Artists to look out for in 2017

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Who should you be downloading and streaming in the upcoming months? Here’s a few artists who we think will make it big in 2017.

Soulful rapper, Noname, first hit our radar in May when she featured on Chance the Rapper’s mixtape ‘Colouring Book’. She features on the song ‘Finish Line / Drown’ and even came out to perform the track live with Chance himself on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago. Her album ‘Telefone’ was release in the summer of 2016 and is her most successful project to date, in which she combines the sounds of R&B, soul, funk, and hip-hop with the help of features such as Saba and Raury.


6LACK is a contemporary R&B/rap artist who specialises in dazed, slow beat production layered underneath his hypnotic vocals. His hit single ‘PRBLMS’ was released as his first major label-affiliated track and subsequently rocketed 6LACK into the limelight with the likes of Zane Lowe praising his work. The single set up the release of his debut album ‘FREE 6LACK’ which arrived in November.


South-London R&B singer-songwriter, Ray BLK, has collaborated with the likes of Stormzy, Wretch 32, and SG Lewis. The artist has recently been named the winner of the BBC Music ‘Sound of 2017’. Her success as an unsigned artist reflects the rise of young female talent in R&B. The BBC Music ‘Sound of 2017’ has previously crowned Adele and Sam Smith as winners, so expect to see a lot more of Ray BLK this year.


We’ve included young Texas singer Khalid in our ‘Month in Music’ features previously, but we couldn’t resist including him in this lineup too. With influences such as Frank Ocean and Alt-J, Khalid is oozing with youthful spirit and has an incredibly soulful voice, both of which can’t help but shine through on his records. His music is constantly growing and evolving with him; he describes his music as “mood music”, saying it’s “music I can see myself listening to at the moment”.


Jorja Smith
Here’s another one that’s also featured in our ‘Month in Music’ features before now, but yet again we couldn’t help but slip her in here. Jorja Smith is a 19 year old singer songwriter who encapsulates R&B, soul, jazz, and sultry vocals in her music. The singer’s inspirations include Amy Winehouse and Damien Marley. Jorja Smith released her EP ‘Project 11’ in November, which is jammed-full of soulful tracks and even includes a feature from Maverick Sabre. But her connections don’t stop there – both Drake and Dizzee Rascal have given her their seal of approval.


This artist is the latest to arrive in a fog of mystery. 24hrs seems to not be bothered about promoting himself as an artist, but instead makes his music take centre stage. This is all well and good with us – his music boasts solid production and features cool, quirky vocals – his music can clearly stand up for itself. His ’12:AM’ and ‘Open’ EP’s have racked up tons of plays on Soundcloud, which is not surprising due to the catchy and loud nature of his music. He’s been compared to PARTYNEXTDOOR and has already collaborated with Ty Dolla $ign, Roy Woods, and Yo Gotti.


Words by Sophie Nutt.

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