The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Tom Tripp

From: London

Sounds like: Funky British soul with skittering production.

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For fans of: Jai Paul, Mura Masa

Need to know: NAO is a massive fan, signing him to her label for the release of debut single ‘Aurelia’.

Essential track: ‘Stand’

Hak Baker

From: London

Sounds like: Finger-picking and brutally honest tales of modern city life.

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For fans of: Joe Fox, Cosima

Need to know: Formerly a member of grime group B.O.M.B Squad, the musician is now making waves with his solo music – notably ‘7am’, where Baker reminisces on nights out that continue
into the wee hours.

Essential track: ‘7am’

Standing On The Corner

From: Brooklyn, New York

Sounds like: Jazz, funk and hip-hop collide with totally weird results.

For fans of: The Internet, BadBadNotGood

Need to know: The mysterious collective claimed that their mild-melting mixtape ‘Red Burns’ was partly inspired by a GIF of a young child throwing a tantrum.

Essential track: ‘Girl’

Kojo Funds

From: London

Sounds like: Glitzy Afrobeats and Funds’ sleek rhymes make for an arresting concoction.

For fans of: Yungen, Dizzee Rascal

Need to know: Funds has been sharing singles for a couple of years now and already worked with Wretch 32 and Mabel. Recent single ‘Calling’ sees him team up with Chip and showcases an
artist whose path into the mainstream couldn’t be more blatant.

Essential track: ‘Calling’

Rejjie Snow

Rejjie Snow

From: Dublin, Ireland

Sounds like: Laid-back and creative hip-hop with a ’90s twist.

For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest

Need to know: The 24-year-old has already released material under several monikers, but his West Coast-influenced beats and rave reviews assure that this latest one will stick.

Essential track: ‘D.R.U.G.S’

Layfullstop

From: Manchester

Sounds like: Laid-back soul beats dominated by an unstoppable lyrical flow.

For fans of: Loyle Carner, Erykah Badu

Need to know: Each of LayFullStop’s released songs sound wildly different, from the soulful ‘YinYang’ to the ’90s R&B-tinged ‘Aura’. You’re best off investing fully into her world to
catch the stellar flow in action.

Essential track: ‘Crown City’

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