The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Keep Dancing Inc.

From: Paris

Sounds like: If New Order started from scratch in 2018, it’d sound a little like this.

For fans of: New Order, Talking Heads

Need to know: Their pulsating debut single ‘Rhum & Ginger Magic’ has been such a resounding success, the band have rarely played a gig in the French capital that isn’t sold out.

Essential track: ‘Life Goes On’

Bulow

From: The Netherlands

Sounds like: Super-smart pop with exactly the right amount of frills

For fans of: Selena Gomez, Lorde

Need to know: Though Megan Bülow has yet to finish secondary school, the 17-year-old has already released an EP of beautifully crafted pop songs, and more is on the way.

Essential track: ‘Not A Love Song’

Patawawa

From: Derbyshire

Sounds like: Outrageously fun disco tailor-made for your next pre-drinks sesh.

For fans of: !!!, Chic

Need to know: The trio have been dropping vibrant disco tunes since 2015 – but with a dead-exciting EP imminent, this year will see their glitter ball shine brighter than ever before.

Essential track: ‘Patagonia

Sassy 009

From: Oslo, Norway

Sounds like: Bedroom electro-pop with an icy Nordic twist.

For fans of: Charli XCX, MØ

Need to know: Their debut EP ‘Do You Mind’ is a romance-fueled adventure, chronicling the dizzying heights and bitter lows of love via with ethereal rhythms and lush soundscapes.

Essential track: ‘Are You Leaving Me’

The Blaze

From: France

Sounds like: Warm, euphoric beats with subterranean vocals.

For fans of: Caribou, Mount Kimbie

Need to know: The Blaze is an audiovisual project, and they direct their own videos – so each track benefits from being seen rather than simply listened to.

Essential track: ‘Virile’

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