Sounds like: Polyswagg. Sounds like stuff you’d nick from PJ Harvey’s house, right? But no, it’s how choreographer-turned-pop star Parris Goebbel – aka Parri$ – describes her brand of electro-fried dancehall.
For fans of: Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Sean Paul
Need to know: Having won the World Hip Hop Dance Championships three times with her Royal Family crew, Goebbel took to choreographing videos for Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna before releasing her own ‘Run & Tell Your Friends’ EP, complete with videos for ‘Nasty’ and ‘Friday’ which seem to be set in a horrifying pop future where the human arse, after centuries of subservience, has become sentient and is trying to shake itself free of the body and launch a shaky-arse revolution to take control of humanity.
What next: Dancing. Lots of dancing.
See them live: Watch out for new live dates in the new year.
Essential track: ‘Nasty’
Sounds like: The influence of The Maccabees can be clearly felt on their anthemic and ambitious brand of indie-rock.
For fans of: The Maccabees, Spring King, Foals
Need to know: With tunes already fit for a festival headliner, the Reading quartet have turned themselves into a formidable live force with the help of a fanbase that grows with each and every banging release.
What’s next: Debut album ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’ is out January 10, a massive headline tour is due in February as well as a support slot on Two Door Cinema Club’s. If anyone’s primed to pull a Blossoms – it’s these guys.
See them live: Birmingham Rainbow Venues (February 11), Liverpool o2 Academy (12), Sheffield Leadmill (13)
Essential track: ‘Flame’
Sounds like: Sleazy and sexy trap with an R&B twist
For fans of: The Weeknd, Future, Gucci Mane
Need to know: After dropping out of college to pursue a record deal Ricardo Valentine was signed before he turned 20, but releases were few and far between as he refused to “release any of the music they forced me to make”. In 2016 it was all change as he dropped his viral hit ‘PRBLMS’ and followed that up with debut project ‘Free 6Lack’, which performed well on the US rap charts.
What’s next: Stay tuned for new music in 2017, hopefully.
See them live: A handful of North American shows are planned for next year, but nothing this side of the pond just yet.
Essential track: ‘PRBLMS’
From: Los Angeles
Sounds like: Lo-fi folktronica with the occasional splash of White Stripes-y garage rock.
For fans of: PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, EL VY
Need to know: After training as an actor, Miya retreated to the bedroom to start writing a slate of intensely emotional and moving music. Her first EP – ‘Strange Darling’ was layered with scattered beats, ethereal vocals and smart production, but recent material like ‘Pet Body’ indicate there’s a grungier side to Miya potentially emerging.
What’s next: She’s just finished touring with Sleigh Bells and is now readying up some more material for 2017.
See them live: Stay tuned for live dates.
Essential track: ‘Pet Body’
Sounds like: Tom Waits having a nightmare that he’s living in a Peckham council flat.
For fans of: Massive Attack, Odd Future, Young Fathers
Need to know: Early days for this intriguing London ambient soulster – his first single ‘Creeping’ emerged in October 2016, a slow-grinding electronic mood piece featuring Obongjayar’s hypnotic vocal croak.
What’s next: A debut EP waits in 2017’s wings.
See them live: No live dates just yet.
Essential track: ‘Creeping’