The NME 100: essential new music for 2017

Like new music? Then you're in the right place. Here is the NME 100, a full century of brand new acts set to explode in 2017. Whether you're into grime, indie, rock, punk, hip hop, dance, pop or genres not-yet defined, your new favourite artist or band is in here – all you need to do is listen.


Stevie Parker

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From: Bristol

Sounds like: Moving love songs set to sparse electronic production.

For fans of: The xx, Lapsley, Ben Howard


Need to know: As a relationship came to an untimely end, Parker turned those heavy emotions into a set of stunning tunes, as evident on her intense and well-crafted debut EP, ‘Blue’.

What’s next: Parker’s already written and recorded her album – but is sitting on it as her stock continues to go. Expect some more tasters of LP1 in the near future.

See them live: No live dates for 2017 just yet, but stay tuned.

Essential track: ‘Blue’

Alexandra Savior


From: Los Angeles


Sounds like: Dreamy indie rock propelled by Saviour’s sumptuous voice.

For fans of: Lana Del Rey, Warpaint, Mini Mansions

Need to know: Savior worked with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and producer James Ford on her upcoming material, but her solo live performances prove she’s a star in her own right.

What’s next: Debut album ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ is due in April

See her live: She’ll likely be heading over to the UK at some point next year.

Essential track: ‘M.T.M.E’



From: Cardiff

Sounds like: No-holds-barred rock that’s delivered with a snarl and a wry wink.

For fans of: Honeyblood, Wolf Alice, Slaves

Need to know: The group’s songs – which tackle big issues like the objectification of women and nights spent in police cells – veer between English and Welsh, and singer Taliesyn Källström is a forceful presence both onstage and in your headphones.

What’s next: A lot of touring should hone their fiery sound even more in time for an eventual debut album, whether that arrives in 2017 or the year after.

See them live: Sheffield The Harley (February 8), London Boston Music Rooms (9), Brighton Komedia (10)

Essential track: ‘I’m Not Your Girl’




From: Los Angeles

Sounds like: Touted as the mid-point between Vampire Weekend and The Weeknd, THEY. underpin their nocturnal R&B with Nirvana guitar licks and the sort of found-sound quirks that made ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ a mechanical masterpiece.

For fans of: Drake, Nirvana, Bryson Tiller

Need to know: Having written beats for, Chris Brown and Jeremih, THEY. – singer Drew Love and producer Dante Jones – almost broke the internet with their Skrillex collaboration ‘Working For It’ in 2015, and have since been racking up so many millions of streams of their three-track ‘Nü Religion’ EP that they’re thinking of splurging the proceeds on a Nando’s. To share, obviously.

Essential track: ‘Motley Crew’


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From: Brixton

Sounds like: Sludgy basslines, massive choruses paired witty observational lyrics.

For fans of: Slaves, Fat White Family, Palma Violets

Need to know: Having gigged extensively in the local scene for a while now, the group recently supported Slaves on their nationwide tour – bolstering their profile ahead of debut single ‘Gold Hole/The Lick’.

What’s next: More live shows will be announced in due course and new slacker anthems are on the horizon.

See them live: The band just played three shows in one night to celebrate their new single, so new dates won’t be far behind.

Essential track: ‘The Lick’