Ones To Watch 2017

Our favorite new artists

From hip hop and pop to punk and folk, these are the nine new artists we are most excited to hear more from in 2017. Find out more about our favorite new acts, and check out their best songs so far below.

Top picks

  • Kaiydo - Fruit Punch
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    Kaiydo has been on our radar since the start of 2016, when he dropped his single "Red Freestyle" to rave reviews. Less than a year on, the 19-year-old rapper and graphic designer from Orlando, FL, is being hyped as one of the most exciting young voices in hip hop. Listening to "Fruit Punch", it’s not difficult to work out why. Blessed with an easy charm, his relaxed flow, quick-witted lyrical barbs and playful production proves effortlessly engaging, and you get the sense this is only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Diet Cig - Over Easy
    Over Easy Diet Cig 02/24/2015
    To New Paltz, N.Y., where Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have been making a life-affirming racket as Diet Cig for the past three years. With a minimalist set-up of just drums, guitar and Luciano’s vocals - which can flip between sugary-sweet and brilliantly-bratty in the blink of an eye - the DIY duo have already built a devoted following for their joyful pop-punk in both the USA and Europe. They will be hoping to capitalise on the success of Over Easy in 2017, with the release of their long-awaited debut.
  • Declan McKenna - Isombard
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    In these troubled times, it’s heartening to find young artists willing to stand up for their beliefs. Enter Hertfordshire teen Declan McKenna, the 2015 winner of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition, and rising singer-songwriter responsible for deceptively sunny-sounding but socially-engaged indie-pop, tackling everything from xenophobia and the plight of transgender teens to FIFA corruption. Check out "Isombard" and get excited for his forthcoming debut, set to drop in 2017.
  • Gaika - SPAGHETTO
    SPAGHETTO Gaika 10/19/2016
    Subversive, gothic, dystopian, apocalyptic: just some of the terms critics have used to describe Gaika’s elliptical, often pitch-black musical aesthetic. What we can all agree on is that the enigmatic, Brixton-based producer and vocalist is one of most fascinating figures in electronic music right now. His debut EP for Warp, Spaghetto, provides a thrilling taster of his capabilities and imagination, offering a grippingly-ominous blend of dub, hip hop, grime and lovers’ rock.
  • FRIGS - Chest / Trashyard
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    Previously known as Dirty Frigs, since dropping the prefix this four-piece from Toronto have signed with esteemed indie Arts & Crafts and continue to go from strength to strength artistically. Absorbing influences from grunge and post-punk, Frigs’ experimental, often claustrophobic alt-rock is leant further ferocity via the significant vocal talents of frontwoman Bria Salmena. Head for "Chest" first, a brilliantly brutal cut that bridges the gap between Sonic Youth and Preoccupations.