Reading: Music Hound // Artists to Watch 2017

Music Hound // Artists to Watch 2017

It isn’t going to be easy to for these new artists to follow up the musical brilliance of last year. Expect more moody R&B and Trap to dominate the pop charts, but rising from the ashes are many new rock bands that may just make guitars relevant again. If I were to put a bet on the next big, big thing, I would have to say Rag’N’Bone Man. Quite fittingly he is by far the ”largest” artist on the list. Every performer here will be releasing just their debut album in 2017. I can’t wait!

6lack – Prblms

Sounding like the lovechild of Drake and The Weeknd, this young ATL artist is bound to cross over this year.

Kodie Shane – Sad 

Kodie just might the next big female rap artist rising after Young M.A. and NoName. Doesn’t hurt that she is a member of Lil Yachty’s ’Sailing Team’ crew.

Hippo Campus – Monsoon / Boyish

Among the best of many American bands that are recreating the plaid driven 90’s alt rock sound to perfection

Vagabon – The Embers

90’s style indie rock is on the up and up this year and nobody is doing it better then vocalist Laetitia Tamko and her NYC band

Vagabon. Quirky, done brilliantly.

Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

Already a sensation in the UK and the rest of Europe, expect this big man to hit the Billboard top 40 any day now. Only a TV commercial or a soundtrack plug away.

RAY BLK – Chill Out / My Hood 

Loving the tough love swagger from this rising London R&B vocalist who reminds me of Mary J Blige at her best.

Jain – Makeba

Following in the footsteps of Christine and the Queens is another clever French pop artist with amazing video visuals.

Nadia Rose – Skwod

Every year the underground UK grime scene produces it’s great new hope. Don’t sleep on this one. She is a lot of fun.

Nick Grant – Get Up / The Sing Along

Classic southern hip hop in the style of Outkast, bound to be this year’s Anderson Paak.

Sampha – Blood Like Me / (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Hyped for what seems forever now with guest appearances on Kanye West and Drake’s recent albums, Sampha will finally come through this year with his debut album.

Charlotte Day Wilson – After All

A pure pop artist, making mature soulful tracks that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Adele or Lapsley record. The next big thing from Toronto’s fertile music scene.

Babeheaven – Moving On

Another exciting new UK band, that is bringing 90’s indie into the present. Looking forward to when this band tours North America later this year

Declan McKenna -The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home

Brit Pop has not been cool for a while now, but this new wunderkind hits the spot with his early Arctic Monkeys vibe.