The Hot Property
Even though Stormzy was getting all the chart hits last year, Lewisham grime artist Novelist was producing his own beats in his bedroom, putting work in on Rinse FM sets and setting himself up for a 2016 takeover. The 18 year old saw early success with his Mumdance produced track ‘Take Time’ and has since worked with Chase and Status and Grandmixxer, even travelling the states with Skepta on his US tour. The young gun has already dropped his debut 2016 track ‘Street Politician’, displaying some raw homemade production and a surprising feature from PM David Cameron (kind of); strap yourself in for what the kid from The Square has coming this year.
The Comeback Kid
You heard him on Radio 1 with the Kurupt FM crew, you heard him do a comeback track with Big Narstie in December, now Craig David is sat firmly in the garage spotlight, with every 2-step raver in the capital waiting for his next move. Craig started off 2016 with a Live Lounge cover of Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ and dropped in an unexpected freestyle, which is probably why you saw #craigdavidisback trending on twitter last month. Craig recorded garage classic ‘Re-Rewind’ at just 18 years old and then had 3 top 10 platinum albums; but his popularity took a dive around 10 years ago and he looked to be long forgotten. He hit the ground running in his late 2015 return however and with a new album on the way for later this year, Craig could find his old form and be the smoothed voiced garage poster-boy he once was.
If 2014 had grime and 2015 had garage, it looks like the big breakout genre for 2016 is going to be going to be spoken-word poetry. No that wasn’t a joke. At 19 years old Brighton-born wordsmith Tommy Sissons has found a place in the heart of the London poetry scene with his grit and cynicism. Acting as a platform for young people to hear about problems they can relate too, in an age of Tory governments and spending cuts people are looking to get behind this genre and push its message forward. Sissons has already found himself a regular slot on a Channel 4 new music show and is currently working on a project with Red Bull to be released this year. If you’re looking to get into the genre I would recommend beginning with Tommy’s work, along with that of Kate Tempest and Scroobius Pip.