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Tastemakers tips 2016

For our last playlist of the year, we ask some of the UK's leading musical minds to tell us who they're tipping for big things in 2016. Tune in for an eclectic mix of new talent and a few surprises too...

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  • By Paul Nichols
  • 18 Dec 2015
  • min read
We ask some of the UK's leading musical minds to tell us who they're tipping for big things in 2016... (scroll down to tune in)

Nines - Jamal Edwards, SBTV
Nines has been shooting videos for SBTV and releasing mixtapes for a few years, building a big buzz in the UK rap scene. He’s got a great story to tell and a laid back vocal style, and is bringing something to the scene no one else is. There is an album in the works which I think will kick things into the next gear.

Izzy Bizu - Mistajam, Mercury prize judge
Izzy Bizu is one of my many tips for 2016. She’s definitely more than just a vocalist and her style really transcends genre and era. She sounds equally as comfortable on grime as she does soul. That’s testament to her versatility. She’s definitely a true artist and one to watch!

Mura Masa - Jamz Supernova, BBC Radio 1xtra
Mura Masa is an absolute beast! His productions have been consistently flawless and it’s been great to watch him grow from a producer to an artist. He’s a rare talent who knows exactly who he is and where he’s going. 2015 saw him making waves but once his album drops I think the whole world will take notice.

Jacob Collier - Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
Jacob Collier is a YouTube sensation who’s managed by Quincy Jones. He’s just mind-blowingly talented as a multi-instrumentalist musician. He’s graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, is only 20 and utterly amazing. He’s already making some serious waves and he hasn’t even had a record out yet.

Luke Jackson - Neil Pearson, EFDSS
Luke has honed his craft on the road, developing into one of the finest young folk/roots songwriters in the UK. A brilliant performer and writer, he has been selected for a showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas City in February. 2016 should be a well-deserved breakthrough year for this fully rounded and talented artist.

Blossoms - Bryan Johnson, Spotify
My top tip for 2016 has to be upcoming Stockport band Blossoms. The five-piece expertly channel psych-pop and ooze Northern charm. They’re great live too. Don’t miss them on their UK tour throughout February and March.