Top 20 Artists to Watch in 2024
As much as we enjoyed sharing our favorite albums of the year in both the dance/electronic and hip-hop/R&B realms, we now get the chance to look ahead to 2024. We’re always diligently trying our best to stay on the pulse of the ever-evolving musical landscape, and today we’re had the pleasure of compiling a list of artists who we think are in great positions to succeed next year.
Whether they’re poised to break out of the underground, become a staple in the festival circuit, or ready to reach international acclaim, below is our list of artists to watch in 2024. These are in no particular order because we feel that every artist has the potential to succeed so make sure to scroll all the way down to see everyone we’ve picked. Enjoy!
The dynamic French duo has emerged in the wake of Fred again..’s cultural impact. The siblings have taken a unique, unfiltered approach, producing their own video using 360° cameras and eye-catching AI visuals. They recently filmed their own Boiler Room-esque video in their Parisian apartment, highlighting their DIY persona and bubbling personalities. Already making waves in the French electronic dance scene, Jersey is poised to capture the hearts of international fans in 2024.
The Chicago-based trio came out of nowhere this year. Their style combines club music, bass, and dubstep all with a distinct Chicago flavor. Their biggest claim to success came when they made their Electric Forest debut, performing at the iconic Honeycomb stage, which has since gone viral. They already have releases on Deadbeats, Jadū Dala, and Big Beat and continue to stir up the internet with their epic SoundCloud remixes.
Sammy Virji is probably one of the highest profile artists to make our list but we’re pretty sure he’s only scratched the surface of his potential. The UK product has swiftly made his mark on the dance music space, proving to be both a pioneer and innovator of the UKG renaissance. If you haven’t already seen it, you’re going to want to check out his mind blowing Boiler Room set from this summer.
Pretty Lights’ legendary comeback was no doubt one of the best things to happen this year. But we mustn’t forget those artists who carried the torch in his absence. Multi-instrumentalist, Austin-based producer, Vincent Antone, started turning heads during the pandemic and has been on the rise ever since. He’s comfortably honed in on his own unique brand of soulful electronic music that hits in all the right places, combining funky horns, classic samples, and groovy beats. He’s already become a steady figure in the festival circuit and is gearing up for his opening slot at CloZee’s NYE Microworlds event.
Tape B is without a doubt one of the brightest young figures in bass music. In a time when nostalgia seems to be reigning, Tape B is able to capture the essence of old-school dubstep within his own music. He’s garnered a cult-like following thanks to his unofficial SoundCloud mixtape series, Driptapes and Vibe Check, and has already caught the eye of forward-thinking labels like Deadbeats, UKF, Subsidia, WAKAAN, and Wubaholics. He’s also gearing up for his biggest headlining show to-date later this week, playing two nights at Denver’s Ogden Theatre.
Growing up in North London with a Trinidadian mother and an Irish father, MAFRO’s home was filled with a blend of steel pan-infused Soca beats and traditional Irish melodies, as well as the UK Garage and R&B that his older sister would play. This rich amalgamation of influences has shined in his music, leading him to work with TSHA, Aluna, Ellie Goulding, Gregory Porter, and Diplo.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting rising electronic producers in the game, Australian triple-threat producer, songwriter, and DJ, Ninajirachi, has been on our radar for a few years now. With a sound that embodies a rich, plush atmosphere and a flawless touch in the studio, she’s been carving out her own unique path. With releases already on standout labels like mau5trap, NLV, and Sable Valley she’s poised to make an even bigger leap in 2024.
Mary Droppinz began her DJ career in the underground LA scene. When the pandemic hit, she pivoted to Twitch and found an audience of house and techno lovers that turned into a dedicated following. Crafting tunes that move her, she translates her passion for music into high-energy DJ sets, shaking up dancefloors internationally. Her penchant for break, acid, techno, and all things left-field has separated her from the pack as one of the most interesting young acts in dance music.
rommii is a talented Mexican-American DJ and producer from San Diego, known for his unique and versatile brand of house music. While certainly influenced by the budding stutter house movement, rommii has separated himself from the pack with fresh and diverse sounding productions. The sky’s the limit for this young producer and we’re predicting some big name collaborations in his future.
Multi-faceted experimental artist, COBRAH, is one of the more creative and unpredictable artists we’ve come across in a long time. She broke onto the scene with “MAMI,” her viral collaboration with Chris Lorenzo, but has since continued to innovate her sound. Her music combines female-empowering topics and lyricism with chest-pounding electronic productions and is in a vein all on their own. Her music videos (while not always the most SFW) are equally entertaining, showcasing her penchant for thinking outside the box.
Emotional dance music is having its moment right now and demotapes is one of the brighter spots to come out of the saturated market. Also one half of the rising duo, Cassette Tapes, demotapes combines melodic yet glitchy sounds for an infectious brand of dance music. His biggest track of the year, “RWEOK?”, a collaboration with Disco Lines, sent him to new heights and showed his massive potential for the coming year.
Since his first release back in 2018, Nikki Nair quickly found a devoted audience with his high-energy brand of electronic music. The Knoxville-born producer’s releases traverse genres, often fusing electro, breaks, left-field techno, and UK bass sentiments. His wide-reaching, eclectic DJ sets are just as impressive as he curates unorthodox yet captivating live music experiences. There’s no telling what comes next from this exciting upcoming talent but the potential is seemingly limitless.
The Bay Area native gained his footing thanks to an active social media presence on TikTok and Instagram. He quickly captured the hearts of a loyal fanbase as he began to release a brand of upbeat, yet introspective dance music. He’s somehow managed to avoid any high profile collaborations up to this point but we predict that big things are ahead for this bright internet sensation.
As the worldwide popularity of drum & bass increases, so too does the diversity within the genre. Singer/songwriter and producer Kenya Grace brandishes an incredibly unique style of liquid drum & bass that sounds completely original. She sings on her own tracks, adding a lighter, almost pop-like component while still stretching the limits of liquid drum & bass. Kenya Grace is leading a new wave of internet drum & bass producers and doing it unconditionally her own way.
LYNY is another Chicago product who’s catching a lot of attention in the trap and bass spaces. His relentless pursuit of mind melting bass and gripping melodies is unlike anything we’ve heard before and he’s only just scratched the surface. He built up a loyal following, dropping innovative flips and remixes via his SoundCloud but has really started coming into his own, most recently joining PEEKABOO on his groundbreaking album EYES WIDE OPEN.
Carlita is a name rapidly growing within the dance music community and rightfully so. The Turkish DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist experiments with a mix of live and electronic instruments in her music, using different synths, sampled instruments, and field recordings from her travels. She already has a slew of impressive collaborations under her belt and looks to be well on her way of becoming a household name.
Another shining talent coming out of the UK, Douvelle19 is someone we’ve been keeping a close eye on over the past few months. The Welsh producer and DJ operates between a myriad of sonic worlds, ranging from jazz, blues, punk, pop, electronica, R&B, garage, soul, and more. He’s been releasing more consistent music as of late, hinting that bigger projects could be on the horizon.
The UK influence on global music cannot be overstated. One booming genre that has yet to break into the US is drill, a cross between trap, hip-hop, and dancehall. One of the most exciting artists goes by the name of BXKS who has stood apart from the pack with her boundary-pushing sound. She’s already been praised by the likes of Skepta and looks to have her sights set on big things next year.
Pennsylvania-born, Atlanta-based rapper Earl Hondo has really impressed us this year with his savvy production skills and smooth lyrical prowess. He’s able to paint vivid stories through his bars and has proven more than capable of singing as well. His most recent album southernplayalistic was a nod to Outkast and showcased Earl’s ability to draw inspiration while still remaining entirely his own.
The LA-based bass producer has been quietly rising through the ranks as of late but that’s in no part due to his sound. He fuses elements of west coast bass music with heavy metal for a brand of bass music that makes you want to run through a wall. Couple that with stunning visual design skills and Meduso is primed to ascend even higher in 2024.