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20 Great New British Artists to Watch

Wolf Alice, Låpsley, Stormzy and more

Lady Leshurr & Let's Eat Grandma are two British acts you should know.

Lady Leshurr & Let's Eat Grandma are two British acts you should know.

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Beyond its long-standing role at the vanguard of electronic music, Britain is on the international radar thanks to a handful of Bandcamp rock bands, a renewed interest in grime and their own brands of post-Spotify pop. Here's 20 artists to watch.

Visionist, 20, British, Bands, You Need To Know, Rolling Stone

Olivia Rose

Visionist

Location: South London
For Fans of: Arca, Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu
The ghosts of rave-era jungle and early formative dubstep, when it was still an underground London thing, haunt the sound of Visionist. Cracked ambient frequencies teem with warped voices that can be cartoonish and alien at once, all abstracted stammers and sighs. Beats hit hard with a sense of creaking and grinding that makes the banging, when it happens (usually sparingly), all the more dynamic in the end. A couple of EPs for the label Lit City Trax made Visionist's name before his 2015 album Safe, released by the adventurous electronic label PAN, made him a presence to contend with.

Wolf Alice, 20, British, Bands, You Need To Know, Rolling Stone

Emily Cheng

Wolf Alice

Location: London
For Fans of: The Breeders, Hole, Mazzy Star
North London's Camden neighborhood has offered diminishing rock returns since the days when it formed Britpop's epicenter. But Wolf Alice, proud young Camden natives raised on the ballad of the Libertines, have reinvigorated the crusty London borough. They spent five years paying their dues in its dank dive bars, first as a duo, then a four-piece, before releasing debut album My Love Is Cool last June. Although pegged as grunge revivalists by the British press, they're not just another rock retread, mixing gauzy folk and muscular shoegaze with their infectious rage.