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21 Ones to Watch in 2021

21 fab artists to look out for this year.

2020 may have been a write off, but here’s to 2021 bringing us some more good music, (fingers crossed!) actual live music! Here’s a list of some of the artists we’re most excited about going into this new year.

Askies // Photo credit: Glynn Parkinson
  • Who: Askies
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Dark indie rock anthems, melding burning riffs with power-driven vocals and big choruses. FFO: The Night Cafe, King No-One, Peace.
  • Top track: ‘Easy’
Bored At My Grandma’s House
  • Who: Bored At My Grandma’s House
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Beautifully melancholic, hazy vocals waltzing amongst lo-fi instrumentals. FFO: Rosehip Teahouse, Slowdive, Mild High Club.
  • Top track: ‘Skin’
Borth
  • Who: Borth
  • Location: Wirral, UK
  • Sounds like: Dreamy melodies encased in rippling synths and mellowed vocals. FFO: Temporex, Vansire, Gus Dapperton.
  • Top track: ‘Wake Up’
Cap’n Marble
  • Who: Cap’n Marble
  • Location: California, USA
  • Sounds like: Trance-inducing harmonies, swaying guitars, and breezy melodies. FFO: Hockey Dad, The Lemon Twigs, Sunflower Bean.
  • Top track: ‘When the Sun’
Charlie Gamache // Photo credit: Will Cote
  • Who: Charlie Gamache
  • Location: Massachusetts
  • Sounds like: Glittering pop tracks filled with touches of funk and blues. FFO: Rex Orange County, Yellow Days, Wallows.
  • Top track: ‘Feelin Fine’
Distance Learning // Photo credit: Base Photography
  • Who: Distance Learning
  • Location: London, UK
  • Sounds like: Kaleidoscope of groovy instrumentals, humorous lyrical hooks, and sparkling sound-bites. FFO: Easy Life, Bad Sounds, Glass Animals.
  • Top track: ‘Life Is Meant To Be Enjoyed’
Eades
  • Who: Eades
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Roaring harmonies, slick rhythms, and addictive guitar hooks. FFO: Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Strokes, Pavement.
  • Top track: ‘Forgive My Mind’
Elephant Castle
  • Who: Elephant Castle
  • Location: Los Angeles, USA
  • Sounds like: Fusing funk and psychedelia with bright vintage tones, dreamy harmonies, and groove-laden basslines. FFO: Pond, Tame Impala, Babe Rainbow.
  • Top track: ‘I’m A Loser’
English Teacher
  • Who: English Teacher
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Hazy psychedelic soundscapes, spilling with rich vocals and cool guitar tones. FFO: The Orielles, Slowdive, Talkboy.
  • Top track: ‘The Treacle Trap Door’
golda may // Photo credit: Larissa Gabrielle Jaks (@snapsbyjaks)
  • Who: golda may
  • Location: Los Angeles, USA
  • Sounds like: Authentic lyricism portrayed via compelling vocals, layered with subtle, stripped back instrumentation. FFO: London Grammar, Olivia Broadfield, Tom Odell.
  • Top track: ‘Dear Los Angeles’
honeywhip
  • Who: honeywhip
  • Location: Los Angeles, USA
  • Sounds like: Woozy pop dreamscapes with tranquil lo-fi instrumentals and swirling vocal tones. FFO: Frank Ocean, The Marias, Sunset Rollercoaster.
  • Top track: ‘Feels Good To Laugh’
Josh Fudge // Photo credit: Ty Cobb (@tycohbb)
  • Who: Josh Fudge
  • Location: Oklahoma City, USA
  • Sounds like: Mellow vocals layered against glittering synths and subtle beats, oozing laidback sunny vibes. FFO: JWestern, Alfie Templeman, Far Caspian.
  • Top track: ‘When She’s Gone’
Lucid State
  • Who: Lucid State
  • Location: Oxford, UK
  • Sounds like: Exciting mix of R&B and neo-soul, packed with jazz-infused guitar lines, raw vocals and infectious choruses. FFO: Omar Apollo, Arlo Parks, Easy Life.
  • Top track: ‘Company’
Mollie Coddled
  • Who: Mollie Coddled
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Soulful pop with hints of lo-fi R&B, crafting a perfect balance of breezy vocal tones and swirling instrumentation. FFO: Matilda Mann, Temporex, Thea.
  • Top track: ‘One More Day’
Nana Adjoa // Photo credit: Timo Pisart (@timopisart)
  • Who: Nana Adjoa
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sounds like: Filled with layers of twinkling synths, and bringing relatable lyricism into vibrant melodies as evocative vocals travel through choral harmonies. FFO: Pip Blom, The Orielles, Solange.
  • Top track: ‘No Room’
parking lot
  • Who: parking lot
  • Location: Los Angeles, USA
  • Sounds like: Gentle synths layered with clouded vocals, pairing hints of soul with soft, chillwave instrumentation. FFO: Vansire, Jaguar Sun, JW Francis.
  • Top track: ‘Early’
Priya Francis
  • Who: Priya Francis
  • Location: UK
  • Sounds like: A gorgeous blend of R&B and acoustic pop, filled with rich vocal tones and sailing melodies. FFO: Jorja Smith, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei.
  • Top track: ‘Jeans’
Shania
  • Who: Shania
  • Location: London, UK
  • Sounds like: Emotive instrumentals, sailing around rich vocals and vibrant, synth-filled soundscapes. FFO: Georgia, HAIM, The Japanese House.
  • Top track: ‘Pear’
Sam Wilde
  • Who: Sam Wilde
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Sparkling riffs and anthemic choruses, contrasting with bluesy rhythms and gritty vocals. FFO: Sam Fender, Glass Caves, Marsicans.
  • Top track: ‘Time Will Tell’
Yard Act // Photo credit: Oliver James Halstead (@_oliverjames11)
  • Who: Yard Act
  • Location: Leeds, UK
  • Sounds like: Humorous post punk with zipping riffs and familiar lyricism. FFO: Home Counties, Squid, Do Nothing.
  • Top track: ‘Fixer Upper’
The Yves
  • Who: The Yves
  • Location: Los Angeles, USA
  • Sounds like: Melancholic pop soundscapes, evocative of late night city driving. FFO: Wolf Alice, Brother., Whitney.
  • Top track: ‘The Blvd’