You might not have heard of our future music stars just yet. But you soon will. Check out our teaser videos of the hottest new names set for stardom in 2016.
Even if major success somehow eludes these talents, they’re undeniably making some of the most interesting music imaginable. Just remember where you heard them first when they go on to headline the main stages…
Despite not having an album yet, Anne-Marie has performed at Glastonbury and Wembley Stadium. You’ll probably know her from Rudimental tracks like Rumour Mill and from the energy she brings to their stage performance. Now, like fellow Rudimental graduate Jess Glynne, Anne-Marie is set to storm 2016 as a solo artist.
The former karate champion from Essex told Loaded: “I definitely feel like 2016 is going to be the year for me. I feel ready and I’m really confident about the music I’ve been working on. I can’t wait to start pushing my own stuff out there.” If Anne-Marie’s album in spring is anywhere near as strong as new single Do It Right or her Karate EP, 2016 really does looks set to be her year.
Yes, it’s an off-putting name, but so was Arctic Monkeys and they’ve done OK. The adventurously-minded Reading four-piece say that music is only part of their aim for world domination – they’re also working on a regular political podcast. “We don’t want to limit ourselves,” singer Oscar Lulu tells Loaded. “We want to build a culture around us.”
Their glamorous Suede-style grandeur shows no signs of limits either. The band have escaped their day jobs which included nightclub photographer and toy shop assistant. As for the name? “It came from a conversation with my mum,” laughs Lulu. “She’s a hippy, into Buddhism, and I learned that ‘sundara’ means beautiful. Beautiful Karma seems a nice sentiment.” Who are we to argue?
ScHoolboy Q dropped his major label debut Oxymoron in 2014, so he’s no small news already. But, after massive albums from Black Hippy cohort Kendrick Lamar in 2015, the follow-up Quincy Hanley teased in November looks set to gain the Man Of The Year plaudits his previous work deserved.
German born Hanley cites East Coast greats Nas and Notorious B.I.G. as his biggest influences, despite growing up in California. As well as being one of the best-dressed men in the game, he’s also got a unique voice, as shown when all four Black Hippy members featured in Jay Rock’s Vice City. There’s no reason he can’t be dominating next summer’s festivals.
It’s hard to write about Louis Berry without making it sound like you’re glamourising his traumatic upbringing. His father is a longterm heroin addict, who has “been on drugs longer than he’s been off them”, and he was effectively brought up by his grandfather in Liverpool. Although his granddad initially tried to persuade Berry to learn banjo instead of guitar, the youngster began writing songs on guitar and hasn’t stopped since.
“Not one song in the charts actually speaks to my life experience,” reasons Berry. “If my music gets heard, I know it’ll resonate with people hungry to hear something that has meaning.” Frantic and erudite rock like new single .45 means Berry’s message will surely soon be universal.
Breaking off an acting career that saw her star alongside Tom Hanks in The Polar Express as well as play Celeste in Two And A Half Men, it feels like Tinashe has been R&B’s next in line for time now. After a series of well-received mixtapes, 2014 debut Aquarius was a solid start.
Since then she’s worked with rap royalty like Drake, Young Thug and Travi$ Scott. Tinashe told Loaded: “I have diversity and I’m not stuck in one zone. I have the artistic freedom to make different styles,” whilst listing Sade, James Blake and SBTRKT as her dream collaberations. Proof were it necessary of her independent work ethos, which is more fitting with FKA Twigs and Grimes than many of her contemporaries. And it’s this that looks set to make early 2016 album Joyride gain her those long overdue accolades.
Loud, anthemic and the most traditionally festival-friendly of our picks, the quartet are working with Wolf Alice producer Catherine Marks. Singer Matt Thompson tells Loaded they’re “quietly confident” about 2016, happy to be slow-burners building a fanbase the traditional hard-gigging way. “We aim to smash every show,” insists Thompson.
The core of the band have been together since they were 13, seven years ago, but it took 18 months to decide on The Amazons as a name. Like Sundara Karma, they’re from Reading. Thompson jokes: “There‘s a great community in Reading. If we all take off, there’ll be a blue plaque outside the Perfect Fried Chicken where we all hang out.”
The mysterious Glasgow trio began picking up airplay for their second single Captain Of The Rugby Team in November. Other than the fact their live shows look a riot of make-up and riffs, and that the single is wonderful, there’s not a lot we can tell you. They appear not to have management or PR and their contact email address is a cheeky ”Unofficialsimoncowell” alias. Let’s hope they begin playing nationwide and have more itchily infectious songs to follow.
Despite a no downloads, CDs or promotion policy since their formation, Paranoid London have steadily built a loyal fan base for their New Age acid house sound. They’ve sold out pretty much everything they’ve ever put out on vinyl, but still never looked like breaking out of their niche. Nor did they ever seem bothered, until their self-titled debut album from 2014 was made available digitally at the end of last year.
They’ve played European festivals and, having stepped out from the shadows as one of the most interesting prospects in dance, new material in 2016 should drag their riotous live show onto the main stages.
About to support The Libertines on their arena tour, the Sheffield quartet comprised of two sets of brothers look set to be a true band of the people. Despite the potential for Oasis-style feuding, singer Kiaran Crook insists they only have petty arguments. There’s no such restraint in their full-throttle tunes, which are certain to nab a few Libs fans along the way.
Joking that they want to collaborate with Pharrell “and his hat”, the Brighton five-piece have slowly gathered momentum with their compelling mixture of Haim-style harmonies and Scissor Sisters-ish disco. They first gained attention after winning a talent contest to play at Jamie Oliver’s festival Big Feastival but, unlike most festival contest winners, they’ve proven they’re in it for the long haul. Who knew Oliver would prove such a great talent scout?