Sounds like: Properly massive pop bangers serving lashings of sass.
For fans of: Little Mix, Destiny’s Child
Need to know: Aside from her own tunes, Raye’s co-written songs for Little Mix and Charli XCX. Don’t worry, she’s saved some gems for herself – such as the club-ready pop bouncer ‘The Line’.
Essential track: ‘Decline’
Sounds like: Shimmering indie-pop bangers made for young lovers.
For fans of: The 1975, The Cure
Need to know: Initially produced by The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, the four-piece take influence from ’80s pop, grunge and beyond on their debut EP, which’ll no doubt be filling up indie
nights across the nation pretty sharpish.
Essential track: ‘There’s A Honey’
From: Brisbane, Australia
Sounds like: A DIY version of 1990s powerpop. A bit like the sonic equivalent of eating a marshmallow Flump.
For fans of: Charli XCX, Wolf Alice
Need to know: Eighteen-year-old rapper/singer Grace Shaw has been releasing music since her mid-teens; it’s witty, it’s pretty and it’s definitely not s**tty. Expect
a debut album this year from the self-proclaimed “Hannah Montana of the rap game”.
Essential track: ‘Better’
Sounds like: He calls it ‘Brexit pop’; we call it dramatic Cave-Cohen majesty.
For fans of: Father John Misty, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Need to know: The youngest crooner in the game, Matt’s only just out of his teens but he’s already singing huge, symphonic ballads about doom, disaster and despair. Glorious.
Essential track: ‘As The World Caves In’
From: All over
Sounds like: Freaky synthpop that balances OTT samples with blasé vocals.
For fans of: Gorillaz, Animal Collective
Need to know: After her London-based bandmates sent her the track for ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ in Maine, 17-year-old Orono wrote and recorded her vocals within an hour and sent it
back. “Well,” she says, “I am a bored teenager.” Thus, the international troupe were born.
Essential track: ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’
A playlist featuring RAYE, Pale Waves, Mallrat, and others