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Prospect 2021 nominations announcement with Hannah Clarke.
N O M I N E E S
Isle of Wight, UK
Witty and provocative post-punk.
FFO: Self Esteem, Shame, Sports Team
Listen to: Chaise Longue
"Quite clearly the best new band on the planet." - Dork
Pop / R&B
Strikingly haunting yet alluring R&B.
FFO: Joy Crookes, Lola Young, Matilda Mann
Listen to: Ok Love You Bye
"Olivia Dean captures the unique energy of an ever-engaged Gen Z community in London." - Notion
A BRIT Award winning pop-star in the making.
FFO: Maisie Peters, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift
Listen to: Black Hole
"Her sparse, dramatic songs about being a "hormonal teenager" have already won her a legion of loyal fans." - BBC News
Genre-bending producer discovered through TikTok.
FFO: Clairo, girl in red, WILLOW
Listen to: I must apologise
"Her intimate, lived-in music succeeds where cheaper imitations fail." - Pitchfork
Honest and provocative hip-hop with nostalgic tones.
FFO: IAMDDB, Mahalia, Ray BLK
Listen to: I Want
"ENNY's voice ... is reminiscent of the golden age of hip-hop and its women empowerment movement." - NME
Explicit punk with nothing to hide.
FFO: Do Nothing, Fontaines D.C., Sleaford Mods
Listen to: The Overload
"[Yard Act] have all the ingredients for lasting intrigue." - Loud and Quiet
Nu-metal fused with electronic production.
FFO: NOVA TWINS. VUKOVI, YONAKA
Listen to: Salma Hayek
"[WARGASM] pursue a ... mash-up of nu-metal, punk, electronic music, pop, hip-hop and anything else they damn please.." - Revolver
Atmospheric indie-pop with impeccable production.
FFO: Arlo Parks, Clairo, Holly Humberstone
Listen to: Bringing Me Down
"Baker toys with the geniality of her airy vocals something darker as she counsels a downward mood via her poetic lyricism." - The Line of Best Fit
Hip-Hop / Pop
First Lady approving feminist power rap.
FFO: Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Rina Sawayama
Listen to: HOT HOT
"The voice of the DIY generation." - Evening Standard
Irish Indie-Pop with a uniquely captivating voice.
FFO: Declan McKenna, Jade Bird, Pillow Queens
Listen to: No More Virgos
"CMAT ... has developed into a fully unaffected, unambiguous and stone-cold solid pop songwriter and performer." - Irish Times
Dreamy Irish indie with melancholy vocals.
Listen to: I Don't Recognise You
"[NewDad] craft gorgeous shoegaze-y indie gems, with a handful of bops that have already seen them lauded as a group to keep your eyes on." - DIY
Tongue-n-cheek queer anthems with danceable beats.
FFO: Dream Wife, SOPHIE, Working Men's Club
Listen to: Everyone's Hot (But I'm Not)
"Lynks' music is unpredictable, rendering listeners open-mouthed, as well as open-minded" - Notion
Indie / Rock
Honest and thought-provoking prog-rock.
FFO: Do Nothing, Sports Team, Squid
Listen to: Crass
"Unflinching social observations delivered with rampant sense of fun." - NME
Jazz / R&B
A new revolution for jazz music...
FFO: Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Sons Of Kemet
Listen to: Free My Skin - II
"Jazz meets grime, afrobeat and funk." - MixMag
A beautiful fusion of British soul and R&B.
FFO: Jorja Smith, Joy Crookes, Mahalia
Listen to: Running (feat. Ghetts)
"The latest rising R&B star who is truly a writer at heart." - Notion
Pop / R&B
Sudan, Saudi Arabia
Versatile hip-hop with R&B influences.
FFO: J Hus, Little Simz, Pa Salieu
Listen to: Spirit_X
"Alewya is a force to be reckoned with" - The Guardian
Port of Spain, Trinidad
The Mercury Prize record-breaking producer and rapper.
FFO: Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Obongjayar
Listen to: MIA
"Berwyn's blend of haunting hip-hop and downbeat R&B puts him in the company of singers like James Blake and Sampha." - BBC News
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Non-apologetic power pop.
FFO: Dua Lipa, Liv Dawson, Rita Ora
Listen to: Die On The Dancefloor
"[L Devine is] the motherfucking future" - Charli XCX
Electronica / Rock
Electronica influenced post-punk.
FFO: Do Nothing, FEET, Kasabian
Listen to: Underworld
"Talk Show deliver ... pre-apocalyptic angst for a generation shedding the burden of political ineffectiveness, wary of change and tired of being cheated.." - Far Out
Bedroom-pop producer making music for "horny teenagers in love".
FFO: Cavetown, Chloe Moriondo, dodie
Listen to: Without Me
"Ezra ... has a knack for searingly honest indie rock, but scraped back to its bare and exposed bones" - NME
17-year-old producer with sensational soundscapes.
FFO: beabadoobee, Declan McKenna, Jorja Smith
Listen to: AHH!!
"A full [DellaXOZ] record will likely be something very special.". - The Guardian
Classic dance music fused with nostalgic rap.
FFO: Ashnikko, Charli XCX, Mura Masa
Listen to: Cleo
"Shygirl is the shapeshifting rapper for head-splitting times" - Dazed
Influencer turned rapper with empowering bars.
FFO: Dave, KAMILLE, Ms Banks
Listen to: Clout
"Ivorian Doll's confidence and attitude comes through loud and clear in everything that she does." - Notion
Martha Skye Murphy
Atmospheric and tantalizing soundscapes with captivating vocals.
FFO: Goat Girl, Let's Eat Grandma, Squid
Listen to: Found Out
"There's ... a refreshing absence of pressure in Martha's approach to writing" - Loud and Quiet
Eclectic sounds embracing multiple musical styles.
FFO: Not3s, Ramz, Steel Banglez
Listen to: Different
"An exuberant rapper with so much potential" - EJ Scanlan