Sounds like: A shimmering blend of indie and futuristic pop.
For fans of: 1975, Chvrches, Two Door Cinema Club
Need to know: After endless gigging, the group signed to Polydor earlier this year and have since smashed out a string of playful pop anthems. A re-released version of ‘Swim’, the bouncy ‘Crybaby’ and new stunner ‘Brooklyn’ all showcase their impressive hit writing potential.
What’s next: The group have been flitting between the UK and Los Angeles to finish their debut album, so a Summer release could be on the cards just in time for festivals.
See them live: Another nationwide jaunt will surely arrive in 2017.
Essential track: ‘Crybaby’
Sounds like: A delightful and seductive fusion of R&B, indie and pop
For fans of: Alicia Keys, Solange, Lauryn Hill
Need to know: Signed to Island Records and discovered by Amy Winehouse’s former manager, the South Londoner showcases her wicked melodies and stunning vocals on her debut mixtape ‘South Of Heaven’, with ‘Hymns For Him’ acting as a sensual and scornful hit. Exciting things will follow.
What’s next: More new music is due in the first half of 2016 as well as new live dates.
See them live: New live dates will be announced in 2017.
Essential track: ‘Girls Who Get Ready’
Sounds like: Piledriving emo punk rock with both bark and bite.
For fans of: Biffy Clyro, Against Me!, Bring Me The Horizon
Need to know: Not only are they spearheading the British rock scene, Creeper have established cult-like status with fans and their live shows are fast becoming a mass for the converted.
What’s next: Debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ will be released March 24, so expect them to shoot up the bill at festivals in 2017.
See them live: Manchester Academy 2 (March 25), Glasgow Garage (26) Newcastle University (27)
Essential track: ‘Misery’
From: North-west London
Sounds like: Vibey dance-pop.
For fans of: New Order, LCD Soundsystem, Years & Years
Need to know: Best mates Reeva and Sarah met at school in Kilburn and formed this five-piece group. They’ve toured with Mø and Years & Years, but their music is slightly darker and dancier: live, it provides a thudding, hypnotic experience.
What’s next: Their debut album is due out in early summer, preceded by a spring tour and a packed festival season.
See them live: Tour dates will be announced in due course.
Essential track: ‘UnYoung’
From: South London
Sounds like: Very much not to be mistaken for the satellite channel dedicated to the late night worship of Dara O’Briain, Dave is like an epic R&B TED talk, spewing acrobatic motivational raps over classical, rock and grandiose hip-hop beats, like Kanye’s ‘Power’ without all the Greco-Roman god gumph.
For fans of: Kanye West, Klashenkoff, Kano
Need to know: Another denizen of the Sound Of 2017 long-list, skilled pianist Dave (aka Dave Santan) is juggling a university course in ethics with onrushing international superstardom – Wiley and Stormzy are big fans, Drake remixed ‘Wanna Know’ and he’s racked up millions of streams of tracks like ‘JKYL+HYD’ and tracks from his debut 2016 EP ‘Six Paths’.
What’s next: Now he’s got some big name backing, 2017 could be full of new and great music from the MC.
See them live: No tour dates for 2017 just yet, so keep your eyes peeled.
Essential track: ‘Picture Me’