Jennifer Lynn | Contributing Writer | Monday, 9 January 2017

Stefflon Don

5 Of The Coolest New Ladies Of Music To Listen To In 2017

The Debrief: Move over Beyoncé…

 It's about time you updated your Spotify playlist – new year, new everything and all that jazz. But forget traipsing your way through pre-made playlists, just check out these five fabulous females who will be setting fire to your ears – in a good way – in 2017.

Stefflon Don

Her hair is an ever-changing rainbow, she’s got DJ Khaled on side and Stefflon Don – real name Stefanie Allen – is part rap queen, part grime princess. Born in Birmingham, but raised in Rotterdam from age five to 13, she’s something of a British Nicki Minaj (but, dare we say, cooler – soz, Nicki).

Check out the first track from Stef’s mixtape, Real Ting, above. Like it? Then give the rest of the tape a listen here and follow her on Twitter to keep up to date with all things Stefflon Don.

Tayá

Liverpudlian, 18, absolute megababe: Tayá’s sexy R’n’B vibes are exactly what we need in our lives right now. She started out in a Liverpool community choir called Positive Impact, but has more recently performed at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live and a whole host of festivals with Disciples last summer, with her debut EP due imminently.

Tayá’s current single Deeper is above, though we’re bigger fans of Sweet Waste Of Time, which you can stream here. Follow Tayá on Twitter.

Kelsey Lu

She’s been quietly building her following over the past year and the industry is already all over Kelsey Lu: she opened for Florence + The Machine at British Summer Time Hyde Park and Solange at GOODFest in December. She’s collaborated with the latter, as well as Blood Orange, after being raised by a piano-playing mother and a percussion-loving father. Based in New York City, via North Carolina, classically-trained Lu and her cello are two of our new favourite things.

Listen to Kelsey Lu’s Morning After Coffee above, stream her full Church EP here and follow her on Twitter.

Mahalia

If you get the chance to see Mahalia live, it's a must: her music is a mixture of songs based on personal experience and haunting spoken word pieces that are hard to forget. Aside from her own tracks, she's also provided vocals for Rudimental – and she's only just 18. Mahalia has just released her Diary Of Me project, which includes songs, videos, an audio storybook and visuals. Move over Beyoncé. 

Listen to 17 from Diary Of Me above and stream the rest of the tracks here. Follow Mahalia on Twitter.

Temptress

OK, so there is a boy in Temptress, the London-based duo behind addictive R'n'B, electro-infused track Guilty Pleasure. But there's also a girl, Jess, who sings and plays keys alongside guitarist/singer Vlad. A versatile little twosome, debut EP Lies shows off more of an ethereal side, so we're pretty Temptress are going to be the gift that keeps on giving. 

Listen to Temptress' current single Guilty Pleasure above, stream their EP Lies here and follow them on Twitter.

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