1. Oscar- 2016 has already been a great year for this colourful hipster gaining masses of support from Radio 1 along with gaining fans through gigs spread throughout the year. It’s impossible to say what genre Oscar fits under, with influences from hip -hop to dub. His early singles “Sometimes” and “Daffodil Days” are both filled to the brim with content and big choruses to match. What makes Oscar emerge from the crowd is his wear what you want, don’t care what people say attitude, usually sporting loud, bold patterns to match his off the beaten track hip hop style.
Oscar’s quirky tunes and bold style makes him an interesting prospect, expect to hear a lot more about this guy.
2. The Amazons- To put it simply the 4 piece rockers are waiting for their big break. The bands opening singles are flooded with catchy lyrics and sing long choruses, especially biggest tract “Ultraviolet” littered with thrashing guitar riffs and a chorus which you could imagine being played in a room of gig lovers causing carnage. It’s fair to say the lads hard work is paying off after being nominated for Q magazine Best Breakthrough Act award. The quartet are also set to announce fresh tour dates and are doing a free Halloween gig for Turtle Tempo in the capital next Monday, there is no doubt 2017 will be a huge year for The Amazons.
3.Bad Sounds- Although the name is unflattering the sounds created by these fellas is anything but their title! Fresh on the scene with groovy, laid back singles “Wages” and “Avalanche” the Bath Boys have already gained huge support from Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac regularly playing the tunes on her show and have been made track of the week. Earlier this autumn the boys supported Rat Boy, known for his intense stage presence the group had big shoes to fill, however they fully got the crowd engaged and bouncing around, showing they have the ability to gage a crowd which is where so many breakthrough bands fall down. With a chilled vibe resembling recent breakthrough The Magic Gang, Bad Sounds have an infectious sound which should rocket them into the limelight in 2017.
4.Declan McKenna- The indie singer songwriter may have been on the scene since 2014 but only recently has he been flung into the spotlight. No doubt attracting interest after supporting Blossoms on their autumn tour McKenna conveys an honest being throughout his songs which has caused some to liken him to Jamie T- another guy who fair to say isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Although McKenna has only published 6 songs and an album is yet to be released the tracks are all dominated by mellow guitar sounds which gives a resemblance to Mac Demarco, the tracks are also splashed with techno influences as McKenna is trying to find the balance to becoming a successful indie songwriter.
With an 8 date January tour I am sure this won’t be last you hear, 2017 is set to be a huge year for the man.
5. Get Inuit-If you like bands vibrant, bold and ice cool it’ll be hard to find a better up and coming band than Get Inuit! The gents from Kent’s tracks range from roaring records jammed with dominant guitar riffs such as new single “Teriyaki” to more relaxed and reserved tracks such as “on and on” which portray a more laid back beach vibe. The band have a very nostalgic feel and it’s hard not to imagine yourself listening to these tracks on spontaneous summer nights! The boys have a busy end to 2016 with shows in London Brighton and Bristol to name a few. It’s fair to say 2017 will be a breakthrough year for Get Inuit!