According to votes cast by 170 international industry figures, the future starts of 2016 have been revealed. Whether or not we agree with those picked for the list, is irrelevant, but inspecting what we’ve been given and we’ve got a fairly strong idea of who we think will prevail. The list is yet to be whittled down to one definitive supposed star of 2017, but after careful consideration, we’ve added our two pence in and narrowed it down to the five that we think are most worthy.
Probably the most well-established act on the list, .Paak’s (the dot represents detail) 2016 albums Malibu and Yes Lawd! (as NxWorries) gathered huge critical acclaim. After losing his job and becoming homeless, the multi-instrumentalist soul singer’s talent has helped him bounce back to incredible levels. He’s currently signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label.
Having recently released three EPs in three months, the unpredictable Cabbage have been compared to the chaotic Fat White Family. Fierce and funny, they’re a band that don’t mind shouting exactly what’s on their sharp, witty and rebellious minds.
Most people might not think that classical piano and grime would ever fit well together, but it looks like no-one told the classical pianist and grime artist known simply as Dave. His inspirational and emotional ‘Picture Me’ dares to look at the paths his life could take, while ‘JKYL+HYD’ touches on the darker side of growing up.
The Japanese House
The Japanese House is the dreamy musical project the incredibly talented 21-year-old Amber Bain. Though quite experimentally minded, the poppy ‘Face Like Thunder’ has certainly helped give her soothing, intricately crafted music the exposure it deserves.
Grime isn’t London’s only musical export, you know. RnB singer RAY BLK (which stands for Building, Living, Knowing) proves that there is even more talent in the capital than you might be aware of. Her poetic urban expression of London life is best seen on soulfully delivered lyrics like ‘My Hood’’s “on these streets, through concrete, flowers grow.”