The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018

Octavian

From: London

Sounds like: Genre-splicing British rap, complete with tropical production.

For fans of: Krept & Konan, J Hus

Need to know: The music video for the grime and Afrobeat hit ‘Party Here’ was made by Octavian and his pals for a thrifty £50. What a bloody bargain.

Essential track: ‘Party Here’

Ms Banks

From: London

Sounds like: Brazen British rap with dexterous bars and brilliant metaphors.

For fans of: Cardi B, Lady Leshurr

Need to know: Nicki Minaj is a huge fan. In fact, last year she tweeted out Ms Banks’ verse in ‘Yu Zimme (Remix)’. Not a bad first endorsement, then.

Essential track: ‘Bangs’

Yxng Bane

From: London

Sounds like: Dancehall- infused R&B with impossibly catchy choruses.

For fans of: J Hus, Popcaan

Need to know: Bane draws influence from everywhere. His name was inspired by the villain in The Dark Knight Rises, and his breakout single was named after one of the world’s biggest pop
stars: ‘Rihanna’.

Essential track: ‘Rihanna’

Avelino

From: London

Sounds like: A little bit dancehall, a little bit grime but all totally brilliant.

For fans of: Skepta, Drake

Need to know: The Tottenham rapper bagged two bona fide stars for his finest work to date: Skepta and Stormzy both jumped on ‘Energy’ to provide rabble-rousing verses.

Essential track: ‘Energy’

Big Shaq

From: London

Sounds like: Raw grime project with a global appeal.

For fans of: Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Doc Brown

Need to know: The bumbling rapper is the brainchild of gifted comedian Michael Dapaah. If you haven’t heard ‘Man’s Not Hot’ yet, it must actually be very hot where you are, because you
must live on Mars.

Essential track: ‘Man’s Not Hot’

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