The party that was celebrating the Best of 2018 now behind us, it’s time for music to ask itself the tough questions: Who are you? What are you going to do with your life? In this issue’s New Sounds, we outline some of the artists we think will make it big in 2019.

Setting the bar for an incoming wave of female grime artists, London’s Flohio tops the list and chats to us about funnelling her whirlwind of a mind into perfect, visceral tracks that are starting to move the UK. Closer to home, we highlight Mercy’s Cartel, the Saffron Records signing that has fans of RnB, Afrobeat and pop on the edge of their Soundclouds, along with E B U, Wych Elm and many more Bristol artists that it’s hard to not to be excited about.

All this, plus all the choice albums arriving over the winter months, listings for Bristol’s best venues, guests, comment and more. 2018 was a tough act to follow, but we’ve heard 2019 warming up backstage and it’s set to blow you away.

Loki Lillistone
Editor-in-Chief