11 Best U.K. Musicians to Listen to Now

For years, artists hailing from the United Kingdom have helped shape the way music lovers have viewed and valued an array of genres around the globe. Throughout its rich history, the U.K. has been a major source of musical innovation. (Um, ever heard of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? We thought so.)
Fast forward to now, this “invasion” is still in full effect. Awesome acts like Ellie GouldingOne Direction (obvi) and Adele – just to name a few – have won our attention and our hearts. Since it’s always a joy to peep new discoveries, we’re here to give a nod to 11 of the best breakout U.K. musicians you should have on your playlists.
Bloom Twins
19 year-old identical twins Sonia and Anna Kuprienko are both classically trained musicians and singers. Born and raised in a small town outside of Kiev, Ukraine the Bloomies fled to London to escape the country’s political unrest. After uploading their debut track, "Fahrenheit" to YouTube in 2013, the twins signed to Select Model Management. They combine electronica with whimsical melodic themes accompanied with an inimitable vocal range, all on platter of classical instrumentation such as the piano, flute and harmonica. The result is a sound full of feels. Fun fact: Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes was so captivated by the twins that he has recorded and produced the majority of their forthcoming debut album, Amnesia.
Rudimental
Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Leon are the four members of the London based soul-meets-dance music group known as Rudimental. The quartet have worked with a wide variety of vocalists such as John Newman, Foxes, and Ed Sheeran. Their single with Ed, “Lay It All On Me”, sold two million copies internationally and served as a globally recognized crossover hit for the group.
Tourist
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Acclaimed writer-producer William Phillips, AKA Tourist, won a GRAMMY Award in 2015 for Song of The Year as co-writer of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” In addition to landing a GRAMMY last year, Tourist also made his debut Coachella performance and toured throughout North America and Europe. With electronic music, it’s easy to lose that human element; but Tourist craftily fuses raw emotion with synthy components brilliantly. In May, the producer released his debut album, U. P.S., “Run” is everything we want in a come-and-get-me-bae kind of song.
AlunaGeorge
London duo AlunaGeorge, comprised of singer-lyricist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, are the perfect musical pairing. Between Aluna’s sultry sound and George’s keen production style, these two are at the upper echelon of producer-singer acts. Their newest single, “Mean What I Mean”, from their sophomore album I Remember, serves as the proper first introduction if you’re green to the AlunaGeorge’s steez.
Laura Mvula
Laura’s ability to harness her potent vocals into equally powerful lyrics is superhuman. She embodies a sound that fuses ‘60s Motown with a touch of modernity. Laura’s sophomore album, ‘The Dreaming Room’ features the singer’s signature stylings and you need to see her chic “Phenomenal Woman” music video.
Little Boots
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British-born producer/singer/songwriter Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots, breaks up the male-dominated dance music arena with a sound that’s distinctive and refreshing. LB’s recent Afterhours EP released via her imprint, On Repeat Records (yep, she’s a label boss too), leaves a disco-meets-pop taste on your palette. Bonus: In addition to dropping ‘Afterhours’, LB announced an app called NOIZ that provides music lovers and creators the chance to remix a song. Now we can all unleash our inner DJ!
MabelMabel’s seemingly effortless musical style brings the nostalgia of the ‘90s heyday of R&B, and her soulful, harmonious vocals will give you chills. The daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel grew up surrounded by artists and even toured with her parents. (She took up the piano when she was 5, and the rest is history.) Her music comes from an honest place with themes of love — from a crush to a relationship — that anyone can relate to.
HONNE
James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck of the electronic R&B music outfit HONNE create seductive pop music that’s spot-on for a date night. Pre-HONNE, Andy was working as a music technician at a school, while James was a guitar teacher. The two partnered and, well… Their debut album, Warm on a Cold Night, hit July 23rd via Atlantic Records. The LP features their single with singer Izzy Bizu, “Someone That Loves You”, which has us all wrapped up in the moody feel of love.
Oyinda
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Crooner newcomer Oyinda dropped her Restless Minds EP this summer and we still can’t get enough of it. ‘Restless Minds’ overall highlights Oyinda's keen production skills and instinctive approach to strong songwriting – something that will continue to set her apart from her peers. We especially appreciate her combination of vulnerability and strength on the track “Flatline.”
Shura
25-year-old Aleksandra Denton, AKA Shura, contributes her alt-pop freshness to the land of R&B. It’s a fusion befit for the making of the next reigning popstar. On her debut album, Nothing's Real, Shura serves us some retro ‘80s embossed tracks that touch on the topics that we can all relate to (looking at you, rejection).
Ady Suleiman
Fresh off the heels of Glastonbury, Nottingham-born Ady Suleiman brings sharp hooks to his R&B-meets-hip hop and reggae grooves. His latest tune, “Running Away,” follows his prior two releases, This Is My EP and “What’s The Score (featuring Joey Bada$$).” All are worthy of a listen!
NAOI was a fool to love you/Yeah, we could have had it all – been there, haven’t we? Singer-songwriter NAO has a sound that makes us reminisce about the days of ‘90s R&B. The sound is being revived with a 2016 attitude thanks to NAO’s soulful crooning and carefree disposition. Her recent singles, “Bad Blood” and "Fool To Love”, have amassed over ten million plays on Spotify! What are you waiting for? Hit ‘play’ below. You’re welcome.

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