10 New Artists You Need To Watch In 2018
7 December 2017, 16:53
These rising stars are in for a huge year.
It has to be said - 2017 was an incredible year for up-and-coming musical talent.
British artists had a phenomenal twelve months as Jorja Smith, Dave and Stefflon Don made some serious moves, while the rise of the Soundcloud rapper continues thanks to Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage and co.
Looking forward, we've pulled together a definitive list of new artists that we're expecting to seriously blow up in 2018.
In his 21 years, East London rapper Yxng Bane has already achieved a great deal of success. His cover of Ed Sheeran's monster hit 'Shape Of You' made huge waves last year, while his Yungen collaboration 'Bestie' surged into the UK's Top 10 and became an instant summer hit.
Jessie Reyez is as heart-wrenchingly honest as she is tongue-in-cheek. The Columbian-Canadian R&B singer has already charted with the stunning 'Figures' and notably featured on Calvin Harris' album 'Funk Wav Bounces Vo. 1'. Expect big things from this soulful pocket rocket.
Birmingham-bred duo Ash and Lucas are poised for a big year thanks to their sweet R&B sound and Afrobashment swagger. Not only have they worked with the likes of Krept & Konan, Section Boyz and JHus, they've also got a steady number of hits under their belts - 'No Don' is a standout.
Lil Pump has astonishing numbers his name, racking up millions upon millions streams on his respective Soundcloud and YouTube accounts whilst rocketing to the top of the charts with his infectious hit 'Gucci Gang'. This 17-year-old is on an upward trajectory that shows no signs of stopping.
After being shortlisted for the Brit Awards prestigious Critics Choice Award for 2018 whilst hooking listeners with her bubbly bop 'Finders Keepers', Swedish singer Mabel has proved herself a force to be reckoned with. She's the daughter of music royalty, so it's in her blood.
Part of a rising generation of young British Hip-hop, Not3s has already dominated with a slew of confident hits including the viral 'Addison Lee'. He says his name represents the things he wants the most, "money notes, music notes, and people taking note of me" - we'd say he's already there.
British songstress IAMDDB is somewhat of a trailblazer. The 21-year-old Mancunian describes her underground sound as "urban jazz", which is a fitting description when taking into account her honey-smooth flow and trap-infused sound. Fans include Bryson Tiller and Jorja Smith.
Mahalia embodies an old-school R&B vibe that will transport you all the way back to the 90s. With influences like Eryka Badu and Lauryn Hill, it's no wonder her sulty smooth vocals lend themselves so perfectly to this throwback sound, or "psycho acoustic soul" as she herself describes it.
Already a rising starlet in her native UK, South London rapper Ms Banks skyrocketed to another level after Nicki Minaj quoted her super-charged verse on 'Yu Zimme Rmx'. Her sassy, quick-witted nature and lyrical prowess make her an absolute fireball behind the mic.
Hailing from Croydon, South London, Caprio is fast asserting himself as one of the UK's rising contemporary Hip-Hop stars. With a whole host of catchy hits including 'Super Soaker' and 'Unsigned' to his name, the young rapper is destined for even more this year.