The music world has always been a fast-moving beast, but as artists come out of COVID-enforced hibernation, expect things to hit warp speed. Here’s our playlist of newer acts worth looking out for in 2022.
PinkPantheress, “Just for Me”
She’s still quietly toiling away at college in London, but PinkPantheress’s sublime DIY garage beats and nostalgic melodies have sent the music industry into a spin.
Mimi Webb, “24/5”
As her recent single indicates, big feels and a big voice make for a big future for this British pop starlet.
Wet Leg, “Wet Dream”
If you like your indie rock fast, fizzy, and dripping with innuendo, then behold this 140 seconds of magic from the British duo currently setting pulses racing.
Beach Bunny, “Oxygen”
The ’90s revival continues in earnest with this Chicago outfit, which is set to drop its second album early in 2022. It will feature this lovelorn power-pop nugget.
Maisie Peters, “Psycho”
Ever wondered what Taylor Swift would sound like if she were English? Well, listen to this shiny breakup banger and wonder no more.
Lila Drew, “Crystal Ball”
Don’t call her the new Billie Eilish just yet, but as this gorgeous track shows, there’s a definite parallel between Drew’s delicate, lyrical intimacy and the work of her more famous fellow Angeleno.
Rina Sawayama, “XS”
If not for COVID, Sawayama would have already conquered the world off the back of her 2020 release Sawayama, which featured this funky highlight. This year, it’s finally her time.
Baby Keem, “Family Ties”
Kendrick Lamar doesn’t give out cosigns for fun. But he’s featured on this track from Los Angeles-born rapper, Baby Keem, a sure sign that Keem could be hip-hop’s next big star.
Audrey Nuna, “Space”
She can rap up a storm, but when this New Jersey native purrs out these kind of dreamy RnB vocals, she’s truly a force to be reckoned with.
Latto, “Big Energy”
The Atlanta MC has had a few false starts down the years, but with this sizzling current single making waves, Latto is finally starting to become a rap-scene player.
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