Sounds like: London grime with LA shine.
A little about: Tracey is a London rapper with worldwide aspirations, who blew up on a Clams Casino remix with A$AP Rocky and hasn’t turned back. With a full-length expected in 2017, check out his Lil Tracey EP in the meantime.
For fans of: Skepta, A$AP Rocky
Must-hear track: Buster Cannon
Sounds like: The coolest pool party you’ve ever been to.
A little about: Melbourne duo KLLO toured the world with RUFUS last year and quickly ensured themselves a massive 2017 on the coattails of their very impressive Well Worn EP. Catch them at Pitch Music Festival in Melbourne in March.
For fans of: SBTRKT, Mallrat, RUFUS
Must-hear track: Walls To Build
Sounds like: The Footscray line after the station got its upgrade. Street but clean.
A little about: This Ethiopia-born Melbourne MC may only has been bouncing around for a little, while but call it intuition (or wishful thinking) – this is Baro’s year.
For fans of: Remi, ESESE, Allday
Must-hear track: Bears ft. Venus Court
The Football Club
Sounds like: Beers with mates.
A little about: Straight outta Footscray, The Football Club create songs to be sung along with, tinnie raised in the air and arm around a mate.
For fans of: The Hard Aches, The Smith Street Band
Must-hear track: You And Yr Friends
Sounds like: Remember Lurleen Lumpkin from The Simpsons?
A little about: Lancashire country lassie Holly Macve has a debut album coming out this year that will have you swilling a solemn beer one minute and swinging your partner around the dance floor the next. A female Johnny Cash, an English Dolly Parton, Lana Del Ray fronting Mazzy Star – all are applicable.
For fans of: Julia Jacklin, Lana Del Ray
Must-hear track: No One Has The Answers