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
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’
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’
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’