The LFM list of 2017


Do you take pride and joy in being that annoying person that is constantly spamming their friends with “new sick tunes I’ve just discovered”? Perhaps you also love complaining about how you “listened to them before they were big” and how “they’ve changed ever since they were played on Radio 1”? Do you just love lecturing your friends that actually aren’t your friends because they all secretly hate you, that “their first ever EP, which obviously can’t be found online anymore, is so much better than any of the music they’ve released since signing to a record label”?

Well, you’re in the right place.

The LFM list is a list of the new and emerging talent that you need to keep your eyes on over the next year. Covering a range of genres 5 LFM contributors have all carefully nominated a few of their favorite new and emerging artists to look out for in 2017.

So, in no particular order, here is the LFM list of 2017!….

Rex Orange County

Nominated by Billy Hodder.

Dreamy keys and lyrics that are charmingly humble and relatable, 18-year-old Alex O’Connor is perfect for those days where you stay in bed and stare at the ceiling for hours. Support from the likes of Tyler the Creator and Zane Lowe mean that this hidden talent is very nearly no longer hidden, and rightly so.

The Japanese House

Nominated by Laura Whitters.

Amber Bain, also known as ‘The Japanese House’, has already made her name known this year, with the release of several singles, including ‘Face like thunder’, headline shows and a string of support slots for label-mates, The 1975. The Japanese House has created a unique sound with the layering of synths, guitar and distorted but equally beautiful vocals. Her alt-pop sound and fresh approach to creating and producing music gives her the potential to breakthrough in the upcoming year.

The Rhythm Method

Nominated by Billy Hodder.

Think The Streets crossed with Jarvis Cocker alongside added pop choruses that will inevitably stick with you for weeks. Joey and Rowan from South London have combined the nostalgia of many genres to produce a refreshing, relevant and needed sound. 2016 saw them tour with Spector, complete their own tour across the UK and befriend Suggs from Madness. 2017 deserves a breakthrough year from these boys, and they deserve everything that 2017 has install for them. (Did we mention that Elton John is also a fan?)

Declan McKenna

Nominated by Ben Bowman.

Since winning the Glastonbury emerging talent competition in 2015, Hertfordshire born Declan McKenna admitted things became difficult for him – but this year things have started to take place for the 17 year old. Appearing on Jools Holland flaunting latest release Isombard, McKenna looks to be going from strength to strength and has been getting a lot of positive recognition, not only in the UK but abroad too. His performance of anti-fifa song Brazil on American show Conan sparked excitement across the pond that will no doubt fuel even more in 2017.

You can get tickets for next years UK tour here:

Sundara Karma

Nominated by Jack Williams.

Since the turn of the year, the four-piece group from Reading has taken the music world by storm. The growth of their fan base soon saw them in the biggest of music environments, festivals, making the ever-growing Y Not Festival and the even bigger Leeds & Reading Festival and to top that they even hopped across the pond and played a handful of shows in the US. If they continue to produce high quality music at the rate they have done this year, who knows how big the group from Reading can go.

Tickets for their 2017 shows can be found here! –

Rejjie Snow

Nominated By Zurraq Khan.

Dublin’s very own Alex Anyaegbunam is a perfect blend of RnB to hip-hop and is a talent that is beyond his 23 years. A debut album is expected from 2017 and if it follows in the footsteps of his 2013 mixtape ‘Rejovich’ it is sure to make waves.

Wax Colour

Nominated by Billy Hodder.

Charlton Paine, Micheal Broadway, Mark Ellis and Josh Grove from Essex have achieved a substantial following on social media and while only young they are already shaping up to be one of the standout bands from the indie scene in the years to come. The presence and style of Peace combined with the messy guitar riffs that are reminiscent of The Libertines gives them a distinct but popular sound.

Alexandra Savior

Nominated by Ben Bowman.

Alexandra Savior is undoubtedly best known known for her collaborations with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, but with her debut album set for release next Spring – Savior will be looking to write her own legacy in 2017. Belladonna of Sadness will be her defining moment, but given the critical acclaim surrounding Shades and Mystery Girl, the excitement leading up to the record is patently justified. Arcane and enigmatic in her songwriting, LA’s newest and arguably most intriguing songwriter seems uncomfortable with the idea fame but it is something she could be destined for in the new year.


 Nominated by Jack Williams.

Not a bad year for the Cardiff group, appear on BBC Introducing and support Slaves in their “Back In The Van Tour”. Front woman Tali really knows how to belt out the vocals and dominates the sound in Make a Man and Drop. I suspect their UK tour this February will be carnage!

Grab your Estrons tickets for their UK tour now! –

The Big Moon

Nominated by Ben Bowman.

Another outfit set for stardom in the Spring in the form of a debut album is a band that have not stopped for breath this year, London four piece band The Big Moon. Formidable is a track that has made a big impression this year in its emancipating yet seemingly star-crossed, down and out nature conveyed through lead singer Juliette’s enticing vocals. Cupid shows versatility and their desire to write a great hook and shows that they can be considered within the realm of 2016’s guitar band revival, which for them will only develop further in 2017.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

Nominated by Zurraq Khan.

In 2015 Frank Carter returned to form a hardcore punk band to the glee of his supporters. With one EP released in 2015 and a flurry of superb live shows in 2016, 2017 looks to be a very important year. The four-piece punk outfit is not to be missed live if the opportunity arises to any of you this year!

Black Honey

Nominated by Ben Bowman.

If you follow VoteforPatmore on Instagram, you’ll already know who Black Honey are – but if you don’t then I’m sure in 2017 you will. Fronted by the brooding Izzy Bee, the Brighton Indie Rock outfit will have a debut album surely on their mind and they will be looking to add to the list of creamy, somewhat sexy guitar driven tracks with a whole host of new material. With latest release Hello Today already making a great impression with its unshakably catchy hook, the future’s looking bright for them down on the south coast.

The Sherlocks

Nominated by Laura Whitters.

Newly signed to record label, ‘Infectious Music’, The Sherlocks have certainly ended 2016 on a high and set themselves up for great things. Sheffield is known for producing some of the best musicians the world has seen, including The Arctic Monkeys. And, in the case of The Sherlocks, the city has delivered once again. With music resembling that of bands such as The Courteeners, they’ve brought a fresh set of faces to the indie rock scene. With the feat of selling out the famous Leadmill in Sheffield and the release of several singles already under their belt, the band already has a promising future. To kick off 2017, The Sherlocks have an extensive UK and Ireland tour planned, which you can get tickets for here: .


Nominated by Jack Williams.

Firstly, many thanks to YouTuber Rob Kellas for exposing MassMatiks. The South East London outfit are steadily building a platform for 2017. The “In-Your-Face-Indie” genre is apparent in the handful of songs they have released so far and the handful of gigs they have performed at around the country. Just like Sundara Karma, MassMatiks also featured at Y Not Festival on the Thursday night and expect to see the southerners appear more when the festival season kicks in next year.

Link to Rob Kellas’ YouTube and MassMatiks &


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