: Debut EP, ‘3:33am’, was written in response to her mother’s death – offering sobering, but cautiously optimistic takes on loss. Recent single ‘Heatwave’, however, was a
summery pop hit, so who knows where she goes next.

Essential track: ‘Heatwave’

Thunder Jackson

From: California

Sounds like: Mid-noughties nu-rave meets retro soul with a side of ‘80s house.

For fans of: Jagwar Ma, Superfood

Need to know: The mysterious half-American, half-Welsh duo first met by chance in the back a taxi in LA. They talked about the correct constitution of a White Russian cocktail – the
music that followed was just as smooth.

Essential track: ‘Guilty Party’

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