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.

Tom Misch


From: South London

Sounds like: Soulful, sunlit jams.


For fans of: J Dilla, Kaytranada, Honne

Need to know: The 21-year-old producer/singer has already released three EPs with collaborators including grime MC Loyle Carner and vocalist Jordan Rakei. He recently completed a sold out US and EU tour.

What’s next: A debut album, and presumably more touring.

See them live: The Red Gallery, London (December 16)

Essential track: ‘Crazy Dream’ ft. Loyle Carner

Jay Prince


From: London

Sounds like: Britain’s next big hip-hop hope.

For fans of: Tinie Tempah, Outkast, Childish Gambino

Need to know: Drawing inspiration from alternative hip-hop, gospel jazz, grim – Jay’s ‘Smile Good’ EP from earlier this year was ample reminder why attention is unlikely to wane anytime soon.

What’s next: A new set of shows are set for announcement come January.

See them live: Stay tuned for live dates.

Essential track: ‘Father, Father’

Will Joseph Cook


From: Tunbridge Wells

Sounds like: Jaunty indie pop with playful hooks aplenty.

For fans of: Daywave, Beck, Crystal Fighters

Need to know: After emerging in 2015 with the insanely catchy ‘Message’ and ‘Streets of Passage’, Cook built on his reputation with a run of carefree and genuinely hilarious music videos – concluding with the channel-hopping and eye-popping visual ‘Sweet Dreamer’.

What’s next: His debut album is pencilled in for Spring and a slew of festival dates will no doubt follow.

See them live: Cook will be supporting Sundara Karma on their nationwide jaunt this coming February.

Essential track: ‘Sweet Dreamer’



From: Peckham

Sounds like: Anthemic and enthralling indie rock with stadium-sized riffs

For fans of: Wolf Alice, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Vaccines

Need to know: As far as starts go – InHeaven’s has been pretty spectacular. They were picked up by Julian Casablancas by his Cult Records label and have since joined Blossoms and Jamie T on tour in the last year.

What’s next: Work on their debut album is being finalised, and a new single and tour will arrive in February.

See them live: Stay tuned for new live dates in the new year.

Essential track: ‘Treats’

Rag’N’Bone Man


From: Brighton

Sounds like: A cocktail of old-school blues, R&B beats with hip-hop twist.

For fans of: Jack White, Michael Kiwanuka, Plan B

Need to know: Having spent his teens MC’ing on pirate radio – Rory Graham started jamming with blues bands at open-mic nights and soon discovered his massive voice. Collaborations with Vince Staples and Bastille followed, and now the ‘Human’ singer has become a hit overseas – and the UK isn’t far behind.

What’s next: Debut album ‘Human’ will be released February 10, and he’s just won the BRITs Critics Choice Award. Previous winners include Adele and Florence and The Machine.

See them live: Brighton The Dome (May 20)

Essential track: ‘Human’