Yaeji You will not have heard anything like the music of Kathy Yaeji Lee before. The 24-year-old singer combines English and Korean lyrics with deep house beats to create a fascinating sound that works just as well in the club and in your headphones. Completely self-taught, Yaeji became interested in the world of DJ and production while studying conceptual art at the university.
This quartet describes their music as “indie pop inspiration of the nineties, soaked in reverberation and brilliance”. They are the best friends, Heather Baron-Gracie and Ciara Doran and managed to carve a niche in the Manchester scene before Matty Healy from The 1975 noticed them and co-produced their first singles. Now they are working on their debut with songs that “will make people cry”.
Sam Fender If there’s one thing that distinguishes the music of this 21-year-old kid, it’s that none of his songs is about love. He talks about government surveillance, false news and sexual harassment. He is the creator of indie hymns full of mordacity. And although the music may have been recorded in the garden shed, it has been mixed by Arctic Monkeys alumnus Barny Barnicott.
This singer, despite being British, has been defined by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the essential country artists of the year. Daughter of an English army officer has been writing songs since she was 12 years old and all that experience is evident in her confident voice and pungent lyrics.
This serious voice singer and composer was born in Glasgow and raised in Manchester, where he devoured albums of Michael Jackson and Ac / Dc. Maybe as a result, your own music is hard to define. He describes it as “a mix between hip hop, a bit of blues, a pop with a bit of reggae”, but the point of connection is sincere and realistic narration in songs like Just You and I and the single Heartland, produced by Naughty Boy
This 21-year-old Finnish girl, who draws attention with her neon hair and punk attitude, went through her country’s talent show and has collaborated with dance artists such as Martin Solveig and Felix Jaehn. Chasing Highs has sneaked into the sales charts of his country.
Her name picks up the abbreviation of I Am Diana DeBrito, a 21-year-old girl from the Manchester scene who has a sensual voice and a soul tinged with jazz. She fuses soul with trap and her homemade and relaxed videos have turned her into a recognizable artist in the United Kingdom.
Khalid While in high school Khalid wrote his album American Teen and has managed to place him in the top 10 in the United States. Songs like Young Dumb & Broke draw the ups and downs of adolescence, addressing themes of love, loneliness and loss. He himself says that his goal is “to create happiness” and it seems that he is achieving it.
During a vacation in France with his family, this singer played We will rock you of Queen in a karaoke and his life changed radically. He self-published his first single, Bruises, a crude and compelling piano ballad. He received the support of artists such as Niall Horan and Ellie Goulding and, currently, he accompanies Rag ‘N’ Bone Man (who was, in his day, nominated in this list).
The youngest of the list, she is only 15 years old. She is an American dark pop singer who has drawn attention with Bellyache, a single in which she imagines herself murdering her friends.
Another name with history behind that makes reference to: money, music and ‘notes me’. This rapper who mixed Afro with dancehall and hip-hop released a first single, Addison Lee, which, this 2017, has become a cult theme.
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His name is Alex O’Connor and he is only 19 years old and can already boast of being one of the guests of Tyler the Creator’s album, Flower boy. He has played live with Frank Ocean and Skepta while working on his debut album, Apricot princess, which marks a very personal way of making jazz piano music and sumptuous hooks making him a vibrant and vulnerable pop artist.