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Prospect 2021 nominations announcement with Hannah Clarke.
F I N A L I S T S
Ashnikko - Prospect Champion 2021
North Carolina, USA
Super-sensationalist feminist rap.
FFO: blackbear, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion
Listen to: Daisy
"It's the kind of music where you can't really sit on the fence with it. You either really like this or you f**king hate it." - James Denham
Alfie Templeman - 2nd place
Alternative / Indie
Polished and sugar-coated indie-pop.
FFO: Circa Waves, Sea Girls, Sports Team
Listen to: Happiness In Liquid Form
"Feel good indie / new R&B and so young to be a multi-instrumentalist and a producer too." - Maddy Chamberlain
Koffee - 3rd place
Spanish Town, Jamaica
The Grammy-Award winner re-inventing the Reggae genre.
FFO: Ella Mai, Popcaan, Stylo G
Listen to: Pressure
"She has a good sound, she has a good beat and is an excellent songwriter". - Francesca Biscozzi
Joesef - 4th place
Alternative / Indie
Self-confessed "emotional sad boy".
FFO: Arlo Parks, Celeste, Loyle Carner
Listen to: Does It Make You Feel Good?
"He's creating impressive songs now, so in the future, he's going to make something incredible." - James Denham
Holly Humberstone - 5th place
The East Midlands indie-pop star who's making waves across the Atlantic.
FFO: Ella Henderson, Maisie Peters, The Staves
Listen to: Overkill
"Holly's songwriting is incredibly bittersweet and is exactly what we need right now." - EJ Scanlan
Sinead O Brien - 6th place
Spoken-word Irish post-punk.
FFO: Do Nothing, Kae Tempest, SOAK
Listen to: Taking On Time
"One of the most original artists you'll heard this year." - James Denham
Squid - 7th place
Multi-tentacled art-rock polymaths.
FFO: black midi, Do Nothing, The Murder Capital
Listen to: Houseplants
"Squid are one of the most unique bands out there right now. They're redefining what it means to be alternative and its fantastic." - EJ Scanlan
Matilda Mann - 8th place
Beautiful acoustic indie-folk.
FFO: Billie Marten, Clairo, Fenne Lily
Listen to: Happy Anniversary, Stranger
"The mystery surrounding Matilda's songwriting is incredibly intriguing." -
Greentea Peng - 9th place
Neo-Soul with a jazz twist.
FFO: Biig Piig, IAMDDB, Joy Crookes
Listen to: Hu Man
"This is the very best in soul music right now" - EJ Scanlan
Adelphi Music Factory - 10th place
Pure, high-powered dance music with thunderous electronic grooves.
FFO: Becky Hill, Camelphat, Gorgon City
Listen to: Javelin (Calling Out Your Name)
"Old school anthems with festival in the sun vibes." - Maddy Chamberlain
N O M I N E E S
The 2021 artists who didn't make the final.
Dua Saleh - 11th place
Hip-Hop / R&B
A rapper channelling multiple genres who's redefining the music industry.
FFO: Drake, FKA twigs, Kendrick Lamar
Listen to: umbrellar
"Saleh's music has some of the best textures and soundscapes out there" - James Denham
Orla Gartland - 12th place
Dreamy bedroom pop inspiring teens across the world.
FFO: dodie, Maisie Peters, mxmtoon
Listen to: Did It To Myself
"Beautiful, inspirational and incredibly catchy." - EJ Scanlan
dad sports - 13th place
Garden indie music infused with American inspiration.
FFO: Phoebe Bridgers, Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy
Listen to: name & place
"You can close your eyes while listening to them and instantly imagine that you're in an American coming-of-age movie" - EJ Scanlan
Emily Burns - 14th place
West Lothian, UK
The singer-songwriter who's re-inventing pop music.
FFO: Jess Glynne, Paloma Faith, Rita Ora
Listen to: I Love You, You're The Worst
"Emily's knowledge of the pop music genre is completely outstanding." -
R.A.E. - 15th place
Hip-Hop / R&B
90s-esque Hip-Hop with nostalgic beats.
FFO: Biig Piig, Cardi B, IAMDDB
Listen to: Pretty Bop
"She's a great songwriter who really understands the great age of Hip-Hop" - Francesca Biscozzi
TSHA - 16th place
Chill come-down house with danceable beats.
FFO: Aphex Twin, Massive Attack, Zero 7
Listen to: Sister
"TSHA is the producer we've been waiting for for many years." - EJ Scanlan
JGrrey - 17th place
New school-jazz with nonchalant vocals.
FFO: Arlo Parks, Joy Crookes, Lily Allen
Listen to: Doubt Nothing
"She's very relevant right now. Her discography is the soundtrack to the music industry today." - Will Kent
Lola Young - 18th place
R&B infused soul with captivating vocals and inspirational songwriting.
FFO: Arlo Parks, Joy Crookes, Lianne La Havas
Listen to: Blind Love
"There's something in her voice that makes you want to carry on listening to her." - James Denham
Nana Rogues - 19th place
Electronica / Hip-Hop
Drake's former producer has created a distinctive Afro-House sound.
FFO: Drake, J Hus, Steel Banglez
Listen to: I Don't Know (with Emeli Sande)
"His knowledge of music is incredible." - Francesca Biscozzi
Channel Tres - 20th place
Lo-Fi hip-hop inspired by his Compton roots.
FFO: Dr. Dre, Drake, Snoop Dogg
Listen to: Topdown
"Channel Tres just oozes cool. He's so smooth and soothing and he's going to be massive in the future." - Will Kent
Martha Hill - 21st place
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Alt-rock singer-songwriter from Newcastle.
FFO: Lanterns on the Lake, Nadine Shah, Sports Team
Listen to: Landslide
"Martha Hill's vocals are incredibly soulful and impactful. You could listen to her all day". - Will Kent
Chappaqua Wrestling - 22nd place
Indie / Rock
Classic sludgy eclectic grunge-rock.
FFO: Oasis, Porridge Radio, Sports Team
Listen to: The Rift
"One of the best up and coming bands right now with so much potential." - James Denham
Nasty Cherry - 23rd place
Indie / Pop
Los Angeles, USA
Indie-pop music that takes you back to the early 2000s.
FFO: Charli XCX, HAIM, PVRIS
Listen to: Music With Your Dad
"Cool, funky and incredibly nostalgic." - EJ Scanlan
Rachel Chinouriri - 24th place
Indie / R&B
Evening-indie with melancholy vocals.
FFO: Ella Mai, Izzy Bizu, Janelle Monae
Listen to: Adrenaline
"Interesting and beautiful songwriting." - James Denham
The Snuts - 25th place
Indie / Rock
West Lothian, UK
Badass indie-rock band from Scotland.
FFO: Biffy Clyro, Foals, The Libertines
Listen to: Always
"The Snuts know this genre like the back of their hand. They're going to have a massive cult following." - EJ Scanlan