From: New York, USA
Sounds like: Catchy pop made for giving your s**tty ex the middle finger.
For fans of: SZA, Bryson Tiller
Need to know: Aged just 13, Beer was given her big break after Justin Bieber highlighted one of her Etta James covers to his Twitter followers in 2012. Six years on, her own material has
come on leaps and bounds – with ‘Say It To My Face’ proving Beer won’t back down for anyone.
Essential track: ‘Say It To My Face’
From: Los Angeles, California
Sounds like: Rhythmic R&B given a classical makeover.
For fans of: Kelela, Lykke Li
Need to know: Brittney Denise Parks would perform pop classics on her violin outside church as a teen. Her debut EP, however, showcased an artist who now smartly blends her funk
influences with her expert violin skills.
Essential track: ‘Come Meh Way’
From: Toronto, Canada
Sounds like: Brutally honest R&B imbued with soul, sadness and sass.
For fans of: Halsey, Kehlani
Need to know: Much of the world first heard of Jessie when she featured on the track ‘Hard To Love’ from Calvin Harris’ ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ last year, but 2018 is the year she
steps out from under Calvin’s shadow. Her EP ‘Kiddo’ was full of emotionally raw offerings that’ll have you sobbing/nodding along.
Essential track: ‘Figures’
Sounds like: Super-slick R&B with an infusion of funk.
For fans of: Blood Orange, Solange
Need to know: The Zimbabwean-born prodigy was first discovered in an Uber driven by a former music industry exec. Now, Kwaye is on a journey of self-discovery with his joyous and
colourful videos and music.
Essential track: ‘Sweetest Life’
Sounds like: Ethereal R&B with a folk twist.
For fans of: Miguel, D’Angelo
Need to know: The winner of 2017’s Thatchers Haze x NME Emerging Artists Project, penned his delicate ‘Eden’ EP in his garden shed, and touches on isolation and introspection but with an appeal that’ll extend far beyond those four walls.
Essential track: ‘Life Online’
A playlist featuring Mabel, Jorja Smith, Mahalia, and others