Next Big Thing

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Getting in on the ground floor has always been our jam. These six Sydney up ’n’ comers are right on the cusp and we’re crowd-sourcing our crystal ball work, asking you to help us predict who’ll be hitting the big time next. Let us know which of these “only a matter of time” type of acts is the “only a matter of time”-est of them all.

 

100

100 make heavy, reverb-soaked post-punk with a rare level of polish. 2018 saw 100 release their debut EP Cortisone. The Inner West four-piece shine on tracks like ‘Groove’ and ‘If I Give Myself’, where they toe the line between raw energy and exposed tenderness. Almost un-Googleable and mostly absent from social media, the bands reputation as one of Sydney’s most exciting live acts has spread by word of mouth, giving 100 a kind of authenticity and tangibility perfectly in tune with their music.  

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The Kid Laroi

15-year-old South Sydney rapper The Kid Laroi made waves this year, playing alongside the likes of JuiceWRLD, Tkay Maidza and Manu Crook$, all off the back of his impressive ‘NONSTOP’ freestyle and his 14 With A Dream EP. Collaborating with local hip hop producer Miracle, 14 With A Dream sets The Kid Laroi up as an exciting future prospect. Drawing heavily from the new wave of pop-punk and emo inspired SoundCloud rappers like Trippie Red and Lil Xan, TKL’s sound combines a youthful approach with a surprising musical maturity. With potential collaborations with names like 6LACK and Lil Skies in the works for the new year, keep an eye out for The Kid Laroi. 

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Kwame

Kwame has been putting out music for a couple of years now, but since debuting ‘WOW’ in February and dropping his Endless Conversations. EP in March the Hills District rapper has really started to see his hard work pay off. Since then, he’s opened at Splendour, sold out headline shows, toured with Peking Duk, supported Skepta and Migos, and been named Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year. Backed up by increasingly slick production, Kwame’s dense flow exudes a rare kind of dedication and self-belief. With his latest single ‘CLOUDS’ a strong summer jam contender, Kwame seems set to follow a huge year with an even bigger one.

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Slim Set

High school mates Dev and Atro come together to form Slim Set, whose super-high-energy, grime-inspired take on Aussie hip hop makes them an obvious contender for Sydney’s Next Big Thing. With ‘Cooked’ and ‘Lazy’ taking out the top two (!) spots in our most played songs of 2018, it’s safe to say we’re huge fans of Slim Set. Giving off a ‘rowdiest kid in Extension English’ vibe, Slim Set’s unique style, humour, and live-show energy have given them a kind of cult status. Having teased an upcoming third release at their live shows, 2019 could be a huge year for Parramatta’s finest.  

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Milan Ring

Insanely talented multi-instrumentalist Milan Ring has spent the year consistently putting out soulful, percussive, jazz-ringed R&B singles, and we can’t get enough. In between singing, writing, producing, mixing and mastering, Milan Ring finds time to head up MXMAY, a label and creative hub based in Marrickville. Boasting sessions with international heavyweights like SZA, BJ the Chicago Kid, The Social Experiment Crew & D.R.A.M. as well as performances alongside local favourites Sampa The Great, Hermitude and Manu Crooks. With credentials like these, and an insurmountable work ethic, Milan Ring looks set for big things in 2019.

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CLYPSO

As the mercury rises, CLYPSO’s kooky, eclectic brand of dance music is sure to soundtrack many a pool party. The producer and vocalist has spent the year consistently putting out some of the funnest grooves to grace our dancefloors in recent memory, drawing on a wide range of influences including electro, worldbeat, glitch, and trop house. 2018 saw her release ‘Pop Roll Flow’, ‘Strange Behaviour’ with Sophiegrophy and ‘Middle Ground’ with Kwame, play countless festivals, support local legends PNAU on tour and even perform in a sauna. With her unique sound and dedication, CLYPSO is quickly building a reputation as one of Sydney’s most versatile producers.

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