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.

Joe Fox


From: London

Sounds like: Stripped back bluesy and acoustic folk; just Joe and a guitar.


For fans of: A$AP Rocky, Jake Bugg, Isaac Gracie

Need to know: Fox got his break when he met A$AP Rocky on the London streets at 4am, wowed him a little sing-song, and subsequently ended up being all over Rocky’s 2015 ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’. His first EP ‘Acoustic Alley Sessions’ showcased more of his stunning vocals alongside minimal production.

What’s next: A new EP is pencilled in for February and new tour dates will be announced in early 2017.

See them live: Tour dates will be announced in the new year.

Essential track: ‘Like Jesus’

Goat Girl

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From: London

Sounds like: Moody, grungy odes that sound as edgily dangerous as they do satirically mocking.

For fans of: Fat White Family, Country Teasers, Palma Violets

Need to know: South London has long been associated with electronic music, but Goat Girl are one of a handful of bands making their mark on the area. Like Fat Whites and Palmas before them, their sound is one of unhinged debauchery – albeit more subtle than with those groups, but no less exciting.

What’s next: Their domination is set to spread far out of their south London enclave.

See them live: They’re supporting Girl Band in January as well as a handful of other dates around the country.

Essential track: ‘Country Sleaze’


2016_salen_ellisscott_101116Ellis Scott

From: London

Sounds like: Earworm pop that favours minimal production and doesn’t shy away from narrating sexual encounters and parents’ affairs.

For fans of: Charli XCX, MØ, Grimes

Need to know: The London trio only made their live debut at the start of 2016, but they immediately won over a packed Old Blue Last with their infectious pop. Since, they’ve delivered a raft of ever-improving killer singles, including their blissfully sweet latest, ‘Copper Kiss’.

What’s next: We wouldn’t bet against them being one of the breakout stars of festival season 2017.

See them live: Keep your eyes peeled for new dates soon.

Essential track: ‘Copper Kiss’

Bad Sounds

Zoe McConnell

From: Bath

Sounds like: Brought up on slacker pop, hip-hop and Sly & The Family Stone, Bad Sounds combined those elements with big baggy brass and indie guitar tunes and came out as a cross between Beck, The Happy Mondays and The Flaming Lips time-travelling back to Studio 54.

For fans of: The Boo Radleys, Beck, Metronomy

Need to know: Formed two years ago when brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett merged their rock and rap projects, Bad Sounds set out to be the wildest party band in Somerset by converting a second-hand leaf blower into a home-made confetti cannon. Several Annie Mac-endorsed singles and a Rat Boy tour later, they play sold out shows on their own light-up dancefloor, all the better to disguise the darkness at the heart of their effervescent alt-pop tunes.

What’s next: A new single ‘Meat On My Bones’ is due in early 2017.

See them live: Bath The Nest (March 21), Birmingham Sunflower Lounge (22), Newcastle Think Tank (24)

Essential track: ‘Wages’



From: London

Sounds like: Eclectic, political and genre-smushing electronica.

For fans of: Young Fathers, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs

Need to know: Since moving from Brixton to Manchester, this musician and visual artist has helped form the GREY collective alongside the likes of Bipolar Sunshine and Jazz Purple. His two mixtapes to date – and his recent Warp-released EP, ‘Spaghetto’ – are designed to shake things up as much as GAIKA himself is. “1Xtra and the MOBOs can suck a dick,” he told Noisey last year. “Their relevance is rapidly diminishing because they almost exclusively push a hugely simplistic retrograde view of ‘urban’ culture that lacks the ability to self define. Those gatekeepers need a good shake.”

What’s next: His as-yet untitled debut album arrives next year, plus a tour.

See him live: Dates will be announced in the new year

Essential track: ‘3D’