DICE: New Favourites 2016

From the knowing grime of Novelist to the soundscape indie of The Japanese House, these are the new artists we're backing for 2016. Listen to the full playlist on Apple Music.


From Arhuus in Denmark, Liss make soulful pop that swells under the skin.


Låpsley makes pulse stopping sparse mixes of heartbreak production and softly twisted vocals that gloss and mourn, drawing influence from James Blake to The xx.

SG Lewis

The electro-pop craftsman creates soothing sounds that will wrap around your ears like a sonic electric blanket.

SG Lewis dates.


The songstress delivers trademark silky vocals that glide into explosive choruses.

Frances dates.

The Big Moon

Tight harmonies, exuberant energy and ingenious guitar interplay, this foursome are making waves right now.

Big Moon play 100 Club London 13th April.

Sam Gellaitry

Razor-tight vocal chops, frighteningly addictive melodies and a blatantly obvious mastering of musicality, the Scot makes the most imaginative feel-good club music you're likely to hear.

Mura Masa

The young star creates slick RnB slipping in elements of trap, drawing to mind the likes of Spooky Black, OFF Love, or even Frank Ocean.

Mura Masa dates.


Described by DIY as "big-thinkers with wild, untamed imaginations", Ardyn are an emerging twin-duo crafting magical dream pop out of Gloucestershire.


With a sound that jumps between nu soul and R&B, the Hackney born solo artist is set to be the next big thing.

Nao dates.

Jack Garratt

Selling out London East, West and centre, his tracks are an explosive and vibrant flood of skittering hooks and daring production.

Jack Garratt dates.


Having honed his craft through London's dense network of pirate radio stations in his early teens, it's no surprise Lewisham bred MC Novelist is hitting the heights he's hitting.

Novelist plays 100 Club London 3rd March.


From the Christmas charts to the boxing ring, Stormzy's on course for total domination. No one's making this Croydon MC shut up.


Soul infused RnB that strikes with a rousing delivery, Mabel had us hooked with just one song.

Mabel plays Field Day 2016.

Section Boyz

Dark musings from the street, blended together with quick wit and heavy-hitting production makes the South London MC's a force to be reckoned with going into 2016.

Section Boyz dates.

Danny L Harle

A sonic shower of plastic electronica and 90s pop vibrancy from the PC Music newcomer.

Rat Boy

From Chelmsford in Essex, Rat Boy writes socially aware, tongue in cheek pop-rap anthems for the Snapchat generation with wit, charm, and a taste for trouble.


Manchester’s Blossoms are a throwback to some of their city's very best. With psychedelic guitar riffs and attitude fuelled sets they're taking 2016 as their own.

The Japanese House

With twisting, slicing, and totally breathtaking dream pop, Londoner The Japanese House has been picking up love across the board.

Loyle Carner

Grabbing attention with his A Little Late EP last year, he flows intelligent, engaging, touching and inventive lyrics over dynamic beats with an ear for melody.

Loyle Carner plays Village Underground 16th February.

Denis Sulta

The Glaswegian producer brings his flirting house to the Numbers ranks this year.

Denis Sulta plays The Nest 5th March.


Ballistic punk pop riots loaded with insight and intent.


Forget the era of mysterious and faceless producers sparking up on Soundcloud and meet Andy and James, two music teachers from the South of England, taking over London with their DIY RnB.

Honne dates.

Jodie Abacus

Jodie Abacus' talent will keep you gripped with slick production full of 80s references and a delivery somewhere between Lionel Ritchie and Frank Ocean.

Jasper James

Already championed by the likes of Moodymann, Eats Everything, Optimo and of course his Glaswegian counterpart Jackmaster, Jasper James has made a b-line to the very top.

Rejjie Snow

With deep and hazy crushed production, cough syrup thick delivery, and lyrics that hit like a blow to the oesophagus, Rejjie Snow is a talent to watch.

Rejjie Snow dates.

Izzy Bizu

Mixing the soul of Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown with the modern croon of Amy Winehouse and Adele, Izzy Bizu is a young singer songwriter showing lots of promise.


Newcomers Sweat are one of the most exciting dance-leaning indie troupes out there with a whole bunch of slinky synths ready for the dancefloor.