Jamaican born Alicai is undoubtedly being recognized and picked up by the right people. This year she toured the UK with BBC Introducing, opened up The Red Bull Stage at Nottinghill Carnival and sold out her headline show at Nottinghill Arts Club. On top of this, Alicai had the opportunity to be a part of Brighton's The Great Escape festival, an amazing inauguration for emerging artists.
Children of Zeus
Children of Zeus is a soul project from two of Manchester's most respected artists Konny Kon & Tyler Daley. Konny Kon is a DJ, MC and beat-maker. Tyler Daley, also known as Hoodman, went from being a respected MC and actor to one of the most in demand soul singers of recent times, lending his vocals and writing credits to music from Goldie, LSB, Soul II Soul's Caron Wheeler, Lenzman, Lisa Mafia, Bugsy Malone, and more. Together they are Children of Zeus.
Flohio's rhymes are not easily categorised – she's not a grime artist, for instance, even though she's been described as such – but like many grime artists, her punchy, poetic lyrics are often confessional. The rapper released her debut EP Nowhere Near in 2016 and although at the moment she still has her nine-to-five as a graphic designer for a record label, her career in music looks bright. "I always wanted to write stories and stories,” she says. "I do that through music.”
Growing up in Bermondsey before moving to Hastings when she was 12, GreenTea Peng has always felt a bit of an outsider. Fortunately for us, that pushed her to create mind-expanding R&B and immerse herself in a world of new age spiritualism. Produced by Earbuds, her latest single "Moonchild" comes with some Kesh-directed visuals that play out like a surreal patchwork of images, neatly matching her dreamy vocals and the shifting instrumental.
Known as 'Iyamah', Sophie Bond grew up on the sounds of African drumming and reggae music in the seaside town of Brighton. Since living in London, Iyamah has been working with different producers and musicians, including featuring on My Nu Leng's festival anthem 'Senses' with whom she performed at Glastonbury 2017. Iyamah was also chosen for a Sofar Sounds session after being seen at the festival. With the experience of performing in London venues and festivals including SXSW, LATITUDE and SECRET GARDEN PARTY last year, Sophie has taken an independent path to discover Iyamah.
South London's JGrrey has the type of voice to stop you right in your tracks and pay attention. It's understated, yet captivating and mesmerizing with its various tones and textures. Last year's debut EP, I Can't Die, Lie, Or End Time, nods towards 1960s jazz and soul. Latest singles are "Ready To Die" and "Don't Fade", which she debuted online with Colors and has since received nearly 2 million views.
Joy Crookes is 19 year old south London born songstress straddling soul, trip-hop and R&B. Half- Bengali/Half-Irish in heritage; Joy's is a dexterous sound, which effortlessly showcases her melting pot of sonic influences. Joy balances the retro stylings of Sade with the millennial wit of Lily Allen - songs that aren't afraid to be honest and raw, while also packing a political punch. She may be looking to the past, but smart, talented and strong, Joy Crookes is shaping the sound of the future. Having built up a loyal following since her hotly tipped 2017 'Influence' EP, late 2018 will see her return with new music, live shows and an uniquely 'Joy' shaped world of creativity to showcase, 2019 is set to be a defining year for Crookes.
East London born & bred, 19 year-old Jvck James is already creating a buzz with his blend of Jamaican roots and tasteful soul taking in influences from the 90's. Having just performed a 1Xtra Spotlight Session for DJ Target, not to mention selling out his debut London Headline show, his new singles 'On My Way' and 'Fears' are already getting supported across BBC 1Xtra's airwaves. This Autumn will also see Jvck support Mahalia on her debut UK Tour.
Lylo Gold is a vibrant, controversial artist who speaks her mind and composes with her heart. Having gained experience performing all over London and gained a real insight to the industry, she now feels ready to bring the world a pinch of her persona. With a soothing soulful voice, Lylo is not only a colourful character, but also an unconventional lyricist, with a distinctive style. After releasing her solo project this year "Heartache and Wray” Lylo sold out her first headline show at London's Sebright Arms.
In 2017, the London based emcee released his debut EP 'Midnight Express', showcasing his unmistakable storytelling and versatility that's been years in the making. Spawning excitement with standout tracks like "Shadows” featuring another bright UK talent Loyle Carner and "This Is Livin” alongside his Root 73 affiliates, the young artist flexes his vivid lyricism with powerful assurance and contagious energy. Picking up a Colours session earlier this year, excitement is building around what he is going to do next.
Nafe is known for creating a distinct sound and continues to defy genres with his unique vocal style proving him to not only be a credible rap artist but a melodic vocalist too. In early 2016 at just 19, he supported US superstar Future on his UK tour. He then opened up for both Rich Homie and Migos at their London shows. Nafe then closed 2016 by being one of the only support acts to open up for Skepta at Alexandra Palace. In 2017 Nafe's promising movements continued during his joint show with Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg - where in an iconic moment for the UK rap scene Drake made a surprise appearance at their gig in XOYO, Shoreditch.
Rachel Foxx's breakthrough in the music industry is a case study in contemporary culture. She's the next wave of UK soul music - part of a generation who aren't tied to a single subculture, whose heightened sense of politics, opportunity and independence stem from moving fluidly across cultures and communities. Talented and confident with a sharp sense of self, it's no surprise the London native is on her way to big things
A rising young talent, 23 year old Leicester based producer and artist Scott Xylo is shortly set to release his debut album 'Find Us When You Get There' on Black Acre. This follows on from a string of single releases last year that were championed by tastemakers like Giles Peterson, Kojey Radical and Stones Throw's MNDSGN. His previous single 'Hold On', which was spotlighted on BBC 6 Music's Mary Ann Hobbs show, caught the attention of UK tastemaker label Black Acre and led to his signing.
Just twenty three years old but with a lifetime of experiences already under her belt, London singer- songwriter, rapper and producer Serine Karthage is an artist who unquestionably occupies her own, very distinct lane. With her debut 'The Root' EP and its lead single 'Ruler', we get all of these personality traits in one compelling package. 'Ruler' is 2 minutes 50 seconds of pure Serine Karthage attitude and is a near-perfect introduction to a vital new voice in UK music.
Six4 takes pride in his versatility, he raps and sings and focuses on making music mostly for the clubs. Since releasing his first video last year he has thousands views and his social media presence is growing daily.
He has also received positive feedback from Grammy nominated US star, P Diddy who believes Six4 to have "crazy potential”.
Society Of Alumni is a 10 piece creative collective from South London. SOA speak for a generation of young people that seek to become the change that they want to see. In a time where moments are
fleeting, SOA live the stories they speak about in their music. Formed in 2012, the collective use charged flows and thumping beats to express their individuality and personality. A group of young people motivated by life, using their struggles to fuel their dreams. Their dedication, love for music and creativity formed Society Of Alumni: Mula, iSEE, Jaspo Beats, Flewid, Mak, Vels, Bad Jay, Devante and DJ Amari
Growing up in Peckham around rappers and beat makers whilst learning to play traditional jazz and hard bop, Tara had an early intro into the world of music. Tara found herself at The Brit School aged 15 but not able to fit the mould, she left early and went on to win a place at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music to study jazz vocals and piano. So it's no surprise, that Tara has already collaborated with an unlikely range of artists from Jammer BBK, Cosmo Pyke & Chip to Yussef Days and Ezra Collective. Virgil Alboh play listed her debut single on his apple playlist and it has been played several times on 1XTRA (DJ Target, Jamz supernova)
Bristol-based TS Graye matches impeccable soulful influences to a future-forward approach. A full EP is incoming, with debut 'MY2' acting as a kind of mission statement, featuring adventurous production from Louis Mattrs. Divine song writing channelled through a digital haze, 'MY2' emerged from a period of self-doubt in TS Graye's life. She explains, "I wrote 'MY2' after finding out that someone I loved had broken my trust. It reflects the different and conflicting emotions I felt in the aftermath of that situation."
North London-born singer-songwriter and rapper Wauve specialises in afrobeat infused R&B, but doesn't shy away from fusing genres across the board. Originating from the small African country of Eritrea, Wauve's mission is to create a new genre based upon a mix of trap, pop structure, R&B influences and incorporating East-African sounds, paving the way for a whole new era in music.
An artist from London whose love of painting, poetry, and writing has evolved into music.