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Prospect 2021 nominations announcement with Hannah Clarke.

N O M I N E E S

WINNER

Wet Leg

Indie

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

Runner-Up

Olivia Dean

Pop / R&B

London, UK

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

Third Place

Griff

Pop

London, UK

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

4th

PinkPantheress

Electronica

Bath, UK

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

5th

ENNY

Hip-Hop

London, UK

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

6th

Yard Act

Indie

Leeds, UK

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

7th

WARGASM (UK)

Rock

London, UK

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

8th

Frances Baker

Indie

Nashville, USA

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

9th
Bree Runway

Hip-Hop / Pop

London, UK

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

10th

CMAT

Indie

Dublin, Ireland

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

11th

NewDad

Indie

Galway, Ireland

Dreamy Irish indie with melancholy vocals.

FFO: brdmm, Porridge Radio, Sorry

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

12th

Lynks

Electronica

London, UK

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

13th

Courting

Indie / Rock

Liverpool, UK

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

14th

Steam Down

Jazz / R&B

London, UK

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

15th

Pip Millett

R&B

Manchester, UK

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

16th

Alewya

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

17th

BERWYN

Hip-Hop

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

18th

L Devine

Pop

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

19th

Talk Show

Electronica / Rock

London, UK

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

20th

Smoothboi Ezra

Indie

Greystones, Ireland

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

21st

DellaXOZ

Indie

Manchester, UK

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

22nd

ShyGirl

Electronica 

London, UK

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

23rd

Ivorian Doll

Grime

Flensburg, Germany

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

24th

Martha Skye Murphy

Indie

London, UK

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

25th

ZieZie

Hip-Hop

London, UK

Eclectic sounds embracing multiple musical styles. 

FFO: Not3s, Ramz, Steel Banglez

Listen to: Different

"An exuberant rapper with so much potential" - EJ Scanlan

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