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.

Little Cub


From: London

Sounds like: Dance music played by a real life band, rather than a computer.


For fans of: Boxed In, Formation, Wild Beasts

Need to know: The Peckham trio say their aim is to make “direct pop” with a dance twist and debut EP ‘Loveless’ saw them achieving that goal in style. Dominic Gore’s unique turn of phrases give extra life to their already mesmerising sound.

What’s next: Their debut album will be released in spring via Domino.

See them live: They’ll be hitting the road around the release of the record, with exact dates TBC.

Essential track: ‘Loveless’

Jodie Abacus


From: South-east London

Sounds like: Upbeat soul with suprisingly dark lyrics.

For fans of: Laura Mvula, Stevie Wonder, Rufus Wainwright

Need to know: Abacus is a pianist and a classic songwriter. This year he’s supported the likes of Jamie Woon and Laura Mvula, and he’s been working on new music with Adele’s pal Tobias Jesso Jr, and producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Beyoncé, Vampire Weekend).

What’s next: His debut album, ‘Take This And Grow Flowers’, arrives early 2017.

See him live: Tour dates will no doubt follow the 2017 album.

Essential track: ‘She’s In Love With The Weekend’

Dua Lipa

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From: Kosovo/London

Sounds like: Chart-ready pop hits destined for the dancefloor.

For fans of: Charli XCX, Years & Years, Katy Perry

Need to know: Born in London but brought up in Kosovo, Dua Lipa returned to London as a teenager to go to act and model, but found more success as a bonafide pop singer. Bangers ‘Be The One’ and ‘Hotter Than Hell’ followed, and her path to stardom is hers to take.

What’s next: Her self-titled debut is due on February 10 and huge shows will no doubt become a formality.

See them live: Keep your eyes peeled for aforementioned huge shows here.

Essential track: ‘Hotter Than Hell’



From: Los Angeles

Sounds like: Dreamy, twinkling alternative-pop from the West Coast

For fans of: Blood Orange, Toro y Moi, How To Dress Well

Need to know: 2016 has seen them release a string of stunning singles and accompanying visuals, culminating with ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, which is set to be released via a 9” $200 candle. A different kind of wax.

What’s next: Record labels are currently vying to release whatever is coming next – so don’t expect them to be disappearing anytime soon.

See them live: Stay tuned for live dates.

Essential track: ‘Back Around’

Joey Purp


From: Chicago

Sounds like: Playful and dancefloor-ready hip-hop .

For fans of: Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Danny Brown

Need to know: After dropping out of high school and interning at clothes shops, Purp released his debut mixtape ‘The Purple Tape’ to internet fanfare in 2012. Four years later he followed that up with the silky smooth ‘iiidrops’ tape, but this time he brought some friends in the shape of fellow Chi-town Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa.

What’s next: Purp wowed crowds on the festival circuit this year, and is likely to follow that up with another summer of madness.

See them live: Keep your eyes peeled for new tour dates in due course.

Essential track: ‘Girls @’