On the Rise

John FM – Summer 2021
MusicJohn FM wants to make protest music for the masses
POiSON ANNA
MusicPOiSON ANNA’s unsettling, fractured pop wants to wake you up
Hasani
MusicHasani is making music for queer kids of colour to thrive and survive
PinkPantheress
MusicPinkPantheress is the ‘new nostalgic’ vocalist blowing up TikTok
Maeve
MusicMeet Maeve, the DIY artist inspired by Cindy Sherman and Funkadelic
TAAHLIAH
MusicTAAHLIAH is the Glasgow artist making club-fillers for empty dancefloors
Palmwine IceCream, a Ghanain, sustainability-focused label
FashionPALMWINE IceCREAM is the gender-skewing Ghanaian label dripping in gold
Kidä
MusicTrip out to Kidä’s stylish pop music, inspired by 70s Italian film scores
KAM-BU
MusicGet to know KAM-BU, the rebel rapper championing migrant stories
Nadiah Adu-Gyamfi AKA NULA
MusicNULA’s slinky R&B soundtracks future worlds where we can touch again
LOSHH, Udoma Janssen
MusicLoshh’s music reminds marginalised people of the power of joy and spirit
Issey Cross
MusicIssey Cross makes tantalising, technicolour pop music that has your back
Teezo Touchdown the Texan rapper destined for greatness
MusicTeezo Touchdown: the Texan rapper scoring big with pop punk and trap sounds
Freja Wesik Gudfreja Queer DIY Craft collection
FashionThe DIY couturier crafting candy-coloured corsets with washboard abs
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MusicBlackhaine is the primal dancer making drill in Manchester
Meet HIRA, a shining light of The Paul Institute
MusicMeet HIRA, the Paul Institute artist making future-nostalgic pop
Photography by Dewey
MusicDewey makes dream-pop on the cusp of fantasy and reality
Master Peace
MusicMaster Peace is not following the crowd
Christian Alexander
MusicChristian Alexander is a tender bedroom songwriter who’s slowly growing up
Lous and The Yakuza
MusicThe majesty and tragedy of Lous and The Yakuza’s music
Keyah Blu
MusicKEYAH/BLU makes raw and real rap music with an unmistakable voice
Emma-Jean Thackray
MusicEmma-Jean Thackray makes music to move the body, mind, and soul
Bárbara Sánchez-Kane Mexican fashion gender fluid
FashionSánchez-Kane is the Mexican label exploring sex, masculinity, and machismo
Fireboy DML
MusicMeet Fireboy DML, the rising Nigerian star of ‘Afro-life’ music