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.


From: Bærum, Norway.

Sounds like: Sunshine tinged hip-hop.


For fans of: Isaiah Rashad, Rizzle Kicks, J Cole

Need to know: As Scandinavia leads the pop assault on the charts worldwide – Pasha is spearheading the growing rap scene coming form Northern Europe. Previously in rap duo Moonshine, the Oslo rapper is dabbling with both sick West Coasts beats as well as pure funk.

What’s next: The rapper is pretty prolific with his releases so something is surely round the corner.

See them live: Stay tuned for new live dates.

Essential track: ‘Tie-Dye’

Jorja Smith



From: Walsall

Sounds like: Smooth, sultry R&B with story-telling lyrics rooted in hip-hop’s grand tradition of social commentary.

For fans of: Amy Winehouse, FKA Twigs, Frank Ocean

Need to know: She’s worked with the likes of Maverick Sabre and Alex Clare already, but, at 19 years old, Smith is only just getting started. Her smoky, soulful voice is one of those distinctive voices that only comes around every now and then and usually hints at special things to come.

What’s next: Recent EP ‘Project 11’ suggests a full album will be an innovative, arresting affair.

See them live: No dates confirmed as yet.

Essential track: ‘Blue Lights’

Connie Constance


From: Watford

Sounds like: Jazz-infused and wildly experimental R&B

For fans of: Amy Winehouse, Solange, Janelle Monae

Need to know: Having dropped out of dance school, Connie began transforming her poems into fully-fledged songs and starting turning heads following her first EP ‘In The Grass’. Her following singles ‘Lose My Mind’ and ‘Clouds’ showcase her wicked rhythms and psychedelic tales.

What’s next: Her next EP is being prepped for early 2017 and new live dates will follow.

See them live: Stay tuned for new live dates.

Essential track: ‘Clouds’



From: Sweden

Sounds like: Understated, graceful and glacially cool Scandi-pop.

For fans of: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine

Need to know: Skott was brought up in a commune with “outcast folk musicians” so it’s no wonder her own music has a subtle and gentle earthy quality. Debut single ‘Porcelain’ is full of space, while its b-side, ‘Wolf’, has similar sparkling Mother Nature vibes as Florence Welch’s early songs.

What’s next: Now three singles deep, the singer/songwriter can’t be far off of releasing an album.

See them live: London Omeara (March 7).

Essential track: ‘Porcelain’


Nikolaj Thaning Rentzmann

From: Copenhagen

Sounds like: Effervescent electro-pop

For fans of: Hudson Mohawke, PC Music, SOPHIE

Need to know: Charli XCX is a big fan of this Danish producer, who’s just released a hyperactive second EP, ‘My Life With Jessie, My Friends and the Rest of the World’.

What’s next: As a writer and producer he’ll be involved in projects with Bonzai, Charli XCX, Tkay Maidza, Mssingno and Zara Larsson. He’s also set to release more new music of his own, will do a one-off date in the first half of 2017, and is planning to tour towards the end of the year.

See him live: TBC

Essential track: ‘IDCBU