From: Bergen, Norway
Sounds like:Fearless, feminist and so much fun, every song is a revolution in three minutes or less. These are pop-punk party anthems laced with hooks aplenty to sink into your skin – before injecting you with ideas.
For fans of: Wolf Alice, Honeyblood, Green Day
Need to know: They were formerly known as ‘Slutface’ (“to force youto reconsider the way we think about women”) but had to change their name due to censorship on social media. A common misconception is that they’re all women, but three of them are dudes who insist “you don’t have to be female to be a feminist”.
What’s next: A headline tour in February, a few more EPs, summer festival shows kicking off at The Great Escape with hopes for their album to drop by the year’s end.
See them live: Manchester The Castle (Febraury 13), Leeds Oporto (14), Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow (15)
Essential track: ‘Shave My Head’
From: Sydney/San Francisco
Sounds like: Sprawling War on Drugs-like indie rock with distorted, heavenly vocals.
For fans of: War On Drugs, Sunflower Bean, DIIV
Need to know: Born in Australia, but now residing in the Bay Area, Hazel’s debut EP ‘Never Going Home’ documented the pains, anxiety and thrill of running away from her home in outstanding fashion.
What’s next: Her next EP is due for release via Marathon Records in the coming months, and she’s worked with producer Justin Raisen – who did a fine job with Angel Olsen’s latest record – on the new material.
See them live: No live dates have been announced just yet but hold tight…
Essential track: ‘Make It Better’
Sounds like: Empowering and sassy folk-pop
For fans of: Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, Lily Allen
Need to know: As a teenager Georgie was banging goals as a footballing prodigy and sneaking into pubs to play acoustic sets. Now she’s supporting indie darlings Blossoms on their nationwide tour and making quite the impression with her stunning voice and commanding stage presence.
What’s next: A new single is due in the coming months and more touring from the 21-year-old won’t be far behind.
See them live: The Islington, London (February 24), Bodega Social Club, Middlesbrough (March 30), The Garage Attic Bar, Glasgow (April 1)
Essential track: ‘Company Of Thieves’
From: South London
Sounds like: Music to slip into a narcotic coma to, A2 makes dreamlike cosmic rap and R&B that sounds like an overdose of cough syrup.
For fans of: Jay Prince, Drake, The Weeknd
Need to know: He’s not the Inglewood rapper of the same moniker, or the hip-hop guy from Tehran… in fact, nobody really knows much about A2, a producer who’s spent the last few years dropping EPs with the most casual of Twitter links and failing to release his eagerly-awaited debut album ‘BLUE’, which has been brewing for a full year.
What’s next: ‘BLUE’. We hope.
See them live: No live dates just yet.
Essential track: ‘Gold’
Sounds like: Delicate folk stylings given an electronic makeover that’s both subtle and cerebral.
For fans of: Banks, Joni Mitchell, James Blake
Need to know: Pharrell Williams is a big fan. He first came across the young musician at a Masterclass session at NYU and his mindblown reaction to hearing ‘Alaska’ for the first time became a much-spread meme. It’s not just superstars that will have a similar response, either.
What’s next: Rogers has since signed with Capitol and will release her debut EP for the label in February.
See them live: She’ll play two shows at London’s Omeara in February.
Essential track: ‘Alaska’