Apple Music have announced their new New Artists 2016 list and it’s brimming with some of the most stunning, expressive, pioneering and engaging acts we’ve been excited to list early shows for. From the electronic expanse of The Japanese House to the adrenaline ramshackle indie of Spring King, from the delicate and addictive electronic pop of Mura Masa to the immense RnB flaunting vocals of Nao, these are the artists set to dominate your ears over the next twelve months.
Manchester’s Blossoms are a throwback to some of their city's very best. With psychedelic guitar riffs and accent tinged vocals, they nod to the legacy of The Stone Roses and The Charlatans. After impressing with track Blossoms, the quintet released the Blown Rose EP at the start of August and went on to stun crowds around the country, landing themselves the number four spot on the BBC's Sound Of... poll.
See them in London.
Riotous and ramshackle, Manchester's Spring King deliver a sharp burst of unadulterated fun with the camaraderie of a close knit gang and the chaos of early era Mystery Jets. Lead by producer turned front-man drummer Tarek Musa, they pack their songs with scrappy blasts of joyous guitars and hooks that rip through the guttural fuzz. Already picking up fans around the world off the back of several searing sets at this year's SXSW festival they were the first song played by Zane Lowe on his debut Beats 1 show and are regular favourites on Australia's much loved Triple J.
With immediate support from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and with Clash calling track Grow ‘Simply gorgeous’, Frances is certainly a new talent to pay heed to. Demonstrating honest, devastating lyrics and instrumentation that expands to breaking, the young singer songwriter displays a maturity beyond her years. Releasing her second EP Let It Out in October, Frances is one in a million.
See her in London.
Over the course of eighteen months we’ve seen Jack Garratt rise through the ranks of Shoreditch’s small stages through Shepherd’s Bush’s three tiered expanse, to find a home this April at Brixton Academy. It’s a look that’s nothing short of huge. His tracks are an explosive and vibrant flood of skittering hooks and daring production. Last single Weathered was a heart-striking slice of sentimental romance paired with overwhelming crescendos. Live he delivers, switching between instruments with a frenetic energy, bringing his perfect pop to life with an infallible passion.
See him in London.
The Japanese House
With twisting, slicing, and totally breathtaking dream pop, Londoner The Japanese House has been picking up love across the board from The Guardian to BBC Radio 1. New single Cool Blue breezes through headphones with the lush vocals of Imogen Heap and the glitching romance of The Postal Service. Let her show you what the hype is about.
After dropping I'll Be Alright (Tonight) last year, Mura Masa racked up nearly three million Soundcloud plays, with that number still climbing. It's a testament to the strength of this young British producer, his slick RnB slipping in elements of trap, drawing to mind the likes of Spooky Black, OFF Love, or even Frank Ocean. After recently collaborating with Shura on the sultry Love For That, he hits the road around the UK. Don't miss this emerging star.
It's time to pay attention. A standout artist in the current crop of uber cool songstresses, NAO has been picking up fans across the globe. With a sound that jumps between nu soul and R&B, the Hackney born solo artist is set to be the next big thing. Releasing a couple of EPs and after collaborating with revered producer A. K. Paul, NAO has now turned her attention towards her debut album, set for release in 2016. With an enviable style, a voice that'll have you so captivated you'll forget to breath, and with more charm and sass than Beyoncé, NAO is a name you won't get a chance to forget.
Grab tickets to the above shows to catch 2016's best in your city, and make sure you check out the full list over on Apple Music.