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Prospect 2021 nominations announcement with Hannah Clarke.

F I N A L I S T S

Ashnikko - Prospect Champion 2021

Hip-Hop

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

Bedfordshire, UK

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

Reggae

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

Glasgow, UK

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

Pop

Grantham, UK

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

Indie

Limerick, Ireland

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

Indie

Brighton, UK

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

Indie

London, UK

Beautiful acoustic indie-folk.

FFO: Billie Marten, Clairo, Fenne Lily

Listen to: Happy Anniversary, Stranger

"The mystery surrounding Matilda's songwriting is incredibly intriguing." - 
EJ Scanlan

Greentea Peng - 9th place

R&B

London, UK

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

Electronica

Sheffield, UK

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

Kassala, Sudan

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

Pop

Dublin, Ireland

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

Indie

Ontario, USA

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

Pop

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." -
EJ Scanlan

R.A.E. - 15th place

Hip-Hop / R&B

London, UK

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

Electronica

London, UK

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

R&B

London, UK

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

London, UK

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

London, UK

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

Hip-Hop

Compton, USA

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

Indie

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

Manchester, UK

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

London, UK

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