From: South London
Sounds like: The self-proclaimed ‘Grime Kid’ is being touted as the next generation of Skepta’s street revolution, bringing a blitz of rapid-fire rhymes and raging hormones to the BBK block party.
For fans of: Skepta, Stormzy, Krept & Konan
Need to know: Aged just 16, Yizzy only stepped into the UK rap spotlight in January 2016, but has already racked up a clutch of acclaimed singles and appearances alongside Novelist, Skepta and Vision Crew. And trust us, this isn’t like Coldplay getting their kids on to sing the encore – this guy is up with the best of them.
What’s next: Yizzy’s been popping up as a feature or on his own tracks on a monthly basis, so 2017 will likely bring more of the same.
See them live: No live dates for Yizzy just yet, but stay tuned as they will be a riotous affair, surely.
Essential track: ‘Grime Kid’
From: North London
Sounds like: Jungle in an igloo.
For fans of: The xx, James Blake, Sohn
Need to know: Dousing their electronic funk beats in liquid nitrogen, North London synth duo Tender emerged, as if from beneath the snowy overcoats of Hurts, late in 2015 with the ‘Armour EP’. Two more EPs crept out like sun-wary vampires over the course of 2016, and Dan Cobb and James Cullen played their first live shows on tour with Cigarettes After Sex in November.
What’s next: More work on their debut album.
See them live: Oslo, London, March 3
Essential track: ‘Violence’
Sounds like: Clanging, bellowed post-punk.
For fans of: Slaves, Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family
Need to know: The quintet say they formed out of the ‘death of the indie scene in Bristol’. Last year they put out an EP, ‘Meat’, and this year they released an absolute stormer of a track in ‘Well Done’. They also supported DIIV this autumn.
What’s next: Their beast of a debut, ‘Brutalism’, comes on March 10, plus a huge tour in March and April.
See them live: Cambridge Portland Arms (March 6), Bristol The Fleece (8) Colchester Arts Centre (9), London Moth Club (10)
Essential track: ‘Well Done’
From: Beckenham, London
Sounds like: Beefy house beats and gritty lyricists combine on this thrilling grime off-shoot from South East London.
For fans of: The Streets, Disclosure, Dizzee Rascal
Need to know: On their debut EP ‘Weak Days, Strong Nights’, the trio provide a perfect snapshot of British life in 2016. Hedonistic weekends and raving are highlighted on ‘Hacienda’, but it’s the comedown on ‘Sex, Drugs and On The Dole’ which make for their most releatble material.
What’s next: Their latest shows caused an afterparty that stretched down Camden High Street, so when they eventually hit the road in 2017, you’ve got to be there.
See them live: Keep an eye out for new dates.
Essential track: ‘Don’t Like Going Places’
Kero Kero Bonito
From: South London
Sounds like: PC Music after too many blue Smarties.
For fans of: Danny L Harle, SOPHIE, Carly Rae Jepsen
Need to know: The trio – vocalist Sarah and producers Gus and Jamie – came together over their love of J-pop, and Sarah’s matter-of-fact, sing-song vibe veers between Japanese and English as she attests to the simple joys of trampolines (‘Trampoline’), taking a break (‘Break’) or not quite remembering a song from the radio (‘Heard A Song’). It’s brutally fun, dancey hyper-pop and it’s equally divisive.
What’s next: Following their recent debut ‘Bonito Generation’ they’ll probably take their glittering, prop-filled show on the road in 2017 (highlights include their all-embracing ‘Flamingo’ dance and out-and-out banger ‘Lipslap’.) They’re also putting out a remix EP early next year.
See them live: New live dates for 2017 will be announced soon.
Essential track: ‘Lipslap’