Top 5 Up-and-Coming Music Stars To Watch In 2018

by Marcus Adetola

10th January, 2018

A new year demands a new playlist. It’s time to toss out those old albums and start listening to something fresh to welcome 2018. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the artists you need to have on your radar this year:

Bonobo: Simon Green, who goes by the stage name Bonobo, is one of the most talented electronic music stars of the past 20 years, creating world music-influenced tracks that would be as at home at a Manhattan SoulCycle studio as they would a Brooklyn house party. Originally from Brighton, England, Bonobo’s easy-to-vibe-to sound can easily earn a spot on virtually any music lover’s playlist.

Kayzo: Dubstep is coming back in 2018, but with a more approachable sound, thanks to Kayzo. This Los Angeles-based DJ combines house, trap, hardstyle, and dubstep, music into creative tracks that are perfect for anyone who loves to dance. Watch out for Kayzo’s first album, “Overload,” which is scheduled to be released in mid-January.

Dua Lipa: English songwriter Dua Lipa may look like your typical early-20s hipster, but her voice is a revelation. While Dua Lipa’s voice is like a soulful combination of Amy Winehouse, Nelly Furtado, and Bebe Rexha, her songs clearly take a page from the 90s and early-2000s girl groups, combining hip-hop-inspired rapid-fire lyrics and danceable beats.

FLETCHER: 24-year-old pop singer FLETCHER has been on the radar for a while now, but it looks like 2018 will finally be her year. Her inspirational tracks, which promote themes of acceptance, self-empowerment, and tolerance, are the perfect soundtrack to a politically-charged climate. Her infectious beats have already made her a sleeper hit, but it looks like 2018 will finally be the year her tunes hit the big time.

Blackbear: Los Angeles-based producer and hip-hop artist Matthew Tyler Musto, better known as Blackbear, has been creating incredible music for more than a decade, but it’s clear that 2018 will finally be the year this talented artist gets to shine in front of a global audience. His song “do re mi” featuring Gucci Mane, with it’s infectious “do re me fa so fucking done with you girl” chorus has already racked up 54 million views on YouTube, and we’re sure his upcoming singles will reach even more of his soon-to-be-captivated fans.

While some of our favourite musicians will be releasing albums in 2018, it’s the new crop of talent hitting the music scene that will shake things up this year. This talented group of performers are bound to be the next big things in the music business, so there’s no time like the present to say you liked them before they were famous.

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